Submitted by Blake on October 1, 2000 - 12:00pm
Mary Ann Meyers has written an excellent piece on
\"Last Thursday I posted a response to Rory
Litwin\'s \"Editor\'s Note\" in
the current issue of *Library Juice*.
writing about intellectual freedom Rory posed
questions about \"freedom
from information.\" His insights provoked a response
from me, in part,
about the question of the rights of children. In addition,
recent PubLib discussions about visual sex in libraries
and about the
ALA wrestler poster, I have been thinking about the
stance (if any) on the differences (if any) between
graphical information. So I was glad to see this posting
about PamForce\'s article on
She goes on to share her ideas on
children\'s privacy, and responds to the original article
by Pam Force.
Submitted by Blake on September 27, 2000 - 3:55pm
NY Times has a Story on a new study underwritten by the Alliance for Childhood-- \"Fools Gold: A Critical Look at Computers in Childhood\" – says there is not enough research into the impact computers could have on the developing minds and bodies of young children. Not suprisingly, teachers are not too happy about the study.
\"With some kids, it\'s a way for them to get excited and learn,\" said Beth Lang who teaches second and third grades at Lakewood Elementary School in Overland Park, Kansas. \"To me, it\'s just like a book. It\'s such a part of our everyday use.\"
One of the Alliance for Childhood\'s objectives :\"To reduce children\'s growing dependance on electronic media\". Is that an indication of bias?
Submitted by Blake on September 26, 2000 - 10:03am
I Almost started to cry after reading This One from the Fresnobee. In Fresno County, CA school board members have done \"a very noble thing.\" They voluntarily dropped the health insurance they got as a benefit and pumped it into a new school library. These folks deserve a medal. What has your shool board done for you lately?
\"\"We all knew there was a need,\" says board president Lupe Zuniga. \"We couldn\'t figure out why no one ever figured this out before.\"
Submitted by Blake on September 21, 2000 - 4:50pm
Pam Force wrote a fantastic in-depth look at childrens privacy concerns in the library.
How do we define privacy? And what are the problems behind the complex issue of children\'s privacy in the library? Privacy can be defined as the ability to control information about one\'s self. Respecting the privacy of others is tantamount to accepting others as members of the human race. Once gaining privacy was as simple as closing the curtains, but no longer. The internet has made the issue of privacy a very personal one for every individual, not just those who use it.
Submitted by Blake on September 20, 2000 - 9:27am
Lee Hadden Writes:
An article in the Washington Post shows that many high school students
who have articles censored in their student newspapers, are then posting
their items on the internet from their home computer. This avoids the
regulations that schools place on budding reporters, but has its own
problems as well. Many parents and teachers remember the diatribes posted
by the students from Columbine HS school shortly before their shooting
rampage. Also, problems of teen angst, accountability and slander remain.
Submitted by Blake on August 3, 2000 - 9:55am
The Christian Science Monitor has a Story on the troubling trend towards simple minded garbage on the net. What is needed, advocates say, is material that is more sophisticated in combining education and entertainment, is increasingly interactive, and involves teens themselves in its creation.
\"Not everyone agrees that there\'s a dearth of good content, however. David Kleeman of the American Center for Children and Media sees lots of high-quality Web sites, games, and interactive content emerging. He says one of the biggest obstacles is simply making children and parents aware of the quality content that is available online.\"
Submitted by Blake on August 1, 2000 - 6:37pm
Bruce Flanders wrote:
Just for the fun of it, here\'s a trivia quiz for you. They
aren\'t too tough, but see how many you can get. This is reproduced from our
library staff newsletter, and was created by the newsletter\'s editor Maria
\"The following are first lines from classic children\'s books. See how many
you can identify, by title and author.
Submitted by AnnaKh on July 31, 2000 - 8:05pm
Originally published in Library Juice, this article by Teri Weesner has found its way to the Progressive Librarian web site. The article is called \"The Mystery and the Act: Toward a YA Human Sexuality Collection\" and it discusses the needs that teens have for accurate, honest information about sex and sexuality, and how librarians can meet that need.
\"This editorial is based on the premise that there is a connection between young people accessing porn via the internet and their innate curiosity about human sexuality and their own bodies. Young people viewing internet porn have an information need that can be addressed by youth services librarians and library collections. To ignore this information need is just as inaccurate and inappropriate as young people gleaning their information from internet pornography and cybersex chat. Young people\'s information needs are legitimate and the response of shaming from librarians is an ineffective tool for teaching, learning or discipline.\"
Submitted by Steven on July 9, 2000 - 8:29pm
CNN.com has this article on R rated movies being checked out by young kids. Who is responisble, the parents or the library?\"David Walsh, president of the National Institute on Media and the Family, called it \"a little bit of a curious situation where the local video store may actually have more family friendly policies than the local library.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 27, 2000 - 2:43pm
Brian writes \"At the 6th Conference on Human Factors and the Web last week, some researchers delivered a paper called, \"When Kids Use the Web: A Naturalistic Comparison of Children\'s Navigation Behavior and Subjective Preferences on Two WWW Sites.\"
Although the study used a small group of subjects (eight 12yo\'s and eight 16yo\'s) and was limited to fact-finding activities on only two websites, it does seem like it may have some useful information for librarians who either design the youth services areas of their institutions\' sites or train tweens and teens to do research on the Web.
