Patriot Act

Patriot Act

Patriot Act has placed librarians in tough position

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 08/09/2007 - 14:48

Jim Heckel, director of the Great Falls Public Library, Says Libraries have become the symbolic canaries in the mine shaft since the passage of the overly zealous USA Patriot Act, enacted shortly after 9/11 and contentiously renewed early this year.
What does terrorism have to do with your local public library? That is, as they say, an interesting question.

When Reading is a Threat Worthy of FBI Attention

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 07/23/2007 - 18:06

Kelly writes "This article, "Careful: The FB-eye may be watching: Reading the wrong thing in public can get you in trouble," is about the adventures of a bookstore employee who was seen reading something thought to be unacceptable, terroristic, wrong — it's not clear — at a coffeeshop, and because of his reading, he was paid a visit by two FBI agents.

Author Paretsky Recalls That Toledo Library Told Her to Tone Down Talk

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 04/30/2007 - 15:07

In her new book (Library Journal interview here), Chicago writer Sara Paretsky (author of the V.I. Warshawski mysteries) who spoke at Authors! Authors! four years ago says she was asked in advance by the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library to rein in her political remarks on the night the United States invaded Iraq.

The Library Connection Speaks Out Before Congress

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 04/13/2007 - 14:17

As reported in yesterday's LISNews, George Christian, the executive director of the Library Connection and one of the four "John Doe" librarians in Connecticut who successfully challenged an FBI national security letter last year, called on Congress to reconsider the USA Patriot Act and restore reader privacy safeguards and other civil liberties damaged by the Act. Here's the complete text of Christian's testimony.

Librarian Who Resisted FBI Says Patriot Act Invades Privacy

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 04/12/2007 - 13:51

One From The AP: A librarian who fended off an FBI demand for computer records on patrons said Wednesday that secret anti-terrorism investigations strip away personal freedoms.

"Terrorists win when the fear of them induces us to destroy the rights that make us free," said George Christian, executive director of Library Connection, a consortium of 27 libraries in the Hartford, Conn., area.

Like digital wildfire

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 01/18/2007 - 21:40

Here's A Short Article from the Missoula Independent on that goofy blog thing that happened a couple weeks back. When Absarokee-based Episcopal priest Jane Ellen Schmoetzer recounted a conversation she had with a small-town librarian on her blog,, on Jan. 9, she had no idea the post would trigger a long-distance game of "Telephone" that would change the way she approaches her four-year-old blogging habit.