Submitted by Steven on July 18, 2000 - 9:21am
Two people who were arrested, but not convicted, for overdue materials are now suing their city for $74,000 because they did not get a speedy trial. The story is in Alabama Live\"In their separate cases, Corbin and Daversa allegedly failed to return library books and were eventually charged under city law. Neither showed up for the court hearing on those cases, so both became the subject of warrants because of that failure to appear in court.\"
Submitted by Steven on July 18, 2000 - 9:14am
Someone sent in this article from ABC news about the dangers of wearing sandals.A woman was apparently jabbed in the foot with a syringe as she sat in the Ohio State University library, authorities said.\"
Submitted by Blake on July 17, 2000 - 10:32pm
Someone wrote in with this:\"I am very curious
to learn what librarians use for search engine at work.
We have new access to internet here and I want to
know what is best, please.
I suppose as
librarians we should know what is best? What do you
use and why?
Submitted by Blake on July 17, 2000 - 8:29pm
Ormes writes Nice story in the UK about how
doctors are prescribing a course of novels
for patients suffering from a range of diseases -
bibliotherapists are being
employed by Kirklees public library services to support
Full story at
This is a neat area of
that has always interested me, my other degree is in
Submitted by Blake on July 17, 2000 - 6:15pm
AZ Central has a Story that says a bit about how libraries are adding more in the way of technology. Some have begun offering electronic books, use of free computers and Internet access. The Phoenix Central Library is even planning to give teens a rockin\' computer center, with loud music if they want.
\"At some libraries, people just aren\'t checking out as many books as they used to. In Tempe, where circulation fell 7 percent in the past year, Director Teri Metros concedes she\'s a bit concerned.
\"But we\'re still checking out a million items a year. We\'re just in a time of great transition. You can get depressed or excited about it,\" she said.
Submitted by Blake on July 17, 2000 - 4:35pm
Chris Rippel wrote this wonderful recommendation:
In the early 1980s, Patsy Hansel, Robert Burgin, and Paul Little did
extensive statistical analysis revealing what practices correlated with
more overdues and what practices are correlated with fewer overdues. For
example, libraries with loan periods of 3 weeks had more overdues than
libraries with loan periods of 2 or 4 weeks.
Here are my recommendations based on their findings.
Submitted by Blake on July 17, 2000 - 11:09am
The Desert News has a very interesting Story on Harry, and the other views people have on these books. It raises some Veryinteresting points.
\"Harry Potter IV will make millions of people happy and others very worried. The first crowd will be greeted warmly when it visits public libraries and schools. The odds are good the critics will not. Kimbra Wilder Gish, a librarian at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center sadi : \"These books had everything — witches, warlocks, magic, evil spirits, the whole lot. So I wasn\'t shocked by the controversy. I was shocked that so many librarians were shocked by the controversy. . . . It\'s like they were saying, \'Haven\'t all of those intolerant fundamentalists been wiped out, by now?\' \"
Submitted by Blake on July 17, 2000 - 11:00am
The US Congress is threatening to cut off money to public libraries and schools that fail to block children\'s access to Internet pornography, but President Clinton and several powerful interest groups oppose such use of federal financial clout as an exercise of censorship.
John McCain, in the senate, and Ernest Istookwould, in the house want to stop money from the federal e-rate program, and from a range of education other programs. The Star Tribune has a Story:
\"As we wire America\'s children to the Internet, we are inviting these dirt bags to prey upon our children in every classroom and library in America,\" McCain said in a Senate debate last month.
Submitted by Steven on July 17, 2000 - 9:54am
School libraries are in a quandry these days as budgets have not been increased, yet they are expected to buy books and computers. The solution is not an easy one. Check out this article by the Shreeveport Times.\"The push by school administrators to buy technology is leaving many of the nation’s school libraries with thin and outdated book inventories.\"
Submitted by Blake on July 17, 2000 - 9:20am
The Digital Missourian has an encouraging Story on libraries and how well (or is it good?) they are doing now. Nice to see the popular press not sounding the death bells for libraries for a change.
