Alabama Library Challenges (Elmore County Schools )

Chris Peterson filed this request with the Elmore County Schools of Wetumpka, 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: barbara burchard

I have been forwarded the email you have emailed Dr. Langham

I am trying to grasp the actual type of data you are requesting

As far as the Internet - we do not maintain records back to 2003 - although I suspect our filtering trends have not changed much if anything it is more open now than in the past

I may need to have you sign a data agreement or understanding depending on the data that I gather - part of our State Department and local policy

I am working with another lady to gather the Library info you requested

Barbara Burchard | Technology Coordinator | Accountability Coordinator| AETA Region VII Representative |Elmore County Public Schools
525 Micanopy Street, Wetumpka, Al 36092 | 334-567-1228 | FAX 334-514-2800

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From: barbara burchard

We did not respond initially because this appeared to be a type of SPAM. Your email address is very misleading

So I do apologize for this taking as long as it has

The pieces of information you have asked for are:

-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 - We have not received any complaints, requests or challenges for removal, reclassification, and/or reconsiderations we typically are proactive to look at sites and to review searching histories - any employee may request a site be open for educational purposes and at that time we will make sure it is compliance with CIPA, COPPA, and

-any current collection or curriculum development policy or policies governing your institution(s) - our policy manual is on the website at - http://www.elmoreco.com/Download.asp?L=1&LMID=92160&PN=DocumentUploads&DivisionID=2445&DepartmentID=&SubDepartmentID=&SubP=&Act=Download&T=1&I=272498

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

-any current acceptable use policies, web publishing policies, or equivalents - located in Policy Manual - http://www.elmoreco.com/Download.asp?L=1&LMID=92160&PN=DocumentUploads&DivisionID=2445&DepartmentID=&SubDepartmentID=&SubP=&Act=Download&T=1&I=272498

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

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

-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") - Those are attached

Barbara Burchard | Technology Coordinator | Accountability Coordinator| AETA Region VII Representative |Elmore County Public Schools

525 Micanopy Street, Wetumpka, Al 36092 | 334-567-1228 | FAX 334-514-2800

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