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The State Ethics Commission failed to prove that a
veteran state lawmaker, and a tireless advocate of the
Boston Public Library, returned favors from lobbyists
when given free golf and meals, the state\'s highest
court ruled today.\" -- Read More
Ron Force sent in this story
The New York Times has an editorial on the loss of city librarians to better paid jobs in the suburbs, entitled \"New York\'s Vanishing Librarians\"
The three public library systems that serve New York City are just recovering from the fiscal crisis of the 1970\'s, which left bookshelves empty, computer systems outdated and library buildings falling to pieces. Now the New York, Brooklyn and Queens library systems face a new problem -- the rapid departure of their professional librarians, who are leaving for better-paying jobs in the suburbs and other cities. -- Read More
\"Rowling, the rags-to-riches British writer whose series on a schoolboy wizard has enthralled children across the world, has had fans lining up for hours in the rain on a tumultuous tour of the eastern United States.
It\'s as if she\'s a rock star or all-star athlete. \"Can you imagine what that\'s like, to get out of a car at a normal book signing and there\'s a thousand people outside screaming at you? It\'s amazing,\" she said.\" -- Read More
James Nimmo writes:
Growth or Greed?
Human events are often filled with questions that require choices in
trying to find answers: yes/no, pro/con, either/or,
fundamental/progressive. Sometimes these choices are not clear cut but
dimmed with shades of gray. Does the following question have a clear-cut
answer or is it of the non-white/non-black variety? Does the media
personality Laura Schlessinger have an absolute First Amendment freedom to
write and say whatever she wants in her newspaper column, radio program,
possibly, television talk show? -- Read More
\"Upset about reports of Internet pornography in public view and a perceived lack of action to prevent it, the Minneapolis City Council may nudge the city\'s Public Library system to take action sooner rather than later.
While the council doesn\'t have authority over the library system, Council Member Kathy Thurber planned to seek approval today of a resolution encouraging a policy like that of the St. Paul Public Library, which bars the use of Internet facilities to \"display graphics that are obscene or harmful to minors.\" -- Read More
\"James Billington, the Librarian of Congress gave a speech to the National Press Club on April 14th about the role of the LOC in the Information Age. You need Real Audio to listen.
\"Experts speaking in defense of hacker magazine 2600 say a ruling that prevents sites from linking to a
controversial DVD-descrambling utility imperils traditional free speech.
A federal judge should not order 2600.com to yank hyperlinks to the DeCSS program from its website
because it \"would constitute a gross prior restraint of speech,\" 2600 magazine says in court documents filed
Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New York. -- Read More
Drew Carey was the big winner on \"Who Wants to be a Millionare?\", earning $500,000 for his charity, the Ohio Library Foundation. He Chickened out on a chance to risk his winnings on the $1 million question: Which football star was the first to film a commercial for Disney World? The answer: Phil Simms.
Nice Job Drew!
Rocky Mountain News has this article about librarians in Minnesota who have had enough of pornography in their library.
\"Mary Doty stared in disbelief at the contents of the inch-thick packet of pornographic printouts delivered to her on behalf of seven Minneapolis librarians.
These weren\'t just pictures of pretty, nude ladies,\" said Doty, a Minneapolis Public Library board member. \"It\'s really gross, abnormal-looking stuff, child pornography. ... Unbelievable!\" -- Read More
Recent concerns raised over health problems experienced by some Santa Fe city library employees have officials combing the Main Library for fungi that could be the source.
More than a dozen employees of the Main Library have experienced recent health problems...\" -- Read More
\"Cracker Barrel restaurants offered an apology and $1,000 to Gilbert\'s library Wednesday for sending 15,000 nearly worthless books in a contest promotion.
The Lebanon, Tenn.-based chain also agreed to \"pick up all the books the library doesn\'t want because we don\'t want them to incur any disposal costs,\" Cracker Barrel spokeswoman Julie Davis said. \" -- Read More
The Chronicle of Higher Ed has a very interesting Story on the permanence of articles published in electronic journals.Stanford\'s HighWire Press, which offers more than 170 scholarly journals online, announced last week that it would test the approach this spring, in a project called Lots Of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe, or LOCKSS. -- Read More
Karen McCandlish writes:
Why have controversial material in your library? I was just discussing this topic with a friend, and I came up with a few reasons why it might be good to have anti-gay or racist or other controversial material in a library. It certainly is a way of raising people\'s consciousness, and perhaps their consciences, as to what\'s really out there - the level of hate where these people are coming from. -- Read More
Pioneer Planet has this article about an elementary school principal in Connecticut who has taken the book \"Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants\" off the school library shelves.
\"Not even the children\'s book superhero ``Captain Underpants\'\' could win a battle against the Naugatuck, Conn., school district.
Officials of the Maple Hill elementary school have yanked Dav Pilkey\'s latest book, ``Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants,\'\' out of its library, saying that its humor is tasteless and that the book has caused students to be disruptive. While anti-censorship groups say they have not heard of other bans of Pilkey\'s books, they say they regularly receive complaints about children\'s books for taste and other reasons.\" -- Read More
\"AOL\'s recent Internet filtering debacle, involving a list of permitted sites that appeared to have a strong conservative bias, underscored an important point. While the furor over Web filtering, once a rallying point for many free speech or \"free Web\" advocates, may have died down, filtering tools appear to be here to stay. And they\'re not getting much better. When a major ISP can block the Million Mom March site as unsuitable for children, it\'s clear there\'s still plenty of room for improvement.\" -- Read More
\"I\'ve started each book in some way knowing what it would be about. I\'d never given myself a chance to simply spend time with children. I regretted this because a lot of the things children have to say don\'t fit into any preplanned agenda. I\'ve had the dilemma over many years of talking to children who had many whimsical things to tell me and I\'d think, \'This isn\'t going to fit into Chapter 3.\'\"
So he decided, in his early 60s, to \"set aside a period of years that I could simply enjoy these kids and let them lead me where they wanted to lead me.\" -- Read More
\"What would happen if someone donated 15,000 books to Gilbert\'s library and nearly all of them had the same title?
Librarians are finding out the hard way this week as they sort through a loading dock full of books that arrived as part of a Cracker Barrel restaurants promotion. \" -- Read More
This release from the U.S. Newswire talks about new studies that reveal that school libraries have beneficial effects on students\' performances in school. If this is so, then why don\'t they get the funding from the government that they deserve?
\"Want to raise students\'
test scores? Three new studies -- from Pennsylvania, Alaska,
and Colorado -- confirm that the secret to boosting students\'
academic performance is right down the hall in the school library.
But will school libraries get their just rewards as the Senate
begins debating the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
School libraries last received dedicated federal dollars in the
1960s. Today, the average U.S. school library gets $6 per pupil
per year from federal block grants.
\"That pays for less than half a book,\" notes Emily Sheketoff,
executive director of the American Library Association\'s Washington
office. \"If a dot com could show the results school libraries
do, its stock price would soar.\" -- Read More
\"When Tahir Veliqi and Adnon Berisha left with their families from war-torn Kosova and arrived in Grande Prairie almost 10 months ago, they didn\'t know if they would see or even hear from their friends and relatives again.
But thanks to technology and a little help from the Grande Prairie Public Library staff, the teenagers have kept in touch with home. Days after their arrival last summer, Veliqi and Berisha came to the library to access its free Internet service.\" -- Read More