\"Maybe reports of the death of the book in the age of the Internet were greatly exaggerated.
It seems public libraries are attracting crowds of children and adults as never before. And that is translating into expanded hours, renovations and construction of new libraries in Kansas City and the surrounding area.
Submitted by Steven on July 17, 2000 - 9:16am
The Nando Times has this article on recent developments in the filtering controversy.\"In recent weeks, the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed measures to cut off federal funds to any public library or school that refuses to install filtering devices on computers used by people under 18.\"
Submitted by Blake on July 17, 2000 - 9:13am
ICANN has aanounced they will be bringing in some new top level domains (like the current .com, .net, and .edu) one of ICANN\'s working groups has already proposed domain names ranging from \'\'.banc,\'\' \'\'.museum,\'\' .\'\'union,\'\' \'\'.travel,\'\' to \'\'.sex.\'\', though they have not settled on the exact names yet.
Submitted by Steven on July 16, 2000 - 10:51pm
This article from the New York Times discusses how the Internet has effected how we percieve history, and how new information on the web outweighs historical data by an enormous number.\"It doesn\'t give any sense of time because almost everything on the Web is about events and articles in the last five years,\" Herring said. \"It doesn\'t give students the impression that they\'re sitting on the shoulders of giants. It gives them the impression that they\'re giants.\"
Submitted by AnnaKh on July 16, 2000 - 9:12pm
I wonder what happened to tradional romance... Why are more people using chat lines in the library to meet a mate?
Do you think any librarians out there are getting paid a matchmaker\'s fee? I don\'t think so.
Submitted by AnnaKh on July 16, 2000 - 8:44pm
Some librarians have interesting other careers-such as being a minister. Reverend Ingrid Kalchthaler gets business for her church and her library. I am evidence of this as she \"recruited\" me at the library to perform my wedding ceremony on May 6th.
Submitted by Blake on July 16, 2000 - 7:52pm
Steven J. Bell sent in this Story from Daily
News Los Angeles.com that talks about how
are adding more computers and other fancy, shiny,
\"We call it the cybrary, instead of
the library,\" said Susan Newcomer, library media
teacher at Glendale\'s Clark Magnet High School where
students can roam the World Wide Web, view
CD-ROMs and search an online catalog for books
Submitted by Blake on July 16, 2000 - 12:59am
Steven J. Bell writes: I have recently made
public a web site that aims to help
primarily academic, \"keep up\" with the literature of
pertinent to library work and technology matters. The
basic philosophy is
that to \"keep up\" a librarian must go beyond the
constraints of library
literature. The site points users to sources such as free
e-zines and web
sites with technology (and other) news.
If you are interested the site is found at staff.philau
Submitted by Blake on July 16, 2000 - 12:55am
R Hadden Wrote :\"According to \"Special
Background Report\" the front page of the Wall
Street Journal, July 13, 2000, the Library Hotel that is
opening soon, and
which is located near the New York Public Library, will
floors and room numbers according to the Dewey
Decimal System. What\'s the
Cutter table number for \"elevator\"?\"
I did some
searching and found a little information on the new
Submitted by Steven on July 14, 2000 - 5:38pm
According to this article in Cadillac News, a library had decided to rid itself of its LP collection.\"The record collection is being stopped for two reasons: we couldn\'t buy them anymore and the demand wasn\'t there (from patrons)\"
Submitted by Blake on July 14, 2000 - 3:01pm
Someone sent in this: \"Found this following a link from the American Family Association site. Call to action against ALA.
Librarians Discuss Stocking Erotica \"
From the story
\"Public universities appear to be taking the lead in developing erotica collections, but many community librarians have now been emboldened by the ALA seminar.
To make matters worse, the ALA favors giving children the same access to explicit materials that is afforded adults.