A woman had fallen into a river in Lancaster, Ohio and needed help. A man held her above water until police arrived. She was taken to a medical center but had no identification with her except her library card.
The police called the library and reached the circulation supervisor, someone named Laura Gibson. Gibson refused to tell the cops who the lady was, even though they explained it was an emergency and she was required by law to help!
The woman was eventually identified when someone at the medical center recognized her, no thanks to Gibson.
According to the story:
Orman Hall, president of the library’s board of trustees, said it was unfortunate that the librarian did not cooperate and suggested that she mistakenly erred on the side of conservatism in preserving the confidentiality of a library patron.
He was confident that library Director Marilyn Steiner would educate the employees on how to work with police.
"We need to do some work," Hall said. "I am confident that Marilyn and her staff will clarify the issues around confidentiality to make sure this doesn’t happen again."
ALA's policy of obstructing law enforcement, which no doubt explains Gibson's outrageous behavior, is damaging our communities and the people who live in them. No doubt this kind of obstruction will results in a few deaths before long.You would think a librarian would have the sense to cooperate when someone is in physical danger, but this is more proof that, sadly, you don't have to be smart to be a librarian, and this popular stereotype is only a myth. I strongly encourage the police to press charges against Gibson, as the story suggested they might. That's the only way this insanity will end.
I blame ALA for its policy of brainwashing librarians, many of whom are easily and willingly manipulated to enforce ALA's politics. ALA's "Confidentiality and Coping with Law Enforcement Inquiries" needs to be withdrawn and a new document created hand-in-hand with law enforcement. We don't need our national organization putting people's lives and well-being in jeopardy to further their extremist political agenda.
I can only hope the level-headed librarians out there will pressure ALA (and individual librarians!) to show a little much-needed intelligence.