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Librarians gather in Vegas, and the FTC is there

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Next week, the city known for high-rolling gamblers, world famous entertainers, and The Mob Museum will host another fascinating and diverse group of people – librarians. Librarians serving students, scientists, historians, the military and communities across the country will be at the American Library Association’s 2014 Annual Conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

I’ll be there too, at the FTC’s booth, number 1531. If you’re attending, or you live in the Las Vegas area, please stop by and get some of our free materials. We’ll have lesson plans to teach kids about the messages in advertising, booklets to help adults talk to kids about being online, and “plain and simple” articles about managing money and avoiding fraud. Our resources for consumers also are available in Spanish.

We’re encouraging librarians to take our materials back to their communities, tell their colleagues about them, and order more to share. This is one time when we hope what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas.


Why are all of these organizations putting their LONG NOSES in the business of librarians. Maybe if they would quit wasting our tax dollars and stay the hell out of our children' education they would be able to read, write, add, and subtract.

How many persons and why would the FTC have in common with or be interested in library science?

Libraries distribute hundreds of thousands of free publications from the FTC each year to people in their communities. Many libraries keep some of our publications, like Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online, in their collections. And many school media specialists use our Admongo lesson plans to teach kids critical thinking skills.

Librarians' business is to have information available to the public on matters of concern to the community. Reference librarians, in particular, are the original Google Girls (and some guys). You don't think they should be learning what harmful scams are out there and how to protect yourself or make reports if you have been scammed. Librians are multi-subject teachers, they just don't work in a classroom. I don't see how educating them to help patrons protect themselves and their money is affecting your children's education. You may have issues with what material and books are selected by librarians for your library, but that doesn't relate to the FTC programs to protect the consumer/taxpayers.

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