Be Not Proud In This Library

Here\'s and interesting one from News-Press
on a sticky situation at Florida Gulf Coast University.

The head librarian (Director?) asked some employees
to remove “Proud to be an American” stickers this
week, saying she didn’t want to offend international
students.

“My concern was that if a student comes to the
desk and sees the slogan, it might make it
uncomfortable, I think we have an
obligation to think about how we present ourselves. We
want to ensure civility and tolerance.”

Update[Thurs 10:15am] She Said Sorry after the school president rescinded her directive.

Good News Bad News

The Chicago tribune reports
Friends of Sulzer Library filed a suit Tuesday against
the Chicago Public Library Commission seeking a halt
to removal of books from the Sulzer Regional Library.
The library called the book removal a standard
\"weeding\" process common to all large libraries.


The Anchorage Daily News says The
Anchorage School District\'s Controversial Issues
Review Committee voted 10-3 to leave \"It\'s Perfectly
Normal\" on school library shelves.

\"If a child was to copy these illustrations in their
class, they\'d be sent to the principal,\" McNeil said.
\"They\'d probably be suspended.\"

Topic: 

Radio giant encouraging censorship?

This article on Slate.com discusses a \'no-play\' list of songs distributed by Clear Channel Communications in reaction to last week\'s attack. Clear Channel owns and programs air time on over 1000 radio stations in the United States. Metallica\'s \'Seek and Destroy\' is on the list, but so is John Lennon\'s \'Imagine.\' Should this be an individual station decision? Does the company have the right to do this since they are a private, rather than public, entity? Should we tolerate this in light of last week\'s attack? This is an important issue with many intriguing facets. Check out the song list and see what you think.

Topic: 

Two \'Instant\' Books on 9/11 to be Published

The Nando Times reports on two new \'instant\' books on 9/11. One is to be a collection of literary pieces on America and the other a compilation of stories from survivors and eyewitnesses. The first is due out by the end of the year, while the second is due September 30th. It\'s good to know the America\'s capitalism continues strong in the face of any challenge.

Topic: 

Patriots Hack Overseas Web Sites - WTC Virus May Be On the Loose

It seems that some computer hackers have decided to wage their own war on those suspected of being involved with the WTC and Pentagon disasters. According to the NIPC, this sort of vigilante justice is un-American. Some hackers defaced Taliban related web sites with wanted posters of Osama Bin Laden, while others caused denial of service attacks on the Afghanistan government web site. more... from MSNBC.

Topic: 

Alta Vista Gets New CEO - Axes 160 Employees

If a person didn\'t know better, one might make the assumption that Alta Vista\'s days are numbered. They\'re revamping, cutting costs, laying people off, and closing up shop in one location, but they\'ve got a new CEO. Will he be able to jump start the failing engine? more... from NewsBytes.

Topic: 

Library? Students prefer using Web to do research

ModBee.com has This One that says for many of today\'s students, the Dewey Decimal System is ancient history.

They are talking about The Study by Pew Internet & American Life Project. Seventy-three percent of the 12- to 17-year-olds who were interviewed said they used the Internet. And of the 754 Internet users surveyed, 94 percent said they used it for academic research.I haven\'t gone through the study myself, but the results don\'t look good as reported.

\"You can find stuff about basically anything on the Internet,\" said Brittany Pittman, a high school sophomore, who used the Internet for a paper on Princess Diana last year. \"It\'s so much easier than finding something in the library.\"

Topic: 

Sex book getting close look

This One is worth it just for that headline.

17 members of the Anchorage School District\'s Controversial Issues Review Committee (sounds like a fun bunch), have reviewed the book \"It\'s Perfectly Normal\" and will hear testimony from two parents who want the book off school library shelves.

\"I need to operate in the best interest of all of my students,\" Oliver said. \"Librarians respect the parents\' right to be the ultimate authority in what (their children) are exposed to. That\'s one of our unbendable laws. But that right to control what their child is exposed to only extends to their child. And there are as many parents out there as there are opinions, and I need to serve all of them.\"

Topic: 

FBI tracks Internet role in helping terrorists

Debby Auchter writes \"From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel (sun-sentinel.com) comes this interesting story about the anonymity of Internet communications and how someone can get away with murder...literally.


The men suspected of masterminding last week’s terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington may have found a perfect hiding place to develop their plot — the virtual anonymity of public computers to tap the Internet. U.S. intelligence agencies have known for years that e-mail, chat rooms and instant messages are a common mode for communication among terrorists. But the volume of Internet discussions and a lack of foreign-language specialists have thwarted the ability of authorities to effectively monitor online traffic.
Full Story \"

Topic: 

Book Worms Feasting on Historic Collections at British Library Cause for Concern

The problem of insects and parasites gorging themselves on rare manuscripts and historical texts is such a problem in the UK that the British Library has decided to organize a conference on the issue in order to find a solution. more... from The Times.