Read more at :
Submitted by Blake on April 2, 2000 - 3:41am
The Globe and Mail, To mark International Children\'s Book Day, asked celebrated author Tim Wynne-Jones
for tips on feeding the reading gene.
How do you put words into your children\'s blood? Talk to them. Read to them. Not just their books but delightful passages from yours, from magazines, from the newspaper. Keep reading to kids until they close the door on you. Then whisper through the key-hole that sprag isn\'t really an adjective, it\'s a chock or a steel bar used to prevent a car from running backwards on an incline, but it could describe a mountain bike if you wanted it to. Take every opportunity to lower the bucket into the well. Be the well. Give your kid an education mazuma can\'t buy. \"
Submitted by Blake on March 20, 2000 - 10:15am
Bob Cox sent in a A Story on partnerships from the Detroit News.
Project PULSE -- Partnerships Uniting Libraries and Schools Electronically -- is a federal education project that provides money to participating libraries. Teachers start off by designing a personalized Web site. The second phase of the program will allow youngsters to talk to each other with their computers about assignments.
Canton library Director Jean Tabor said Project PULSE \"raises the awareness of our library system.
\"We think this is the next phase of technology,\" she said.
Submitted by Blake on March 6, 2000 - 4:38pm
This Story from the Las Vegas Sun.
\"Draw 50 Monsters,\" written by Lee J. Ames and published by Doubleday, was checked out of the public school\'s library by a student this week.
A local elementary school is being criticized by a Christian pastor for having a library book that teaches students to sketch caricatures of the devil.
The principal of Joseph Neal Elementary School removed the book from the school\'s shelves Thursday, pending review by the library committee.
And while the complaint is primarily based on religion, the controversy is further exacerbated by a culture of fear and confusion about school violence.
Submitted by Blake on March 2, 2000 - 2:19pm
The Miami Herald reports on the lack of books at a local library.
A new library has been built at Carol City Elementary after three years of construction. But it is missing one important component: books.
The Carol City Elementary School Parent Teacher Association said in a press release that bookshelves at the new library ``stand 80 to 90 percent empty.\'\'
``The library\'s lack of materials is so stark as to be shocking for anyone entering for the first time,\'\' the PTA said.
The group is holding an emergency meeting at the school at 7 tonight to plan strategy for getting books into the library.
Submitted by Blake on February 22, 2000 - 9:17pm
A story out of OH, on the fight over a book.
A book about the devil, demons, the underworld, and the occult is never again going to leave Northwood High School.
In a compromise with two parents who wanted the book removed altogether, school board members have decided to prohibit students from taking the book from the library.
\"They were concerned about students taking it home to use without supervision,\" James Herr holtz, principal, said. \"Now it is to be a reference book, and I think it was a win-win situation.\"
\"I wanted the book out, but I felt that was the most I was going to get,\" Mrs. Richardson added. \"It could be a stepping stone for pursuing more information like this and with all the violence that is going on, we have to realize how influential [children] are.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 16, 2000 - 8:01pm
A Shocking Report from the Chicago Sun Times. Teens actually READ!
In 1990, there were 66,268 books in print in the children\'s division, including young adult titles, she said. In 1998, that number soared to 130,850.
Middle school and high school students are being drawn to books that are filled with graphics and different typefaces. The books are designed to appeal to teens familiar with Web sites and computer games, say experts on teens and reading.
\"I like his writing,\" Michael said of Shakespeare. \"I just think it\'s cool.\"
Teens say they love to read about how their peers handle problems.
Submitted by Blake on February 13, 2000 - 7:43pm
Della Curtis writes
\"Baltimore County Public Schools, the 24th largest school
district in the nation, is addressing the problem of aging
secondary school library collections. This is a problem
across the nation. Superintendent Anthony Marchione has
proposed spending 10 million over a 3-year period that will
outfit libraries with new books to support student research
and reading. The budget proposal was approved by the
Board of Education, and is now before the Baltimore County
Cella Curtis, Coordinator of the Office of Library
Information Services, has prepared a website that gives
insight as to the scope of the collection problem, the
process used to evaluate the collections in 165 schools, how
libraries contributed to academic achievement of students,
comments from students, staff, and parents, and links to
news articles in the Baltimore SunPapers and the Washington
Post. The overall intent of the website is to inform
the community and advocate school libraries and the
re-building of their library collections. The web address
Other school libraries who face the same problem may find
Submitted by Steve on January 27, 2000 - 11:15am
From the L.A. Times.
The Cohasset Elementary School in Van Nuys is the latest to
receive a state-of-the-art library from the Wonder of
Reading, a nonprofit group that renovates Los Angeles
Unified School District libraries.
New green and gray carpeting, a reading amphitheater and
$10,000 worth of new biographies, science books and books in
Braille are just some of the changes from the four-week