Hip Hooray for Holland!
Flagg, Gordon, American Libraries
While the nation's attention in late February was focused on the presidential primaries, the eyes of Libraryland were on the town of Holland, Michigan, whose residents voted in the nation's first ballot measure on whether to require Internet filters in public libraries (see p. 18). The results were a vindication for ALA and a testament to the efficacy of free, unfettered speech.
Despite the best efforts of ideologues to demonize ALA and other filtering opponents, the decisive 55%--45% vote, which followed weeks of town meetings and other educational efforts by both sides, showed that informed citizens will not blindly demand that libraries filter all their Internet terminals. …
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Publication information: Article title: Hip Hooray for Holland!. Contributors: Flagg, Gordon - Author. Magazine title: American Libraries. Volume: 31. Issue: 4 Publication date: April 2000. Page number: 35. © 1984 American Library Association. COPYRIGHT 2000 Gale Group.
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