Alabama Library Challenges (Florence City Schools )

Chris Peterson filed this request with the Florence City Schools of Florence, 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: Marcia Austin

To Whom it May Concern:

We received your request for records to be used in your research. I believe the information that you have requested can be found in two documents that are currently posted on the Florence City Schools’ website: www.florencek12.org

Under the “Administration” tab at the top of the Home Page you will find a copy of our Policy Manual. On the left-hand side of the screen on the Home Page under “At Your Fingertips…” you will find the “Parent Student Handbook.”

Feel free to peruse these documents and others on the site.

Thank you.

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: Janet Womack

Mr. Peterson,

I received your email stating that we had not responded to your request. Please see below where we responded on February 6, 2014 at 12:33 p.m.

Sincerely,

Janet S. Womack, Ph.D.
Superintendent
Florence City Schools

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From: Janet Womack

Mr. Peterson,

We responded to your request via email on February 6, 2014 at 12:33 p.m. The response was from Marcia Austin, one of our assistants.

I have also just forwarded you that response again as well from my email address.

Sincerely,

Janet S. Womack, Ph.D.
Superintendent
Florence City Schools

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From: Chris Peterson

Dr. Womack,

Apologies for overlooking this earlier response -- looking at these documents, it looks like the only part of the request that aren't addressed are:

-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 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")

Thank you for your help!

From: Janet Womack

Mr. Peterson,

We have not had any challenges as referenced in your first point below since 2003 according to our FCS Curriculum Director.

In regard to your point two, we have continued to use Lightspeed as our internet filtering with no changes other than what is routinely updated or provided by the Lightspeed service according to the FCS Director of Technology.

Sincerely,

Janet S. Womack, Ph.D.
Superintendent
Florence City Schools

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