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This button was created by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom in 2003 in response to a misstatement by then U.S. Attorney General John Ahscroft. In working to build support for the USA PATRIOT Act he described librarians as “hysterics”. Librarians who work to protect the privacy of library users, were some of the first people to denounce aspects of the act that give law enforcement access to library records with very little oversight
The American Library Association is a non profit organization that supports and promotes libraries, library professionals and library education. The association was founded in 1876 and is the largest library association in the world.
American Library Association. (2003) ALA introduces “Another ‘Hysteric’ Librarian for Freedom” button [Press release]. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=archive&template=/contentmanagem....