Alabama Library Challenges (Thomasville City Schools )

Chris Peterson filed this request with the Thomasville City Schools of Thomasville, 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: Vic Adkison

No challenged material during this time.

From: Chris Peterson

Hello,

Thank you very much for your response with regard to challenged materials. Could you please confirm whether Thomasville City Schools has any documents responsive to the remainder of the public records request, namely:

-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")

Thank you for your assistance.

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: Lanessa Pugh

Please find the information you requested below:
Acceptable use policies, web publishing policies or equivalents- There is a district Technology Acceptable Usage Policy which includes web publishing, etc. We also have a Student Laptop Handbook for Thomasville Middle School.
Current contracts with Internet filtering services /providers- Thomasville City Schools use Alabama Super Computer for internet filtering.
Current categories of content which the provider offers to block, along with which categories your libraries currently block- Gaggle, our e-mail providers has categories of blocked words, etc. It also flags or alerts us to sites students are using ( that have their e-mail address in the set up of the site account) if profanity is used, inappropriate picture, etc
Any modifications to the standard configuration of the filter, including lists of sites, services URLs, keywords or other identifies which have been specifically configured as forbidden or allowed- Yes, changes have been made to standard configuration of filter services blocking Face Book, twitter and other social media but allowing You Tube and media (CNN).
If there are any additional questions, please let me know.
Thanks,
Lanessa P. Pugh
Secretary/Bookkeeper/Payroll Clerk
Thomasville City Schools
Post Office Box 458
Thomasville, AL 36784
(334) 636-9955 ext 8620
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From: MuckRock

Apologies for the delay in response. Please provide copies of the indicated documents, including policies/procedures, or else provide specific URLs where such documents can be downloaded.

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: Lanessa Pugh

Good Morning,

Policies and procedures that are used at the Thomasville City School System can be found at www.thomasvilleschools.org. Please let me know if additional information is necessary.
Thanks,

Lanessa P. Pugh
Secretary/Bookkeeper/Payroll Clerk
Thomasville City Schools
Post Office Box 458
Thomasville, AL 36784
(334) 636-9955 ext 8620

From: Chris Peterson

Hello,

After considerable searching on the district website as well as via Google, we were able to locate the attached parent/student handbook, but no Technology Acceptable Usage Policy specifically. Can you provide the specific URL, or send a copy?

Thank you.

  • 2014-2015 Parent-Student Handbook Thomasville City Schools - FINAL_1.pdf

From: Lanessa Pugh

Please find attached policies for Thomasville City Schools
Technology/Internet Usage. Please let me know if additional information is
necessary.
Thanks,

Lanessa P. Pugh
Secretary/Bookkeeper/Payroll Clerk
Thomasville City Schools
Post Office Box 458
Thomasville, AL 36784
(334) 636-9955 ext 8620

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