Small Towns Seek Libraries

Holly Springs, NC mayor Dick Sears sees the acquisition of a library as crucial to reviving the town\'s business

\"This is a piece of the puzzle we really want badly,\" [he] said after a brief presentation. \"This is an important piece of the puzzle.\"

It\'s also an important piece of building community and boosting economic development for [nearby] Rolesville and Morrisville, which, along with Holly Springs, are the only Wake towns without a library to call their own. Rolesville and Morrisville are lobbying the county, as is Cary, which wants a second branch . . .

More from the Raleigh News-Observer.


Librarins--now media specialists

Aina writes \"CNN - posted a story on 2/3 titled, \"Librarins--now \'media specialist.\'\"
This story is a positive acknowledgement for the changing face of librarianship. \"

They say demands of technology and higher academic standards are changing the roles of librarians, creating a new breed of educators who can shift gears from \"Hamlet\" to HTML, from Gogol to Google.
More importantly many of the same skills that make librarians indispensable in school are now making them more attractive to the private sector.

\"In the old days, you could trust a book, more or less,\" she says. \"You could look at the publisher. Now they have to figure this out for themselves.\"

Job Hunting Round Up

LLRX writes \"Hunting For A Job? Try the Internet
Barbara Fullerton reviews a wide range of web resources for job hunters, with a special emphasis on sites specifically useful for library and information professionals. In the February 1, 2002 issue of \"

Luckily your search should be easy, there are Four job openings for every Librarian.


Guide to the FOS Movement

SomeOne writes \"This is a guide to the terminology, acronyms, initiatives, standards, technologies, and players in the free online scholarship (FOS) movement —the movement to publish scholarly literature on the internet and make it available to readers free of charge. The guide is a product of the Free Online Scholarship Newsletter. \"

Media Literacy Centre in Public Library

FYI London reports that London, Ontario will have North America\'s first public library-based media literacy centre, thanks to a $200,000 donation from CHUM Televsion.
For more information, see here and here.

Parent drops challenge to library book

The Bozeman, MT School District has canceled a hearing on whether to remove the library book \"Nathan\'s Run\" from the shelves of Chief Joseph Middle School over its violence and profanity. The mother who raised objections said Friday she wouldn\'t appear to challenge it.

Patricia Ladue, the mother who filed the challenge in December, couldn\'t be reached for comment. Her husband, Richard Ladue, said, \"We have nothing to say. This author has gotten enough free publicity.\" He then hung up.

Full Story


Digital Library of Secret Tobacco Documents Released

jen writes \"Need a smoke?

The UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management today released on the internet the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library, a collection of more than 20 million pages of previously secret documents from tobacco industry files. The documents represent the world\'s largest public digital collection maintained by a library. The searchable collection can be accessed at

Ranging in date from the 1930s to the 1990s, the documents cover projects central to the tobacco industry such as marketing, research and development, cigarette analysis and design, as well as industry efforts to establish business in developing countries. The documents were obtained through the legal discovery process for a lawsuit against the major tobacco companies by the Attorney General of Minnesota and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota, and suits brought by other states. The suit was settled in 1998. \"


Schoolbook Donations Needed

Nancy Groves writes:

The World Bank Book Project packages and ships recycled books to supply hundreds of schools in several developing countries. It is currently undertaking a large shipment of books to Malawi.

This operation is entirely run by volunteers who collect, sort out and pack books according to the needs of each school which contacted this charity.

You can help them by donating books and magazines, old or new. The project is looking for elementary, intermediate, high school and university textbooks and library books, novels, fiction, National Geographic magazines and vocational material such as books on quilting,
knitting, woodworking etc . . .

Donations can be brought to the loading dock of the J building at 1775 G Street [in Washington, D.C.] all week long or at JB3-105 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Or you can contact Chantale Holzmann at 202-473-8960; Email:
[email protected]

Please distribute this notice to your friends and colleagues who may be able to supply the project with much needed books. Thanks very much!

Search Engines Sued Over Pay-For-Placement Policies

From CNN, with thanks to Metafilter:

The maker of a popular weight-loss system filed suit against four search engines this week, alleging that their policy of letting advertisers pay to appear in top-ranked search results violated federal and state trademark and fair-competition laws.

Mark Nutritionals Inc. [is] asking for at least $10 million in compensatory damages and $100 million in punitive damages from each company . . .

More (Altavista,, and Overture Services Inc. are named in the suit.)


Librarians and libraries in movies

A question on the newlib-l mailing list asked for suggestions for a regular movie night: movies in which a character is a librarian or in which a library features in some way. Many suggestions have been made but, as always, a quick Google search led me to a fantastic resource, Librarians in the movies: an annotated filmography. Maintained by Martin Raish at Brigham Young University, this is definitely worth a look if you\'re wondering what to watch on video next weekend. It even includes a short bibliography relating to librarians and libraries in movies. Great stuff!


