Supreme Court Upholds CIPA
U.S. Supreme Court recently announced a ruling upholding the Childrens
Internet Protection Act (CIPA). This law requires libraries to install filtering
software on computers providing access to the Internet as a requirement
for receiving federal assistance, including the E-rate program and grants
provided through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).
The Institute of Museum and Library Services provided guidance to the Nebraska Library Commission regarding LSTA grants. The Federal Communications Commission released an order updating regulations pertaining to CIPA requirements for libraries receiving E-rate support.
The American Library Association (ALA), plaintiff in the case, called for full disclosure of what sites filtering companies are blocking, who is deciding what is filtered, and what criteria are being used. ALA also scheduled technology briefing sessions for vendors and developers of filtering technology to explain how CIPA will affect the library market.
ALA is also collecting questions from library service practitioners and will seek appropriate assistance in answering them. A Legal FAQ, including plain language analysis of the court decision, is posted on the ALA Web site, <www.ala.org/cipa>.
The full court decision is also posted, along with the link to an analysis of the decision from FindLaws Writ Legal Commentary.
For more information about the impact of this decision on Nebraska libraries, see the Nebraska Library Commission home page Announcements, <nlc.nebraska.gov>, or contact Rod Wagner, 402-471-4001, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Rod Wagner.
2003 National Library Legislative Day Held
More than five hundred library representatives from forty-eight
states participated in the 2003 National Library Legislative Day activities
in Washington, D.C. in May.
Surveys to be Distributed this Fall
|Public Library Statistical
Data surveys will be available online through Bibliostat Collect on
October 15, at <informata.collect.com>.
The Nebraska Library Commission will distribute a letter to each public
library that contains the librarys Username and Password, which is
the same as last years. The deadline for data submission is January
31, 2004. This online data submission is a requirement for state aid eligibility.
Due to recent budget cuts, the Library Commission has discontinued its statewide license of the companion program, Bibliostat Connect, which was used to analyze the data. Data analysis can be accomplished by downloading the raw data files from the Library Commission Web site <nlc.nebraska.gov/Stats/statlist.aspx> and manipulating them in standard spreadsheet software. For more information contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.