Squaring off over Cuban libraries

The debate within ALA over Cuban libraries makes it to the New York Times:

In one of the last places you might expect a debate over free expression is the American Library Association, the world\’s oldest and largest organization of its kind and a longtime champion of open access to information. But when the subject is as politically charged as Cuba, anything is possible.

So during the association\’s annual conference in Toronto, which ended Wednesday, a little cultural cold war broke out among members over what are known as independent libraries in Cuba . . . to some members, the association has been ignoring the repression of their colleagues and the cause of intellectual freedom; to others, a small group has been trying to hijack the organization to pursue an anti-Castro agenda.

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