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Report from Robert Willard On Dr. Laura

Cathy Gilletter was kind enough to send along an email
from Robert S. Willard, Executive Director National
Commission on Libraries and Information Science. He
was on the \"Lewd Libraries\" show on Friday,
and has more than
a few things to say about his experiences.

From: \"Bob Willard\"This week marks the
premiere of the syndicated
television show hosted by
Dr. Laura Schlessinger. The program dealing with
libraries, and
specifically access to inappropriate material on the
Internet by
will air this Friday (9/15). The show is placed in different
time slots
different cities; a locator is at
identifies the broadcast time in all cities where the
show is broadcast.
am disappointed to report that the name chosen for this
particular show
\"Lewd Libraries.\"

I participated in the show and I thought I would share
my impressions
the whole process.


Worth of Librarians

In the animal world we have aggregations such as: a pride of lions, a pod of whales, a gaggle of geese, a murmuration of starlings, and so forth. James Lipton, in his book An Exaltation of Larks (Penguin Books, 1993) says that the technical term for such aggregations is venery. Lipton’s book provides rules for turning the creation of terms of venery into a game. His rules amount essentially to all players coming up with terms of venery, with one judge determining categories and later awarding points to the best terms.

There are even terms of venery that change depending on exactly where the group is. For example, geese on land are a flock, in flight they\'re a skein, and in the water a plump. Venery is at times age related, as in a kindle of kittens but a clowder of cats.

What might there be for us humans? How about a bean pot of accountants or a tintinnabulation of politicians? Perhaps we should consider a worth of librarians. We could get tagged with worse! And librarians ARE worth a lot!


Quotes from Lewd Libraries

Dr. Laura’s big “LEWD LIBRARIES” show is over. Both sides made some good points, but there was not much new offered, and it was rather boring as far as talk shows go. I pulled out some quotes from both sides, for those of you who can’t or won’t watch the show. I was supreised The ALA declined to go on the show.

Dr. Laura-“I would be first online with the sign to oppose censorship in the library ”

Topic: salary survey

For anyone thinking of making the jump to the world, has a story on what cities are \"most affordable\", that is, highest pay, lowest cost of living.

\"The first-of-its-kind survey, released exclusively to CNET , uses detailed salary information from more than 570,000 workers who filled out questionnaires at Workers run the gamut from technical writers and telephone call-center operators to senior vice presidents and chief technology officers.

Read on for the winners and losers...

Update from Holland, MI

Slashdot has an Update and report from Hollan, MI on the big fitlering fight. They went to the Holland library\'s open board meeting on Tuesday night; and the report is Here. It\'s worth the read, for both sides of the issue

\"The latest issue of the American Family Association Journal has an article titled \"Low percentage of Christians using Internet filtering shows ignorance of the dangers.\" They claim that \"Seven out of 10 Christians have Internet access -- but only one out of 10 has filtered Internet access.\"


Web Hoaxes and Misinformation

Be sure to check out the feature article in this months Searcher Magazine. Paul S. Piper discusses many aspects of web site evaluation and misinformation. There is also a nice list of sites that track these Internet hoaxes. A must read for public librarians.\"Misinformation on the Internet is, and will always be, a problem. One of the attributes of the Internet — the fact that nearly anyone can publish on it — creates an environment of freedom and simultaneously an environment that lacks quality control. That lack of quality control often requires the Internet user to perform the filtering done for us transparently in magazines, newsletters, journals, encyclopedias, books, and so on.\"

Friday Updates

Friday updates for this week include Books as Punishment, building revival, JFK Library, Another librarian strike, $20 Million donation, A novel idea, Auditing the library, Stelaing books in Boston, Civil War Newspapres found, banned books, etc...

Britain\'s Brain Drain

Lee Hadden writes :

In a letter to Nature (Vol 407, 7 Sept 2000, page 13) Alice Sharp
Pierson and Peter Cotgreave of the Save British Science Society, have used
citation analysis of the publications of scientists who have received
degrees in Britain in 1988, to indicate that the brain drain of British
science is a real occurrence. Recently, the British government has
announced substantial new investment in the British science base as a means
to stop the brain drain of British scientists and engineers. The
investigators, \"Using bibliographic data, we report here a statistically
significant difference between the quality of scientists who trained in the
United Kingdom but are now in the United States, and those who stayed in
the United Kingdom.\"


Dr. Laura in the Library

Dr. Laura\'s show (The Friday, September 15, 2000 \"LEWD LIBRARIES\") was recently filmed at the Denver Public Library. You can find out if the show airs in your neck of the woods Here

\"Library officials said Tuesday that the show taped a 15-year-old girl using a computer at the library to access pornographic Web sites. The youngster also checked out an R-rated video.
Library spokewoman Anya Breitenbach said library officials declined an invitation to appear on the show. \"We felt it was a set-up, and we weren\'t interested.\"


Young minds at risk

Harsh words from The Chicago Sun Times\"Have we as a society become so desensitized that the idea of children accessing hard-core pornography in a children\'s library does not bother us? I sincerely hope this is not the case.\"
I\'m afraid it is. And the library profession defends it as acceptable, if not desirable, behavior.


