Archive for the ‘Libraries & Archives’ Category

12 Ways Libraries Are Good for the Country

A gift from American Libraries magazine of one dozen ideals toward which libraries strive. By Leonard Kniffel | December 21, 2010 Americans love their libraries, and advances in technology have multiplied the ways in which libraries enrich the quality of life in their communities. Whether they are in an elementary school or a university, a [...]

Banning and Burning

I have never been prouder to be a part of this profession than I was on September 11 this year, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Barbara Jones, director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, at the entrance to the American Library Association’s headquarters here in Chicago, making a simple statement of opposition to book burning. At our [...]

Disaster Relief . . . with Books

Libraries Without Borders evaluates the role that books, freedom of expression, education, and culture play in humanitarian emergencies When a disaster occurs, aid workers, organizations, and governments naturally focus on emergency assistance to victims. They set up medical outposts in conflict zones, drop food supplies from helicopters, and hand out shoes and clothing in disaster [...]

Speaking Out!
Voices in Celebration of Intellectual Freedom

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” –ATTRIBUTED TO VOLTAIRE Historians believe this sentence was first used by S. G. Tallentyre (AKA E. Beatrice Hall) in quoting a letter written by Voltaire. Norbert Guterman suggests that the quotation may be a paraphrase of a [...]

Divide and Conquer:
Poland and the Holocaust

Once during my 2005 book tour with A Polish Son in the Motherland, I was speaking and signing books at the Forest Hills branch of the Queens Library in New York. The program was billed as “An Afternoon of Polish Culture” and included a performance by the Polonaise Folk Dance Company. Although my book is [...]