Neal-Schuman Internet Policy Handbook for Libraries

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VOYA - Alison Kastner
Managers and administrators are likely to breathe a sigh of relief once a copy of this book hits their desks. If the frequency of questions on listservs like PUBLIB is any indication, people still need help writing and implementing their Internet policies. This book is chock-full of practical, "how to do it" tips. A useful section titled "What Values Should the Policy Articulate?" takes the reader step-by-step through the process by posing questions such as "Do you support recreational use or only informational/research use?" and "What is the relationship of the Internet to the library's Collection Development Policy?" By posing such questions, the author challenges policy writers to think logically and clearly about what they hope to achieve. Smith is not only thorough about the philosophical issues concerning the Internet, but also covers practical considerations such as the location of the work stations, what peripherals will be used, and whether or not patrons will be allowed to use the floppy drive. A good selection of samples--acceptable use policies, "Web publishing" policies, parental permission slips--as well as a collection of State Library Association policies--make this book particularly useful. Also included is an "Internet Policy Checklist" that will guide administrators through the writing procedure. The book closes with the Loudoun County Court Case Memorandum Opinion, which may serve as somewhat of a cautionary tale! This is an essential work for any library, small or large, that is adopting or even just enforcing an Internet policy. Index. Appendix.
Library Journal
Open access to the Internet has made libraries vulnerable to a new round of public challenges, raising censorship and filtering concerns. The first reaction to a crisis is to write a policy. Smith, director of communications for the Texas Library Association, saves library administrators valuable time and frustration by providing the essential questions and answers on Internet policy development. Within each chapter he illustrates critical issues with representative selections and URLs for actual library policies. Extensive appendixes contain library association policies, a policy development checklist, and a landmark court opinion. Smith offers pros and cons with an easy-to-follow Q&A format and provides references for further research. The handbook is oriented toward K-12 and public libraries but is useful for academics as well. Highly recommended.--Laverna Saunders, Salem State Coll., MA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Deals with difficult policy questions raised by public Internet services in school, public, and academic libraries and offers guidance on Internet policy-setting for administrators and managers. Topics covered include physical considerations like privacy screens, access issues such as restricting Internet terminals to library card holders, acceptable and unacceptable uses, and staff responsibility for training. Each section contains an overview, policy considerations, policy options, and representative policies. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555703455
  • Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Neal-Schuman Netguide Series
  • Pages: 221
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Policy Development Process 1
2 Linking the Internet to the Library's Mission 9
3 Physical Location and Access Considerations 19
4 Defining Acceptable Use 39
5 Prohibited Uses and Their Consequences 59
6 Filtering Considerations 75
7 Guided Use and Library Policy 101
8 Web Publishing Policies 115
9 Next Steps: After the Policy Is Written 131
A Sample Internet Policies 133
B National and State Library Association Policies 167
C Internet Policy Checklist 193
D Loudoun County Court Case Memorandum Opinion 197
Index 217
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