Alabama Library Challenges (Dekalb County Schools )

Chris Peterson filed this request with the Dekalb County Schools of Rainsville, 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: 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: Cyndy Smith

I received this request and am working diligently to get the information you requested.
Thank you for your patience.

Thank You
Cyndy Smith
Technology Network Manager
256.899.2911
www.dekalbk12.org

"People are as happy as they make up their minds to be." (Abraham Lincoln)

On Jan. 20, 2014:

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

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For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 7789
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.
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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: Cyndy Smith

Thank You

Cyndy Smith

Technology Network Manager

256.899.2911

www.dekalbk12.org

"People are as happy as they make up their minds to be." (Abraham Lincoln)

From: Paula Nance [mailto:panance@dekalbk12.org]
Sent: Thursday, June 19, 2014 5:03 PM
To: team@mappinginfoaccess.org
Cc: Cyndy Smith
Subject: DeKalb County School Info

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

NA

-any current collection or curriculum development policy or policies
governing your institution(s)

http://www.dekalbk12.org/staff.html ,
http://www.dekalbk12.org/students.html and
http://www.dekalbk12.org/public.html are links to where we have documents
housed.

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

-any current acceptable use policies, web publishing policies, or
equivalents

See links for student handbook
http://www.dekalbk12.org/booklets/complete%20ready%20to%20print%20Student%20
Handbook%20-%202013-2014.pdf and Policy and Procedure Handbook
http://www.dekalbk12.org/booklets/Policiesandprocedure201314.pdf for
documents containing these policies.

-any current contracts with Internet filtering services and/or providers

Alabama Super Computer

-any current categories of content which your provider offers to block,
along with which categories your library or libraries currently block

All required by CIPA

-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")

Blacklist required by CIPA. We do allow YouTube

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>
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

Filed via MuckRock.com

E-mail (Preferred): <mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):

MuckRock News

DEPT MR 7789

PO Box 55819

Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might
be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

Paula Nance

Software Technician

DeKalb County Board of Education

(256) 638-6921

(256) 717-3270

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