PLA/ALSC release electronic publication

Contact: Kathleen Hughes
For Immediate Release
January 11, 2005

PLA/ALSC release electronic publication "Children and the Internet: Policies that Work"

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), two divisions of the American Library Association (ALA), have released a joint electronic publication, "Children and the Internet: Policies that Work."

This publication is a successor to "Children and the Internet: Guidelines for Developing Public Library Policy," a work published in 1998 by the two divisions.
The original work, provided guidance and food for thought to librarians charged with drafting policy for children's access to the Internet. With growing concern over children's safety on the Internet, debate about the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), and the constant advancement of technology, the divisions realized it was time to update the publication with new information and resources.
The new version, which contains articles, sample Internet policies, helpful ALA links, and more, was released in electronic format to allow for the timely and efficient revision of information.

Linda Braun edited "Children and the Internet: Policies that Work." Braun is an educational technology consultant with LEO: Librarians & Educators Online. She works with schools, libraries and other educational institutions to help them figure out the best ways to integrate and use technology.
Braun has written for School Library Journal, Library Journal, Public Libraries and VOYA. She teaches at Lesley University in the Graduate Technology in Education program and Simmons College in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

This publication is available free of charge on the ALSC website,, or on the PLA website,
For more information contact Laura Schulte-Cooper (ALSC) at or Kathleen Hughes (PLA) at