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Internet Filtering Statement

 

The Nevada Library Association recognizes concerns regarding access to the Internet. The use of Internet filters to prevent such access has been widely suggested but poses many problems for libraries.

  • Filters can block valuable information, thus preventing a library from fulfilling one of its prime missions, and may prove unconstitutional in public institutions.
  • Filters are not an effective safeguard against websites that may be considered objectionable.
  • Alternatives to filters include Acceptable Use Policies, installation of privacy screens, and library-provided links to particular sites that have been recommended for children.
  • The Nevada Library Association does not recommend the use of Internet filters in libraries.
  • The Nevada Library Association emphatically opposes attempts by federal, state, and local governments to mandate the use of filters.
  • The Nevada Library Association believes that decisions regarding the use of the Internet must remain with local boards.

 

Submitted by the NLA Intellectual Freedom Committee
Adopted by the NLA Executive Board on January 22, 1999