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ALA Event Meet West Bend Community Library supporters

As requested by Dan Kleinman, I am clarifying that the following information is part of an email that Deborah Caldwell-Stone sent to me as a member of a listserv receiving announcements for the ALA group on Intellectual Freedom. I did not gather the information from the blog, but from an email I received that indicated the information was free to be disseminated. Since not all readers receive these emails, I have been systematically sharing events from publishers, authors, and committees regarding events at ALA annual. Since I did neglect to state here that this came from Deborah Caldwell-Stone’s, let me correct that error. I am still waiting for Dan Kleinman to offer other information regarding this.

"Meet the librarians and community members who are fighting to keep library materials on the shelves in West Bend, Wisconsin!

A special panel sponsored by the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee and the Freedom to Read Foundation at ALA’s Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois will feature West Bend Community Library director Michael Tyree, young adult librarian Kristin Pekoll, library board president Barbara Deters, former library board member Mary Reilly-Kliss, and community organizer Maria Hanrahan. 

The panelists will share their unique experience and insights gained in addressing multiple challenges to young adult and GLBT materials in the West Bend Community Library, including a demand to publicly burn (!) Francesca Lia Block’s Young Adult novel, Baby Be-Bop."

Please note that all bolding is mine because I am shocked that anyone would demand people publicly burn books. Why are they asking this? The answer remains to be written in the comments by Mr. Kleinman.



  1. Dan Kleinman of says:

    This is plagiarism by Diane Chen. Will there be consequences?

    According to Wikipedia, “Plagiarism, as defined in the 1995 Random House Compact Unabridged Dictionary, is the ‘use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work.'”

    You see that? I said according to Wikipedia and I put it in quotations marks. Diane Chen did neither. She just cut and paste wholesale from Deborah Caldwell-Stone of the ALA.

    See for yourself at “West Bend Librarians and Community Activists Share Censorship Stories at ALA Annual Conference,” by Deborah Caldwell-Stone, OIF Blog, 30 June 2009.

    Not only does this post of hers not name the source of her words, but on her profile page she specifically claims all work is her own!!! “All blog posts reflect the opinons [sic] of Diane and not her district or ALA.”

    Really? Well, at least she changed the title.

    What a disgrace.

  2. Dan, rather than debate my passing along the information about this event, why don’t you use the comment section to post your side of the information? I will be happy to go back and put quotations in, but many press releases are free to be distributed as they are and I only used a portion of the one you mentioned. I have been putting many events on the blog. You have the opportunity to post your side here. Regarding the misspelling of opinion – I don’t have the ability to edit that, but I will be happy to point it out to others who can fix it. When I make a mistake, I do try to fix it. Sloppy? Yes. Disgraceful? Hardly!

  3. Dan Kleinman of says:

    My “side” is irrelevant. What DCS wrote was not identified as a press release. At least you should have identified the source of the press release, if it was one. Another OIF Blog post actually links to an ALA press release from “ALA Media Relations,” indicated the blog post itself is not a press release but my be used to link to them. When I blog, it is not considered a press release to be used wholesale without attribution. If you are “putting many events on the blog” and similarly not posting the source of your information, you have just admitted compounding your plagiarism many times over.

  4. Dan Kleinman of says:

    Okay, I’ll bite. The book burning is ridiculous. But the publicity about it is making people notice and read more books, and that’s good.