Books outweigh food in convoy to famine area

This story from The Herald in the UK, reports that UN aid
near the
Afgan border is pouring..well, trotting in by donkey. But much of the
last shipment was books rather than food.
\"What were in most of the boxes? I asked one of the drivers.
\"Ketab,\" he replied, using the Dari word for books.

Some 204,000 books, educational aids, and stationery made up the
bulk of the consignment. Of about 220 tons, only six consisted of food,
a high protein porridge called Unimix.

\"Believe me when I say we are grateful for the books and the
possibility of some education for our children, but it is difficult to go
to school when you are weak or dead from hunger,\" said Haji
Mohammed, an Afghan refugee man from the Panjshir valley, who
was standing nearby. He explained, and apologised at the same time:
\"Books are important, but these things, the food, warm clothes and
medicines, are what will see us through this winter.\"

Full Story


FOOLs lead learning at library

OK, I posted this one because the title caught me eye and it made
me chuckle when I read it....see what you think. :-) From the
Oakmont Advance Leader Star:
\"It\'s not too late to become a FOOL. More FOOLs are needed to
continue bringing fun and learning to the children of Oakmont,
Verona and surrounding communities. \"



A tale of two Harry Potters in Jacksonville FL

The Associated Press reports that Duval County School District has decided to require a permission slip signed by a parent before any student can check out Harry Potter books. But that\'s not the end of this story...


National Library warns after losing 25,000 items

The Toronto Star and The National Post are both running stories on the National Library in Canada being in very rough shape. The library\'s entire newspaper collection is deteriorating in the basement, and About 25,000 items have been lost in 68 environmental accidents.

\"Sometimes, it doesn\'t look like a national library,\" he said. \"Since 1993, we\'ve suffered almost 70 accidents: flooding, leaks, pipes that have blown up. Since last January, we have gone through 10 accidents.\'\'


Market Yourself Online!

InfoToday has a Nifty Story by Rachel and Sarah the Library Job Experts on advancing your own career in the library field, online. You may also want to check out their Up Coming Book, \"The Information Professional\'s Guide to Career Development Online\"

Good stuff to know if you need to get your name out there.

\"The online environment offers tremendous potential for librarians interested in professional development, whether it be by staying in touch with colleagues, creating an online resource or resume, or finding a new job. If you\'re comfortable interacting online, you\'ll find it easy to establish a network of associates—and a set of skills—that will be helpful in all stages of your career.\"

Pay Equity: Interview with Mitch Freedman

Mitch Freedman,
ALA President-Elect, was recently interviewed by the folks
at New Breed
about his plans
for fighting for better pay for librarians
in his
upcoming year
as President. It\'s a good read. Think what you want
about ALA, it was ALA members who elected Mitch, in part
because of the three candidates he was the one who
introduced this issue and was by far the most aggressive
on it. While it is hard to accomplish major change in a
one-year term, I feel that it is a start toward something


Creativity v. Intellectual Property

In a bid to lampoon the current state of copyright law, two Australian composers have secured the rights to 100,000,000,000 telephone tone sequences:

With the aid of a computer, [Nigel] Helyer and [Jon] Drummond have notated the tones of every imaginable phone number combination and, in turn, claimed the melodies as their own. Next time you make a phone call, therefore, chances are you\'ll be in breach of international copyright law.

If business can claim ownership over the elemental building blocks of human life, the composers say it\'s only fitting that artists lay claim to the \"DNA\" of business and are paid for it.

\"We\'re saying to (big business), \'Okay guys, the boot is on the other foot. If you really believe in copyright, you\'ve got to pay\',\" Helyer says.

More from The Age. More information (e.g. whether they own YOUR number) can be found at the project\'s website.

Intellectual Property v. Creativity

Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How It Threatens Creativity holds forth on just that in today\'s
Wired News:

\"It\'s hard to ask people to pay attention to the state of music in America right now,\" Vaidhyanathan said. \"However, the larger issue is about the richness of our democratic culture.\"

As more and more \"speech\" goes digital and as those digits get locked down with increasingly stronger clickwrap -- copyright and copy protection measures -- speech faces the very impediments the Constitution\'s framers took pains to avoid, Vaidhyanathan says.

\"It\'s very clear that reckless copyright enforcement can chill speech,\" he said. \"The message of my book is that we\'ve gone too far. There are ways in which the copyright system becomes an engine for democratic culture. But once you increase the protection to an absurd level, you end up having a negative effect on this process.\"

More. Sample chapters from Vaidhyanathan\'s new book are available at his homepage.

PBS Announces American Field Guide-An Unprecedented Online Resource

PBS has created a great web site! This is a must see for
public reference staff. From the Press
\"The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and Oregon Public
Broadcasting (OPB) announce the launch of the AMERICAN FIELD
GUIDE Web site ( This unparalleled initiative draws on the rich video libraries of
local public television stations, bringing users searchable access to
more than 1,000 online video clips comprising 150 hours of outdoors
productions. This content -- available together for the first time ever
-- ranges from cliff-climbing in Maine to an intriguing look at the life
of wolves in Yellowstone. An extensive resource area for educators
complements the easy-to-use site.

Nearly 30 local public television stations collaborated to provide
captivating outdoor video content, representing all 50
states.\"(It does require Real Player.)


