Libraries

To Help D.C.\'s Libraries, Nader Rides Again

Luis Acosta sent over This Washington Post Story that says
Ralph Nader is taking time out of his busy schedule to help raise money for D.C. libraries because of \"the city\'s shortage of philanthropists.\" Nader says:

\"I really don\'t need another cause,\" says the Dupont Circle resident, \"but
reading about the state of the libraries made me blush with shame. In the
middle of this real estate boom, we have private affluence and public squalor.
This is not going to be turned around on the inside; it needs external force,
from the neighborhoods to the glitterati.\"

British Library staff 'viewed web porn'

Stuart Urwin, from The Renaissance Library Collection passed along This One from over in London England, where they say The British Library has suspended nine staff for allegedly using their work computers to access hardcore pornography on the internet.
A British Library spokesman confirmed: "A number of staff have been suspended. However, we cannot go into detail because of our requirement to maintain confidentiality while the library pursues further investigations into each individual case."

Special library card would go beyond books

Michael Nellis writes \"Hmmmm. Slippery slope or razor\'s edge?

In a move some say would restrict access and invade privacy, Waukesha County libraries could soon require a special identification card that would track people\'s use of computers and other services.

You can see the story at JSOnline.

With the Total Information Awarness snoops gearing up to track us all the timing on this one is hardly auspicious.
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Volumes of George Washington\'s papers now available online

The Houston Chronicle Says A 37-volume collection of George Washington\'s papers is now available online, giving unprecedented access to the Founding Father\'s personal documents and correspondence.

More than 17,400 papers in John C. Fitzpatrick\'s \"The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799\" were recently posted on the University of Virginia\'s Electronic Text Center, a searchable Web-based database, though I can\'t seem to Find It

What Would Dewey Do? Libraries Grapple With Internet

The soon to be Carrie Carver was kind enough to send over A NY Times Story on balancing community standards against the First Amendment rights of patrons who use the computers to view X-rated material. They say the challenge to strike a balance is made more difficult by the large percentage of children using computers.

\"For me, this has been one of the most challenging issues of my career,\" said Toni Garvey, the city librarian, who oversees policy in the 13 branches of the Phoenix system. \"We all want to do the right thing, but it\'s not clear what the right thing is.\"

Judge is rallying lawyers to save Library

Bob Cox noticed this This Capital Times Story on the Dane County Law Library. Lawyers are being asked to bail out the Library because the library\'s budget was cut by more than half for 2003. Chief Judge Michael Nowakowski called it Embarrassing.

Show a Film, Make a Difference: a quick guide for librarians

SomeOne sent over This MediaRights.org Story on how films on your shelves can be used to enhance your library's reputation, educate your community and inspire dialogue on important issues.
They say a media librarian controls an often overlooked collection of carefully produced programming on a wide variety of issues. The films in your stacks are powerful tools at your disposal.

Ancient and Modern

Charles Davis points to This Guardian Story that talks about the new wave of hi-tech libraries that are winning back the public in some cities but, they say, updating the inside is not enough if the buildings are falling down.
Years of under-investment have left many library buildings decaying and unsuitable for the needs of a modern service.Most libraries were built either 100 years ago, with grants from Andrew Carnegie or other philanthropists, or during the concrete-inspired 1960s and 1970s.

A Look at Libraries and the Web

This AP Story is making the rounds chock full of library facts.
Stuff like, 95 percent of public libraries provide Internet access.

About 14 million Americans use the Internet at the library about 10 percent of Americans who go online.
One in five people from low-income households depends on the library for Internet access.

Libraries will never be replaced by computers

LowCountryNow has a rather nice Editorial that says Public libraries continue to evolve and will always play an important role in building and educating the communities they serve.

"Libraries are wonderful places where where one can think, where like-minded people can gather and, even if they don't speak to each other, share one of the great perks of living in a free country: limitless knowledge there for the taking."

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