Librarians--Playing many roles

A Story from Herald-Review.com on the budget cuts approved by the Decatur school board last month that will reduce the number of librarians next year from 23 to three!
They say that\'s a savings of $389,000, quick, what\'s 389,000 divided by 20?
19,450, how\'s that for an average pay check?

PDAK12

PDAK12 is a nice site run by John Rappold.

PDAK12 focuses on PDAs for Teachers, Adminstrators, and Technology coordinators in the K12 environment.

Taking a cue from \"Citizen Kane\", here is my Statement of Principles: No pictures of an apple, blackboard, or a teacher with a pointer.

Google Yourself A New Site

Wired has a nifty Little Story about a dude who lost his website, only to find it again on google.

\"That\'s when the light bulb went off,\" said Savin. \"I thought, wait a minute, they\'ve probably got my site.\"

Children and Computer Technology

This journal issue examines the available research on how computer use affects children’s development, whether it increases or decreases the disparities between rich and poor, and whether it can be used effectively to enhance learning.


Executive Summary for easy reading.

Thieves plunder libraries for profit

Detroit News has a Sad Story on the growing trend of rare book theft from libraries. Demand for rare books and maps is skyrocketing, and the best place to find one is a library. Put it on eBay for a quick profit!Of course, rare books are not the only stuff stolen!

\"If you steal an atlas, and say there are 100 maps in there that you can sell for $50 each to a decorator, or a collector, it is very, very lucrative for thieves,\" said Detroit rare book dealer John K. King, who recently caught a seller trying to pass on an almanac lifted from the Detroit Public Library. \"Now people are stealing them, cutting them up and selling them on eBay.\"

Praise For The Bookmobile

PressRepublican.com has a Long Story on The Clinton-Essex-Franklin(NY) Library System Bookmobile. They want to add a rolling connection to the internet some day!

\"The libraries are becoming increasing important They’re no longer just (for) books; they’re part of the Information Age. They’re teaching schoolchildren how to access the information that’s available worldwide. They’re getting kids in the North Country ready for the dot-com jobs that are there.\"

Questia Takes Off

Questia is officially live now. Inside.com has a Story.
Questia, ebrary and netlibrary are the big three for-profit on-line library competition for libraries. Ebrary charges on a per-page basis, NetLibrary focuses on providing e-books And Questia charges a per-month fee. They say Questia\'s texts were selected by a team of librarians. Now, will students pay for something that is already free and easy?

\'\'We\'re really a software solution in the same way that a word processor is a software solution,\'\' Williams says. \'\'Questia lets people write better papers, easier.\'\'

Copyright: Your Right or Theirs?

Wired has a Story on The DeCSS Case and the The DMCA

\"A copyright is a right to own and exploit your work. The copyright law is a property right of your creations,\" said Lehman. \"That includes the right to stop anyone from getting your copyrights. That is a fundamental right of the creator. Most creators don\'t do that, and want people to have access because they want to earn a living off that. That was the idea of the DMCA.\"

The papa of protocol

There\'s a Neat Little Story about Vinton Cerf at The USA Today. He was co-inventor of protocols called TCP/IP that run the \'net, the first commercial e-mail system at MCI in the \'80s and co-founded the Internet Society in 1992.

They also have a cool Internet Quiz, for those internet history buffs out there. I love history that only goes back a few years.

Free-Speech Advocates Fight Filtering

The NY Times has a Story on The Children\'s Internet Protection Act.
The A.C.L.U. will file a lawsuit within two months to attack the constitutionality of the law.

\"This law requires, for the first time in the nation\'s history, that local libraries censor speech for every adult and every child. That\'s got to present First Amendment problems,\" said Chris Hansen, a senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union.\"

Ladies and Gentlemen, the new Oprah Book is...

The best way to market a new book is to say that it will be the next \"Oprah\" book. Just make sure that the Oprah people know about it first.\"On Wednesday, WMA agent Mel Berger submitted Sandbox Wisdom: Revolutionize Your Brand with the Genius of Childhood, by Tom Asacker, to Warner. Accompanying the hardcover, which was originally published last March by Eastside Publishing, was a letter on Harpo letterhead, indicating that it was to be the next Oprah book club pick. There was just one problem: Harpo, the company that produces The Oprah Winfrey Show, says it has nothing to do with him. \'\'Tom Asacker has no affiliation with Oprah Winfrey, the Oprah Winfrey show or Harpo Productions, and we are looking into this matter further,\'\' a Harpo spokesman told Inside.\" -- Read More

Monday Humor

I saw this library joke and thought you guys would like it:
One morning a chap went up to the counter in the library and asked the
librarian, \"Have you got any books about committing suicide?\"
The librarian said, \"Yes. Take a look over there, somewhere on the middle
shelf.\"
The chap came back a few moments later and said, \"I can\'t find any at all.\"
The librarian replied, \"Yes, it\'s awful. The swines never bring \'em back!\"

Laura Bush, first lady of literacy

Salon.com has an Interview with Stanley Crouch, who read his stuff at the big presidential Inauguration in D.C.

\"Look, I\'m fairly sure [Laura Bush] is going to be doing things connected to literacy, making books available, teaching kids how to read -- literature is one thing, but reading is another, and those of us currently paying our rent as writers would probably be better off anyway if there were more focus on literacy rather than on celebrating professional authors.\"

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.\"

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