Library Juice 1:19 - May 20, 1998


1. Censored Literature Website 
2. Paris, May-June 1968 
3. Website for the celebration of the 150th anniv. of women's rights 
4. American Libraries Online news stories for May 18 (ad) 
5. Document Experience System: USAID's Institutional Memory 
6. Education Review: A Journal of Book Reviews 
7. Gay and Lesbian Abstracts on CD-ROM 
8. REFORMA Librarian of the year - Ramiro Salazar 
9. The Spire Project - Research Strategy and Resource Guidance (www) 
10. Are Unintended Consequences Really Unintended? 
11. Virtual Working Group on IT, Jobs, and Work (International) 
12. Letter from Mark Rosenzweig on Bill Gates' honorary ALA membership 
13. Listserv Debate following the above letter 
Quote of the week: 
"Information can tell us everything. It has all the answers. But they 
are answers to questions we have not asked, and which doubtless don't 
even arise."    - Jean BAUDRILLARD 
1. Censored Literature Website 
HACKENSACK, NJ - The Digital Freedom Network (DFN), an 
international partnership founded to fight censorship and protect 
human rights was launched on May 5. The site, located at , will publish banned literature and banned 
news reports from around the world. 
According to DFN, they will be publishing material from 
organizations such as the Committee to Protect Journalists, Index 
on Censorship, Reporters sans Frontieres and Network for the 
Defense of Independent Media in Africa. 
The site currently features speeches, newspaper articles, essays, 
poetry and letters written from prison by Bao Ge of China; Koigi 
wa Wamwere of Kenya; Salima Ghezali, editor of weekly 
French-language LA NATION in Algeria; Pius Njawe, editor of 
independent newspaper LE MESSAGER in Cameroon; and independent 
CUBA PRESS news agency head Raul Rivero. 
For more information about DFN, contact Bobson Wong, Executive 
Director, at: tel: 201-928-4378 Fax: 201-907-5165 
Email: bwong[at] 
[From the LaBOR aRT & MuRAL PRoJECT - ] 
2. Paris, May-June 1968 
30 years ago this month Europe saw, perhaps, the most serious threat 
to government in an industrially advanced society. 
Paris was the focal point and we have started a collection of 
some of our documents (an example follows) relating to the events of 
that year at: 
Further details will also be given on our mailing list: 
subscribe fpi 
From: "esperanto" <lingvoj[at]> 
[From the LaBOR aRT & MuRAL PRoJECT - ] 
3. Website for the celebration of the 150th anniv. of women's rights. 
Sponsored by the National Women's History Project. 
4. American Libraries Online news stories for May 18 (ad) 
News stories appearing in the May 18 American Libraries Online 
*  Atlanta Director Resigns Amid Struggle with Library Board 
*  Editor Gerhardt Announces Retirement 
*  House Committee Prohibits Closure of Military Libraries 
*  FCC Combines Universal-Service Agencies 
*  Boston's Birthday Bash Raises $1 Million for Library 
*  Postal Rate Commission Asks for Modest Library-Rate Increase 
*  Tulsa Libraries Win Bigtime in Funding Vote 
*  *No Impact* from Merger, Ameritech Library Services Assures Customers 
*  ALA Executive Board Calls for Summit on Library Education 
*  Seattle Mayor Wavers on Library Budget 
*  Librarian Featured at Senate Forum on Internet Filtering 
*  Britain to Build National Library for Women 
American Libraries' Web site also features the latest "Internet Librarian" 
columns by Karen Schneider; AL's "Career Leads" job ads; listings of 
conferences, continuing-education courses, exhibitions, and other events 
from AL's "Datebook"; and Tables of Contents for the current year. 
