The Patriot in the Stacks

Friday, April 17, 2009


Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom for more than 40 years, Judith Krug died last week at the age of 69. We remember the librarian who crusaded against censorship and railed tirelessly against efforts to ban books.

Comments [3]

Lou Lou Lou from Boston

While I like the position Judith's a bit naive to think that we can be value neutral when stocking a library...espcially a small to medium size library that must make decisions based on money.

Should we waste money/resources on Madonna's book "Sex"? Judith says yes. Most people don't want their money spent on crap. (And yes, it is crap.)

This is especially true of school libraries. Should we / could we be value neutral when stocking a school library? SHould we have books on how to be a Nazi? How to committ suicide? How to build a bomb from household materials?

The ideas that Judith espouses are worthwhile....but let's not go over the top. (And pretending there is no such thing as "over the top" is naive.

Apr. 21 2009 11:24 PM
Terry McKenna from Dover NJ

loved your tribute. it reminded me that, by and large, the employees of all of the various government agencies, from teachers to the division of motor vehicles do what they are asked, without factoring in politics. thus it is that anyone who applies for a drivers license can get one, regardless of politics, and anyone who goes to a library can get ... information. i didn't know Judith Krug, but I wept when i heard your tribute.

Apr. 19 2009 04:02 PM
Karen Bary from Denver, Colorado

Thank you so much for airing this tribute to Judith Krug. She had such an influence on libraries and the importance we librarians place on intellectual freedom. It's gratifying to see that my favorite media podcast understands so well what we librarians are about, and how profoundly Judith Krug shaped our profession.

Apr. 18 2009 03:53 PM

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