November 18, 2017

Porn in the Libraries: Three Approaches

By LJ Staff

In the wake of the
decision
in the case of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA),
libraries—as the New York Times recently reported—have
devised multiple approaches. In Greenville, SC, the library uses filters on all
terminals excepting one per building. In DeKalb County, GA, the library leaves
its terminals open and lets its librarians practice the “tap-on-the-shoulder.”
And in Virginia Beach, VA, terminals are recessed from view for privacy, based
on the premise that open terminals will not in fact embarrass patrons into
compliance. Libraries, as the newspaper observed, must walk a fine line: if they
do too little, they run afoul of parents and conservative groups; if they decide
to institute blanket filtering, they can be sued.

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