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April 27, 2007

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"[M]any young children were being left at the library for extended periods (4-8 hours) or not being picked up at library closing time." Truly shocking. Some people have no respect. I suppose the library personnel were forced to stick around after hours or call the police -- actually, exactly how were these instances handled, if you recall?

Here's a starting point for you.

http://nccanch.acf.hhs.gov/general/legal/statutes/manda.pdf

I am working on my MLS and writing my first research paper. In California, and I believe all states, there are mandated reporters of child neglect and abuse. I have been web browsing and contacting public agencies all morning and can't find out if public librarians (not school, they definitely are) are mandated reporters. Mandated reporters are people who are legally liable to report suspected abuse and neglect of minors, such as teachers or doctors. Anyone got any ideas?

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