Libraries try to keep Internet access safe

A story from Oklahoma on filtering policies in public libraries.

The policies in libraries ranging in size from New York City to Hominy have a common theme -- read at your own risk.

\"Ultimately, everyone has to take individual responsibility,\" said Jon Walker, division director for automation and collection services for the Tulsa City- County Library.

\"When you look at all the media including television and print, you have bad things in all those arenas. We have to teach people the skills to be able to discern what is accurate and important.\"

The Oklahoma Library Association and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries support and encourage libraries to develop an Internet policy but do not make recommendations for content.

Local library boards have the final decision about what is passed and enforced in their communities.

Worlds oldest Valentine unearthed in Britain

The world\'s oldest-known Valentine\'s Day message, written in 1477, was unveiled on Monday at the British Library and proves that when it comes to love, some things never change.

On February 14, 523 years ago, Margery Brews wrote what has become the oldest surviving Valentine\'s card, using all her womanly wiles to try and convince her lover to marry her.

She flattered her fiance, appealed to his chivalry, then she turned to emotional blackmail.
The letter is part of the library\'s Millennium exhibition: ``Chapter & Verse: 1,000 years of English literature.\'\' -- Read More

Charges dropped against man with overdue library books

MSNBC had this short report.

\"
Charges have been dropped against a man who was last month arrested for having overdue library books.
Jeremy Christian Soder, 29, was arrested Jan. 7 during a traffic stop in Fort Myers. A check of his records showed a Pinellas County warrant for failing to appear in court for overdue library material.
Soder said at the time he wanted to learn Spanish for a 1998 trip to Costa Rica, so he checked out about $80 worth of books and tapes from the Clearwater Public Library. -- Read More

Activist leading fight to install Internet filters

A Story on the man leading the fight for filtering in Michigan appeared on Michigin Live

Gary Glenn has never left people lukewarm.

Through 20-plus years of political activism -- fighting organized labor, battling gay rights, looking to expand educational choice and now championing Internet filters in Holland -- the soft-spoken Southerner has inspired two reactions: devotion and derision. -- Read More

Librarians contest on

Michigan Live has a neat story on a local librarian contest
Here.

The White Pine Library Cooperative is asking for more such examples for its Libraries Change Lives story contest.

To win, library users should submit their stories, said cooperative Director Doug Simmons.

The cooperative\'s member libraries - in Saginaw, Bay, Midland, Tuscola, Sanilac, Huron, Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Iosco, Isabella and Ogemaw counties - are participating.

\"

Charles Schulz Dead

CNN has a nice tribute to the late Charles Schulz
Here, along with Message Boards to discuss his death with other fans.


The last daily Peanuts strip was published on January 3. But
Sunday\'s papers carried the final cartoon, a strip showing
Snoopy at his typewriter, along with other Peanuts regulars.
It includes a farewell letter signed by Schulz.

\"Dear Friends,\" the letter opens. \"I have been fortunate to
draw Charlie Brown and his friends for almost 50 years. It
has been the fulfillment of my childhood ambition.\"


\"It\'s amazing that he dies just before his last strip is
published,\" fellow cartoonist Lynn Johnston, creator of \"For Better or Worse,\" said. Such an ending was \"as if he had written it that way.\"

Editorial on Filtering in IL

Someone writes \"Here is the full
editorial from The Times Newspaper covering Lansing,
Illinois. The link I sent earlier in the week doesn\'t work
because the paper moves the stories to an archive. The
story appeared in the Times at http://www.thetimesonli
ne.com

Publication date: 02/10/2000
Bring in Internet but take out trash
A Personal View

Kathy Valente
Founder, Citizens for Community Values,
Lansing
This is in response to the Lansing Library director\'s Jan. 4
letter regarding the library\'s decision to have one
unfiltered terminal. The federal court case that William D.
Babcock refers to that could threaten our community
standards, took place in Loudoun County, Va., in the Fourth
U.S. District Court, which has no jurisdiction in Illinois
whatsoever. Judge Leona Brinkema, a former librarian,
ruled it was unconstitutional for the library to filter
adult terminals. Babcock may not be aware that a parallel
decision of hers was overturned by a higher court, thereby
allowing government employees to be restricted from viewing
sexually explicit material on government-owned
(taxpayer-purchased) computers. Legal experts believe the
Loudoun case would\'ve been overturned had they appealed. But
more importantly, this 4th District ruling doesn\'t apply to
Illinois.
The group that filed the suit against the Loudoun County
Library was started by the American Library Association
(which oppose all filters), represented by the ACLU and
received a monetary award from the Playboy Foundation.
Do the ALA and ACLU have an agenda? Click Read
more to Read the rest
-- Read More

