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contact: larra clark
ala press officer
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for immediate release
november 24, 2003

ala releases new internet tools, information for libraries

     this week the american library association (ala) has added several new or updated resources online to assist libraries making decisions about internet filtering in response to requirements of the children's internet protection act (cipa)

     resources now available at www.ala.org/cipa include:

    an updated version of the popular "libraries & the internet toolkit" will be available online in mid-december.

   "the ala is committed to providing practical, real-life assistance to our members, as well as developing best practices and ideals for the profession," said ala president carla hayden.  "the ala continues to oppose the use of filters that block access to constitutionally protected speech, but we support librarians' efforts to make informed decisions that minimize restrictions on access to legal and useful information online in light of cipa."

   for the more current information from the ala regarding internet use in libraries, please visit www.ala.org/cipa.

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