ALA's E-rate TF: questions for filter vendors
jay currie writes "Over at the ALA they have posted five pages of questions a library (in PDF) should ask a filtering vendor. All good questions but a fundamental abdication of the ALA's obligation to act on behalf of its members. Asking questions is not the same as demanding answers or setting standards. Any filtering vendor can, and no doubt will, answer the suggested questions. But will the answers be truthful, complete and helpful? Will the ALA collect and co-relate the answers to save smaller libraries the hassle and cost of going through this process?
Libraries - big and small - are much better advised to skip the ALA's lame attempt to get a handle on CIPA and go to Lori Ayre's increasingly comprehensive filter information, pricing and features page."