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No One Chooses Privacy

Here we are in the middle of Choose Privacy Week, and I hadn't even noticed. The ever busy and vigilant ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom is also concerned about our privacy. According to the press release: "The campaign gives libraries the tools they need to educate and engage users, and gives citizens the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy." Supposedly, "Privacy has long been the cornerstone of library services in America, a freedom that librarians defend every day." However, those librarians have been concerned with the privacy of patron records and stuff like that, not their patrons' privacy in other areas. The OIF might be sticking its nose into areas that people would prefer to remain private. I know I don't want some librarian sniffing around in my private areas. Like many areas, this also seems to be one that librarians are much more concerned about than the general public. And some librarians aren't even ...
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ALA Election Results: an Authority Crisis?

These are exciting times for the ALA. The election results are in! And there's nothing more exciting than ALA election results! Because, as the press release says, it is "the oldest and largest library organization in the world" and "has a membership of more than 62,000 librarians, library trustees and library supporters." Wow! Okay, I can't keep up the excitement anymore, and apparently neither can the ALA membership. Molly Raphael defeated Sara Kelly Johns for ALA President. "Raphael received 5,857 votes. Johns received 4,399 votes." As the LJ article on the election noted, "of 55,330 eligible voters, 11,069 (20.01%) voted, compared to 23.41% last year." However, the numbers for ALA President are different. Based on the figures above, only 10,256 members voted for either candidate, which is only 18.5% of eligible voters. The winning candidate for ALA President received 10.6% of eligible votes. It makes one wonder why anyone bothers, because ...
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