Libraries register gripes over porn

An article on the findings of filtering advocate David Burt. Read this story Here. From the Washington Times.

An Oregon librarian who conducted a nationwide survey found more than 2,000 complaints about pornography in public libraries.


Roald Dahl voted Britain\'s favourite author

Read this story Here. From Yahoo UK.

Roald Dahl, one of the world\'s most popular children\'s novelists and author of \"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory\", has been voted Britain\'s favourite author in a poll.


Bill seeks Net sex site policy at libraries

Read this story on the Van Hollen bill Here. From the Baltimore Sun.

William D. Ivins III was in the quiet room at the Wheaton Regional Library when he saw something disquieting in a nearby computer area.

Three young boys, between 10 and 12, were viewing sexually
explicit material over the Internet. One was participating in a sex chatroom. Two others were viewing pornographic pictures.


Board of Trustees at city of Boston Public Library

Be sure to check out this interesting series of articles
from Boston on the
appointment of a State Rep. Under investigation for ethics
violations to the BPL Board of Tustees.

Don Saklad

\"The Board of trustees of our city
of Boston public library
department represent the public interest in improving our
urban public library!


Noticiario de Información y Documentación

Carlos Benito Amat writes I\'ve noticed your splendid service through the latest edition (February, 2000) of D.Lib Magazine.
Maybe you\'d like to know about other initiatives like LISNews, for instance NIDo.
NIDo stands for Noticiario de Información y Documentación (or News in Information and Documentation) and is a free service based in Spain with a similiar profile: news in the Library and Information Science fields.
Obviously, stories are written in Spanish. The are updated weekly by a group of 3 documentalists also on a non professional basis.

You can go for it at


Salon has a story here on two new web sites., and These 2 sites are anti-Dr. Laura sites. Remember the kind words she had for the ALA, and librarians, not long ago?, is a very well designed site, not the average protest site to say the least.

As of 18:15gmt is not up yet, The Salon article does say they are to be launched today March 1, 2000.

John Aravosis, president of the Internet consulting firm Wired Strategies, is the firebrand behind the site. \"She\'s outrageous. She\'s beyond the pale of \'I\'m a Christian, I don\'t like gay people,\'\" says Aravosis.


Police say they caught library cat burglar

This story from The Times in Indiana

A 22-year-old man was arrested early Tuesday after he allegedly entered the Hobart branch of the Lake County Public Library through its roof.
The Hobart man was apprehended during police surveillance of the library.
Det. Corp. Steve Houck and Officer David Grissom were sitting in the darkened library about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday when they saw a man scuttle across the library floor on his hands and knees, Finnerty said.

\"He was a cat burglar, pure and simple. ... He (moved) like a little spider, \" Finnerty said. \"The waiting paid off. The surprise was on him, for a change.\"


Clone the library cat

Texas-based Genetic Savings and Clone last week opened its doors to pet lovers who want to store the DNA of a cherished animal companion in the hopes that one day they will be cloned.
The research effort expects to successfully clone Missy, a mongrel adopted from a dog pound, within three months to a year.

At least two dozen surrogate canine mothers have been implanted with clone embryos and the researchers are waiting to see which, if any, develop into pregnancies.


Two Initiatives Support PubMed Central Model

Infotoday has a report on how pubmed is doing HERE

The U.S. National Institutes of Health’s PubMed Central, the free but not yet realized repository for medical science papers, has recently received two votes of confidence—one from a publisher’s project and another from a European program. BioMed Central is a new publisher-based Web initiative that will forge a relationship with PubMed Central to enhance the proposed PubMed Central distribution model. BioMed Central is part of the Current Science Group that also includes Current Controlled Trials, Ltd.; Current Medicine, Inc.; Science Press, Ltd.; and others. E-BioSci, the European initiative that is modeled after PubMed Central, will utilize a consortium-based administration and is attempting to form alliances with European publishers.


Internet porn issue revs up library race

Greenville County South Carolina is in the odd position of having people paying great attention to the upcoming library board elections. Story Here at Greenville Online

The Internet pornography issue has turned the normally ho-hum business of filling seats on the library board into a heated race, putting the controversy squarely in the Greenville County Council\'s lap next week as it chooses seven board members from a field of 16 candidates.

The higher-than-usual interest in the 11-member board comes at a time when the library is being criticized by a consultant who says the system is \"dysfunctional,\" offers poor service in many areas and lacks coordination with its branches.

\"This time we don\'t have to beg for candidates,\" said County Councilman Joe Dill.



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