Isn’t this a huge violation of privacy? Librarians wouldn’t surrender computer/library records without a court order, yet here is an example of exploiting policy violators. This reminds me of the lists of shame posted at places of business showing the names of people whom have written bad checks. Is this really the best way to go?
-Aubrey Madler, NDLA IF Committee
“QUINCY, Mass. — A city councilor in Massachusetts thinks he’s come up with a way to stop people looking at pornography on public library computers — name them and shame them.
Quincy Councilor Daniel Raymondi has asked Mayor Thomas Koch to make public a list of people who have viewed pornography on library computers within the past year. The council unanimously approved a resolution on the idea last week.
Library director Ann McLaughlin tells The Patriot Ledger that using library computers to access porn is against policy, and violators are given two warnings before they are banned. She says she’s not sure publicly naming violators would work.
A spokesman for the mayor says the city’s legal department is reviewing Raymondi’s request.”