Library Juice 1:25 - July 22, 1998

1. Alert from Chuck0: "Content Advisor: This is War!" 
2. News stories appearing in the July 20 American Libraries Online 
3. LIS student's comments on her education 
4. Steve Bergson's Medical Librarianship FAQ 
5. Government Resources on the Internet, from G.Tyburski and C. Pitchon 
6. Gary Price's web compilations 
8. New mailing list: BLACK-IP - Black Information Professionals Network 
9. Internet Resources Newsletter: July Issue  (Free pub. for librarians) 
10. Non canonical guides to women's literature 
11. RTWI (Round Table on Women's Issues (IFLA)) newsletter No. 11 
12. Future Employment Prospects For Librarians: comments in response to OOH 
13. Poem: The Burning of the Books: 2000 A.D. 
14. Chuck0 tells what the ALA conference was like 
Quote of the week: 
"Parts of the internet seem to be down so you can't telnet from some of 
these terminals." 
-ALA Conference Internet Cafe facilitator 
1. Alert from Chuck0: "Content Advisor: This is War!" 
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 10:22:20 -0700 
Reply-To: srrtac-l[at] 
Sender: owner-srrtac-l[at] 
From: Chuck0 <chuck[at]> 
To: SRRT Action Council <srrtac-l[at]> 
Subject: Content Advisor: This is War! 
What I feared would happen, has finally come to pass. They are starting 
to filter us at work, depriving us of our free speech and intellectual 
property rights. There is a new product that has come out for corporate 
environments that is even more insidous than filtering products like 
Cyber Patrol and CyberSitter. 
It's called ContentAdvisor and I urge that you all check it out: 
What really offends me as a librarian and one who promotes the 
alternative press, is that they claim they can filter on "alternative 
publications." From their website: 
Publications                                                    10638 
Any content containing alternative or 
underground periodicals called zines 
that are published regularly or 
and how about 
Alternative Lifestyles 
  6181 [URLS] 
Any content containing information 
 about bi/gay issues, fetishes, etc. 
We have to resist this creeping notion that filtering is acceptable in 
certain settings, be it in the workplace or in a library. I will forward 
another case which illustrates how absurd this has gotten. 
It is essential that people who negotiate contracts with their employer, 
either individually or through a union, demand that they not be subject 
to filtering software in the workplace. Free speech rights should not be 
parked at your employer's door. We will not be treated like serfs! 
Any library that installs this product will be subjected to direct 
action to remove it. 
2. News stories appearing in the July 20 American Libraries Online 
*  Jersey City Board Ignores Protests, Votes to Privatize 
*  Seventeen States Join Lawsuit Against Baker & Taylor 
*  E-Rate Subsidies Delayed until Fall 
*  Atlanta-Fulton Trustees Keep Their Jobs--For Now 
*  Bill Bars TIIAP Grants to E-rate Eligible Libraries and Schools 
*  Riverside Renews Outsourcing Contract with LSSI 
*  Arkansas Library Closes after Ceiling Caves in 
*  Michigan House Considers Internet Restrictions 
*  New Jersey, South Carolina Libraries Score More State Support 
*  Delaware Governor Signs Library Technology Act 
*  Court Orders Library Worker Reinstated with Back Pay 
*  NCLIS Director Participates in Senate Forum on Seniors' Internet Use 
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. 
3. LIS student's comments on her education 
From: Slak <slak[at]INFOHOUSE.COM> 
To: Multiple recipients of list LIS-L <LIS-L[at]POSTOFFICE.CSO.UIUC.EDU> 
I am new to this list, and have not yet received any posts, so I have taken 
it upon myself to initiate discussion. 
I am attending Queens College GLIS, and would like to compare curriculum 
and attitudes to programs of students from other schools. 
I am also interested in comparing the MLIS to other vocational masters 
degrees, in respect to their vocational applicability. 
I feel that my program is extremely generalist, and only scratches the 
surface of many issues related to librarianship.  I think that this is 
unfortunate for a masters degree, where speciality should begin to be 
I wonder if a library education at this level would'nt be more expediently 
gained through a library apprenticeship.  Everything in this country seems 
to require higher education, and my feeling is that this is all in service 
of the academic industry. 
