54 Public Library Mission Statements

There\'s all kinds of cool stuff over on TheShyLibrarian.com, not the least of which is 54 Public Library Mission Statements.

There\'s also a Photo Gallery of UN-Shy Librarians, And Plans to offer a print newsletter soon. Free E-NewsLetter, if you are adverse to paper.

Is nothing sacred?

Salon has a rather Interesting Story on Peggy Kamuf, a professor at the University of Southern California, insists that teaching kids to read initiates them into the patriarchal construct of the family unit and society at large, and learning to read is brutal and painful rite of passage.

She says learning to read is violent.

A Redesign With a View

This Story from Online Journalism Review is a very interesting look at a rather cool News Site.
For those of us into Information Architecture and cool stuff like that, it\'s a must read.

Check out IHT.com, it\'s a pretty neat cutting edge site. It doesn\'t work in Netcape 4.x, but seems to be good in IE 5 and Netscape 6.

It\'s Time to Rethink Our Public Libraries

International Herald Tribune has a Very Interesting Story on the future of the public library.

They say Yahoo and other information Web sites have taken over many of the functions of public libraries. A great deal of information is not accessible, because it is in libraries, and not on the internet which is a much more effective means of accessing information.

So what to do?
Each library would be responsible for maintaining and updating detailed Web sites in one or more narrow subjects, and this would be available on the internet. This will need a national task force to figure out and Laura Bush would be perfect for the job.

The National Research Council Seeks Input

The National Research Council\'s Committee on Tools and Strategies for Protecting Kids from Pornography and Their Applicability to Other Inappropriate Internet Content seeks your input.


The information you provide will be used only by the Committee and by its project staff. They will include your comments in a public access file and may quote your responses (without specific attribution to you) in afinal report or and other derived works unless you indicate otherwise on the last question.


You may also submit any comments e-mail sent to ITWINPUT@NAS.EDU.

Ten Most Challenged Books of 2000

The ALA has released their Ten Most Challenged Books of 2000.
They include:


  • Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling, for occult/Satanism and anti-family themes
  • “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier, for violence, offensive language and being unsuited to age group
  • Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, for sexual content and being unsuited to age group
  • “Killing Mr. Griffin,” by Lois Duncan, for violence and sexual content
  • “Of Mice and Men,” by John Steinbeck, for using offensive language, racism, violence and being unsuited to age group

On Being a Systems Librarian

I was Googlin\' the other day, and ran across a few cool things. It\'s amazing what you can find when you\'re looking for something else on Google


Eric Lease Morgan has written a nice piece called On Being a Systems Librarian that provides a job descrition and a nice FAQ.
He says they are librarians first and computer users second. \"Systems librarianship is the art and science of combining the principles of librarianship with the abilities of computing technology.\"

LISJobs Info Career Trends

If you\'ve never been over to LISJobs.com and had a look at all Rachel has done there, you\'re really missing out. Be sure to check out Info Career Trends (January 1, 2001 Issue), the electronic
newsletter for information professionals interested in developing
their own careers. If you are looking for a job, or just want to keep up on what\'s going on, it\'s a great resource.
Rachel\'s new book \"Teaching the Internet In Libraries\", has just been released by ALA Editions as well!

Library of Congress Goes Digital

Wired is Reporting The Library of Congress has finally met its ambitious goal of putting 5 million historical items online by the year 2000. There are fears that the library will focus on archiving print media instead of dealing with the new digital information. The National Research Council\'s report A Digital Strategy for the Library of Congress said that very thing.

Mixed marriage

Brian from librarism.com writes \"

Chicago Tribune writer Julia Keller Talks about the mixed marriage of Laura and Dubya Bush: She\'s a reader, he ain\'t. \"

George W. Bush pointed out that he and William F. Buckley Jr. both attended Yale. \"He wrote a book there,\" Bush said. \"I read one.\"

What makes librarianship exciting to You?

Someone emailed me a while back to ask for my little contribution to a very cool new librarian oriented web site (you\'ll see an anouncement as soon as they launch).


They asked one simple question:


\"What makes librarianship exciting to You?\"

I\'ll post my answer here sooner or later (whenever I finish it), but I\'d like to hear from the LISNews community (if there is such a thing).....

What makes librarianship exciting to You?

If you have some time to spare, post your ideas below.

American Library Association votes to challenge CIPA

The executive board of the American Library Association (ALA) voted
yesterday to initiate legal action challenging the recently enacted
Children\'s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), signed into law on December
21. The decision came after more than a week of intense discussion
among leaders and members during the association\'s annual Midwinter
Meeting. The ALA contends the act is unconstitutional and creates an
infringement of First Amendment protections.

