Libraries in a bind, and you might pay.

The NY Post has a story
HERE on
budget
problems in the New York Citiy Libraries.

Libraries should charge borrowers Blockbuster rates for
movie videos and CDs -- or come up with other money-raising
ideas -- to cover part of a $41million budget cut, the
mayor\'s new spending proposal says. -- Read More

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From
the Pioneer Planet.

The mad dash for public library Internet terminals begins shortly after 2 p.m. on school days. St. Paul students, some as young as 6 or 7, scramble to snare one of the coveted computers that provide free online access at neighborhood branches.

``Kids sometimes run to our sign-up sheets,\'\' says Kathy Heiderich, a city librarian who heads up the St. Paul Public Library system\'s Internet committee. ``It\'s like ice cream.\'\'

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From
the Pioneer Planet.

The mad dash for public library Internet terminals begins shortly after 2 p.m. on school days. St. Paul students, some as young as 6 or 7, scramble to snare one of the coveted computers that provide free online access at neighborhood branches.

``Kids sometimes run to our sign-up sheets,\'\' says Kathy Heiderich, a city librarian who heads up the St. Paul Public Library system\'s Internet committee. ``It\'s like ice cream.\'\'

Fantastic story on banned books.

The savannahmorningnew
s
has a nice story on a banned book Here . It follows the story for a year
and
a half.
\"It started with a single complaint. One man offended by
what he read on the pages of his stepdaughter\'s
schoolbooks. It snowballed into a book ban, a
full-fledged censorship fight, gathering disbelief and
outrage as it rolled on its controversial path.\" -- Read More

The \"New\" Librarian

USNEws has an intersting
read Here on the new breed of Librarians.

\"Library science is a field transformed by the
cyber-revolution. A generation ago, \'\'the librarian had the
crepe-soled shoes and the bun and was holding court in a
book-lined environment,\'\' says Carol Hoffmann, assistant to
the director of the University of Pittsburgh\'s library
system. Lately, explosive growth in the volume and import of
electronic
information has created demand across disciplines for people
expert in organizing and retrie -- Read More

Comment to the US Fed Govt.

\"The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is
preparing to conduct proceedings to make recommendations in
accordance with section 1201(a)(1) of the Copyright Act, 17
U.S.C.
1201(a)(1), which was added by the Digital Millennium
Copyright Act and which provides that the Librarian of
Congress may exempt certain classes of
works from the prohibition against circumventing a
technological measure that controls access to a copyrighted
w -- Read More

S.C. legislation would make libraries liable for online smut access

From the Nando
Times.

A Greenville lawmaker has filed a bill to make public
libraries criminally liable if they fail to keep children
from pornography on the Internet. -- Read More

Senator\\\\\\\'s bill targets Net porn at libraries

From
the Greenville News.

Responding to the Greenville County Library\'s refusal to
filter Internet access, state Sen. Mike Fair is seeking to
open libraries statewide to prosecution if minors see
pornography on their computer screens. -- Read More

Library discovers huge deficit

From the Ann Arbor News.

The Ann Arbor District Library is blaming accounting errors
for a newfound budget deficit of nearly $1 million that has
forced the library to begin cutbacks and postpone major
building plans for two of its branches.

The library board of directors may also consider increasing
the levy it collects from taxpayers in the dist

Library seeks resumes to check out

From the Deseret News.

Only two people had applied by Monday for the directorship
of the Salt Lake County Library System.

But that number is expected to increase as word circulates
about the position\'s vacancy and as the time draws closer to
the application deadline.

Victory in campaign to halt library closures

This Is
London.

The controversial tide of library closures across London has
finally turned - following huge public pressure.

Many boroughs announced cost-cutting closures and reductions
to opening hours during the last few months. Today, after
an Evening Standard campaign and anger from library users, a
London-wide reprieve seems imm

School Gets New Look for Library

From the L.A. Times.

The Cohasset Elementary School in Van Nuys is the latest to
receive a state-of-the-art library from the Wonder of
Reading, a nonprofit group that renovates Los Angeles
Unified School District libraries.

New green and gray carpeting, a reading amphitheater and
$10,000 worth of new biographies, science books and books in
Braille are just some of the changes from the four-week
make

A Cry for help from France

From Judit Kiraly
\" I have \"inherited\" in December the presidency of the English-American Library of Nice. The problem is that what I know about libraries is rather limited to my own experience of various establishments where I did my doctoral research.
It is a small, 20 000 volume English library in the south of France. I intend to do my best, but we are all voluntary and I am the one who does most of the organising/running of it with the help of some very nice but totally unqualified voluntary librarians. The place is reasionably organised and indexed, but when it comes to improving it - I definitely need professional advice. -- Read More

Filtering Out

Greenvilleonline has a report on filtering moves in the libraries there.

\"The Greenville County Library Board on Monday rejected the use of filters in its efforts to deal with patrons viewing obscene materials and placed a greater responsibility on parents when their kids access the Internet on library computers. The board voted 8-0 to adopt a policy requiring parents to accompany children under age 12 when they access the Internet on computers in the countywide library system.
The new policy, which is expected to be reviewed by the county attorney\'s office in 10 days and put into effect two weeks afterwards, also requires parents to sign a statement that allows children between ages 12 and 17 to access the Internet without parental supervision. \" -- Read More

The Weather Outside is Frightful

From the Washington Post

With workers firing up home computers and fax machines, children Web surfing, and others using the day at home to make long calls, telecommunications systems throughout the region slowed down or didn\'t function at all.

Bell Atlantic reported heavy congestion yesterday as people used phone lines while they tried to work at home rather than risk a treacherous drive to the office. -- Read More

Study on Online Education Sees Optimism, With Caution

The NY Times has a report on online learning.

An online class, the report concluded, can be a worthy and in some cases a great educational experience. But to work effectively, online class sizes should be limited. And Internet learning may be inappropriate for certain academic endeavors, most notably, the completion of an entire undergraduate degree program. -- Read More

Watch your cookies

The USA Today Reports
DoubleClick Inc., the Internet\'s largest advertising company, has begun tracking Web users by name and address as they move from one Web site to the next, USATODAY.com has learned.

The practice, known as profiling, gives marketers the ability to know the household, and in many cases the precise identity, of the person visiting any one of the 11,500 sites that use DoubleClick\'s ad-tracking \"cookies.\"

What made such profiling possible was DoubleClick\'s purchase in June of Abacus Direct Corp., a direct-marketing services company that maintains a database of names, addresses, telephone numbers and retail purchasing habits of 90% of American households -- Read More

Trouble Among the Stacks

The Cal Law Journal has a story on how and why librarians aren\'t getting rich.

\"Across the state, county law libraries are feeling the financial pinch. Cutbacks in the stacks have become commonplace and salaries are so stagnant that longtime government employees are looking elsewhere in search of better pay.\"


Stolen from The Rarin\' librarian -- Read More

Read it b4 you can buy it

Read Grishams\' new book on line, well part of it HERE -- Read More

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