Librarian fired for book on unsavory patrons

A library employee in this Lake Michigan resort community has been fired for writing a book that describes a range of unpleasant patrons, from the merely unpleasant to online sex fiends, in a town she calls ... Read more
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Quipless

Chicago, IL

#1 Aug 22, 2008
awesome
EMR

Chicago, IL

#3 Aug 22, 2008
Now I have to buy this book and read it.
what now

Glen Ellyn, IL

#4 Aug 22, 2008
Hmmmm ... let's see, someone writes a book under a a completely ficticious name, about an imaginary town and its pretend characters who frequent the unidentified library.

And this writer is "found out" to be an actual library employee. How guilty ARE these people that they actually recognize themselves and each other without any connection????

Heck, I haven't even read the book, but I know some of her "characters" exist at my library too. I think it must be universal. So why were they so sure when they read the book that the author was talking about THEIR library and its unsavory, unique and quirky patrons?

Astonishing!
In fact

United States

#5 Aug 22, 2008
The truth hurts. Put that mirror away!
boyhowdy

Chester, MA

#6 Aug 22, 2008
While I sympathize with Stern-Hamilton for losing her job, I think we should be wary of defending her. The fact that other members of the community recognize themselves and others in her portrayals makes it clear that this isn't an issue of free speech at all -- it's an issue of mining patron's lives without their permission, which is not professional behavior, and makes her no longer a trustworthy figure in their eyes. Having compromised her ability to serve her community and its members with comfort and trustworthiness and the librarian's tacit promise of discretion is a direct affront to her responsibilities as a librarian, and merits loss of her professional role as such in the community.
sheber

United States

#7 Aug 22, 2008
I think it's fascinating that she had a front row seat to a small town freak show. It should make good reading. Unfortunately for the "recognized characters", I thought it was fairly common for this sort of thing to happen in literature. Can't wait to read it! Then, maybe Ill visit the library...
jtfo

Hudson, WI

#9 Aug 22, 2008
Check the law hero. Does a person who enters a PUBLIC library have a "reasonable expectation of privacy"? Nope, its a public place and your behaviour there cannot be considered private. This one is too easy. If this pissant town had any money it would be worth litigation, just for fun. And since when are freaking Librarians entrusted public servants? In response to :
boyhowdy wrote:
While I sympathize with Stern-Hamilton for losing her job, I think we should be wary of defending her. The fact that other members of the community recognize themselves and others in her portrayals makes it clear that this isn't an issue of free speech at all -- it's an issue of mining patron's lives without their permission, which is not professional behavior, and makes her no longer a trustworthy figure in their eyes. Having compromised her ability to serve her community and its members with comfort and trustworthiness and the librarian's tacit promise of discretion is a direct affront to her responsibilities as a librarian, and merits loss of her professional role as such in the community.
Tina

Buena Park, CA

#10 Aug 22, 2008
boyhowdy wrote:
it's an issue of mining patron's lives without their permission, which is not professional behavior, and makes her no longer a trustworthy figure in their eyes. Having compromised her ability to serve her community and its members with comfort and trustworthiness and the librarian's tacit promise of discretion is a direct affront to her responsibilities as a librarian, and merits loss of her professional role as such in the community.
It would be different if she was spying on people to write her book. But they were doing these things out in the open, in a public place, where anybody could see them. If you don't want people writing about you streaking / masturbating/ acting like a jerk, DON'T DO IT IN A *PUBLIC* LIBRARY!!!

I think someone with some clout in this small town was afraid they'd end up in the sequel if they didn't pressure the library into getting rid of her
Uncle Bouncy

Verona, WI

#11 Aug 22, 2008
Ann Mekita

get it?

Why not Denise Savahrd?

or

Maureen Bannerwoman?!!
Homer

Skokie, IL

#12 Aug 22, 2008
I hate when librarians lick their fingers to turn pages.
Simon

Skokie, IL

#13 Aug 22, 2008
How would the librarian like it if someone wrote about her extensive "rubber phallus" collection?
bob

Canada

#15 Aug 22, 2008
land of the free, my dear. It just ain't so.
Scott Richards

San Diego, CA

#16 Aug 22, 2008
The Library and its administration should be ashamed. Did the library assistant lie? Apparently not. Did she break any specific laws? Not that I can see. If I were the library assistant, I'd sue the city and the library.
MEW

Ben Bolt, TX

#17 Aug 22, 2008
what now wrote:
Hmmmm ... let's see, someone writes a book under a a completely ficticious name, about an imaginary town and its pretend characters who frequent the unidentified library.
And this writer is "found out" to be an actual library employee. How guilty ARE these people that they actually recognize themselves and each other without any connection????
Heck, I haven't even read the book, but I know some of her "characters" exist at my library too. I think it must be universal. So why were they so sure when they read the book that the author was talking about THEIR library and its unsavory, unique and quirky patrons?
Astonishing!
You are right about the universal characters--scary really.

I had to look up the cover of this book online. If this book hadn't placed a photo of the library front and center on the cover collage, I believe no one would have been the wiser. The building is clear and would be easly recognized. Without the photo the patrons might have only suspected...and perhaps the author would have been secure in her job. Now I am curious to see just how quirky these patrons in her book really are...
braden

Kitchener, Canada

#18 Aug 22, 2008
It's only Publish America...

There's more to this than we're being told. Or somebody just isn't doing their job.
JIm Jones

United States

#19 Aug 22, 2008
LOL, Sounds like good reading to me!

RD
www.FireMe.To/udi
mdomke

Western Springs, IL

#21 Aug 22, 2008
The author has the gall to call her work fiction? Denialville is right, and she's the mayor.
mdomke

Western Springs, IL

#22 Aug 22, 2008
sure, suing always solves everything. oh wait, you're from california where temper tantrums get full legal status and clog the courts so lawyers can get rich at everyone else's expense instead of dealing with real problems.
Scott Richards wrote:
The Library and its administration should be ashamed. Did the library assistant lie? Apparently not. Did she break any specific laws? Not that I can see. If I were the library assistant, I'd sue the city and the library.
Tina

Buena Park, CA

#23 Aug 22, 2008
Simon wrote:
How would the librarian like it if someone wrote about her extensive "rubber phallus" collection?
If she brought them to work with her and used them in front of everyone, she would obviously have it coming
TheGreenChimneyS weep

Ukiah, CA

#24 Aug 23, 2008
Boyhowdy sounds like the mayor of Denialville.

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