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  • Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" reenacted with librarians

    08/16/2013 7:46:02 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 7 replies
    http://boingboing.net ^ | Aug 16, 2013 | Cory Doctorow
    From the New York Public Library's Tumblr, a great remake of the video for the Beastie Boys' classic "Sabotage," featuring librarians on high-speed chases through the shelves. Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" reenacted with librarians - Boing Boing
  • WH won’t release video of Obama thanking librarians for pushing Obamacare

    07/07/2013 9:52:48 AM PDT · by SmileRight · 15 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 7/7/2012 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    Last month, the White House kicked off an initiative – in conjunction with the American Library Association – that would pay librarians to help the public understand Obamacare. This effort tapped libraries because they are considered an influential resource in their communities. But now, the most transparent administration in history has vetoed public viewing of a video, recorded for Sunday’s American Library Association conference, in which Obama thanks librarians for helping people sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The District Dispatch, a web site for the library association’s Washington office...
  • Libraries Enlisted to Deliver Obamacare Information (Democratic 'navigators' in 123,000 libraries)

    07/01/2013 5:17:15 PM PDT · by drewh · 30 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | JULY 1, 2013 AT 12:15 PM | Paul Bedard "Washington Secrets" columnist
    The White House is turning to the network of public libraries to deliver Obamacare information and advice to the nation. As it begins promoting the program that will require all Americans to have health insurance or pay a fine starting next year, the administration is dealing with the biggest hurdle in its effort: Where Americans go to get information on the new program. Enter public libraries, already the go-to site for many Americans looking for tax forms every April. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which is in charge of Obamacare, has teamed with the Institute of Museum and...
  • Banned Books Week September 25-October 2, 2010

    09/06/2010 8:24:59 AM PDT · by usalady · 8 replies
    Suite101 ^ | September 5, 2010 | Martha
    Banned Book Weeks celebrates the freedom to read, the freedom to choose and the freedom to express one's opinion, even if it is unorthodox. Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1982, it has become an annual event reminding Americans not to take this democratic freedom for granted.
  • LIBRARIAN FORCED OUT OVER “ANTI-GAY” BOOK?

    07/22/2010 6:19:56 AM PDT · by massmike · 37 replies
    radio.foxnews.com ^ | 07/22/2010 | Todd Starnes
    A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by a former Ohio State University librarian who said he was forced out of his job because of his conservative Christian beliefs. U.S. District Court Judge William Bertelsman ruled that the university’s Mansfield campus did not violate Scott Savage’s civil rights by being hostile to his beliefs. In 2006, Savage was asked to serve on a committee to develop a required reading list for incoming freshmen. He noticed that every book was either liberal or promoted what he called a gay agenda. So Savage recommended four conservative books – and that’s...
  • Librarian oversees rare collection of Bibles from past six centuries

    06/01/2010 1:47:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 194+ views
    cns ^ | May 25, 2010 | Beth Griffin
    Liana Lupas, curator of the Rare Bible Collection at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York, with one of the first Bibles translated into the language used by American Indians. (CNS/Bob Roller) By Beth GriffinCatholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) -- Liana Lupas stands out in New York, even by the standards of a city that defines itself with superlatives and seems to have world-class specialists in every conceivable discipline. She calls herself "the only librarian in the world who takes care of one book." Of course, that book is "the" Book, the Bible. And in two decades...
  • Key Dems Order Suppression of Report on Honduras

    11/01/2009 3:25:31 PM PST · by John Semmens · 16 replies · 1,170+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 31 October 2009 | John Semmens
    The chairmen of the House and Senate foreign relations committees—Representative Howard Berman (D-Calif) and Senator John Kerry (D-Mass), respectively—are demanding the librarians at the Law Library of Congress to suppress a report on the Honduran crisis. The problem with the report is that it concludes that the removal of former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was carried out in accordance with that country’s constitution. “This report directly contradicts the President’s position on this crisis,” Berman pointed out. “It creates an air of confusion regarding US policy on this matter. On matters of foreign policy, this nation must speak with one voice...
  • Who's The Library Bully? [It's not Sarah Palin]

