I am wondering what your experience or thoughts are on First Amendment audits in libraries. I feel so conflicted – on one hand, I completely support the idea of holding public employees accountable (ie. police officers). On the other hand, the nature of these audits tends to be purposefully confrontational and inflammatory; thereby disruptive to the operations of the library. Additionally, when people start filming in the public library, they are potentially capturing patrons who are there doing private/personal activities, who then become collateral damage in the auditor’s attempt to film the library employee.
For some context, my present library (I am temporarily located to a new branch while my library is under renovation) was just the subject of an audit during a drag storytime program. The video was posted on conservative/anti-LGBTQ sites, and now we are receiving 30+ harassing phone calls per day, mostly from out of state. They specifically claim that our supervisor restricted the photographer’s first amendment rights by asking him not to film.
At the risk of giving the video more clicks, here it is, if you’re curious: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_BNOzFl57E