5. Document Experience System: USAID's Institutional Memory 
The US Agency for International Development's Development Experience 
Clearinghouse has recently made its Document Experience System (DEXS) 
available via the web. DEXS "is a family of bibliographic databases that 
contains records for about 100,000 Agency technical and program documents" 
from 1942 to the present. The database is split into two parts, 1942-86, 
and 1987-present. Information can be searched on any of ten variables or 
browsed. Retrieval includes basic bibliographic information, and may also 
include media, pricing, and ordering information. Of the total number of 
records in this staggering database, over 96,000 are available in 
microfiche for on-demand reproduction. [JS] 
>From The Scout Report: 
6. Education Review: A Journal of Book Reviews 
Education Review is an electronic journal of book reviews in education that 
is provided by the Colleges of Education of the Universities of Arizona and 
Illinois. Reviews are indexed by title, book and review author, publication 
date, and subject. At present, eighteen reviews are available on books with 
topics ranging from instruction to history to evaluation. A mailing list is 
available for those who wish to receive announcements of new reviews. As 
the site grows, it has the potential to become an extremely valuable 
repository of information about new books in education. [JS] 
>From The Scout Report: 
7. Gay and Lesbian Abstracts on CD-ROM 
(Note - this is not an endorsement.  There has been some talk about 
criticism of this product regarding its coverage.) 
                Gay and Lesbian Abstracts on CD-ROM 
                 ** NEW! ** Available Spring 1998 
  For a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the political, cultural, 
and social news of concern to the gay and lesbian community, we invite you 
to try Gay & Lesbian Abstracts. 
                                        Editorial Mission 
Gay & Lesbian Abstracts offers a balanced, objective, and thorough review 
of popular as well as scholarly print, electronic, and Internet 
publications of interest to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered 
community. Of paramount importance is the promotion of acceptance and 
understanding with regard to the history, culture, interests, and concerns 
of the GLBT community.  Gay & Lesbian Abstracts is an excellent guide to 
the ongoing intellectual and scholarly discussion of subjects which 
reflect the diversity of the GLBT community. Gay & Lesbian Abstracts 
primarily indexes publications addressing the social, legal, economic, 
political, cultural, historical, literary, and health concerns of the GLBT 
community, including coverage of sexual activity between consenting 
adults; other subject areas are covered peripherally. Gay & Lesbian 
Abstracts indexes a variety of materials including non-fiction, reviews, 
and essays - excluding only fiction and erotica. Nearly 600 sources 
include: journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, books, 
proceedings, reports, dissertations, studies, the Internet, and 
multi-media publications. 
Gay & Lesbian Abstracts is an electronic publication with quarterly 
updates on CD-ROM. 
                       For more information please email: info[at] 
Annual Subscription rates: US$345 individual and institutional subscriber 
rate (call for LAN rates). 
8. REFORMA Librarian of the year - Ramiro Salazar 
Sent to the EQUILIBR list: 
The Librarian of the Year Award Committee is proud to announce the name of 
the 1998 REFORMA Librarian of the Year Award winner.  Please join us in 
                R A M I R O    S A L A Z A R 
As the first Latino to head the Dallas Public Library, Ramiro has created a 
library system that is a model for all other public libraries.  He is 
dedicated to bringing library services to the youth of his community and he 
has given tremendous mentoring support to many Reformistas, thus greatly 
strengthening our organization.  He also strengthened it by guiding the 
establishment of the Rio Trinidad chapter of REFORMA.  Among his many 
honors and accomplishments, in 1996 Ramiro was named Municipal Library 
Director of the Year by the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association. 
Ramiro avoids calling attention to his accomplishments but he has been 
working steadfastly for REFORMA for many years and has helped make the 
organization what it is today.  It is time that he receive our  highest 
recognition for this dedication. 
Ramiro will formally receive his award at the REFORMA Scholarship 
Fundraiser at ALA Annual in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 29, 7:30-10:00 
p.m.  Watch for announcements of the location.  Also watch for a full press 
release and an article in the REFORMA Newsletter. 
The Librarian of the Year Award, which consists of a plaque and a check for 
$400.00, will be presented by Ninfa Trejo of Hispanic Books Distributors, 
Inc. of Tucson, Arizona.   Come to the fundraiser and help us celebrate 
Ramiro's award! 
