Friday, August 3, 2018

Twitter Censorship Enables Harm; Librarians Use Heckler's Veto for Censorship

SafeLibraries is shadow banned at Twitter as a direct result of librarians using the heckler's veto to silence me for exposing the harms of the American Library Association [ALA].  They publicly and falsely attack me and call for other librarians to block me on Twitter.  Perhaps hundreds do.  The result is Twitter algorithms have completely silenced me unless someone goes directly to my account.  I'm shadow banned.

There is no way for me to explain to Twitter that I have been the victim of a concerted censorship effort by librarians.  As a result, literally the only voice speaking out for an end to the sexual harassment of librarians by library patrons viewing Internet pornography is silenced.  Twitter is silencing that voice.  The attacks, even those amounting to defamation per se, are never blocked by Twitter.

Twitter Is Shadow Banning How ALA Harms Communities

So we understand what Twitter is silencing, here are some of the harms of ALA that I expose:
Bittman: "Looks at him, this fruit is blocking me."



Years of Heckler's Veto and Blocks by Librarians Lead to Twitter Shadow Ban

Because I expose those harms and name ALA as the source, some librarians attack me.  Here are some of the tweets that defame me and that call for me to be blocked by other librarians.  Some mock my race, some mock my assumed religionKnow that I was a volunteer librarian for two years, I am seeking to stop sexual harassment of librarians, I have never "doxxed" anyone—reporting unprofessional behavior like defamation is not doxxing, and I am not "anti-porn," rather I oppose how ALA misleads communities into harming themselves (and sex trafficking victims) by ignoring the law and legal precedent to advise the opposite.