These are just ideas that I entertain.  But I would be interested in feedback. 
Luisa Sabin-Kildiss 
Aigars Kildiss 
Luisa Sabin-Kildiss 
110 Suffolk Street 
New York, New York 10002 
4. Steve Bergson's Medical Librarianship FAQ 
Excellent FAQ on medical librarianship, rich in resources for the student 
or librarian. 
5. Government Resources on the Internet, from G.Tyburski and C. Pitchon 
 Cindy Pitchon and I would like to announce the makeover of our workshop 
web site, Government Resources on the Internet.  In addition to a new 
look, the site offers many new links and several new features including: 
 -- a search feature 
 -- a new section on finding presidential information 
 -- a new section on finding documents related to legislative histories 
 Government Resources on the Internet corresponds to a six-hour workshop 
by the same title.  The class and the site help researchers find 
government documents and information on the Internet. 
 We appreciate all comments and suggestions.  Thank you! 
 Genie Tyburski                                  PH:  215-864-8151 
 Research Librarian                              FX:  215-864-8999 
 Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP          tyburski[at] 
 1735 Market St.                                 Philadelphia, PA  19103 
 Editor of The Virtual Chase at 
6. Gary Price's web compilations 
Greetings from D.C. 
I am a librarian at GW and compile and organize three resources that may 
prove useful to many of you. What follows is a brief description and a 
list of recent additions to these compilations. 
Comments and suggestions are welcome. 
Gary D. Price, MLIS 
George Washington University 
Virginia Campus Library 
Gelman Library 
Ashburn, VA and Washington, D.C. 
703-729-8237 (fax) 
Direct Search 
Over 800 specialized search/interactive tools. Remember the "general 
tools" (Alta Vista, Infoseek, etc.) can not index everything. This 
compilation is updated frequntly with new additions. 
Make special note of the "Government (U.S. State & City)" link. Several 
additions have 
been made to this collection as well. 
btw, this page can be contacted directly at: 
Recent additions include: 
Internal Revenue Service-Exempt Organization Database 
Nuclear Explosion Database 
State of Washington Business Records 
New York Lobby Data 
Web Based Verb Conjugator 
Real-Time In Flight Airplane Tracking 
UNESCO Register of Development Activities 
List of Lists 
Over 300 www accessible business lists. 
Several new lists have been added recently along with along with updating 
broken or outdated links. Also a new lower-level page has be created with 
links to major bestseller lists and new book lists. 
Other additions include: 
Forbes Richest People (Woldwide Billionaires) 
100 Best Places to Work in IS (Computerworld) 
Connecticut Top 100 Delinquent Taxpayer Accounts 
1998 Washington Post 200 
Various WWW Rankings and Statistics (Internet World) 
Speech and Transcript Center 
Links to speeches and testimony from government and business 
Recent addtions include: 
Speeches from- 
Asian Development Bank Officials 
Prime Minister Tony Blair 
Speeches by senior central bankers from around the world 
Floricanto Press is pleased to announce the release in an annual 
subscription basis of 
IV and V. Bilindex,  and its Supplements I-V  now is comprised of 30,000 
Spanish equivalent headings  and cross references. It also includes scope 
notes, standard subdivisions; cross-references and many other features 
and of 
SUPPLEMENTS I THROUGH V, 1998; 3 diskettes  $399.95 + $15 per branch-outlet; 
after 10 outlets, the fee drops to $ 5.00 per outlet. Subject to copyright 
BILINDEX ONLINE, which includes Supplements I through V, is a text file now 
available in a Window 95 version in three 3.5  high density diskettes in 
one alphabet. It updates the original BILINDEX headings and cross references 
published in the original Bilindex. 
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8. New mailing list: BLACK-IP - Black Information Professionals Network 
(contributed by Chris Dodge) 
BLACK-IP, The Black Information Professionals Network, is dedicated to the 
concerns and interests of Black information professionals -- librarians, 
archivists, info brokers, etc. -- and others throughout the African 
Diaspora with an interest in the library/information field. 
