Well-Informed Citizens Increasingly Rare

I really wanted to put this one under humor, even though it\'s more sad than funny. The National Science Foundation released a report, \"Science and Engineering Indicators 2000\", in this report, \"more than 70% of the people knew that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around\", so... that means about 30% didn\'t know that? Is this even possible? Other interesting results-
-16% could define the Internet
-13% could accurately describe a molecule
-30% thought they were poorly informed -- Read More

E-Book Quickies

I found a bucket full of EBook stories this week, so I thought I would lump them all together in a nice neat little story. Some are about libraries, some just ebooks, but they will all warm your heart and bring a tear to your eye (End Hallmark intro). The big question is still:Does your library carry them yet, or, will you be offering them soon? -- Read More

Remember to Vote Yes or No Today

When your library budget comes up, are you allowed to tell patrons to vote \"Yes\" in support of your library? The very interesting (and political) question was brought up in this article from Arkansas Online , in which the answer was no.\"We\'ve had questions all along,\" Schaper said. \"I\'ve always told my [library] staff to just answer the question. You can say be sure to vote, but you can\'t say, \'We need you to vote yes.\" -- Read More

Pair open a new chapter in library case

Two people who were arrested, but not convicted, for overdue materials are now suing their city for $74,000 because they did not get a speedy trial. The story is in Alabama Live\"In their separate cases, Corbin and Daversa allegedly failed to return library books and were eventually charged under city law. Neither showed up for the court hearing on those cases, so both became the subject of warrants because of that failure to appear in court.\" -- Read More

sandals in libraries

Someone sent in this article from ABC news about the dangers of wearing sandals.A woman was apparently jabbed in the foot with a syringe as she sat in the Ohio State University library, authorities said.\"

What search engine(s) do you use?

Someone wrote in with this:\"I am very curious
to learn what librarians use for search engine at work.
We have new access to internet here and I want to
know what is best, please.

I suppose as
librarians we should know what is best? What do you
use and why?

Doctors are prescribing books

Sarah
Ormes
writes Nice story in the UK about how
doctors are prescribing a course of novels
for patients suffering from a range of diseases -
bibliotherapists are being
employed by Kirklees public library services to support
the service.

Full story at

The
BBC

This is a neat area of
librarianship
that has always interested me, my other degree is in
Psychology. -- Read More

Libraries beginning to join computer revolution

AZ Central has a Story that says a bit about how libraries are adding more in the way of technology. Some have begun offering electronic books, use of free computers and Internet access. The Phoenix Central Library is even planning to give teens a rockin\' computer center, with loud music if they want.

\"At some libraries, people just aren\'t checking out as many books as they used to. In Tempe, where circulation fell 7 percent in the past year, Director Teri Metros concedes she\'s a bit concerned.

\"But we\'re still checking out a million items a year. We\'re just in a time of great transition. You can get depressed or excited about it,\" she said. -- Read More

Reduce Your Overdues

Chris Rippel wrote this wonderful recommendation:

In the early 1980s, Patsy Hansel, Robert Burgin, and Paul Little did
extensive statistical analysis revealing what practices correlated with
more overdues and what practices are correlated with fewer overdues. For
example, libraries with loan periods of 3 weeks had more overdues than
libraries with loan periods of 2 or 4 weeks.


Here are my recommendations based on their findings. -- Read More

Treat anti-Harry Potter views with respect

The Desert News has a very interesting Story on Harry, and the other views people have on these books. It raises some Veryinteresting points.

\"Harry Potter IV will make millions of people happy and others very worried. The first crowd will be greeted warmly when it visits public libraries and schools. The odds are good the critics will not. Kimbra Wilder Gish, a librarian at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center sadi : \"These books had everything — witches, warlocks, magic, evil spirits, the whole lot. So I wasn\'t shocked by the controversy. I was shocked that so many librarians were shocked by the controversy. . . . It\'s like they were saying, \'Haven\'t all of those intolerant fundamentalists been wiped out, by now?\' \" -- Read More

Push to block Internet porn gains momentum

The US Congress is threatening to cut off money to public libraries and schools that fail to block children\'s access to Internet pornography, but President Clinton and several powerful interest groups oppose such use of federal financial clout as an exercise of censorship.
John McCain, in the senate, and Ernest Istookwould, in the house want to stop money from the federal e-rate program, and from a range of education other programs. The Star Tribune has a Story:

\"As we wire America\'s children to the Internet, we are inviting these dirt bags to prey upon our children in every classroom and library in America,\" McCain said in a Senate debate last month. -- Read More

Technology Shrinks Library

School libraries are in a quandry these days as budgets have not been increased, yet they are expected to buy books and computers. The solution is not an easy one. Check out this article by the Shreeveport Times.\"The push by school administrators to buy technology is leaving many of the nation’s school libraries with thin and outdated book inventories.\" -- Read More

Harry Potter, Internet fuel library boom

The Digital Missourian has an encouraging Story on libraries and how well (or is it good?) they are doing now. Nice to see the popular press not sounding the death bells for libraries for a change.

\"Maybe reports of the death of the book in the age of the Internet were greatly exaggerated.
It seems public libraries are attracting crowds of children and adults as never before. And that is translating into expanded hours, renovations and construction of new libraries in Kansas City and the surrounding area. -- Read More

Filtering Update

The Nando Times has this article on recent developments in the filtering controversy.\"In recent weeks, the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed measures to cut off federal funds to any public library or school that refuses to install filtering devices on computers used by people under 18.\" -- Read More

LISNews.sex

ICANN has aanounced they will be bringing in some new top level domains (like the current .com, .net, and .edu) one of ICANN\'s working groups has already proposed domain names ranging from \'\'.banc,\'\' \'\'.museum,\'\' .\'\'union,\'\' \'\'.travel,\'\' to \'\'.sex.\'\', though they have not settled on the exact names yet. -- Read More

Web users have case of short-term memory

This article from the New York Times discusses how the Internet has effected how we percieve history, and how new information on the web outweighs historical data by an enormous number.\"It doesn\'t give any sense of time because almost everything on the Web is about events and articles in the last five years,\" Herring said. \"It doesn\'t give students the impression that they\'re sitting on the shoulders of giants. It gives them the impression that they\'re giants.\" -- Read More

Are Libraries Providng a Dating Service?

I wonder what happened to tradional romance... Why are more people using chat lines in the library to meet a mate?
Do you think any librarians out there are getting paid a matchmaker\'s fee? I don\'t think so. -- Read More

The Marrying Librarian

Some librarians have interesting other careers-such as being a minister. Reverend Ingrid Kalchthaler gets business for her church and her library. I am evidence of this as she \"recruited\" me at the library to perform my wedding ceremony on May 6th. -- Read More

Students clicking on to knowledge

Steven J. Bell sent in this Story from Daily
News Los Angeles.com
that talks about how
libraries
are adding more computers and other fancy, shiny,
beeping things.

\"We call it the cybrary, instead of
the library,\" said Susan Newcomer, library media
teacher at Glendale\'s Clark Magnet High School where
students can roam the World Wide Web, view
CD-ROMs and search an online catalog for books -- Read More

Keeping up with the field

Steven J. Bell writes: I have recently made
public a web site that aims to help
librarians,
primarily academic, \"keep up\" with the literature of
several fields
pertinent to library work and technology matters. The
basic philosophy is
that to \"keep up\" a librarian must go beyond the
constraints of library
literature. The site points users to sources such as free
e-zines and web
sites with technology (and other) news.

If you are interested the site is found at staff.philau
.edu/bells/keepup

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