ALA introduces Another ‘Hysteric' Librarian for Freedom” button

Contact: Larra Clark


For Immediate Release

October 31, 2003

ALA introduces“Another ‘Hysteric’ Librarian for Freedom” button

Today the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom introduced a new product for the thousands of librarians who fight everyday to protect the privacy rights of library users.
“Another ‘Hysteric’ Librarian for Freedom” button acknowledges this important work while referencing the recent misstatement by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.

For the last several months, the attorney general has toured American cities, trying to drum up support for the USA PATRIOT Act, which gives law enforcement easy access to library records with minimal judicial oversight.
In several of his speeches, he has described librarians—among the first to denounce portions of the act as giving unprecedented powers of surveillance to the government, particularly in libraries—as “hysterics.”

To help raise awareness of the overreaching aspects of the USA PATRIOT Act, ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom will sell the buttons for $2 each. All proceeds support the programs of the office.
To order the button, call the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom at 800-545-2433, ext. 4220, or visit its Web site at

For more information on the USA PATRIOT Act, please visit