Topics discussed may include concerns of the profession, race and 
ethnicity in the workplace, resource sharing, combatting white supremacy, 
education and training, job announcements, programs & exhibit mountings, 
and general library and information issues. Almost any issue of concern or 
interest to Black information professionals is appropriate for posting to 
the list. 
To subscribe to BLACK-IP send an empty message (nothing in the body) to 
black-ip-subscribe[at] or subscribe via the URL: 
Owner: Byron C. Mayes <bcmayes[at]> 
                   or <bcmayes[at]> 
Prof. Byron C. Mayes 
 Systems Librarian/Assistant Professor 
 Hunter College of the City University of New York 
 695 Park Avenue * New York, New York 10021 
 bcmayes[at]  * 212-772-4168 * Fax: 212-772-5113 
9. Internet Resources Newsletter: July Issue  (Free pub. for librarians) 
Reply-to: R.A.MacLeod[at] 
Priority: normal 
The July issue of Internet Resources Newsletter, 
the free Web resource for academics, students, 
engineers, scientists, and social scientists, is now available on the 
Web at: 
(Note! the 'W's in 'libWWW' are in upper case!) 
Featured in this issue: 
   Over 100 new good quality Web sites 
   New email resources 
   Nice Web site of the month report 
   The Internet in Print (reviews of Internet magazines, etc) 
          AlterNETive Searcher 
          The Internet and Higher Education 
          IntraNet Professional 
          New Library World 
          Marketing Intelligence & Planning 
         Chest, MIDAS, RUDI, OMNI, ELDIS, Netskills, Biz/ed, AHDS 
   Focus on the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) 
   Recent Internet Books in the Library 
   Book announcement 
   Get a life ! Leisure Time 
   STOP PRESS! - NEW How to find out: Economics guide 
   STOP PRESS!! - NEW Subject Guide to Abstracts and Indexes 
   STOP PRESS!!! - 35 engineering e-journals added to EESE 
Published by the Internet Resource Centre at Heriot-Watt University 
Library, and edited by Roddy MacLeod (R.A.MacLeod[at] 
If you experience any problems when retrieving issues of Internet 
Resources Newsletter please contact the editor. 
From NetInLib-Announce - 
10. Non canonical guides to women's literature 
The New York Times published recently a list of the hundred best novels of 
the 20th century in English. The Modern Library (publisher) sponsored the 
list and a panel of "experts" made the selection. The panel evidently 
included only one woman and no people of color. 
Few works by  women or people of color were represented. (Few Canadians or 
Australians appeared either.) Preference was given to books in print for a 
long time and perhaps that explains the character of the list. 
The list can be viewed at: 
Indignation has flowed on various women's lists and here is a message that 
offers guides to  non-canonical, women's literature. 
(More than just Wharton, Woolf,etc.) 
---------- Forwarded message ---------- 
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 11:28:00 CST 
From: Phyllis Holman Weisbard <PWEIS[at]MACC.WISC.EDU> 
Reply-To: Women's Studies List <WMST-L[at]UMDD.UMD.EDU> 
Subject: women's "classics" 
I am also asked frequently to name the most important, influential, 
or just plain "good" books by women. If the project under 
discussion comes to fruition in that mode rather than simply amending 
a best 100 to include more women, I've got a folder full of articles 
or citations to contribute where others have come up with their 
lists along these lines. These could be used for starting points, 
perhaps, or a review to make sure nothing significant had been missed. 
Here are some of the lists, list makers, or citations I've got: 
"Books That Changed Our Lives," in special issue on Lit. & Hist. in 
WOMEN'S STUDIES QUARTERLY 19 (Fall/Win 91): 8-29. 
"Building a Bookllist: Telling the Truth About Women's Lives." 
FEMINIST BOOKSTORE NEWS (Aug. 93): 54-59, 132.  200 top titles 
recommended by 13 of the bookstores. Criteria: "most current, 
the most important, the classics, and the bestselling titles." 
