Bibliothek & Information Deutschland (BID) (Library and Information in Germany), the
umbrella association of library associations, is deeply concerned that Edwin Mellen
Press is attempting to influence the freedom of opinion of academic librarians and thus
the freedom of research and teaching through private legal action against Dale Askey.
Librarians publishing qualified evaluations of publications reflect the expression of a
pluralistic and democratic society. Attempting to suppress the shaping of a public
opinion constitutes a serious offense against our democracy and the free expression of
Therefore, Bibliothek & Information Deutschland appeals to Edwin Mellen Press to
withdraw their legal action against Dale Askey.