Library Used to Commit Biggest Cyber-Fraud in History

[this one]
doesn\'t make some people nervous about online privacy, nothing will.
It seems that a number of the 400 wealthiest people in America, as listed by Forbes magazine, were ripped off by a busboy who used library computers to do the dirty deed. You\'ll be surprised at the names on this list and how many millions of dollars the thug is accused of stealing. And, he accomplished it via the Internet. One item of interest, he didn\'t try to rip off Bill Gates, whose name tops the list of America\'s most wealthy. [more...] from the New York Post.


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...]


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.


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.


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.\"


Online Reference in S.F.

Soneome passed along This Story from about how Bay Area libraries have banded together to do online reference.

About 80 reference librarians from 25 libraries are linked up to staff and
Note: San Fran residents only


Disaster and Destruction Along the Information Superhighway

This one comes from The Nando Times. It seems that all over the U.S. crews are destroying city streets, homes and businesses in order to make room for high speed Internet access. The problem isn\'t so much what they\'re doing, but what they\'re leaving behind. [more...]


So Long, Digerati: The Vanishing Digital Divide

Slashdot has an interesting jon Katz Story on the digital divide.

He says That computer and Net use are exploding among all age groups and class, racial and ethnic categories. The much-hyped tech slump has mostly hit poorly run, ill-conceived dot.coms, not mainstream technological use or growth.

SO is the digital divide really shrinking?
Does it matter?


Homeless Man Finds Home on the Web at the Library

From the Cincinnati Enquirer...
For six years, Mark Pierce lived under a piece of canvas near the Ohio River. He slept on a foam mattress retrieved from a Dumpster. He kept clean with jugs of water. In his own words, he was “tired, depressed, resentful and hateful” - just one of the region\'s estimated 1,400 homeless. Then Mr. Pierce found the Internet, and everything changed. He became a man with a home page, if not a home. [more...]



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