Publishers’ Group Seeks Six-Month Delay in Google Library Project

June 24, 2005

The Association of American Publishers has asked Google to suspend for six months its plan to digitize books from the collections of several major research libraries and make them searchable online. AAP Vice President for Legal and Governmental Affairs Allan R. Adler told the Chronicle of Higher Education that the group made the request in … Continue reading Publishers’ Group Seeks Six-Month Delay in Google Library Project


Contra Costa County to Appeal Library Meeting-Room Injunction

June 17, 2005

Officials in Contra Costa County, California, will appeal a federal judge’s May 23 ruling that says the county library cannot ban religious services in its meeting rooms. The preliminary injunction stemmed from a July 2004 lawsuit filed by the Alliance Defense Fund, a coalition of religious-rights attorneys, on behalf of a Christian ministry that was … Continue reading Contra Costa County to Appeal Library Meeting-Room Injunction


University Publishers Question Google Print Library Project

May 27, 2005

The Association of American University Presses is questioning the legality of Google’s plan, announced in December 2004, to digitize books from the collections of several major research libraries—including Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Michigan—and make them searchable online. In a May 20 letter to the search-engine company, AAUP Executive Director Peter Givler asked for … Continue reading University Publishers Question Google Print Library Project


Six Heads of State Propose European Digital Library

April 29, 2005

Following France’s call for European nations to make their library collections available on the internet, six European leaders have offered a proposal for what they called a “European digital library.” An April 28 letter signed by French President Jacques Chirac, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez … Continue reading Six Heads of State Propose European Digital Library


Religious-Rights Group Sues California Library

August 6, 2004

The Alliance Defense Fund, a coalition of religious-rights attorneys, filed suit July 31 on behalf of a Christian ministry that claims it was unconstitutionally denied meeting-room access by Contra Costa County (Calif.) Library because it intended to hold a religious service at the Antioch branch. The Faith Center Church Evangelistic Ministries has named the library … Continue reading Religious-Rights Group Sues California Library


Christian-Rights Group Sues over Nixed Library Meeting

January 20, 2003

Liberty Counsel, a legal defense organization that champions religious free speech, filed suit January 9 against the city of Dunedin, Florida, because the public library there declined its meeting-room requests on two occasions. The applications disclosed that a proposed “America’s Christian heritage” event would include a discussion of the influence of the Ten Commandments on … Continue reading Christian-Rights Group Sues over Nixed Library Meeting


Texas Library Sued for Denying Religious-Meeting Request

July 22, 2002

Mitchell County (Tex.) Public Library has been sued by an Abilene-area man who alleges that the library violated his First Amendment rights for denying him use of its meeting room for a religious gathering. The Mitchell County Attorney’s office replied in early July to the June 26 brief filed by plaintiff attorney Mathew D. Staver, … Continue reading Texas Library Sued for Denying Religious-Meeting Request


President Signs Antiterrorism Bill; Library Groups Examine Impact

November 5, 2001

President Bush signed sweeping antiterrorism legislation October 26 that expands the government’s powers to conduct electronic surveillance, obtain business and medical records, and detain immigrants without charges. The measure, known as the USA Patriot Act, passed the Senate by a 98–1 vote and the House by 356 to 66. The New York Times reported October … Continue reading President Signs Antiterrorism Bill; Library Groups Examine Impact


Creationist Takes on City after Library Nixes Program

May 14, 2001

Genesis Commission founder Chris Pfeifer launched a First Amendment lawsuit against the city of Charleston, South Carolina, after the county library refused him meeting-room space for a creationist seminar that contained religious instruction. However, plaintiff attorney Mathew Staver told American Libraries on May 4 that he had halted legal action because the library had lifted … Continue reading Creationist Takes on City after Library Nixes Program



Wisconsin Library Sued for Barring Creationists from Meeting Room

June 21, 1999

Christopher Pfeifer of West Allis, Wisconsin, has sued the city for violating his First- and Fourteenth-Amendment rights by denying him access to a library room where he hoped to hold a meeting on creation science and evolution. The Liberty Counsel, a Florida-based conservative religious group, represented Pfeifer in filing the lawsuit in a Milwaukee federal … Continue reading Wisconsin Library Sued for Barring Creationists from Meeting Room