Pennsylvania Library System Selects OpenDNS Enterprise to Maintain CIPA Compliance

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Luzerne County Library System, which makes free Internet access available to nearly 330,000 county residents, selects OpenDNS Enterprise for straightforward Web filtering that doesn’t require cumbersome software.

We selected OpenDNS Enterprise for its ability to filter content without bulky client software, eliminating network bottlenecks and time-intensive management.

OpenDNS, the world’s largest Internet-wide security network - making the Internet safer, faster and more reliable for more than 50 million people every day - today announced the Luzerne County Library System has deployed OpenDNS Enterprise, the favorite easy-to-deploy-and-manage security solution of library systems. Luzerne County Library System is dedicated to providing the nearly 330,000 citizens of Luzerne County, Penn. with accessible information and resources designed to foster a lifelong love of learning. The library system, comprised of 10 autonomous libraries in sixteen locations, selected OpenDNS Enterprise for painless and lightweight Internet security and Web filtering.

Prior to deploying OpenDNS, Luzerne County Library System was using two different types of software for filtering and malware protection. However, the two programs were incompatible and demanded constant oversight. Not only was this software incongruence cumbersome, but it also left some of the library system’s networks vulnerable to security threats and filtering lapses. In order to ensure that the children and adults who utilize the libraries’ Internet access were safe online and that CIPA compliance was met, Luzerne County Library System began searching for a lightweight Web filtering solution that would eliminate compatibility issues and free up the IT team’s time.

After an extensive search, the Luzerne County Library System IT team selected OpenDNS Enterprise for a unified Web filtering and Internet Security solution that is easy to deploy and manage. Luzerne County Library System Automated Services Coordinator Juanita Salsman explained, “We selected OpenDNS Enterprise for its ability to filter content without bulky client software, eliminating network bottlenecks and time-intensive management.”

The Luzerne County Library System will soon be facing an impending state-wide change to its internal software systems. Cloud-based OpenDNS Enterprise is the ideal fit for an organization with shifting network topology as it sits at the DNS layer and requires no cumbersome software to deploy or hardware to install or manage. “As we move forward with a statewide initiative to change our library software, having OpenDNS enabled on our networks will ensure we have less software to migrate and fewer hassles in the long run.”

Luzerne County Library System has now deployed OpenDNS Enterprise to all 10 library locations in its network, and Salsman and her staff have found themselves with noticeably more time on their hands to handle the many technology issues facing any library system. With OpenDNS Enterprise’s remotely-accessible Dashboard, Salsman is able to manage the libraries’ networks from any Internet-connected device, and she no longer spends hours resolving problems caused by incompatible filtering software.

Salsman concluded: “Since OpenDNS Enterprise can block inappropriate and malicious content exclusively at the DNS layer, I’ve been able to uninstall heavy filtering software, and free up some time. I would absolutely recommend OpenDNS Enterprise to other library systems.”

About OpenDNS
OpenDNS is the world’s leading provider of Internet security and DNS services, enabling the world to connect to the Internet with confidence on any device, anywhere, anytime. OpenDNS provides millions of businesses, schools and households with a safer, faster and more intelligent Internet experience by protecting them from malicious Web threats and providing them control over how users navigate the Internet, while dramatically increasing the network’s overall performance and reliability. For more information about OpenDNS, please visit:

About Luzerne County Library System
Founded in 1984, the Luzerne County Library System (LCLS) serves the approximately 330,000 residents of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. The organization strives to provide the adults and children of Luzerne County with the information and resources that support lifelong learning and lifelong enjoyment. LCLS is comprised of ten autonomous libraries: Back Mountain Memorial Library in Dallas; Hazleton Area Public Library in Hazleton (a main library and four branches in surrounding communities, one of which is in a neighboring county); Hoyt Library in Kingston; M.S. Kirby Library in Mountaintop; Mill Memorial Library in Nanticoke; Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre (with a main library and three branch locations); Pittston Memorial Library in Pittston; Plymouth Public Library in Plymouth; West Pittston Memorial Library in West Pittston; and the Wyoming Free Library in Wyoming. For more information, please visit:

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