    09/22/2008 1:33:32 PM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 13 replies · 437+ views
    Media Research Center ^ | September 19, 2008 | L. Brent Bozell III
    As part of the microscopic scrutiny applied to Sarah Palin’s record, the public has been told that as the incoming Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska in 1996, Palin dared to ask the town librarian what would happen if anyone objected to an inappropriate book. She merely inquired, but "anti-censorship" activists, perpetually filled with visions of a trash can full of burning books, exploded. At the time, the Anchorage Daily News captured the librarian, one Mary Ellen Emmons, putting up her First Amendment dukes. “I told her clearly, I will fight anyone who tries to dictate what books can go on the...
  • Records changed after librarian reported porn

    04/04/2008 9:48:56 AM PDT · by editor-surveyor · 26 replies · 65+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 03, 2008 | Bob Unruh
    Personnel records used to justify the dismissal of a librarian who reported to police a man viewing child pornography on a public computer were changed after her dismissal, according to a law firm working on behalf of Brenda Biesterfield. That, however, hasn't stopped the county from justifying its actions and citing the changed records."The actions of Tulare County officials in firing Brenda Biesterfeld are simply inexcusable," said Mathew D. Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and dean of Liberty University's school of law."She should be reinstated and compensated for the injustice done to her," he said. "The Tulare County Library ought...
  • Many Liberians may be ousted from U.S.

    09/05/2007 12:20:45 PM PDT · by nypokerface · 71 replies · 1,150+ views
    UPI ^ | 09/04/07
    INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Many of the estimated 4,000 to 10,000 Liberians living in the United States on temporary protected status may be forced to return home as early as Oct. 1. Thousands of Liberians who could not qualify for refugee status or permanent green cards in the United States were granted six to 18 month stays in the country under a program designed to offer temporary sanctuary to foreign citizens fleeing wars or natural disasters. However, the long-running Liberian civil war, which claimed 250,000 lives, ended in 2003, and now the U.S. government is moving to force some...
  • Civil war among U.S. librarians

    07/23/2007 7:55:19 AM PDT · by rhema · 43 replies · 1,781+ views
    The unassuming international champion of universal health care, Michael Moore, was asked (New York Sun, June 29) whether, while filming "Sicko," he inquired about the condition of Cuban journalist Normando Gonzalez, a political prisoner since 2003. He has contracted severe chronic illnesses while in a Castro gulag. Moore answered that he asked only about Cuba's health care system while he was there. Among other suffering prisoners in Cuban cells who would have added further dimension to "Sicko" are independent librarians, put away for more than 20-year sentences for the crime of giving Cubans access to books and other publications forbidden...
  • Illinois Library Association Calls for Internet Computer Blackout in Public Libraries

    05/11/2007 8:59:37 PM PDT · by plan2succeed.org · 17 replies · 1,075+ views
    Illinois Library Association ^ | May 8, 2007 | Robert P. Doyle
    In response to the Illinois House of Representatives passing House Bill 1727, the Illinois Library Association's Public Policy Committee met yesterday to determine the library community's response. .... The committee did, however, declare: Monday, 14 May 2007 is a day of unity for the Illinois library community to demonstrate our opposition to House Bill 1727, the mandatory public and school library Internet filter legislation. On Monday, 14 May, the committee recommends the following possible actions: .... 2. Turn off the Internet. If you proceed with this option, inform the public by posting signs in the library explaining why the Internet...
  • Now Showing at the Library: Porn

    06/25/2006 8:03:40 PM PDT · by plan2succeed.org · 115 replies · 2,484+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 25, 2006 | Laurence Leamer
    While the debate rages over what to do with the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and whether we need a new central library for the city, a larger concern is being ignored: Internet porn at the library. When I walked into the West End Branch Library on 24th Street NW last week, several men were sitting at the computers, looking at hard-core pornography on the Internet. Meanwhile, children on the other side of the room were also using computers. One child was running around behind the men, who were studiously observing the most intimate parts of a woman's body...
  • Positively Sexualizing our Teens? [Librarians, the ALA, and the CPS]

    06/15/2006 8:20:36 PM PDT · by plan2succeed.org · 26 replies · 899+ views
    The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a division of the American Library Association that likes to offer sexual advice for teens (check: Healthy Relationships for Teens). One of the web sites they recommend (under Resources for Teens: Sexuality and Sexual Behavior) is the Coalition for Positive Sexuality. The organization can be also found at Wikipedia. Parents of teens, meet the CPS. It was designed for “teens who are sexually active now or just thinking about having sex.” So, next time you talk to your teen about sex, tell him to “Just Say Yes”: Just Say Yes is about...
  • The Google generation (Decline of research at the Library)

