San Jose councilman argues for filtered computer use at SJSU (For The Children)

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 02/07/2008 - 10:02

San Jose City Councilman Pete Constant is concerned with children viewing "second-hand porn" while visiting San Jose's public libraries, which includes the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library.

"Children can get porn anywhere. If they don't see it at the library, kids will see it in other places," said Sarah Jasso, a psychology major.

Library wants survey on Web pornography issue

Submitted by Blake Carver (not verified) on Wed, 01/30/2008 - 20:08

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.

San Jose councilman chides head librarian on porn-filter report

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 01/26/2008 - 20:26

San Jose City Councilman Pete Constant accused the city's head librarian Wednesday of foot-dragging and shoddy research on his proposal to filter pornography out of library computers. Constant told Library Director Jane Light he was "disappointed" in her progress report to a council committee on his October proposal for the city to reconsider Internet filtering on library computers. A final report is due in March.

People hate librarians....

Submitted by effinglibrarian on Thu, 12/20/2007 - 21:46
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People hate librarians enough to take it all the way to the Supreme Court.

In the U.S. vs. the ALA, the attorney for the respondents, Paul M. Smith makes a case that library patrons can't be required to suffer the stigma of asking a librarian to unblock a "porn" filter. Essentially, that asking a librarian for this help is so traumatic that it should be declared unconstitutional. So that ultimately, the entire filtering issue comes down to the "stigma" of asking the librarian for help.

Patron Taking Offense..

Submitted by Hedgie on Fri, 12/14/2007 - 02:53

Popular knitting blogger CrazyAuntPurl describes a scene where she sees obviously inappropriate pictures on a library computer. When she takes offense and talks to the staff person about it-- the sympathetic person notes that many staff members have also complained, apparently with no effect.

Notably--her rant is focused more on people's lack of decency these days and she's a pretty brash blogger, so it takes a lot to offend her.

Filter Flap in Gwinnett County

Submitted by Great Western Dragon on Mon, 11/19/2007 - 07:03

In news that surprises no one reading this site, Gwinnett County Public Library patrons discovered that the library's public internet filtering doesn't always work.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the full story, but what got me was this line:

"At a public library in Norcross last week, it took less than 15 seconds to find pornographic photographs on a computer terminal."

California library's internet filtering strategy

Submitted by michelle c. on Thu, 11/01/2007 - 20:34

Popular blog Boing Boing points to one library's interesting method for dealing with library filtering, utilizing large signs designating "filtered" and "unfiltered" internet access. Says the submitter of the photo, "The 'unfiltered' side faces the reference desk so the librarians can monitor usage but they say it has reduced abuse and given adults uncensored access to the internet." Pic and entry here.

Christian group pushing to filter porn from San Jose libraries

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 10/22/2007 - 22:38

The Mercury News: A Christian group led in part by a former San Jose city councilman is pushing for anti-pornography filters on computers at the city's public libraries. "We want to provide free access to information. Parents are certainly welcome to guide children's use, but it's certainly not the library's role to do that," branch manager Pam Crider said.