Library Juice 1:10 - March 18, 1998


1. Library Juice News 
2. Index Morganagus - Index to library related serials on the web 
3. Scout Reports for Social Sciences and Business & Economics, Net-Newsletters 
4. Biodiversity and Conservation - hypertext book 
5. gender Inn: Women's and Gender Studies Database 
6. _Agriculture Fact Book 1997_--USDA [.pdf, 265p.] 
7. Useful databases newly available from NTIS 
8. Jackie Eubanks Award winner announced 
9. Katherine Sharp Review Call for Papers 
10. Legislative proposal to revise Chapter 19 of Title 44 
11. Anarchist Yellow Pages 
12. Lawsuit against Borders and Barnes & Noble by independents and ABA 
13. "Thinking Problem"  (Humor) 
1.  Library Juice News 
Library Juice currently has 165 subscribers in 15 countries.  Back issues 
are archived at <>. 
Right now the server that's hosting it won't take a cgi script, so it can't 
be searchable.  If you can donate more user-friendly server space for 
Library Juice please let me know!  You'll have my eternal gratitude. 
2.  Index Morganagus - Index to library related serials on the web 
Index Morganagus is an electronic index of library-related serials created 
by Eric Morgan Lease.  I find it a convenient way to quickly access 
articles in library literature, especially relating to the internet, 
"electronic libraries" and the like, but other topics as well.  Index 
Morganagus currently indexes over sixty electronic serials, linking 
directly to the articles in full text. It is located at the following URL: 
3. Scout Reports for Social Sciences and Business & Economics, Net-Newsletters 
Scout Report for Social Sciences 
Scout Report for Business & Economics 
The twelfth issues of the Scout Reports for Social Sciences and Business & 
Economics, each of which annotate over twenty new and newly-discovered 
Internet resources, are available. The In the News section of the Social 
Science Report annotates seven resources on the recent elections in India. 
The Business & Economics Report's In the News section annotates six 
resources related to mortgage refinancing. The Internet Scout Project now 
provides Gleason Sackman's Net-Newsletters mailing list (discussed in the 
November 29, 1996 Scout Report) via the web. Beginning with the March 2, 
1998 issue, users can find daily and monthly postings from the mailing 
list, which is a compendium of seventeen newsletters at this time, 
including Benton Foundation communication headlines, Edupage, Seidman's 
Online Insider, and PBS Previews. [JS] 
(Internic Scout Report: ) 
4.  Biodiversity and Conservation - hypertext book 
Peter J. Bryant, Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology at the 
University of California, Irvine, provides this hypertext book as a 
learning aid for his Biological Conservation class. It is an excellent, 
comprehensive introduction to the topic. Divided into sixteen 
understandable chapters, it covers such topics as the history of life, 
depletion and extinction from over-exploitation, exotic introductions, and 
deforestation, among others. The content is supported by illustrations, 
photos, charts, and a webliography for each chapter (a work in progress 
which is also available in full at the end of the book). However, the 
features that add the greatest value to the site are the well thought out 
hyperlinks to other relevant resources. There are literally hundreds of 
these; they combine with the original content of the site to form a 
powerful resource for undergraduate students. [JS] 
(Internic Scout Report: ) 
5.  gender Inn: Women's and Gender Studies Database 
German version: 
This searchable bibliographic database contains records describing over 
5,000 works on "feminist theory, feminist literary criticism and gender 
studies focusing on English and American literature" from 1950 to the 
present. The search form is available under the heading Research, where 
users may indicate which field to search, limit by year of publication, and 
specify whether to return results in English or German. Works included in 
the database have been assigned up to 20 keywords from a locally-developed 
thesaurus for feminist research. A German version of the thesaurus is 
available in the Deutsche (German) Version and work is underway to 
translate the thesaurus into English. Work on this database was started in 
1987 by Professor Natasha Wurzbach of the University of Cologne (Germany) 
English Department, and was made accessible via the Internet through a 
cooperative project with the Department of Art and Design at the 
Fachhochschule Koln. [AG] 
(Internic Scout Report: ) 
6.  _Agriculture Fact Book 1997_--USDA [.pdf, 265p.] 
The United States Department of Agriculture Office of Communications has 
recently released the latest version (Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format only) of 
its _Agriculture Fact Book_ (discussed in the May 17, 1996 Scout Report). 
