|Submitted||Jan. 20, 2014|
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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.
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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.
Graduate School of Library & Information Science
University of Illinois
Shannon M. Oltmann
School of Library & Information Science
University of Kentucky
Center for Civic Media, Media Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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.
Our library is a very small, one-person staffed library, and we do not have the records you have requested. However, I can tell you that we do offer internet access to our patrons, we use an internet filter per state and federal legal requirements; those filters are set at moderate levels, so as to intercept objectionable materials before they can be disseminated. Our filter of choice is K9, because it is provided to us free of charge through the state library system. We block all pornography sites, sites with sexually suggestive keywords or content, sites that contain hate based materials, sites that promote terrorism, and some gambling sites. As far as I know, no other subjects are blocked.
There have been no written requests for removal, reclassification, and/or reconsideration of publications including books, magazines, movies, music, and/or other media. Such matters are have not arisen, but if they do they will be handled immediately by the library director to the satisfaction of the patron in question. Our board chooses to err on the side of caution rather than offense. The library director exercises full discretion in materials selection based on area demand, interest, and topics.
Falkville Public Library
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