Isn’t it great that as librarians we have such good stuff to read online? For today’s assignment, please read “Lawfully Surfing the Net: Disabling Public Library Internet Filters to Avoid More Lawsuits in the United States” Even though I date a law student, I’m all in favor of fewer lawsuits.
If you’ve never heard a librarian sputter, just get one talking about CIPA and staff computers. Many librarians correctly determine that, since all staff are adults (with the exception of any under 17 who should be treated differently), they have the right to disable the filters….Why install them in the first place, many argue, causing untold hassles in maintenance and sometimes significantly increased fees? This is a reasonable position. Yet the text of the law says “any of its computers with Internet access” [thanks raizel]