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January 10, 2006

Internet Filter Policy

From The Columbian:

Library Tackles Issue of Web Use

The Fort Vancouver Regional Library Board of Trustees spent two hours Monday searching for the line between impinging on adults' access to information and creating a place seen as safe and welcoming to children.

Trustees met to discuss changing the Internet policy that guides Fort Vancouver's 13 libraries. The board has been attacked for years by critics who have said that allowing anyone unfiltered access to the Internet amounts to providing a public peep show. Two failed attempts to pass a bond measure for new library buildings have faced an opposition campaign by those who object to the Internet policy.

Complete article here

Posted by kstover2 at January 10, 2006 12:53 PM

Comments

In the case of internet filtering in public libraries, I think there will always be the problem of protecting younger viewers from objectionable material while still promoting freedom to information for adults. However, as much as I support intellectual freedom, I think that public libraries have more of a responsibility in protecting young patrons than in letting adults look at material that is considered pornographic. I think that internet filters that restrict access to pornographic material are appropriate for public libraries.

Posted by: Kate Kite at January 14, 2006 2:19 PM