Alabama Library Challenges (Geraldine Public Library)

Chris Peterson filed this request with the Geraldine Public Library of Geraldine, 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: Sheila Maddox

I, wish to waive to $20 fee for sending info that you need.
1. As of date we have no complaints or challenges for removal, reclassification, and or reconsideration of publications if books, magazines, movies, music, or other media, along with associated records, petitions, and/or correspondence since January 1, 2003.
2.Current collection development policy governingour library: Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
We provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disany records related to Internet filtering, including but not limited to:

3.-any current acceptable use policies, web publishing policies, or equivalents: no

4.-any current contracts with Internet filtering services and/or providers. no but the library does have web filtering on all patron computer. 4 hewlett packards have kurupira (free) 4 hewlett packards plus 3 laptops before the present and 3 apple desktops and 1 apple laptop has Bluecoat k9 (free Auburn University)

5. -any current categories of content which your provider offers to block, along with which categories your library or libraries currently block. Abortion, adult/mature content, alcohol, alternative sexuality/lifestyle, alternative spirituality/occult, gambling, hacking, illegal/questionable, illegal drugs, intimateapparel/swimsuit, nudity, peer-to-peer, personals/dating,phishing, ponography,proxy advoidance, sryware/malware source, syware effects, tobacco, violence.
approval.

6. -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")
Abortion, adult/mature content, alcohol, alternative sexuality/lifestyle, alternative spirituality/occult, gambling, hacking, illegal/questionable, illegal drugs, intimateapparel/swimsuit, nudity, peer-to-peer, personals/dating,phishing, ponography,proxy advoidance, sryware/malware source, syware effects, tobacco, violence. These 2 are basically the same question. on Kupupira I receive a screen shot ever 30 minutes up on alerts.
approval.
Diane Maddox Director
Geraldine Public Library
email geraldn284@yahoo.com
Phone (256)659-6663
Fax (256)659-6663

From: MuckRock

Director Maddox -

Thank you for this thorough response. On the policy portions of the request, could you provide copies of the document(s) from which these passages come?

Thank you for your help, and have a fantastic weekend!

From: Sheila Maddox

 I hope this what you were needing. I had before Safe Eyes that expired in Jan. 2014 (4) Hewlett Packard. I replace this filter with Kurupira (free). I have it setup just like K-9.
Diane Maddox Director
Geraldine Public Library
email geraldn284@yahoo.com
Phone (256)659-6663
Fax  (256)659-6663

From: MuckRock

This is precisely what we were looking for.

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: Sheila Maddox

I scan and sent copies of the info I thought you needed not sure what you are needing. Please clarify info needed.

 
Diane Maddox Director
Geraldine Public Library
email geraldn284@yahoo.com
Phone (256)659-6663
Fax  (256)659-6663

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