It is a compendium of thousands of facts presented in thumbnail essay, 
chart, table, and map formats that discuss the various aspects of US 
agriculture. The _AFB_ answers questions about what Americans eat and what 
it costs, the structure of agriculture, and rural America, among others. 
Users can also find detailed organizational information about the 
Department. The _AFB_ is a well-known reference tool for librarians, 
journalists, and subject specialists alike. [JS] 
(Internic Scout Report: ) 
7.  Useful databases newly available from NTIS 
This information is forwarded at the request of Steve Meyer 
(smeyer[at] of the NTIS Office of Sales. 
Raeann Dossett 
a GOVDOC-L Moderator 
GOVDOC-L Web User Guide: 
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Date: Tue, 17 Mar 98 13:48:05 -0500 
From: smeyer[at] 
     NTIS recently placed several databases within the Government Research 
     Center (GRC) WEB site.  In addition, NITS has several new services 
     available from the NTIS and FEDWORLD sites.  Please go to 
     and explore the new services. 
     Available at Government Research Center site. ( 
     Agricola (free 30 day trial of index and abstract database ) 
     Agrobase (free 30 day trial of index and abstract database ) 
     Energy Science and Technology Database (from Depatment of Energy) 
     NIOSHTIC (occupational safety and health) 
     RTECS (The registry of toxic effects of chemical substances) 
     NTIS (free 30 day trial of index and abstract database) 
     Federal Research in Progress 
     Available at main NITS site under online services 
     Davis Bacon database 
     Bureau of Export Administration Regulations 
     Service Contract database 
     World News Connection (electronic version of FBIS country reports) 
     World Tec (State department technology cables) 
     Standards database ASTM etc. 
     International Trade Center Bookstore (Think Tanks and other groups in 
     an index and abstract database. 
8.  Jackie Eubanks Award winner announced 
X-To: SRRT Action Council list <srrtac-l[at]> 
        PLGNET-L list <PLGnet-L[at]> 
Friends: For your info... 
  ALA News Release 
  For Immediate Release 
  March 9, 1998 
  Atton wins Eubanks award 
  Chris Atton has been named the 1998 winner of the Jackie Eubanks Award, 
presented annually by the Alternatives in Print Task Force of the 
American Library Association's (ALA) Social Responsibilities Round Table. 
The award honors outstanding advocacy in promoting the acquisition and 
use of alternative materials in libraries. 
  Acclaimed for his book, "Alternative Literature: A Practical Guide for 
Librarians," and articles dealing with media politics, class bias in 
libraries, and critical thinking, Atton is 
cited as a relentless networker. He organizes programs for librarians at 
book fairs, seeks out publications from independent presses and 
enthusiastically shares information with colleagues internationally. 
  Atton held the position of subject librarian for sciences at Napier 
University in 
Edinburgh, Scotland, until recently and is now a lecturer in the school's 
Department of 
Print Media, Publishing and Communication. He is working on a doctoral 
thesis examining the value of the alternative press as a source of news 
and current affairs reporting. He is a member of the editorial board of 
Counterpoise and co-founder of the UK-based organization, Information for 
Social Change. 
  Past Eubanks Award honorees include Noel Peattie, Chris Dodge and Mev 
9.  Katherine Sharp Review Call for Papers 
                        Call For Papers 
                     Katharine Sharp Review 
                  GSLIS, University of Illinois 
                         ISSN 1083-5261 
(This information can also be found at 
This is the first call for submissions to the Summer 1998 issue of the 
Katharine Sharp Review, the peer-reviewed e-journal devoted to student 
scholarship and research within library and information science. Articles 
can be on any topic that is relevant to LIS--from children's literature 
to electronic database manipulation to library marketing.  Please take a 
look at previous issues for a sample of what is possible--but do not let 
that be your only guide!  If you care passionately about some facet of 
LIS or have produced a research paper of which you are proud, consider 
submitting it to KSR. 
All submissions should be received by Monday, May 11, 1998. 
Although it is not required for submission, we would appreciate an 
abstract (of 150-200 words) or indication of intention to submit. 
