Regulating Internet access and content in UK public libraries: findings from the MAIPLE project

Spacey, Rachel and Cooke, Louise and Creaser, Claire and Muir, Adrienne (2015) Regulating Internet access and content in UK public libraries: findings from the MAIPLE project. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 47 (1). pp. 71-84. ISSN 0961-0006

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Abstract

This paper reports the results of an online survey concerning the management of Internet access in UK public libraries. All UK public library authorities were invited to complete the survey which had a response rate of 39%. The survey explored the ways in which acceptable use of the Internet in public libraries is managed through the use of mechanisms such as filtering software and authentication of identity. All 80 responding public library authorities used filtering software. Procedures for authenticating identity for static Internet access were uniform whereas wireless access was much less regulated.

Keywords:public libraries, filtering software, wi-fi, internet access, JCOpen
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P110 Information Management
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P121 Library studies
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P100 Information Services
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:15973
Deposited On:10 Nov 2014 18:05

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