Collection Development

Random Numbers

Conducting a collection survey? Today\'s New York Times profiles several free online purveyors of random numbers that can assist you in getting a valid sample...

Pay a visit to the home page of [a] purveyor of unpredictability, called Hotbits, and you will hear what sounds like the erratic clicking of a Geiger counter. It is the sound of neutrons in a radioactive substance spewing out electrons and gamma rays as they decay. This decay is random, as guaranteed by laws of quantum mechanics, so by training a Geiger counter on a sample of krypton 85 and feeding the signal to a computer, Hotbits generates a constant stream of random digits. Just fill out an electronic form, saying how many bits you want and they will be dispatched immediately over the Internet. . .

Porn is mainstream, says NYT

Frank Rich reports in the New York Times that porn is not only big business, it\'s part of mainstream American entertainment.

As one person put it, \"We realized that when there are 700 million porn rentals a year, it can\'t just be a million perverts renting 700 videos each.\"

Collection development librarians, take note.

Library Accused of being too liberal

The Washington Times has this article on the collection development practices of some libraries.\"Just how representative of its readers should a library be?
Should a library system in a heavily Democratic county have a surplus of left-leaning books? Should a majority Republican county be weighted toward conservative literature?

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