For most libraries, ‘in loco parentis’ is just loco.

loft pcsHere at EPL we’re currently engaged in a staff discussion and clarification of our Internet use policies with regard to minors. When boiled down to its simplest form, we at Evanston do not restrict any patron’s use of any materials, including our unfiltered Internet stations. Many U.S. libraries take the same stance, believing it is the job of the parents or guardians of a minor to set limits.  This article by Jonathan Bullington appeared in Sunday’s Chicago Trib and addresses this issue as it arose at the Morton Grove Public Library this summer.

Barbara L.

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