There's a long list here to show the long-term effort to defame me and to get those hundreds of librarians to block me, and they do, that Twitter apparently then used for its shadow ban, and these are just some of the worst instances:
  • @MagpieLibrarian 31 Jul 2018 - I highly recommend blocking Dan Kleinman/Safe Libraries guy as he is known to harass women+dox ppl. #critlib https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/1024462287271284738
  • @MagpieLibrarian 31 Jul 2018 - Dan Kleinman is RT-ing a lot of you, trying to stir up a fight, so if you haven't blocked, I'd recommend it. #critlib https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/1024480599564853249
  • @MagpieLibrarian 31 Jul 2018 - Don't interact with Dan Kleinman. #critlib
  • https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/1024473840402018304
  • @MagpieLibrarian 31 Jul 2018 - Remember that Dan Kleinman isn't a librarian, has never worked in a library, harasses women+doxxes library workers. #critlib https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/1024466852687302657
  • @MagpieLibrarian 31 Jul 2018 - Do not interact with Dan Kleinman. Do not interact with Dan Kleinman. Do not interact with Dan Kleinman. Do not interact with Dan Kleinman. Do not interact with Dan Kleinman. Do not interact with Dan Kleinman. https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/1024463008184066050
  • @MagpieLibrarian 16 Jul 2018 - Replying to @ReadingDanger - Dan Kleinman is a homophobe, transphobe, and all around nightmare. Doesn't want books about queer ppl in libraries, unless the books talk about queer ppl going to hell. Porn is bad, Nazis good. He's repulsive. https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/1018867242501632002
  • @MagpieLibrarian 15 Jul 2018 - Hey @OIF, a good way to know that you're on the wrong side of history is when Dan Kleinman, aka the anti-porn but pro-hate group guy, is on your side. https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/1018648339687051264
  • @MagpieLibrarian 28 Aug 2017 - Replying to @alphabeticallie @GaylePitman @robin_stevenson - I used to have a Tumblr called The Same Picture of Dan Kleinman Every Day but I got bored. https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/902304383387541504
  • @MagpieLibrarian 28 Aug 2017 - Replying to @alphabeticallie - Dan Kleinman supports a hate group. I assume his last name is Jewish. https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/902262659768311808
  • @jaslar 28 Jun 2016 - ALA in Orlando: blood drives, school supplies, many contributions. We stand by the victims, we offer aid. @Safelibraries does ... nothing. https://twitter.com/jaslar/status/747796117308465152
James LaRue is the head of ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom
and the Freedom to Read Foundation
  • @wawoodworth - 1 Sep 2015 - When I feel bad about my life I recall that Concern Troll has a saved search for "library porn" that he checks daily and I feel much better. https://twitter.com/wawoodworth/status/638747385703833604
  • @MagpieLibrarian 6 Aug 2015 - .@Wicholas Dan Kleinman is a pox. If he's Jewish, it is my obligation to apologize for him. https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/629339039007682560
  • @meghancnyc 13 Jan 2015 - Replying to @MagpieLibrarian - @MagpieLibrarian I can't be Dan Kleinman because I'm not a repressed virgin with halitosis. https://twitter.com/meghancnyc/status/555120537509584896
  • @MagpieLibrarian 8 Jan 2015 - Eat a bag of dicks, Safe Libraries guy. https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/553239122761232384
  • @MagpieLibrarian 8 Jan 2015 - Safe Libraries guy is a straight up homophobe and has no say in the world of libraries. He's a massive tool+troll. BLOCK HIM. #teamharpy https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/553237289347059713
  • @MagpieLibrarian 8 Jan 2015 - Hi, when it comes #teamharpy: Unsolicited advice. Don't engage w/Safe Libraries guy. He's not a librarian, he hates us. He has an agenda. https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/553237100154585088
  • @MagpieLibrarian 1 Jan 2014 - Replying to @mciszek - @mciszek Or to be clearer of what you had in mind, or to say you learned something. Once douche-o SafeLibraries was on Manley's side... https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/418453075838263296
  • @MagpieLibrarian 16 Dec 2014 - If you want2link 2 the 200 libs to follow list, consider using a Do Not Link until #4 + Safe Libraries are taken off: donotlink.com/cx5b https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/544882984588148738
  • @MagpieLibrarian 16 Dec 2014 - My comment onthe list: Thanks4including me but being on a list w/ #4+SafeLibraries man who spends his time harassing librarians is troubling https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/544882338333982720
  • @MagpieLibrarian 16 Dec 2014 - And if any1 believes Kleinman is an LGBTQ ally check out his comments here: https://magpielibrarian.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/my-first-topic-request-does-god-love-michaels-two-daddies/ https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/544906965689049088
  • @MagpieLibrarian 2 Dec 2014 - OK, everybody who can, donate to this, ESPECIALLY if you're sick of Dan Kleinman, that Safe Libraries jackass: http://www.gofundme.com/hzjwy8 https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/539936346198900736
  • @MagpieLibrarian 2 Dec 2014 - If you didn't know, our asshole buddy, Dan Kleinman aka #SafeLibaries guy, is being sued. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/11/science-hating-homeschool-mom-sued-for-defamation-in-ongoing-library-prn-flap/ https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/539934626978873346
  • @MagpieLibrarian 2 Dec 2014 - One of my VERY favorite Safe Libraries comments, right before I blocked his ass for forever and eternity: https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/539891625200459776
  • @MagpieLibrarian 2 Dec 2014 - I KNOW it's tempting to fight with Safe Libraries guy. I know. I used to. He's not smart or informed. He's just a loud, white, idiot. https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/539890174503976960
  • @ThePinakes 2 Jul 2014 - @olinj @jacobsberg Whoa! I didn't even notice a troll on our hash tag. Was it ... well, I don't want to attract his attention - s. l. guy?@MagpieLibrarian https://twitter.com/ThePinakes/status/484454064470495232
  • @MagpieLibrarian 6 Oct 2014 - THE ONLY PERSON WHO HAS LIKED MY MOST RECENT BLOG POST IS CRAZY ASS CREEPY SAFE LIBRARIES GUY          https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/519142762604953601
  • @wawoodworth - 21 Apr 2014 - Replying to @dupuisj - @dupuisj @LibrarianRy @rdlankes Probably. As soon as Dan "Concern Troll" Kleinman shows up, you know it's going to get funky. https://twitter.com/wawoodworth/status/458356798140194816
  • @MagpieLibrarian 31 Dec 2013 - The Safe Libraries Schmo is a fan of WillManley's blog: You are the last outpost for free speech within librarianship" STOP! STOP! MY SIDES!@MagpieLibrarian https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/418073194868637696
  • @MagpieLibrarian 30 Oct 2013 - Safe libraries dude smells like Swiss Cheese https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/395711889860096000
  • @wawoodworth - 27 Jul 2012 - Oh, @safelibraries, only a schmuck like you would equate privacy screens as being simply for porn viewing. Thanks for the RT. https://twitter.com/wawoodworth/status/228961456941563904
  • @MagpieLibrarian 15 Feb 2012 - Replying to @SafeLibraries - @SafeLibraries Oh honey. I'm a librarian in Brooklyn. I'm definitely not scared of you. https://twitter.com/MagpieLibrarian/status/169984925112614913
By the way, even a few libraries block me on Twitter, something that may be illegal, and one reversed its ban after I simply asked (a friend of @MagpieLibrarian simply applied the block because he controlled the library's Twitter account; the director reversed that once she learned of the situation).  Those that block me are usually the ones that have committed various offenses against their communities and even against the United States of America.  Definitely a number of ALA leaders block me, including ALA Presidents and, oddly, the head of the Office for Intellectual Freedom.  When you're taking flak, that means you're over the target.