Lily Castillo-Speed, on behalf of the National REFORMA Librarian of the 
Year Award Committee 
9. The Spire Project - Research Strategy and Resource Guildance (www) 
Subject: Research Strategy Guides 
X-Comment: Web4Lib Information - 
An emerging opportunity in collection development is linking to research 
collections on the net. See the Farmington Community Library Ready Reference as an example. 
Here is a description of our project, The Spire Project... 
        Research Strategy and Resource Guidance 
The Spire Project is a collection of serious research strategy guidance 
articles - compiled and overseen by Community Networking (Australia) but 
hosted at five sites, free shareware and an FAQ. 
Existing articles cover topics like Country Profiles, UN Resources, 
Statistical Bureaux, Books, Professional Research Resources, and more. Each 
article describes a strategy, while linking and noting the important 
resources available. The "Locating Books" article, for example, links to the 
free Government Publication Databases: MOCAT, UKOP and AGIP. 
The Spire Project is prepared as a .zip file ready for hosting on library 
websites, University department websites and workplace intranets. The 
process is simple and benefits your patrons with both faster access speeds 
and awareness to these resources. Hosting sites also benefit with the kudos 
for bringing such information to your patrons, as all Spire Sites are the 
same, and stand alone. 
This is an improvement on the previous Information Research FAQ & 
Information Research Key. Visit 
or  to see the result. 
David Novak 
Spire Project Team 
Are Unintended Consequences Really Unintended? 
If you want to get the signature of techno-utopians and Luddites on the 
same sheet of paper, just write across the top, "Technology can have 
unintended consequences".  They'll rush to sign.  This is the new 
confession promising a more sober technological advance. 
Of course, the most tried-and-true method for bringing antagonists into 
agreement is to offer them a relatively meaningless statement to agree on. 
My own fear is that the doctrine of unintended consequences is worse than 
meaningless -- it may provide cover for a continuing flight from 
responsibility.  "What?  Me?  I didn't *intend* that!" 
If I direct some mild disparagement at my wife, and if she, having heard 
this sort of thing one too many times, explodes in anger, I may not have 
intended to provoke such an outburst with my low-key remark.  I may even 
have felt kindly toward her at the time, so that I can honestly say I am 
surprised and hurt by her response.  But my honesty remains shallow.  I 
*did* provoke the outburst; it's just that I preferred not to notice the 
We may, then -- in our current state of awareness -- be unable to predict 
the consequences of a particular technology.  But that does not mean we 
bear no responsibility for the consequences, or even that, at some level, 
we do not intend them. 
You may find it hard to imagine that Henry Ford or the early automobile 
users *intended* urban sprawl, the breakdown of communities, and 
environmental devastation.  Doubtless they didn't, in any fully conscious 
sense.  Yet how many of them were so attached to the integrity of their 
local communities that they experienced neighborhood-splitting roads as an 
outrage?  How many were so committed to the integrity of the natural world 
that every rude and unconsidered gash through the countryside was felt as 
an abomination?  They *could* have experienced themselves as so deeply 
embedded in a sacred world that every polluting act was significant as a 
meaningful and horrifying gesture in itself.  They *could* have made the 
automobile an opportunity to become more convincingly aware of the 
differences between local, fully engaged community and the more tenuous 
relations of community-at-a-distance. 
But the fact is that our culture was headed in a different direction, and 
we did not, for example, view the world as sacred in the way our native 
predecessors did.  We were, with a powerful determination, closing in on 
our particular destiny.  This destiny may have had its own important 
values -- I believe it did -- but this does not mean that the eventual 
outcomes were not the direct consequence of who we were, with all our 
redeeming and not-so-redeeming traits. 
I am not sure there is such a thing as an unintended consequence of any 
technology rooted in our own historical development.  Except, of course, 
when we need excuses.  One of the challenges of the technological age is 
that we are encouraged to think of the causes of things as lying outside 
ourselves, in the ubiquitous machinery that shapes our lives.  This 
suggests that the doctrine of unintended consequences *could* be a sign of 
our further submission to technology rather than our mastery of it.  You 
can only appeal to something as an excuse when you think it has enough 
power over you to render you helpless. 