Submitted articles must be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 200 
For more information, including instructions for authors, please see the 
KSR webpage at either or or you can email 
us at sharp-review[at] 
10.  Legislative proposal to revise Chapter 19 of Title 44 
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Date: Mon, 16 Mar 98 16:49:50 -0500 
From: patricem[at]RTK.NET 
To: Multiple recipients of list <gov-info-access[at]RTK.NET> 
Subject: revised legislative proposal to Congress  on GPO & fed'l depository 
A working group of library associations (the IAWG) has been working for 
more than a year on proposals related to revisions Chapter 19 of Title 44 
of the U.S. Code, the law that governs public printing, procurement and the 
Federal Depository Library Program. Info on proposed legislation follows. 
Patrice McDermott 
OMB Watch/Public Access Working Group 
Date: 03/16/98 
Time: 16:10:09 
The Inter-Association Working Group on Government Information 
Policy (IAWG) has submitted a March 1998 revised legislative 
proposal to Congress to revise Chapter 19 of Title 44 of the U.S. 
Code, the law that governs public printing, procurement and the 
Federal Depository Library Program.  Copies of the IAWG 
legislative proposal and issue briefs, as well as other 
information about the IAWG and its activities are available at 
The latest revision focuses on the library community's three key 
goals for reforming the law: 
(1) Enhancing public access to government information in all 
formats from all three branches of government; 
(2) Strengthening the Federal Depository Library Program to 
improve public access to government information; and 
(3) Ensuring the public has continuous and permanent access to 
electronic government information. 
The IAWG and its member organizations -- American Library 
Association, its divisions and roundtables; American Association 
of Law Libraries; Association of Research Libraries; Chief 
Officers of State Library Agencies; Medical Library Association; 
Special Libraries Association; Urban Libraries Council -- 
strongly believe that it is imperative that legislation to reform 
Title 44 be enacted during the 105th Congress.  The present legal 
framework does not adequately address the new challenges of 
electronic government information. 
For example, no entity in the federal government currently has 
responsibility for capturing and providing ongoing public access 
to electronic files available on agency web sites. In addition, 
agency printing practices have shown a tendency towards increased 
non-compliance with Title 44 requirements, resulting in fugitive 
publications that are not included in the Federal Depository 
Library Program. Without needed reforms, the public will be 
increasingly denied access to the government information they 
need to make informed decisions. 
Established by ALA in February 1997, the IAWG has been working 
with members of Congress and their staff, other government 
representatives, the library community, the public interest 
community, and other interested constituencies to find common 
ground in enacting legislation that will improve public access to 
government information. For more information about the work of 
the IAWG, contact Daniel O'Mahony, IAWG chair and member of ALA's 
Committee on Legislation, at 401-863-2522, or email 
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11.  Anarchist Yellow Pages 
      A - I N F O S  N E W S  S E R V I C E 
The 1998 edition of the Anarchist Yellow Pages can be found at: 
There is also a printed version which hopefully will be distributed by 
AK Press. 
I can also send you a ready to print electronic version (Adobe 
Acrobat/pdf or Page Maker)if you like to help with distribution. Someday 
I'll also make the list into a searchable database... 
Pleace send your questions, corrections and updates to: 
in solidarity, 
Felix Frost 
12.  Lawsuit against Borders and Barnes & Noble by independents and ABA 
Sorry, but I haven't yet been able to find out the source of this article. 
		A group of independent booksellers has filed a 
		federal suit charging Barnes & Noble and Borders 
		with striking backroom deals with publishers in a bid 
		to drive their competitors out of business. 
		The suit, which was filed late Tuesday in San 
		Francisco, charges the two giant book chains with 
		using their clout to obtain discount prices and 
		preferential treatment in violation of antitrust and 
		business practices laws. 
		``They are bullying the publishers into giving them 
		sweetheart deals, secret deals,'' said Clark Kepler, 
		owner of Kepler's Books & Magazines in San 
		Mateo, one of 26 independent booksellers that 
		brought the suit. ``They're paying less for their books 
		than independents are.'' 
                The result, he said, is that countless independent 
                booksellers are being driven out of business. 
                Kepler and other independent booksellers, including 
                Cody's Books in Berkeley, sued in San Francisco 
                because they say that Barnes & Noble and Borders 
                have targeted California, which has the largest book 
                market in the nation, as a ``key component of their 
                rapid-growth strategy.'' The two chains together 
                own almost 300 bookstores throughout the state. 