    06/11/2006 8:07:04 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 74 replies · 1,189+ views
    Portland Press Herald ^ | June 11, 2006 | BETH QUIMBY
    Last year children's librarian Debby At- well put a new set of encyclopedias on the shelf at Thomaston Public Library. A year later, it has yet to be touched. "I have never seen an encyclopedia lifted from the stacks," Atwell said. Librarians across the state report the millennials, the generation born roughly between 1980 and 2000, are not using libraries the way past generations did. Reference materials are gathering dust on the shelves of libraries everywhere. Reference librarians are being reassigned to other tasks, and library directors are pondering the future role of the traditional lending library. The trend has...
  • Beware teen summer-reading lists

    06/06/2006 5:57:12 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 63 replies · 2,015+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 6/6/06 | Rebecca Hagelin
    During the lazy, long, hot days of summer, which activity would you rather see your son or daughter engaged in – playing a video game or reading a book? A silly question, right? After all, nearly every parent will say, "Reading a book." But whether that's truly the better activity depends on what book your child is reading. And as I've told readers of this column before, plenty of books designed for today's pre-teens and teenagers undermine the traditional moral values most parents struggle to teach their children. This time of year, kids of all ages come home with...
  • Librarians to sever ties with Scouts?

    04/22/2006 4:58:22 AM PDT · by Man50D · 31 replies · 945+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 22, 2006 | Walter Skold
    A renewed effort by several members of the American Library Association's governing council would sever all ties with the Boy Scouts of America until the youth organization stops "discriminating" against avowed atheists and homosexuals. In 1998, the governing council of the ALA, the world's largest library organization, condemned the Boy Scouts over its policies, but a WorldNetDaily investigation reveals activists quietly are planning to take action at the association's annual convention in June. The renewed effort is led by Mark Rosenzweig, formerly an official archivist with the U.S. Communist Party and a chief defender of Fidel Castro in the ALA...
  • MENACED BY....DEBATE (Ohio Univ's conservative book list begets lefty sexual harassment charge)

    04/19/2006 7:59:18 AM PDT · by Liz · 25 replies · 1,254+ views
    NY POST ^ | April 19, 2006 | ARNOLD AHLERT
    Scott Savage, reference librarian for Ohio State University --- suggested four best-selling conservative books for freshman reading......and is being investigated by the university - for sexual harassment. Three professors filed the discrimination and sexual harassment charges, saying the books Savage suggested -"The Marketing of Evil" by David Kupelian, "The Professors" by David Horowitz, "Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis" by Bat Ye'or and "It Takes a Family" by Senator Rick Santorum - made them feel "unsafe." Savage contends he made the suggestions after other committee members recommended books with a left-wing slant. The school's faculty voted - without dissent - to allow...
  • OSU librarian slapped with “sexual harassment” charge over conservative books for freshmen

    04/13/2006 4:37:50 PM PDT · by dukeman · 169 replies · 3,775+ views
    Ohio State University will press forward with frivolous investigation despite ADF letter COLUMBUS, Ohio — Officials at the Ohio State University are investigating an OSU Mansfield librarian for “sexual harassment” after he recommended four conservative books for a freshman reading program. ADF has demanded that OSU cease its frivolous investigation, yet the university is pressing forward, claiming that it takes the charges “seriously.” “Universities are one of the most hostile places for Christians and conservatives in America,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David French, who heads ADF’s Center for Academic Freedom. “It is shameful that OSU would investigate a Christian...
  • White Sox scandal periodicals resurface

    12/16/2005 11:43:38 AM PST · by robowombat · 4 replies · 419+ views
    White Sox scandal periodicals resurface (12-8-05) At first, librarian Erik Kraft thought the bulky books on top of a University of Illinois study table were only out of place. But after opening the dusty, bound volumes Tuesday night, he realized they were the missing editions of a rare sports newspaper credited with first reporting the 1919 White Sox gambling scandal. With his find, Kraft became a library hero and the Case of the Missing Collyer's Eye was solved--sort of. It remains unclear how the large volumes returned to the library Tuesday night, the day the Tribune published a story about...
  • Books For Teens Are on the Edge

