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Letter to the Honorable Joe Wilson

The Honorable Joe Wilson
House of Representatives
2229 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4002
Re: Amendment #35 to the FY2011 Continuing Resolution
Dear Representative Wilson:
This week, the House of Representatives will consider amendment #35 to the FY2011 Continuing Resolution. This amendment submitted by U.S. Rep. Scott Garret (R-NJ), seeks to zero out the Institute of Museum and Library Services, eliminating all federal funding specifically for libraries. Please vote NO on this amendment. 

Here in South Carolina, public libraries provide invaluable services to the communities that they serve. The American Library Association states that in South Carolina, the return on investment for every $1 invested in libraries, they return $4.48 to the community in services. Here in Richland County, in addition to the free Internet services provided to the public, the books, audio and video services provided at no cost to county residents, the library provides assistance in creating resumes, job training and even practice interviews at no cost. Professional resume services can cost over $200, something many residents would not be able to afford.

Please ensure that these and other invaluable services provided to our community by our libraries continue to be available. Vote NO to Amendment #35 to the FY2011 Continuing Resolution.


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Advocacy Matters

One of the most important things for any grad student to learn is how to advocate for his or her chosen profession. As an MLIS candidate I am calling on my blog readers to advocate for the profession today. US Representative Scott Garrett of New Jersey, has put forth Amendment #35 to the Continuing Resolution. This amendment will zero out the funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The IMLS is a federally funded grant agency which provides money to libraries and museums throughout the United States to fund a variety of programs. For those of us who are students at University of South Carolina, it recently provided us a grant to give 7 doctoral candidates a fully funded 3-4 year program, including travel expenses for education and research. To view other grants that the IMLS has funded, head over to their website to search through the grants.

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How many banned or challenged books have you read?

In keeping with my post last Saturday, I thought I would check the banned books list for the last decade 2000-2009 and see just how many books on the list I had read. I’m using the list published by ALA’s (American Library Association) Office of Intellectual Freedom, in case you want to do a count of your own. This list comprises the top 100 most challenged books for the decade, as submitted by librarians from all over the country. How many have you read? Which books surprise you? Here’s my list:

  1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
  2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
  3. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
  4. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
  5. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
  6. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  7. My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier
  8. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
  9. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
  10. A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
  11. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle
  12. Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume

Of the top 100 most challenged books of the decade, I’ve read 12. Frankly, I don’t understand why some of them are even on the list. Check out the list yourself. How many books have you read on the list? Leave me a comment, I’d love to know!

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Banned books? Here?

Oh yes. Even here in the United States, we still face censorship issues. That’s why once a year, ALA (the American Library Association), along with a number of other organizations, sponsors banned books week, to promote awareness of the issue, and encourage people to get involved in their communities. You can find further information about Banned Books Week at the ALA site. This year, Banned Books Week runs from today, September 25 thru October 2. I encourage everyone to take a look at the different Banned and Challenged Books list, you may be surprised to discover some of your favorite books on the list. For myself, I always find it surprising to realize that classic books like Gone With the Wind or The Lord of the Rings are on record as having been banned or challenged.

I love reading, and I love the freedom that this country gives us, to read, view or listen to pretty much anything we want. It makes me sad to realize that if it were up to others, many of my favorite books wouldn’t be on the shelves of my local library. I don’t think anyone should be forced to read something they find offensive, but I would ask that everyone respect the rights of others, to choose his or her own reading material. Defy censorship this week and read a banned or challenged book!

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