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Burn the Books

National Banned Book Week is on its way...
Of note, is that ALA is choosing to concentrate on attacks on gay, lesbian-themed books... find out more at ala.org

Library Provisions, Section 215, Patriot Act

This about sums up my take on this:

They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety.
--Benjamin Franklin

New and totally unintersting

So I'm trying to start a new column in a Newsletter that I edit for a section of AALL.
It will be a write-up about new & interesting blogs, podcasts and wiki's.
Any suggestions for a title for the column? Suggestions are also welcome for format and any blogs or podcasts you think I should feature.

LISNews.com will of course be listed and highly promoted!

Odds & Ends

Well the crunch is on.. New semester begins next Monday, Aug 29. Nervous? no. Just can't wait for all the fun to begin.

"In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us how to swim." -- Linton Weeks, Washington Post, Jan. 13, 2001

Why can't we all just get along?

I have read a lot lately on diversity issues in and around our libraries, specifically those dealing with gay rights. And I find myself asking "Why can't we all just get along?" I don't see how having gay themed books in our libraries hurts anyone, afterall libraries exists to provide information for everyone. If we start removing books dealing with controversial themes, where will it end? Thank goodness for those librarians who do their part to keep things balanced, by fighting for all individual rights.

Gorman on News Hour

Was it just me, or was Michael Gorman outdone by the other guest on the show? It seemed to me like he did not have much to say, and he came across as extremely stuffy. I wanted to yawn everytime he spoke, to say the least I was dissapointed. It seemed like he was either nervous, underprepared or just plain uninterested. What's the deal?

Library School Blues

Am about to finish my first class in "library school" and I am feeling a bit out of sorts ... I honestly did not learn that much from this intro class, except for the fact that I may be downsized out of a job that I can't even get yet.
I have been working in libraries for going on 6 years now, and I love what I do. But have to admit that so far, the MLS is not what I thought it would be. I know, I know, give it a chance, well I am, I will continue on with the best of intentions.
What's that you say??
Oh yes, I know about the road to hell...

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