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Librarians with a Clue

Wired posted an article today about librarians standing up to the Patriot Act. Since I wasn’t very nice to librarians in my writing about ‘the dangers of Wikipedia,’ I decided it was only fair to show that they’re not all clueless. Here’s an excerpt:

While mainstream media have blandly stood by as the free flow of information is threatened, some librarians have been agitating. They have been collecting signatures — close to a million of them — to petition the government to amend portions of the Patriot Act. They have purged circulation records. They have pushed elected officials to propose legislation to exempt libraries from government snoops, and have worked with more than 300 cities across the country to adopt measures to weaken the most extreme aspects of the law.

September 15, 2004