Libraries and the Internet Toolkit

Introduction: Purpose/Scope

The Internet is a rich and educational resource for information, ideas and entertainment. No other medium provides us with so much information so easily. At the same time, the Internet has raised concerns about privacy and children's access to information. As the primary point of entry to the Internet outside of work, school or home, libraries--especially public libraries--address these concerns every day.

The ALA, in collaboration with the Intellectual Freedom Committee and the Office for Intellectual Freedom, has produced this toolkit to assist librarians in managing the Internet and educating their patrons about how to use it effectively. ALA encourages all libraries to implement policies that protect both children and public access to information and to take an active role in educating their communities about this important resource.

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