Author: Mark Hudson

MARK HUDSON is a reference and instruction librarian at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He is a member of the Progressive Librarians Guild and the American Library Association's Social Responsibilities Round Table.

U.S. Libraries and the "War on Terrorism"

      In the days and weeks following the September 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks in the northeastern United States, there was a sudden proliferation of U.S. flags and other patriotic imagery in public libraries across the nation. U.S. public libraries have traditionally displayed U.S. flags inside or atop their buildings, even though they are financed by local and state tax money and receive little if any federal funding. But the new patriotic décor went well beyond any simple statement of solidarity with the nation in a time of crisis.