University of Illinois GLIS honors Orland Park Library for Intellectual Freedom

The Orland Park Public Library’s Board of Trustees and staff were recently honored with the 2014 Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science’s (GSLIS) faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Libraries Unlimited. This national award recognizes exceptional contributions in defending intellectual freedom.

The library was acknowledged for its commitment to defending intellectual freedom and the First Amendment by supporting an Internet policy that allows adults unfiltered access to the Internet. After a challenge by two non-residents, the Board voted in 2014 to continue unfiltered access for adults as part of “…the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment” as stated in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights.

Read the full story @ The Chicago Tribune.

Throwback Thursday: A very enlightening blog post

Generally Throwback Thursdays are to reminisce things that the blogger in question, me in this case, about items from their past like old photos, follow-up on previous linked resources, or “remember when that was cool” blog posts. I’ve done all of that but today I’d like to do something a little different.

Today I’m highlighting thew work of another blogger and pointing you to a post titled The “virtues” of censorship, pt. 3: searching for “safe libraries” from October 2011. It’s a long read but completely worth it. Some of my readers will understand why I’m posting this while others will not and I’m OK with that.

Here’s a brief sample:

As a just-the-facts-ma’am messenger, it is clear that [he] has failed in his endeavor. Besides misconstruing, misinterpreting, or ignoring relevant facts (all of which are deadly practices for anyone who claims to be an accurate reporter), [he] does not construct his reporting in an unprejudiced manner. The “Porn Pushers” page is clearly structured as an argument. He refers to “evidence,” all of which is presented in the form of an outline meant to lead readers to a single, inexorable conclusion. Since [he] is following the conventions of persuasive argumentation, drawing connections between disparate facts and assertions in order to convince the reader of something, it is undeniable that he is interested in enacting social change. What is most irksome to me is that [he] adamantly refuses to acknowledge any agenda beyond being a so-called “messenger.” Despite the abundant evidence that he does have an agenda, he asserts that he has none. Since I don’t believe for a minute that anyone with such intent focus in his life’s work (discrediting the ALA and its OIF) could possibly be so moronic as not to have any larger agenda at all, let me speculate. I won’t pretend that I have any hard evidence to back my claims. I’m not going to play the part of empiricist. I am going to provide an armchair psychoanalysis of [he] that I believe is applicable to others like him.

Someone might even consider my posting this “harassment” of some sort. But it’s not harassment, because I’m just the messenger, creating an online record. (And, not even violating anyone’s copyright in the process.)

After reading the original feel free to submit a comment here if you wish. However, please be aware that this is my site and in no way, shape, or form, is it a public forum. I am in complete control and under no obligation to allow your comment to appear on my site for any reason. That’s not censorship, that’s me controlling what’s in my space. If you disagree, I am not preventing you from posting your comments anywhere else on the Internet.

Image credit: Hartwig HKD

Friday Video: British Library Sound Archive

The Wire takes a tour of the British Library’s Sound Archive, deep below its London residences on the Euston Road, to talk about sound conservation and take a tour of its collections with some of its key sound curators.

“The 20th century was about audiovisual material, our memory of the 20th century is heavily audiovisual, but our sense of the 21st century is going to be a different kind of audiovisual… archiving is not going to be so much about what we can bring in, but about what to exclude,” says Will Prentice, British Library Audio Engineer and Conservation Specialist.

Nathan Budzinski interviews Popular Music Curator Andy Linehan, Audio Engineer, Conservation specialist Will Prentice, and Wildlife Sounds Curator Cheryl Tipp.

British Library Fights To Preserve Historic Recordings Archive

TolkienAs part of its vast collection of literary and historic treasures (the Magna Carta, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook), the British Library owns some six million sound recordings, including significant theater productions, famous voices (like J.R.R. Tolkien’s), and field recordings of extinct animals. Some of them date back to the earliest and most fragile days of recording technology.

Now, as the Telegraph reports, the library is launching an urgent campaign to digitize and preserve its collection.

Read the full post @ IO9.