Effects of Twitter Shadow Ban and Search Ban

What are the effects of the shadow ban by Twitter? For one thing I lost a lot of followers.  I had about 2620 on 5 July 2018, and now on 3 August 2018 I have 2557, or a loss of over 60.  Hardly anyone follows me any more—because they don't see me anymore.  But this is the least of the problem.

You cannot find me in a search, meaning my name will not be autosuggested.  You have to know it and type it directly into the search box.  I see it when I'm logged in and I search, but no one else sees it.  Go ahead and try it for yourselves.  Search for @SafeLibraries.  It's not there.

I also learned that when I use hashtags, no one sees my tweets containing those hashtags.  This means Twitter is useless for speaking publicly as it now only allows me to read but not respond to what others say in a manner that uses hashtags, the leading way to be heard.  I cannot say #ShadowBanning, for example, or rather I can, but Twitter will suppress my tweet when people search for that tag.

For example, the other day I participated in a conversation at the hashtag #critlib.  Only I didn't realize I was really not participating because Twitter took that ability away from me.  No one saw my comments.  I didn't realize this so I was wasting my time because of Twitter, the obvious effect being to discourage me from exercising further First Amendment rights to free speech since they would only come to naught.  If I looked at the #critlib tweets, I could see mine.  But if other people looked, my tweets were excluded.  It's likely why no one responded to me as they did on that hashtag in the past before I was shadow banned.  Shadow banned really means banned, nothing shadow about it.

Take a look yourselves to see how I am excluded from #critlib chat: https://twitter.com/hashtag/critlib?src=hash even though the librarian harassing me for over five years and complaining about my assumed race and assumed religion and assumed job has comments there responding to me and furthering Twitter's censorship, like this one:

Examples of What Twitter Banned

Here are some of the tweets that I wrote that no one saw during the conversation and no one can now see that had been and remain excluded as a result of Twitter's censorship.  In response to #critlib questions I raised legitimate issues that no one saw.  Here they are:
So those tweets are literally made invisible by Twitter, even during the ongoing #critlib discussion, even by the very people viewing the #critlib hashtag.

Lastly, to tweet about this publication, "Twitter Censorship via Librarians Enables Harm," hashtags for me are now useless.  I cannot say #ShadowBanning, for example.  I'll have to directly tag people.  It's speech censorship and denial of press freedom pure and simple.  And I am the only press reporting on how ALA harms communities.  And it's done by Twitter, at the hands of a mob of harassers who seek to silence my advocacy about how communities can protect themselves from the many harms caused by ALA.

I'll Join Legal Action Taken Against Twitter

So, in summary, what we have here is Twitter censorship, via librarians, where both the librarians AND Twitter enable the harms of the American Library Association listed above by blocking one of the few voices speaking out against them.

And Twitter provides no means to address the censorship which it should not even do in the first place.

I am going to make an effort to join any legal action against Twitter.  Congressmen Devin Nunes and Matt Gaetz, for example, are taking legal action.
Hat tip to Kevin DuJan @HillBuzz for the idea to contact Devin Nunes and Matt Gaetz.  Mr. DuJan is my cowriter with me on this publication for a good reason.  And he's the "gay" and the "fruit" that the library employees maligned and that ALA blocked from an open public meeting celebrating the awarding of an "intellectual freedom" award to a library (Orland Park Public Library) that facilitated child pornography viewing by following ALA guidance, and was protected by ALA's direct intervention.

Summary - Twitter Banning Produces Loss of Press Freedom to Advise on Governmental Actions

Twitter censorship has taken away my audience, but more importantly, it has taken away the public's opportunity to learn how their governments, as expressed in libraries by legislatively-constituted library boards, have been subverted toward doing the public harm and exposing library employees to sexual harassment.  No one can seek redress of their government under the First Amendment, at least on the issue of the harm enabled by ALA-recommended lawlessness in public schools and libraries, if my First Amendment rights are being trampled by Twitter.

