Saying the F word in libraries

ALA\'s
Public Information Office has some good suggestions about talking to people about filtering. Here\'s a sample, from their section on answering the tough questions:

The best way to deal with tough questions from library users, your board members, the mayor or a reporter is to be prepared. The following are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Listen -- don\'t judge. Anticipate which questions you will be asked and prepare your answers ahead of time.
  • Acknowledge: \"You obviously have strong feelings. I respect your views. Let me give you another perspective.\"
  • Reframe the question -- Why do you think students should be allowed to view pornography on the Internet? \"You\'re asking me about our Internet policy...\"
  • Be honest. Tell the truth as you know it. \"My experience with the Internet is...\"
  • Remember, it\'s not just what you say but how you say it. Speak simply, sincerely and with conviction.
  • Less is more. Keep your answers short and to the point.
  • Stick to your key message. Deliver it at least three times.
  • Avoid use of negative/inflammatory words such as \"pornography.\"
  • Don\'t fudge. If you don\'t know, say so.
  • Never say \"No comment.\" A simple \"I\'m sorry I can\'t answer that\" will do.

Dear Dr. Laura ...

Brian writes \"Friday was my day off, so I watched Dr. Laura\'s TV show about pornbraries. My impression is that she\'ll get cancelled fairly quickly in many markets; she doesn\'t have much of a TV presence, sighing and hmmphing around the set like a little kid. (I could be wrong: I didn\'t think Conan would stay on the air after I saw him shaking his way through his monologues at the beginning.) The big revelation was that an e-mail address was given out on the air: mail4drlaura@yahoo.com. I noticed a bit of misinformation given on the show and on the Web-based Dr. Laura Activism Center she plugged, so I sent a note encouraging her to go do the right thing and take a moral stand for truth:

Read on for the letter... -- Read More

Canadian Students Find Theses on Contentville

The Edmonton Journal has this article on graduate students who are upset that their theses were sold on Contentville. It seems that they should file a complaint with the National Library.\"The students didn\'t know it, but the U.S. firm gained the rights to sell Canadian theses this summer through a subcontract with the company that reproduces academic work for the National Library.

Stephen Biggs, a senior doctoral student in psychology at York University, found his master\'s thesis listed for the average price of $57.50 US -- $54.62 for club members.\" -- Read More

Do You Still Need A Library Card?

Wired has a story
that admits all that
is free on the web is not all good. The story goes into Questia and
ebrary.com, 2 companies working to bring some
authority control to the web, for a fee of course.

\"The element that the Internet is missing most
is valuable, authoritative information,\" said Christopher
Warnock, CEO of ebrary.com. \"For a lot of students, if
information doesn\'t exist on the Internet, it doesn\'t
exist.\" -- Read More

Studio B Highlights

Studio B\'s been getting a facelift! Go take a look. Sorry about the slight vanishing act, but I\'m back with the
Studio B Buzz Highlights. -- Read More

XML: No Magic Problem Solver

I like This Story from
one of my favorite mags Business 2.0
on XML because the author attempts to control some of
the silly hype currently surrounding XML.

\"
Three sad truths
Sad XML Truth No. 1: Designing a good format using
XML still requires human intelligence.
Sad XML Truth No. 2: XML does not mean less
pain.
Sad XML Truth No. 3: Interoperability isn’t an
engineering issue, it’s a business issue. -- Read More

Gutenberg is the \"Man of the Millennium\"

Lee Hadden writes:

An article in the Wall Street
Journal, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, page
A24, talks about the celebration of Johannes Gutenberg
as the \"Man of the
Millennium\" in Mainz, and gives a brief account of his
career. See the site
(it also has an English translation) at: gutenberg.de -- Read More

Report from Robert Willard On Dr. Laura

Cathy Gilletter was kind enough to send along an email
from Robert S. Willard, Executive Director National
Commission on Libraries and Information Science. He
was on the \"Lewd Libraries\" show on Friday,
and has more than
a few things to say about his experiences.

From: \"Bob Willard\"This week marks the
premiere of the syndicated
television show hosted by
Dr. Laura Schlessinger. The program dealing with
libraries, and
specifically access to inappropriate material on the
Internet by
children,
will air this Friday (9/15). The show is placed in different
time slots
in
different cities; a locator is at
http://www.drlaura.com/tv/watch.html
that
identifies the broadcast time in all cities where the
show is broadcast.
I
am disappointed to report that the name chosen for this
particular show
is
\"Lewd Libraries.\"


I participated in the show and I thought I would share
my impressions
about
the whole process. -- Read More

Worth of Librarians

In the animal world we have aggregations such as: a pride of lions, a pod of whales, a gaggle of geese, a murmuration of starlings, and so forth. James Lipton, in his book An Exaltation of Larks (Penguin Books, 1993) says that the technical term for such aggregations is venery. Lipton’s book provides rules for turning the creation of terms of venery into a game. His rules amount essentially to all players coming up with terms of venery, with one judge determining categories and later awarding points to the best terms.

There are even terms of venery that change depending on exactly where the group is. For example, geese on land are a flock, in flight they\'re a skein, and in the water a plump. Venery is at times age related, as in a kindle of kittens but a clowder of cats.

