Submitted by Steven on July 19, 2000 - 9:49am
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.\"
Submitted by Steven on July 19, 2000 - 9:27am
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.\"
Submitted by Steven on July 19, 2000 - 9:15am
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.
Submitted by AnnaKh on July 18, 2000 - 10:21pm
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.
Submitted by Steven on July 18, 2000 - 6:24pm
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?\"
Submitted by Blake on July 18, 2000 - 5:38pm
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.\"
Submitted by Blake on July 18, 2000 - 1:13pm
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
Submitted by Blake on July 18, 2000 - 9:43am
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?
Submitted by Steven on July 18, 2000 - 9:36am
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.\"
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.\"