The rape of Narnia?

I got this off the Library Underground mailing list ...

According to an article by Andrew Greeley, HarperCollins plans to "purge the Christian content" from C.S. Lewis\' The Chronicles of Narnia in an effort to make the series more palatable to "secularists."

The situation\'s not as bad as Greeley makes it out to be. As the New York Times article cited by Greeley indicates, the original Chronicles aren\'t being censored of their religious content. Rather, it\'s a marketing campaign for the re-issued books, as well as spinoff merchandise (including new books by unidentified authors), which will be void of Christian themes.

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Senate Approves Student Privacy Bill

Brian Krebs writes...
\"The Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would require schools to get parental consent before collecting personal information from students for commercial use. The Student Privacy Protection Act requires schools to give parents notification of potential data collection within schools by corporations or other groups, and calls for disclosure of how the information will be used, to whom it will be given and how much class time any information gathering would take. Schools also would be required to notify parents of changes to their policies. [more...] from NewsBytes.

New Censorship Organization

Lee Hadden writes: \"A new organization in Fairfax County, Virginia, is attempting to set
standards and push for the censorship of objectionable materials in local schools. \"Shogun,\" \"The Joy Luck Club,\" \"Black Boy\" and other texts have
been challenged by this group for various reasons such as good taste orinappropriateness.
The organization is called PABBIS: Parents Against Bad Books inSchools. They even have their own website at: pabbis.com

Read more about it at the Washington Post\"

From the library geek perspective, I thought the keywords they used were interesting:

\"book, ban, challenged, censor, controversial, school\"

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Technology and the corruption of copyright

ZDNet has an interesting Story on the corruption of copyright laws.

If you\'ve read most of the other stories I posted on this subject there isn\'t much new here, but he makes some good points. Joshua S. Bauchner says the corruption of copyright harms the public interest, and contravene the principles of a democratic society.

Since copyright holders, often not the creative authors, ensured the massive expansion of their monopoly, many of the new laws we are seeing around the world work against the people who were supposed to be protected in the first place.

Favorite Books

NPR is running a neat series called Favorite Books NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg talks with famous authors about the books they most prize. Each Tuesday in June, listen to Stamberg\'s author interviews on Morning Edition.

Some of the authors include Barry Lopez, Francesca Lia Block, Paule Marshall and Walter Mosley.

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Report from ALA in San Francisco

Steve Fesenmaier passed alomg this report from
Andrea Grimes:
\"Dear Friends,

This is a report from the frontlines of the ALA
Conference/Marriott
Boycott.

DAY ONE (6/15)

6:00 Local 2\'s Siege V: protest/picket line begins, at SF
Marriott
Hotel.
Local 2 has scheduled two all-day actions at the
Marriott, for
Friday and Saturday, June 15-16, from
6:00am-10:00pm. ALL
LIBRARY WORKERS AND CONFERENCE
ATTENDEES INVITED TO JOIN WITH
LOCAL 2 IN PROTESTING THE MARRIOTT AND ALA.

Below is the text of the message that went out earlier
this week, along with the full chain of events from the
ALA and you can take a look at a Protest Button 1 or Two from
the
conference.

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Misconception : Who is a librarian ?

LINdam
writes
\"A librarian is person who has studied the field of
librarianship and undergone some examination to be
understood as qualified librarian. People who have
helped in the librarians tend to call themselves as
librarians. Basically people tend to misjudge,
undermine and misinterprete the profession. This has
led to the idea that anybody who is working in the library
is a librarian and that is not the case once a person
has been employed in an institution users tend to say
he/she is a librarian.As librarians I think we need to
stand up for our profession and prove to the community
that we are professionals and the community can not
operate without us providing information to them. This
bothers me a lot

CAN PEOPLE SEND COMMENTS TO ME ABOUT THIS
ISSUE? \"

I think here in the US a librarian has an MLS, but I
may be wrong......Comments?

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Sandy Berman responds to Elaine Harger

Steve
Fesenmaier
writes \"Reactions to E. Harger\'s
\"Response to Berman (6-5-01)

1. Elaine\'s remarks confirm what I stated in my 6-4-01
\"WWMD\" statement: That SRRT and PLG \"leaders\"
pressured Local 2 to cancel a Tuesday morning picket
line at the Marriott before and during the Coretta Scott
King Awards Breakfast.

2. Unmentioned is that Local 2 did cancel that
demonstration, not because of SRRT/PLG\'s persuasive
arguments, but rather due to the intolerable dissension
the \"leaders\" had produced among local
librarian-supporters.
More.......