But if we are instead moved by this new consensus to look more critically 
at our technological choices in a spirit of personal responsibility, then 
it will be all to the good. 
>From NETFUTURE #71, available at 
11. Virtual Working Group on IT, Jobs, and Work (International) 
Invitation to the Virtual Working Group--ICT, Jobs and Work: A 
Challenge For Development 
The World Bank, the International Labour Organization, and other groups, as 
a follow-up to their 1997 Global Knowledge Conference, are sponsoring a 
"Virtual Working Group," which aims to examine the impact of information 
and communication technology (ICT) on jobs and work, with a particular 
focus on the challenges for developing countries. The VLG will meet from 
May 18 to July 3 1998, in two phases. The first phase comprises a panel 
discussion (May 18 to June 5), chaired by ILO's Institute for Labour 
Studies (IILS) and Enterprise Department. In this first phase, around 30 
panelists from government, trade unions, employer's organizations, 
companies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and academia will discuss 
four key themes: ICT and jobs; ICT and work; ICT and enterprise; and ICT, 
development and governance. During the second phase of the Working Group 
(June 8 to July 3), the discussion will be opened to a wider audience; 
people in this audience will be asked to raise questions and present their 
own points of view. The second phase will be moderated by the ILO in 
collaboration with Education Development Center (EDC), a nonprofit 
organization. More information can be found at the above URL. [JS] 
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12.  Letter from Mark Rosenzweig on Bill Gates' honorary ALA membership 
(Sent to ALA's member-forum list, SRRT's list, and the ALA Council list) 
Dear fellow Councilors: 
Contrite as I am for offending some of my colleagues with my, shall we say, 
bluntness, not so long ago on a different matter, I will try to put this as 
nicely as I can and not offend anyone personally. 
I feel I must say something about this Microsoft matter however. 
20  state Attornies General have yesterday joined the Federal Government in 
legal action against Bill Gates' Microsoft Corporation. 
Mirosoft is accused of unfair business practices and violations of 
anti-trust laws. Mr Gates feigns a complete lack of understanding of the 
basis of the legal tidal wave of opinion against his corporate practices 
and refuses to seek any comporomise. He is, it seems,intent on showing he 
is more powerful -at least in his own estimation- than any government, and 
feels he has little to fear by defying these concerns. 
At last year's annual conference I suggested that Mr Gates was buying a lot 
of public relations at cut rate with his Gates Library Foundation, whose 
opratiopns also advances in practice his monopolistic agenda, the source of 
the Government's concern. We have, in buying into the GLF in the way in 
which we did, become accomplices in Gates' cause , partisans for a 
monopoistic business scheme which the laws of the land find highly dubious 
and, in fact , most likely 
illegal. Consumer rights advocates acrosss the nation are warning of the 
longterm negtive effects for the  consumer, the culuture, the community, 
and for the Amerucan economy s a whole 
In the ,meantime we are preparing in ALA to literally lioninize a man who i 
about to come under ferderal indictment for brazen conntempty of the laws 
of the land in puirsuit of wmore wealth and power.Our supportin ALAL is a 
public relations coup for him which a great deal more money couldn't have 
=been able to engineer. Wewill ne the front for Gates, the pimp for his 
monopolitic schemes. He has a lot to gain at little cost. We have our 
reputations on the line. Isn't it time to recnsider giving Gate's honorary 
membership?Do we really want tp appear as PARTISANS in the high stakes 
public relatioons battle GAtes in waging. That's just what he wants us to 
do, amd for chump change at that. 
I know how unpopulr this will be at first blush, nut I feel compelled to 
raise once again the probity of o close parntership with Mivrpspft under 
the circumstances  It reflects so vadly on our ability to keep a critical 
eye on these new developmets and not get sucled in to the mster 
marlerterers scebaria for economic warefare anfainst there competitors. 
With great weariness and a sense of the overwhelming lack of thoughtful 
concern about this issue in Council. I raise once again the proposition 
that , given these developments, we should DIStANCE ourselves from Mr. 
