Times up for librarians too, but they fear speaking up because their own library association bullies them into silence for fear that negative publicity would harm library funding drives, such as #FundLibraries.
You see, the American Library Association [ALA] recommends policy that, when implemented in local libraries, facilitates pornography viewing despite the law. To be clear, according to United States v. American Library Association, 539 U.S. 194 (2003), while there may be a First Amendment right to view pornography in the public square, that right does not extend to public libraries. Were libraries to use Internet filters and keep them properly maintained, negative consequences of being the neighborhood free porn show would be precluded. And so you know, the ALA-recommended solutions of privacy screens and moving the furniture only made the problems worse, the US v. ALA Court found.
ALA misleads librarians / governments / communities by saying only child pornography and obscenity is illegal (besides material harmful to minors), but only a judge can determine that, and only on a case by case basis of the multimillions of web sites available—completely ignoring that the issue is Internet porn in libraries, not what's already been asked and answered in older cases. ALA even says librarians have never been sexually harassed nor will they ever be harassed by porn-viewing patrons since sexual harassment is supposedly so hard to prove. So much for believe all women. As a result, even in a #MeToo #TimesUp #BelieveAllWomen environment, many librarians still work in sexually hostile work environments.
|Library covering up child porn viewing earns|
"Intellectual Freedom" award.
So below I present an example of the filing of a Freedom of Information Act request for information about the sexual harassment of librarians. It is important I do this so others see how easy it is to do since I'm literally the only person making such requests on a national scale.
Notice I FOIA the city government, police, and the library itself as all may have relevant records, and cross checking all sources might provide the most accurate result, especially in an atmosphere where ALA advises libraries to destroy public records of such incidents, as you will see below.
Hat tip to National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) that provides a list of sample FOIA requests for various states. Follow @NFOIC.
And if you are a sexually harassed librarian or library employee, see, "Librarians Report Sexual Harassment by Library Patrons Here." Already reports are coming in and I'm investigating.
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