Sunday, June 25, 2006

Porn for All at DC Libraries

Patrons at DC libraries view hardcore porn on the internet with children nearby, according to an interesting letter in today's Washington Post. (I know, I know--"So what's the problem?" is what some ALA-variety librarians would say.)

The letter-writer complained to the librarian:

"The librarian I talked to was as disgusted as I was, but she had her orders. What appalls me is the utter hypocrisy of those who allow this to go on in the name of liberty. Those who rationalize this in the name of the First Amendment are the true pornographers -- not those who run the Web sites."

This is yet another example of what's wrong with librarians. A total absence of any sense of responsibility to their communities, backed by laughable references to the First Amendment: "Children can see harcore porn on these computers!" "Oh it's ok--remember the First Amendment!"

Public library administrators such as the ones responsible for this have an agenda and are in effect waging their own cultural battle with their own constituents. Users such as the letter-writer can be pesky for some librarians who don't like "interference" from those they are paid to serve!

The DC Public Library: Porn, decay, political grandstanding, inept, irresponsible leadership--"Engaging Minds, Expanding Opportunities"--the motto is empty rhetoric.

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