The AASL School Libraries Count! 2012 survey results show Internet filtering continues to be an important issue for most schools in the US. I believe the breakdown of these results highlight similar access issues experienced by school libraries and school students across Australia. School libraries can help alleviate some of the frustrations faced by student as independent searchers of the web, by providing customised curated collections of digital resources using tools such as ScoopIt!, Pinterest and LibGuides, greater access to information via ebook and fulltext journal, and providing direct instruction on successful searching using a range of specialised search engines.
In addition, research shows that web proxies are a ‘censored’ student’s friend when trying to access information on the web via a school network. In my opinion, the most fortunate students are those who attend a BYOD school with their own personal 3G or 4G access. It’s a shame, however, that the majority of students do not have the luxury of such seamless access. Gone are the days when schooling was seen as the answer to providing equitable access to all.
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