Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Supreme Court Internet Filtering Decision

"Of the 11 cases argued in February, only one is undecided and only Chief Justice Rehnquist has not written a majority opinion. The case, United States v. American Library Association, raises the First Amendment question of whether the government can require public libraries to install anti pornography filters restricting Internet access.

If Chief Justice Rehnquist is in fact writing the majority opinion, there is little doubt that the court will uphold the law, the Children's Internet Protection Act. On the other hand, he is one of the court's fastest writers, raising the question of why the decision in what is now the term's oldest undecided case is taking so long. One possibility is that there are many separate opinions, both concurring and dissenting. Perhaps he started out writing a majority opinion but lost the majority along the way."

Making the Library a Destination

"Teams from 36 California public libraries tried to answer that at a conference held May 18-20 at the new Cerritos Library, also known as "The Experience Library." The conference was sponsored by the library's Clio Institute to promote creativity and innovation in libraries."

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