Yes, the ALA trumps up supposed "censorship" in BBW. Yes, the ALA downplays criminal attacks on children. Why does it do that?
Following library crime is not terribly hard or technically challenging. The ALA could do it easily if it wished. Instead such work is done by others. Consider these:
- "Dangerous Access, 2000 Edition: Uncovering Internet Pornography in America's Libraries," by David Burt, the creator of FilteringFacts.org, on behalf of the Family Research Council. This is a "research report documenting incidents of pornography in libraries, and recommending the use of filtering software. 65 pages."
- "Examples of Crimes and Filters in Libraries," by me, many years ago before I was SafeLibraries.
- "Library Incidents Nationwide," by Dr. Frank Kardasz, "an Arizona peace officer assigned to the investigations of Internet crimes against children."
- "Library Issues in the News," by Family Friendly Libraries, "a grassroots organization started by Karen Jo Gounaud in 1992 in Fairfax County, Virginia in response to a proliferation of internet pornography and age-inappropriate materials in local school and public libraries."
- "SafeLibraries.org's Librarycrime Bookmarks," by SafeLibraries, a recommended source, courtesy of LibraryStuff.
- "See For Yourself," by SafeLibraries, where library crime news videos are highlighted.
Sometimes libraries aid and abet pedophiles, even going so far as to destroy physical evidence. Why? As the former 40 year de facto leader of the ALA said, "A librarian is not a legal process. There is not librarian in the country — unless she or he is a lawyer — who is in the position to determine what he or she is looking at is indeed child pornography." Really? Is it that difficult? What makes lawyers better than librarians?
Sometimes the librarians themselves are victims and the ALA or its acolytes does nothing. Why?
So as to the title, "Banned Books Week Versus Library Crime," why does the ALA play up "censorship" but play down library crime?
Here's a search for "library crime" or "library crimes" on ALA.ORG - zero results:
Compare that with a search for censorship on ALA.ORG - thousands of results:
I call on the ALA to start tracking library crime.