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R Hadden Writes :


It is always interesting when libraries make the Wall Street Journal, but recently the bathroom of one library got a special mention. You can learn more about the Phoenix Public Library at: www.ci.phoenix.az.us/library.html, but alas! There is no photograph of the colorful and delightful bathroom.
\"What a Way to Go: Architects Get Lavish Designing Public Lavatories --- With Liquid-Crystal Glass Doors And Waterfalls, the WC Gets New Meaning: Wicked Cool\" Wall Street Journal;Jul 19, 2000; By Motoko Rich;
\"Don\'t miss the public restrooms!\" Feedback, a travel guide for artists, designers and architects, declares about the main library in downtown Phoenix. The entryways to the lavatories are partitions made of translucent glass that change color every five seconds as tiny fiber-optic wires emit sparks of light...\"

Can 35 million book buyers be wrong?

Harold Bloom at The National Post has written a sharply critical Story that has nothing good to say about the series, or the fans.

\"I will keep in mind that a host are reading it who simply will not read superior fare, such as Kenneth Grahame\'s The Wind in the Willows or the Alice books of Lewis Carroll. Is it better that they read Rowling than not read at all? Will they advance from Rowling to more difficult pleasures?\" -- Read More

Who Killed Copywright

Macedition has an interesting Editorial on the changing role of copywright. He argues that copywright is already dead, and says it wasn\'t killed by the internet, but by the motion picture industry, the recording industry and the major publishers. Also check out this Interview with the Head of the RIAA.

\"In the past century, though, the wealthy and powerful have been lobbying long and hard through international consortiums such as WIPO to shift the balance of power back to the publisher. \" -- Read More

Libraries offer kids a 4th R

This \'R\' rated video thing has been floating aroun for a while now, The Denver Post has an Editorial that tried to make the point this is a bad idea.

\"Movie theaters at least try to keep children from seeing R-rated movies, and Blockbuster says it won\'t rent those movies to kids. But armed with a library card, Colorado children can check out Rrated movies for free.\"

Here is the line that caught my eye:\"No one in Denver, Douglas County or Jefferson County has complained to the local libraries...\" -- Read More

Stephen King wants your dollar

Stephen King will start posting parts of his story, \"The Plant\" on his web site on Monday, but if less than 75% of his readers don\'t pay him a dollar, it will not continue. Newsday has the article.\"Although King has yet to spell out how readers will pay for his prose, it\'s expected that the U.S. Postal .Service will be carrying thousands of envelopes with dollars or dollar checks in them starting Monday.\" -- Read More

The wonderfuld world of pop-ups

Bob Cox has sent in many a link over these past few
months, but this has got to be the coolest. North TX U
Library
has an online display of Pop-Up and
Moveable books.
Check out the website
, the images move, just like
the
books. They go back as far as 1811, many fine
examples.

Give me whoopi or give me death

In a follow up to the Whoopi troubles in WI, JS Online has a
OP-ED piece that puts it all
into perspective. He says both sides over
reacted.

\"Society does this kind of thing all the
time. Kids can\'t go into a store and buy Playboy; they
can\'t see an R-rated movie by themselves; they can\'t
browse through the stacks at an adult bookstore.
Computers and cable television have lockout options
that try to keep pornography away from children. -- Read More

Science Group Bemoans Book Quality

Reginald A writes :

I just read the ED Week July 12 Article \"Science Group Bemoans Quality of
Biology Textbooks\"
and was thinking that
the findings of the AAAS Project 2061 were spot on: that textbooks and the
general math and science curricula were \"a mile wide and an inch deep.\"


Clearly this is an area where a library could work in partnership with a
school system. Of course, policy drives this sort of thing...that\'s why the
curricula and the textbooks are in the shape they are. Still, those school
systems - or individual teachers - who are willing and able to draw on the
expertise of the library, could add some sorely-needed depth to a math and
science program. -- Read More

Find constitutional ways to keep kids safe online

Freedomforum has a nice Story that goes over some legal issues facing us in The US.