"Feminist Classics of This Wave," MS July/Aug 92, pp. 64-65. 
"Feminist Canon" on the Feminist Majority website: 
"20/20: The 20 Most Influential Women's Books of the last 20 Years." 
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY May 11, 1992, p. 19 
"25 Landmark Feminist Books of the 19th Century," by Madeleine H. Stern 
and Paulette Rose. AB Nov. 26, 1990: 2097-2109. 
"Valued Volumes" (picks by Pearl Cleage, Spelman Col. & Laura Wexler, Yale U.) 
ON THE ISSUES (Spring 1994): 47. 
Women's National Book Association list of 75 books by women "whose words 
changed the world" (I've got the version printed in our local newspaper 
in January 1993) 
WMST-L message from Jill Morrissey, June 2, 1993 compiling favorite books 
recommended by list members. 
Women's Studies/women's issues books chosen by a committee (unnamed) 
assembled by the Soros Foundation to donate to NGOs in Eastern Europe. 
Categories: Women's issues, gender studies classics, and advanced 
gender studies lit. 
Phyllis Holman Weisbard 
Univ. of Wisconsin System Women's Studies Librarian 
Phyllis Holman Weisbard 
University of Wisconsin System Women's Studies Librarian 
Room 430 Memorial Library, 728 State Street, Madison, WI 53706 
11. RTWI (Round Table on Women's Issues (IFLA)) newsletter No. 11 
International Federation of Library 
Associations and Institutions (IFLA) 
Email: ifla.hq[at] 
Round Table on Women's Issues(RTWI) 
Chair: Marta Terry, Biblioteca Nacional Jose Marti 
Ave. Independencia y 20 Mayo, Plaza de la Revolucion 
Havana, Cuba 
      Newsletter of the IFLA ROUND TABLE ON WOMEN'S ISSUES 
      No. 11 (Nov/Dec 1997) 
Report from Outgoing Chair 
      Robert Wedgeworth completed his second term (six years) as IFLA 
President.  I am also completing six years as Chair or Co-Chair of the 
RTWI.  I wish to thank you for allowing me to serve.  RTWI has accomplished 
quite a great deal, considering the trials and tribulations of a new round 
table in IFLA.  The new leadership is capable and will strengthen RTWI. 
      I wish to give particular thanks to Yoko Taguchi who has edited the round 
table's semi-annual newsletter.  She has been reliable and efficient and a 
most respected colleague.  I also want to recognize Leena Siitonen's 
contributions as Secretary/Treasurer. 
      IFLA's 63rd conference was held on Copenhagen August 31-September 5, 
1997.  It was IFLA's largest conference to date, with 2,9776 attendees from 
141 countries. 
      RTWI's program theme was "Libraries and Information for Human 
Development: Women Advancing for the Future Through Life Long Learning". 
Four papers were presented by Kalpana Dasgupta (India), Zhang Lixin 
(China), Claudia J. Gallop (USA), and Anne Goulding and Marigold Cleeve 
(UK) to an audience of over 100. 
      At the Copenhagen conference an Executive Committee was appointed.  In 
the future this committee will be elected.  There are almost four hundred 
librarians from fifty-nine countries on the newsletter's mailing list. 
                                 Respectfully submitted, 
                                                      Mary Biblo 
                                                      Past Chair 
New Officers Elected at Copenhagen Conference 
      Marta Terry (Cuba), Chair 
      Isabel Stirling (USA), Secretary 
      Beth Stafford (USA), Newsletter Editor/Information Coordinator 
Executive Committee Minutes August 30 and September 5, 19977 
      Chair Mary Biblo welcomed all person interested in RTWI to discuss, 
contribute, and advance women's issues in librarianship.  Minutes of the 
meetings held in Beijing in 1996 and published in the RTWI Newsletter were 
approved unanimously. 
      The report of Secretary/Treasurer Leena Siitonen pointed out that 
membership has grown steadily.  After discussion, the committee recommended 
that RTWI bookkeeping should be done more carefully and be fully 
documented.  RTWI's Web site on IFLANET is available, but more effort 
should be expended to keep its contents up to date.  Marta Terry offered to 
take the issue of maintaining accurate Web sites to the Professional Board. 
