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Orland Park library pornography debate leads to changes

“A suburban library is altering its computer procedures while it reviews a controversial policy that allows adult patrons to view pornography. The Orland Park Public Library will now check identification of anyone accessing computers in the adult section, said library spokeswoman Bridget Bittman. Before the new measure, users could sign onto the 18-years-and-older computers with only their library card information. The library hasn’t changed its policy that allows adults access to any legal material, including pornography.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Pornography in Public Causes Some to Gasp, Others to Shrug

“On a recent morning at the main public library here, dozens of people sat and stood at computers, searching job-hunting sites, playing games, watching music videos. And some looked at naked pictures of men and women in full view of passers-by. The library has been stung by complaints about the content, including explicit pornography, that some people watch in front of others. To address the issue, the library over the last six weeks has installed 18 computer monitors with plastic hoods so that only the person using the computer can see what is on the screen.”

via NYTimes

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Larry Sanger’s Screencast of Wikipedia’s Porn Problem

“Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger, who left the online encyclopedia not long after it launched to the public, has seemingly embarked on a one-man crusade to rid Wikipedia of its pornographic content. See the man’s Twitter stream here. In a blog post last month, Sanger hit out at the lack of action on Wikipedia’s (and, by default, his other co-founder Jimmy Wales’) part to protect children from racy content on the site. Whilst his plight has been picked up by a few mainstream media outlets already, such as Fox News, Sanger has gone a step further by producing a fairly illustrative screencast of the extent of Wikpedia’s porn problem.”

via The Next Web

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Brevard libraries pull erotic best-seller ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Florida Today – The erotic “Fifty Shades of Grey” apparently is too blue for the Brevard County Public Libraries system. The wildly popular first installment of a titillating trilogy by British author E.L. James, “Fifty Shades” is parked atop every best-seller list in the country, from Amazon to the New York Times. But the sadomasochistic saga won’t be found any longer on Space Coast library shelves. All of a “handful” of copies were removed from circulation earlier this week. “It’s quite simple — it doesn’t meet our selection criteria,” said Cathy Schweinsberg, library services director “Nobody asked us to take it off the shelves. But we bought some copies before we realized what it was. We looked at it, because it’s been called ‘mommy porn’ and ‘soft porn.’ We don’t collect porn.”

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Portland high schools take byte out of laptop use at home

The Portland Press Herald – “Over the next two weeks, Portland’s school district will install filtering software on laptops issued to high school students, in order to block access to pornography, social networking sites and video streaming sites when the laptops are at home.Access to those sites is blocked now only at school, through the school network. The current filter doesn’t work when laptops are off school property.”

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She Was a Librarian, but the Internet Said Otherwise

NYTimes.com – “Mistaken identity is an occupational hazard for people who are mentioned even fleetingly on the Internet. Still, consider Peter Agree’s shock when he searched the Web for references to his late mother. “The references I turned up were to ‘Rose Agree, geriatric porn star,’” said Mr. Agree, the editor-in-chief of the University of Pennsylvania Press. “Wikipedia had a biographical entry for this person, and to my horror it fused elements of my mother’s biography, including her having been a librarian on Long Island.”

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Checking Out – Porn Books & Librarians

Paris Review – “Porn books and librarians have always had a passionate, mutually defining relationship—it was, in fact, a prudish French librarian in the early nineteenth century who coined the word pornography. So it comes as no surprise that the sexy librarian, a fixture of the pornographic imagination, is most at home in books. Each year, new titles are added to the librarian-porn bookshelf.” (some images NSFW)

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City libraries say ‘checking out’ porn protected by First Amendment

NY Post – “Shakespeare’s plays, Einstein’s theories — and porn queen Jenna Jameson’s steamy online sexcapades.

New Yorkers can take their pick at the city’s public libraries, thanks to a policy that gives adults the most uncensored access to extreme, hard-core Internet smut this side of the old Times Square.

The electronic smut falls under the heading of free speech and the protection of the First Amendment, library officials say.

“Customers can watch whatever they want on the computer,” said Brooklyn Public Library spokeswoman Malika Granville, describing the anything-goes philosophy that’s the rule at the city’s 200-plus branches.”

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L.A. to debate what to do about porn in libraries

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. “

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Lawmakers: Pornography has ‘permeated our society,’ library filters backed

Spokesman Review – “Idaho libraries would be required to filter Internet access for adults, under legislation that just passed the House on a 63-7 vote and headed to the Senate; they’re already required by federal law to filter Internet access for children. Rep. Mack Shirley, R-Rexburg, said a group called “Citizens for Decency” brought the idea to him. “As a result, I’ve done a lot of personal research into this topic,” he told the House. “My personal research has convinced me that pornography poses one of the greatest destructive forces … on the youth.”

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