Library Clerk Quits Over Offensive Magazine - Gets Support from City Officials

According to The Cleveland Plain Dealer, \"a former Willowick, OH Public Library circulation-desk clerk quit her job in protest over the library\'s refusal to remove the February issue of Talk magazine, a monthly publication that focuses on politics, culture, and entertainment.
Julie Sbrocco was offended by a cover photo of actress Heather Graham in a low-cut dress, and two side-view snapshots of nude women included in a story about the pornography industry, according to the March 10 Cleveland Plain Dealer. Fearing children might see the magazine, which is displayed in the adult section, Sbrocco said she didn\'t believe in intellectual freedom without responsibility,the newspaper reported. The library has refused to remove the magazine, citing First Amendment protections.\"

\"Sbrocco complained to city leaders and has received some support. City Council President Richard Bonde told the Plain Dealer while the library is not expected to take on a parental role, we still don\'t condone the magazine. Councilman John O\'Donnell vowed to campaign against the library\'s next levy renewal if the magazine is not removed,\" the newspaper said. [more...]


Woman jailed for taking three extra library books

Charles Davis writes \"From
Reported at
A Chinese woman has been jailed for a week and fined
£2,000 after taking three more library books than she was

She wanted to borrow eight
books at once from the Library, and had ripped the barcodes off the three extra
books but still triggered electronic detectors.

Her lawyer said: \"At the time, all the eight books that the
accused wanted to borrow were of great interest to her.\"

She could have been jailed for up to three years.\"


Two Library Awards from NY Times

I found this story on Excite. The New York Times is going to give two awards ($2,500) to staff at libraries working in any of the five boroughs of NYC. That might explain why the price of the Times has gone up 3 bucks on Sundays.\"These annual awards, which will be given for the first time in 2001 as part of the commemoration of The Times\' 150th Anniversary, are intended to recognize those individuals who provide outstanding community service on a consistent basis.
One librarian and one library staff member from each borough of New York City will receive an award. Nominations for the Librarian Award will be made by librarians while nominations for the Library Service Award will be made by members of the public.


Next Library Trend May Involve Connecting Libraries Around the World

Richard Allen [writes...]A Quebec software company wants to link together libraries around the globe in order to create a super-mega bibliopolis.
According to David Dorman, columnist for American Libraries, \"It is clear that each library\'s individual catalog can no longer be the centerpiece of the library\'s efforts to organize the resources it provides to its patrons. It is now just one tool among many, all of which need to be integrated into a coherent system for the information-seeker.\" [more...] from The International Herald Tribune


President Bush Unveils Education Plan: E-Rate Remains Intact


President Bush\'s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) package was unveiled today by Congressman Boehner (R-OH), Chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. The \"No Child Left Behind Act of 2001\", H.R. 1, stresses the importance of early child reading and literacy programs.

Due to the enormous grassroots efforts from library advocates and E-rate supporters, President Bush\'s education plan would not move the E-rate from the FCC and consolidate it with other education technology programs at the Department of Education. President Bush\'s initial education proposal would have shifted E-rate funds
from the stable and reliable funding source it now enjoys as part of the Universal Service Fund administered by the FCC to the Department of Education and the E-rate funds would have then been part of the annual appropriations process.

More details will be provided in later ALAWONS.


Why Vote for Ken Haycock?

I asked all three ALA candidates one simple, final
question. Why should we vote for them. Ken was the
first and only one to respond so far. Here is his

\"The only person who decides who should be
president of the American Library Association is you,
the member and voter. You need to decide first what
you expect from the person you elect as president. If
you read no further, I would ask that you at least check
out my web site\"

Pleanty more, so read on.....


New York Times, Newsday, Time, Lexis/Nexis, UMI Sued Over Copyright Violations

According to Wired...
Tens of thousands of freelance writers, photographers and illustrators eagerly await the outcome of Tasini et al vs. The New York Times et al, which, after seven years in lower courts, will finally be argued before the Supreme Court next week. [more...]


Books, Books Everywhere the Books

More than a few book stories clogging up my favorites here

The E-Book Revolution? from over at BookWire calls the the eBook industry\'s hype a bit off base.

The NYTimes has This Story on a campaign by more than 1,200 independent bookstores called BookSense.

Meanwhile, in Australia, Retailers told to move as books giant sets up shop, if you can\'t beat\'m, move.

In CA a federal court judge in Northern California dismissed a group of Independent Bookstores claim to damages yesterday in an antitrust suit against Barnes & Noble and the Borders Group. Full Story


Books, pornography to be burned

Brian writes \"As Mir blazes through the atmosphere this week, Shannon Lucid\'s 100-volume library-in-space will go up in flames. She calls it \"the ultimate book burning.\" Looks like a pornographic drawing will become ash, too.
Story From yahoo! \"

I\'m just hoping for a free Taco!


