Thursday, July 13, 2006

Porn-Viewing at Libraries a Growing Problem

The Tucson-Pima Public Library will install privacy screens around its computers so passers-by won't be exposed to pornography.

I wrote earlier about patrons at DC public libraries viewing hardcore porn at computers with children nearby.

Clearly, librarians need to take responsibility for this problem and ensure that children aren't exposed to pornography viewed by lonely adults at public computers. Placing screens around computers to protect the kids from these unfortunate patrons' obsessions is one solution, another is to provide an enclosed adults-only computer section where kids aren't allowed.

But that would force library managers to rethink the physical placement and arrangement of furniture and collections, which might well overstrain the abilities of some. It's a lot easier for library managers to just sit back in their offices and leave the computers as they are, abdicating their responsibities to their communities. It's a tough job being a librarian, isn't it?

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