Magazine article American Libraries

Seven and Patron Confidentiality

Magazine article American Libraries

Seven and Patron Confidentiality

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The film Seven is a nightmare urban-scape of Dostoevskian proportion. The dreary world pictured in this film is a vale of tears beyond redemption. We are reminded again that the city is, after all, an invention of the Biblical figure, Cain. The serial killer in the film is nicknamed John Boy and is presented as a grotesque product of Southern Baptist upbringing and the Great Books program. For viewers, having a liberal arts background will be helpful in following the references and allusions in the film.

The reason for this letter is to raise the question of borrower privacy in American libraries. As a former professional librarian and lifetime ALA member, I always accepted the view that libraries protected the borrower's privacy. However, at one point in this film, the two homicide detectives, played by Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, are in a cafe. Freeman tells Pitt that he is expecting to meet an informant with FBI ties. …

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