Nearly all of the nation's public library systems were contacted with freedom-of-information requests, but 71 percent of the public library systems ignored the requests.
The incidents, along with a few news stories published independently of this study, totaled 2,062. There were 673 total incidents involving children; that is 33 percent of the total.
Three library systems supplied their respective incidents recorded in their computer logs: Public Library Number of Annual Incidents* Tacoma, Washington, Public Library 1,764 (actual) Cincinnati, Ohio, Public Library 30,159 (attempted)** Dayton, Ohio, Public Library 14,358 (actual & attempted)*** * An incident in a library computer log is defined as a single unique Internetsession. Most of the children were young adolescents, but many of these children were quite young.
In the Supreme Court of the United States UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ET AL., APPELLANTS v. ON APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA JOINT APPENDIX (VOLUME 3) THEODORE B. David's activism has exponentially increased since he created his website, where he continues to gather, archive, and disseminate information as well as provide assistance to those who share his concerns and efforts to stop the misuse and perversion of public libraries.
OLSON* Solicitor General Department of Justice Washington, D. 20530-0001 (202) 514-2217 * Counsel of Record for Appellants PAUL M. While 74 percent of public libraries provide some access to the Internet and related services through interactive computer services, only 15 percent of those libraries utilize some type of blocking technology on at least some of their public workstations.
Several state librarians actually told public libraries in their states not to comply.
The incidents suggest that Internet policies alone do not deter crime on library Internet stations.
The 8-year-old boy operating the screen glanced around with a mixture of guilt and desperation written all over his face.
A staff member at the Kokomo Howard County Public Library in Indiana reported: A young boy, about 9-11 years old, was signed up to use computer #1 for the Internet.
Analysis of computer logs from just three urban libraries revealed thousands of incidents that went unreported, indicating that the 2,062 incidents represent only a fraction of the total incidents nationwide.