CNET has a Story and so does ZD Net. -- Read More

Dred Scott documents available on Internet

State officials formally announced the Web site on Monday, Martin Luther King Day, so I\'m a little behind on this one.

The Missouri State Archives worked with St. Louis Circuit Court and Washington University to put 170 pages of the original Scott documents online.

\"In 1846, Dred Scott and his wife Harriet filed suit for their freedom in the St. Louis Circuit Court. This suit began an eleven-year legal fight that ended in the U.S. Supreme Court, which issued a landmark decision declaring that Scott remain a slave. This decision contributed to rising tensions between the free and slave states just before the American Civil War.

The records displayed in this exhibit document the Scotts\' early struggle to gain their freedom through litigation and are the only extant records of this significant case as it was heard in the St. Louis Circuit Court.
\"

Information Technology, 2500 B.C.

Bob Cox sent in This Story from Scientific American. It\'s a look back from the future, 2500 to be exact. They actually look back to the first society to leave a vivid written record, and it\'s impact on the future.

\"It was mainly war that brought ruin to walled Uruk and to all its royal successors. Whether we moderns will better manage our own overarmed world is far from a foregone conclusion.\"

Your Digital Rights, Gone?

This Story from Wired says content owners and digital rights management companies are discouraging the growth of digital music by taking liberties with their control of copyrights.


This One says First-sale rights do not exsist on software, since you only \"licensed\" it.


While This One from CNET says some bad things about the new \"Product Activation technology\" from Microsoft. The technology FORCES each user to register the software over the Internet or by phone.

And of course many people feel Mandatory Library Censorware is the worst of all.

The Book(s) Checked Out From The Library Today

Someone suggested \"At Salon Table Talk:
What You Checked Out of The Library Today\" over on Salon.

A topic for everyone, but especially for those of us who either cannot or will not buy books in abundance. Besides, libraries are about the coolest places on Earth, yes? So, tell us what book(s) you checked out today! CDs, videos, records, etc etc are OK too!


Me, I took one on a 350 year old Native American Village in my backyard.

People Still Like to Read

Lois Fundis writes \" The New York
Times
has a Story that one of the nation\'s oldest
magazines (founded 1857), under a new management,
is being redesigned but still focused on \"exploration of
big ideas, big subjects, the American experiment. I do
not mean to get highbrow about it, but that is what The
Atlantic is about.\" It also mentions their longstanding
rivalry with Harper\'s, also founded in the 1850s: \"the
difference between New York and Boston\".

\"

Reasons to be thankful for librarians

Lois Fundis writes \"Craig Wilson, in his Wednesday (Jan. 17) column in the Life section of USA Today, praises librarians for our devotion to and skill at \"the hunt\" -- tracking down odd bits of information -- from a public-library reference librarian who helped him when he was a young reporter, to the modern librarians at USA Today. \"The bells and whistles at their disposal were far more advanced than anything Mrs. Susman had back in Saratoga Springs, but the game was the same. They were always ready to dig.\"
\"

Public Library Quickies

After hunting for library oriented stories for over a year I think I\'ve gotten a good idea of the typical library story. Most Public Library stories are something like, Library launches improved Web page, or Library board to discuss plan to allow drinks upstairs, then there is the Funds short for library, and the most popular We Need or are Building a New Library.

Most of the stories I find are rather boring, or too \"local\" to be of much interest to many people.
Occaisionally I\'ll run across a good one like A Profile of a Library Director, or
This isn\'t your parents\' library
and finally the lovely Renaissance of Libraries. There\'s good news out there, it just takes awhile to find most of the time.

Stories From The Great Divide

One-third of the overall U.S. population uses the Internet at home, compared to just 16% of Latinos and 19% of African Americans, according to recent U.S. Department of Commerce statistics. Cyberstate.org has grand plans to help close the digital divide.


While the LA Times says Minorities Use the Web Differently. African Americans were more likely than other groups to focus on career advancement and professional development, education, family and relationships and entertainment. Latinos were more likely to use the Internet as a major source of news content, particularly for international news.


Meanwhile in the UK the divide seems to be at Work as well, A survey of 200 large firms across Britain, conducted by KPMG\'s legal arm, KLegal, found that 30% did not provide staff below middle management level with internet access. That figure increased to 40% when specialist information technology firms were stripped out of the sample.
In a somewhat related story, BT is turning pay phones into temprarially free internet kiosks, Story Here.

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