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Revisiting the Children’s Internet Protection Act: 10 Years Later

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It’s been ten years since the Children’s Internet Protection Act–the law that requires public libraries and K-12 schools to employ internet filtering software in exchange for certain federal funding–was upheld by the Supreme Court as constitutional. During the past decade, how have libraries coped with the law’s filtering requirements? What can be done to ensure open and equitable access to information while complying with the law?

Join an interactive session at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting on Sunday, January 26, 2014, from 1:00-2:30 p.m., as panelists discuss the difficult issues faced by librarians developing and managing internet use policies. Panelists will wade through legal requirements, ethical arguments, factual issues, and potential long-term impacts of filtering. The session, “Revisiting the Children’s Internet Protection Act: 10 Years Later,” will take place in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 203 A.

During the session, speakers will discuss “Fencing Out Knowledge: Impacts of CIPA 10 Years Later,” a new ALA report that will explore the impacts of filtering on K-12 education, public library users’ access to online information and professional library practice. The report provides a set of recommendations for the future. As part of the session, program speakers will solicit feedback on recommendations from the report. Read the executive summary of the report.

Program speakers include Helen Adams, online instructor, Mansfield University; Kristen Batch, consultant, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy; Martin Garnar, professor and reference services librarian, Regis University; and Chris Harris, school library system coordinator, Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (NY).

The session is jointly sponsored by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom and the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy. Read more ALA Washington Office Midwinter Meeting sessions.

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Marijke Visser

Marijke Visser is the associate director and senior policy advocate at the American Library Association’s Washington Office. She is involved in all stages of Libraries Ready to Code, E-rate, and Connect Home projects. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Peace and Global Studies/Sociology and Anthropology from Earlham College in Indiana. Before joining the ALA in 2009, Marijke earned her master’s in Library and Information Science from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.

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