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U. Michigan protesters check out 3,000 books

Read this article from Excite News about this unique form of protest . It would be interesting to get some responses to this article. Does this protest infringe on the right to access information? How about its impact on library staff?

Each day University students, faculty and staff check out about 300 books from the Shapiro Undergraduate Library. But Thursday a group of graduate students borrowed nearly 3,000 books in less than three hours.

The 50 students checked out the books to protest how the University administration handled the conflict between the Students of Color Coalition and the senior honor society
Michigamua. -- Read More

FRC says sex crimes serious problem in libraries

WASHINGTON, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- \"There\'s a sea of
evidence that Internet pornography and related sex crimes
are a serious problem in America\'s libraries -- and we\'ve
only uncovered the tip of the iceberg, due to efforts by the
American Library Association to chill the facts,\" said
Family Research Council\'s Chief Spokesperson Janet Parshall
at a news conference Wednesday as FRC released a new
investigative report, \"Dangerous Access, 2000 Edition:
Uncovering Internet Pornography in America\'s Libraries.\"
Written by librarian David Burt after a six-month nationwide
investigation of library documents and computer logs,
\"Dangerous Access, 2000 Edition\" reports over 2,000
incidents of library patrons using online services to access
pornography. It is believed that thousands of more incidents
would have been reported had not the ALA intervened.

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School libraries need modern books, Sen. Jack Reed says

Read this story here. From the Nando Times.

Most of the books in the nation\'s public school libraries predate the 1969 moon landing, the end of the Vietnam War and the breakup of the Soviet Union, according to critics who say schools need help in offering students newer, relevant works.

And more importantly, says one lawmaker seeking federal funding, the outdated books often don\'t reflect the
diversity of today\'s schoolrooms.

\"Students continually encounter books from a period when authors viewed the world from only a white perspective,\" said Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat who argues that Congress can and should help school libraries update their materials.

Libraries help show girls where to fit in as women, speaker says

Read this story Here. From the Flint Journal.

Dr. Alexa Canady was on academic probation as an
undergraduate at the University of Michigan, so she has
a hard time believing she is now a mentor to young
women. \"I didn\'t consider myself a role model until it
became clear that other people did,\" said Canady, chief
of neurosurgery at Children\'s Hospital of Michigan in
Detroit.

Canady was at the Flint Public Library talking to a group
of mostly women and girls Tuesday about the significant
role libraries have played in her life. The program was
part of the library\'s Women\'s History Month celebration.

In desperation, man visits library, learns to rob banks

Check out this article Here. From the Birmingham News.

His slide had been a long one. The 43-year-old preacher\'s son had started out as the pudgy kid whose teachers said didn\'t reach his potential. The Army hadn\'t helped and then he bounced from job to job. Now he owed child support. He had maxed his credit card. He was drinking again. And he had gotten fired after a drunken-driving arrest in 1998.

The Newbery Awards

LISnews would like to thank Christina for submitting the link to this great article on the history and importance of the Newberry Awards. From Open Spaces Quartley.

The Newbery is the Holy Grail of American children\'s book writers. There are other awards -- the National Book Award for Young People\'s Literature, for example -- but none comes close to conferring the cachet, the recognition, that the Newbery conveys. It is the oldest children\'s book award in the world. Libraries and bookstores have shelves devoted to Newbery winners. The author\'s future books -- and reissued earlier ones -- will frequently bear on their covers the legend \"Newbery Award author.\"

When libraries faced the future

It\'s rare to find someone who says so many nice things about
librarians in one article. Th
is article
I found in the magazine University
Business
has nothing but praise for the foresight
librarians have when dealing with technology.

STROLLING
THROUGH the university library used to be a walk down memory
lane for returning alumni. Cavernous reading rooms evoked
similar memories for both the 50th reunion class and the
5th. Not anymore. During the past decade, card catalogs have
become little more than decorative furniture, and the
periodical room is now likely to be full of terminals to
access online journals. Not even the class of 1995 would
recognize the Encyclopaedia Britannica; it has abandoned
hard copy and CD-ROMs for a Web-based product. -- Read More

H.R. 354 Vote Coming Up

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ALAWON: American Library Association Washington Office
Newsline
Volume 9, Number 6
February 8, 2000

In this issue:

Urgent Action Alert: Vote on Problematic Database Imminent; Ask
Your Representative to Vote Against H.R. 354 and For H.R. 1858
Today

Here we go again...! As early as the week of February 14, Rep.
Howard Coble\'s (R-NC) problematic database bill, H.R. 354, the
Collections of Information Antipiracy Act (which ALA opposes),
could come up for a vote in the House....Be sure to read on... -- Read More

Misinformation Services - Nation’s School Libraries Desperate for Funding

Read this story Here. From ABCnews.com.

In America’s schools these days, students can learn more than the usual reading,writing and arithmetic. They can find out the benefits of asbestos insulation, the geography of
the U.S.S.R. or how man will someday walk on the moon.

Somewhere to hide?

The Buffalo News, here in Buffalo, NY, has quite a Front Page Story, on privacy in the information age.Most well informed people already know, you have very little privacy anymore. The problem with this story, however, is they imply that the information the public library is somehow equal to the information contained in any number of commercial or medical databses. The first picture from the headline is even a book being checked out.

Is anyone bothered by this? While they don\'t come out and say it, it is implied that library records are somehow public information, or the records are sold.The public library is mentioned with a Video Store!

\"She stops at the library for a book, or the video store for a steamy movie and computers record those transactions.\" -- Read More

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