Harry Potter and the literary hoax

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 02/07/2000 - 13:04
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The Age, in AU has an interesting Story HERE on Harry Potter.
The on-line bookshop Amazon.com publishes an ongoing bestseller list of the books most in demand by its readers at any given moment. It makes fascinating reading, listing as it does hundreds of thousands of books in order of their popularity. At present, number one on the list, narrowly beating Delia Smith and Frank McCourt, is one of J.K. Rowling\'s Harry Potter books. It is the fourth volume in the series. There\'s only one thing about this that might cause the eyebrows to raise a little. The fourth volume of Harry Potter hasn\'t been published yet, and won\'t be until July. Amazon\'s bestseller, in short, is a book that doesn\'t exist.
But the world of these books is thin and unsatisfactory, their imagery is derivative, their characterisation automatic, and their structure deeply flawed.

Protest erupts at Cuban book fair

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 02/07/2000 - 13:00
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Robert Kent sent this press release in from The Friends of Cuban Libraries.

On February 3, as foreign publishers made travel plans to attend the
Havana International Book Fair (February 9-15), the Friends of Cuban
Libraries released an Open Letter to the publishers signed by more than
thirty authors. The letter, entitled \"Book Fair or Carnival of
Persecution?,\" urges publishers at the Fair to make protests to government
officials against the \"scandalous\" repression of Cuba\'s independent
librarians, whom the authors describe as \"the only librarians in the world
who are being subjected to systematic persecution.\"

Librarian group protests policy on same-sex insurance

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 02/07/2000 - 10:50

The Pittsburg Post Gazette has a Story here on the university of Pitt\'s practice of not providing those benefits is the subject of a lawsuit by seven current and former employees.

A group representing University of Pittsburgh librarians is calling on the university to begin extending health insurance to domestic partners of its gay and lesbian employees.

Library workers say staff increase overdue

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 02/06/2000 - 23:33

Shirl Kennedy writes
\"\"Four years after the new, larger Dunedin Library
opened, it is still getting by with same staffing level.\"

\"The staff of 18 full-time and 18 part-time and temporary
employees is stretched thin and suffering from job stress,
as employees are asked to do ever more work with no more
help. Supervisors do the jobs of lower-level employees,
forsaking their own responsibilities.\"
Check out the story
Here from the SPTimes

Dr. Laura prescribes Internet filters

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 02/06/2000 - 14:50
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LISnews has been following the filtering debate in MI, now
the over opinionated Dr. Laura has jumped in. Michigan
Live
has the story HERE. The list of nationaly
known people pushing for filtering is growing by the
day.\"It is another individual from outside this
community that isn\'t aware of what is or isn\'t going on in
the Herrick District Library,\" said Gary Pullano, library
spokesman

Dr. Laura has pointed her moral compass to Holland.
Laura Schlessinger, syndicated radio talk show host and
advice guru to millions, is jumping into the local Internet
filter debate.

She is encouraging Holland residents to vote yes on a local
ballot measure to force Herrick District Library to install
Internet filters to block pornography.
She posted a message on her Web site, drlaura.com
\"One Feb. 22nd ballot measure in Michigan gives Dr. Laura
\"Warriors\" a chance to stand up for families,\"

Science exhibit brings children in

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 02/06/2000 - 14:37

A Story on how a
science exhibit in St. Joseph County Public Library,
Indiana, was a huge hit with the kids.
This year, for the first time, all of the area\'s
higher-education institutions were exhibitors. They include
the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University South Bend,
Saint Mary\'s College, Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ivy Tech
State College, and the Purdue University School of
Technology at South Bend

Library mixed-use branches

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 02/06/2000 - 14:32

Oregon Live has a
story on how the government wants new libraries to be
built.
The 5 story structures are raising some concerns.

Library Director Ginnie Cooper finds herself in an
interesting position because the five county commissioners,
her bosses, have made it a priority for departments to
consider building mixed-use facilities. The idea is to
increase density in neighborhoods by putting county
facilities on the ground floor and housing or office space
above. A portion of the housing at each branch will have
carry cheaper rents for people in lower econom