    10/14/2005 11:45:20 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 63 replies · 1,118+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | October 14, 2005 | Sandy Cullen
    Sex. Violence. Profanity. They're common in the TV shows and movies teenagers watch, in the music they listen to, and, often, in their daily lives. Now, more and more, they're appearing in the books they read, as well. Increasingly, literature written for young adults is breaking taboos, prompting teachers and librarians in middle schools and high schools to question where to draw the line. "We've been thinking a lot about what the boundaries are," said Kathleen Horning, director of the Cooperative Children's Book Center at UW- Madison. On Tuesday, Horning and her staff librarians will present the workshop "How far...
  • Obama's stand against Patriot Act cheered (by librarians)

    06/25/2005 9:24:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 4,561+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/25/05 | Carla K. Johnson - AP
    CHICAGO (AP) - To the cheers of thousands of librarians, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama on Saturday called for the Senate to rewrite the USA Patriot Act to prevent investigators from scanning library records and bookstore sales slips. Libraries should be "sanctuaries of learning where we are free to read and consider what we please without the fear that 'Big Brother' may be peering over our shoulder," Obama said in the keynote address at the American Library Association's annual conference. Last week, despite a White House veto threat, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to restrict investigators from using the anti-terrorism...
  • Prisoners of conscience

    02/03/2005 3:38:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 271+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 31, 2005 | Nat Hentoff
    The Washington Times www.washingtontimes.com Prisoners of conscienceBy Nat HentoffPublished January 31, 2005          The public library in Vermillion, South Dakota, celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, and also exemplified the freedom to read in this country by being the only American public library to show concern for those independent Cuban librarians whom Fidel Castro sent to prison for 20 and more years in 2003 for daring to allow Cubans the freedom to read.     On Nov. 18, the Vermillion Public Library Board of Trustees voted to sponsor the Dulce Maria Loynaz Library in Havana, Cuba, which, like other imperiled independent...
  • WSJ: Castro's Jailed Librarian -- Why Fidel went after a Christmas display.

    12/23/2004 6:03:43 AM PST · by OESY · 8 replies · 405+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 23, 2004 | Editorial
    [What] prompted Fidel Castro to order the Christmas decorations dismantled... was the light display forming the number 75. That's how many political dissidents Castro rounded up in March 2003 and threw into Cuban jails. At their trials, these librarians, journalists and peaceful political activists received sentences of up to 28 years. Now a loosely connected international movement of librarians is refusing to forget their Cuban colleagues. One inspiring example comes from the town of Vermillion, South Dakota, whose public library is sponsoring the independent -- that is, not government-run -- Dulce Maria Loynaz Library in Havana. The Loynaz Library was...
  • Librarians Have to Keep Eye on Students' Internet Use

    12/15/2004 8:31:43 PM PST · by plan2succeed.org · 29 replies · 409+ views
    BOZEMAN DAILY CHRONICLE ^ | DECEMBER 15, 2004 | GAIL SCHONTZLER
    "When she signed up for a career as a school librarian, MaryAnne Coppersmith never imagined she'd also have to be 'the Internet police.' As head of Bozeman High School's library department, Coppersmith knows that an important part of her job is to help students learn to use the Internet wisely. Yet today's librarians also have to be vigilant to make sure kids aren't abusing Internet privileges on school computers -- by ... cruising for sexy sites.... It's only a few who violate the rules, and most are contrite when caught, she said. 'But a few are being extremely persistent.' .......
  • Late Library Books Could Mean Jail Time

    11/19/2004 10:26:27 PM PST · by plan2succeed.org · 20 replies · 821+ views
    Fox News ^ | Nov. 19, 2004 | Associated Press
    Stacks of chronically overdue library books may soon land some readers in Bay County, Mich., more than just a 10-cent-a-day fine. Frustrated librarians are proposing a crackdown on the worst offenders that could include criminal charges and up to 90 days in jail. "We want to go after some of the people who owe us a lot of money," Frederick J. Paffhausen, the library's system director, told The Bay City Times (search) for a story Thursday. "We want to set an example." Paffhausen, who took over as director in October, is asking the Bay County Library Board for permission to...
  • Even Digital Memories Can Fade

