Magazine article American Libraries

Thus Said: How the World Sees Us. (Opinion)

Magazine article American Libraries

Thus Said: How the World Sees Us. (Opinion)

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"Fortunately, we have those Fedayeen of free-speech advocacy, America's librarians, fighting back." Editorial board member CLARENCE PAGE on privacy rights and the merits of the USA Patriot Act, Chicago Tribune, April 23.

"It used to be, a librarian would be pictured with a book. Now it is a librarian with a shredder." Santa Cruz (Calif) Public Libraries Branch Manager BARBARA GAIL SNIDER on a provision of the USA Patriot Act that allows the FBI to examine lists of books requested by readers, Time, April 21.

"[Katrina] Leung hardly looks the part of a modern Mata Hari, with her librarian glasses and hair in a bun." Reporter LISA TAKEUCHI CULLEN describing the 48-year-old FBI informant and Chinese immigrant, who was arrested in San Marino, California, charged with copying sensitive documents for China, Time, April 21.

"I'm behind the government and I'm tired of First Amendment shilly-shallying that fills my children's Hotmail screens with dozens of porn come-ons every day." Columnist ALEX BEAM on the ALA/ACLU Children's Internet Protection Act lawsuit, Boston Globe, April 1.

"Katherine Kersten, when she writes about the sugarcoated view of Islam being taught in schools today, only proves that she needs to get a library card." Local resident W. SHANE SCHMIDT in a letter to the editor about an article by the National Public Radio correspondent, who is also a senior fellow for cultural studies at Minneapolis's Center of the American Experiment, Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 3. …

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