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Imagine yourself to be a typical parent in this century. With very little time on your hands, your schedule is jammed tight: meals to fix, kids to get ready to school, getting yourself ready, a job to go to, pick up the kids, bills to pay, food to buy, etc. On one particular day, one of your children notifies you that once again they are going to the library to finish a school paper. No harm in that right? However, perhaps you would think differently if you knew your child wasn’t going to the library to merely finish his report, but to also look at pornography he had been introduced to on the internet. This is not only a reality at your local libraries, but also the topic of a long time debate in this country over responsible information access and censorship which has centered around the electronic access of documents. Society has proven intolerant of anything that hints of censorship due to the history of those who have tried to impose forms of extreme censorship–like Mcarthism, Hitler, and the like. The age of the 1960's and 1970's brought forth an era of liberation from restrictions and limitations within our own country.

The library has always been a storehouse of free access information to all ages. It has always been a pretty safe place to send your children too. The library is a place filled with documents, books and papers to do book reports, research and engage the mind. What has changed now is this media has moved to a electronic medium. The internet has opened a new form of accessing electronic documents that allows anyone to access any kind of document anywhere in the world. This includes things pornography which is something no library has allowed in any form in it’s history. Paul Roberts,...


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“ALA Is A Big Contributor to Public Library Internet Pornography.” 2002. Family Friendly Libraries. <http://www.fflibraries.org/Speeches_Editorials_Papers/FFLResponseToALA_WT_3-26-99Letter.htm.>

“UNITED STATES et al. v. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, INC., et al. APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA”. Legal Information Institute. <http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/02-361.ZS.html>

“Library Internet Filtering”. American Family Association. <http://www.afa.net/lif/>

“Summer Reading Assignment: Library Internet Pornography Filtering Case.” CFIF Posting. 2002. <http://www.cfif.org/htdocs/legislative_issues/federal_issues/hot_issues_in_congress/technology/summer_reading.html>


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