    11/10/2004 9:52:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 65 replies · 3,809+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 10, 2004 | KATIE HAFNER
    The nation's 115 million home computers are brimming over with personal treasures - millions of photographs, music of every genre, college papers, the great American novel and, of course, mountains of e-mail messages. Yet no one has figured out how to preserve these electronic materials for the next decade, much less for the ages. Like junk e-mail, the problem of digital archiving, which seems straightforward, confounds even the experts. "To save a digital file for, let's say, a hundred years is going to take a lot of work," said Peter Hite, president of Media Management Services, a consulting firm in...
  • Bush in Nazi uniform rescued by thousands of librarians in time for election (original headline)

    10/18/2004 6:43:41 AM PDT · by Kerfuffle · 15 replies · 1,516+ views
    10/16/04 | Unknown PR flack
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2004 CONTROVERSIAL MAGAZINE WITH CRITICAL SATIRE OF BUSH ADMINISTRATION GETS RESCUED BY THOUSANDS OF LIBRARIANS WHO "BOMBARD" PRINTING COMPANY TRYING TO RENEG ON PRINT AGREEMENT WITH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION PENDING In an episode reminiscent of the attempted destruction of Michael Moore's "Stupid White Men" by publisher HarperCollins, the Vice President of a midwest printing company recently notified the publisher of RAVEN Magazine, a controversial humor magazine for men, that he refused to print it due to content he alleged was "slanderous" and contained "reverse-racism". "It was shocking" said RAVEN Magazine publisher Zane Valenti, "because I thoroughly...
  • Soviet-bloc dissidents condemn Castro

    08/10/2004 6:29:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 2 replies · 231+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 8/10/04 | Walter Skold
    On the eve of the world's largest library conference, a group of prominent dissidents from the former Soviet bloc have issued a stinging rebuke to Fidel Castro for jailing independent librarians and have called on the International Federation of Library Associations, or IFLA, to challenge Cuba over its human rights violations. "We know what it is like to live in a society where freedom is repressed in the name of democracy and national sovereignty, and where the voicing of dissent is banned in the name of safeguarding freedom of expression," says a letter released yesterday by the Czech-based People In...
  • “Marion, Madame Librarian”

    02/16/2004 2:53:24 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 6 replies · 351+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 16 February 2004 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Last June at their annual convention, the American Library Association was presented with two resolutions concerning the jailing of 14 private librarians in Castro’s Cuba. Because it “lacked sufficient information,” the ALA delayed its decision until January. And then it refused to act, even on its own toothless resolution which called on Castro to “respect human rights,” but did not demand that the jailed librarians be set free. These brave souls had been thrown into Castro’s prisons for the “crime” of collecting books and making them available free to the public. Of course their real crime was including such classic...
  • Who Speaks for Liberty in Cuba? (Nat Hentoff)

    02/11/2004 8:57:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 192+ views
    Village Voice ^ | February 6th, 2004 | Nat Hentoff
    'What Does Hentoff Know of the Real Cuba?'The Cuban people are the freest people on Earth.—Ignacio González Planas, Cuban minister of information and communications, Juventud Rebelde, January 18 Years ago, at the Cuban mission to the United Nations, I asked the revolutionary Cuban icon Che Guevara, who professed not to understand English, "Can you conceive of any time in the future when there will be free elections in Cuba?" Not waiting for the translator, Guevara laughed heartily at my simplemindedness. "In Cuba?" He said, and moved on. All these years, there have been men and women in Fidel Castro's prisons...
  • American Librarians Won't Support Colleagues in Cuba

    01/18/2004 2:12:12 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 4 replies · 123+ views
    NH Primary.com ^ | 1/18/04 | Limbacher
    U.S. librarians are turning their backs on fellow librarians now suffering imprisonment in Castro's jails. At its national meeting in San Diego this week, the American Library Association,(ALA) the nation's largest organization of U.S. librarians, chose not to demand that Castro release Cuban librarians jailed by Cuba's communist government last spring despite their association's previous vote to support an investigation of the incarcerations by United Nations Commission on Human Rights, the Washington Times reported. Resorting to a technicality that the Cubans who operate private libraries consider themselves "political dissidents" and not librarians, the notoriously liberal ALA omitted language that would...
  • Gay characters no hit in kiddie lit; `The Trouble With Babies' is latest example

