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New Policy Brief From ALA Looks at Effects of Internet Filtering in Public and School Libraries Ten Years After CIPA | LJ INFOdocket

New Policy Brief From ALA Looks at Effects of Internet Filtering in Public and School Libraries Ten Years After CIPA | LJ INFOdocket | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Over-filtering blocks access to legitimate educational resources, and consequently reduces access to information and learning opportunities for students. This  is the major finding  of the ALA research. To view the full report, click here: http://www.ala.org/offices/sites/ala.org.offices/files/content/oitp/publications/issuebriefs/cipa_report.pdf

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Any use by libraries of filtering software that blocks access to constitutionally protected speech is considered a violation of the Library Bill of Rights. ALA urges libraries using mandatory filtering software to reevaluate their Internet Use Policy in keeping with the library's mission statement, other access policies and academic community needs.

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Librarianship and Freedom of Expression in the Era of the Global Internet

Librarianship and Freedom of Expression in the Era of the Global Internet | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

There is a lot of concern in the modern world about how the internet has impacted freedom of expression. This is especially true in the U.S., where speech is protected from government interference by the First Amendment of the Constitution.

 

From the purely professional perspective of a librarian who is trying to organize information into easily-accessible catalogs and databases, there is certainly a strong reason to be in favor of the free exchange of information over the internet, without governmental restrictions, as it makes getting a holistic collection of our society’s views much easier.

 

Most would agree that a librarian, by profession, believes in giving the type of assistance that will allow others to empower themselves with knowledge, and the question of how good librarians can be at this task hangs in the balance as governments and private corporations decide what sort of speech is protected in this new era of a truly globalized internet. Our profession, then, has an obligation to weigh in on this debate.

 

Read more on this blog post written by David Winger here:  http://hacklibschool.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/librarianship-and-freedom-of-expression-in-the-era-of-the-global-internet/

 

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Libraries and the Internet Toolkit | Intellectual Freedom Manual 8

Libraries and the Internet Toolkit | Intellectual Freedom Manual 8 | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

At the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, TX, the Intellectual Freedom Committee approved the final draft of the revised and updated “Libraries and Internet Toolkit: Tips and Guidance for Managing and Communicating about the Internet.” The toolkit is now available as a downloadable PDF.

 

The new toolkit is intended to be a practical guide to managing Internet services in libraries of all types. It includes up-to-date information on filtering, the requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the use of, and access to, social media in libraries, guidelines on developing Internet policies, and practical advice on handling messaging and communications concerning library Internet services.

 

Download the toolkit here: 

http://www.ifmanual.org/sites/default/files/Libraries%20and%20the%20Internet%20Toolkit.pdf

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More Filipinos now using Internet for news, information–study

More Filipinos now using Internet for news, information–study | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
More Filipinos are using digital media for news and information rather than listening to radio or reading newspapers and magazines, according to a study conducted by TNS, a global research company.

 

The study was based on interviews with 72,000 consumers in 60 countries worldwide from November 2011 to January 2012.  In the Philippines, TNS interviewed 1000 respondents throughout urban areas from the ABCD socio-economic classes.

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New York Public Library to offer free Wi-Fi to needy users

New York Public Library to offer free Wi-Fi to needy users | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
New York public libraries will soon lend out Wi-Fi hot spots to low-income members who can’t afford Internet at home. Beginning in September, residents will be able to rent Wi-Fi devices for up to ...
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A great way to bridge the digital divide.  Even Chicago Public Library will launch separate Wi-Fi hotspot lending programs. Both libraries aim to give low-income households 24-hour access to the internet. "Providing continuous access will expand [people's] ability to participate fully in the modern economy and allow them to continue to learn, work, explore and create after the library's doors have closed," the NYPL.  When will our own National Library do the same?...

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Librarians move to fill void for 'digital natives'

Librarians move to fill void for 'digital natives' | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
The University of Western Ontario - Western provides the best student experience among Canada's leading research-intensive universities.

 

University-age students today are sometimes referred to as ‘digital natives’ – a group of people who have grown up with the Internet. But many young people are unsure of how to use computers and the Internet beyond social media or web-browsing purposes. Librarians are now helping students fill this digital void.

 

Libraries are looking to teach students how to optimize research and many now offer workshops on how to make sense of the information they find.  Librarians provide instruction on how to search efficiently within academic databases, using simple tricks such as adding brackets and asterisks to narrow down searches.

 

Nowadays, it’s important to recognize not all students are tech-savvy and for libraries to have support services for students through liaison librarians. These librarians spend time in research-intensive classes introducing students to the library resources available to them.

 

Read more here:  http://communications.uwo.ca/western_news/stories/2012/November/librarians_move_to_fill_void_for_digital_natives.html

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New study on Internet use at home ties to the impact of libraries

New study on Internet use at home ties to the impact of libraries | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Earlier this month the Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a study - "Exploring the Digital Nation: Computer and Internet Use at Home."  It confirms the digital divide between different racial and ethnic groups and between urban and rural areas in the U.S.   The report notes that socio-economic differences, such as income and education, explain much-but not all – of this divide.

 

The study reports that at least 20 percent of individuals without broadband service at home rely on public libraries for access.  The study has so much rich information, with many illuminating graphs and can be downloaded here: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/exploring_the_digital_nation_computer_and_internet_use_at_home_11092011.pdf

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What is ACTA? Why Should You Care?

What is ACTA? Why Should You Care? | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

ACTA is an international treaty agreement aiming to protect intellectual property, but some worry about its implications for online free speech and innovation on the Internet.  Some are calling ACTA a way for copyright holders to get around the legislative process after failing to pass SOPA and PIPA.

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