Gates and not allow ourselves to even appear to be elements of his attempt 
to create an impression of public support/public opinion for his 
momopolistic schemes. 
Can we withdraw our invitation to honorary membership pending the outcome 
of these legal onslaughts, or do we "take sides" with Bill and let him make 
us a key element in his public relations presentation of his case? 
I say: withdraw the invitation to honorary membership, re-examine the GLF 
in the light of the latest Federal and State involvement in busting the 
Microsoft trust. Fund for America Libraries' Walter Hansen's presentations 
aside, I believe -- as do more and more of my colleagues --  that Gates is 
gettin a bargain for library/ALA support for his  hegemonic plans and we 
are getting strings -attached arrangements to which we will be tied for a 
cetain period to the Mictosoft family and whateve it wants to do and 
wherever it wants to go,We have an obligation to maintain a certain 
neutrality here and to forfeit our critical judgement to  (what appears to 
be) the highest bidder, 
Let's pull back and check this business out again before we find ourselves 
embarasingly  neck deep in the World According to Bill. 
I hope some of you will see the wisdom in putting on the brakes at this 
point. NO Honarary membership for Gates until he honors the will of a 
people's law meant to protect consumers from the rapacity of the business 
Mark C.Rosenzweig 
13. Listserv Debate following the above letter 
(messages to both member-forum and SRRT) 
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	Believe it or not I agree with you on this one.  The main 
problem is going to be getting a critical mass of members to pressure 
the Executive into stopping the award. 
	Bill Gates didn't think up the GLF on his own.  My guess is that 
it is a response to the thousand of librarians begging for computers for 
their libraries.  He just decided that the GLF was the way to make good 
by doing good.  Most of the libraries that received Gates money are in 
the poorest areas of the nation.  I'm not sure how we can go about 
censuring him without looking like we are trying to hamper access to 
poor children in urban slums and the rural south.  He has the resources 
to come out smelling like a rose on this one. 
	It seems like time for an electronic brain storming session on 
this list.  Our actions should be broader than just a letter to the EC, 
we need some public statements and press about the alternatives. 
Everyone seems to have forgotten that Netscape has been giving its 
product away free for years. 
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(From Suzanne Hildebrand) 
Mark, one strange thing about our adoration of Bill Gates is that no one 
mentions the COST of his gifts to us! We all know that gift books have a 
cost in termsof handling, processing, etc. Do computers 
(hardware/software) come without costs to us? Why don't we ever calculate 
the time it takes (away from public service, tech services, etc.) to learn 
these systems, set them up properly, etc. Hours and hours of personnel 
time are diverted from other library chores to handle these "gifts." 
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(Karen Schneider, responding to Suzanne Hildebrand) 
Wait a darn second here.  This suggests that automation is some ancillary 
service foisted on us unwillingly.  How does access to networked 
information "take away" from public service?  Why is learning a core 
competency, such as computer literacy, a burden to some of us?  This gets 
back to our professional self-definition.  Are we here to peddle books, or 
are we here to encourage lifelong learning and pleasure reading (in any 
format)?  Where is our allegiance--to the medium, or to the people we serve? 
Every technology has its risks, costs, and opportunities.   Books are not 
without their problems, as media go.  (Have you ever had to chase down an 
overdue website?  When was the last time you replaced a plastic jacket on a 
telnet session?  Do you tattletape your browser bookmarks?)  Is the 
Internet a perfect, even ideal information technology? Of course not.   It 
has indeed expanded the challenge of information services dramatically. 
But is the Internet an important, essential technology?  Indeed! 
It has been my suspicion all along that resistance to Bill Gates' 
generosity has had a strong element of resistance to new information 
services in the first place.  (This is related to the filtering issue, too. 
 It's really o.k. to outsource selection of digital information because 
after all it's just the Internet, anyway.) We as a profession have 
traditionally been late and frequently reluctant adopters of new 
information technologies, from musical recordings to the Internet.  This is 
not to our credit. 
