When young people and common decency play second fiddle to freedom of expression, something is seriously out of tune. The library has become a part of our social network and has gone way beyond its original function of allowing the public to access and check out books.
In order to create a smooth transition from former times, the Berkeley Public Library should reevaluate its services. One of the most pressing issues is that different age groups need different attention. If you keep the children and the young adults out of the adult computer areas, it is safer for everyone and there would be no need for privacy screens.
The library has to realize that not everyone who comes there is an adult. Since IT already blocks adults from using the computers set aside for younger people, it is time to make all cards age specific to the appropriate computers. Also, because self check-out is in place, DVDs need to be going out to appropriate ages by using the movie rating system as a guideline.
If the library refuses to accommodate the different age groups, then they should publically state their policy - “People of all ages must have free access to pornography.” This would inform the public about their commitment to “challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.”
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