      Yoko Taguchi reported that two issues of the Newsletter have been 
published annually.  She asked members to contribute news, articles, and 
reports.  In addition, assistance in distributing the newsletter is needed. 
 After the Copenhagen meeting, Beth Stafford will edit the newsletter. 
      A group appointed at the first Executive Ctte meeting prepared RTWI Scope 
and Goals (below), which were approved at the Executive Ctte's second 
meeting.  Members of the working group included Marta Terry, Mary Biblo, 
Isabel Stirling, Kalpana Dasgupta, Beth Stafford, and Suzanne Hildenbrand, 
assisted by Marlise Mensink of the IIAV.  (See below). 
RTWI Scope and Goals 
      In response to a charge from IFLA Headquarters, at the Copenhagen 
conference a working group of RTWI members wrote a description of our scope 
and goals.  At its last meeting during the conference, the Executive 
Committee approved the following text. 
      The Round Table on Women's Issues concerns itself extensively with 
questions and issues that have special relevance for women in the library 
profession and in the library user community.  Further, it develops 
programs designed to enhance the opportunities and the image of these two 
groups of women.  The RTWI promotes the collections, research, publication 
and dissemination of information on the status of women in librarianship. 
Another concern is to identify discrimination in all forms and disparities 
in resources, programs, and opportunities relating to women in 
librarianship.  The RTWI will collaborate with and support sections, Round 
Tables, and groups within IFLA interested in these issues. 
1.     Provide a forum for discussion of issues concerning women in 
      Action:  Develop a series of open sessions/workshops at IFLA 
2.     Provide opportunities for research into the role of women in 
librarianship and insure its dissemination. 
      Action:  Publish the workshop proceedings and research results stimulated 
by the Round Table's activities. 
3.     Communicate with groups within librarianship and other information 
professions that have similar concerns. 
      Action:  Establish an IFLA RTWI Webpage providing links to relevant 
collections and information sources. 
4.     Promote the inclusion of women's issues in library and information 
5.     Promote awareness of the RTWI within IFLA membership. 
6.     Encourage collection development and establishment of information 
services on women's issues worldwide. 
7.     Promote literacy and life long and distance learning for women. 
KVINFO, the Danish Center for Information on Women and Gender Studies 
      Members of RTWI visited this library in Copenhagen in its new two-story 
home, next to the national library.  Anne-Marie Erikson, reference 
librarian, explained the Center's work and its role within the context of 
the Nordic tradition.  The Center is a most impressive enterprise that 
serves all members of the public in Denmark, from members of Parliament to 
public school students. 
RTWI IFLA 1998 Conference 
      At the Copenhagen conference, it was announced that Suzine Har Nicolescu 
had been appointed as Program Chair for the 1998 conference RTWI program. 
Later, Beth Stafford volunteered to assist with planning. 
      The theme of the 1998 program will be "On Crossroads of Information and 
Culture: Women's Roles in a Diverse and Dynamic World".  The Executive 
Committee decided to invite carefully selected speakers present our 1998 
program, with a mix of women and men librarians speaking.  We will have two 
to three women speakers talk about their work relating to women's issues. 
In addition, we will have one or two men present their perceptions in 
regard to RTWI issues outlined in our scope and goals from the perspectives 
of concerned men in the library and information profession. 
IIAV Conference '98 
      The International Information Centre and Archives for the Women's 
Movement (IIAV) located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is holding an 
international conference for librarians and document- alists working with 
materials relevant to women and gender issues.  Deliberately timed to link 
with IFLA's annual conference, the "Know How Conference on the World of 
Women's Information" will be held in Amsterdam August 22-26, 1998. 
      Only two meetings of such librarians and documentalists have been held 
previously, one of which was by invitation.  Following up on the 
foundations lain at those conferences, the "Know How" conference will further: 
      1) develop concrete ways of making women's information available, 
visible, and accessible 
      2) connect local sources of women's knowledge to global women's 
information networks in order to create a sustained and intercultural 
exchange of information throughout the world. 
