"I respectfully submit that I believe that the Board of Trustees should affirm its current Library Materials Selection, Circulation and User Confidentiality policies with two changes. 1. Lift the restriction on R-rated films in the Circulation policy. 2. Discontinue the practice of putting certain magazines behind the service desk, including Playboy. That will ensure that we are consistent in the way we provide access to all library materials and ensure user confidentiality."
Source: "Letter From Gina Millsap, Executive Director; To Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Board of Trustees; Dated February 13, 2009; Re: Expression of Concern from Mrs. Kim Borchers," by Gina Millsap, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, 13 February 2009, 4 pp, emphasis added.
Need I say more? This reminds me of the ALA's de facto leader saying, "Parents who would tell their children not to read Playboy 'don't really care about their kids growing up and learning to think and explore.'" And why is the ALA still considered authoritative?
As president of the ALA's LLAMA, will Gina Millsap recommend the same for libraries nationwide? Playboy for children—what a fine example for a LLAMA president to set.
As Gina Millsap said in her letter, emphasis in original, "What if the national media focuses on the issue? There is also our reputation to consider." Fine job, Gina Millsap, recommending children have access to Playboy and R-rated flicks despite the interests of the local community whom you obviously do not serve. This as a reaction to the subsequently successful effort to restrict children without parental consent from accessing "The Joy of Gay Sex" and three similar books. I'm certain your recommendation will help your community's national reputation.
NOTE ADDED 7 SEPTEMBER 2011:
Gina Millsap is now running for ALA President! Playboy for all children in the whole country!
- "Millsap, Stripling Seek 2013-14 ALA Presidency," by JoAnne Kempf, American Library Association, 2 September 2011.
SafeLibraries says vote for Barbara K. Stripling.
NOTE ADDED 15 MARCH 2012:
Gina Millsap is now teaching her technique for ensuring children retain access to Playboy to the PLA 2012, a convention for the ALA's Public Library Association. Can there be any doubt if she becomes ALA President what she will promote? Look how it is worded, "recent library board attempts to limit access to library materials by age in Topeka." Look at the title, "When Trustees ... Collide!"
|Speaker : Kathy Middleton, Senior Community Library Manager, Contra Costa County Library|
|Speaker : Gina Millsap, Chief Executive Officer, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library|
|Program Organizer and Speaker : Kent Oliver, Executive Director, Stark County District Library|
Reminder about what the US Supreme Court said in a case the ALA lost big:
"The interest in protecting young library users from material inappropriate for minors is legitimate, and even compelling, as all Members of the Court appear to agree."Apparently Gina Millsap knows better than the unanimous US Supreme Court on that issue, and better than the citizens and even the library board of trustees of Topeka.
I'm an not being sensational. I am merely reporting on and republishing what she is doing at PLA 2012. She is the one, not me, who is reaching over the heads of the community and the library board of trustees to bring the ACLU/ALA policy into Topeka.
And in attachments being handed out at her lecture, indoctrination training is being given on how to get librarians to ignore their own innate sense of right and wrong. It is a propaganda technique, the name of which escapes me at the moment. Contact her. Ask for the handouts. See for yourselves.
Imagine if she becomes ALA President. She'll know better than the entire nation! Already the ALA forces its way on a third of the nation's libraries in a manner that harms children, says the author of the Children's Internet Protection Act. Gina Millsap will just pile on.
Remember, if librarians survive the indoctrination, please report to me what happened, and join those librarians willing to work together to stop this very kind of child-unfriendly behavior.
NOTE ADDED 5 MAY 2012:
The ALA avoids near disaster by electing a president who has NOT publicly supported Playboy magazine and R-rated movies for children in public libraries. Hooray!!
- "Stripling Wins 2013–14 ALA Presidency," by Beverly Goldberg, American Libraries, 4 May 2012.