Library Juice Copyright Supplement

This week, Library Juice issued a pathfinder on copyright issues as a supplement. It inludes links to numerous articles and sites you may not have seen if you are interested in copyright, and a full article by Mark Anderson from EXTRA!, which I am copying here, with permission:

This just in: Alaska is part of the United States

This just in from CNN: Residents of Alaska and Hawaii may now participate in a Harry Potter essay contest run by Scholastic, according to this story. When the contest was first announced, only kids from the Lower 48 could enter. Alaskans cried foul, and Scholastic corrected the rules.

\"Your company\'s treatment of Alaskans -- particularly our children -- as second-class citizens reminds me of the colonialist attitude which the federal government often displays to our state and residents,\" [Ketchikan mayor Bob Weinstein] wrote. \"In closing, you can be like Harry Potter or Voldemort -- the choice is yours.\"


Feds Elated With E-Rate

Wired has a Story on 2 new reports that say many good things about the E-Rate here in the US. : E-Rate and the Digital Divide: A Preliminary Analysis From the Integrated Studies of Educational Technology, conducted by the Urban Institute. The report found that e-rate funding is accomplishing what it was established to do, namely improving internal connections in the nation\'s poorer schools and getting them connected to the Internet.

\"The e-rate is helping to eliminate the digital divide and raise standards of learning in virtually every school and classroom,\" Riley said at the Conference on Educational Technology. \"The report clearly shows that we\'re moving in the right direction.\"

A second study released Monday from the National Center for Education Statistics, Teachers\' Tools for the 21st Century: A Report on Teachers\' Use of Technology showed that 99 percent of teachers have access to computers or the Internet at school, but not all of them have the skills to use it effectively.


More trouble with Journal Costs

The Desert News has a short Story that sheds some light on the big problem many libraries are having with huge increases in journal prices.

\"John Elsweiler, interim director of libraries, announced the decision to discontinue some periodicals.
Inflation and a decrease in legislative funding have resulted in a budgeting crisis, said Elsweiler.
\"Imagine that you have to cope with an inflation rate that\'s nearly 50 percent over three years,\" said Elsweiler.\"


Google falls for Yahoo!

Eric Rumsey at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa, has written a nifty report on Google and Yahoo!. He says he has found solid evidence that Google\'s new alliances, especially the pact with Yahoo! that was announced in June, seem to have compromised its ability to find directories.
More to the story from google and slashdot, read on....


National Filtering Week?!

We might as well declare it that as there have been so many filtering stories this week. Here is another from Michigan Live about a library that spent $85,000 for a filtering system (plus $17,000 per year in support costs). Granted, they \"had\" to do something, but do you know how many books $85,000 could buy?\"The Kent District Library Board on Tuesday decided to fund an Internet filter system they say is cost-effective and also complies with requirements of a new state law to shield minors from offensive materials.\"


Banned in the USA

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has this article on Banned Books Week (September 23-30).\"Harry Potter made the list. So did \'\'The Catcher in the Rye\'\' and \'\'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.\'\' The most popular children\'s books? No. The ones adults most wanted removed from library shelves in the 1990s.\"


Book Return Finds

Fox News has a story on a 16 mm film checked out of a library in January 1958 was finally returned two weeks ago during a fine-free week. \"On the slip, under \'comments,\' it says \'very good,\"\' said Marshall. \"So we not only have the film back, we\'ve got it reviewed, too.\" Fines of $1 a day for overdue films once were charged by the library, so at 1958 rates the fine could have totaled more than $15,500 by now. But library officials capped fines at $5 in the 1970s.

On a more serious note, a vandal inserted a hose into the Little Chutelibrary\'s book return sometime after 8:30 p.m. and left the water running. The prank wasn\'t discovered until 7:25 a.m. Sunday, when a Post-Crescent carrier found the hose and told a nearby restaurant owner, who alerted police. Full Story


Gone without a sound

Story from North Dakota that ends the trouble they were having with the library director in Fargo. He quit, but they gave hime quite the golden parachute – $62,244 – including health insurance and retirement benefits, plus $10,000 in attorney fees and $6,000 in relocation expenses.

\"“It’s with regret that a qualified librarian and a good man’s reputation has been damaged here, but it’s important for us to grow and move on as a board.” said Library Board President Virginia Dambach.

The comment drew a few quiet, sarcastic remarks from some people attending the meeting, many of whom were past and present employees of the library.

Now they are thinking the next director should Not be a librarian.


Filters, Filters and more Filters

The Courier Press has this article on whether libraries should put filters on their computers.\"When he’d finished the page, he clicked one of the photographs to go to the next link. It took him to a site where a beautiful woman wearing nary a stitch of fabric stood looking coyly into the camera. The photo loaded from the top down, and the boy’s eyes got bigger and bigger until he pushed his chair back and dashed from the computer laboratory. He explained later that he wasn’t sure he should see such a thing.\"



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