This was posted on another forum (non-educational) that I inhabit. I'd like to know the general feelings of this forum: Every year a project comes up at one of the local middle schools (7th graders) where on the assignment sheet there is a box for a library stamp. It's a research project and getting the library stamp is worth extra points on the project. I appreciate what the teacher is trying to do. However she has never sent us an email warning us the project is coming, asking us to stamp her students papers (though after three years she probably thinks she is fine), or contacted us in any manner. We (as public librarians) have attending school district meetings, put info on our website, sent info to every teacher and principal in the district, all to the effect that when/if you have a project, if you contact us we'll be better equipped and so excited about helping your students when they come in. We've made it easy to reach out to us, we've indicated we're willing and eager to help, and this teacher has never contacted us. My question is: when students come in and want the stamp, do we verify that they've actually done research here? Some students are walking in, getting the stamp, and walking out. Parents are coming in without their students, getting the stamp, and leaving. Should we ever refuse to give out the stamp? The last kid who just walked in and seemed about to walk out, I questioned gently: do you have everything you need for your project? Can I help you find anything? She said she'd checked out books yesterday and forgotten to get the stamp. Ultimately my coworker (and I) feel that if they physically are in the building, we should give them the stamp. That is the extent of our responsibility, but I thought I'd run it by other forum as well.