Library Juice 1:27 - August 5, 1998

1. News stories appearing in the August 3 American Libraries Online  
2. Two editorials in major newspapers support ALA's positions  
3. "We Need the Values Debate," a John Berry editorial (excerpt and link) 
4. "Risking Relevant Reference Work," a John Berry editorial (excerpt & link) 
5. "The Best Library-Related Web Sites," _Library High Tech v. 15, no. 3-4 
6. Library Literature--Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE 
7. Indexes, Abstracts, Bibliographies, and Table of Contents Services 
8. Books & Book Reviews on the Web, Sunday, August 2, 1998 
9. Online discussion on electronic publishing (librarian & publisher) 
10. Email discussion list on electronic publishing 
11. The August issue of Internet Resources Newsletter 
12. State and Metropolitan Area Data Book [.pdf, 268p.] 
13. Request for donations of discarded environment-related texts 
14. Municipal codes on the web 
15. Help create public access to mass communication  (a book and an article) 
16. Two state library associations adopt anti-filtering statements 
17. The Men's Bibliography [Frames] 
18. Favorite Anarchist/Libertarian Novels 1.0 - July 1998 (Chuck Munson) 
19. Claudia West's ALA experiences 
20. The recently passed Canadian Library Association resolution on MAI 
21. Women's reading circle in Cape Town, South Africa 
22. Reference tool:  FBI files of notable Americans 
Quote of the week: 
"There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public 
Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth  
receives the slightest consideration."     - Andrew CARNEGIE 
1. News stories appearing in the August 3 American Libraries Online  
*  Lack of Funds Keeps LC Metal Detectors Turned Off 
*  Agreement Reached in Marin County Strike 
*  Consultant Says Broward County Library Needs a Quarter-Billion 
*  Georgia and Montana Libraries Decry Filtering 
*  Houston Powers Up Library Card Campaign  
*  Pleasanton, California, May Leave County Library System 
*  D.C. School Reform Spares Librarians, Library Aides--For Now 
*  Gates Foundation Commits $7.25 Million in Louisiana 
*  Commerce Department Reports Shows Growing Digital Divide 
*  First Lady's Preservation Initiative to Benefit Library's Lincoln Statue 
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. 
2. Two editorials in major newspapers support ALA's positions  
From: ALA Public Information Office (Linda Wallace) <lwallace[at]> 
Today's (August 4)  editions of  the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune carry 
editorials supporting ALA's position on copyright and the McCain bill.  The  
Post editorial titled "A Pay-PerView-World" can be found at: 
The Tribune editorial "Protecting Kids on the Internet" is at  
3. "We Need the Values Debate," a John Berry editorial (excerpt and link) 
By John N. Berry III 
Jun 1, 1998 
We Need the Values Debate 
Without those values, I don't care if librarianship survives 
"Nice try!" was my first response to the brave effort by Anne Symons and 
Carla Stoffle to analyze the conflict between those who hold different 
views about which principles should prevail in library practice.  Their 
essay "When Values Conflict" appeared in the May issue of the official 
organ (American Libraries, p.56-58) of the American Library Association 
(ALA). It seemed like an honest attempt to keep the peace and to defuse the 
many time bombs hidden in the agendas of the ALA Council and Executive 
Board at the ALA conference this month. 
My second, lingering response was a bit more hostile, because, among other 
things, they've tried to rewrite some of ALA history...$9231 
4. "Risking Relevant Reference Work," a John Berry editorial (excerpt & link) 
By John N. Berry III 
 May 15, 1998 
 Risking Relevant Reference Work 
 If we're afraid to interpret and vouch for information and its sources, 
who needs us? 
 Reference librarians will be the next group of library professionals who 
feel the pressure to change from information technology. Whether or not 
they undertake a new, more expert information advisory role -- and the 
risks that go with it -- will make the difference between the survival of 
viable library reference service and its slow erosion and obsolescence. 
 The networks and the flood of online information and search engines to 
harness that information are forcing a major change in the approach of 
librarians to reference and information service. In the process much of the 
innocence and neutrality of earlier traditional dogma about reference work 
will be forced to give way. They will be replaced by a new expertise and a 
new willingness to make the value judgments and to take the risks required 
to give people the advice about sources and the interpretation of 
information they need.$8902 
5. "The Best Library-Related Web Sites," _Library High Tech v. 15, no. 3-4 
If you haven't seen the latest issue of Library High Tech, its special 
theme is "The Best Library-Related Web Sites." The citation is Volume 15 
Number 3-4 1997 Consecutive Issues #59-60. 
Looks really interesting. 
Mark Jordan 
Target Library and Information Services 
208-950 Cassiar St., Vancouver, BC, V5K 4Y5, Canada 
Phone 604-298-1320 Fax 604-255-7456 
from NetInLib-Announce 
6. Library Literature--Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE 
The Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE (discussed in the February 9, 1996 
Scout Report) has added the first in what will be a series of library 
literature, Michael Buckland's _Redesigning Library Services: A Manifesto_. 
Buckland argues against what he sees as library literature's over-emphasis 
on technology for technology's sake, "on means, rather than on ends, and 
tactics rather than strategy." Though electronic library management has 
certainly changed and grown since _Redesigning Library Services_ was first 
published (1992), the book's primary emphasis on the goals and purposes of 
library services still serves as a relevant touchstone. Buckland's book is 
meant to countervail against the fact that "there is so much more written, 
for example, on how to build collections than on the roles that collections 
play." The text can be read online, downloaded (.pdf), or searched for 
keywords (Note that searches return only links to chapters, not passages of 
text). [TK] 
The Scout Report's Web page: 
7. Indexes, Abstracts, Bibliographies, and Table of Contents Services 
The following web site is now available: 
Indexes, Abstracts, Bibliographies, and Table of Contents Services 
This site contains links to Internet-based tools (most free and openly 
available) for finding journal articles, preprints, research papers, 
proceedings, technical reports, and similar materials.  The resources are 
arranged by subject, and 25 are now represented.  Communication is not yet 
available, but I hope to have it up this fall.  Some related subjects that 
are up are psychology, education, linguistics/language, sociology, 
business, and multidisciplinary. 
