This Time Up: Librarian Love

I’m still not happy about the new heavy-handedness of libraries over fines, etc. , but I thought I should say here that I have loved libraries and librarians in particular. Why? It is the one government bureaucracy that remains slightly citizen-friendly. Do you need information on who your representaives are… on your district number…how to contact your representatives… and a slew of other important info? Don’t I repeat DO NOT try to navigate through know-nothing government employees who will put you in endless loops of handing you off to long waits and frustrating dead-ends. No. Go to your local library… where your friendly librarian will actually help you locate what you need in a pleasant environment.

Now that I have explained what I still love about libraries, you should be ready to digest what most of us already know, but collated into an excellent post that drives the point home…
Where did our privacy go, and what is all the brouhaha about Google refusing to release information on p0rn searches?

Do read on @ Collecting my Thoughts! ( She’s a librarian, folks)

…you and I certainly lost the privacy battle going on 20-30 years now.

“The federal government’s requests [of Google]–which amount to a list of 1 million random Web addresses and a week’s worth of search queries–is supposed to help the government build a case that Internet porn is readily accessible to minors, thus creating a need for its once-denied Child Online Protection Act (COPA).” Forbes

A quarter of all internet searches are for porn. Don’t you believe it that Google (which I love) guys stay up at night thinking of ways to protect your privacy. Porn is a huge part of the search engine business, and probably the stat businesses you and I are using “for free.”

This is about money. Not privacy. Not civil liberties.

2 thoughts on “This Time Up: Librarian Love”

  1. Thanks for the plug. Accidentally came across your blog. So you’re in Ohio? Tell me more.

    BTW. Librarians are 223:1 liberal to conservative. Therefore, the first battle of censorship is the collection budget, not what is or isn’t on the shelf.

  2. Yes… I inhabit the netherlands of central Ohio:) and lurk in libraries ….

    I do my own form of censorship- just don’t read what I don’t like. I think tighter control is more useful on larger formats that move the masses such as the internet and other forms of media. Whatever the place of collection monies.. they should stll remember that the taxpayers underwrite them as a service to the community. That is my main comlaint about the quick way they hand people over to collection agencies. And the fact that they have a fairly high rate of human error in the returns accounting.

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