Beefy Library Security

Another Ryan writes \"We would all do well to take a leaf from the book of the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

Full, uh, story from The Onion\"

New security will include, requiring a birth certificate and two forms of photo ID for a library card. The daily children\'s story hour has been shortened to 20 minutes. And while the library has always officially had a no-loitering rule on the books, it will now be strictly enforced, they are, after all, the most prominent public building in the second largest city in Iowa

Please note the source on this one before you take it seriously.


Bankroll an author

jen writes \"For amounts ranging from $250 to $50,000, book lovers can become art patrons -- patrons of the art of literature. They can adopt a particular book by a particular favorite writer and guarantee that it will always stay in print. Or, like a literary Santa Claus, they can donate an entire set of great works at cut-rate prices to a school or library.

Full Story from\"

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SLMs as Tech Gurus In Demand

Someone submitted This One From the Richmond Times Dispatch that says School librarians are in short supply because, as technology gurus, they\'re in demand elsewhere.

This may be the second or third time we\'ve run this type of story, and for some reason they always seem to focus on School Librarians. Never any mention of the shortage driving salaries up, however.

\"The challenge has just been staying abreast,\" Walls said. \"Things change so fast. . . . That\'s been the hardest thing, the most exciting thing too.\"

The Library Services and Technology Act

John W. Berry, President, The American Library Association
[2001-02, writes: \"The Library Services and Technology Act, LSTA, the only federal legislation that funds libraries exclusively, needs to be reauthorized by Congress before September 30, 2002. The American Library Association (ALA) is working with many other library groups to assure that LSTA continues to provide federal dollars to serve as a catalyst for change in libraries nationwide.

The coalition is proposing minor changes that will improve library services while creating a sound and effective legislative strategy to encourage Congress to approve reauthorization as quickly as possible. Your assistance in helping us achieve these goals is both critical and greatly appreciated.\"



Stephen King Banned in Florida Middle School

Stephen King\'s book \"Different Seasons\" (which contains the novellas The Body and Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption) has been pulled from a middle school library shelf.
\"West Hernando Middle School has decided to limit the availability of a second Stephen King book after a student was offended by the prison rape scenes in a story that was the basis for the movie The Shawshank Redemption.

A committee of parents, students and staff decided Thursday to pull Different Seasons, a 1982 compilation of four King stories, from shelves accessible to students. Now, it will be kept in a room accessible only to teachers.\"

Read the
full story
from St Petersburg Times


Writing for Search Engines

From Search Engine
comes this article about \"the subject of developing
content for a web site that maintains a good balance between
ranking well in the Search Engines and appeals to the intended
audience.\" This is a special report from the Search Engine
Strategies 2001 Conference, August 16-17, San Francisco CA.
Lots of
tips and links!

Full Story (scroll down the page a bit to the story)


At Age 30, E-Mail Matures to Adulthood

Reuters reports about e-mail, first invented in 1971. A lot of
good information and history about e-mail.

\"Thirty years on, e-mail has become a vital form of communication
whose usefulness was demonstrated in the during the devastating
attacks on New York and Washington last month. \"

Full Story


2,800 books were not miscataloged says Tech

The battle of the mis-cataloged books rages on.

The library technician accused of poor cataloging skills says the high school librarian should \"change the data on the library cards\" himself, and stop blaming her for problems surrounding at least 2,800 books he says were miscataloged before they were sent to him.
She has written a letter than says, in part \"\"Is there but one standard by which books may be cataloged? If so, whose standard should that be? Should the standard for elementary students be the same as for high school or college students?\"

Now I\'m no cataloger, but I did take a couple classes, and I swear there was some mention of standards somewhere in there, and it seems like a Librarian would know more than a Technician on such an issue, but what do I know?Full Story from ZWire.


S.F. Public bans Net filters

The Great Bob Cox sent along This One from SF Gate on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors banning Internet filters on most public-access computers at the city\'s libraries.

They cited the usual arguments against filtering. The proposal allows library officials to decide the policy for computers primarily used by children under the age of 13.

Bayinsider has a Second Story as well.

\"I believe this clearly to be a free speech issue,\" said Supervisor Mark Leno, who sponsored the ban.


Civil servants oppose library pay raise

Jacksonville Civil Service Board approves pay hike for librarians and other staff. Pay raises range from an additional 25 cents and hour to $2.12 more an hour. Library pay rate hikes were apparently approved when other area library pay rates were lower and Jacksonville didn\'t provide cost-of-living increases for other city employees for 2002. The Mayor however approved saying that, \"the library is long overdue.\" (An unintentional pun?) From the Anniston Star


Student Fakes Hate Crime in University Library

A Junior at the University of Arizona faked his own attack and told authorities that it was a hate crime. According to Ahmad Saad Nasim, he was beaten, pelted with eggs while his assailants shouted racial slurs at him. He finally confessed after being caught attempting to fake a second attack. After receiving cards and letters from numerous well-wishers form the first hoax, he even sent a letter to the school newspaper which stated, \"Many of you e-mailed to show your support, gave online get well cards and many kind messages that made me burst into tears,\" he wrote. \"My physical injuries will take time to wither away. But you Sun Devils have certainly taken care of the emotional pains I had.\" The DIstrict Attorney\'s Office, and the University are still deciding on whether to take disciplinary action. more... from The Arizona Republic.



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