Your wonderful friends the librarians

All this business about libraries handing over your book-borrowing records to the CIA or the FBI under the Patriot Act? We don’t know about those other computer-mad libraries that are thrashing about for post-information age identies, but here at the small library that time forgot, if the CIA and the FBI came in asking to see what books you’ve been taking out to find out how to overthrow the Taft administration, we would laugh them out of the reading room. Our manual circulation system is so nineteenth century that the CIA would have to start going through the books one by one to see if your secret Mercantile Library code number turned up on the book slip. They’d be here until the sun went cold. Your secrets are safe with us.

Now, as to your other big Library worry – whether librarians pass judgement on the books you take out – that’s another matter.

– Nemo Wolfe

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Published in: on September 12, 2006 at 11:58 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. That’s right, folks- we still use paper cards and rubber stamps. We also use fountain pens and old timey non-Bluetooth mice for our computers.

  2. Fortunately, many librarians are smarter than the federal government. Instead of focusing on record retention, they practice record prevention. Once a book is turned in, our very big library system (Detroit Public Library) keeps no record of who checked it out. I wish the same were true for websurfer records.

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