June 18, 2021

Kern County, California: Porn Concern Prompts New Library Web Filters

From The Bakersfield Californian:

Kern County’s libraries will begin blocking public Internet access to online sites that are considered to be obscene, harmful to children or to contain child pornography, under a 2000 law that provides funding for Web access for libraries that filter out such content.

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Kern County Library Director Sherry Gomez said adults older than 18 will still be able to access the sites by contacting library staff and requesting that the block be lifted.

By making the change, she said, the library will realize an estimated $16,000 in savings that would be used to offset increasing costs of being a part of the San Joaquin Valley Library System.

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See Also: Washington: Yakima County Libraries Begin Filtering Out Adult Websites (September 28, 2012)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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