Harry Potter\'s girl trouble

We\'re all very familiar with anti-witchcraft Harry Haters. Here\'s an article from Salon.com about a very different problem in the popular series: sexism. The article, by Christine Schoefer, is called Harry Potter\'s girl trouble, and it paints a convincing new picture of this fictional world where girls, when they are not left out, are denigrated. Please read the article before you respond! I think there\'s something to it.


Fighting over Harry

Someone writes \"There are 2 very intersting letters to the editor in the augusta chronicle on harry potter
One andTwo \"

The first one is a person writing to complain about Harry in a local school.\"Potter author J.K. Rowling is doing nothing but promoting Satanism....I have read that her books are not much different than ......Don\'t these parents realize the day and age we live in and the imagination kids of today have? \"
The Second is the librarians response. \"As a conscientious media specialist and one who loves and cares about these kids, I felt it was my duty to read the book before I made any judgment calls, and I did. Tell me, Ms. Williams, as a conscientious parent, did you?


ALA Survey on net access

The ALA has the results to a survey done by by the Library Research Center of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on internet policies in public libraries. Some of the results seem a bit suprising.
-95 percent of public libraries have a formal policy in place to regulate public use of the Internet

-80 percent of respondents say they purposely locate computer terminals in open spaces
-64 percent of respondents require permission from parents before children can use the Internet
-Almost 50 percent have received informal complaints about Internet access, but only 7 percent were about content

A full report on this survey is available from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science at The University of Illinois (it\'s a pdf)


The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

Someone suggested This site \"The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education\".

\"FIRE is a nonprofit educational foundation devoted to free speech, individual liberty, religious freedom, the rights of conscience, legal equality, due process, and academic freedom on our nation\'s campuses.\"

Check out thefire.org



Michigan Live has a decent Story on the ol\' R-Rated Video checkout debate. They do a good job covering both sides of the issue. Should libraries \"rent\" R-Rated videos to Kids? If they can\'t do it at Blockbuster why should they be able to do it at a library?

\"Libraries exist to provide a window to the world. How far open the window should be is a matter of debate -- and it\'s not a new one.\"


The contrary library

The Columbus Dispatch has a nice Story on how public libraries are adapting to the internet age, and how well it is working.
They cover E-Reference, DVD\'s, E-Books, and Audio Books.

\"In the past quarter-century, public libraries have undergone significant changes...The moves have been popular: Two out of three Americans visited a public library in 1998.\"

The ALA\'s Agenda of Porn

has an 3 part audio report that
slams the ALA and it\'s policies on filtering. Many choice
quotes in this one. They call the ALA\'s agenda a plan to
\"radicalize America\", public libraries one of the most
dangerous places for your children, and say the ALA
\"agressively promotes homosexuality\".
The audio archives
The transript Archives

\"If Christians don\'t stand up against such
decadence, then we become willing slaves to the
counter-cultural values of the American Library
Association and its friends.\"

(These originally
aired on Aug 9, 10, and 11th)


Choosing Quick Hits Over the Card Catalog

Steven Bell writes:Here is a story I think every
librarian should read on student use of the
Internet for research. It\'s at The NY TImes

This is an intersting story to say the least. Filled with
quotes to make a point, and few facts, the author leads
us to believe kids hate libraries. The \"card catalog\" is
cited as an example of how students are \" more
comfortable sifting through hyperlinks than they are
flipping through a card catalog. \" Don\'t most
schools use an OPAC now?

\"Sam still prefers doing research with his
Hewlett-Packard PC to looking up information at the
library. \"I\'d much rather be online,\" he said. The library,
he added, is \"a tenser atmosphere.\"


Recommend a Library School

jetirrell writes \"I am planning on becoming a school librarian. What are your recommendations on university graduate programs that are respected by the librarian community. I am in the LA area and I am looking at UCLA, but I am willing to move in order to enroll in a solid program. Thank you for your help. \"

Can we trust rankings from places like US News who Ranks University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign, and University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill as tied for #1? (My school, SUNY–Buffalo, is ranked #18)


Beaming books to a device near you?

ZDNet has a Story on plans from B&N to allow patrons (or is it customers?) to download books while shopping. This would mean many more titles available in stores. Now nothing will go out of print! Though technically Ebooks aren\'t in Print are they?

