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Library Group Says Staff Being Censored

by Karen Goff — April 6, 2015 at 4:30 pm 11 Comments

Reston Regional Library

(Updated, Tuesday 3:43 p.m. with correction on date of rally).

Advocates for Fairfax County’s public libraries, who will be rallying at Wednesday’s Board of Supervisors’ 2016 budget hearing, say the library staff is censoring its employees.

While library budget cuts have been in the news for more than a year, the group, Fairfax Library Advocates, now says library administration is also preventing staffers from speaking freely about changes in the system on an employees-only blogs.

Fairfax Library Advocates said in an email to supporters:

There is no room for censorship in a public library system.

Despite this commonly held belief, library staff themselves are being censored here in Fairfax County. Staff have traditionally been encouraged to share any and all news about our library system with each other on the “FCPL In The News” site. Recently library administration has censored stories and comments that may seem negative toward the current administration. This is wrong and fundamentally against our basic beliefs in regard to freedom of thought and opinion.

Fairfax Library Advocates have joined a coalition dedicated to advocating around budget issues. Invest in Fairfax is a broad coalition of businesses, non-profits, human service providers and advocates dedicated to the proposition that Fairfax County, Virginia is an excellent place to live. Libraries are an essential part of Quality public services in Fairfax County. The members of the Invest In Fairfax Coalition believe that Excellence is at risk in our community.

The FLA is gathering in Rooms 2 and 3 between 4 and 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax. Several members will be speaking to the supervisors in support of quality libraries and services in Fairfax County.

The group also has a petition supporters can sign.

The Advertised Fairfax County Budget for 2016 includes $27,612,745 for public libraries.  The 2015 budget included an adopted budget amount of $27,828,497, but an additional $2 million was later allocated. Read a detailed explanation of the 2016 library and parks budget on Fairfax County’s website.

Questions? Contact [email protected]

  • Ming the Merciless

    Library staffs are employees of the library. Like any other employees, they should shut up and do what the boss says, or quit.

    • Sally Forth

      Not when the double dipping “boss” is trying to destroy the entire county library system. Haven’t you been keeping up with this years long struggle??? Thank God for dedicated librarians and the Library Advocates who support them!

      • Ming the Merciless

        What the problem is DOES NOT MATTER AT ALL. Zero relevance.

        Employees should either shut up or quit.

    • Max

      You don’t read much do you Ming? If you have you would would of been keeping informed about the budget problem. Or perhaps you don’t care about what is going on in your community.

      • Ming the Merciless

        What the problem is DOES NOT MATTER AT ALL.

        Employees should either shut up or quit.

        • Max

          Yes we do. We have every right to speak up against our employer. That is why they have a open session at the BOS so we can speak our mind. Or did you not turn into channel 16 the other day to see that? Then again like I said you don’t care about your community.

          • Ming the Merciless

            No, you don’t. You just think you do because you have a grossly unjustified attitude of entitlement that is very common in government employees. If you want to criticize your boss, you should quit. Until then, shut up and do what you are told.

            I care just fine about my community. I don’t care at all about the whiny and demanding complaints of greedy, arrogant public sector employees.

  • FairfaxLibraryAdvocate

    What is “FPL” ? Do you mean Fairfax Library Advocates ( FLA) ? Also, I believe you mean staff only blogs – not newsletters. Thanks for spreading the word !

    • Karen Goff

      both fixed. Thanks.

      • guest

        Thanks It is staff only BLOGS not websites

  • Save Our Libraries

    The rally for libraries and other County services is Wed April 8th NOT Tuesday !

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