Alabama Library Challenges (Baldwin County Library Cooperative)

Chris Peterson filed this request with the Baldwin County Library Cooperative of Robertsdale, 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: Liz Reed

Attached please find the Baldwin County Library Cooperative's (BCLC) Policy
Manual. Our Internet Policy is in Appendix C. I've also included a letter
which the former director of the library wrote to Senator Jeff Sessions
regarding the Patriot Act. The letter was written in 2005. In 2012, we
began filtering the internet in our library by using iPrism Web Filtering
Service from Edgewave. I have attached our most recent contract as well as
Edgewave's Social Media Policy.

I have been the director of BCLC since 2006 and in that time we have had no
request to remove material from our collection. There have been two
complaints.

1. A lady called and asked if we had a book in which a girl had a
vampire baby. I have since learned that this did happen in the "Twilight"
series of books. At the time I was not familiar with the book but told the
lady that we believed it was the parent's responsibility to check their
child's reading material. We did not remove the book.

2. We are the bookmobile library and one of our elementary schools
requested that we remove any offensive books from the bookmobile. We told
them that we did not censor our books and that it would be problematic to go
through the bookmobile and remove parts of the collection. We also told
them that people have different ideas about what is offensive and we as the
library did not want to make a determination on whether a book is offensive.
The conversation was cordial but the school requested that the bookmobile no
longer visit the school.

Thank you,

Liz Reed

Director

Baldwin County Library Cooperative

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