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Lindsay Bosch (staff)'s picture

Feb 15-18, 2013 pre-vote discussion: Issuing of Public Statement in Case of Mellen Press V. Dale Askey

Dear Board members,

Please find attached an Action Form brought forward by the ACRL Ethics Committee and the ACRL Intellectual Freedom Committee.  We are posting for discussion this weekend and would like to plan for a vote on Tuesday, February 19th. 

There has been some debate among the authors regarding the more strongly worded choice of “devastating” as opposed to the word "damaging." They have kept devastating in this proposed statement but are receptive to Board input.

Due to the timely nature of this statement, the discussion period for this action will be Feburary 15-18, 2013.

The vote will take place Tuesday February 19, 2013.

Thank you

Lindsay Bosch

ACRL Program Officer

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Steven Bell's picture

I think our colleagues on both the IFC and EC did a fine job in working together to craft the language in this statement. With groups such as CARL and ARL issuing statements I think it makes good sense for ACRL to do so as well, and we may be the division that ALA looks to for a statement (not clear if the ALA OIF will issue a separate statement - they may be fine with our statement - but Barbara Jones of the OIF has been participating in the conversation). 

Personally, I think "damaging" would be sufficient, but I'm agreeable to "devastating" if others prefer it.

Steven

Steven Bell Associate University Librarian Temple University bells@temple.edu http://stevenbell.info

Julie Garrison's picture

I support this statement and am fine with either "devastating" or "damaging." Unfortunately I will not be available to officially vote on February 19. I won't have access to the internet from Saturday through Wednesday afternoon. 

Julie

Trevor Dawes's picture

I am happy that the members of these committees responded quickly to this issue and am in full support of the statement.  I prefer "damaging" to "devastating" as I'm not sure of this suit and its effect would rise to the level of "devastating"

Trevor 

 

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Trevor A. Dawes
St. Louis, MO

Joyce Ogburn's picture

I agree that damaging is a better word in this case.

ACRL President 2011-12

Lisabeth Chabot's picture

I support the statement and would prefer "damaging" to "devastating"

Mark Emmons's picture

Hi all,

I write in support of the proposed statement.

'Devastating' fits if Mellen should win, though I can't imagine that critical reviews aren't constitutionally protected.

I would have no problem with 'damaging' if that is the will of the Board.

Mark

Mark Emmons

University of New Mexico

ACRL Board Member

Cynthia Steinhoff's picture

I support ACRL making this statement about the Mellen Askey case.  "Damaging" fits better than "devastating."

 

Cindy

 

Maggie Farrell's picture

I agree with "damaging".

Thanks to the committee for their quick response.  I would like to know what ALA is planning on doing - if they believe our statement serves ALA, that is great or if they will also issue a statement.

When the statement is approved, I am happy to post on the Council listserv.

Maggie Farrell
Dean of Libraries
University of Wyoming
farrell@uwyo.edu
307.766.3279
Mary Ellen Davis's picture

Maggie asked what ALA was doing about this case. ALA Committees are in discussinos about asking ALA to make a similar statement, perhaps using ACRL's statement as a base. However, I confirmed with ALA Senior Associate Exec. Director Mary Ghikas this morning that ACRL should go ahead with its statement rather than try to do just one.

Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen Davis Executive Director Association of College & Research Libraries mdavis@ala.org

Maggie Farrell's picture

I agree with "damaging".

Thanks to the committee for their quick response.  I would like to know what ALA is planning on doing - if they believe our statement serves ALA, that is great or if they will also issue a statement.

When the statement is approved, I am happy to post on the Council listserv.

Maggie Farrell
Dean of Libraries
University of Wyoming
farrell@uwyo.edu
307.766.3279