Library calls porn guard sufficient

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

The Paul Sawyier Public Library Board believes it's doing everything possible to protect children from computer pornography at the library.

Board member and attorney Mark Overstreet, at Tuesday's regular monthly meeting, summarized a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in which Congress can force the nation's public libraries to equip computers with anti-pornography filters.

Library Executive Director Donna Gibson said children under 16 are supposed to stay upstairs in the children's library section where computers are monitored by the library staff. That keeps children away from adults downstairs who might be viewing pornography on computers.

"There is nothing I know of to protect children that we're not already doing," Gibson said. "I would like to think every child who walks in the front door will be protected at the library, whether physically or on the Internet. We're doing what we can. I think it's good that we remind ourselves we have to be responsible."

Nancy Rice, the library's technical services coordinator, said recently the library, at some point, may want to decide to use filters.

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