Baltimore County School Eye Library Holdings

Della Curtis writes
\"Baltimore County Public Schools, the 24th largest school
district in the nation, is addressing the problem of aging
secondary school library collections. This is a problem
across the nation. Superintendent Anthony Marchione has
proposed spending 10 million over a 3-year period that will
outfit libraries with new books to support student research
and reading. The budget proposal was approved by the
Board of Education, and is now before the Baltimore County
Council.

Cella Curtis, Coordinator of the Office of Library
Information Services, has prepared a website that gives
insight as to the scope of the collection problem, the
process used to evaluate the collections in 165 schools, how
libraries contributed to academic achievement of students,
comments from students, staff, and parents, and links to
news articles in the Baltimore SunPapers and the Washington
Post. The overall intent of the website is to inform
the community and advocate school libraries and the
re-building of their library collections. The web address
is
http://www.
bcpl.net/~dcurtis/libraryfacts

Other school libraries who face the same problem may find

Internet restriction vote set for Tuesday

Lansing officials eye all public bodies in censorship
law

After a half-hour of debate among residents and trustees,
the Lansing Village Board agreed by consent last week to
prepare a resolution urging restricted access to the
Internet in public facilities.


The debate centered around access to the Internet at the
Lansing Public Library, but trustees agreed to direct their
resolution toward all public bodies in the village that
might provide such access.
The board is expected to vote on the resolution Tuesday.
Proponents of restricted access argue that self-imposed
\"filters\" will prevent users from accessing pornography and
obscene materials on the Internet.
\"Let\'s not play Big Brother so much with the Library Board,\"
Podgorski said. \"We should make it applicable to all.\"
From
www.starnewspapers.com\"
-- Read More

All knowing search tool

Story from PCWorld on a new program called kenjin. You can download it HERE.


Unveiled earlier this week at the Demo 2000 conference in Palm
Springs, California, the free downloadable program is a
\"behind-the-scenes\" search engine. It reads and analyzes the text
on your screen, picks out the major themes, and then combs the
Internet for links related to those subjects.

Kenjin works with almost any sort of document, whether you\'re
working in a word processor or writing an e-mail message.
There\'s no need to activate your browser, no need to type in
cumbersome Web addresses and keywords. You just need to be
connected to the Internet.

lawsuit by Laura Ingalls Library still in court

Someone sent in This Story about the little library on the prarie case.

A little library in the Ozarks got a boost this week in its suit to recover copyright
income from the works of its famous benefactor, author Laura Ingalls Wilder, best
known for her book \"Little House on the Prairie.\"

U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith rejected the request by HarperCollins Publishers Inc.
of New York to throw out the suit over its claim the library missed the deadline to
claim copyrights. Smith said more fact-finding is needed to decide that issue.

School pulls book from shelves

An Article from the Idaho Statesman reports on the moves made on \"The Listeners\" in an Idaho town.

A book by popular young adult horror author Christopher
Pike has raised concerns at Nampa’s West Middle School and has
been temporarily pulled from the school library’s shelves.

A group of seventh-grade teachers at the school have asked that the
book “The Listeners” be removed from the library, along with other
grisly storylines by the prolific author.

Principal Jeff Read is reading a selection of the Pike books and said
he and media specialist Dale Buzzell will make a decision whether to
permanently remove the book on Monday.

A closer look at filtering

Someone wrote in with this interesting opinion

\"In today\'s local paper http://www.thetimesonline.com we are unfortunately headline news. You can find the story HERE If you click on news there are additional stories. The one concerning us is entitled \"Lansing trustees want library computers filtered\". If it full of misinformation. The Mayor has NEVER been in the library recently. He never even picked up the telephone to ask questions. We have NEVER had an unfiltered terminal so we certainly never moved it. We only have 6 terminals not 10.