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First Amendment experts urged a special study committee yesterday not to seek to protect children against Internet pornography by recommending measures that fail to pass constitutional muster. -- Read More

A More Open Directory?

This discussion of a \"truly open directory\" may lead in some new directions beyond the existing Open Directory Project. -- Read More

The Hype of Harry

CNN.com looks at all the hype surronding the Potter books in This Story. Interesting that a book is causing people to go so crazy.

\"Is it dumb?\" asks Dr. Alan Entin, president of the media psychology division of the American Psychological Association. \"Sure, it\'s dumb. But they line up for records, too. So it\'s no more dumb than that -- Read More

\'Tools\' fail as strategies to keep kids away from Net sex at libraries

This Commentary by Paul McMasters from Freedom Forum is filled with excellent points on First Amendment issues and libraries. Many good lines here for Friday\'s \"Quote of the Week\"\"we must rely on the fact that our children are remarkably resilient, relentlessly individual and essentially good. They have thrived on extensive First Amendment rights and deserve to arrive at adulthood with those rights intact.\" -- Read More

You want Fries with that Shake(speare)?

The New York Times has this neat article on a plan to combine all the software in schools into one database. The program is entitled Schools Interoperability Framework and involves more than 80 software companies (Mr. Gates and all).\"The new standards, which were developed by the software companies and educators, will allow schools to link together the separate programs that run various functions, including the library\'s checkout system, the school\'s front office, and the cafeteria and transportation systems.\" -- Read More

NSW State Library reductions

Someone wrote in about yet another sory on reduction in library services. This one at one of the major research libraries in Australia. The article is from the Sydney Morning Herald.\"The number of users who visited the buildings on Macquarie Street had dropped by 21 per cent in the past three years to a million a year. At the same time, Web access has increased more than 16-fold to 14 million. \"It\'s a shift of the way services are delivered by the library,\" the spokesman said. -- Read More

Reasons to Love Being a Librarian

There are hundreds of reasons to Love being a librarian,
I can think of a few interesting ones such as: We earn so much money we can afford life\'s luxuries which would be food, water, and a roof over our head.
We get to teach others we are priceless which is why no one seems to know much we are worth. -- Read More

Suspect charged in syringe attack

The man who stabbed the patron in the foot with a syringe is being charged with assault. The Columbus Dispatch has this article.\"It was unprovoked and there\'s no real motive at this time,\'\' Michalec said. \"How do you assess what the motive is?\" -- Read More

Wrong Number

Here\'s a funny Story from The Glenwood Post on a persons phone misfortunes. The author\'s phone number is 1 digit off from the local library.

\"I was not phased at all recently when I picked up my telephone.

\"Do you have romance novels?\" the caller asked.\"Uh, no...actually we don\'t,\" I answered truthfully. \"But I could probably write one if you want.\" -- Read More

Well-Informed Citizens Increasingly Rare

I really wanted to put this one under humor, even though it\'s more sad than funny. The National Science Foundation released a report, \"Science and Engineering Indicators 2000\", in this report, \"more than 70% of the people knew that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around\", so... that means about 30% didn\'t know that? Is this even possible? Other interesting results-
-16% could define the Internet
-13% could accurately describe a molecule
-30% thought they were poorly informed -- Read More

E-Book Quickies

I found a bucket full of EBook stories this week, so I thought I would lump them all together in a nice neat little story. Some are about libraries, some just ebooks, but they will all warm your heart and bring a tear to your eye (End Hallmark intro). The big question is still:Does your library carry them yet, or, will you be offering them soon? -- Read More

Remember to Vote Yes or No Today

When your library budget comes up, are you allowed to tell patrons to vote \"Yes\" in support of your library? The very interesting (and political) question was brought up in this article from Arkansas Online , in which the answer was no.\"We\'ve had questions all along,\" Schaper said. \"I\'ve always told my [library] staff to just answer the question. You can say be sure to vote, but you can\'t say, \'We need you to vote yes.\" -- Read More

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