Dept of Justice Rescinds Order for Libraries to Destroy Documents

Fang-Face writes "There is
a very brief follow up at American Libraries Online about that DOJ order to destroy five pamphlets dealing with asset forfeiture. In a nut shell: the order has been rescinded."


The general ignorance among intellectual freedom advocate librarians when itcomes to municipal public documents affects the quality of our cities'public libraries.The collecting, acquiring and accessioning of municipal public documents needsto be made an more of an intellectual freedom issue when city hall is notproviding transmittal of public documents of city departments.In the case of our Boston government documents, Boston Public Library presidentBernie Margolis and government documents curator G. Fithian have not askedfor a mayoral directive, have not asked for a city council order that wouldrequire the more regular transmittal to our public library of city departmentpublications and grey literature http://greynet.orgDenial is rife among the so called experts when greater leadership is neededthat our cities' current public documents and grey literature http://greynet.orgis available at our cities' public libraries.Collaborative WebLoghttp://guidetoproblematicallibraryuse.library-blog

I suspect that we won't see future editions of these titles.The ironic part is that if DOJ had simply stopped sending future editions to GPO and asked for the "Depository Item Number" to be made inactive, I doubt more than a depository or two would have noticed. Now asset forfeiture is a hot book topic.I work in a selective depository, but so far, none of the "high-profile" withdrawals (Water CD, DOJ asset forefeiture documents) have been selections in my library.Overall, I'd say I prefer gov't attacks on freedom of information be as ham-fisted as this one was. Those are much easier to counter! :-)

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