Sunday, December 18, 2005

why "radical militant librarians" are up in arms

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This is why it's a good thing the Senate didn't renew the Patriot Act:
A Massachussetts paper is reporting that a college student was visited by Department of Homeland Security agents in October after requesting a copy of Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung -- better known as "The Little Red Book" -- from a university library...
(from Boing Boing).
WTF?! Homeland Security is worried about college students reading about communism?! At least they're only using their powers to catch the real terrorists.

An appropriate reaction to a college student using ILL to get a primary text for his research would be a team of librarians showing up at his door to give him a garland. Now that would be cool.

(link to news story here)


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