Emily Sheketoff, Director of the American Library Association’s Washington Office spoke yesterday with Pamela Gilbert, the Obama Transition Team Leader for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Ms. Gilbert understands our concerns with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). She believes we were wise to go to Congress and recommend that they communicate the Congressional intent, not to include books, to the Commission.
She is sorry the Commission is taking so long to remedy this and she advised us to reassure our members NOT TO THROW AWAY any books yet.
Ms. Gilbert holds no position with the government, so she cannot advise us what to do…but she seemed confident that this would be solved before the act takes affect on February 10, 2009. She was very sure that no CPSC Inspectors would be coming to any libraries or schools to make inspections until this issue was resolved.
At this time we would caution no action, but ask that you stay alert. We hope to know what libraries will have to do well before February 10, 2009.