Quote from: ciao_yall on March 01, 2024, 05:10:35 PMThen I found this article by Chris Rufo, which tries to create direct links between Drag Queen Story Hour and BDSM, pedophilia, subversion, "necrophilia, bestiality, and race fetishism."QuoteWhen parents, voters, and political leaders understand the true nature of Drag Queen Story Hour and the ideology that drives it, they will work quickly to restore the limits that have been temporarily—and recklessly—abandoned. They will draw a bright line between adult sexuality and childhood innocence, and send the perversions of "genderfuck," "primitivism," and "degeneracy" back to the margins, where they belong.
Quote from: apl68 on March 01, 2024, 01:38:55 PMDismissing my stance regarding drag queen storytimes as impossible to explain as stemming from anything other than hate is reductive. Every library and librarian sometimes has to make decisions not to permit a proposed library event or event in a library meeting room. Libraries have to make guidelines and policies, and then they have to make judgement calls when it turns out the guideline or policy was unable to spell out every possible contingency ahead of time. And every library has different guidelines and policies and judgements, because libraries and communities aren't all alike, and there's no one-size-fits-all.
In the case of community rooms, I have to tell people every year that we can't let them use our library's community room. It's generally for reasons that don't have anything to do with hot-button culture war issues. For example, we have a policy of not letting our community room be used for religious services, broadly defined. The room's not really there for such services in the first place, and we don't want to give any hint of favoritism toward one or another group, and the simplest way to manage that is to have a single rule that rules them all out. Our rule might not stand up to a court case, but we've never had a challenge to it--because, when we explain it and they have a chance to think about it, people can see that maybe the public library isn't really the best place to hold their religious service anyway.
And there are other reasons for turning requests down, which I won't get into here for lack of space. Hate or taking stances on issues doesn't figure into any of them. We just can't accommodate everything all of the time--sometimes for reasons considered general best practices, sometimes for practical matters involving our building, sometimes--in our case hypothetically, since so far I can't think of a time when it's ever actually been an issue here--because of community considerations.
I served my library apprenticeship in a very diverse university environment. I've spent over 19 years as a public librarian in a small town that's probably a good deal more diverse in various ways than many would give a town this size credit for. For two decades it has been my professional and personal commitment to give all the members of the community access to good library service. I've worked with the local housing authority and other agencies in various ways to try to better serve under-served segments of the community. I've spent over a decade building up the Dollie Parton's Imagination Library program in our county--we currently have over 600 children under the age of five here receiving books mailed to them free of charge each month because of that ongoing work.
All of which is to say that I have any librarian's commitment to reading and intellectual freedom. I buy books all the time that I personally would very much rather not have anything to do with--every librarian does; it's part of the job. Last year I stood up in the presence of our local state representative--a man it would be much in my interest to try to curry favor with--and said to his face in a public meeting that recent controversial library legislation that he supported was wrong. I wonder how many other people at The Fora have personally done something like that on an intellectual freedom issue, instead of just griping about it at an anonymous forum?
But by all means, write me off as a hater because I won't pronounce a particular shibboleth regarding drag queen story times or the like. Meanwhile I've got other things to worry about besides what to do about drag queen story times or where to shelve books the Legislature doesn't like. Stuff like a chronically balky HVAC system. And multiple vendors who've ghosted us when we've tried to get straight answers out of them. And wondering how best to deal with declining local tax revenues that have created a structural budget deficit that's draining down our operating reserves and might eventually force me to make some tough choices about cutting staffing levels and services. Most librarians have things like that to think about too, when they're not trying to justify themselves to people who are just so sure they know how to do their jobs that much better than they do.
QuoteWhen parents, voters, and political leaders understand the true nature of Drag Queen Story Hour and the ideology that drives it, they will work quickly to restore the limits that have been temporarily—and recklessly—abandoned. They will draw a bright line between adult sexuality and childhood innocence, and send the perversions of "genderfuck," "primitivism," and "degeneracy" back to the margins, where they belong.
Quote from: Parasaurolophus on March 01, 2024, 08:18:32 AM
Today, I will do a bit more spot-checking for the translation project, start another pile of marking, and try to have a nap.
Quote from: mythbuster on February 29, 2024, 10:24:25 AMI have colleagues who have called the doctors office directly to confirm in these kind of cases. It's not a HIPA violation to ask if they wrote the note.It turned out that the "doctor's visit" was a tele-health meeting with someone on the other side of North America. And the doctor apparently was too lazy to write a proper note.
Quote from: marshwiggle on March 01, 2024, 12:51:29 PMQuote from: Wahoo Redux on March 01, 2024, 12:14:42 PMI will give myself full credit for saying to my friend Marsh, "Give out hate, get hate back."QuoteHe is then stabbed. As he falls, the others slowly
Turn away and whistle
There you go.
So who's the moral champion in this scenario?