Magazine article American Libraries

Anchorage Floats New Policy

Magazine article American Libraries

Anchorage Floats New Policy

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The advisory board for the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage, Alaska, endorsed a new policy July 31 that prevents the city from excluding displays considered "promotional" and allows exhibits prepared by groups outside the library.

The new policy was drafted as a result of a lawsuit brought against the city by the Alaska Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a gay-pride exhibit that had been removed from the library on the order of Mayor George Wuerch June 5 (AL, Aug., p. 14). Settling out of court, the city agreed July 17 to pay $10,000 in legal fees and reinstall the exhibit.

Board chair Deirdre Ford said in the August 1 Anchorage Daily News that the policy is tighter than the previous one and requires outside exhibitors to describe their displays in detail. The board decided the city should not retain a ban on promotional exhibits contained in the old policy because the term is too ambiguous; a prohibition against commercial and personal exhibits would cover the same ground, Ford said. …

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