Times Up doesn't apply to librarians if the one voice speaking out about Me Too librarians has been silenced by Twitter.



NOTE ADDED 9 AUGUST 2018:

As of today it appears I am NO LONGER SHADOW BANNED.

That doesn't mean the underlying problem at Twitter has been resolved; I feel my writing this publication and spreading word about it has resulted in the lifting of the ban.

http://shadowban.eu

Meanwhile, the racist school librarian (working @cgps) who largely started all this years ago is still being racist and now misandristic, here against James LaRue of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom:

"I'd like to add 'edgelord white OIF bros' to the nice white lady demographic."


URL of this page: 
safelibraries.blogspot.com/2018/08/twitter-censorship-enables-harm.html

On Twitter: 
@ALALibrary, @DevinNunes, @mattgaetz, @RepMattGaetz, @SexHarassed, @Twitter

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Laura Ingalls Wilder Out, Drag Queens In, Say Librarians for Children

Libraries are promoting drag queen story hours while at the same time censoring references to Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of Little House On the Prairie.  This hypocrisy is done in the same publication for librarians for children by the Association for Library Services to Children [ALSC] while claiming it's not censorship:
  • No doubt you have heard that the ALSC Board voted unanimously to change the name of the Wilder Award to the “Children’s Literature Legacy Award”.  Unfortunately, there has been quite a bit of confusion and misinformation circulating about this decision.  It is well worth your time to read the entire ALSC Statement about its decision,  and to follow up with the blogpost by Jamie LaRue, Director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, here.   The title of the award now aligns more closely with one of ALSC’s core values, inclusiveness, and should not be interpreted as an attempt to censor Wilder’s books.  
  • ....
  • Interested in bringing Drag Queen Storytime to your library? ALSC Committee Members received tips for optimizing success from library pioneers who have already done it.  We also had the chance to meet a Drag Queen who talked about the value of offering this program, including fostering empathy, tolerance, creativity, imagination and fun.  Drag Queen Story Hour is a non-profit and you can find out more at its homepage
I love this response from "Gary Hondel":
I read the statement and there’s no confusion or misunderstanding. It’s clear to me (as it is to many others) that the ALA is giving in to overly sensitive, popular hype. The award has been given away since 1954, as I understand it, and just now, all of a sudden, it’s “insensitive?” Maybe you should have thought of that decades ago. Now it just appears disingenuous and an attempt to appease opposing forces that are imagined. I promise you, most of the reasonable world does not have a problem with the award being named after Laura Ingalls Wilder. To think that you all deal in knowledge for a living yet are behaving with such unreasonable irrationality. This organization has become willing slaves to its emotions.
I'm pointing out the censorship on the one hand and the promotion on the other, both being in the very same publication for librarians who serve children.  The subject matter of what was promoted is irrelevant.  The point is the hypocrisy to censor one topic and promote another, and the brazenness to report it all in the same publication, same story, limited to librarians.

I'm reporting this hypocrisy because it further illustrates that the American Library Association is disingenuous when it promotes Banned Books Week as if it was really interested in stemming censorship.  This kind of organization deserves no credence.  Besides, ALA is homophobic: "Gay Hate @ Your Library."



For your interest, here are some drag queen story hour news reports in chronological order:


URL of this page: 
safelibraries.blogspot.com/2018/07/laura-ingalls-wilder-out-drag-queens-in.html

On Twitter: 

@AP, @BKLYNlibrary, @CBCNews, @globeandmail, @gq_in_sk, @JVanMaren, @LifeSite, @LilMissHotMess, @LIWlegacy, @MeganFoxWriter, @roberta__bell, @TedShaffrey, @ToddStarnes

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Librarians Ordered to Destroy Public Documents Revealing Homophobia at American Library Association and Crime in Libraries

Librarians were ordered to destroy documents revealing both homophobia at the American Library Association and crime in public libraries, especially the viewing of child p0rnography.

The evidence is an email to libraries throughout Illinois by Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Esq., the Deputy Director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom.  This order to destroy documents is out and open incitement to violate various open government laws, and to cover up ALA's "exposure."  And almost everyone complied, but not all.

That this incitement was done knowingly and purposefully is evident from the lawyer's use of her private email address instead of her ALA email address, similar to the actions of former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, a.k.a. "Richard Windsor."

