Friday Updates

Friday updates for this week include antique newspaper dispute, Fool\’s Gold, Book banning is bad, Library Opera, digital revolution, e-books, and much, much, more. Enjoy!!

Friday updates for this week include antique newspaper dispute, Fool\’s Gold, Book banning is bad, Library Opera, digital revolution, e-books, and much, much, more. Enjoy!!



\”A federal judge on Friday ruled that a dispute over the sale of a 224-year-old South Carolina newspaper issue that reported on the signing of the Declaration of Independence must be reviewed in U.S. District Court in New York before a related suit in South Carolina can move forward.\”

From Alliance for Childhood

Fool\’s Gold: A Critical Look at Computers in Childhood

\”This report grew out of a February 1999 gathering in Spring Valley, New York – the founding of the U.S. branch of the Alliance for Childhood. The Alliance is an international effort of educators, physicians, and others who are deeply concerned about the plight of children today, and who believe that only by working together in a broad-based partnership of individuals and organizations can they make a significant difference in the lives of children.\”


Rakow Research Library Opens at N.Y.\’s Corning Museum of Glass

\”The Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Research Library, the world\’s most comprehensive library on the art and history of glass, has opened at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.

Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the new library provides improved facilities for researchers, as well as expanded storage for collections and more efficient work areas.\”

From the Calgary Herald

Book banning is bad

\”Re \”Parents object to \’witchcraft\’ in Potter books\” Calgary Herald Sept. 9.
The article outlined the Durham (Ont.) school board\’s decision to restrict teachers from using Harry Potter books in class unless all parents\’ pupils agreed to them being studied. Here we go again — 22 years ago in Ottawa, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and Who Has Seen the Wind by W. O. Mitchell were in danger of being banned from schools because some felt the books were dirty and offensive. These books are considered classics and are studied in classes for their literary merit.\”

From USA Today

Censoring \’Potter\’ sets bad precedent

\”On Sept 6, an outrageous column by Linda Harvey appeared in USA TODAY (\’\’Protect our kids,\’\’ Opposing view, Back-to-school censorship debate).

Her argument was that reading books in J.K. Rowling\’s Harry Potter series leads to \’\’heightened rebellion and spellcasting,\’\’ and she called on schools to keep the First Commandment in mind when deciding what books to allow in school libraries. She went on to equate \’\’tolerance\’\’ with \’\’chaos,\’\’ and accuse Rowling of attempting to entice children into witchcraft.\”

From the Chicago Tribune


\”People go to libraries to learn about endless numbers of topics, but in Naperville, they can go to the library to learn about opera. And not just opera recorded on compact discs, but real opera, performed by full-time library employees.\”


Book industry adapts to digital revolution

\”Unless you\’ve been sleeping as soundly as a princess for the past six months, it\’d be impossible not to notice that summer 2000 was the season the electronic book finally barged into public consciousness like a battering ram.\”

From tha Courier Press

‘E-books,’ fad or the future of literature?


Imagine driving down the highway in a car with the windows blacked out.
The only way you can tell where you’re going is by looking into the rear-view mirror.

That’s the analogy English professor Roger Easson uses to describe the speed and uncertainty of the electronic publishing world.\”


Water leak closes Selby library

\”Hurricane Gordon drenched Southwest Florida on Sunday morning, but the storm had nothing to do with perhaps the worst water damage in Sarasota County.\”

From Deseret News

Historic church is being transformed into a city library

\”When the new city library is completed, it will still look a century old. But the restored church will have spiffed-up red brick walls, Gothic windows and decor. Under a new barrel vault ceiling, modern technology will provide quick access to information. The book collection will be expanded and there will be a glassed-in reading room.\”

From Computer User

Tracking Internet2

\”Visit the I2 web site, wade through the geek nomenclature, and you\’ll begin to get a sense of how I2 is eventually going to change your life. According to this site, the primary goals of I2 are to create a leading edge network capability for the national research community, enable a revolution in Internet applications, and ensure the rapid transfer of new network services and applications to the broader Internet community.

From the Detroit Free Press

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Illiteracy is what really scares me

\”The National Center for Education Statistics, a branch of the U.S. Department of Education, reports that in 1998, 38 percent of the nation\’s fourth-graders were below basic, the lowest level of reading ability. Nearly a quarter of high school seniors were similarly unable to perform.

So it\’s easy to understand why concerned parents would march down to the library and demand that something be done about witches.\”