      Official registration forms are now available.  For full information on 
the conference, go to the URL or email site. 
The conference URL on Internet is 
Email information is at knowhow[at] 
      Program coordinator for the "Know How Conference", Marlise Mensink, urged 
RTWI members to be active participants in the IIAV program. 
Activities of RTWI Members 
      Suzanne Hildenbrand (USA) has written a brief history of the IFLA RTWI 
for inclusion in the book "Libraries: Global Reach, Local Touch", to be 
published by the American Library Association (ALA) by mid-1998.  The book 
is being edited by current ALA President (and RTWI member) Barbara Ford and 
Kathleen McCook (USA). 
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12. Future Employment Prospects For Librarians 
>From Patrick O'Halloran: 
Future Employment Prospects For Librarians: 
Something To Think About This Summer 
Question: Why does the Occupation Outlook Handbook have this (see below) 
to say about the job outlook for Librarians when the U.S. economy has fully 
recovered from the last recession, and the national unemployment rate is 
down to levels that most economists believe to be that of  almost full 
1998-99 Occupational Outlook Handbook 
Job Outlook 
Slow employment growth, coupled with an increasing number of MLS graduates 
will result in more applicants competing for fewer jobs. Applicants for 
librarian jobs in large cities or suburban areas, where most graduates 
prefer to work, will face competition; those willing to work in rural 
areas should have better job prospects. 
Some job openings for librarians will stem from projected slower-than-average 
employment growth through the year 2006, reflecting budgetary constraints in 
school, public, and college and university libraries. Additional job 
openings will arise from replacement needs over the next decade, as many 
librarians reach retirement age. In an effort to reduce costs, however, 
libraries are reluctant to add new positions and may even reduce staff. 
The increasing use of computerized information storage and retrieval 
systems may contribute to reduced demand for librarians. Computerized 
systems make cataloguing easier, and this task can now be handled by 
library technicians. In addition, many libraries are equipped for users to 
access library computers directly from their homes or offices. These 
systems allow users to bypass librarians and conduct research on their own. 
However, librarians are needed to manage staff, help users develop database 
searching techniques, address complicated reference requests, and define 
users' needs. 
Opportunities will be best for librarians outside traditional settings. 
Nontraditional library settings include information brokers, private 
corporations, and consulting firms. Many companies are turning to 
librarians because of their research and organizational skills, and 
knowledge of computer databases and library automation systems. 
Librarians can review the vast amount of information that is available 
and analyze, evaluate, and organize it according to a company's specific 
needs.  Librarians are also hired by organizations to set up information 
on the Internet. Librarians working in these settings may be classified 
as systems analysts, database specialists and trainers, webmasters or 
web developers, or LAN (localarea network) coordinators. 
Something to think about and comment on. 
Respectfully yours, 
Patrick O'Halloran 
  Patrick J. O'Halloran 
  SJSU SLIS Program at CSU Fullerton/Library Assistant OCPL Heritage Park 
  Home Page: 
  Internet Resources for Ireland: 
(response from Chris Mays:) 
One response to this question can be had from the BLS: 
Library Technicians 
* Employment is expected to grow faster than average as libraries use 
technicians to perform some librarian duties in an effort to stretch 
shrinking budgets. 
13. Poem: The Burning of the Books: 2000 A.D. 
We saw that librarians 
Came to work in brown whirts. 
The ALA armbands featured 
A Microsoft ikon. 
The shelf for Melville 
Was gone; in its place 
A computer terminal; 
Debs and Whitman were CD-ROMs. 
Patrons who did not log-in 
At the 'Reader Stations' 
Were watched by cameras; 
Their faces put on a data base. 
We that lovingly held 
The rare volumes in the stacks 
Knew we risked x-ray 
Bursts from VDTs. 
The night janitor was our man. 
He could hear the books 
Weeping above his creaking 
Oil mop.  In basement-and-garage 
Workshops we began to forge 
Cable cutters and slip them 
In our boots.  We made the sign 
for 'Enoch' when we passed on the street. 
