Title

"The Talk of Maine" piece on the USA Patriot Act, noting that libraries and libr

Authors

Jeff Clark

Source

Down East

Date

12-1-2003

Pages

15-18

Abstract

"The Talk of Maine" piece on the USA Patriot Act, noting that libraries and librarians across the state are campaigning to protect the privacy and First Amendment rights of their patrons from the perceived dangers of the federal law. The law gives federal investigators greater authority to examine all book and computer records at libraries. Barbara McDade, director of the Bangor Public Library, is among those actively opposing the act. McDade said she knows that federal agents have recently approached at least one library in Maine seeking information about a particular patron--a claim that federal authorities deny. With additional comments by Matthew Pollack, an assistant Maine attorney general and library advisor; Marilyn Sotirelis, Calais head librarian; Louise Roback, executive director of the Maine Civil Liberties Union; and Linda Lord of the Maine State Library in Augusta.

Subjects

Librarians, Privacy, USA Patriot Act

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