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(Suzanne Hildebrand's response) 
I really don't knw why Karen is so exercised about my message: I pointed 
out the similarity between the "costs" onf gift books and IMHO, "gift" 
software/hardware. Perhaps I should have added that this is why some 
libraries have developped the fine art of rejecting those 20 yrs. worth of 
National Geog offered by the heirs of dear old Grandpa. 
Unless you can bilocate someone who is setting up or learnign a new system 
is NOT doing soimething else. Like, maybe working with the public or 
processing new acquaitions (such as software the library has selected to 
meet the needs of its users, etc.). 
No such thing as a free lunch Karen. Every gift to a library has its cost. 
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(Karen Schneider) 
I am exercised because Suzanne wrote, "Why don't we ever calculate 
the time it takes (away from public service, tech services, etc.) to learn 
these systems, set them up properly, etc. Hours and hours of personnel 
time are diverted from other library chores to handle these "gifts." 
If a library is getting a computer "gift," it is probably because it asked 
for it.  If it asked for it, it fills a need.  If it fills a need, it's not 
a diversion.  That's what I was getting at.  There's a difference between 
accepting a copy of Bleak House held together with duct tape and accepting 
a computer system that you *asked for* and *need.* 
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Mark should learn to use email with Spell Check.  Otherwise we won't be able 
understanfakfj;flk him.  Second, again he is off the deep end.  I don't 
agree with Microsoft's policies towards the DOJ, but for now we are stuck 
with Windows until someone develops a new OS, other than Windows.  Let the 
courts decide this one (trust me, Microsoft will cave on the issue 
eventually--too much bad PR).  In my book, Microsoft is in bed with the 
likes of RJR, American Brands, Philip Morris and Loews.   Mark is talking 
out of both sides of his mouth---first, he blasts the government for it's 
stand on Iraq and then, he thinks Boy Scouts are criminals and the 
government ought to do something (as well as ALA), and now he looks for the 
DOJ to put Bill Gates in his place (and so should Mark's version of "ALA 
Extremists like Mark need to go and spare the rest of us.  Go ahead---deny 
Gates honorary membership.  But, don't go back in the future with your hands 
out when the dust settles on this one.  Mark, you are terribly misguided. 
Louisiana public libraries could stand to lose $3.5 million in GLF funds if 
you had your way.  We have a hard enough time getting 2 cents from the 
legislature as it is.  All this nonsense because Mark Rosenzweig is a 
little outraged. 
Jeff Coghill 
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Jeff Coghill's comment about the $3.5 million in Gates Library Fund 
money going into Louisiana while the State Legislature stumbles over 
nickels and dimes is a pretty telling point.  In a way, it tends to 
confirm at least some of  Mark's worries. 
Perhaps what makes Bill Gates and his "empire" as dangerous as some 
perceive them to be is the efficiency with which it has moved in terms of 
getting badly needed computer hardware and software to chronically 
underfunded libraries in Alabama, Louisiana and elsewhere.  Compare 
the GLF performance in terms of helping libraries to get hooked up 
bureaucratically entangled E-Rate mess and the $2.25 billion dollars 
in discounts which we may never see.   -- The GLF has come through 
with its promises while the E-Rate program remains stalled, befuddled 
and under seige. 
Whatever his intentions, Bill Gates seems to know how to get things 
done.  That, in itself, makes him pretty dangerous.   "He makes the 
trains run on time." 
James B. Casey -- My own views as an ALA Council Member 
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I was very uncomfortable with the vote for honorary membership, and in 
fact the record shows I voted against it.  I have personal and 
professional concerns about the role of huge corporations controlling more 
and more of available information and our access to it. 
Nevertheless:  Council voted honorary membership after appropriate debate, 
and I believe it was not for the development of the operating system, but 
rather for the gift funds.  If that is true, there is now no reason to 
change what we have done.  This is, after all, a country in which one of 
the basic legal principles is "innocent until proven guilty."  A lawsuit 
filed is not a pronouncement of guilty, only a formal accusation; I 
respect my ALA colleagues a great deal, but I don't believe we're the jury 
on this one. 