\"You could see B&N-branded (handheld) devices by next year,\" Riggio told attendees at Microsoft\'s press conference. \"You will see a situation where you can have books beamed onto your device at the store.\"

Friday Updates

This weeks Friday updates include Contentville, more on the strike in Ohio, more medical than porn, volunteer quizzed, genomes, hurrah for Minneapolis, Baker and Taylor fiasco, librarian gets and award, Detroit library gets money, and much more. Does anyone have a good Quote of the Week? I couldn\'t find one.

2:00pm Blake Butts in...Someone just suggested 2 different quotes of the week. Read on for them.....

Bootlegging the books

R Hadden writes: Only a few days after the new Harry Potter book came out, a bootleg
(or should we call it a bookleg?) copy was available for free for reading
or downloading on the Internet. Someone had scanned all 700+ pages of their
copy, and then posted the entire book on the web.
According to an article in the Washington Post, publishers who are
pushing for profits in the new world of e-books are also fearful of the new
challenges to copyright and the ease of exchanging files across the world
wide web. It is more difficult to monitor the exchange of relatively
smaller text files than it is to monitor larger files exchanged by Napster
or movie pirates.

To view the entire Article, go to
The Washington Post

Don\'t Steal This Book

Can the Association of American Publishers and Microsoft pull the plug
on bootleg books on the Internet?

Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt

Kevin Brook suggested this CNN Story on the amazing new library in Egypt. It\'s 11 stories high, looks impressive, and is built on the site of the original

\"The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the brainchild of Alexandrian historian Mustafa al-Abbadi more
than 20 years ago, is located in the same city as the famed Pharos lighthouse, one of the seven
wonders of the ancient world which stood for 16 centuries before collapsing in an earthquake in
1349. \"


Preventing an e-book Napster

MSNBC has a Report on the Microsoft/Barnes and Noble E-Book venture. One of the interesting things about this venture is the idea they can stop piracy. The idea is to “help set up an honest, reasonably priced, robust market” for e-books, so no one will want to steal them! In a realted story, the desktop version of the eBook Reader will offer a full set of features and support for the highest levels of security, the Pocket PC version does not. Pocket PC glitch: Few readable e-books

\"“The lessons of the music industry are not lost on my friends here,” said Brass, referring to top officials from Barnesandnoble.com, Time Warner Inc. and Simon & Schuster\"

Don\'t Rush LC To Collect The Web

The Advocate has a nice Editorial on The Library of Congress. Remeber that report from The National Research Council that said the Library of Congress could turn into no more than a \"museum of books\" if it didn\'t take steps to apply its archival talents to the digital world? Well Jared Kendall say Pish Posh to that silly idea. He thinks LC would be better of putting the collection it has online, rather collecting what it online.

\"Reliability is what the Web needs more of, not storage space. The Library of Congress doesn\'t need the Web. The Web needs the Library of Congress. \"


New professional development newsletter!

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started a professional development email newsletter.
First issue in September,
but now it needs subscribers and contributers!

lisjobs.com AND
LISNews aren\'t related in anyway, we just have good
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check out all LISJobs has to offer.


Someone wrote in with this from the World Net Daily

\"It looks like the majority of traffic going through the firewall is pornography.\" -- White House employee, speaking on condition of anonymity


Library is NOT day care

An article by JS online reminds all parents that the library is not a day care facility.\"Although delighted when children explore the shelves and surf the Internet on library computers, librarians locally and nationally increasingly are taking steps to make it clear that parents - not staff - are responsible for monitoring what youngsters read and view.\"

Law library for laymen

Here\'s a nifty story on the opening of York County (VA) law library. The library consists of a few computers and some printed materials. The library\'s computerized databases include Virginia Law on Disc; and Federal Law Solution, which has U.S. Code and information on U.S. Supreme Court and Fourth District Court cases. Print materials in the library\'s archives include the Code of Virginia; York County Code; and Michie\'s Jurisprudence, an encyclopedia of legal information for Virginia and West Virginia.

\"The software, in addition to Internet access, should be enough to get people started and answer a lot of questions, County Attorney James Barnett said.\"

Anonymous publishing on the web

CNET has a Story on a new idea from AT&T. PUBLIS is a new system that will allow anonymous publishing on the web. Since it allows free distribution of files online, without any checks by copyright owners or law enforcement, Publius has been talked about in the same breath as Napster, Gnutella and Freenet.

\"\"The ultimate kick for us as developers is if some organization such as Amnesty International starts to refer people to our systems,\" said Avi Rubin, the AT&T Labs researcher who is leading the project. \"We\'d like to see it used in the real world, by real world people who can\'t express their ideas.\"



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