Alabama Library Challenges (Munford Public Library)

Chris Peterson filed this request with the Munford Public Library of Munford, 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: Jenny Trickett

Good morning, I am sending you our policy and procedures that we have on file at this time! I have recently taken over the directors position here at Munford Public Library and I am in the process of updating our Long Range Plan and Policies and Procedures. Our library was started by a wonderful lady by the name of Connie P. Beverly in 2008 with 5000 her late father's books from his library. She started and ran the library for almost 5 years with no pay. She did an outstanding job with the help of volunteers and people of the community also, donating some of their books. She saw the need to have a staff with pay. So, I came on board in 2011 as a part-time employee. I have since taken over and attempting to get all aspects of this wonderful library in order and up to date. We are a small library in a small community, but with a BIG heart. I am Full-time with a part-time helper. So trying to attempt to get this all taken care of in a timely fashion is quit
a task. If you still need any other information from us please let me know and I will get it to as quick as I possible can.

Thank you,
Jenny Trickett
Munford Public Library

From: Jenny Trickett

Good morning, we also have Blue Coat K9 Blocker Web Protection on each computer and it blocks All Adult content, security threats, and sexually suggestive sites. 

From: Chris Peterson

Ms. Trickett -

Thank you so much for sending these documents. They will be incredibly useful for our research.

Could you confirm whether your library has received any complaints, challenges or requests for reconsideration of materials over the time period indicated?

Thank you!

From: Jenny Trickett

The time I have been here no challenges. Like I said in a previous email we have a small library with a town population of 1200 so had 1 complaint about our library being so small, but the patron was from out of town and used to larger libraries so I made a statement that there are larger libraries in other surrounding counties or cities that would be able to accommodate what he was looking for, the patron thanked me for the information and left. I don't believe we have had any requests for reconsideration of materials if we have I cannot remember! 
I hope this made sense and will be useful! Let me know if there is any other items you need.

Thank You, 
Jenny Trickett

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