ALA: American Library Association 
VDT: Video Display Terminal 
Enoch: The name of the hammer used by the Luddites 
By Bill Witherup. Published in _People's Culture_ #42 
Editor, Fred Whitehead.  Address: Box 5224, Kansas City, KS 66119 
14. Chuck0 tells what the ALA conference was like 
Date: Wed, 01 Jul 1998 14:20:09 -0700 
From: Chuck0 <chuck[at]> 
Subject: Radical Librarian Weekend at ALA 
Sender: owner-librarians[at] 
Well, I'm pretty much sitting around my office today, uncompressing 
after a whirlwind weekend spent at ALA and schmoozing with all the 
radical librarians who came to town. Thank the deity of your choice that 
a three day weekend is coming up which I can spend sleeping, reading, 
movie going, and playing with a neglected cat. 
This may be a long post since so much happened, but I think the people 
on this list who attended will agree that an ALA conference can be what 
WE make of it, a chance to network and get our messages out to other 
It was good to see several people there who are on this list, including 
Kati Roberto from Illinois (, Rory 
Litwin from California (, Chris Dodge from 
Minnysota ( and his 
wife Jan DeSirey (also an MSRRT Newsletter editor), Allison Lewis from 
Philly, and Julie Herrada from Michigan. I heard that Howard B. was in 
attendance, but I didn't run into him. I may have run into several other 
people on this list, but I can't connect some email addresses with 
names. Whatever. 
I also got to hang with some new friends like Ann Gruehl, 
Ken Thompson (, and Jessamyn 
West ( from Seattle. Ken and Jessamyn edit the 
SRRT Newsletter (Social Responsibilities RoundTable). Jessamyn spent 
alot of time taking pictures for her Tattooed Librarian page. 
Unfortunately, we were unable to do anything for the Nekkid Librarians 
page, but we did stage a lesbian kissing scene in front of the Family 
Research Council, a noted anti-gay think tank. 
This photo went into the second issue of CogNots, an alternative 
conference zine published by some creative malcontents that I may or may 
not have shared beers with. Cognots was distributed at several locations 
and events at ALA and became a sought ought underground "commodity." The 
first issue of Cognots had a list of places offering free food during 
the conference, i.e. receptions, vendor parties, and SLIS reunions. Both 
issues included plenty of satirical reports on real and imagined ALA 
sessions ("First Aid & Laundry Care: What's a Library Worker to Do?) and 
hints about cool things to do in DC (i.e. hang out at the Waffle Shop 
with the local branch of the Lesbian Avengers. Actually that wasn't in 
there, but you get my point). I was listed as a visiting "indignitary" 
who is known as a "excessive poster to ALA listservs" 
I also discovered on Friday that one of the Cognots staff had been going 
around to the Internet Cafes in the convention center and changing the 
default home page to the ALA Disorientation Guide that I posted to my MA 
Infoshop site ( The index page 
for the Disorientation guide got 600 hits last month, which helped the 
Anarchist Librarians page get around 700 hits. I think its pretty cool 
that several hundred librarians checked out the Guide before and during 
the convention. Thanks to those of you who pulled the Cafe stunt. 
The Anarchist Beer night happened as planned, although we probably 
shouldn't be planning beer nights. ;-) About 7-8 people showed up, 
thanks to a late afternoon surge by the Cognots distaff. I know that 
there were more people who wanted to come, but got tied up by other 
plans and by being tired after such a hot day. We should do this again 
next year in New Orleans and hopefully in a more central location. 
Several of us managed to attend the Free Peltier rally which happened 
near the White House on Saturday afternoon. About 400 showed up for that 
The session "Infoshops and Street Libraries" that was organized by Chris 
and myself went off REALLY well on Sunday morning. We had 85 people in a 
standing-room-only audience. The room was really good, well lit, and 
COOL. The session was TAPED by ALA which is pretty cool--I'm going to 
buy a copy of the tape and I'll make bootleg copies available. Holler if 
you want one. The audience also stuck around for most of the session 
which was a good sign. I saw alot of straight-looking librarians in the 
audience, so the session audience was not dominated by friends and the 
usual suspects. 
