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Pornography in the computer lab

Hello student workers!


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Have you heard of the American Library Association (ALA)? They set standards all libraries adhere to, and have established the Library Bill of Rights, from which we support and protect many freedoms: freedom of information, academic freedom, intellectual freedom.

In a document called Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights, the academic library leg of ALA says:

Open and unfiltered access to the Internet should be conveniently available to the academic community in a college or university library. Content filtering devices and content-based restrictions are a contradiction of the academic library mission to further research and learning through exposure to the broadest possible range of ideas and information. Such restrictions are a fundamental violation of intellectual freedom in academic libraries.


Here at Gleeson, we take this very seriously. We allow all our patrons to access and view any type of information, including pornography on the computers in the labs.

If you receive a complaint about someone viewing "offensive" materials in the library, please explain that we support academic freedom and do not police the materials or information our patrons are consulting. As delicately as possible, help the offended party find a place to conduct their research and/or lab work -- suggest a different lab, suggest a laptop checkout, suggest more private places in the library, such as a study carrel in where one will not be bothered by what others are viewing.

Thank you for your help in protecting academic freedom, and let me know if you have questions or concerns.

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(Anonymous)
Aug. 27th, 2014 09:48 pm (UTC)
Good to know!-Alison
(Anonymous)
Aug. 29th, 2014 01:28 am (UTC)
Well, there you go.

Andrew
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