State Librarian Mary Wegner has been invited to participate in an American Library Association (ALA) symposium on the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) in Washington, DC July 29-30.
ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy and Office for Intellectual Freedom will host a diverse mix of experts in the fields of librarianship, education technology, law, economic development, information technology, ethics, and communications at the intersection with public policy. Participants will discuss the changing nature of how we access, use, and create information in our digital society. Google, Inc. is supporting the event.
Ten years ago CIPA changed the way students and the general public access online information in most of the nation’s schools and libraries. The symposium will address whether CIPA met its intended goals and whether there have been unintended consequences.
Wegner, who is chairperson of the Legislation Committee of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, notes that some Iowa libraries decline the e-rate discount for internet service because of the CIPA internet filtering requirements. If Iowa librarians wish to share comments or stories about CIPA with Wegner before the symposium, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 26.
Findings from the symposium will be synthesized into a publication which will be disseminated to inform future policymaking efforts.