Paper Proposal: A First Pass.
For my paper proposal I think that I would like to further explore the history of censorship in public libraries and the impact on “library community.” Although I have not narrowed the specific time frame for this, I would likely be focusing on the past twenty years with a focus on the Internet and government regulation/filtering in libraries. How has filtering of Internet content affected the sense of community in public libraries? Many are very torn between protecting children from harmful materials and the right to free and open speech. Obviously, this has had an impact on funding – but more importantly – how the “library” perception has changed due to increased government regulation and adoption of filtering software. Much of this debate can be researched looking at official publications, proceedings, speeches etc . . from the American Library Association. Also, several recent Supreme Court cases between the United States and the American Library Association would be key to any historical writing on this topic.