What might there be for us humans? How about a bean pot of accountants or a tintinnabulation of politicians? Perhaps we should consider a worth of librarians. We could get tagged with worse! And librarians ARE worth a lot! -- Read More

Quotes from Lewd Libraries

Dr. Laura’s big “LEWD LIBRARIES” show is over. Both sides made some good points, but there was not much new offered, and it was rather boring as far as talk shows go. I pulled out some quotes from both sides, for those of you who can’t or won’t watch the show. I was supreised The ALA declined to go on the show.

Dr. Laura-“I would be first online with the sign to oppose censorship in the library ” -- Read More

Techies.com salary survey

For anyone thinking of making the jump to the dot.com world, News.com has a story on what cities are \"most affordable\", that is, highest pay, lowest cost of living.

\"The first-of-its-kind survey, released exclusively to CNET News.com , uses detailed salary information from more than 570,000 workers who filled out questionnaires at Techies.com. Workers run the gamut from technical writers and telephone call-center operators to senior vice presidents and chief technology officers.

Read on for the winners and losers... -- Read More

Update from Holland, MI

Slashdot has an Update and report from Hollan, MI on the big fitlering fight. They went to the Holland library\'s open board meeting on Tuesday night; and the report is Here. It\'s worth the read, for both sides of the issue

\"The latest issue of the American Family Association Journal has an article titled \"Low percentage of Christians using Internet filtering shows ignorance of the dangers.\" They claim that \"Seven out of 10 Christians have Internet access -- but only one out of 10 has filtered Internet access.\" -- Read More

Web Hoaxes and Misinformation

Be sure to check out the feature article in this months Searcher Magazine. Paul S. Piper discusses many aspects of web site evaluation and misinformation. There is also a nice list of sites that track these Internet hoaxes. A must read for public librarians.\"Misinformation on the Internet is, and will always be, a problem. One of the attributes of the Internet — the fact that nearly anyone can publish on it — creates an environment of freedom and simultaneously an environment that lacks quality control. That lack of quality control often requires the Internet user to perform the filtering done for us transparently in magazines, newsletters, journals, encyclopedias, books, and so on.\" -- Read More

Friday Updates

Friday updates for this week include Books as Punishment, building revival, JFK Library, Another librarian strike, $20 Million donation, A novel idea, Auditing the library, Stelaing books in Boston, Civil War Newspapres found, banned books, etc... -- Read More

Britain\'s Brain Drain

Lee Hadden writes :

In a letter to Nature (Vol 407, 7 Sept 2000, page 13) Alice Sharp
Pierson and Peter Cotgreave of the Save British Science Society, have used
citation analysis of the publications of scientists who have received
degrees in Britain in 1988, to indicate that the brain drain of British
science is a real occurrence. Recently, the British government has
announced substantial new investment in the British science base as a means
to stop the brain drain of British scientists and engineers. The
investigators, \"Using bibliographic data, we report here a statistically
significant difference between the quality of scientists who trained in the
United Kingdom but are now in the United States, and those who stayed in
the United Kingdom.\" -- Read More

Dr. Laura in the Library

Dr. Laura\'s show (The Friday, September 15, 2000 \"LEWD LIBRARIES\") was recently filmed at the Denver Public Library. You can find out if the show airs in your neck of the woods Here

\"Library officials said Tuesday that the show taped a 15-year-old girl using a computer at the library to access pornographic Web sites. The youngster also checked out an R-rated video.
Library spokewoman Anya Breitenbach said library officials declined an invitation to appear on the show. \"We felt it was a set-up, and we weren\'t interested.\"

Young minds at risk

Harsh words from The Chicago Sun Times\"Have we as a society become so desensitized that the idea of children accessing hard-core pornography in a children\'s library does not bother us? I sincerely hope this is not the case.\"
I\'m afraid it is. And the library profession defends it as acceptable, if not desirable, behavior. -- Read More

Library Juice Copyright Supplement

This week, Library Juice issued a pathfinder on copyright issues as a supplement. It inludes links to numerous articles and sites you may not have seen if you are interested in copyright, and a full article by Mark Anderson from EXTRA!, which I am copying here, with permission: -- Read More

This just in: Alaska is part of the United States

This just in from CNN: Residents of Alaska and Hawaii may now participate in a Harry Potter essay contest run by Scholastic, according to this story. When the contest was first announced, only kids from the Lower 48 could enter. Alaskans cried foul, and Scholastic corrected the rules.

\"Your company\'s treatment of Alaskans -- particularly our children -- as second-class citizens reminds me of the colonialist attitude which the federal government often displays to our state and residents,\" [Ketchikan mayor Bob Weinstein] wrote. \"In closing, you can be like Harry Potter or Voldemort -- the choice is yours.\"

Feds Elated With E-Rate

Wired has a Story on 2 new reports that say many good things about the E-Rate here in the US. : E-Rate and the Digital Divide: A Preliminary Analysis From the Integrated Studies of Educational Technology, conducted by the Urban Institute. The report found that e-rate funding is accomplishing what it was established to do, namely improving internal connections in the nation\'s poorer schools and getting them connected to the Internet.


\"The e-rate is helping to eliminate the digital divide and raise standards of learning in virtually every school and classroom,\" Riley said at the Conference on Educational Technology. \"The report clearly shows that we\'re moving in the right direction.\"



A second study released Monday from the National Center for Education Statistics, Teachers\' Tools for the 21st Century: A Report on Teachers\' Use of Technology showed that 99 percent of teachers have access to computers or the Internet at school, but not all of them have the skills to use it effectively.

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