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Orland Park Public Library  keeps Internet access policy

“Orland Park Public Library trustees on Monday night voted to continue to allow patrons 18 and older unfiltered Internet access, reaffirming a vote taken earlier this year. Before the 4-2 vote, some patrons asked the board to install a filter to prevent people from being able to view pornographic material while online, and two library trustees said they supported the use of filters.” (via Southtown Star)

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Over-filtering in schools and libraries harms education, new ALA report finds

“Schools and libraries nationwide are routinely filtering internet content far more than what the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires, according to “Fencing Out Knowledge: Impacts of the Children’s Internet Protection Act 10 Years Later (pdf),” a report released today by the American Library Association (ALA). CIPA requires public libraries and K-12 schools to employ internet filtering software to receive certain federal funding. “Over-filtering blocks access to legitimate educational resources, and consequently reduces access to information and learning opportunities for students,” said Barbara Stripling, ALA president. For example, some school districts block access to websites containing information about foreign countries, such as China and Iran, even as those websites are required online reading for the Advanced Placement curriculum.” (via ALA)

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San Jose revisits library computer filtering

“Five years after San Jose officials rejected calls to block pornographic imagery from the city libraries’ computers citing the slippery slope of censorship, the city’s new chief librarian has quietly been revisiting the idea.City librarian Jill Bourne said she generally does not favor censorship of the Internet on public computers, except when it comes to complying with state laws that protect children from pornography.”To me this is not a political issue,” she said. “It’s an operational issue.” (via ContraCostaTimes.com)

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Orland Park Library Board hears arguments about porn filters on computers

“Whether filters should be installed on some computers at the Orland Park Public Library to restrict access to pornographic or other objectionable websites was the subject of heated debate at Monday’s library board meeting. Shouting and verbal sparring among audience members punctuated the meeting. Some residents asked board members to tread cautiously in considering such filters. Other library patrons argued that stronger safeguards are necessary.” (via Chicago Sun-Times)

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Judge: Library can’t block website content

“A federal judge has ordered a small library in southern Missouri to stop blocking access to websites related to Wicca and other minority religions, calling it a violation of patrons’ First Amendment rights. U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber issued the ruling Tuesday in St. Louis in a case involving the Salem Public Library. “Even libraries that are required by federal law to install filtering software to block certain sexually explicit content should never use software to prevent patrons from learning about different cultures,” Tony Rothert, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri, said in a statement Wednesday.” (via AP)

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