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A Matter of Personal Conscience

\"Maurice J. Freedman\" wrote:

\"

I am writing this message to those 4,300+ people that
voted for me, as
well as all other ALA members.

I will not be attending the ALA Inaugural Banquet, at
which I was
scheduled to be inaugurated as President-Elect,
2001-2002. I will not
be attending the 3rd Executive Board meeting, the one I
should attend as
ALA President-Elect.

more......

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Letter to the Editor: Great Books Have a Place in Our Libraries

Judy Groner sent this one to the editor of the St. Petersburg Times after reading about a library coming under fire for putting up a display of Christian books. LISNews previously posted that story here. LISNews also posted another related story here.

Following Groner\'s letter is another letter to the editor, written by Bill Walker of Miami, which refers to the First Amendment. There\'s a link there which will take you to a sarcastic article by Jan Glidewell (he\'s the guy whom Blake said looks a bit like Santa Claus). It\'s not library specific, but we all like sarcasm, don\'t we?

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Government Red Tape Chokes Distribution of E-Rate Funding

The General Accounting Office, the research arm of Congress, issued two reports last month concluding that overly complex rules are hindering the goal of the law to provide lower access costs to schools and libraries. In fact, even though the program is in its fourth year, hundreds of millions of dollars allocated for the first year of the program have gone unspent. Maybe they should let the citizens vote on whether to keep e-rate. Seems like more trouble than it\'s worth. [more...] from The Bangor Daily News.

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More library thefts

Another story on thefts of CDs and DVDs from a public library. This time, the items were taken to a pawnshop and the suspicious shopowner notified police. The most amazing thing to me is that Timberland Regional Library allows users to check out up to 200 items at a time. Surely noone has that much free time?

Librarians: Masters of Technology

Jeff Lehr writes...

The days of the school librarian stereotype are quickly becoming numbered, making way for a new breed of tech-savvy specialized record keepers who are primed to make getting what you need easier than ever before.[more...] from My San Antonio.

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Native Americans & Libraries as Tourist Attractions

It seems there has been some debate over this town\'s printing of a tourist brochure in which it refers to \"local villages, churches and libraries as interesting attractions.\" While the libraries may consider this good PR, some aren\'t so quick to accept it and have forced a reprinting. The tribe is no longer mentioned, but now, of course, that offends some other people. At least they kept the libraries in there.[more...] from The Providence Journal.

Nation\'s First 24-Hour Virtual Help Desk

The first of its kind in the nation, this 24-hour virtual help desk, located at the Cleveland Ohio Public Library, hopes to attract new clients. [more...] from The Columbus Dispatch. To visit the virtual help desk, Click Here.

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Library cancels Muggle Studies

Oskaloosa Public Library put an advert in the local paper for a summer reading program based on the Harry Potter books, calling it \"Muggle Studies\". Residents complained, someone threatened a lawsuit and the program was cancelled. The full story from CBS News.
\"They felt threatened by the evil factor.\"

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British Library may stop collecting everything

In a new consultation document entitled New Strategic Directions, the British Library has announced that it is considering abandoning its comprehensive collection policy. Instead, it will focus on specific areas, leaving the rest of the material to be collected by specialist universities and institutions. As this story from the Times (UK) notes, this has understandably provoked a negative reaction: \"it would be the end of what the British Library has been known for\".
If you\'re interested in seeing what all the fuss is about, New Strategic Directions is available in PDF format.

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US Department of Justice say CIPA does not violate First Amendment

The US Department of Justice argues that the CIPA does violate free speech since it \"mandates only that public libraries install the content filters; not how - or whether - to use them\". This seems to be setting the scene for an even bigger legal minefield if you ask me. The full story from Newsfactor Network.

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Web Site Warns ALA Conference Hotel Patrons About Perils of Crossing Picket Line

As quoted from the web site...
\"This site is to inform potential customers that the San Francisco Marriott Hotel is involved in a 5-year labor dispute, and a boycott of the hotel has been underway since September 2000. Because hotel accommodations can make or break travel and meeting arrangements, it is crucial that you know that this fight, and specifically the boycott, has been extremely disruptive for the hotel\'s guests.\" To view the site, Click Here.

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Book Awards Ceremony Canceled at ALA Convention Due to Labor Dispute

A labor dispute has resulted in the cancelation of several events at the upcoming ALA convention in San Francisco. Of these, is the 2001 Coretta Scott King Awards Breakfast which honors black writers and illustrators of childrens books. [more...] from The Washington Post.

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