Library wants survey on Web pornography issue

Despite a groundswell of local controversy, it doesn't appear strong-arm measures like impenetrable filters or limited Internet access are in the Gwinnett County Public Library's future. Instead, library leaders plan to ask thousands of Gwinnettians for suggestions on moving forward. Library board members agreed Monday to a large-scale survey that, in theory, will take the pulse of far more library users than those who have come forth thus far with suggestions on Internet issues.
Ruth Hardy, a library user, sparked debate over Internet access after she witnessed a man viewing pornography last year at a local branch, she said. The Gwinnett system has more than 75,000 registered minors who frequent its 14 branches.

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Hooray for Library that Responds to Citizen Input

Family Friendly Libraries
www.fflibraries.org
Yes, it's true, that thanks to involved citizens and at the urging of Family Friendly Libraries and the National Coalition for the Protection of Families and Children, the Gwinnett County Public Library is going to revamp its Internet Viewing Policy (no more looking the other way) and ask the public what we want from our library. This is the Family Friendly Libraries mission taking practical effect- the library is taking its cues from the public instead of the American Library Association.

Denise Varenhorst
President
Family Friendly Libraries

ORLY?

Wait, wait, wait...

You're telling me... that the library... is going to.. ask the people what they want? They're going to go and talk to their... patronage?

And get their opinions?

Before moving forward and doing something that satisfies a few, inconveniences more, and angers most?

Wow... Has that ever been done before? I mean that sounds so... responsible.

Arguments from authority are unacceptable. ~Carl Sagan

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