Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Library Records and Hypocrisy

Orin Kerr at the Volokh Conspiracy links to this post at the left-wing academic (yes, I know it's redundant) blog Crooked Timber, where Kieran Healy has found and publicized library circulation records of Judge Samuel Alito. I guess obtaining someone's library records must be okay as long as you don't work for the FBI. Of course, I eagerly await ALA's angry denunciation of this violation of Judge Alito's right to privacy in his reading habits.

(Found via Instapundit)

3 Comments:

Anonymous Ed Merwin, Jr. said...

I hope this information has been given to ALA, just in case they fail to read your posting this day. First we have a famous Conservative radio commentator's medical records offered up for public scrutiny, now we have a currently well known Conservative Judge's library records open for public purusal; what next?

9:21 AM  
Anonymous ALS said...

I didn't think there was anything sinister about that post. The poster is a scholar, not a librarian, and his posting is about the power of serendipity. It's amazing to see the signatures of John Rawls and Jacob Viner on the same old library card! This is just an example of unbelievable things you find while browsing in the stacks. Just last week, a Byron manuscript was found in an old library book in London.

Of course you are right that ALA would take up this issue if they found it useful for supporting their political stance. But if they are ready to perpetuate this paranoia why do it from this side, too?

11:58 AM  
Blogger the sak said...

a. How many records were publicized?...

b. Exactly what was publicized?...

6:52 PM  

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