Submitted by Blake on June 11, 2001 - 5:40pm
On This Story
Dan Lester writes: \"I\'d like to see any ALA policy or official statement that is opposed
to having library staff maintain normal order and decorum. And of course that means that you have to have policies relating to whatever normal order and decorum might be in your environment. In fact, I think that a bit of research will show that ALA has taken a position in several cases supporting reasonable policies for patron behavior.
Submitted by Blake on June 11, 2001 - 12:57pm
Slashdot told me about another cool story. This time NewScientist is running a Story on EInk. They say they have succeeded in making electronic paper work in full color. They say Laptops, palmtops and cellphones with rigid electronic paper screens will be on the market within the next two years.
Coming soon, eNewsPapers, eFoldUpBooks, ePaper?
Submitted by Blake on June 11, 2001 - 10:44am
Submitted by Blake on June 10, 2001 - 1:45pm
Hampton writes \"History can be dangerous. A
student who checked out a book on the Confederacy
(with a Confederate flag on the cover) for a school
assignment was kicked unconscious by some
students calling him \"racist\". (Story) While this happened in a school
hallway rather than the library, we shouldn\'t assume
that the library is a sanctuary. It seem that the
administration of this school failed in its essential duty
to provide a safe and secure learning facility, including
Those who debated with me previously about the
desirability of making *all* information available to *all*
patrons in a library might question the consistency of
my philosophy: Do I think the student had a \"right\"
to access to this \"inflammatory\" material?\"
Submitted by Blake on June 10, 2001 - 11:28am
Mayor George Wuerch must\'ve been very bored last
week. He took it upon himself to decide what the library
is allowed to display.
He said the exhibit couldn\'t be allowed at Loussac
Library because it takes an advocacy position. He\'s not
bored anymore, he\'s now had about 400 telephone
calls on the issue. Keep in mind, there were no
complaints. James passed along the Friday\'s Story, and One From Today.
\"Not only does it seem to be a ban on free speech, it
also seems to be a violation of the library\'s own policy
on how these displays are selected and put up,\" said
AkCLU executive director Jennifer Rudinger.
Submitted by Ben on June 10, 2001 - 10:35am
Submitted by Blake on June 8, 2001 - 3:55pm
Holly writes \"A new Study ranks librarians as the #2 profession most likely to get headaches during work. 43% of librarians reported suffering from workday headaches. The cause? \"Librarians stated that people who have \"no clue\" how to use research resources cause the most headaches (56 percent) for them.\" \"
Submitted by Blake on June 8, 2001 - 1:09pm
If you\'re like me, and you feel like you should read \"Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper\" by Nicholson Baker, but you just don\'t feel like it, you may want to read Alexander Star\'s The Paper Pusher review in The New Republic.
I know you\'re probably sick to death of reading about Nicholson Baker, but this is the best review I\'ve seen, I almost felt like I read the book when I was done.
Submitted by Blake on June 8, 2001 - 1:00pm
Someone writes \"Perhaps he\'s not a bigot after all.
Full Story \"
Alaskan mayor George Wuerch said Wednesday he is rethinking his directive and will personally inspect the display materials before making a final call. He had just decided against a gay pride exhibit at the city library.
Submitted by Ieleen on June 8, 2001 - 11:45am
From the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal...
\"America\'s public library systems may find themselves caught in a sort of legal hell, where they face First Amendment lawsuits if they move to restrict Internet access and civil-rights lawsuits if they don\'t. It could also mean a curious double standard, under which restrictions on Internet usage and access to protect children from X-rated material are legally forbidden while the same restrictions would be required to protect librarians themselves from a hostile work environment.\" [more...]
Submitted by Blake on June 7, 2001 - 6:45pm
I keep reading about how the death of the \"Free Web\"is upon us. CNET said \"The idealistic dream of a digital Camelot where everything is free is giving way to cold fiscal reality\". While this may be true for some sites, those burning through millions of investors dollars, the free web is far from dead, or even close to dying. The web is mostly free and it will continue to be in the foreseeable future.
Submitted by Blake on June 7, 2001 - 3:34pm
I stumbled on a couple interesting papers while looking for something else the other day.
Tamar Kirschner wrote an interesting paper that takes a A Look at librarian stereotypes.
\" Their professional sense of purpose carries over into the human beings they are outside of work, which is probably why it is the only professional stereotype that does not suggest an element of exploitation of others.\"
Richard A. Danner wrote Redefining a Profession that discusses technology and its impact on our little profession.
\"...without attention, foresight, and the willingness to take advantage of these capabilities, librarians could find that market forces alone will control and limit the future development of the profession.\"
He has 194 references on this one!
