Magazine article American Libraries

Freedman to Focus on Filtering, Diversity, and Librarians' Salaries

Magazine article American Libraries

Freedman to Focus on Filtering, Diversity, and Librarians' Salaries

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ALA's new vice president/president-elect, Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman, will focus on three key issues during his presidential term that begins July 2002 (AL, June/July, p. 10): fighting externally imposed filtering, increasing diversity in libraries and throughout the Association, and working for better salaries and pay equity.

In an interview with American Libraries just prior to this year's Annual Conference in San Francisco, Freedman, the director of the Westchester Library System in Ardsley, New York, said he supports ALA in its lawsuit against the Children's Internet Protection Act (AL, May, p. 20-21). He pledged to fight the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (AL, Apr., p. 18) and be a "strong and vigorous" advocate for fair use.

On the issue of salaries, Freedman said, "I am deeply concerned about the mediocre salaries librarians are being paid at too many libraries." He plans to appoint a task force to work with him on better salaries for library workers and pay equity.

Another issue may be added to Freedman's list: the ongoing controversy over the San Francisco Marriott hotel's labor dispute as it related to ALA's Annual Conference (see p. 68). He said he would not cross picket lines at the Marriott, the Association's headquarters hotel, to attend the inauguration of President John W. Berry nor to begin his own term as president-elect, at the June 20 Executive Board meeting. "I ran on a platform of diversity and improving salaries," Freedman explained. …

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