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Librarian recognized for intellectual freedom advocacy

On Tues., May 13, at the Vermont Library Conference, Associate Library Professor Trina Magi was presented with the 2008 Vermont School Library Association Award in recognition of her “dedication, leadership, and collaboration with the Vermont School Library Community.”

Trina was specifically recognized for her work this past year as chair of the Vermont Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee, which successfully worked with school, public, and academic librarians, the state library, parents groups, and state lawmakers to introduce legislation that would strengthen Vermont state law regarding the confidentiality of library records.

Gov. Jim Douglas signed the legislation into law this week. The new law (S. 220, “An Act Relating to the Confidentiality of Library Patron Records”) will take effect on July 1, 2008. The law specifies that only a court order from a judge could force the release of a library patron’s records. The previous law allowed librarians to release the records on their own volition.

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