Author: krisjoseph

Open letter from the York University Faculty Association’s Librarians and Archivists to the Toronto Public Library

Protestors outside Palmerston Library hold signs: "Talk with trans people, not about them" and "People before ideology"

“At a time when all libraries struggle to demonstrate relevance and when public libraries have shown great leadership by transforming into innovative accessible hubs for all equity-seeking groups, you have let us down.”

The curious case of free-speech-loving librarians who don’t think the Toronto Public Library should provide space for Meghan Murphy: Part Two

A street sign labeled "right" and "wrong" with arrows pointing in opposite directions.

Meghan Murphy will be appearing at the Toronto Public Library’s Palmerston branch on October 29, despite outcries from the local trans and non-conforming community. To the disappointment of many librarians I know, multiple library associations (CFLA, CULC) have written letters in support of Vickery Bowles’ reverse-rationalized commitment to a principle of intellectual freedom over all

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The curious case of free-speech-loving librarians who don’t think the Toronto Public Library should provide space for Meghan Murphy: Part One

A street sign labeled "right" and "wrong" with arrows pointing in opposite directions.

Part one of a two-part series about the Toronto Public Library’s decision to host Meghan Murphy in their space. This part links to some responses to the situation before presenting one of the reasons why I think Vickery Bowles has made a terrible mistake.

Resetting the privacy discussion

I’ve turned a recent presentation at an AI Ethics conference into an article that suggests our current approach to privacy rights relies on a flawed, property-based model. From lessons learned while teaching privacy workshops to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals framework, this presentation covered a lot of ground.