AP – “On the lower level of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 11 computers sit in a circle for use by kids, with Internet filters blocking access to inappropriate material. “Adults can’t use those,” said Bette Ammon, library director. Upstairs, kiosks offering work stations with Internet filters for adults are usually busy; a computer lab with unfiltered computers also draws patrons. “They’re clearly marked, and people can choose,” Ammon said. “It appears to be working really well.” But the Coeur d’Alene library, like every other library in the state, will have to change its system between now and October, under a new law enacted by the Idaho Legislature this year.”
Contra Costa Times – “A City Council committee is scheduled today to consider what to do about people who want to look at pornography on public library computers.
The Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee asked for input from the City Attorney’s office after the Chinatown Public Library in early January received complaints. People told librarians that adults and children waiting in line to check out books could see someone watching pornography on a computer.
“We want to figure out the best way to prevent children and families from being able to see images that are pornographic in nature or offensive,” said Councilman Ed Reyes, who introduced a motion to address the issue.
Reyes said it’s the only incident to be reported. “
WWAY – “A book on a local ninth grade reading list has some parents so upset, they took their son out of school.”
Daily Tribune – “This is the one guy we know about,” Drinkwine said. “You can talk all you want about freedom, but in my mind in no way, shape or form should those computers be able to produce anything illegal, illicit or detrimental.”
Please define “illicit” and “detrimental”
The Columbus Dispatch – “Foiled filters, other factors hinder enforcement”
On ‘The Golden Compass – “It was not banned,” says Farnau, “but it was taken off the shelves. It was removed as a check-out item. If a parent would like to come in and request to check out the book from the school, we would, of course, allow that.”
Good point – “If every book were to be taken off the shelves because someone considered it offensive, libraries would be empty.”