Pamela Sieving 
RUSA Councilor 
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Before I'm cut off from postings due to being a mere Councilor-elect, I 
heartily support the invitation withdrawal. To so dramatically & openly 
honor a person who is under serious indictment for constricting economic 
and individual liberty is unseemly. 
On a related matter: Do libraries in effect support censorship by buying 
"edited" (i.e., expurgated) music discs that have been tailored to 
Wal-Mart acceptability? Our library--with typically no systemwide 
debate--has just decided to get both clean & dirty versions. Comments & 
documentation to counter this practice would be most welcome. Thanks!! 
Withdrawing an honorary membership that hasn't yet been bestowed is, 
perhaps, a "censure" of sorts, but would NOT necessarily impel or 
persuade any GLF fund-recipients to renounce their grants. 
Sandy Berman 
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Perhaps we now have an opportunity to modify the basis of the Gates Library 
Foundation grants.  What about a Council resolution that starts out noting 
the court challenge, and continues by stating the need for software 
flexibility to serve users? 
Al Kagan 
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Dear SRRT members, 
I have to agree with Mark on this one...I believe it would be in the best 
interests of ALA to withhold honorary membership until after the courts 
have made their decision on the business practices of Microsoft. 
Date: 5/18/98 9:57 AM 
From: Tom Scott 
REDMOND (BNN)--World leaders reacted with stunned silence as Microsoft 
Corp. (MSFT) conducted an underground nuclear test at a secret facility 
in eastern Washington state. The device, exploded at 9:22 am PDT (1622 
GMT/12:22 pm EDT) today, was timed to coincide with talks between 
Microsoft and the US Department of Justice over possible antitrust 
"Microsoft is going to defend its right to market its products by any 
and all necessary means," said Microsoft CEO Bill Gates. "Not that I'm 
anti-government" he continued, "but there would be few tears shed in the 
computer industry if Washington were engulfed in a bath of nuclear 
Scientists pegged the explosion at around 100 kilotons. "I nearly 
dropped my latte when I saw the seismometer" explained University of 
Washington geophysicist Dr. Whoops Blammover, "At first I thought it was 
Mt. Rainier, and I was thinking, damn, there goes the mountain bike 
In Washington, President Clinton announced the US Government would 
boycott all Microsoft products indefinitely. Minutes later, the 
President reversed his decision. "We've tried sanctions since lunchtime, 
and they don't work," said the President. Instead, the administration 
will initiate a policy of  "constructive engagement" with Microsoft. 
Microsoft's Chief Technology Officer Nathan Myrhvold said the test 
justified Microsoft's recent acquisition of the Hanford Nuclear 
Reservation from the US Government. Not only did Microsoft acquire 
"kilograms of weapons grade plutonium" in the deal, said Myrhvold, "but 
we've finally found a place to dump those millions of unsold copies of 
Microsoft Bob."   Myrhvold warned users not to replace Microsoft NT 
products with rival operating systems. "I can neither confirm nor deny 
the existence of a radioisotope thermoelectric generator inside of every 
Pentium II microprocessor," said Myrhvold, "but anyone who installs an 
OS written by a bunch of long-hairs on the Internet is going to get what 
they deserve." 
The existence of an RTG in each Pentium II microprocessor would explain 
why the microprocessors, made by the Intel Corporation, run so hot. The 
Intel chips "put out more heat than they draw in electrical power" said 
Prof. E. E. Thymes of MIT. "This should finally dispel those stories 
about cold fusion." 
Rumors suggest a second weapons development project is underway in 
California, headed by Microsoft rival Sun Microsystems. "They're doing 
all of the development work in Java," said one source close to the 
project.  The development of a delivery system is said to be holding up 
progress.  "Write once, bomb anywhere is still a dream at the moment." 
Meanwhile, in Cupertino, California, Apple interim-CEO Steve Jobs was 
rumored to be in discussion with Oracle CEO Larry Ellison about 
deploying Apple's Newton technology against Microsoft. "Newton was the 
biggest bomb the Valley has developed in years," said one hardware 
engineer. "I'd hate to be around when they drop that product a second 
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