The protest at the Marriott on Tuesday

Rory writes: \"The protest at the Marriott on Tuesday afternoon was a joyous event. It felt good to be there on the picket lines with the union members, supporting them. The words by President-elect Mitch Freedman, Michael Gorman, Pat Schuman and others were inspiring and made me very glad to be a part of it (rather than on the other side of the picket line, at the Inaugural event).

I put some photos on the web which I think capture the spirit of that afternoon. There are thirteen photos in all. They may take while to load if you have a dial-up connection. You can view them at:libr.org/Juice/pics/4.23/Marriott.html

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Children\'s Summer Reading Programs

janet clark writes \"\"Don\'t bug me...I\'m reading! Ne m\'embete pas..je lis!\" is the theme for this year\'s summer reading programme for young people in Nova Scotia. The province\'s nine regional public libraries encourage children to read during the summer months with a variety of activities related to a common theme. Last year\'s theme: \"Sail away with books/Cap sur la lecture\" (tied in with the visit of Tall Ships).library.ns.ca and click on Children and Youth Services for more info. \"

Britain\'s oldest subscription library to close

Charles Davis writes \"BRITAIN\'s oldest subscription library, established in the 18th century to educate lead miners and their families, is to close after being unused for three
years. See
Ananova \"


They seem to blame the influence of television and the internet for the steady decline in numbers.

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Corporate Cash & Campus Labs

The Christian Science Monitor has a story on ever growing university-corporate partnerships. There is no doubt corporate cash is undermining the credibility of research results.

They say the long-term risk ia a loss of public confidence that could permanently undermine support for universities.

I say it\'s something far worse.

.info will arrive by end of year

Wired reports that the .info domain will be ready to live by the end of this year. I think that libraries should get first shot at the domain names. I mean, .info is the perfect domain for what we do.\"On Wednesday, officials at Afilias, the registry charged with overseeing the rollout of dot-info, said they intend to take the domain live on Sept. 19. Although the tentative launch date is later than originally anticipated, it is earlier than the debut of the second new top-level domain, dot-biz, which is slated for October.\"

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More School Librarian Jobs on the Chopping Block

I remember when I went to library school, one of my professors said how much easier it would be to find a position in the school media branch of our profession than anywhere else, and how much more secure those positions were. It seems, however, that lately we\'re reading an awful lot to contradict that. Here\'s another one.

Libraries, as Sanctuaries of the Written Word in Various Forms

James Carooll writes...
\"We live in a time in which the act of reading is undergoing a major shift, the book yielding to the electronic screen as a main medium of the written word. The efficiencies of screen-based information conveyance are wondrous, but it is not clear yet what the effect of this shift will be on consciousness or on contemplative reading itself. That state of mind, not the object that enables it, is what humans have treasured for centuries.\" [more...] from The Boston Globe.

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Hate Reading Books? It\'s in the Genes

Hoser Yahoo was one place with a story on This Study that isn\'t exactly library related, but I can\'t resist.

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology ran a study called \"The Heritability of Attitudes: A Study of Twins\". They studied the genetic basis of individual differences in attitudes in twins. The study found that genetic factors accounted for 35 percent of the variation in attitudes, while environmental factors accounted for 65 percent.
And, yes, this included reading.

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Nicholson Baker on the Air

Nicholson Baker was interviewed about Doublefold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper this afternoon on the inimitable KCRW\'s show \"Bookworm.\" The show should be available as a Real Audio file from the \"Bookworm\" site sometime in the next few days.

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Wonderful Us

janet clark writes \"In case you missed this (as I did) when the book was first published: Public libraries, ladybugs, pad Thai, and the clothesline are among \'Seven Wonders\' written about by John C. Ryan in _Seven wonders: everyday things for a healthier planet_, Sierra Club, c1999, 1-57805-038-3. \"Nobody ever built a library to save an endangered species, but that\'s one of things libraries do best,\" says Ryan in his essay in praise of public libraries. The essay includes several useful (citable) statistics and provides another angle on the value of libraries.


You can find out about the book at northwestwatch.org, though the public library essay doesn\'t seem to be there.
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New Cites & Insights Ready To Roll

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large v. 1 no. 7 (July 2001) is now
available, ready to be retrieved from the CI:CAL home page.