Questia: Some Issues

T. G. McFadden, the Director @ Schaffer Library, Union College in Schenectady, NY has written this look at Questia.

And while we\'re on the subject, a couple people have asked what happened to the Questia interview. I spoke with someone at the company who said they would rather not answer so many important questions in that format, and would rather answer each person individually.Read on for T.G.\'s look at Questia.

\"The following observations and findings are based on a limited, but perhaps not unrepresentative, trial of how Questia handles certain authors and subjects in areas familiar to me. Naturally, any conclusions or results should be independently verified.


What is the current usage for the librarian in charge?

Someone writes \"A librarian the other day told me they were a master librarian. I have looked around the library web pages and found titles for the librarians that have the overall responsibility of a particular library, go by general titles as chief librarian, head librarian, university librarian,campus librarian. Since library functions are always changing, I have two questions. Is there a general title as master labrarian and what are current titles for the librarian with the most responsibility at any library?

Yes, I do not work in a library. \"

I\'d say Library Director sounds about right, but maybe there are others? I\'ve never hear of Master Librarian, but it sounds pretty cool!


N2H2 filters out staff

Brian writes \"Filter maker N2H2 just laid off 51 people, close to a fourth of its staff (which was reduced by more than a third last year). Article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. \"

In other filtering news, CNN has a Look At the latest filtering wars.

And Slashdot has This Story on a proposal in TX that would require PC sellers in Texas to include filters on the machines they sell. see also\'s Story


Libraries Popping Up Everwhere

With all this talk about library closings, it\'s good too see
some new libraries popping up in some unexpected
places.A homeless shelter
in in AZ, post offices in England.
Meanwhile in France, the French national library
says it has the largest virtual
in the world. 87,000 books have been
converted to a digital format, so it doesn\'t matter where
they are.
Thanks to Robert Aubin for these.


Trouble for Toronto Public Library

Why is it everytime I post a story about Ontario it\'s bad
This Story from
The Toronto
says library officials would have to look at
closing at least 17 branch libraries, if the proposed
budget cuts take place. Keep in mind that the Toronto
Public Library has had to reduce its budget by about 25
per cent in the past 10 years. I thought the city
amalgamation was suppose to make things better?

Move Over Harry Potter, There\'s a New Kid in Town

His name is Artemis Fowl, and this 12-year-old kids\' book character has already made a mint — and literary history — for his creator, Irish author Eoin Colfer. [more...]


Fraudulent borrowers cost libraries $10,000

Here\'s yet another story on
public library thefts. Detectives are investigating a
library theft ring whose members took at least $10,000
worth of materials from at least 16 libraries in several
OH counties over five months.

They used at least five fraudulent names to take out
About $10,000 worth of DVDs, CDs, videos and books.
Overdue notices sent to the fraudulent addresses were
returned by the postal service in December, and the
libraries then knew they had been ripped off.

It\'s so sad how often I see this now.


US Presidential Libraries

Chicago Tribune
has a Story on
the Presidential Libraries in the US.

They say presidential libraries have become elaborate
and expensive and are aimed at staking a president\'s
claim to greatness, and are so expensive you could run
a presidential campaign on what they cost. President
Bill Clinton\'s library in Little Rock, Ark., has been
estimated at $100 million to $125 million.


Epublishing News

What Can Publishers Learn from
is an interesting story from Publishers
on e-books. They say libraries and
technology vendors are working at a higher level of
sophistication than most print publishers in terms of
integrating content assets, and publishers can learn a
thing or two from us.

Bob Cox sent in This Story from on E-Ink, a flexible,
paper-like display made of plastic, with paper-white
backgrounds and ink that continues to display even
after you turn the gadget off. They say it could help
digital books account for annual revenues of $7.8
billion in five years (18 percent of all publishing sales)

Net News

Charles Davis shares This Story on the ever humble Tim
Berners-Lee. He will receive an honorary degree
\"Doctor of Science (honoris causa)\" from the University
of Oxford at Encaenia. We all owe him a big thanks for
what he did.

In other \'net-news, Bob Cox sent along This NY Post Story on a Brooklyn busboy
who pulled off the largest identity-theft in Internet
history, stealing from more than 200 of the \"Richest
People in America\" listed in Forbes magazine, and he
did it all with the computers in a local library!Here\'s another Story too.


Noisy Libraries Speak Volumes About Us

Someone sent along This Story from The Washington
on the Arlington Road branch library in
Bethesda. Not the quiet library you would expect, and
just too loud for this author.

\"No, thanks.\" I wanted to say. \"I\'ll just head on
over to someplace where I can concentrate, like Chuck
E. Cheese.\"



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