And all to hide her Office's homophobia and ALA's ordering librarians to destroy evidence of crime in libraries and calls not to record such evidence in the first place.  This is documented in a frightened librarian's email I published at "Brave Librarian Speaks Out as ALA Facilitates CHILD P[]rn."  She revealed, among other shocking things, "Blondie said that Orland was focusing only on you and ignoring your friend because he is gay and it gets messy to attack a gay guy. .... I also remember that a jab was made at you ... that you should not be hanging out all day with a gay guy with your kids anyway."  To me, those are homophobic statements, particularly the latter.  ALA's Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Esq., then rehired this homophobic trainer for more of the same training.  (The trainer dropped the gig when this was exposed.)  That's one more thing that makes ALA homophobic—no one who isn't homophobic knowingly hires homophobic trainers who teach homophobia—but ALA did.

Of possible interest, the trainer went on to sue me twice in federal court, losing both times, and a settlement offer was made that the case would be dropped if I censored this publication revealing ALA's homophobia: "Gay Hate @ Your Library."  So go read what ALA's censorship police tried to censor about themselves via its homophobic proxy.

Below is a series of my messages on this topic, followed by the actual text of the damning email from ALA's lawyer:







Here is the actual email from Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Esq., Deputy Director of American Library Association's "Office for Intellectual Freedom" and, when you read the email by "dcs," you'll know why I put quotation marks around "Office for Intellectual Freedom" (emphasis added):



Subject: URGENT -­ must delete all documents related to 17 Dec crisis communications workshop
Date: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 4:46:24 PM Central Daylight Time
From: dcs47@hushmail.com
To: nbennyhoff@illinoisheartland.org

[NOTE: BCCs are not shown, but this document was received in response to a FOIA request for emails sent to Orland Park Public Library, Orland Park, IL, [OPPL]’s director Mary Weimar and OPPL’s public relations employee Bridget Bittman]

In case you are not yet aware there is a situation where we have exposure related to the 17 Dec crisis communications workshop facilitated by RAILS. We are under scrutiny and FOIA requests went out this morning fishing for documents and video. Remove these from your servers today and destroy hard copies. This is an attempt by two individuals to obtain privileged information from the event. It does not appear this is much more than a hunch on the part of requesters but we should not retain any materials from the event as a precaution. As this was a candid and private function not meant for the public it would be best if we purge any records any of us have related to the event. Taking parts of discussion out of context would be harmful so we cannot allow anything from 17 Dec to be produced in response to FOIA. It is advisable to be proactive here and get ahead of this before the individuals gain traction. The OPPL has already been served with a FOIA and it appears the requesters are working down a list and serving the rest of us. These are the same two individuals who have been causing problems since October. They will make hay out of anything they obtain. Do not facilitate this in any way. Leslie at IHLS and Brian at RAILS should run point on deleting all materials before FOIAs are served. There is still time to get ahead of this if we act today. Deny, delete, defend. - dcs



The above is based in part on work I originally published in 2015 as "Deny, Delete, Defend; American Library Association Orders Public Librarians To Destroy Public Documents To Preclude Public Disclosure of its 'Exposure'" on Storify which has since announced it is closing and removing all content.  Hence the need to record this information here.

And ALA has yet to suffer any consequences for its own homophobia, its hiding its own homophobia, and calling for library crimes to be hidden from the public and for whistleblowers to be attacked verbally and financially, which actually happened to me.

The above is all my opinion, as usual, but backed up with evidence anyone can see.


URL of this page: 
safelibraries.blogspot.com/2018/04/librarians-ordered-to-destroy.html

On Twitter: 
@ALALibrary @OIF @OrlandPkLibrary



Saturday, March 31, 2018

Crooked Library Board Forces Out Library Director

Sad News for Community as Bellwood Public Library’s Director Jacqueline Spratt Forced Out by Board Power Plays

by Kevin DuJan
Illinois Leaks "Edgar County Watchdogs"
29 March 2018


BELLWOOD, ILLINOIS —

In a shocking and sad development, Bellwood Public Library Director Jacqueline Spratt announced her resignation (effective April 6th).

