Magazine article American Libraries

ALA Opposes Policies That Contradict Its Gore Values

Magazine article American Libraries

ALA Opposes Policies That Contradict Its Gore Values

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On January 30, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie B. Todaro responded to actions by the Trump administration, specifically addressing issues regarding access to information, discrimination, and intellectual freedom.

"We are shocked and dismayed by recent executive orders and other actions by the new administration, which stand in stark contrast to the core values of ALA," she said. "We strongly oppose any actions that limit free access to information, undermine privacy, or discriminate on any basis. This includes the temporary suspension of visas and entrance to the US based on anyone's nationality or religion, as well as the increased scrutiny of any individual's communication such as mobile phone and/or social media activity."

Todaro stressed that the Association will fight for Its members as they work for access to library and information resources on behalf of their communities, while advocating for privacy, intellectual freedom, critical global research, information literacy, ongoing access to scientific research, and fair and equitable treatment for everyone. "ALA believes that the struggle against racism, prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination is central to our mission," Todaro said in the statement. …

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