Online Library Auction

Someone passed along This Story from the great city of Columbus, OH.
The Bexley Library has taken to auctioning books on the web to help raise money.
They\'ve been doing it for 2 years and have raised $1,800 by selling about 100 books online. The library\'s biggest items: two pamphlets and a signed letter from Booker T. Washington that went for $500.

\"They knew that they had some gems they were getting,\" said Sandy Lemkin, a reference librarian at Bexley Library. \"It\'s a wider audience that you can appeal to. When you\'re on eBay, you have wonderful exposure.\"

Random Numbers

Conducting a collection survey? Today\'s New York Times profiles several free online purveyors of random numbers that can assist you in getting a valid sample...

Pay a visit to the home page of [a] purveyor of unpredictability, called Hotbits, and you will hear what sounds like the erratic clicking of a Geiger counter. It is the sound of neutrons in a radioactive substance spewing out electrons and gamma rays as they decay. This decay is random, as guaranteed by laws of quantum mechanics, so by training a Geiger counter on a sample of krypton 85 and feeding the signal to a computer, Hotbits generates a constant stream of random digits. Just fill out an electronic form, saying how many bits you want and they will be dispatched immediately over the Internet. . . -- Read More

School Library Books

LGordon writes \"A new program to help provide new library books for the schools in Clark County, Nevada, is underway. Clark County Reads aims to help provide library books for the children of Las Vegas. In Clark County, school libraries provide an average of 7 books per student, while the national average is 18. With only $7.00 per student allocated for library expenditures, it is difficult for schools to purchase an adequate number of books to replace the aged books on the shelves\"

There is an
Editorial and the Full Story

The morality police

Salon has an interesting Story on our new found censorship impulse.
Charles Taylor comes out solidly on the side of free speech.

\"At the heart of that argument is the belief that society should be remade for everyone, not just children. Basically, my friend was arguing that all adult discourse should be rendered suitable for kids, that entertainment or writing specifically intended for adults is somehow dangerous and that, as journalists, we should all be required to adhere to a phony \"family newspaper\" standard. \"

Hot on the Scent of Information

Wired showed the way to This Really Neat Study by the Xerox PARC User Interface Research Group on Information Foraging.

\"Information foraging theory is an approach to the analysis of human activities involving information access technologies. It aims to provide an understanding of how strategies and technologies for information seeking, gathering, and consumption are adapted to the flux of information in the environment. Much of the work is inspired by optimal foraging theory in biology and anthropology, which analyzes the adaptive value of food-foraging strategies. The theory focuses analysis on how the user gains value from interaction and the cost of that interaction. Adaptive behaviors and technologies are ones that have superior value in relation to cost (e.g. time). We use the theory to understand human-computer interaction, and to develop new design and engieering models.\"

Why does feminism matter in LIS Studies?

Found This Interesting paper by Kirsten Anderson on why feminism does matter in Library and Information Studies.

Some of her points include, Feminism is for everybody, The status of women and the status of librarianship, Female intensive, but not female dominant and Gender division of labour.

Check it Out.

On The EEOC Ruling

On This Story
Dan Lester writes: \"I\'d like to see any ALA policy or official statement that is opposed
to having library staff maintain normal order and decorum. And of course that means that you have to have policies relating to whatever normal order and decorum might be in your environment. In fact, I think that a bit of research will show that ALA has taken a position in several cases supporting reasonable policies for patron behavior. -- Read More

EInk Now In Colour

Slashdot told me about another cool story. This time NewScientist is running a Story on EInk. They say they have succeeded in making electronic paper work in full color. They say Laptops, palmtops and cellphones with rigid electronic paper screens will be on the market within the next two years.

Coming soon, eNewsPapers, eFoldUpBooks, ePaper?

See Also.

Michigan Child Online Protection Act Ruled Against

Slashdot told me The Child Online Protection Act in Michigan has been shot down.
Cyberspace.org has all the details.

On June 1, 2001, Judge Arthur J. Tarnow issued a permanent injunction against the enforcement of Michigan\'s 1999 Public Act 33.