Spratt has been a tenacious advocate for fiscal responsibility and government accountability during her 4-year tenure as Bellwood’s director. (She has worked at the Bellwood Public Library for a total of 25 years.) She is a rare figure in Chicagoland, being a public employee who routinely said “NO!” to public officials who wanted to squander the public’s money and abuse their elected positions. Spratt is a woman of great integrity who stood up to bullying by board members the likes of which it is rare to see, even in Chicago. Being only human, it appears she reached the point where she just couldn’t take any more grief or abuse from the Bellwood Public Library Board of Trustees…and so she is calling it quits. While it’s hard to blame her, it’s also heartbreaking to see someone who loves her community and her library forced out of a job she clearly loves.

This is the latest in an ongoing struggle in Bellwood for a number of years, as we reported on here in the past. Bellwood Public Library has been plagued by board members who allegedly steal from the public, demand exorbitant reimbursements (including checks written in advance) for conference trips that some didn’t even bother to attend, (with other board members staying longer than a conference required, thus turning that trip into a “free” vacation the public had to pay for). Board members in Bellwood demanded to be fed dinner during board meetings and plotted to award lucrative renovation contracts and other highly-paid positions to friends or cronies. All the while, a shadowy and mysterious local political figure seemed to be pulling strings and influencing board members, giving the community the impression that the machinations ongoing at the library were similar to other schemes that appeared to be unfolding within Bellwood’s school district. It’s unfortunate that media outlets with the resources to fund investigative reporting and forensic accounting don’t make Bellwood a priority because there appear to be more layers upon layers (upon layers) of scandal in Bellwood than in the movie Chinatown.

So much happens there that it’s hard to follow all of the twists and turns. In the last election, it appeared that things would start to improve for Bellwood’s library when several n’er-do-well board members lost their positions. But even with those bad apples removed, the Board as a whole seemed to continue harassing Spratt in what appears to be a power play to force her to back off of her reform agenda. Spratt triumphed several times when various Board members invented false accusations against her or trumped up ridiculous excuses to fire her; some of these stunts triggered legal actions that resulted in judges protecting Spratt and her position. In recent remarks to the press, Spratt appears exhausted and at wit’s end.

I’ve been fighting with the board almost since I’ve been the director and I just don’t want to fight anymore…I think that some people have hidden agendas that I’m not willing to go with,” Spratt told the Village Free Press on March 28th.


Bellwood’s library board has a long reputation for violating the Open Meetings Act by inappropriately holding closed meetings, calling improper special meetings as power plays on days when certain board members are not able to attend a meeting or voting on matters without a proper quorum. Last summer, the Board appears to have tried a new tactic to remove Spratt as an obstacle to their lawbreaking by filing a restraining order against her…but a judge quashed that gambit. This followed the Board attempting to remove Spratt as the director without any proper grounds for doing so…and the Board not being able to list a single thing she did wrong as director. The Board appeared intent on getting rid of Spratt because she was a consistent voice of reason that got in the way of whatever crazy or illegal thing the Board wanted to do.

This being Illinois, it should come as no surprise that this story ends with the good person feeling forced to leave her job while the bad public officials succeed in getting rid of her. Without Jacqueline Spratt in place to push back against the lawbreaking and looting of the Library’s coffers, it’s sad to think about the Bellwood community having no one to say “NO!” to this reckless and out-of-control board. The Bellwood Public Library is a true gem in an area often neglected in Chicagoland. It needs people like Spratt to thrive (let alone survive).

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Source: "Sad News for Community as Bellwood Public Library’s Director Jacqueline Spratt Forced Out by Board Power Plays," by Kevin DuJan, Illinois Leaks "Edgar County Watchdogs," 29 March 2018.




I hereby recommend the American Library Association award former Bellwood Public Library Director Jacqueline Spratt with its "Paul Howard Award for Courage" or its "Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity":

http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/lemony-snicket



URL of this page: 
safelibraries.blogspot.com/2018/03/crooked-library-board.html

On Twitter: 
@ALALibrary @BellwoodPubLib @ECWDogs

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Jet Versus the American Library Association

A shopping site called Jet responded positively—within 9 minutes—of being informed about sexually inappropriate images in its advertisements in online children's games. Contrast this with the American Library Association, an organization that for over 50 years has worked day and night to facilitate child pornography and sexual harassment in American libraries.  I note the sharp contrast between an organization that acts responsibly to immediately act to limit exposure of children to inappropriate material as opposed to another that spends decades maximizing such exposure.

Here are my messages and Jet's responses:







URL of this page: 
safelibraries.blogspot.com/2018/03/jet-versus-american-library-association.html

On Twitter:
@ALALibrary @Jet @JetHeads @1010Game