This issue is 18 pages and includes:


* ALA in San Francisco: A Few Quick Notes
* PC Values: July 2001
* Where I Stand: For the Children
* Trends and Quick Takes: five items
* Press Watch I: 17 items!
* Feedback and Following Up
* Ebook Watch: Catching Up, Part Two
* Bibs & Blather
* Press Watch II: four items.


Review Watch will definitely appear in the next issue...

\"The Architecture of Democracy\"

The Boston Globe\'s review of the Boston Public Library\'s new branch in Allston:

The paucity of books is an index of the way libraries are changing. They are, increasingly, community centers. Art galleries, children\'s storytelling areas, gardens, and meeting rooms become as important as book stacks. The meeting rooms are venues for the kind of healthy community activism that influenced the design of the Allston library in the first place. And of course, libraries now are centers for other kinds of information, with free computer work stations. I still think they should have a lot more books. But as a building, Allston is a triumph of what you might call the architecture of democracy.

SF&F Writers Back Captain America Claim

jen writes \"Full Story


The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced that it has joined several other literary groups supporting Captain America creator Joseph H. Simon\'s effort to reclaim his copyright from Marvel Comics. The SFWA joined the Authors Guild Inc., the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the National Writers Union, Novelists Inc., the Society of Children\'s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Text and Academic Authors Association in an amicus curiae brief supporting Simon\'s claim. \"

CD Eating Fungus

Here\'s A Short story on a fungus that eats compact discs.

Nicholson Baker may have a bigger point than many had thought. They discovered a fungus in Belize that was steadily eating through the supposedly indestructible disc. The fungus had burrowed into the CD from the outer edge, then devoured the thin aluminium layer and some of the data-storing polycarbonate resin.

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Group Calls for ID Checks on Music Sales

Guess I better think twice next time I decide to use the word \"@#^&\" in public. I might get bleeped. Want More? from CNS News.

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Library Waits to Install Net Filters

John Fleming writes...
\"Library patrons won\'t have their Internet use filtered anytime soon, but the U.S. Supreme Court might have a say in that policy. The Leon County Commission on Tuesday unanimously decided not to automatically filter the pages that library users try to access, choosing to trust users not to view inappropriate material in a public setting.
The commission decided to wait and see what the U.S. Supreme Court says about a 1998 federal law called the Child Online Protection Act, which would make it illegal to make obscene materials available to people under 17. A challenge of the law is set to go before the high court later this year.\" [more...] from The Tallahassee Democrat.

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More on Minneapolis Public Library

Bob Cox sent along This Story from Citypages.com on the big mess at the Minneapolis Public Library. This is a lengthy article with interviews from both sides. They ran a story on this back in May too.

\"When I signed up to work at the library, I didn\'t sign up to work in a porn-shop-type atmosphere,\" explains Will, who\'s 46. \"The line was crossed. And I wasn\'t going to take it anymore.\"

3M Donates $15,000 in Awards to U.S. Libraries

Received this press release via e-mail from Fred Lambert...
\"American University Library will receive $5,000 for its winning entry in the fifth-annual Check-It-Out-Yourself Day. It is one of eight U.S. libraries that has been selected to receive a total of $15,000 from 3M Library Systems.\" Check It Out Yourself Here.

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One in five kids solicited online

CNN.com has a brief video and this Reuters report on a study in this week\'s JAMA which found that around one-fifth of kids who use the Web have been solicited for sex. "Neither parental oversight of their children\'s online activities nor filtering or blocking technology had much impact on whether children were solicited, the study found."

The JAMA article is not available for free on the Web, but this abstract is. Also see this press release on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children\'s site.

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N2H2 PR Machine in High Gear

I\'ll hand it to N2H2, they have a heck of a good PR department.

This Press Release from them is quite a nice piece of work. They say \"... organizations that fail to prevent access to
Internet pornography in the workplace could be faced with some very expensive
legal liability costs as just discovered by a Minnesota library system.\"


\"Organizations need to be aware that failure to control access to Internet
pornography can be very, very expensive, as well as highly embarrassing,\" said
Philip Welt, President and CEO of N2H2. \"When you look at the potential of
spending a million dollars in litigation fees vs. investing in a relatively
low-cost filtering service, it becomes a rather simple decision. Equipping
Internet workstations with filtering software should prevent unfortunate
situations like the one that occurred in Minneapolis.\"

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