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  • 1.  FYI - ND Senator Calls for investigation of ALA

    Posted Aug 02, 2023 08:28 AM

    I got this from the COL listserv. It does look like ALA is crafting a response:

     

    Sen. Cramer, Colleagues Demand Investigation Into ALA's Religious Discrimination Against Brave Books

    https://www.cramer.senate.gov/news/press-releases/sen-cramer-colleagues-demand-investigation-into-alas-religious-discrimination-against-brave-books

     

     

     

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  • 2.  RE: FYI - ND Senator Calls for investigation of ALA

    Posted Aug 02, 2023 10:01 PM

    The letter is from Senators in 3 states--Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). Senator Mike Braun (R-IN), and Senator Kevin Cramer (ND). The issue seems to be suggestions that were made at an ALA program about ways to avoid the August 5 "Library Takeover Campaign." IMLS does not directly fund ALA.  I see only one grant to ALA in the latest list of IMLS grants--LG-254862-OLS-23 | Institute of Museum and Library Services (imls.gov) for developing new tools and training models to support authentic engagement of Spanish-speaking families. So, whoever drafted the letter did not look very carefully at how IMLS works with ALA.



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  • 3.  RE: FYI - ND Senator Calls for investigation of ALA

    Posted Aug 03, 2023 03:06 AM
    They also don't understand that ALA has no control over local libraries. Guidance on issues can come from ALA but libraries function the way they say they want government to function, local control. They also don't understand ALA conferences where programs are presented by small groups within ALA and really don't reach the majority of people working in libraries. They need a librarian to do some research for them.--
    Diedre Conkling
    diedre08@gmail.com
     
    "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."―Maya Angelou





  • 4.  RE: FYI - ND Senator Calls for investigation of ALA

    Posted Aug 03, 2023 06:12 AM

    Missouri Librarians were sent a letter from the John Ashcroft, MO. Secretary of State on July 25, 2023  warning them that ALA uses  "somewhat nefarious measures to restrict groups and organizations not subscribing to certain viewpoints from reserving meeting rooms and hosting events." An image of the letter is here:

    BRAVE BOOKS (@BraveBooksUS) / X (twitter.com)

    Libraries should review the ALA Meeting Room Policy and footnotes to the policy which provides guidance: Meeting Rooms: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights | Advocacy, Legislation & Issues (ala.org)



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    Kathleen de la Peña McCook
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    School of Information
    University of South Florida
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  • 5.  RE: FYI - ND Senator Calls for investigation of ALA

    Posted Aug 04, 2023 08:00 AM
    I think some conservatives do understand what ALA means to the status quo, and that is why ALA is attacked. You are right that ALA has little to do with most branch library governance, at least here in Georgia, where the law has little to do with management quality. 

    I have attached job requirements for branch manager and children's coordinator showing all that is required is a high school diploma. Finally, the custodian position advertises a higher salary than all other positions. Georgia is doing its best to keep education out of the public libraries! One of my managers said, "I tried college once, but I got bored..."



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  • 6.  RE: FYI - ND Senator Calls for investigation of ALA

    Posted Aug 04, 2023 05:43 AM
    Facts, shmacts.  When you are an anti woke warrior, who needs facts, evidence and expertise?  Not these rubes. 

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