We had 5 speakers during the session. Chris Atton from Edinburgh, 
Scotland got things started with an overview of the infoshop movement. 
Chris turns out to be a rather funny and witty guy. The Joe Courter 
talked about and showed slides of the Civic Media Center in Gainesville, 
Florida. Chantel Guidry talked about her experiences with the Crescent 
Wrench Infoshop in New Orleans. Many were amused when she listed free 
skool classes, including one on sewing your own...menstreul pad. Alexis 
Buss talked about the A-Space, Wooden Shoe and other anarchist 
activities in Philadelphia, and I finished up with comments about the 
Mid-Atlantic Infoshop. Brad Sigal from Love and Rage and the old Beehive 
Infoshop was unable to make it. I was kind of surprised that some of the 
questions dealt with Internet issues. One person asked me if the MA 
Infoshop had ever gotten filtered (it was). 
Afterwards a bunch of us got some lunch after I got us all lost. 
Chris Atton spoke at several other events during the conference. He's 
written about Spunk and reviewed several of my web sites, as well as 
writing about alternative in print from the U.K. perspective. Chris was 
a discussant at an evening session on social responsibilities around the 
world (more about this in a minute) and on Monday morning he received 
the Jackie Eubanks award from the SRRT. He got a cash stipend and a nice 
plaque with Star Trek font lettering. One of the unusual things about 
the award session was that the head of the British Library Association 
was in the audience and he got up and congratulated Chris on his award. 
I also got a chance to talk with Raimund from Germany who does the 
International Directory of Progressive Librarians. The theme of ALA this 
year was "Global reach, local touch," so the ALA SRRT organized a panel 
discussion with representatives from SRRT-like organizations around the 
world. There were reps from Bis in Sweden, KRIBIBI in Austria, LIWO in 
South Africa, and organizations in Germany and the U.K. I later gave the 
KRIBIBI rep a copy of Practical Anarchy and the Atlantic Anarchist 
Circle contact guide, so she could give them to the punk rockers she 
knew. I think it is very important to cultivate solidarity ties with 
radical librarians around the world. We share many similar concerns. 
On Monday night the AIP hosted the annual Free Speech Buffet, which is 
an attempt to get local small presses and zines together with librarians 
who acquire new materials for libraries. The Buffet was held at the 
"Washington Home of Stuart Mott" which is this nice house with a 
courtyard across the street from the Supreme Court. Rumor has it that 
Mott was from the applesauce Mott family and that he gives money to 
liberal causes. The ACLU has an office here. The small press turnout was 
small, but several of you made it to the cool reception. One of the 
small magazines was "Link" which is a performance art zine from 
Baltimore. Some guys who put out a co-op arts zine drove ALL THE WAY 
down from Rochester, NY, but damn if I forget the name of their zine. 
Afterwards a posse of us went and got some brews. 
Yesterday, several of us attended a event at the Cato Institute on 
micropower radio. Two anarchists were on the panel. It was kind of weird 
eating hor-d'oevres at the reception afterwards with Libertarians and 
inside Washington types. Oh well. 
Alexis Buss came down from Philly to be on the infoshop panel organized 
by Chris Dodge and myself. She brought down the new issue of Practical 
Anarchy, which has a kick-ass front cover graphic by Johann Humyn Being. 
(Issues are available from me). 
A new issue of Charles Willet's "Librarians at Liberty" is available and 
the new edition of *Alternative Library Literature* by Jim Danky and 
Sanford Berman has been published by McFarland. It has a cool cartoon 
cover by Konopacki. 
I've been talking with Alternatives in Print task force people about 
workshops for next year's ALA in New Orleans. We are talking about doing 
a session on erotica in libraries and one on corporate bookstores, which 
may include Industrial Worker editor Jon Bekken. 
It was a fun weekend, but now it's time for a veg-out weekend. 
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal and Leonard Peltier 
Mid-Atlantic Infoshop 
Spunk Library 
"All the anarchy you'll ever need, organized neatly 
and with reassuring authority." 
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