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In Miami a Clear Case of Political Censorship

kathleen de la pena mccook writes "CBS4/MIAMI HERALD) MIAMI No decision was made Friday following a court hearing on an effort by the Miami-Dade County school board to ban a controversial book on Cuba from school libraries. Evan Bacon reports with an excellent overview of the hearing on CBS. See the video. The Miami Herald reports: Judge hears case on banning Cuba book The ACLU argued in a federal court that banning a controversial book on Cuba is a clear case of political censorship. As attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union argued in federal court Friday [July 21,2006) that the banning of the controversial children's book Vamos a Cuba was a classic case of political censorship, the ban's defenders said it painted life in Cuba as if it were Coral Gables rather than a communist dictatorship.''It was only when the politicians got involved that the books were removed,'' said JoNel Newman, a University of Miami attorney leading the ACLU's case, before U.S. District Judge Alan S. Gold.During an evidentiary hearing, her side tried to establish that two review committees and the superintendent had carefully weighed the issues of age appropriateness and accuracy before deciding to keep the books on the shelves of Miami-Dade public school libraries, but the School Board overrode its own procedural rules to ban them.... During Friday's hearing, a small group of librarians sometimes scoffed at the board's lawyers, at one point provoking a shushing from a security officer. In library science circles, they said, the solution to omitted information is to add more books to a collection, not to remove them. ''Not every book can be everything to everyone,'' said Pat Scales, a library science expert and member of the American Library Association, which entered the case in favor of the ACLU. Her testimony: ``Adults are trying to bring their own political views to the minds of children.'' More here"

Ban of blogs stirs outrage from India to Silicon V

An Anonymous Patron writes "Ban of blogs stirs outrage from India to Silicon ValleyBy K. Oanh HaMercury News Outraged Internet users from New Delhi to Silicon Valley are blasting India's government for shutting off access to millions of blogs, drawing comparisons of the world's largest democracy to the authoritarian censorship of China and Iran. http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/150 82363.htm ``A lot of people are saying, `Wait a minute. This can't be happening in India. China, yes. Pakistan, understandable','' said Fremont blogger Sabahat Ashraf, who has several blogs that attract readers from India but now can't be read in India. ``People are startled and distressed.''"

Inmates Index Walla Walla Newspaper

Kathleen de la Pena McCook writes "Using inmates to index old newspapers is a winner The public will benefit as more historic information will be easily available and inmates will have an opportunity to work and gain new skills. It's been said that newspapers are the first draft of history. That's certainly the case in Walla Walla where at least one newspaper has documented life in the Valley for nearly a century and a half. The Statesman dates back to 1861 while the Walla Walla Union began publishing in 1869. There's a lot of Walla Walla's history to be found in those old newspapers, which are archived on microfilm at Whitman College's Penrose Library. But few people have the time or the energy to comb through microfilm or old newspapers to find out about events of the past or their relatives. The newspapers aren't indexed. That's changing. Seventy-seven years of newspapers - from the start of the Civil War through the Great Depression - are now being indexed by 11 inmates at the Washington State Penitentiary. For more on libraries and correctional institutions see : Interface."

50-library tour by a rock band

GenY Librarian writes "A video from Current TV profiles a rock band and the band leader's thoughts on touring at public libraries. Video available at http://ypulse.com/archives/2006/07/libraries_rock. php (via YPulse)."

LISWiki's First Birthday

At the end of this month, LISWiki (check out the about page if you haven't looked at it recently) will be one year old. As you can see from browsing its categories pages, there has been some preliminary growth of the site. However, it has yet to turn into a widespread success of being the library and information science wiki. Read on for a recap of the past year's achievements, and of course some ideas on how you can help make the project better. -- Read More

10 Reasons Why The Web Is Almost A Substitute For Libraries

Mark Y. Herring said the Internet is no substitute for a library in 2001. Now, in 2006, in an effort to save our profession, strike a blow for librarians, and, above all, correct the well-intentioned but misguided notions about what the future holds, here are 10 reasons why the Internet will soon be a substitute for the library for many people.

1. Everything I Need IS On The Internet.
2. Catalog This!
3. Quality Control Does Exist
4. Nothing Is Perfect
5. Check Out Dan Brown's Bytes @Your Library
6. The Ebook Is Coming
7. Look Ma, No Books!
8. Everything Is Born Digital
9. We No Longer Care What Was Written In 1970
10. The Internet Is Already Ubiquitous And Portable. -- Read More

Library of Congress: Future of Library Catalogs

Jay writes "Managing Information recently pointed out that the Library of Congress has published a report titled 'The Changing Nature of the Catalog and Its Integration with Other Discovery Tools' that 'challenges assumptions about the traditional library catalog and proposes new directions for the research library catalog in the digital era.'. Excerpt: 'Commissioned by the Library and prepared by Associate University Librarian Karen Calhoun of Cornell University, the report assesses the impact of Internet on the traditional online public access catalog and concludes that library patrons want easy-to-use catalogs that are accessible on the Web.'

Read the full report at
The Changing Nature of the Catalog and Its Integration with Other Discovery Tools."

Fibs in New York Times

alf7e writes: "Volunteer elementary school librarian Gregory K. Pincus is in the New York Times today (April 14, 2006) for creating, encouraging, and disseminating the "fib" poetic form, which is based on the Fibonacci mathematical progression. Pincus spread the meme via his blog."
Post a fib in comments to celebrate!

Future? Learning as sensory experience

iblee muses: Is this the future of libraries?

Since most people have fond memories of their times growing up in libraries, most libraries have the luxury of time to reinvent themselves.
Here are 10 key trends affecting development of the next-generation library.

The article is excerpted from futurist Thomas Frey's essay The Future of Libraries: Beginning the Great Transformation.

AFSCME Commemorates National Library Workers Day

kathleen de la pena mccook writes "AFSCME celebrates National Library Workers Day

WASHINGTON. With libraries facing daunting budgetary challenges, President Gerald W. McEntee of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) commemorated National Library Workers Day today by thanking the librarians, library workers, technicians and support staff who have dedicated their lives to the goal of keeping America reading.

ALA-APA site for National Library Workers Day.
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