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New Canaan librarian draws attention to schools’ Web filters

CT Post – “Many school districts in Fairfield County have strict limits on which Web pages can be viewed by students during school hours, effectively outlawing the use of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. New Canaan High School’s Library Department Chair Michelle Luhtala takes issue with these restrictions, which she likens to the practice of banning books in school libraries. In an effort to raise awareness around the importance of freedom of information for students, Luhtala plans to launch Banned Sites Day on Sept. 28, piggybacking off the American Library Association’s annual Banned Books Week the last week in September.”

One Response to “New Canaan librarian draws attention to schools’ Web filters”

  1. Dan Kleinman of SafeLibraries
    August 1, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    New Canaan High School’s Library Department Chair Michelle Luhtala may have a perfectly valid point about social media. However, she undercuts her own argument by repeating the false propaganda of the American Library Association about so-called Banned Books Weeks. In reality, no books have been banned in the USA for about half a century. See In reality, the ALA uses admitted sub-standard material that the ALA plagiarized to promote BBW. See

    Since Luhtala is promoting ALA propaganda and making false statements, like “I see it as similar to banned books in that there are other voices telling people what they have access to in relation to what people are reading,” as if no one should ever tell a student what he or she may read despite Board of Education v. Pico, that causes me to give her statements less weight. When a school librarian is cleverly convincing a community to overlook reality and US Supreme Court cases, that should cause anyone concern.

    At least she says, “Pornography is blocked, obviously, and it should be.”

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