Law Library News
April 17, 2005.
--Jorge Juarez, Law Library Intern
The USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 is in the news again.
While most of the law is permanent, fifteen provisions are set to expire in December unless they are renewed. FBI Director Robert Mueller recently joined Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in seeking that all of these temporary provisions be renewed. Included in the PATRIOT Act is a controversial section known as the “library provision.” Critics say that the government could use this section to subpoena library records and snoop into innocent Americans’ reading habits.
The resources listed below are intended to guide anyone seeking further information on the PATRIOT Act’s “library provision” and its potential implications on library policymaking.
American Library Association, Analysis of the USA PATRIOT Act Related to Libraries. April 2002. Provides a plain-language explanation of the sections of the PATRIOT Act most relevant to libraries. Available at http://www.ala.org/ala/pio/mediarelations/patriotactmedia.htm.
Kathryn Martin, The USA PATRIOT Act’s Application to Library Patron Records, 29 J. Legis. 283 (2003). Includes an excellent discussion of the potential problems with the PATRIOT Act in libraries, specifically the “chilling effect” it may have on patrons. Available on Hein Online, LexisNexis, and Westlaw.
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, Pub. L. No. 95-511, 92 Stat. 1783 (codified in scattered sections of 18 and 50 U.S.C.).
Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act of 2001, Pub. L. No. 107-56, 115 Stat. 272 (codified in scattered sections of 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 16, 18, 21, 22, 28, 31, 42, 47, 49 and 50 of the U.S.C.).
Herbert N. Foerstel, Refuge of a Scoundrel: The PATRIOT ACT in Libraries (2004). Traces the history of the PATRIOT Act and its potential effects on libraries and their patrons. KF4315.F64 2004 at Classified Stacks.
Mary Minow, Library Records Post-PATRIOT Act (Federal Law), Law Library Resource Exchange (Sept. 16, 2002). Provides an excellent overview of the statutes amended by the PATRIOT Act via a chart of court orders, type of information, legal standard, legal authority, and notes. Available at http://llrx.com/features/libraryrecords.htm.
Lee Strickland et al., PATRIOT in the Library: Management Approaches When Demands for Information are Received from Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agents, 30 J.C. & U.L..363-415 (2004). Thorough coverage and includes a sample library policy. Available on Westlaw.
American Civil Liberties Union, http://www.aclu.org. PATRIOT Act is listed as one of the “hot topics” on the website which includes links to summary and analysis, audio archive, and a variety of ACLU publications
American Library Association, http://www.ala.org. Provides links to a tip sheet, background information, sample guidelines, selected bibliography, and all of the ALA’s PATRIOT Act-related publications.
University of Washington Libraries, Taking Back America: USA PATRIOT Act and Civil Liberties Information and Resources (2003), http://www.lib.washington.edu/suzref/patriot-act/. Good source for links to a variety of organizations, government documents, and sections focusing on the relationships between the PATRIOT Act and both libraries and universities.
--Stacy Etheredge, Law Library Intern
As we begin trudging our way through another dreary, er, that is, as we sprightly go forth into another stimulating quarter, it's time to turn our attention to what we here at Gallagher Law Library can do to help make your life slightly more bearable than the abyss of agony, tension, and fatigue that it is now.
It has come to my attention that sometimes we librarians can get a little clannish, some might say cultish, with our professional lexicon and that this can often confuse and annoy our patrons. We are most definitely against confusion and annoyance.
So to see if this rumor is true, I have decided to provide you with the following survey. If I evaluate the results and see that, indeed, librarians have been creating an atmosphere of vocabulary vexation, then I will be filled with librarian mortification (you do not want to witness this) and will set about to change our ways. I’ll probably suggest reading a lot of books, holding a lot of meetings, and sending a lot of emails back and forth, etc., as is our wordy way, but eventually I may bring about change.
So, please, advance the happiness of library patrons everywhere and fill out the following survey. And remember, if you are using the library and someone uses an unfamiliar word, then make a librarian's day and ask them what it means. We're so simple that way!
The Gallagher Library Lingo Survey
“Classified stacks” refer to:
“Interlibrary loan” is:
When you hear the phrase “compact stacks,” you think of the area of the Library where there are:
When you hear the word “folio,” you:
When the online catalog gives you a “call number,” you:
When someone tells you to go to the "Circulation Desk," you think they mean:
When you hear the phrase “bar code,” you:
Please send your answers to the “Librarian in Charge of Library Jargon” at email@example.com
The librarians of the world are anxiously awaiting your revelations (I told you we were simple that way).