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Meet the Gamers, Embrace The Others

I just finished up a really interesting article over on LJ: "Meet the Gamers" by Kurt Squire & Constance Steinkuehler. They have some neat ideas on who we should be looking to for direction in the coming years. While I loved the article, I think they focused on the wrong people—gamers. So rather than focusing on everything they got right, I'll just write a quick bit about what I think they may have overlooked. That doesn't mean I think this is a bad article, not by a long shot, I just think the focus is just a bit off. It's not a bad idea to meet the gamers, but you may want to look elswhere for support and direction. You boomers out there might be surprised to learn that games have been the medium of choice for decades now. The millennials we continued to praise for being so "different" are, in reality, not all that different from many of us born after the mid 1960s. Some of us in our 30s and even in our 40s grew up with computers and electronic games and many of us are now living in the same sort of hyperconnected world reportedly occupied only by teenagers. It may be possible that focusing on gamers misplaces our engergies on people who'll probably never see any value in libraries.

File these rules under O for odor

Anonymous Patron writes " reports The Houston Public Library is asking City Council to approve a list of new rules and regulations this week that would prohibit, among other things, "offensive bodily hygiene that constitutes a nuisance to others."
The new set of rules — the first proposed to City Council since 1981 — also prohibits sleeping on tables, using restrooms for bathing, and viewing obscene Internet material. Council is expected to vote on the rules Wednesday."

Library bans man for life

The Basehor Sentinel in Bonner Springs,KS Reports Basehor police served a 41-year-old Basehor man with a letter last week that revokes the man's library privileges and bans him from the building indefinitely.

The man is charged in Basehor Municipal Court with a sole count of lewd and lascivious act. The charge stems from a statement a woman gave police April 11 that she witnessed the man fondling himself while at a computer inside the library.

Beer and poetry — Canadian

Anonymous Patron writes "The Globe and Mail reports A gaggle of Canadian poets will hoist books and beers in New York this week at three events to help publicize a landmark achievement: the first publication in recent memory of a Canadian poetry anthology in the United States.

With poets from around the world flooding into the city for PEN World Voices, a week-long festival of international literature that wraps up on Friday, Ken Babstock, Christian Bök, Susan Goyette, Erín Moure and Karen Solie will read at Poet's House in SoHo tonight to celebrate the publication of Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets, edited by Sina Queyras and published by the small New York press, Persea Books."

Knowing When to Log Off

Anonymous Patron writes "David M. Levy, a professor at the University of Washington's Information School, is one of many scholars trying to raise awareness of the negative impact of communication technologies on people's lives and work. They say the quality of research and teaching at colleges is at risk unless scholars develop strategies for better managing information, and for making time for extensive reading and contemplation.More, from The Chronicle Of Higher Education"

Grass Roots Literacy Coalition Plans Rally in NYC

Kathleen de la Pena McCook writes "President Bush has proposed a federal budget that would slash federal funding for adult literacy programs by 64%. It is estimated that 50,000 adult students could lose literacy classes in New York State under this proposed budget. At the same time, New York State funding for many adult literacy programs has not kept up with a tremendous need for services. This year’s state budget includes a change that cuts funding that has supported educational services for the working poor.
Grassroots Literacy Coalition. Rally Against the Cuts!"

VA doctor leaves $2M to Library

Good News For Newport News Public Library. Dr. Herbert H. Neisser left a $2 million gift to the Main Street Library in Hilton Village. Several city officials were out of town and unavailable to say whether a decision had been made on how to spend the money.

Sandy Burglar to cop to sox docs

mdoneil writes "The Columbia Broadcasting Company brings us news of Sandy Berger's (D - Argyle 100% Wool), agreement to a plea deal for the purloining of classified documents from the National Archives.
Berger who stuffed documents in his trousers, and who allegedly crammed classified copies in his calcetines, will plead guilty to a misdemeanor.
No word on where the still missing classified documents are, or if he will get the same cell as the Ms. Stewart."

Supporting writers, a signature at a time

Anonymous Patron writes "Neat little Story On David Lacasse who has indulged his passion of collecting signed books by local authors. To date he’s amassed about 2,500. So many, in fact, that when the eldest of his three children left home, he turned his bedroom into a library.
Lacasse said he’s not sure why he chose this as a hobby, but he knows exactly when it happened.
The book lover said he’s had authors sign his books under the strangest of circumstances in some unusual venues including post offices and bowling alleys. Once, he said, he was the only person to show up at a reading at a local bookstore."

The treasure hunter

Anonymous Patron writes " talks with Rick Gekoski, whose quest for ever more rare and wonderful books has led to the Booker prize.
The questions everyone wants to ask a Man Booker Prize judge are: how many books do you have to read? And do you really read all of them?

The answer to the first question is 130-odd, in five or six months."


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