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Anatomy of a book controversy

Bob Cox sent in In Depth look on some book challenges in GA. The Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Board of Education initially voted 4-3 not to allow the use of \"In Cold Blood,\" \"A Lesson Before Dying,\" \"Stones from the River,\" \"Lords of Discipline\" and \"Catcher in the Rye.\", then re-voted after they said to make sure that summer reading lists for AP English students contain at least 10 choices and are given out one month before school ends. The books ended up NOT being banned.

\"As far as we are concerned, you are still stonewalling the concept of parental/citizen involvement. This whole process has been disgusting and demeaning. The endorsement of putting trash in the minds of children by a school system is horrifying to think of and it is dangerous to the social stability of this great country.\"

UK Public Libraries commemorated by coin.

Charles Davis writes \"In August 1850 the Public Libraries Act received Royal Assent, allowing ordinary people to enjoy free access to books and laying the foundations of today\'s national UK network of public libraries.


To mark the 150th anniversary of the Act, which brought knowledge and literature within the reach of every member of society, a commemorative 50p coin has been produced by the Royal Mint.
See:
royalmint.com \"

News flash!

Someone suggested this rather odd story from

http://www.cantonrep.com/

Police say a man accused of exposing his private parts at the library used his own library card to take out books at Chardon Public Library.

The man pleaded innocent Monday to a charge of public indecency, he says he only lifted his shirt to show the librarians his stomach and did not expose his genitals.

Note to self: Use someone else\'s library card next time!

Stamp of Approval

Charles Davis writes \"The image of a Bodleian Library, Oxford manuscript appears in the penultimate set of Royal Mail millennium stamps which double up as this year’s UK Christmas stamps.


Each of the four stamps in the set is designed to illustrate a millennium project with a Christian theme.
The 45p stamp marks the opening of a centre devoted to the story of St Patrick in Downpatrick, Co. Down, where the saint is reputed to be buried.


The stamp shows the opening of the Mass of Christmas Day, with a decorated initial P (opening the text, ‘Puer natus est’) and musical notation for plainsong, from a late-twelfth-century Gradual (MS. Rawl. C. 892, fol. 9r), the book containing the variable and fixed parts of the Mass to be sung by a choir or soloist.


The origin of the manuscript is in fact uncertain, but some of its liturgical features make a connection with the monastic cathedral of Downpatrick a possibility.
It was bequeathed to Oxford by Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755).
The photograph for the stamp was taken by Jacky Merralls and Nick Cistone in the Bodleian Photographic Studio.
See:
royalmail.com \"

Good Libraries, poor memories

Boozhoo (Ojibwe for greetings),

Anishaabe poet, Professor Denise Sweet, speaking at the Wisconsin Library Association noted that a tribal elder had once told a European American librarian that they had \"GOOD LIBRARIES but POOR MEMORIES while the opposite was true for his people.\" Oral cultures have both advantages and disadvantages as compared to print and now media cultures.

This put me in mind of my article, The Catalog as Community,\" to be published in the magazine Library Computing and posted on my web site at the HAPLR web site indicated below.

http://haplr-index.com/catalog_as_community.htm -- Read More

LISNews Turns One

Happy Birthday to LISNews.com

Happy Birthday to LISNews.com

Happy Birthday dear LISNews.com

Happy Birthday to Us.

Reg Aubry was kind enough to send along a card.

It was one year ago today I launched LISNews.com

One year and almost 1,000 stories later, it seems like a good

time to take a step back and reflect. -- Read More

Library Turns Girl Into A Witch

I ran out of time yesterday to post this one, but since it\'s only one day past Halloween...


A high school in OK City suspended a 15-year-old student after she cast a magic spell that caused a teacher to become sick. She had read a library book about Wicca beliefs, and admitted she \"Might\" be a wiccan, and that was good enough for the principal to suspend her for \"a disruption of the education process\". The ACLU is all over this one. Just in case you\'re missing the funny part here, she read a book that allowed her to cast a spell that made a teacher sick, so they suspended her. Can they possibly, honeslty, really, actually believe this girl is a Witch with the ability to make people sick after reading ONE book?? It took me years before I could do that!

Tomorrow marks the 1st birthday of LISNews, I have posted 964 stories, nothing even comes close to this one.

Read on for the full press release from the ACLU. -- Read More

Monday Updates?!

I know its not Friday, but I found a bunch of articles that I thought you guys might like. Here they are, in no particular order: new Clinton Library, author controversy, library closings, evolving libraries, Filters only a bandaid, and libraries as technology training centers. -- Read More

How Much Information Is Out There?

The Economist has a Story on A group of researchers at the School for Information Systems and Management at the University of California, Berkeley have doen an interesting study. They say the estimated amount of unique information the world is currently producing each year has reached about two exabytes. While unique content on paper and film grows slowly, shipments of optical and magnetic storage media are doubling each year. In uncompressed form they total 1.4m terabytes.

Want it from the \"Horse\'s Mouth\"?
They have posted Charts, and a lengthy Executive Summary at UC Berkely

Can Expert Advices Service Break Free From Schlock?

In the pay-for-expertise category, services range from frivolous to professional. The same goes for the free services. We argue that recently released Yahoo! Experts leans toward the frivolous side... not that there\'s anything wrong with that. -- Read More

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