Libraries try to keep Internet access safe

A story from Oklahoma on filtering policies in public libraries.

The policies in libraries ranging in size from New York City to Hominy have a common theme — read at your own risk.

\”Ultimately, everyone has to take individual responsibility,\” said Jon Walker, division director for automation and collection services for the Tulsa City- County Library.

\”When you look at all the media including television and print, you have bad things in all those arenas. We have to teach people the skills to be able to discern what is accurate and important.\”

The Oklahoma Library Association and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries support and encourage libraries to develop an Internet policy but do not make recommendations for content.

Local library boards have the final decision about what is passed and enforced in their communities.