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Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Internet regulations in public libraries (English)
Abstract [en]

The main purpose of this master thesis is to explore Internet regulations in Swedish public libraries today. The different regulations and restrictions of the Internet that is the focus of the thesis are time limits, age limits, log-ins, rules and Internet filtering programmes. A survey to public libraries all over the country was conducted and answered by 66 people. The theories that are used to analyse the result are mostly theories of Intellectual freedom. One of the aims of the survey is to look at misusing of the Internet, what they are in librarians’ point of view and how they affect the use of different Internet regulations. According to the majority of the respondents there are many ways to misuse the Internet like for example pornographic materials. The study also describes librarians’ professional ethics when it comes to the Internet. The survey shows that most of the libraries have ethical guidelines and that placing the computers in public places in the library can solve a lot of problems. Using log-ins and monitoring the patron in different ways is also a form of Internet regulation that can limit the patrons’ information options and therefore be a threat towards intellectual freedom and freedom of speech. The main question of this thesis is: how do various regulations of the Internet in public libraries, mainly Internet filters, affect the intellectual freedom of the patrons? The answer is that Internet filters can because of overblocking become a form of censorship, and is something that the American Library Association and the Intellectual Freedom Library Association strongly speaks against. The survey shows however that a lot of public libraries are using Internet filters even though they don’t have to. It also shows that many librarians do not know what kind of Internet filters that are used or how they work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 468
Keyword [en]
censorship, Internet filter, public libraries, Internet regulations, Internet rules, ethics, professional
Keyword [sv]
censur, Internetfilter, folkbibliotek, Internetreglering, Internetregler, etik, yrkesetik, intellektuell
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-167095OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-167095DiVA: diva2:481003
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-01-20 Created: 2012-01-20 Last updated: 2012-01-20Bibliographically approved

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