Friday, November 10, 2006

Group 3 Bibliography

History of the Patriot Act as it Pertains to Libraries, Section 215:

Civil Liberties in Times of War. Congressional Digest; Sep2005, Vol. 84 Issue 7, p193-193, 1p

Restrictions on Civil Liberties. Congressional Digest; Sep2005, Vol. 84 Issue 7, p194-195, 2p

USA PATRIOT Act. Congressional Digest; Sep2005, Vol. 84 Issue 7, p196-224, 3p

Wheeler, Maurice B. “The Politics of Access: Libraries and the Fight for Civil Liberties in Post-9/11 America” Radical History Review. 2005.93 (2005): 79-95.
~The author states librarians' concerns about section 215 of the PATRIOT Act within the context of the Bill of Rights and the current national political climate.

"New Bill by Sen. Leahy, Others Seeks to Restore Privacy and Civil Liberties Protections to Patriot Act." US Fed News Service, Including US State News (Mar 8, 2006): n/a.

"NEWSMAKER: Straight Answers from Russ Feingold." American Libraries 37, no. 2 (Feb, 2006): 20,

"Rep. Degette: American Values Remain at Risk." US Fed News Service, Including US State News (Mar 7, 2006): n/a.

~Two of the three readings above are press releases. The third, an interview with Russ Feingold in American Libraries – basically serves the same function: to publicly denounce the PATRIOT Act, and promise constituents that the politicians will keep fighting for civil liberties.

ALA Position:

American Library Association. The USA PATRIOT Act.
~This section of the ALA Website offers information on the PATRIOT Act from librarians’ point of view. It provides a brief overview of the origins and intent of the act, and describes the act’s relevance to libraries and library services. Also, the website provides a relatively detailed account of the act’s various challenges and changes, and gives a few suggestions for further reading and a link to the ALA’s e-advocacy site.

Freedom to Read Act:

Bernie Sanders: Vermont’s Independent Congressman.
~The homepage of Bernie Sanders, the Congressman who introduced the Freedom to Read Bill in response to the Patriot Act; it’s updated regularly, and is a great source of information on impending legislation, as well as a source for other helpful websites.
~This is the URL for the Related Links and Related Files from the ALA site.You need to scroll almost to the bottom to find the list of sources, but a few examples they list are: Guidelines for Librarians on the USA PATRIOT Act, a tip sheet for librarians, and a selected bibliography with citations for articles by the ACLU and others.

Pro-Patriot Act Opinions/ Conservative Librarians
"The Loneliness of the Conservative Librarian," by David Durant, Gov Docs librarian at East Carolina U. Chronicle of Higher Education, 30 September 2005.

SHUSH: a website for the conservative librarian. Moderator: Gregory McClay, Systems Librarian, Lowell, Mass. Site includes links to conservative librarian blogs. See the link to "Librarians for Victory", a petition with signatures of 75 U.S. librarians.

Librarians in the field- Practical Responses, Ethical Questions:

Bowers, Stacey L. "Privacy and Library Records." Journal of Academic Librarianship 32.4 (2006): 377-83.
~This source documents the history of privacy and its challenges in a library setting. It doesn’t focus just on the USA Patriot Act, but also delves into its predecessor in library privacy FISA.

"Civil Liberties in Times of War." Congressional Digest 84.7 (2005): 193-.
~This entire issue of Congressional Digest is dedicated to the topic of “Civil Liberties in Times of War.” A great overall summary of what the law entails is one of the many articles in this issue.

Dawson, Emily-Jane. “Library Ethics and the Problem with Patriotism.” Revolting Librarians Redux. Eds. Katia Roberto and Jessamyn West. North Carolina: McFarland & Co., 2003. 95-100.
~This essay raises a variety of issues concerning patriotism and the USA PATRIOT Act within public library systems and bookstores. Written by a library assistant, this article gives a first hand view of dealing with issues of patriotism in regards to co-workers, bosses, patrons, and government officials.

Flanders, Laura. “Librarians under siege” The Nation. 5 Aug. 2002: Vol.275, Issue. 5.
~Under an obscure provision of the USA Patriot Act, federal agents can obtain a warrant to acquire information about library users. The pressure librarians are under to provide information about users despite their determination to protect reader privacy is discussed.

Foerstel, Herbert. N. Refuge of a Soundrel. Westport: Libraries Unlimited, 2004.
~A vehement attack against the Patriot Act, Foerstel, a librarian, provides an overview of the Patriot Act and its impact on libraries; a recommended read according to Library Journal, Booklist, Libraries and Culture, College & Research Libraries, and Technical Services Quarterly.

Gorman, Michael. "Those Lost Liberties may be Your Own." American Libraries 37.6 (2006): 5-.
~The current ALA president’s response to the USA Patriot Act and what it means.

Minow, Mary. “The USA PATRIOT Act.” Library Journal October 2002: 52-55.
~This article provides background information on the USA PATRIOT Act and offers librarians suggestions for protecting patron privacy. Found at:

O'Connor, Anahad. "Librarians Win as U.S. Relents on Secrecy Law." New York Times 155.53548 (2006): B1-6.
~A New York Times article about how in the Connecticut case, the judge ruled to allow the libraries to identify themselves as recipients of a request for patron records.

The Patriot Act: Opposing Viewpoints. New York: Greenhaven Press, 2005.
~A collection of essays by various authors’ on subjects related to the Patriot Act, several of which discuss libraries and the field of librarianship in depth, and offer some rather interesting perspectives. Attention is also given to impending legislation, including the proposed Freedom to Read Bill.


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