Alabama Library Challenges (Dothan / Houston-Love Memorial Library)

Chris Peterson filed this request with the Dothan / Houston-Love Memorial Library of Dothan, 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: 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: 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: Bettye Forbus

We have just completed construction and opening of two new library
locations. My time has been consumed by the culmination of this 3-year
project. As part of the new facilities, we are in the process of reviewing
all policies as well so many things are in a state of flux.

We have not had " 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." Frankly,
I had not read the rest of the request because I thought it pertained to
more information about challenges and therefore did not apply to our
library. Now that I have read the rest of your email, I will talk to our IT
department to see if we have any relevant documents.

May I ask how widespread your research is? It seems strange that a
Boston-based entity is focusing on Alabama libraries.

Bettye Forbus
Bettye Forbus, Director
Dothan Houston County Library System
PO Box 1369
Dothan, AL 36303
334-793-9767
www.dhcls.org

From: MuckRock

Hello,

Thank you very much for taking a look for the policy and filtering documents we've requested.

To your question on scope of our research, a full description of the project can be found at http://mappinginfoaccess.org/. We are a team of researchers based in Boston, Kentucky and Illinois, and are researching library policy nationwide.

Thank you again for your help, and have a great weekend!

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: Bettye Forbus

I am attaching copies of our Internet Use Policy and the categories of
content that may be blocked by our filtering software opendns. You will see
checkmarks beside the categories we are currently blocking.

I think this is everything we have relevant to your project.

Bettye Forbus
Bettye Forbus, Director
Dothan Houston County Library System
PO Box 1369
Dothan, AL 36303
334-793-9767
www.dhcls.org

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