Alabama Library Challenges (Fayette County Memorial Library)

Chris Peterson filed this request with the Fayette County Memorial Library of Fayette, 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: 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: Amia Baker

To Whom It May Concern:

* We have had no 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 July 11, 2011 when I became Library Director. I have not located any complaints prior to my arrival going back to January 1, 2003, but I cannot be certain that no complaints were received during that time.

* any current collection or curriculum development policy or policies governing your institution(s): We have a 16 page Collection Development Policy. It is in print. I do not have an electronic copy, nor can I scan the document.

* 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 do not use filters. Our Internet Use Policy is 2 pages. It is in print. I do not have an electronic copy, nor can I scan the document.

We charge $1.00/page for faxing. We charge $0.25/page for copies + postage. Fees must be collected prior to the service being performed. We are a small, public library with limited funding and staff. I hope you understand that we cannot waive our fees for everyone doing research. However, they are available for viewing for free in person at our Library, upon request.

Amia Baker
Library Director
Fayette County Memorial Library

From: MuckRock

Hello,

Thank you for your response. Can you please provide an official cost estimate for faxing the indicated documents?

Thank you!

From: Amia Baker

It would be 18 pages to be faxed, so it would cost $18.00. We accept cash, check, or money orders. We cannot do a debit/credit card.

From: MuckRock

Hello,

A check for $18 has been placed in the mail. We look forward to receiving the requested documents.

Thank you very much.

From: Chris Peterson

Fayette County Memorial Library
326 Temple Avenue North
Fayette, AL 35555

July 28, 2014

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $18.00 to satisfy the necessary fee for the request for copies of:

-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 are looking forward to receiving the requested material and thank you for your time.

From: Amia Baker

Your payment was received today. Please provide the fax number where I can send the documents.

Amia Baker
Library Director
Fayette County Memorial Library
326 Temple Ave N
Fayette, AL 35555
(205) 932-6625

From: MuckRock

Hello,

Thank you for confirming receipt of the check. You may either email the documents to this inbox, or else fax to 206-984-9551.

Thank you for your help!

From: Fayette County Memorial Library

From: MuckRock

Received! Thank you for your help.

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