ALA to fetch some wood

No doubt a knee-jerk, narrow minded control freak. Burn him!

"So, even though I have been waffling on this issue for years, and even though the solution is clunky and imperfect, yes, I think there should be filters on computers in the children's section"

Confessions of a fundamentalist librarian: Negotiating heresies


Yeah, boy, that's way out there...

I say, speaking as one who has said publicly that, if I was a library director (and CIPA wasn't the law), I would support some sort of filtering or whitelist for computers in the children's area. Oddly enough, so far I haven't been singed too badly for that heretical right-wing view. I haven't even been drummed out of ALA...

Oddly enough, so far I haven't been singed too badly for that heretical right-wing view.

No you haven't been singed Walt, nor appear too rankled as
one characterize by his own profession not willing to re-affirm

" ...core First Amendment principles . But perhaps if more happy heretics like yourself would remove conditions for reticence and stand on principle, ALA would spend more of its energy re-affirming its seminal principles of librarianahip such as public entrustment?

The librarian should perform his duties with realization of the fact that final jurisdiction over the administration of the library rests in the officially constituted governing authority.

Not resolution drafters in Chicago.

That dude isn't a conservative, he's a humanist. He just doesn't know it. I hope he finds his way.

Oh, and by the way, Tomeboy, the problem with filters is not filters on computers in the children's sections of libraries, it's filters on the computers that children don't use but are there just because there are children in the world.

Dear Mr. Nellis,

Thank you for your kind words re: my article. In truth,
though, I do not think the humanist label fits me well, not
because I am too politically or culturally conservative for
that label, but because it is not really in keeping with my
religious beliefs, which are quite theologically conservative.
I believe in original sin, the deity of Christ, the need for
him to die to atone for sins, the need for one to put one's
faith in Him to go receive salvation. And I do not think those
fit easily into definitions of humanism ns.htm

Nonetheless, and largely due to my religious beliefs, some of
my the things I am concerned about are different than those an
average conservative might concern herself with. Biblically, I
think we are called to take better care of the environment and
the poor and disenfranchised. My views in this area are in
flux and neither conservative or liberal really.

Thank you again for reading my article and taking the time to


Neil E. Das
Assistant Director, Reference Services
Reid Memorial Library
Lewis & Clark Community College