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This relates directly to the last post I made regarding biased blocking. NEWS For Immediate Release May 4, 2010 School librarian challenges district, receives AASL' Intellectual Freedom Award CHICAGO – Karyn Storts-Brinks, school librarian for the Knox County School District, is the 2010 recipient of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Intellectual Freedom Award. Nominated by the Tennessee Library Association, Storts-Brinks challenged the school district to insure that all students had access to education information on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues. As an advisor for the school's Gay Straight Alliance Club, Storts-Brinks noticed that certain websites were being blocked due to the school's Internet filtering software. The "gay-positive" sites were being blocked, but "gay-negative" sites were still accessible to students. Storts-Brinks argued that students were only allowed to access one side of information about LGBT issues. When Storts-Brinks' challenge of the school district proved unsuccessful, she contacted the ACLU for support. After further negotiations failed to gain any compromise, a lawsuit was filed against the Knox County School District. She and three students were listed as plaintiffs on the lawsuit. Karyn says of filing the lawsuit, "It's really the students who were brave. I'm an adult, I can handle the negative attention; one of the plaintiffs was a freshman at the time." In June 2009, the Knox County School District agreed to unblock the sites with LGBT information. As a result, all schools in Tennessee changed the settings on their Internet filtering software. Betsy Davis, chair of the Intellectual Freedom Award Subcommittee, said, "The Intellectual Freedom Award selection committee was impressed with Karyn's commitment to her students. She was willing to put her career on the line in order to defend her high schoolers' right to information. I hope that in a similar situation I would be as brave. Her story is inspiring, and the students of Tennessee are lucky to have her as their advocate." Storts-Brinks will be honored at AASL's Awards Luncheon during ALA's 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The luncheon will be held Monday, June 28. Nancy -- Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D. Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use http://csriu.org firstname.lastname@example.org --- Edtech Archives, posting guidelines and other information are at: http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~edweb Please include your name, email address, and school or professional affiliation in each posting. To unsubscribe send the following command to: LISTSERV@H-NET.MSU.EDU SIGNOFF EDTECH