Alabama Library Challenges (Auburn City Schools )

Chris Peterson filed this request with the Auburn City Schools of Auburn, AL .
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From: Chris Peterson

To Whom It May Concern:

We are a team of academic researchers studying information access and availability in public schools and libraries. We are contacting you as part of a national effort to help us better understand the scope and substance of the various challenges which arise in the course of administering a public library system or public school system.

Under Alabama's Public Records Law, we are requesting copies of the following public records:

-any complaints, requests, and/or challenges for removal, reclassification, and/or reconsideration of publications including books, magazines, movies, music, and/or other media, along with any associated records, petitions, and/or correspondence since January 1, 2003

-any current collection or curriculum development policy or policies governing your institution(s)

-any records related to Internet filtering, including but not limited to:

-any current acceptable use policies, web publishing policies, or equivalents

-any current contracts with Internet filtering services and/or providers

-any current categories of content which your provider offers to block, along with which categories your library or libraries currently block

-any modifications to the standard configuration of your filter, including lists of sites, services, URLs, keywords, or other identifiers which have been specifically configured as forbidden or allowed (i.e. "blacklists/whitelists")

We will use these records in our research. Please note that we are not asking for registration, circulation, or other private records protected by state law, and you should feel free to redact personally identifiable information from the records you send us, at your discretion.

You may respond to this request by sending electronic documents (e.g. emails, screen captures, spreadsheets, etc) or high-quality scanned PDFs to this inbox. If you cannot respond by email, please fax copies to 206-984-9551, with “MIA” written clearly at the top of the first page. If you do not have any documents responsive to our request, or if you have questions about how to respond, then you may email us at this inbox. In order to assist you in responding to our request, we have also posted guidelines and examples at http://mappinginfoaccess.org.

We understand that there may be fees associated with responding to our request. We ask that you waive any such fees in light of our project’s character, which is non-commercial, academic, open, and firmly in the public interest. If you are unable to waive fees, and if they are in excess of $20, please contact us with an estimate of fees before responding.

Thank you in advance for helping us better understand the important work that you do. If you have any questions about our request or our project, please email us at: team [at] mappinginfoaccess [dot] org.

Sincerely,

Emily Knox
Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Library & Information Science
University of Illinois

Shannon M. Oltmann
Assistant Professor
School of Library & Information Science
University of Kentucky

Chris Peterson
Researcher
Center for Civic Media, Media Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

From: Tyler, Kathy

Emily Knox, Shawn Musgrave, Shannon Oltmann and Chris Peterson,

We are in receipt of your letter dated January 17, 2014 requesting documents for your research project related to the administering a public library system or public school system.
Please complete and return the following Public Records Request Form and submit it to Auburn City Schools via email or by mail.
Email: ktyler@auburnschools.org
Upon receipt of the form, we will review the request and notify you of action needed and/or taken.

From: Chris Peterson

Ms. Tyler:

Thank you for getting back to us and for your assistance with this records request.

Attached please find a signed copy of the request form. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about our request or the documents we seek.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 20, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Kathy Tyler

Attached is the response part 1 of 2 for the public records request submitted February 7, 2014.
Part 2 of 2 will be sent in another email following this one.
There will be no charge for this request as it is being sent by email.
We have elected to not charge for the 3 hours of time spent gathering information for this particular request.

Kathy Jameson Tyler
Secretary to Cristen Herring
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
for Auburn City Schools
(334) 887-1906

From: Kathy Tyler

Attached is the response part 2 of 2 for the public records request submitted February 7, 2014.
Part 1 of 2 was sent in another email preceding this one.
There will be no charge for this request as it is being sent by email.
We have elected to not charge for the 3 hours of time spent gathering information for this particular request.

Kathy Jameson Tyler
Secretary to Cristen Herring
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
for Auburn City Schools
(334) 887-1906

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