SafeLibraries urges other states to consider similar legislation. Be aware of loopholes (like reliance on "acceptable use policies" that never stop criminal activity) that should be closed in other states, but I'll set those aside for now and offer my services in drafting legislation or advising about options.
Here are sources of information on this significant expansion of state CIPA rights:
- "Governor Announces Support For Legislation Enhancing Library Internet Protection For Children," Office of Governor Jack Markell, Delaware.gov, 21 April 2010.
- "145th General Assembly, House Bill # 340," by Delaware General Assembly, Delaware.gov, 15 June 2010.
- "Delaware's Governor Signs Legislation Enhancing Library Internet Protection For Children," by Editor Steven G. (Steve) Atkinson, Delmarva Town Crier, 16 June 2010.
- "Bill to Enhance Library Internet Protections for Kids Signed," by Mari Lou, WGMD News, 17 June 2010.
- "Child Internet Protection in Our Libraries: Delaware Governor's Weekly Message - June 18, 2010," by GovernorMarkell, YouTube, 18 June 2010.
- "Markell Touts Enhanced Protections Young 'Net Users," by Frank Gerace, WDEL 1550AM, 19 June 2010.
- "Delaware Governor Signs Stronger CIPA Into Law," by SLJ Staff, School Library Journal, 20 June 2010.
- opposes Internet filters including CIPA filters ("The ALA does not endorse blocking or filtering Internet content in libraries"),
- mocks protecting children in public libraries ("Come hear how to respond to the 'protecting the children' arguments and how to protect everyone's access to sexuality-related material."), and
- broadcasts a case of a crime resulting from unfiltered WiFi usage in a public library and how the library did nothing in response ("A man was arrested December 30 for allegedly using a Salem, New York, library's wireless internet connection to view a sexually explicit video on his notebook computer. .... Director Peg Culver told American Libraries that ... the arrest is not likely to affect the library's internet policy or enforcement methods.")
Did you see that picture of the Great Seal of the State of Delaware? Look closely. It says "LIBERTY AND INDEPENDENCE." In this case it is liberty and independence from the grip of the ALA. How refreshing.
|SPONSOR:||Rep. Atkins & Sen. Venables|
|Reps. Bennett, Carson, Jaques, Q. Johnson, Kowalko,|
Mitchell, Schooley, Schwartzkopf, Scott, Walls, Wilson
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
145th GENERAL ASSEMBLY
HOUSE BILL NO. 340
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO LIBRARIES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1. Amend § 6605C, Title 29 of the Delaware Code by striking the existing subsection (b) in its entirety and substituting a new subsection "(b)" in lieu thereof as follows:
"(b) Use of any computer or mobile device at a library shall be governed by the library's acceptable use policy. All libraries shall post notification to patrons advising them to use personal mobile and computing devices in conformity with the library's acceptable use policy when at such library and to place appropriate controls on any devices which may be used by minors for whom they are responsible. All users of library-owned computers must be registered library cardholders.".
Section 2. Amend § 6605C, Title 29 of the Delaware Code by striking the existing subsection (d) in its entirety and substituting a new subsection "(d)" in lieu thereof as follows:
"(d) Libraries shall implement an Internet access management system which provides parents and guardians with choices for their minor’s use of library-owned computers. In order for a library card to be issued to a minor, a parent or guardian of the minor must accompany the minor to the library to apply for the card and sign a form indicating whether the minor may have access to the Internet on the library's computers and, if so, the level of access. Subject to the library's acceptable use policy, a parent or guardian may allow the minor to have unrestricted Internet access or may limit such access to content appropriate for minors. Limited access options may include, but need not be limited to, the use of dedicated computers for minors which are filtered or provide access solely to age-appropriate electronic library collections.".
Section 3. Amend § 6606C, Title 29 of the Delaware Code by striking the section in its entirety.
Section 4. This Act shall take effect 90 days after enactment.
This Act enables Delaware's public libraries to respond to expanding demand for and use of wireless and mobile technologies while clarifying that the use of such devices is subject to the Delaware Children's Internet Protection Act. The Act furthers the goal of protecting minors from viewing obscene materials on the Internet by requiring libraries to post notices advising patrons to follow acceptable use policies and place appropriate controls on personal mobile and computing devices. The Act also gives parents and guardians choices as to the level of their minor child's access to the Internet on library computers. Finally, the Act enables public libraries to keep pace with evolving technologies by improving upon the current database system and allowing libraries to offer dedicated computers for use by minors with appropriate filters.