Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Librarians are DANGEROUS!

I am forever posting about articles and blog posts that my friends send me. But that's because they send me such fascinating things, like this blog post [thanks Paul!] about a librarian in a tiny little library in Montana.

To sum up the story: Said dangerous librarian orders obviously sketchy books written by Joel C. Rosenberg, receives books along with a note that she's been added to a "Watch List" for ordering them, and is told she needs to go into the big city before she can order more books.

I'll remember that, since I'm the librarian at my institution who is in charge of ordering books and articles from other libraries.... Hope none of our students go requesting anything crazy!

Gotta watch out for those librarians! As Michael Moore said, librarians "are subversive. You think they're just sitting there at the desk, all quiet and everything. They're like plotting the revolution, man. I wouldn't mess with them. You know, they've had their budgets cut. They're paid nothing. Books are falling apart...."


Elizabeth said...

Reading the original post, I have to agree with some of the comments asking for a specific source. The reason? If it really happened, I don't think they would've sent a letter. (But I also don't know my Patriot Act requirements like I should, so I may be mistaken.)

Also, the books are supposedly mainstream Christian suspense? Why would those put someone on a "watch list"? Weird.

reyn said...

Look closer, elizabeth--they're mainstream Christian SLASH Orthodox Jewish. And those guys are next door neighbors to Muslims. Knowing how well they get along, it's just a matter of time before they collaborate!

Elizabeth said...

I think I'm going to step back here and take pride in the fact that I know little about religious sects and who they get along with : )

Kat said...

elizabeth and reyn - I love that you two even argue (debate, if you prefer) on my blog.

elizabeth - I, too, wondered about the validity of that post. I meant to write about that but then got overly excited about hunting down the Michael Moore quote. Ooops. It really does sound pretty questionable. I think I've heard of a letter being sent before, but over those two books? They are basically popular fiction, and that strikes me as a bit odd.