Friday, March 30, 2012
Without any context whatsoever, here are the articles I chose to read.
Storts-Brinks, Karyn. "Censorship Online: One School Librarian's Journey To Provide Access To LGBT Resources." Knowledge Quest 39.1 (2010): 22-28. OmniFile Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson). Web. 29 Mar. 2012.
Kar Karyn Storts-Brinks, a School Librarian in the Knox County, Tennessee school district, recounts her battle against CIPA-mandated filters that restricted student access to information. Storts-Brinks battle eventually required an ACLU backed lawsuit against the Knox County, Tennessee school district, where it was found the district was limiting access to LGBT and pro gay marriage information while allowing access to sites that provided anti-gay information.
Willard, Nancy. "Teach Them To Swim." Knowledge Quest 39.1 (2010): 54-61. OmniFile Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson). Web. 29 Mar. 2012
THe world of infomation has changed drastically with the implementation of Web 2.0 technologies, but those who are administering access are using fear-based tactics that fail to recognize the unique environment of a school, which must balance safety with authentic learning experiences. Willard equates Web 2.0 policies with a swimming pool, they should be "as safe as possible, while recognizing that there will always be risks and ensuring that students have the ability to effectively learn how to 'swim'." Willard provides several tips on how to structure school libraries to better exemplify ways that schools can safely incorporate new technologies.
On an unrelated note, it's good to know how to read HTML, because Google Docs decided it wanted to indent -40 pixels and randomly change font sizes.