Today is Star Wars’ Eve! That is, tomorrow I plan to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The other day I rewatched Episode IV A New Hope. It looks a bit different than the version that I saw when I was six years old. I actually fell asleep the first time I saw it at the Lancaster Drive-In, but my parents took us back to see it again. It’s nearly been forty years since that first experience. I was part of the fan club, collected the action figures and toys, and have watched the movies again and again over the years in different formats. Although I didn’t hate the prequels, they didn’t reach the level of The Force Awakens or (according to reports) Rogue One.
Confidentiality and Libraries
Librarians hold that privacy is essential to the exercise of free speech, and as such, keep records confidential. It is a vital service provided by librarians. Anyone can come in, borrow or access whatever materials they like, and we protect their right to privacy. We do a lousy job of talking about this service! The American Library Association does run campaigns to help increase awareness, such as Choose Privacy Week. Without privacy and confidentiality, what people read, view, or access could fall under scrutiny from others. Want to borrow a copy of the Qur’an? What if people thought that reading it made you a terrorist? (Not that anyone would do that, no). Of course, you should have access to read a copy, and your reasons are your own and the concern of no one else!
As a writer, I feel this sort of thing very keenly. Everything has the potential to be of interest to me. Whether making bombs, different cultural attitudes about sex, treatment options for infectious diseases—literally anything at all could be research for my writing, or simply something to satisfy my boundless curiosity. That doesn’t mean that I’m not self-conscious about what I borrow. For one thing, I work in the library! It’s entirely possible that I might want to read something, but at the same time, it may not be the sort of thing I want my coworkers seeing. Do you want to share everything you read, watch, or access with your coworkers? Even if you do, your feelings are unlikely to be universal.
In any case, this is one area where librarians stand as staunch defenders of privacy and free speech. We just need to do a better job sharing that story with everyone else.
Three weeks of daily posts today! It’s amazing how fast that happened. I spent my drawing time experimenting in Sketchbook Pro.
Monthly words: 1,430 words
Writing streak: 4 days
Drawing Streak: 4 days