    01/04/2004 4:29:51 AM PST · by Huber · 95 replies · 334+ views
    The Charlotte Observer (registration required) ^ | 1/4/03 | JOSH GETLIN - Los Angeles Times
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Martha Freeman got the bad news at lunch from her publisher and literary agent. Although "The Trouble With Babies" had received good reviews, the sales of her children's book about a young San Francisco girl were poor compared with the first title in her series, and the paperback rights would not be sold. But more stunning was the reason: A brief passage buried in the book about two gay fathers and their adopted son apparently had discouraged many librarians from buying the title. Although they had enthusiastically purchased Freeman's previous book, "The Trouble With Cats," the...
  • A Brave New World (Librarian running-dogs of anti-Americans, pornographers and terrorists)

    12/07/2003 10:33:22 PM PST · by quidnunc · 4 replies · 139+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2003 | Nat Hentoff
    What has particularly irritated the attorney general is the vigorous dissent of many American librarians to Section 215 of John Ashcroft's Patriot Act, which allows the FBI to match lists of certain books with their borrowers as part of investigations into terrorism. The attorney general finally declared he is not using that provision of the act, but librarians point out that he did not say he will never implement it in the future. Accordingly, more and more librarians are informing people who come to the libraries about that law, and suggest they urge the attorney general to protect their right...
  • Radical Librarians Actively Flouting Patriot Act {Handmaidens of pornographers and terrorists)

    11/01/2003 8:44:37 AM PST · by quidnunc · 58 replies · 224+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 1, 2003 | Thomas Roeser
    Who are the foremost critics of the USA Patriot Act? Librarians, that's who. ''The only vocal concerns I've ever heard'' about the act, ''are from librarians,'' an FBI agent told the Wall Street Journal. A lady with gray hair who counsels eight counties of libraries in Kentucky is quoted as saying the specter of a library search for terrorists is ''an abomination.'' Martha Jane Proctor said she told Kentucky librarians to go ahead and destroy records rather than wait for a search by the FBI. And the librarian in Skokie agrees. Enacted in the wake of the World Trade Center...
  • Requesting Help from Librarian ALA Members (Vanity)

    06/29/2003 12:16:41 PM PDT · by radical librarian · 117 replies · 2,345+ views
    Vanity | 6-29-03 | radical librarian
    As a graduate student in library science, I am constantly encouraged to join the America Library Association (ALA). Although the ALA is SUPPOSEDLY designed to help librarians network and to provide new sources of information, it is in actuality anything but. At the ALA's conference in Toronto this past week, guest speakers included Ralph Nader, Gloria Steinem, and Naomi Klein. While I disagree with everything these speakers stand for, I support their right to free speech. However, I do not support their right to speak at a convention designed for librarians. The current governing body of ALA consists of nothing...
  • Librarians Against Internet Filters

    06/28/2003 5:42:30 AM PDT · by westgirl123 · 40 replies · 207+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 06/27/03 | Paul Walfield
    The American Library Association (ALA), our librarians, are entrusted with the books and reference materials chronicling the world’s development. Basically, if you are a librarian you have seen it all. Unfortunately, the librarians want everyone else to see it all also, even our children. Libraries used to be thought of as safe-havens for our children. It is unlikely that most parents give a second thought about their children’s moral safety when they are dropped off at the library for an afternoon of study. However, just about every library nowadays has computer terminals, and internet connections. Also in this day and...
  • Cuba's Jailed Librarians Get No Succor From the ALA

    06/27/2003 12:41:18 AM PDT · by Logic101 · 1 replies · 237+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 20, 2003 | Mary Anastasia O'Grady
    Cuba's Jailed Librarians Get No Succor From the ALA By MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY The Wall Street Journal / The Americas At the American Library Association annual meeting in Toronto this weekend there will be a Cuba program. But there won't be any panel debate about intellectual freedom in Fidel's tropical paradise. Efforts to include Cuba's independent librarians -- considered enemies of the Revolution -- on the ALA program have failed. That means that only employees of El Maximo Lider will be featured speakers. That should be downright riveting. The Toronto event might be a non-event if not for the fact...
  • Pro-Castro librarians accused of shushing rivals

