Magazine article American Libraries

ALA Joins Suit against Librarian of Congress

Magazine article American Libraries

ALA Joins Suit against Librarian of Congress

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The American Council of the Blind, the Blinded Veterans Association, three individual plaintiffs, Playboy Enterprises, Inc., and the American Library Association have agreed to file a joint complaint against Librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin for ceasing to reproduce Playboy in braille.

The complaint, to be filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C., seeks action to prevent censorship of materials acquired by LC's program for the blind and physically handicapped. ALA joined the plaintiffs "on its behalf and on behalf of its members" after the ALA Executive Board approved the action (see p. 813).

The case centers on an amendment introduced into Congress by Rep. Chalmers Wylie (R-Ohio) cutting the Library of Congress appropriation for FY 1986 by $103,000, the estimated cost of producing the braille edition of Playboy. Wylie's amendment was adopted by the House of Representatives July 18.

Boorstin immediately condemned the amendment, expressing his "profound regret" at the action. He pointed out that a library selection committee including representatives of the American Council of the Blind and the Blinded Veterans Association as well as librarians chose the 36 magazines reproduced in braille and that Playboy was one of the most popular. …

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