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Library Happenings Out of Context

   September 25th, 2007

Lakewood Library LogoWow - a reader of Cleveland Scene sent in a letter about the Director of the Lakewood (OH) Library, and it is worth reading.

I know of time management software for public computers that have, as a secondary feature, the ability for staff to see what is on any particular computer's screen. This feature is certainly not the main focus of the software, and I never even thought of it as "spy" software before.

It certainly could be used that way, though; just like every car can be used to kill people. So what produces guilt: ability, intent or deed?

I would take this person's letter a lot more seriously if he didn't characterize the police presence in the library as "a Lakewood police officer, carrying a gun, stationed in both libraries, to shoot people. Why else do they carry guns?"

I seriously doubt that a police officer would be allowed to preform his/her duty without the standard-issue sidearm. It's not like the library has a choice in whether or not they carry guns.

Anyway, this was just a humorous article. I can't tell if it is sincere or a parody, but it shows how the simplest things can be twisted into something sinister with very little effort. "Knowledge Illuminates Opportunity" indeed.

Via LibraryStuff

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