Sex Pistols creator to quit London mayor race

All hopes for endless supplies of Guinness in public libraries are dashed. Read this story from Yahoo UK.

Malcolm McLaren, the Sex Pistols pop guru who was campaigning to become mayor of London, is to pull out of the race and back another candidate, the Independent newspaper has reported.

McLaren, whose best-publicised policies were to legalise brothels and cannabis and install bars to serve alcohol in libraries, will announce next week that he is standing aside to support independent candidate Ken Livingstone, the paper said.

Couple to Make Home in Old Ralston Library

The Omaha World-Herald has this interesting story about a couple who have decided to live in an old library. Of course many of us already feel like we live in an old library.

If atmosphere has anything to do with it, Orhan and Robin Seran\'s firstborn sure will like to read.

The child is due in September, and on Sunday Orhan Seran bought the former Ralston library at an auction for $125,000. The couple will convert the airy, two-story building into a residence.

A Ralston native who now lives with his wife outside Council Bluffs, Seran, 35, was a frequent visitor to the old building at 7900 Park Lane as a youngster.

Public Library Rating Reports

Thomas J. Hennen Jr. writes \"The second edition of the HAPLR Index was featured in the September 1999 issue of American Libraries magazine. The author, Thomas J. Hennen Jr. of Wisconsin, uses data provided by nearly 9,000 public libraries in the United States to create comparative rankings. The comparisons are in broad population categories. It provides a comparative rating system that librarians, trustees and the public can use to improve and extend library services in the third millennium.

Also available on the site is information expanding the Thomas J. Hennen Jr.\'s call for national library standards in the March 2000 issue of American Libraries.
The site is available at:
haplr-index.com\"

Did your library make The Top 100?

Dialogue 2000 Town Meetings

Kathleen de la
Pena McCook
writes \"I am seeking information and
hoping this may be a way to expand my search. I would like
to hear from librarians anywhere in the U.S. who have
participated in the Dialogue 2000 town meetings taking place
across the U.S. between January-May. These are sponsored
by the national network of Community Action Agencies. They
are intended to raise the awareness of the American people
about issues of poverty and the need to address them
effectively to give a voice to low-income people in the
policy making proess and to identify and mobilize the state,
local, and national resources that low-income individuals,
families and communities need to be more self-sufficient.
National website is http://www.nacaa.org/d2.h
tm

Local initiatives are community-based. Please respond to
me.

Comment on the DMCA

The deadline for filing reply comments in this rulemaking
has been extended to Friday, March 31. Reply comments must
be received in the Office of the General Counsel of the
Copyright Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 31,
2000.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Public Law
105-304 (1998), added a new Chapter 12 to title 17 United
States Code, which among other things prohibits
circumvention of access control technologies employed by
copyright owners to protect their works.

1. If by
electronic mail: Send to 1201@loc.gov a message
containing the name of the person making the submission, his
or her title and organization (if the submission is on
behalf of an organization), mailing address, telephone
number, telefax number (if any) and e-mail address. The
message should also identify the document clearly as either
a comment or reply comment. The document itself must be sent
as a MIME attachment, and must be in a single file in
either: (1) Adobe Portable Document File (PDF) format
(preferred); (2) Microsoft Word Version 7.0 or earlier; (3)
WordPerfect 7 or earlier; (4) ASCII text file format; or (5)
Rich Text Format. -- Read More

Tea-riffic fundraiser

This
Story
out of NJ shows that fundraising opportunites
present themselves at any time. A teacher came up with an
idea for a new tea, and has since been selling the tea, and
making money for the library.

\"Since launching the Teaneck Tea Collection in 1993
with the help of Harney & Sons Ltd., a New England tea
company, Ponchick has raised $2,970.24 in profits from sales
of Teaneck Tea and poured that cash right back into
Whittier\'s library. The tea is on sale at Whittier School
and at Victoria\'s Cafe on Queen Anne Road ($5 for 24
bags) -- Read More

FRC says sex crimes serious problem in libraries

WASHINGTON, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- \"There\'s a sea of
evidence that Internet pornography and related sex crimes
are a serious problem in America\'s libraries -- and we\'ve
only uncovered the tip of the iceberg, due to efforts by the
American Library Association to chill the facts,\" said
Family Research Council\'s Chief Spokesperson Janet Parshall
at a news conference Wednesday as FRC released a new
investigative report, \"Dangerous Access, 2000 Edition:
Uncovering Internet Pornography in America\'s Libraries.\"
Written by librarian David Burt after a six-month nationwide
investigation of library documents and computer logs,
\"Dangerous Access, 2000 Edition\" reports over 2,000
incidents of library patrons using online services to access
pornography. It is believed that thousands of more incidents
would have been reported had not the ALA intervened.

