Copernicus Tempts Thieves Worldwide

BookWire has an interesting Story on the rash of rare book thefts. Keep your eye on the rare books room!

Copies of one of the world\'s rarest and most valuable books have been disappearing a rash of mysterious thefts that have perplexed police from the former Soviet Union to the United States.
At least seven of the 260 known copies of the 1543 edition of ``De revolutionibus\'\' have disappeared in recent years, including one copy each from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and the Mittag-Leffler Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, according to Owen Gingerich, a professor at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. Five copies remain missing. -- Read More

Islamic group tries to block childrens book

CNN is carrying this story on an attempt to block a children\'s book.

Now an Islamic advocacy group has demanded Scholastic Inc. , stop distributing the book, maintaining that it contains inaccurate, offensive and stereotypical references to Muslims.

In the book, Laura, an American student at a private school in London, seeks to avenge her 11-year-old brother\'s murder by 15-year-old Jehran, a Muslim girl who is trying to escape from a forced marriage to a 54-year-old man with three other wives. She had sought the American boy\'s U.S. passport as a means of escape.

\"You get really skeptical when you see a title like that,\" said Alkebsi, who oversees international affairs for the Islamic Institute, a Washington think tank. -- Read More

Study Finds Heavy Internet Users Are Isolated

The Washington Post has a not so suprising story about how the internet is changing our lives.

The Internet is creating a class of people who spend more hours at the office, work still more hours from home, and are so solitary they can hardly be bothered to call Mom on her birthday.

Those are some of the conclusions of a major new study of Internet users conducted by Stanford University\'s Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society. But even before its official unveiling here today, the survey of 4,113 people was receiving extensive criticism, guaranteeing another round of debate over the effect of this new technology.


\"We\'re moving from a world in which you know all your neighbors, see all your friends, interact with lots of different people every day, to a functional world, where interaction takes place at a distance,\" said Norman Nie, a Stanford professor of political science and director of the institute. \"Can you get a hug, a warm voice, over the Internet?\" -- Read More

County Council ousts 4 library trustees

greenvillenews.com has a story on house cleaning in the Greenville County.

Concerned about operations and what they perceive as mismanagement at the Greenville County Library, members of the County Council cleaned house Tuesday with their decision to replace four of five incumbents in the election of seven trustees.

Council Chairman Dozier Brooks said he thinks there was a lot of concern about operations problems and mismanagement at the library in addition to the council\'s interest in wanting to move ahead on plans for a new library.

\"I just felt like there was a lack of oversight at the library, and I think we\'ve elected seven good people to get the problems solved and keep us on schedule with plans for a new county library,\" Brooks said. -- Read More

Construction projects for libraries stacking up

Good News from jsonline.com.

A public library building boom, fueled in part by the robust economy, is being felt in the Milwaukee area, where more than a dozen communities are constructing or considering new or expanded libraries.

From Cudahy to Port Washington and Whitefish Bay to Pewaukee, supporters are pushing to improve their libraries.


\"There\'s a greater sense than I\'ve ever seen in my career that we can get things done now,\" said Anders Dahlgren, a Madison-based library consultant, who works with communities in Wisconsin and across the country to assess their library needs.

Internet Filtering

Ray McBride writes \"The following appeared in South Carolina\'s State Newspaper on Sunday 13 February 2000.\"

Library access to Internet not problem it\'s perceived to be.
By Jim Johnson

South Carolina\'s public libraries are being characterized in press reports as being places where children are exposed to pornography over the Internet. Reading these reports gives the impression public libraries are cyber adult book-stores. Nothing could be further from the truth, Public libraries take their role in providing services, including Internet access, to children very seriously. Every public library in the state has an Internet use policy which outlines acceptable and unacceptable behavior. -- Read More

Censorware and Memetic Warfare

Slashdot has an outstanding report on filtering, and how it works. This is a great read whatever your views on filtering are, read it HERE.
Be sure to check out the link to This Report on sites blocked at the University of UT.

Most measures of blocking software effectiveness focus on how much pornography it blocks. We weren\'t able to test that because we couldn\'t look through the 99.4% of unblocked material - over 53 million URLs. Just too much data. But we did learn that, in Utah, 5% of the time, when the software said \"you can\'t look at that,\" it was just plain wrong.

