Alabama Library Challenges (Carl Elliott Regional Library System)

Chris Peterson filed this request with the Carl Elliott Regional Library System of Jasper, 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: Sandra Underwood

To Whom It May Concern:

The Carl Elliott Regional Library System is comprised of six member libraries; those libraries are Arley Public Library, Carbon Hill Public Library, Double Springs Public Library, Haleyville Public Library, Jasper Public Library, and Sumiton Public Library. All the libraries are subject to the policies of the Carl Elliott Regional Library System Board. As such, I will be answering for all 6 member libraries and the regional library system in this email. Please mark the requests for information for these libraries as received. The Cordova Public Library, formerly a member of the Carl Elliott Regional Library System, was closed in April 2011 after having been destroyed by a tornado. Please mark its request as closed.

Since January 1, 2003 there have been no complaints, requests, and/or challenges for removal, reclassification, and/or reconsideration of publications including books, magazines, movies, music, and/or other media within the Carl Elliott Regional Library System.

The current collection development policy is in an attachment to this email.

The current acceptable use policies, web publishing policies, or equivalents are linked on our website: http://www2.youseemore.com/cerl/about.asp?loc=11

The libraries have no contracts with Internet filtering services and/or providers.

There are no categories of content which our provider offers to block, along with which categories your library or libraries currently block.

There are no modifications to the standard configuration of our filters, including lists of sites, services, URLs, keywords, or other identifiers which have been specifically configured as forbidden or allowed (i.e. "blacklists/whitelists").


Sandra Underwood, Director
Carl Elliott Regional Library System/Jasper Public Library
98 18th Street East
Jasper, AL 35501
(205) 221-2568
www.carlelliottregionallibrary.org

"Man builds no structure that outlives a book."--Congressman Carl A. Elliott, Sr.

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