                The independent booksellers were joined in their suit 
                by the American Booksellers Association, a national 
                trade organization representing more than 3,500 
                Borders Group, a Michigan-based company that also 
                owns Waldenbooks, issued a statement yesterday 
                saying it could not comment on the lawsuit, but it 
                generally denied any wrongdoing. 
                ``Borders and Waldenbooks believe that our 
                operations are conducted in full compliance with 
                applicable trade regulation laws,'' the statement read. 
                Barnes & Noble in New York issued a similar 
                response, stating that it ``follows accepted industry 
                practices in all of its business dealings.'' 
                In their complaint, the independent booksellers allege 
                that the rapid growth of national chains is ``fueled by 
                secret and illegal deals'' that threaten the survival of 
                independent bookstores. 
                Since 1991, the market share of independent 
                booksellers has declined by 40 percent. 
                During roughly the same period, Barnes & Noble 
                has more than tripled its number of ``superstores'' to 
                almost 500 nationally. Borders, the suit states, has 
                increased its superstores from 31 to 189. 
                ``Fair and legal competition is fine,'' said Avin Mark 
                Domnitz, executive director of the ABA, ``but right 
                now the independents are competing with one hand 
                unjustly tied behind their backs.'' 
                The independent booksellers claim that the book 
                chains are gaining an unfair edge through a variety 
                of illegal business practices. 
                The suit alleges that Barnes & Noble and Borders 
                generally obtain discount prices unavailable to 
                competitors, receive special markdown reductions on 
                unsold inventory and discounts on books purchased 
                for new stores and expansions, and get special 
                advertising deals. 
                ``In an industry with small profit margins, these 
                illegal deals give national chains enormous 
                competitive advantages,'' the suit stated. 
                The ABA recently settled a similar suit brought 
                against five publishers. 
                According to the suit, the book chains also are 
                scrambling to buy up retail property and open up 
                new stores, part of a general strategy to saturate the 
                market and force out competitors. ``The ultimate 
                victim of the national chains' expansion will not only 
                be the many independent bookstores forced out of 
                business,'' the suit stated, ``but also the book-reading 
13.  "Thinking Problem"  (Humor) 
It started out innocently enough. I began to think at parties now and then to 
loosen up. Inevitably though, one thought led to another, and soon I was more 
than just a social thinker. 
I began to think alone - "to relax," I told myself - but I knew it wasn't 
Thinking became more and more important to me, and finally I was thinking all 
the time. I began to think on the job. I knew that thinking and employment 
don't mix, but I couldn't stop myself. 
I began to avoid friends at lunchtime so I could read Thoreau and Kafka. I 
would return to the office dizzied and confused, asking, "What is it 
exactly we are doing here?" 
Things weren't going so great at home either. One evening I had turned off 
the TV and asked my wife about the meaning of life. She spent that night at 
her mother's. 
I soon had a reputation as a heavy thinker. One day the boss called me in. He 
said, "I like you, and it hurts me to say this, but your thinking has become a 
real problem. If you don't stop thinking on the job, you'll have to find 
another job." 
This gave me a lot to think about. 
I came home early after my conversation with the boss. "Honey," I 
confessed, "I've been thinking..." 
"I know you've been thinking," she said, "and I want a divorce!" 
"But Honey, surely it's not that serious." 
"It is serious," she said, lower lip aquiver. 
"You think as much as college professors, and college professors don't make 
any money, so if you keep on thinking we won't have any money!" 
"That's a faulty syllogism," I said impatiently, and she began to cry. I'd had 
enough. "I'm going to the library," I snarled as I stomped out the door. I 
headed for the library, in the mood for some Nietzsche. I roared into the 
parking lot and ran up to the big glass doors... they didn't open. The library 
was closed. As I sank to the ground clawing at the unfeeling glass, whimpering 
for Zarathustra, a poster caught my eye. "Friend, is heavy thinking ruining 
your life?" it asked. You probably recognize that line. It comes from the 
standard Thinkers Anonymous poster. 
Which is why I am what I am today: a recovering thinker. I never miss a TA 
At each meeting we watch a non-educational video; last week it was "Porky's." 
Then we share experiences about how we avoided thinking since the last 
meeting. I still have my job, and things are a lot better at home. Life just 
seemed... easier, somehow, as soon as I stopped thinking. 
   Rory Litwin                mailto:rlitwin[at] 
   PO Box 720511              phone: (408) 286-6409 
   San Jose, CA  95172 

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