Submitted by Blake on June 7, 2001 - 3:11pm
David Goldman passed along
on a bill set to be heard by Massachusetts lawmakers on Monday.
The measure, sponsored by Republican House leader Francis Marini, would also block Internet access to \"satanic cults\", \"indecent depictions of bodily functions\" and \"illicit drugs, alcohol or tobacco products\", in Massachusetts libraries.
\'\'Libraries are where people go to get information and have the broadest access to it,\'\' said John Roberts, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. \'\'What you are doing is using a bat to swat a fly.\'\'
Submitted by Blake on June 7, 2001 - 3:07pm
Sandy Berman has resigned \"with a mixture of sadness and disgust\" from The SRRT and The PLG. You can read the full release below.
Submitted by Blake on June 7, 2001 - 11:33am
Overlawyered.com has an interesting series of stories that show the position public libraries have now been put into by recent legal happenings.
Sued either way: \"EEOC:
unfiltered computers \'harass\' librarians\", June 4, 2001; \"Customer
offense\" (supermarket bagger with Tourette\'s), June 9-11, 2000; \"Columnist-fest\"
(Mona Charen on March 10-12 story, below), April 6; \"Accused
of harassment; wins $2 million from employer\", March 10-12; \"\'Judgment
reversed in Seinfeld case\'\", Feb. 26-27, 2000; \"Employment-law
retaliation: real frogs from \'totally bogus\' gardens\", Sept. 29, 1999.
Meanwhile Wired Is Reporting South Dakota\'s state government is rejecting Web filters as cumbersome and unnecessary, they enforce the Internet policy with stiff punishment instead of technology. 20 workers were fired or suspended or suspended so far.
\"People are adults, and if they can\'t be adults they have to pay the consequences,\"-spokesman Bob Mercer
Submitted by Blake on June 7, 2001 - 11:23am
The Anchorage Daily News is reporting Mayor George Wuerch abruptly removed A gay pride exhibit at Z.J. Loussac Public Library on Tuesday. The exhibit was sponsored by Metropolitan Community Church, a predominately gay and lesbian congregation, and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, or PFLAG. There were no complaints from any patrons, he\'s just much smarter than the people who elected him. Full Story
\"I just said \'no,\' \" Wuerch said. \"This is a fundamental responsibility of the mayor, to make decisions. Once in a while, you have to say no.\"
Submitted by Steven on June 7, 2001 - 10:13am
Filtering company, Surfcontrol, is against mandatory filtering in libraries and schools. They think that filtering should be a choice, not a forced initiative. The article from Newsbytes\"Because SurfControl maintains an office and a substantial presence in Massachusetts, the company felt that it was important \"as a filtering company\" to go on record in opposition to the mandatory filtering effort, Getgood said.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 6, 2001 - 2:12pm
Cabot writes \"The Canadian Library Association, in partnership with the British Columbia Library Association, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, the Canadian Association of University Teachers, the Library Association of Alberta, the National Library of Canada, the Ontario Library Association, the Saskatchewan Library Association, and Industry Canada, has completed an Assessment of the impact of the General Agreement on Trade and Services (GATS) on policy, programs and law concering public sector libraries.
The Study , written by Steven Shrybman, a well-known expert on international trade agreements, gives clear indication that libraries need to be concerned about the impact that GATS can have on them in the future.
Submitted by Blake on June 6, 2001 - 11:56am
A bunch of unrelated, but interesting stories, most sent in by Bob Cox.
The Post-Intelligencer has a Story on the King County library system, which is The third busiest in U.S. They say the only way to get a study table at King County\'s main library on a Sunday is to race in the door when it opens at 1 p.m.
San Antonio\'s public library fines are the highest at 20 cents a day.
\"We give people three weeks to return a book, a week to return a video or a CD,\" Graham said. \"After that, they are stealing from the taxpayers. We\'re just providing incentive for people to bring the material back.\"
Charlotte.com Story on that woman who had 900 books after she was arrested for stealing from the library.
This is a lesson,\" said Jim McKee, director of the Caldwell County library. \"Most of our policies have been geared toward honest people.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 5, 2001 - 2:29pm
USAToday has A Story on the drop in book sales last year.
They credit Rowling for a rise in childrens books sales of 10.1% between 1999 and 2000. Adult Hardcover sales dropped 12.9% and trade paperbacks declined 14.2%, while cheaper, rack-sized mass-market paperbacks fell 2.8%.
Pat Schroeder blames it on the uncertainty about the outcome of the presidential election.
More likely are the price increases by publishers and smaller discounts from booksellers, consumers spent more while buying fewer books, spending $14.14 billion last year, up from $13.24 billion in 1999. They say previous industry studies have warned of a limited number of people willing to spend $25 on a book.
Duh. Someone needs to go back to college and take an economics class.