S.D. Library Web Site Controversy

By Deane Barker on July 13, 2004

S.D. governor pulls plug on part of library Web site: Our governor, Mike Rounds, ordered some links removed from the youth section of the South Dakota State Library Web site this week because they linked to “inappropriate content.” The governor’s office isn’t identifying the links, but sources say they were links to Planned Parenthood.

It’s not censorship, Rounds said, because people can still see the content by going directly to the sites. Others will have to wait until state officials decide whether the sites are appropriate to be linked from a state page, he said.

People are upset.

“The governor is not the master father of the state of South Dakota,” said Judith Krug, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. “At least I don’t think he was elected on that basis.”

I saw a group of people protesting outside the public library in downtown Sioux Falls yesterday. At the time, I didn’t know what they were asking people to honk for. I didn’t honk, just in case the signs read, “Honk if you’re an eff-ing moron.” That’s happened to me once before.