Editorial

ALA, others, indicted in 'queering' of American schools

A lengthy rant about the vast queerwing conspiracy to de-hetero the youngsters of America by Marjorie King in FrontPagemag.com. King focuses on a group called Gay, Lesbian and Straight Educational Network (GLSEN), but ALA, NEA, and the APA are indicted for supporting GLBT awareness in schools. King pulls out some extreme examples to make her point (a teach-in for teachers and youth ages 14-21, including a workshop on fisting), but seems, uh, bent on keeping any aspect of GLBT culture in the closet.

Public libraries need the public's support

SomeOne noticed this nice OP-ED By Desda Moss over at the USA Today.
She says state and local leaders need to work to prevent a tragic ending because millions of Americans rely on public libraries and tey deserve to have them maintained as vibrant centers of learning, not turned into the desiccated byproducts of political shortsightedness.

Bill Gates pushes investing in libraries

Ron Force writes "In a guest editorial in the Seattle Times, Bill Gates says, "Investing in libraries connects us to the future.

"America's public libraries are making a tremendous difference. Today, more than 95 percent of community libraries offer free Internet access, up from 73 percent just four years ago. For many people who cannot afford computers or do not have Internet access at school or at work, the public library is the only place to go.

"Here in Seattle, the public library offers classes on computer basics, e-mail and using the Internet for job searches. The main library also provides Spanish-language courses and several tailored for senior citizens. The library's traveling laptop lab offers training in the branch libraries in as many as nine foreign languages, including Chinese and Vietnamese.

"I am excited about what's happening in my hometown and in libraries across the country. But I worry about whether our society will support public libraries so they can sustain this critical community service. In my view, investing in public libraries is an investment in the nation's future."

Hold the Fort; We're Coming Back!

"It is already the worst year in decades, and it is only two months old. We haven't seen such a damnable parade of disasters in ages. Yet despite all the unrelenting troubles in our world, our nation, and our profession, there are a few signals of hope, signs that we've been strengthened by the current adverse arc of conditions. We are reminded, once again, that our ups and downs come in cycles and that the foul weather will come to an end. Our work must be to shorten the cycle and bring the upswing soon" (from Library Journal)

Librarians Fighting many battles

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"The Charleston Daily Mail, the evening Republican newspaper, reprinted the recent West Coast story on activist librarians. Five days latter the Charleston Gazette, the morning Democratic newspaper, wrote an editorial, \"Librarians Fighting many battles.\"
They said, in part, today\'s librarians are more apt to be making noise than shushing anyone, we have led opposition to unfair copyright laws, and an anti-pornography law that would require content filtering on Internet computers in libraries.

The ALA\'s agenda is not radical or extremist. Librarians are opposed to censorship, so they oppose attempts to mandate that they limit what adult patrons may access from library computers. \"

This was from the Thursday December 5, 2002 issue, you\'ll need a subscription to Read It Online.

Library Director\'s Bonus not Best Use of Funds

The following editorial appeared in the Monday, Dec. 02, 2002 edition of the Akron Beacon Journal...
\"``Akron library director should refuse bonus,\'\' read the headline to Judith E. Rodamer\'s Nov. 3 letter. And I agree that the Akron-Summit County Public Library\'s Steven Hawk should tear up his bonus check on Jan 1.

Would someone take a moment and explain to me what this person does that the library board feels the need to pay him $100,000 to keep the job he already holds? In this job market, is there a huge demand for library directors to the point where there\'s any danger he would uproot his family and leave a soft job that pays $138,500 a year?\"

LISNews carried the original story which can be found Here. -- Read More

Still more thoughts on PubScience

George S. Porter writes: \"Walking in a local mall this weekend, I passed a Doubleday bookshop. I mean
it; I passed right on by. This is a singular event, since my family is well
aware that I am constitutionally incapable of not entering a bookstore (new
or used). Simply put, a single publisher\'s output is more likely to be
frustrating to browse than it is to delight or surprise.

Scirus, with a preponderance of Elsevier content and a dearth of society
publications, is similarly nearly worthless in the overall scheme of things.
PubScience was hamstrung by the refusal of the American Chemical Society,
among learned associations, to participate. Scirus benefits from corporate
synergy, gaining references from Elsevier\'s Beilstein database. Scirus also
scores some society journal citations through Medline(!), which provides
basic bibliographic data for a host of material which does not receive the
full intellectual effort of indexing. Still and all, Scirus falls well
short of the mark of a research caliber bibliographic database. -- Read More

Way Back When

Rachel sent along
A New Scientist interview with Wayback\'s Brewster Kahle.
The Wayback Machine gives you access to the Internet Archive, which has taken an almost–complete snapshot of the World Wide Web every 60 days since 1996 – that\'s about 2 billion pages. This archive is now a vast record, storing pages others have censored, deleted or simply forgotten to maintain.
He points out The whole point of comprehensive library collections is that you can\'t tell in advance what will be important.
My favorite question:
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What does a Wayback Machine look like?

It\'s 150–odd standard PC cases, with four drives in each, standing on end on racks. So they look a bit like a bookshelf – which is deliberate.\"

Vanishing Libraries

The following editorial appeared in the November 24, 2002 edition of the Binghampton, NY Press & Sun Bulletin: \"Binghamton Mayor Richard A. Bucci has probably done as good a job as anyone could have presiding over the city during a prolonged economic slump, but he\'s likely to go down in history as the mayor who closed the city\'s libraries. Some legacy.\" Read More.

If you care, act!

Three recent incidents in my life as a librarian have given me a certain insight into the need for direct, personal action on the part of librarians if we are interested in making changes in our way of life. I wanted to share them with you and urge you to get involved, and see what happens. Even the smallest action can make a difference. -- Read More

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