The purpose of Internet Filtering for Libraries is to provide information needed by librarians considering filtering because they need to comply with CIPA or because they need to provide filtered access to some or all of their library computers.
Why I've Set Up This Site
I am a library technology consultant and I've been working with libraries since 2000. One of my first consulting gigs was to evaluate library filters for Infopeople. I eventually authored the filtering issue of Library Technology Reports. I've talked with many librarians about the filters they use and I am now working with filter companies to try to bring accurate information about their products to libraries. I am also educating the filter companies about the unique needs of library users in hopes that some day there will be a filter product designed specifically for use in a public library. I do not receive discounts or kickbacks of any kind from any filtering companies. My goal is to provide the information that libraries need so they can find the product that is right for them.
My process for reporting on filter products is to gather the information from filter company representatives directly. I have identified numerous filter companies by searching the web and by talking to individuals using filters in their library. Each filter company is asked to provide references, ideally from a library using their product. I sometimes interview users to find out more about the product and how it is used in the library setting and verify that the answers that have been provided are accurate. However, I am not proactively verifying the information provided here.
This is the second generation of libraryfiltering.org. The site has been completely rewritten using Drupal. Thanks to Stephen Hedges and Laura Solomon of OPLIN for setting me on this track and helping with the initial conversion of information. Troy Arnold and Jim Craner, are my two developers and I'm very thankful to have them helping me.
Lori Bowen Ayre
Last updated 8/4/11