Alabama Library Challenges (Homewood Public Library)

Chris Peterson filed this request with the Homewood Public Library of Homewood, 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: Deborah Fout

%%Out of Office%%
I will out of the office until Tuesday, April 29. I will get back to you then.

Deborah Fout
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Out-of-office Reply for: Deborah Fout <dfout@bham.lib.al.us>

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: Deborah Fout

%%Out of Office%%
I will out of the office until Thursday, May 15. I will get back to you then.

Deborah Fout
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Out-of-office Reply for: Deborah Fout <dfout@bham.lib.al.us>

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: Deborah Fout

%%Out of Office%%
I will out of the office until Monday, June 9. I will get back to you then.

If you need assistance sooner, contact Heather Cover at hcover@bham.lib.al.us.

Deborah Fout
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Out-of-office Reply for: Deborah Fout <dfout@bham.lib.al.us>

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: Deborah Fout

I am working on it. I should have it to you sometime next week.

Deborah Fout
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Deborah Fout, Director
Homewood Public Library

From: Heather Cover

I have compiled the information for Homewood Public Library, AL. Please
see answers below:

-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. *Please see attached files for the five formal challenges we have
received since 2003. We have received no other formal challenges since
January 1, 2003.*

-any current collection or curriculum development policy or policies
governing your institution(s). *Policy attached.*

-any records related to Internet filtering, including but not limited to:

-any current acceptable use policies, web publishing policies, or
equivalents. *Included in the Service Policies - attached.*

-any current contracts with Internet filtering services and/or
providers. *Our filter is through Barracuda Networks. We use one of
their 310 Web Filters.*

-any current categories of content which your provider offers to block,
along with which categories your library or libraries currently block.
*The provider offers to block:*
Criminal Activity
Hacking
Illegal Drugs
Intolerance & Hate
Phishing & Fraud
Spam
Tasteless & Offensive
Terrorism
Violence
Weapons
Adult
Intimate Apparel/Swimsuit
Porn
Gaming
Category
Gambling
Game Media
Game Playing
Commerce
Category
Advertisements & Pop-Ups
Auctions
Business
Finance & Investment
Job Search & Career Development
Real Estate
Shopping
Chat
Downloads
Forums & Newsgroups
Hosting Sites
Proxies
Peer-to-Peer
Search Engines & Portals
Social Networking
Spyware
Streaming Media
Web-based Email
Alcohol & Tobacco
Comics, Humor, & Jokes
Entertainment
Food & Dining
Hobbies & Recreation
Home & Garden
Kid's Sites
Motor Vehicles
Personals and Dating
Photo Searches
Sports
Travel
Arts
Computing & Technology
Education
Government & Legal
Health & Medicine
News
Political Issues & Activist Groups
Reference
Religion
Science
Sex Education
Society & Culture

*We block the following:*
Lid_14093
Adult
Porn
Gambling
Proxies
Peer-to-Peer
Spyware
Lid_14094

*We also enforce safe searching through the major search engines.*

-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 have no blacklistings.

Whitelist is as follows:*
aitsafe.com
bamacross.com
bebo.com
boopsie.com
bredir.com
candicotton.com
channelintelligence.com
docs.boopsie.bredir.com
docs.host.bredir.com
dvddrive-in.com
dvdtalk.com
ec207.boopsie.com
escaping-mediocrity.com
fishbowl.com
glbtays.org
googleusercontent.com
homiesnomas.com
horrordvds.com
jasongallman.com
livejournal.com
lodge79.com
mediatakeout.com
metacafe.com
metroflog.com
mybloglog.com
nsl.boopsie.bredir.com
premiereinteractive.com
questmerchandiser.no-ip.org
rs6.net
slideshare.net
slidesharecdn.com
tmz.com
twitter.grader.com
webkinz.com
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Heather Cover
Special Projects Librarian
Homewood Public Library

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Heather Cover
Special Projects Librarian
Homewood Public Library

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