library alters its policy on book list
This Story is a follow up on the report we had a few weeks ago on a charge of censorship in a library.
In the aftermath of a charge of censorship, the Schaumburg Township library board has revised its policy on how new materials are added to its collection.
On Monday, the board voted to add an appeals process to the policy. The move came a month after the board denied a request by Hoffman Estates resident Christopher Bollyn to donate a copy of \"Final Judgment\" by Michael Collins Piper to the library.
The library\'s criteria to decide whether to acquire a book, ranges from the reputation or significance of the author to reviews of the material and its cost.
What the board continued to wrangle with, however, was material that is politically sensitive, such as is the case with \"Final Judgment,\" which advocates a theory that Israel was involved in the John F. Kennedy assassination.
\"We can\'t have everything on every controversial subject in the library,\" said board member Howard Sterling.
Others disagreed. Board member Robert Lyons questioned whether the book is controversial at all.
Meanwhile, board President John \"Jack\" Lucas said, \"Whether it\'s controversial or not is irrelevant.\"
Groups such as the Anti-Defamation League have condemned the book\'s publisher, the Liberty Lobby, as anti-Semitic.
But in a Monday interview, the author called the facts in his book \"thoroughly documented\" and said the Anti-Defamation League has attempted to thwart its distribution elsewhere.