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Thursday, 31st July 2008

UK: CILIP plays down library scrutiny

From the article:

Of the library services responding to a recent survey from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), 75% confirmed that they had received enquiries from the police or a security agency during the past 18 months.

The survey showed that enquiries have included a number of “fishing” queries, some aimed at flushing out a terrorist threat.

But CILIP senior policy advisor Barbara Stratton played down concerns about an orchestrated policy of library scrutiny: “We’re pleased that there doesn’t seem to be a widespread problem. There are some local issues from time to time, and mistakes made by personnel on the ground, but not a campaign of surveillance. But it is clear that police are much more aware of what services libraries will offer and want to make enquiries. This is legitimate if the law is followed, and in most cases it is.”

Source: theBookseller.com


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