Hi. I have gotten many emails over the last week or so clearly in response to Nat Hentoff’s columns in the Village Voice which have recently been about ALA’s silence on the Cuban “independent librarian” issue. My basic response has been that ALA does nothing without consulting its members and the next chance to do that will be at the Midwinter meeting in the second week of January. ALA Council has been discussing the issue and I would not be surprised if there were a resolution passed about the issue. I think calling the ALA names because they are slow-moving and have not made this a top priority issue in a year that gave us CIPA and PATRIOT II may be a good way to get a lot of press but is not the most effective way of dealing with this extremely controversial issue.

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