Friday, May 27, 2005

Checking out a library book : Free
Possible late fees : 10 cents a day
Loosing book and paying for it : 20$
Having the FBI blink first : Priceless

This is brought to you by a bunch of plucky librarians and their trustees who refused to surrender your rights to privacy.
"It was a moment that librarians had been dreading," Airoldi writes in the opening of her column.

She explains that in June, an FBI agent stopped into one of the district's branches and requested a list of people who had borrowed a biography of Osama bin Laden.

"We said no," Airoldi wrote.
The library trustees, Airoldi explained, had to balance privacy rights with its desire to help the government fight terrorism. It decided to fight the subpoena in court, and 15 days later the FBI dropped its demand.
Have you hugged your librarian today?

When I first heard about the Patriot act and the library clause I was rather disturbed. Privacy just got flushed. But some librarians stand up for your privacy, and some don't. Hug the ones that do.

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