Ninety-five percent accuracy might sound like a nice high figure to base a good meme around. Who could argue with a number like 95%? But consider what this means for the 300 Web sites in question: each of them was blocked from being read by a great many public institutions in the state of Utah.

Black CU law students fight for library exhibit

A Story from the Denver Post, on the refusal of University of Colorado law school\'s library to put up a Black History month display.

A group of black law students wanted to tell their classmates this month about the case of an escaped slave denied freedom by the courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that separate but equal was the best way for races to co-exist.

But the director of the University of Colorado law school\'s library said no.\"She hasn\'t proffered any reasonable explanations,\" said Haygood, a second-year law student from Denver. \"Today, she said she is the one in charge of that display case and can decide what goes in there.\" -- Read More

Librarians debate Internet filters

A Story from Iowa, on the debate over filtering.


Iowa\'s public librarians say their budgets should not be tied to putting safeguards on Internet sites.

An effort by the Marshall County Board of Supervisors to deny extra money to local libraries that do not install filters on Internet service has triggered a debate over free speech and local control.
The suggestion died last week because of a tight county budget, officials said.
One librarian says the idea sets \"a really dangerous precedent.\" -- Read More

school removes some horror books

The Idaho Statesman has a Story HERE on the removal of several books from a middle school.

Several books by prolific youth horror author Christopher Pike will not be available to students at West Middle School, because concerns were raised about violent content, Principal Jeff Read said Monday.

Read spent the weekend reading five of Pike’s novels — “Chain Letter 2,” “Midnight Club,” “Remember Me 3,” “The Star Group” and “Bury Me Deep.” He also skimmed over several more, he said, and concluded that none of them was appropriate for middle-school readers.

“I didn’t like them,” he said, explaining that they contain graphic descriptions of torture and violence, sexual innuendoes and profanity.

Internet porn issue revs up library race

Greenville County South Carolina is in the odd position of having people paying great attention to the upcoming library board elections. Story Here at Greenville Online

The Internet pornography issue has turned the normally ho-hum business of filling seats on the library board into a heated race, putting the controversy squarely in the Greenville County Council\'s lap next week as it chooses seven board members from a field of 16 candidates.

The higher-than-usual interest in the 11-member board comes at a time when the library is being criticized by a consultant who says the system is \"dysfunctional,\" offers poor service in many areas and lacks coordination with its branches.

\"This time we don\'t have to beg for candidates,\" said County Councilman Joe Dill. -- Read More

Libraries try to keep Internet access safe

A story from Oklahoma on filtering policies in public libraries.

The policies in libraries ranging in size from New York City to Hominy have a common theme -- read at your own risk.

\"Ultimately, everyone has to take individual responsibility,\" said Jon Walker, division director for automation and collection services for the Tulsa City- County Library.

\"When you look at all the media including television and print, you have bad things in all those arenas. We have to teach people the skills to be able to discern what is accurate and important.\"

The Oklahoma Library Association and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries support and encourage libraries to develop an Internet policy but do not make recommendations for content.

Local library boards have the final decision about what is passed and enforced in their communities.

Worlds oldest Valentine unearthed in Britain

The world\'s oldest-known Valentine\'s Day message, written in 1477, was unveiled on Monday at the British Library and proves that when it comes to love, some things never change.

On February 14, 523 years ago, Margery Brews wrote what has become the oldest surviving Valentine\'s card, using all her womanly wiles to try and convince her lover to marry her.

She flattered her fiance, appealed to his chivalry, then she turned to emotional blackmail.
The letter is part of the library\'s Millennium exhibition: ``Chapter & Verse: 1,000 years of English literature.\'\' -- Read More

Charges dropped against man with overdue library books

MSNBC had this short report.

