Open Information and the USA PATRIOT Act Talk at HWS – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Open Information and the USA PATRIOT Act Talk at HWS

American Library Association councilor will visit Hobart and William Smith to discuss the implications of the USA PATRIOT Act on open information and libraries.

(November 3, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.—A founder of the Progressive Librarians Guild Mark Rosenzweig will give a talk titled “Libraries, Open Information, and the Challenges of the PATRIOT Act” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. His talk will deal with the history of government attempts to clamp down on libraries and open information, including several concrete examples of government restrictions on library freedoms, and the Office of Homeland Security’s claims that the USA PATRIOT Act has not yet been used with regard to libraries. This event is free and open to the public.

Rosenzweig is a Councilor-at-Large of the American Library Association, and editor of the journal “The Progressive Librarian.” Besides helping to found the Progressive Librarians Guild, Rosenzweig has been involved for many years in teaching the importance of freedom of information and open libraries.

The Progressive Librarians Guild was formed in New York City on January 1990 by a group of librarians concerned with the profession's drift into alliances with business and the information industry, and into acceptance of service to an unquestioned political, economic and cultural status quo. Members do not accept the notion of the neutrality of librarianship.

This talk is sponsored by the Hobart and William Smith Department of Political Science, the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men, the Critical Social Studies program, and the Warren Hunting Smith Library.