During the debate over filtering in libraries, the American Library Association (ALA) has often exhibited what could only be called an extreme stand on the free speech rights of children. ALA President-elect Ann Symons, in a 1997 interview with Wired, was asked if a 13-year-old wanted to obtain pornography, would she in any way stand in the child’s way? Symons’ response was “I would say from my point of view there shouldn’t be, and if the library didn’t own this material and you as a 13- year-old asked for an interlibrary loan, that should be granted to you just as it...
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