Re: CA Libraries & Drugs

Brigid Duffy (
Wed, 28 Mar 2001 14:33:20 -0800 (PST)

Dear Gary,

California State Law - the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1990 - State Code
section 8355

Without commenting on the practicality (or sanity) of the law, that's what
it is. Even for Berkeley, I'm afraid.

Brigid Duffy
Audio Visual/ITV Center
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132-4200

On Wed, 28 Mar 2001, Gary Handman wrote:

> This certainly doesn't apply to Berkeley.... I think this falls into the
> "give me break" category...
> gary
> At 10:59 AM 03/28/2001 -0800, you wrote:
> >Hope that got your attention
> >
> >A question for any of California Librarians ( that means you Gary)
> >I sometimes receive these absurd forms with orders from California
> >Public Institutions that in order to be paid for an order we must
> >CERTIFY that we are a "drug free workplace". I find this both offensive and
> >ridiculous. They do not ask us to certify that we are Alcohol, Murder,
> >Racist, Sexist etc free just drugs. I realize this is just a silly law
> >passed by some legislators with too much time on their hands but I find it
> >very disturbing and as a matter of principle I will not sign these forms
> >Usually nothing happens but recently after a correspondence with a
> >University Librarian she returned an order. I don't care about the lost
> >order or even any further lost orders because this is a ridiculous rule but
> >I wonder how you guys handle this. Incidentally the order in question was
> >for my women directors series which unlike most other Kino titles is NOT
> >available from any other source so this means that the University in
> >question will never carry these titles.
> >--
> >Jessica Rosner
> >Kino International
> >333 W 39th St. 503
> >NY NY 10018
> >
> Gary Handman
> Director
> Media Resources Center
> Moffitt Library
> UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
> 510-643-8566
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