-- Read More

OED is online

If you have $800us (US$550 at home) to burn you can now subscribe to the Oxford English Dictionary Online.

They do have The Word of the Day for free. Today is RELIC. They promise to add an incredible number of new words to the online version.

Bill seeks Net sex site policy at libraries

Rebecca Hunt sent in this link to a Story from sunspot.net MD is the latest state to make a move on filtering.


Maryland State Senate Sen. Christopher Van Hollen Jr.\'s bill to require local library systems to develop policies to prevent children from being exposed to Internet pornography.
\"I hope his bill gives the librarian the power to go over and pull the plug or say, `You cannot view that material here,\' \" Ivins said. -- Read More

Editorial RE: Public Library Use

Be sure to read this editorial on collection development and selction practices from Steve Decker. Libraries need to address every patron\'s needs, whether they shop at WalMart or Lord and Taylor

Public Libraries: Where Designer Store meets Department Store


When we decide the library has the resources and space to develop a collection of music there will be those that will tell us that we need the classics–we need to honor and expand the minds of the public by presenting to them \"good\" music.
The Library\'s job is to \"offer.\" We have Shakespeare and Steinbeck but we also have Steel and Sheldon.
Oh, there are always matters of selection to be addressed. Let us address them together for the betterment of our public libraries.

Be sure to read on....

-- Read More

The web helps magazine industry

Businessweek.com has a suprising story on the growth of magazine readers thanks to the web. It seems the web is helping the magazine business, not hurting it.

\"The Internet, rather than stealing readers from the printed page, may turn out to be the best thing to happen to magazines since the printing press\" -- Read More

Art available from library, but program is in doubt

Read this story Here. From the South Bend Tribune.

Want the \"Mona Lisa\" in your kitchen or an Ansel Adams
photo in your den? Framed art is again available for
borrowing at the St. Joseph County Public Library in
downtown South Bend. -- Read More

Library gets new bookmobile ready for service

Long live the bookmobile! Read this story Here. From the Kalamazoo Gazette.

The Kalamazoo Public Library bookmobile may be back on the road as early as next week.

\"We are loading up the new bookmobile right now,\" said
Terry Lason, head of loan-and-outreach services at the
Kalamazoo Public Library. -- Read More

Bank offers site for new library

Read this story Here. From the Register-Guard.

In a crowd of public officials and business leaders, Eugene Mayor Jim Torrey picked out the one person who could exemplify the purpose of the city\'s first branch library. -- Read More

Stony Brooks library near bottom of national list

Read this story Here. From Newsday.

ZONDORA WILSON is a graduate student in sociology at the State University at Stony Brook. But several times a month
she takes the train from Port Jefferson, where she lives, to
Manhattan, where she does her research for her PhD. -- Read More

Libraries register gripes over porn

An article on the findings of filtering advocate David Burt. Read this story Here. From the Washington Times.

An Oregon librarian who conducted a nationwide survey found more than 2,000 complaints about pornography in public libraries. -- Read More

FL and PA move on filters

The Freedom Forum has a nice article on the latest states (FL and PA) to attempt filtering in libraries Here.

In Florida, House Bill 1081, introduced on March 7, would require public libraries to install blocking software on half of their computers to prevent patrons from accessing \"materials that contain obscene descriptions, photographs, or depictions.\" Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering House Bill 2324, which would require both public schools and libraries to adopt acceptable-use policies. The Child Internet Protection Act would also require the use of blocking software.

They also have links to stories on four more states making filtering movesNJ AL UT and IN. -- Read More

King sized troubles

MSNBC and about 1,000 other places, have the story on how well Stephen King\'s new book is doing. It seems the demand for the E-Book was 10 times what they expected it to be, bringing down the servers set to download the book. Even Amazon.com couldn\'t keep up. This could certainly help the epublications industry.

Death of the Publisher?

The Washington Post has an article on how epublications, like Stephen King\'s new book, are going to effect publishers. Could the web bring an end to the role of publishing as we know it?

\"
All of a sudden, the roles of publishers, printers, distributors and sellers of books are called into question.\" -- Read More

Book banned in Russia

The Times UK has this story from Russia


The Russian electoral authorities yesterday banned the sale of a new book about Vladimir Putin that casts the acting President in a tough, uncompromising light.
The book, called From the First Person: Interviews with Vladimir Putin, was written by two journalists who conducted 24 hours of interviews with the former KGB officer, who is set for victory in presidential elections on March 26.

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