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Internet Dilemma: Filtered or Non-filtered (Teleconference)
Halifax site sponsored by the Nova Scotia Provincial Library
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Why use Internet filters? How do Internet filters work? What are the legal issues surrounding the use of Internet filters in the United States? The issue of Internet filters is a concern to all libraries. In Canada some libraries are seeking legal advice to protect themselves against legal liability suits. In the United Stated debate over the use of Internet filters in libraries continues. During the teleconference professionals will review the current issues surrounding Internet use and the use of Internet filters in libraries in the United States. Discussion will include: the current laws surrounding Internet filtering and the steps libraries must take to comply with these, the issues leading to the US Congress' decision to mandate the use of Internet filters in libraries receiving federal funding, an overview of  how filters work, a look at how libraries can best educate their users in appropriate use of the Internet, concerns over information access verses censorship, and fears of  "Throwing out the treasure with the trash."

Speakers will include:
Carrie Gardner, Coordinator, Library Media Services, Milton Hershey School, Pennsylvania.
Andrew Jacobs, Jr., Author, Attorney, and former member, U.S. House of Representatives.
Peter J. Rusthoven, Attorney, Barnes & Thornburg, Indiana.
Michael B. Wessells, Manager, Timberland Regional Library, Washington.

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2001, 4:30-6pm
Place: Nova Scotia Provincial Library (Classroom), 3770 Kempt Road, Halifax
Registration will be on a first come first serve basis, to a maximum of 50 people.
Admission is free.

Please respond to Bernadette Kennedy by phone (424-3791) or email [log in to unmask]  by April 6, 2001.

The session is part of the Indiana Library Federation's Annual Conference, "2001: A Library Odyssey."
For more information on the teleconference visit the INCOLSA website at http://www.incolsa.net/events/filter.html
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