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Internet Filter Testing to Begin at Local Libraries
Allegheny County Libraries Expected to Meet CIPA Compliance Schedule

Rebecca Serey


Marilyn Jenkins
Executive Director
Allegheny County Library Association
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Communications Manager
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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(Pittsburgh, PA --- Monday, March 22, 2004) Six libraries in Allegheny County will begin an evaluation of computer filtering software in preparation for the July 1 compliance deadline for the federal Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

Under the Act, all public libraries that receive federal funds must meet CIPA's final requirement, which is the installation of filtering software on all library computers. The pilot sites will be as follows:

  • Mt. Lebanon Public Library
  • C.C. Mellor Memorial Library (Edgewood)
  • F.O.R Sto-Rox Library (McKees Rocks)
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Brookline
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Hill District
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main (Oakland)

Filtering products will be installed at the test sites in order to judge their effectiveness and the impact on customer use and library operations. Customer comments, feedback and experiences with the filtering products in the pilot locations will contribute to the final product selection.

"After the products are user-tested and evaluated, one product will be selected for use by all eiNetwork-supported libraries in Allegheny County. We expect to meet the July 1 deadline," said Rebecca Serey, eiNetwork director.

The eiNetwork, a collaboration of the Allegheny County Library Association and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, is responsible for maintaining the network, Internet access, library computers, and managing the online Catalog.

"Libraries have a long history of teaching customers to use the World Wide Web responsibly and of partnering with parents in guiding their children's Internet usage. Since some filters have been found to be unreliable, with inherent flaws and deficiencies, the libraries will continue to provide guidance to their youngest customers and their families," said Allegheny County Library Association Executive Director Marilyn Jenkins.

To learn more about the Children's Internet Protection Act please visit

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