Implementing a law firm web portal

LLRX writes \"Shaking Up Shook: A Case Study in Implementing LawPort Portal
Janet McKinney provides an in-depth look into the planning and implementation of Shook, Hardy & Bacon\'s firmwide intranet using the legal portal LawPort, which also supports the firm\'s intranet, extranet, and public web site. In the February 1, 2002 issue of \"


jen writes \"
\"For 50 years, books have been my steadiest companions. I have little doubt why God\'s
keeping me on this green Earth. It\'s to read. I have often thought, when I finish a particularly satisfying book, \"Thank God I lived long enough to read this.\" Thus, last fall, when President George W. Bush exhorted Americans to get on with their normal lives, I picked up a book.\"

Full Story \"


Oscar Wilde, Censorship and the Moral Art of Living

stuart yeates writes \"
The Philosophers\' Magazine is carrying a story Oscar Wilde, Censorship and the Moral Art of Living which presents an overview of Oscar Wilde\'s trouble with, and philosophy towards, censorship.\"

They say in short, the problem of how and when to legislate for public morality remains as pertinent as it was in Wilde\'s time, and his arguments against censorship highlight for us the relationship between artist and public that is the central concern in censorship debates.


Hotsync to this Site

Lori Bell writes \"PDAs are playing in Peoria libraries to the point of care in two Peoria, Illinois medical libraries, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Library & Resource Center and the University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences-Peoria. A website for the LSTA grant project, funded by the Illinois State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, has been launched at The website contains information about the project and links to resources on handheld computing for librarians and medical students, residents, physicians, nurses, and other personnel.

A new word order for 2002

The Guardian has A Story on the first new words and phrases of 2002.

They include the MVVD (male vertical volume drinker), Eurocreep, mini-me, nopo, brain-fingerprinting and bed-blocking. These are by editors of the Collins Gem English pocket dictionary.

In 1902, when the first Gem was published, they added Marconigram, spike-bozzle (to disable an enemy weapon), groceteria (supermarket) and maffick (to celebrate extravagantly a national success, drawn from the relief of Mafeking in 1900, and, aerial, cryogenic, pacifism, suitcase, manic depressive, Middle East, floosie, knock for six, sexology, women\'s movement.


Definitive Sanford Berman website

In case you aren\'t aware of him, Sanford
is a living legend. This nicely-designed site
by Madeline Douglas brings
together diverse material by and about the great man
of progressive librarianship and LCSH reform. Included
are a bibliography;
the full text of his groundbreaking book, _Prejudices and
materials on his departure from Hennepin County Library;
information; the festschrift-zine \"Kiss My Filing
Indicators;\" an issue of
the HCL Cataloging Bulletin from 1974; links to related
organizations; and
a collection of writings (which you can find under
\"what\'s new.\") Madeline
did a very good job with this site. I am happy to see
that it is nearly as
extensive as its subject deserves. Check it out.


Another Librarian Hero

Lee Hadden writes:\" Life-saving heroes are not just firemen and soldiers and nurses.
Sometimes they are the men and women who give of themselves, literally, so
others can live.
Howard P. Drew, Jr., is not just another reitred librarian. He is also a
Over the past years, Howard Drew has given over 213 units of blood, over
28 gallons, and become a hero in saving lives. He is in the Guiness Book of
Records because of this feat of record blood giving. The American Red Cross
estimates that every gallon of blood saves 24 to 32 lives.

Join the Heroes of America. Give blood today!

Read more about it at the Washington Post.\"


Librarian Crime Wave

An ex-librarian arrested for embezzlement and another sentenced for stealing valuable prints and selling them online and to an antique store.

They present evidence of a recent librarian crime wave.

University of Georgia librarian, Robert M. \"Skeet\" Willingham, Jr., was sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay the state Board of Regents $45,000 for stealing rare and valuable library material in 1988.
In 1982, James R. Shinn of St. Louis was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for stealing more than $100,000 in rare books from college libraries around the country.

A few months ago, Benjamin Johnson, 21, of Hamden, Conn., was charged with stealing $2 million worth of rare material from Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, where he had a summer job.


Four job openings for every Librarian?

This Chattanooga Times Story (really annoying registeration required, the site is a real mess) story says there is a limited number of librarians available across the country, and there are almost four job openings for every one of us.

The current lopsided ratio of librarian vacancies to candidates is the result of the high median age of those in the profession (47) and the large volume of retirements by baby-boomer librarians.

I\'ll miss all those stories about the \'60s, and how much better things were back then when they all retire. At least we can look forward to more shows like the Golden Girls soon.

\"Based on census data, some 40 percent of library directors are expected to retire before the end of the decade, with a big chunk of them reaching 65 in the next few years,\"


Librarian claims she was fired for wearing cross

Justine passed along This One on a librarian who claims she was fired from a Kentucky library for wearing a cross around her neck.

The director says she was fired for other reasons, though she said the library prohibits its workers from wearing religious symbols in order to honor the religious diversity of the patrons.

\"\"If someone wants to check out a book, and one of us shows that we have a different religious point of view than them, it could make (the patron) uncomfortable...\"


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