In yesterday\'s paper, same URL, there is a guest editorial from {Someone}, a local resident, who is heading the campaign against the library. Her editorial is entitled \"Bring the Internet to the public library, but take out the trash first\". You may want to note her shopping list of sites OTHER than pornography that she wants to censor.

SHE is the reason it has taken so long to bring the internet to our library. SHE is the one who promised legal action if she ever walking in and found unfiltered internet access at the library. \"

E-Books slowly gaining ground

Here\'s a story, from The Star-Telegram, on the business side of epublishing. More and more stories report on how epubs are going mainstream.

But lately there are signs emerging that the traditional literary community is
warming to a new alien form; Time Warner Trade Publishing wants to post
chapters or excerpts from coming books on the Fatbrain site and the company\'s
chief executive, Laurence J. Kirshbaum, calls the concept \"brilliant.\" And some
prominent authors and agents are beginning to place short works or out-of-print
books on the site, which is already a literary refuge for amateur writers yearning
to share their oeuvres -- \"Psoriasis -- My 35-Year-Itch That Vanished\" or \"Did
Russia Send Us AIDS?\"

Authors back protest over library closures

The Times UK has a short Report on library closures in the UK, and the growing protests against these moves.

Nearly 80 per cent of the nation\'s local authorities have cut library
services to save money, rather than because they were being under-used.
Yet the expenditure (the public library service costs 26p per person per
week, the price of a first-class stamp) was minuscule against the benefits,
she said.

The novelist Margaret Drabble was among celebrities who denounced
yesterday the closure of local libraries around the country as nothing less
than philistine. -- Read More

19 clicks of seperation

Barbara Shapiro writes \"Fascinating article about how the Web is developing same structure as plant life. Here at the Seattle Times\"

This is a really neat article that claims the average degree of seperation on the web is 19 clicks. If you buy the 6 degrees theory, this is very similar.

Thus was born the \"19 clicks of separation\" theory of
the Web. This scientific effort to size the Web has
helped reveal the organic way in which the global
network is growing.

Like the celebrated \"six degrees of separation\" that
supposedly can connect any two people on the planet,
researchers at the University of Notre Dame recently
estimated that any two randomly selected sites on the
Web are connected, on average, by 19 clicks.
The Notre Dame team says, on average, you can get
from one site on the Web to any other randomly
selected site in about 19 clicks.

CONFERENCE FOR INFORMATION AGE LIBRARIANS

Ray McBride writes \"The 15th Annual Computers in Libraries 2000 Conference will be held March 15-17 in Washington D.C. at the Washington Hilton and Towers. It is billed as North America\'s largest technology conference & exhibition for Librarians and Information Managers. Sponsored by Information Today this years conference has something for everyone. For additional information visit InfotodayThe conference report is Here \"

Proposal attacks Internet porn in libraries

The Story on how Michigan will encourage some kind of filtering in libraries.Though, it does not force filtering on the libraries.

Librarians at thousands of school and public libraries in Michigan would have to use Internet filters to keep minors away from porn sites, under a bill headed for a vote in the state Senate.

The bill by Sen. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton, was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. It requires libraries with Internet access to prevent those under 18 from viewing \"obscene matter or sexually explicit matter that is harmful to minors.\"

Rulings on Book Covers Worry Publishers

The IP Law Center has a must read legal
Story on the legalities of book covers.

Beyond that, other media companies worry that any favorable rulings for the plaintiffs could spur additional class action suits against book publishers, magazine publishers and broadcasters. In fact, attorneys representing the plaintiffs in both cases have other class action suits pending against Penguin Putnam and Simon & Schuster based on false statements on the cover of \"McNally\'s Dilemma.\" Plaintiffs in these suits also allege that the cover of the book is commercial speech that must conform to false advertising statutes. -- Read More

Parents, Staff Clash Over Book Removal

The LATimes has a story on the fight over weeding the stacks at Topeka Drive Elementary School.

A team of district librarians and clerks clashed Tuesday with parents and the librarian at Topeka Drive Elementary School over the removal of hundreds of old books from library shelves.
The Northridge school had paid the Los Angeles Unified School district\'s library services division $500 to spend a day weeding the library of obsolete books, but parents asked the team to leave after a heated hourlong debate over which books should go.

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