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Petitioning Councilman Stephen Levin and 22 others

Tell the Brooklyn Public Library to provide free and open access to information.

 

The American Library Association believes in "... the power of literature... " and drawing "attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society."

By requiring a book to be reviewed by a "professional journal" (for-profit publications such as "Publishers Weekly," "Booklist," "Library Journal" or "The New York Times") before a book is put in the library's circulating collection, the Brooklyn Public Library is practicing a form of censorship. For, the "professional journals" have overwhelming influence and power in our society. This stifles a diversity of book distribution among readers, because an author can get reviewed in those journals only through a big-name publisher (which is owned by those with overwhelming power and influence in our society) or possibly by illegal means, such as bribery. In other words, the Library does not even trust its own employees' judgment to decide whether a book should be put on its shelves. It decides through means of an elitist monopoly. It does not ask the public directly which books the public would prefer to borrow.

My book, "The Education and Deconstruction of Mr. Bloomberg, How the Mayor's Education and Real Estate Development Policies Affected New Yorkers 2002-2009 Inclusive" was rejected by the Library because it has yet to be reviewed by a "professional journal."

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Letter to
Councilman Stephen Levin
Councilman Erik Martin Dilan
Councilman Mathieu Eugene
and 20 others
Councilman Lewis Fidler
Councilman Vincent Gentile
Counciwoman Sara Gonzalez
Councilwoman Leitita James
Councilman Brad Lander
Councilwoman Darlene Mealy
Councilman Domenic Recchia
Councilman Albert Vann
NYS Senator Kevin Parker
NYS Congress Edolphus Towns
NYS Senator John Sampson
NYS Congress Nydia Velazquez
NYS Congress Yvette Clarke
NYS Congress Anthony Weiner
NYS Congress Jerrold Nadler
NYS Senator Eric Adams
NYS Senator Michael Golden
NYS Senator Carl Kruger
NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery
State Senator Martin Dilan
My book, "The Education and Deconstruction of Mr. Bloomberg, How the Mayor's Education and Real Estate Development Policies Affected New Yorkers 2002-2009 Inclusive" was rejected by the Library because it has yet to be reviewed by a "professional journal."

By requiring a book to be reviewed by a "professional journal" (for-profit publications) such as "Publishers Weekly," "Booklist," "Library Journal" or "The New York Times") before a book is put in the library's circulating collection, the Brooklyn Public Library is practicing a form of censorship. For, the "professional journals" have overwhelming influence and power in our society. This stifles a diversity of book distribution among readers, because an author can get reviewed in those journals only through a big-name publisher (which is owned by those with overwhelming power and influence in our society) or possibly by illegal means, such as bribery.

I am writing to ask you to help establish a fairer system by which the Library places books in its circulating collection. The Library does not even trust its own employees' judgment to decide whether a book should be put on its shelves. It should ask the public directly which books the public would prefer to borrow. Thank you.