    06/20/2003 9:40:33 AM PDT · by NorthernRight · 4 replies · 211+ views
    National Post ^ | Friday, June 20, 2003 | Joseph Brean
    National Post | Friday » June 20 » 2003 Pro-Castro librarians accused of shushing rivals Joseph Brean National Post Friday, June 20, 2003 A cold war has broken out at a librarians' conference in downtown Toronto as accusations fly that pro-Castro elements within the American Library Association are trying to silence debate over Cuba's crackdown on independent libraries. The battle has laid the groundwork for the improbable scenario of a shouting match among librarians at a meeting tomorrow. The ALA has "secretly manoeuvered to have only pro-Cuban voices" on a discussion panel, said Robert Kent, a co-founder of the Friends...
  • Leftist Librarians Invite Cubans to ALA Convention

    06/06/2003 3:35:15 AM PDT · by NervousNellie · 4 replies · 200+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 6, 2003 | Tom Carter
    <p>The American Library Association, spearheaded by leftist leaders, has invited Cuban government librarians to address the ALA Convention in Toronto later this month, ignoring the plight of the independent librarians in Cuba,who have been thrown in prison!</p>
  • Oscar winner Michael Moore donates $25,000 to ALA Spectrum Initiative (Socialism in Libraries)

    05/16/2003 1:11:46 PM PDT · by LanPB01 · 4 replies · 154+ views
    American Library Association Website ^ | May 14, 2003 | Lainie Castle
    “Only the beginning,” filmmaker says The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that Michael Moore, author, activist and winner of the 2002 Oscar for best documentary film, has donated $25,000 to support the ALA Spectrum Initiative. Moore originally pledged this support for Spectrum during a speaking engagement at ALA’s June 2002 Annual Conference in Atlanta.
  • More On Librarians Against Israel

    01/18/2003 5:42:36 AM PST · by alan alda · 5 replies · 212+ views
    The Jewish Press ^ | 01-17-03 | N. Leonard Tolkan
    More About Librarians Against Israel By N. Leonard Tolkan My article about the American Library Association`s long history of unfairly singling out Israel for vicious condemnation, which appeared in the Dec. 27 issue of The Jewish Press, has resulted in my being the object of verbal attacks from some ALA leaders. I have been called an ``ALA basher`` by Library Juice, a leftist online publication edited by ALA-SRRT (Social Responsibilities Round Table) coordinator Rory Litwin. That label is one I wear proudly, considering the sordid campaign the American Library Association has been waging against the Jewish state -- a campaign...
  • Librarians Against Israel

    12/26/2002 9:12:55 AM PST · by alan alda · 4 replies · 127+ views
    The Jewish Press ^ | 12-26-02 | N. Leonard Tolkan
    Librarians Against Israel By N. Leonard Tolkan Go to the website of the American Library Association, an organization with more than sixty-six thousand members in the United States and elsewhere. Follow the links to the ALA`s so-called `Social Responsibilities Round Table` the SRRT. Continue following the internal links from there to the SRRT`s misnamed International Responsibilities Task Force, and then go to a copious listing of `alternative` literature. You will now be able to choose from a smorgasbord of articles calling for the annihilation of Israel. If there exists even one pro-Israel article linked from the American Library Association`s website,...
  • Librarians Say 'Don't Make Us Thought Police' as Trial Challenging Internet Porn Filtering Opens

    03/26/2002 3:22:54 AM PST · by TomGuy · 22 replies · 344+ views
    ap ^ | Mar 26, 2002 | Joann Loviglio
    Follow up to FR Post: Librarians to argue that blocking online porn is censorship Librarians Say 'Don't Make Us Thought Police' as Trial Challenging Internet Porn Filtering Opens By Joann Loviglio Associated Press Writer Published: Mar 26, 2002 PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Librarians complained that the government was trying to turn them into "thought police" as a trial over the constitutionality of a federal law requiring libraries to screen out Internet pornography opened. The trial, which is being heard by a three-judge panel, began Monday and was expected to last nine days. Leading the challenge to the Children's Internet Protection Act...
  • Librarians to argue that blocking online porn is censorship

    03/25/2002 9:15:49 AM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 100 replies · 312+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 25, 2002 | A/P Staff
    Librarians to argue that blocking online porn is censorship Court to hear case against 2000 federal law tied to tech grants 03/25/2002 Associated Press PHILADELPHIA - A battle over free speech and online pornography returns to the nation's birthplace Monday as librarians try to convince a federal court that requiring them to block access to adult materials amounts to censorship. Library officials and free-speech advocates say the filtering technology used to block Internet porn is imperfect and can also inadvertently block important information on health, sexuality and social issues. "Instead of relying on filtering technology, we should be educating...