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Bookmobile Serves the Amish

R Hadden Writes: Information on how the Amish
are served by a library bookmobile in
Middlefield, Ohio, is provided by the Associated Press
article in an
article
published in the Canton
Repository
.
You may also want to read other articles and
opinions in this newspaper about the current strike by
employees of the local public library.

Does anyone have any updates on the strike? -- Read More

MPs lose their library cards

News.Com.Au has a Story on some troubles in The Parliamentary Library.

\"THE independence of parliamentarians has been undermined after a ruling that gives ministers the power to force MPs to pass requests for information through ministerial offices.
Ministers can now force Parliamentary Library researchers to go through their offices, so that ministerial staff will know what information is being sought by the MPs and can regulate the speed of the response.\"

Forgive me for being a stupid American, but, what\'s an MP?

Letters to the Editor

It seems like there were many people upset about that article that ran in the New York Times last week. Read the letters to the editor here.
My letter wasn\'t published, but for those who care to read it, read on... -- Read More

Ohio strike Update

Someone sent in these two stories on the strike in Ohio. Things are getting worse.


15 strikers taken to jail after blocking doors


Postal Service fires worker for protest outside library


\"The Stark County
District Library was not quiet
Wednesday, and the librarians
themselves were creating the
clamor. -- Read More

1,000 Stories and Going Strong

This marks somewhat of a milestone for LISNews, it\'s the 1,000th story
posted
(The old site has a few
hundred more,
but we won\'t count those.). It\'s been 10 months since I started LISNews and a
few things have changed, by my original goals and vision remain the same.
Steven and I spend more than a little time each week keeping LISNews current
and readable, and I thought I\'d share some thoughts and details with you. -- Read More

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)

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. \" -- Read More

More from Ohio Strike

A couple new stories from Stark County, OH

Mediator Fails
Full Story on the federal mediator that tried twice this week to jump start talks between the Stark County District Library and its striking workers. And twice this week, Tom Connelly was rebuffed.


Picketing ALL Night
Full Story on how the picket line went all night. This is a good story to read, they have a timeline that gives you a good feel for what is going on down on the front lines.\"As the sun rises on Wednesday, pickets from Local 925 of the Service Employees International Union prepare for Day Three of their strike against the Stark County District Library.
Vanloads of guards from Troy, Mich.-based Huffmaster Companies come and go as they prepare for a shift change.\"

B&T settles overcharging lawsuit

Brian writes
\"Baker & Taylor and its former parent company have
agreed to pay $15.5 million to the federal government
and 18 states.

chicagotribun
e.com
Has the story \"

They overcharged
schools, libraries and the government for books over
more than a decade, beginning in the early 1980s. This
brings the total recovery from the suit to $18.5 million;
last year, Baker & Taylor paid the government $3 million
to resolve its direct claims against the firm.

Mrs. Dubya

Someone writes \"How a librarian became the GOP\'s \'secret weapon\'

csmonitor.com

As the first lady in Texas, she\'s proven herself comfortable not only with other women, who respond to her down-to-earth demeanor, but also with farmers, county officials, and even the likes of Kinky Friedman, the comic country-western singer and novelist, many of whose lyrics cannot be reprinted in this paper.

The satirist and animal lover was taken by her \"open-mindedness.\" Two years ago, along with raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the state\'s public libraries and fighting for improved early education, Bush also agreed to co-chair, with her dog, a \"Bonefit\" for Mr. Friedman\'s Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch.
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