\"
Charges have been dropped against a man who was last month arrested for having overdue library books.
Jeremy Christian Soder, 29, was arrested Jan. 7 during a traffic stop in Fort Myers. A check of his records showed a Pinellas County warrant for failing to appear in court for overdue library material.
Soder said at the time he wanted to learn Spanish for a 1998 trip to Costa Rica, so he checked out about $80 worth of books and tapes from the Clearwater Public Library. -- Read More

Activist leading fight to install Internet filters

A Story on the man leading the fight for filtering in Michigan appeared on Michigin Live

Gary Glenn has never left people lukewarm.

Through 20-plus years of political activism -- fighting organized labor, battling gay rights, looking to expand educational choice and now championing Internet filters in Holland -- the soft-spoken Southerner has inspired two reactions: devotion and derision. -- Read More

Librarians contest on

Michigan Live has a neat story on a local librarian contest
Here.

The White Pine Library Cooperative is asking for more such examples for its Libraries Change Lives story contest.

To win, library users should submit their stories, said cooperative Director Doug Simmons.

The cooperative\'s member libraries - in Saginaw, Bay, Midland, Tuscola, Sanilac, Huron, Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Iosco, Isabella and Ogemaw counties - are participating.

\"

Charles Schulz Dead

CNN has a nice tribute to the late Charles Schulz
Here, along with Message Boards to discuss his death with other fans.


The last daily Peanuts strip was published on January 3. But
Sunday\'s papers carried the final cartoon, a strip showing
Snoopy at his typewriter, along with other Peanuts regulars.
It includes a farewell letter signed by Schulz.

\"Dear Friends,\" the letter opens. \"I have been fortunate to
draw Charlie Brown and his friends for almost 50 years. It
has been the fulfillment of my childhood ambition.\"


\"It\'s amazing that he dies just before his last strip is
published,\" fellow cartoonist Lynn Johnston, creator of \"For Better or Worse,\" said. Such an ending was \"as if he had written it that way.\"

Editorial on Filtering in IL

Someone writes \"Here is the full
editorial from The Times Newspaper covering Lansing,
Illinois. The link I sent earlier in the week doesn\'t work
because the paper moves the stories to an archive. The
story appeared in the Times at http://www.thetimesonli
ne.com

Publication date: 02/10/2000
Bring in Internet but take out trash
A Personal View

Kathy Valente
Founder, Citizens for Community Values,
Lansing
This is in response to the Lansing Library director\'s Jan. 4
letter regarding the library\'s decision to have one
unfiltered terminal. The federal court case that William D.
Babcock refers to that could threaten our community
standards, took place in Loudoun County, Va., in the Fourth
U.S. District Court, which has no jurisdiction in Illinois
whatsoever. Judge Leona Brinkema, a former librarian,
ruled it was unconstitutional for the library to filter
adult terminals. Babcock may not be aware that a parallel
decision of hers was overturned by a higher court, thereby
allowing government employees to be restricted from viewing
sexually explicit material on government-owned
(taxpayer-purchased) computers. Legal experts believe the
Loudoun case would\'ve been overturned had they appealed. But
more importantly, this 4th District ruling doesn\'t apply to
Illinois.
The group that filed the suit against the Loudoun County
Library was started by the American Library Association
(which oppose all filters), represented by the ACLU and
received a monetary award from the Playboy Foundation.
Do the ALA and ACLU have an agenda? Click Read
more to Read the rest
-- Read More

Baltimore County School Eye Library Holdings

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
Council.

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
is
http://www.
bcpl.net/~dcurtis/libraryfacts

Other school libraries who face the same problem may find

Internet restriction vote set for Tuesday

Lansing officials eye all public bodies in censorship
law

After a half-hour of debate among residents and trustees,
the Lansing Village Board agreed by consent last week to
prepare a resolution urging restricted access to the
Internet in public facilities.


The debate centered around access to the Internet at the
Lansing Public Library, but trustees agreed to direct their
resolution toward all public bodies in the village that
might provide such access.
The board is expected to vote on the resolution Tuesday.
Proponents of restricted access argue that self-imposed
\"filters\" will prevent users from accessing pornography and
obscene materials on the Internet.
\"Let\'s not play Big Brother so much with the Library Board,\"
Podgorski said. \"We should make it applicable to all.\"
From
www.starnewspapers.com\"
-- Read More

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