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

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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.

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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. \"

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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Read it b4 you can buy it

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

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Gen-X author back

Return for gay family book in GB

THE Times UK has an promising report on the return of an old book on homosexuality.

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Family Research Council joins library Internet filters fray

Story from gr.mlive.com
HOLLAND, MI -- Another conservative powerhouse is entering the local debate on Internet filters.

The Family Research Council is considering to what extent it will become involved in a campaign for a Feb. 22 ballot initiative that would require the Herrick District Library to install Internet filters on computers to prevent children from gaining access to pornography.

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China tightens its control over the Internet

CNN has a story HERE on how China is cracking down on internet use.

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Library staff set for strike vote

From TOronto

Toronto library workers plan strike votes this week as bargaining for a first amalgamated contract continues.

Contract talks between the 2,500 workers, members of the Toronto Civic Employees Union, and Toronto Public Library have been ``painfully slow,\'\' union president Brian Cochrane said yesterday.

Syd Jones, the library system\'s director of marketing and communications, declined to comment except to say management is committed to reaching a settlement.

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Detained librarian admits stealing secrets, China says

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Detained librarian admits stealing secrets, China says

By Jennifer Lin
and Cynthia J. McGroarty

INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The Chinese government says a Dickinson College librarian \"confessed\" to stealing state secrets. His wife in Carlisle, Pa., says it can\'t be true.

Either way, the future of Yongyi Song, an unassuming scholar who has become an international cause celebre, hangs in the balance as his detention in China continues into its sixth month.

Story Here

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Library won\'t use Internet porn filters

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.
Story HERE

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Library board tightens Internet rules

The Greenville County Library Board has voted to make it more difficult for children to access sexually explicit material on the Internet, but it stopped short of installing filters.
Story Here

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Library patrons happy with facility

Appleton officials plan to increase lifelong learning
If you\'re a lifelong learner, the Appleton Public Library has a book on you.

The \"book\" is a plan that charts a course for library service for the next five years. Chances are you, a neighbor or someone else you know had a hand in preparing it, as nearly 1,500 people gave their views through in-library surveys, focus groups and interviews.

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A New Poet Laureate: Charles Simic

Charles Simic will be named the 15th poet laureate of the United States by the Librarian of Congress today, succeeding Donald Hall, Publishers Weekly reports.

Simic, who is 69, was born in Yugoslavia and immigrated to the U.S. at 16. After learning English he started writing poetry and to date has published 20 volumes. He won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1990 and was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant in 1984. He is a retired professor of American literature and creative writing at the University of New Hampshire. He is currently the poetry editor of The Paris Review and also writes for The New York Review of Books.

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Library Product News from Library Buyer's Guide

Want a free weekly e-newsletter about library products, what's new, what's cool?

Sign up here and receive a weekly e-mail from The Library Buyers Guide, "a new comprehensive online library resource featuring thousands of listings of products and services for librarians and information professionals in every field; academic, public, school and special libraries."

All Google All the Time

from ...G Stories, "a source for what's new and interesting about Google(TM) & other search engines", brought to you by somebody named Ed. Stock updates, programming plans, rumors and more.

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