Submitted by Blake on June 18, 2001 - 12:47pm
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\"
Submitted by Blake on June 18, 2001 - 9:53am
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.
Submitted by Blake on June 18, 2001 - 9:47am
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.
Submitted by Blake on June 17, 2001 - 10:12am
Steve Fesenmaier passed alomg this report from
This is a report from the frontlines of the ALA
DAY ONE (6/15)
6:00 Local 2\'s Siege V: protest/picket line begins, at SF
Local 2 has scheduled two all-day actions at the
Friday and Saturday, June 15-16, from
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
Submitted by Blake on June 16, 2001 - 12:40pm
\"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
I think here in the US a librarian has an MLS, but I
may be wrong......Comments?
Submitted by Blake on June 16, 2001 - 12:37pm
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
Submitted by Blake on June 16, 2001 - 12:42am
\"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
Submitted by Ieleen on June 14, 2001 - 4:39pm
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?
Submitted by Ieleen on June 14, 2001 - 4:25pm
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.
Submitted by Celine on June 14, 2001 - 4:18pm
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?
Submitted by Ieleen on June 14, 2001 - 4:15pm
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.
Submitted by Ieleen on June 14, 2001 - 3:59pm
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.
Submitted by Ieleen on June 14, 2001 - 3:42pm
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.
Submitted by Celine on June 14, 2001 - 2:04pm
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.\"
Submitted by Celine on June 14, 2001 - 1:51pm
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.
Submitted by Celine on June 14, 2001 - 1:36pm
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.
Submitted by Ieleen on June 14, 2001 - 12:17pm
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.
Submitted by Ieleen on June 14, 2001 - 12:12pm
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.
Submitted by Blake on June 14, 2001 - 12:11pm
Salon has an interesting Story by Daniel Silverman, a student at Foothill High School.
He writes about how the school used various filtering techniques to block out some sites, and how he found a way around them.
\"Whenever we click a site that is on the block list, a funny face appears on our screen along with a message informing us that the site we requested has been blocked because it contains objectionable material. There are those words again, \"objectionable material.\" They\'re used to make parents feel safe, to make lawmakers feel secure, to make society feel good. But they have no real meaning.\"
Submitted by Ryan on June 13, 2001 - 5:46pm
Coalition for Networked Information director Clifford Lynch holds forth on \"competing visions for the future of the book in the digital environment.\"
Commercial publishing interests are presenting the future of the book in the digital world through the promotion of e-book reading appliances and software. Implicit in this is a very complex and problematic agenda that re-establishes the book as a digital cultural artifact within a context of intellectual property rights management enforced by hardware and software systems. With the convergence of different types of content into a common digital bit-stream, developments in industries such as music are establishing precedents that may define our view of digital books. At the same time we find scholars exploring the ways in which the digital medium can enhance the traditional communication functions of the printed work, moving far beyond literal translations of the pages of printed books into the digital world. This paper examines competing visions for the future of the book in the digital environment, with particular attention to questions about the social implications of controls over intellectual property, such as continuity of cultural memory. [from First Monday ]