Politically Incorrect Book Leads to Assault

BJ
Hampton
writes \"History can be dangerous. A
student who checked out a book on the Confederacy
(with a Confederate flag on the cover) for a school
assignment was kicked unconscious by some
students calling him \"racist\". (Story) While this happened in a school
hallway rather than the library, we shouldn\'t assume
that the library is a sanctuary. It seem that the
administration of this school failed in its essential duty
to provide a safe and secure learning facility, including
promoting tolerance.


Those who debated with me previously about the
desirability of making *all* information available to *all*
patrons in a library might question the consistency of
my philosophy: Do I think the student had a \"right\"
to access to this \"inflammatory\" material?\"

More... -- Read More

Alaskan Mayor Bans Gay Exhibit

Mayor George Wuerch must\'ve been very bored last
week. He took it upon himself to decide what the library
is allowed to display.

He said the exhibit couldn\'t be allowed at Loussac
Library because it takes an advocacy position. He\'s not
bored anymore, he\'s now had about 400 telephone
calls on the issue. Keep in mind, there were no
complaints. James passed along the Friday\'s Story, and One From Today.


\"Not only does it seem to be a ban on free speech, it
also seems to be a violation of the library\'s own policy
on how these displays are selected and put up,\" said
AkCLU executive director Jennifer Rudinger.

Fixing Librarians

Kevin and Kell, a comic about an unlikely family of animals, takes a look at (among other things) updating librarians for the new millennium.

Are patrons a headache?

Holly writes \"A new Study ranks librarians as the #2 profession most likely to get headaches during work. 43% of librarians reported suffering from workday headaches. The cause? \"Librarians stated that people who have \"no clue\" how to use research resources cause the most headaches (56 percent) for them.\" \"

The Paper Pusher

If you\'re like me, and you feel like you should read \"Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper\" by Nicholson Baker, but you just don\'t feel like it, you may want to read Alexander Star\'s The Paper Pusher review in The New Republic.
I know you\'re probably sick to death of reading about Nicholson Baker, but this is the best review I\'ve seen, I almost felt like I read the book when I was done.

Alaskan Mayor Rethinks Position

Someone writes \"Perhaps he\'s not a bigot after all.
Full Story \"


Alaskan mayor George Wuerch said Wednesday he is rethinking his directive and will personally inspect the display materials before making a final call. He had just decided against a gay pride exhibit at the city library.

Will Libraries Find Themselves Ensnared In Web of Double Standards?

From the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal...

\"America\'s public library systems may find themselves caught in a sort of legal hell, where they face First Amendment lawsuits if they move to restrict Internet access and civil-rights lawsuits if they don\'t. It could also mean a curious double standard, under which restrictions on Internet usage and access to protect children from X-rated material are legally forbidden while the same restrictions would be required to protect librarians themselves from a hostile work environment.\" [more...]

The Reports Of My Death Have Been Exaggerated

I keep reading about how the death of the \"Free Web\"is upon us. CNET said \"The idealistic dream of a digital Camelot where everything is free is giving way to cold fiscal reality\". While this may be true for some sites, those burning through millions of investors dollars, the free web is far from dead, or even close to dying. The web is mostly free and it will continue to be in the foreseeable future.

Much More.... -- Read More

Look in the mirror

I stumbled on a couple interesting papers while looking for something else the other day.

Tamar Kirschner wrote an interesting paper that takes a A Look at librarian stereotypes.
\" Their professional sense of purpose carries over into the human beings they are outside of work, which is probably why it is the only professional stereotype that does not suggest an element of exploitation of others.\"


Richard A. Danner wrote Redefining a Profession that discusses technology and its impact on our little profession.
\"...without attention, foresight, and the willingness to take advantage of these capabilities, librarians could find that market forces alone will control and limit the future development of the profession.\"
He has 194 references on this one!

Lawmaker seeks crackdown on Internet sex at library

David Goldman passed along
This Story
on a bill set to be heard by Massachusetts lawmakers on Monday.
The measure, sponsored by Republican House leader Francis Marini, would also block Internet access to \"satanic cults\", \"indecent depictions of bodily functions\" and \"illicit drugs, alcohol or tobacco products\", in Massachusetts libraries.

\'\'Libraries are where people go to get information and have the broadest access to it,\'\' said John Roberts, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. \'\'What you are doing is using a bat to swat a fly.\'\'

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