I spoke this morning with GSO library director Sandy Neerman, who provided the following numbers:
Total visits to Central branch, first six months of 2010: 696,179
Total computer users/sessions in that period: 114,234
Incidents logged in that time as inappropriate for public computer viewing: 18
Incidents logged at the same branch in the first six months of 2009: 89
Neerman attributes the sharp decline in reported incidents to the bandwidth shaping software implemented over the past year, as well as increased vigilance and on-floor presence by library staff.
I asked Neerman how much conversation she had with Danny Thompson prior to the City Council meeting at which he proposed filtering. She says he called her at 5:25 PM. The meeting began at 5:30 PM.
Neerman lays out an extensive timeline of evolving policies on computer usage policies, and reiterates her willingness to consider other methods if careful analysis of both the problem and possible solutions show that to be a wise course. Her report is due to Rashad Young next week.
If you want this issue to be considered carefully and not just on hearsay and emotion, it might help to let your Councilman know how you feel.