“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.”
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I'm sharing a copy of an email that I sent to ALA President Roberta Stevens over at the Readers' Bill of Rights site because I worry about the profession's use of restrictive communication platforms on the web, like Facebook. I recently canceled my Facebook account, and because of this larger decision, I haven't been able to read President Stevens' recent statement on the HarperCollins situation in full (nor can I participate in the "Librarians Against DRM" group discussion any longer, which is unfortunate).
I don't think an ALA member should have to agree to Facebook's terms of service in order to read news from our president. I also think that librarians at large should understand the dangers of restricting information in this way. Let's keep our professional conversations that happen online out of walled gardens and gated communities and on the open web. I highly recommend this piece by friends dkg and jrollins: The Problem with Proprietary Social Networks
If President Stevens responds to my email, I will ask her if I can share her response here. My hope is that she will understand these issues and communicate with ALA members in an open platform.
I am interested to know whether my colleagues also feel that this calls for some kind of resolution to be proposed to the Council--i.e. that ALA should not communicate via restricted third party sites that require a membership to view content. If there are librarians who are interested to bring this resolution to the Council, please get in touch with me, or leave a comment at http://readersbillofrights.info/ALA. I'm interested to hear others' thoughts about this topic and to get some guidance about ALA resolutions in general.
Click through to the RBRfDB page for the letter.
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