Archives of History of American Psychology Provide Insight Into Terrorist Mind

Anyone who\'s studied psychology is familar with the shock boxes of the mid 1900s. A volunteer, sitting on one side of the curtain, despite written warnings, would flip a switch emmitting a direct, high voltage jolt to someone on the other side, as indicated by agonizing screams. It was fake, but the person pushing the button didn\'t know that. From the Holocaust to modern day terrorism, the Archives of the History of American Psychology, in Akron, Ohio, according to director David Baker, \"is bigger and more important than any general psychology archive in the world. Imagine studying the history of art without museums and galleries, or of literature without libraries and bookstores. That\'s what it was like to study psychology before the archives opened in 1965.\" more... from The Plain Dealer.

Libraries May Be Winners in State Lottery

If a West Virginia legislator has his way, libraries in that state will soon be reaping the rewards of a lottery. According to the lawmaker, \"It\'s the wave of the future in funding public projects.\" The scratch-off tickets would fund libraries in the same manner they are used in other states to pay for services for senior citizens, veterans and other human services programs. more... from The Daily News.

Topic: 

Library of Congress Site Selling Ad Space?

I\'m not sure what to make of this: the LOC is featuring several scalable maps of 9/11 attack areas on their site - the maps were not taken from the LOC collection, but from that of a vendor - a shill for whom is featured on the page itself:

All rights reserved. No portion of this map may be electronically stored or reproduced in any manner without written permission from the publisher. For a copy of this poster, Downtown Manhattan - An Axonometric View of the Big Apple , contact mapPoster.com / Ludington, Ltd. -- beautiful maps blending art and cartography, 1 North St. 2W, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 10706. tel: 914.478.7010 fax: 914.479.5569.

Is this a new development? Are there no similar maps of these areas in the LOC collection? If not, why?

Topic: 

Internet users give \'not-coms\' the cold shoulder

The Buffalo News is running This AP Story on the new \"not-coms\", .aero. biz, .coop, .info, .museum, .name, and .pro (why is there no .lib in this list?).

They say many individuals, companies and groups are passing on the new domains. \".info\" is scheduled to become active Wednesday, \".biz\" on Oct. 1 and \".name\" on Dec. 13. Of the 50,000 \".info\" names registered through Aug. 27, about 60 percent came from outside the United States, 60% of .com\'s are in the US.

\"I\'ve thought about these, but I can use only so many domain names,\" Bell said. \"I do think \".com\' will for a long time be the first thought of.\"

Topic: 

Teacher charged in video case

Bob Cox passed along This Story from JSOnline on a High School teacher that was arrested after allegedly asking a school librarian to copy a videotape of two students having sex. The teacher was charged Thursday with possession of child pornography.
He told the school librarian he needed a favor and asked him to copy a videotape. The librarian agreed and discovered that the tape featured two Vincent students engaged in sex.

Topic: 

Library PCs yield clues

Two stories that follow up on the public library / terrorist connections.

One From The Sun Sentinel and One From Miami.com. They both say more or less the same thing, it looks like several of the hijackers suspected in last week\'s terrorist attacks used Broward County public libraries web terminals to buy tickets, check the weather, and do some other things.

\"The hijack suspects\' familiarity with the workings of e-mail and the Internet suggests they were sufficiently proficient to communicate with one another without leaving an electronic trail that could draw the scrutiny of law enforcement\"

Topic: 

Harry Potter not blamed for September 11 yet

Terrorism experts today confirmed that the popular Harry Potter fantasy novels by J.K. Rowling are not currently under suspicion for causing the tragic events of September 11. The novels, in which a boy discovers that he is a talented wizard, have not yet been accused of hijacking jumbo jets or piloting them into office buildings.

The books\' complicity in everything else that\'s wrong with the world, however, remains to be seen.

Topic: 

Help build a Web Archive of the Sept 11 Attack

webArchivist.org is working with The Internet Archive in collaboration with the Library of Congress to identify and archive pages and sites related to the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington on September 11, 2001. They want to be sure that there is a solid historical record of this time.


They are asking for volunteers to help them identify any web sites or pages that have information or content about the Sep11 Attack. They are especially interested in finding sites by individuals -- that record their feelings, experiences or opinions. They are also especially interested in finding non-American sites.

Go to:
webArchivist.org for all the details.

Terrorism, Religion... Amazon\'s Top 100 a sign of the times

A quick browse through Amazon\'s Top 100 bestselling books clearly shows the state of nation. High on the list are books on terrorism and Islam. Number 5 is a not yet published book on bin Laden. Several Nostradamus titles are in the list as is Sun Tzu\'s the Art of War and Hagakure : The Book of the Samurai.

Topic: 

Shortage of Librarians Threatens Service in Illinois

Nothing earthshattering here:

A shortage of professional librarians throughout Illinois is expected to get worse in the next five years as a wave of librarians retires, state and regional officials say. And while libraries have been able to withstand the shortage so far, some fear that the number could drop so low that libraries would have to cut back on services.

The shortage, which mirrors one nationwide, is blamed mainly on relatively low pay for the education required, leading fewer people to enter the profession, state library officials say. For those who do, librarians can make more money in private-sector research jobs . . . Entry-level pay for librarians is about $30,000 a year, said Bob Doyle, executive director of the Illinois Library Association. \"Generally speaking, librarians receive less than teachers,\" he said. \"And you need a college and master\'s degree for an entry-level position.\"

More from the Chicago Tribune.

Pages

Subscribe to LISNews: RSS Subscribe to LISNews: - All comments