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Progressive Librarians Guild, an affiliate organization of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association, was formed in January 1990 by a group of librarians concerned with our profession\'s rapid drift into dubious alliances with business and the information industry, and into complacent acceptance of service to the political, economic and cultural status quo.
The development of public libraries was spurred by popular sentiment which held that real democracy requires an enlightened citizenry, and that society should provide all people with the means for free intellectual development. Current trends in librarianship assert that the library is merely a neutral mediator in the information marketplace and a facilitator of a value-neutral information society.
Members of PLG do not accept this notion of neutrality, and we strongly oppose the commodification of information. We will help to dissect the implications of these powerful trends, and fight their anti-democratic tendency. -- Read More
\"Students say it\'s easier to do research on the
Internet than in the library, where they say they have to
struggle with confusing reference cards and outdated
books. Parents also don\'t have to worry about taking
their kids to the library. \" -- Read More
\"During a library meeting March 1, Davis told
employee Cynthia Wray, who was eight-months
pregnant: “I just can’t stand looking at you ... with your
hands like that you look like you’re stuffed.” He then
turned his back on her. Davis later apologized after
being told to do so. \"
In the interview he
says:Has it been difficult for you to
communicate with the employees?
\"Not to my knowledge it hasn’t. It’s show time. My
mother raised me to be a gentleman … and my wife
expects me to be a gentleman, too. Besides, I’ve found
in life I don’t hold grudges. That’s just not a Dave Davis
personality. \" -- Read More
\"\"All we wanted was to use a public library that
our parents worked hard to help pay for,\" said Margaree
Crosby, who was among the eight arrested, handcuffed
and taken to the city jail for holding a sit-in at the
whites-only library on North Main Street 40 years
ago.\" -- Read More
The Final Story in the
librarian strike saga (Hopefully).
of District 925 of the Service Employees International
Union had approved the three-year tentative agreement,
89-3. “Oh my goodness, that makes me really happy,”
said Library Director Nan Johnston, who was notified of
the tally by telephone.\"
Back to work at last.
“This could be the ‘Dewey beats Truman’
headline of the day,” assistant Library Director Marge
Baker said early Friday afternoon, referring to the
infamous Chicago Tribune headline that appeared after
the 1948 presidential election.\" -- Read More
I couldn\'t resist posting this article from the Digital Freedom Network. Does your name contain a vulgarity? If so, read on...\"Babcock and Engineer are not the only ones who have been blocked by online filters. People named Dickinson, Sussex, Cummings, and Assisi have also been blocked.\" -- Read More
``Our goal is to build the ultimate search engine,\'\' said Larry Page, Google\'s chief executive and co-founder. ``We think that we can make search engines better every month, and I don\'t see that ending anytime soon.\'\' -- Read More
Someone writes \"I would like to suggest a link to a 40-page article on Internet filtering from the April 2000 issue of the Texas Law Review:
\"The First Amendment\'s Limitations on the Use of Internet Filtering in
Public and School Libraries: What Content Can Librarians Exclude?\"
The article concludes that the First Amendment permits filters to be used
by a library if the supervising librarian would have the same degree of
control over the filter that it would have over a library employee with
respect to correcting improper content selection decisions to prevent
unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination -- Read More
\"You may have had some very young skate board toting library patron ask you, \"Do you have any Guyver?\" or a student requesting the seven tape set of the Hakkenden, subtitled, or had a club ask to use your meeting room to show anime. Have you wondered what all of this was about?
Given the increasing popularity of anime and manga in the English speaking world I feel that it is perhaps time that a resource be created to help librarians understand what this is all about and to aid in the selection of items for their collections.\"
That\'s the introduction to The Librarian\'s Guide to Anime and Manga, by Gilles Poitras. It\'s an interesting discussion that has got me interested in this pop-cultural art form.
\"Striking workers and the board of the Stark County District Library reached a tentative contract agreement last night, according to a union representative.
Anne Hill, executive director of Service Employees International Union 925, which represents the striking library workers, said a tentative contract was reached about 7:30 p.m. She said she could not provide specifics about the proposal, which would end a nearly four-week walkout.\" -- Read More
Bill writes \"I found an article in The Chronicle last week you may be interested in. It Talks about a number of issues that may affect libraries in the future. The article is an interview with William Y. Arms who runs dlib magazine. He says that the quality and quantity of free information is growing. \"
The friday updates for this week include reference books over the Internet, bigger libraries in Ottowa, the purpose of the Library of Congress, Yad Vashem\'s library, new technology, e-mail protests, more thefts, more extortion, and much, much more....plus the Quote of the Week. Have a great weekend!! -- Read More
Virage, Inc. a leading provider of software products and
application services that enable video for the Internet, and
LEXIS(r)-NEXIS(r), a leader in online information solutions for business,government, academic and legal professionals, announced the availability of searchable video content as part of the vast LEXIS(r)-NEXIS(r) services through the Virage(r) platform. -- Read More
Presentations from REFERENCE/CITATION LINKING: THE FEDERAL PERSPECTIVE — A JOINT CENDI/FLICC WORKSHOP Pickford Theater, Library of Congress June 21, 2000 and Presentations from the Subject Analysis and Retrieval Working Group Conference Controlled Vocabulary and the Internet, September 29, 1999 Are now available online at: http://www.dtic.mil/cendi/pres_arc.html -- Read More
Brian Smith writes \"A couple weeks ago, Laura Schlessinger, Ph.D., gave a speech on \"The Crisis of the American Family\" at the Claremont Institute. It looks like she mostly talked about herself and plugged her latest book, but she mentioned that \"libraries ignore their primary responsibility to protect and nurture our children.\"
CSPAN televised the speech on Aug. 19. Video is available at http://www.cspan.org/ \"
Ron Force writes \"Reuben Bolling\'s \"Tom the Dancing Bug\" reveals the latest scheme to undermine publisher\'s copyrights--Free books located through the Dewey Decimal system!
This is a very funny cartoon, be sure to check it out!
\"Einstein has revealed that he got it wrong about quantum mechanics and God does play with dice. And Fyodor Dostoyevskywrites that he still likes his work even though he\'s dead.\"
They call them \"an amusing fake author posting\", I think they are real! The dead speak to us through the web. -- Read More
Simon & Schuster has announced that they are going to be offering E-books this fall. Read the article from Mercury Center.\"Consumers will be able to download the electronic books, or e-books, at the Web sites of online retailers such as Barnesandnoble.com. They can read the books on their computer screens using Microsoft Reader or Glassbook software, on an eBook or SoftBook device, or on personal digital assistants.\" -- Read More
A woman in Virginia brought her three children into a library, left them there, and did not return. The article is provided by The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.
\"She just dropped them off and walked away,\" Carey said. \"When we arrested her, she didn\'t even ask about the children. She didn\'t care about their whereabouts or their health. She wasn\'t remorseful.\" -- Read More