January 21, 2021

Alaska: Anchorage Library System Adopts ‘No Porn’ Policy After Debate

From the Alaska Dispatch News:

The Anchorage Public Library has changed its policy and formally banned the viewing of porn and other graphic content on public computers as part of a rewrite of internet use policies.

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The new policy capped a debate among library officials and advisers around intellectual freedom and the library’s reputation as a family-friendly place. Anchorage is the latest public library system in Alaska to adopt such a policy, with libraries in Wasilla, Juneau and elsewhere already explicitly barring porn or other sexually graphic images.

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The Anchorage Public Library long held a “hands-off” policy when it came to the computer habits of patrons.

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See Also: Anchorage Public Library Computer Use & Internet Policy (3 pages; PDF)

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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