Well-Informed Citizens Increasingly Rare

I really wanted to put this one under humor, even though it\'s more sad than funny. The National Science Foundation released a report, \"Science and Engineering Indicators 2000\", in this report, \"more than 70% of the people knew that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around\", so... that means about 30% didn\'t know that? Is this even possible? Other interesting results-
-16% could define the Internet
-13% could accurately describe a molecule
-30% thought they were poorly informed


sandals in libraries

Someone sent in this article from ABC news about the dangers of wearing sandals.A woman was apparently jabbed in the foot with a syringe as she sat in the Ohio State University library, authorities said.\"


Doctors are prescribing books

writes Nice story in the UK about how
doctors are prescribing a course of novels
for patients suffering from a range of diseases -
bibliotherapists are being
employed by Kirklees public library services to support
the service.

Full story at


This is a neat area of
that has always interested me, my other degree is in


The Library Hotel

R Hadden Wrote :\"According to \"Special
Background Report\" the front page of the Wall
Street Journal, July 13, 2000, the Library Hotel that is
opening soon, and
which is located near the New York Public Library, will
categorize the
floors and room numbers according to the Dewey
Decimal System. What\'s the
Cutter table number for \"elevator\"?\"

I did some
searching and found a little information on the new


Who wants to hug a millionaire?

The Charlotte Observer has this article about a $500,000 donation to build a new library. Do you think they should keep it, or go for the million?\"Self-made Union County millionaire Carroll Edwards, 63, has pledged $500,000 toward a new library, replacing a smaller one in his hometown of Marshville, population 2,757. The contribution apparently is one of the largest cash donations by an individual to a public library in the Charlotte region.\"


Report From Chicago

Chicago Tribune has a Story on the Big ALA conference that was held last week. It\'s a pretty cool article that really harps on the \"librarian strereotype\", but covers what librarians are up to in the US in the year 2000, Ebooks, the internet, low pay, better jobs outside the profession, etc....

\"Stereotypes are stereotypes, and whatever the field or profession, it\'s a matter of taking a look at the person as an individual,\" said Kathleen Walsh, Chicago Public Library spokeswoman. \"But librarians are probably some of the most articulate, smart and energetic people you\'ll come across.\"



Remember when libraries circulated books and only books. Welcome to the golf club library. From Honolulu Advertiser\"Castillo came up with the concept while talking to his wife about the tool-lending libraries she grew up with in Alaska. \"I thought it was kind of quaint how the community helped each other,\" Castillo said.\"


Schulz to receive Congressional Gold Medal

Everyone\'s favorite comic strip is getting an medal. Here is an Article just telling everyone that Charles Schulz will get the medal he always wanted.

\"President Bill Clinton signed a bill Tuesday giving the creator of the \"Peanuts\" comic strip the Congressional Gold Medal, the country\'s highest civilian honor and the one thing that Schulz -- a World War II veteran -- had desired.\" 


Judge OKs smaller board for library

The Post-gazette has a follow up Story on that trouble at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library.

\"Yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Walter R. Little granted a motion reducing the size of the board of trustees of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library from 17 to 12 members and eliminating the position of lifetime trustee.\"


Who lynched Leo Frank?

RHadden sent in this strong story:

According to
the headlines of the Wall Street Journal,
Goldfarb, a reference librarian in an Atlanta public
library, has posted a
site that names, perhaps, some of the residents of
Cobb County who were
involved in a 1915 lynching of Leo Frank. See his web
site at: leofranklynchers.c
It is a courageous stand, since many of the names
are well known in
today\'s Marietta community, and their descendents are
uneasy at this
spotlight on their county\'s past.
For news information about this historic incident in
Georgia, see the
Cobb Online news at: cobbo
The Wall Street Journal requires an account to see
their article
online. The printed news story is by Carrick
Mollenkamp, \"An Internet
Posting Raises the Ghosts of a Notorious Crime: A
Librarian Names Names in
the Leo Frank Murder; The List in a Family Bible.\"
Friday, June 9, 2000,
page A1 and A12.



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