Thursday, March 02, 2006

No Porn in the Library! How Dare They!

A public library board in Washington State has voted to put filters on all library computers and ban Internet porn completely. This disappointed one of the board members, who said that “There are valid reasons to watch porn in a library.” I can't think of what they might be, but no doubt that's because I'm not as smart as that board member. The ALA Direct article linked above implies that the board vote may have been tied to a public vote that didn't garner enough support for a capital improvement bond. What a spineless, lily-livered board they have in Fort Vancouver, Washington. Who cares what the public thinks of the public libraries? Don't they realize it's the job of librarians to tell people what's good for them? And don't they realize that it interferes with the God-given Constitutional guarantees that perverts will have free public access to pornography in our libraries? Isn't that what makes this country, and the field of librarianship, great?

1 comment:

tomeboy55 said...

Greetings Annnoyed - It's refreshing to see a colleague able to think beyond ALAWON talking points. FWIW I happen to consider the use, or non-use, of filters as a collection development issue. Certainly outside the purview of the Chicago cadre.

(webpages.charter.net/tomeboy/filters.html)

If ok with you, I would like to provide a link to your site from mine?

Best

tomeboy
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