Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Porn and Internet Filters

Another public library is doing some much-needed soul-searching over allowing patrons to view porn on computers.

This time it's in Lubbock, TX.

While it is legal for people over the age of 18 to view that type of material, some say it's inappropriate to do so at a public place such as the library.

Well, of course. But what have the librarians there been doing?

"When we do have a complaint, we will talk to that individual who is accessing something that might be deemed inappropriate, and we ask them not to do that," Clausen said.

That's ridiculous. Ask them not to do it? Without a policy forbidding them from from viewing porn in the library? That makes no sense. But it's encouraging to hear that the library board is discussing the problem.

I wrote on this topic earlier here.

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