Update 12:10 pm – This problem has been resolved. Our catalog and public internet stations should be functioning normally again.
We are experiencing problems with our catalog connectivity and access to our public internet stations at this time. We expect this problem to be resolved shortly and will update here. We apologize for the inconvenience.
UPDATE: Service for phone and internet have been restored.
Phone and internet service at our Sandstone and Hinckley locations are currently down, although both branches will open as usual at 10:00.
We are working to restore access, but in the meantime, please know that you can reach staff at our other locations by phone and they will be happy to assist you.
You can also contact us in person, by Ask a Librarian via chat, Contact form, and Facebook.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
You may be wondering why if you go to Google today, you’ll see a black square, and a message about censoring the web. If you go to Wikipedia, you’ll find that the site is blacked out today, in protest over potential legislation that some say would limit access to the web and the information it holds. Many other sites and blogs are blacked out today in an organized online protest.
Libraries stand for protecting individuals’ First Amendment rights that support open access to information. The American Library Association (ALA) has put together a chart of the 3 copyright-related bills that are currently in play at the start of 2012: PIPA, SOPA, and OPEN Act.
ALA states the organization’s position on the bills:
. . . all of which take aim at any website beyond U.S. borders that distribute counterfeit or copyright infringing products. All three bills operate under the assumption that there is a problem that needs to be solved – and the best, or only, way to combat online infringement overseas is with more law targeted at foreign websites. These bills have the potential to negatively impact fundamental library principles. The following chart is for quick reference (not meant to be comprehensive), and outlines the primary issues and concerns of interest to the library community and those who use the Internet,
Link to the ALA comparative chart:
Barbara Misselt, Director