Newsworthy to all concerned with the potential health risks associated with wireless technologies to both library staff and the public, is the recently published Progressive Librarians Guild Statement On WIFI In Libraries, available here.
The Progressive Librarians Guild quotes the Wingspread Statement on the Precautionary Principle, 1998, stating:
“When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically…”
“In this context the proponent of an activity, rather than the public, should bear the burden of proof.
“The process of applying the Precautionary Principle must be open, informed and democratic and must include potentially affected parties. It must also involve an examination of the full range of alternatives, including no action.”
European library workers have already taken steps to call for examinations based on the current research on health effects of wireless, including those from the Bibliotheque Nationale de France (having forgone installation of a public wireless system ) and the staff of the Sainte Genevieve Library (having called for a discussion on wireless technology safety in university and public libraries based in part on the conclusions reached by the European Environmental Agency BioInitiative Working Group (2007).
That said, anyone know if I can still order one of these? (Image “borrowed” from the archive of Make Magazine’s blog).