If you have any suggestions for additions to this page, or recommendations 
for the communication resources for it, please e-mail me at NBuchanan[at] 
Nancy Buchanan 
Coordinator of Electronic Resources 
University of Houston Libraries 
University of Houston 
Houston, TX  77204-2091 
phone: (713) 743-9763 
fax:   (713) 743-9778 
8. Books & Book Reviews on the Web, Sunday, August 2, 1998 
Hi NetInLib-Announce Listmembers, 
	Please take a look at my 82nd Page at Needle in a CyberStack on 
"Books & Book Reviews on the Web" at .  This should be a handy 
tool for teachers, librarians involved in Readers Advisory work, Reference 
Work and the general public too. Writers and scholars should find some 
useful starting points there, also. 
	Suggestions for sites which should be included are appreciated! 
	Also, if possible, please let me know what you think of my 
info/tool pages: Needle in a CyberStack 
	There are currently 82 interlinked pages including Books & Book 
Reviews, 24 alphabetized Business and Career Tools Pages, the Best of 
Curriculum, 24 alphabetized Medical and Scholarly Research Pages, 
Reference, Law & Justice, Cybrarians' Favorites, Intelligence & Security, 
Law Enforcement, Exploring, What's Cool, Fun, News Sources, etc. 
	I've tried to keep it simple, powerful, quick-loading (Table 
Format), and useful - with links to all the best Search and Info Tools in 
the world.  Comments and suggestions are much appreciated.  If you know of 
a link that should be there please tell me!. 
	My hope is that this will become a frequent and useful tool for 
your research, study, learning, teaching and reference work.  However, your 
staff and students should find it to be useful too. I also participate in 
several webrings (at the bottom of my main page) which may be useful to you 
or your family members:  The History Ring, The Research Webring, 
Homeschoolers, Journalism and Research Resources Webring and the Homework 
	If you like it, please pass it on as you see fit. Thanks! 
John Albee mailto:albee[at] 
Teacher, Davenport Community Schools 
Website: Needle in a CyberStack - the InfoFinder  
address: 736 Westerfield Road 
         Davenport, Iowa 52806      phone: 319-386-2171 
We are all Works In Progress... 
from NetInLib-Announce 
9. Online discussion on electronic publishing (librarian & publisher) 
An Online Discussion as a Precursor to a workshop to be held for IFLA '98 
conference attendees on Monday 17th August 12:45-3:00pm Novotel, Amsterdam. 
Areas covered include: 
1. Publisher Challenges 
2. Librarian/client challenges 
3. Practising Librarians/Information Professionals, What do challenges mean 
to your particular situation/role? 
4. How can these problems be solved? 
5. How can we solve the problems that still need addressing such as: 
 Perpetual access/archives 
 Cataloguing and indexing of electronic resources  
 Making the right purchasing decisions - i.e. convincing administrators of 
 the benefits of electronic enhancements 
and post your views. 
For further information or to take part in the workshop at IFLA'98, contact 
The above discussion is sponsored by Library Link. Should you wish any 
further information please view the Library Link homepage at or visit us at the IFLA ’98 conference in 
Amsterdam between 16-21 August at Stand No 106. 
Chris Keenan 
Executive: Electronic Publishing 
MCB University Press 
Tel: +44 (0) 1274 777700 
Fax: +44 (0) 1274 785201 
from NetInLib-Announce 
10. Email discussion list on electronic publishing 
Ebooks, an open discussion email list for all those involved in electronic 
publishing.  Publishers, authors, writers, librarians, and readers of all 
sorts are welcome to subscribe. 
You can subscribe by sending a blank mailto:ebooks-subscribe[at] . 
from NetInLib-Announce 
11. The August issue of Internet Resources Newsletter 
The August 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) 
          European Journal of Marketing  
          Information Outlook  
          Information Management Report  
          Information Development  
          Knowledge Management  
   Network News: BIDS, NISS, BUBL, EEVL, SOSIG, EDINA,  
         Chest, MIDAS, RUDI, OMNI, ELDIS, Netskills, Biz/ed, AHDS, 
   Focus on RUDI: Resource for Urban Design Information 
   Recent Internet Books in the Library  
   Get a life ! Leisure Time  
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 
12. State and Metropolitan Area Data Book [.pdf, 268p.] 
The Census Bureau has recently released the fifth edition of the State and 
Metropolitan Area Data Book, which compares the nation's states and 
metropolitan areas in everything from banking and births to wages and 
welfare. Users can view a number of state and metro rankings tables in HTML 
or download the entire publication in .pdf format. The Data Book also 
serves as a guide to sources of data from the Census Bureau, other federal 
agencies, and private organizations. [MD] 
The Scout Report's Web page: 
13. Request for donations of discarded environment-related texts 
To: Natural Resources Librarians List <NRLib-L[at]> 
One of our researchers (an environmental engineer) will spend his  
sabbatical at the School of Biotechnology of the Catholic University  
in Porto, Portugal.  During a preliminary visit he noticed that there  
was only a very limited environmental library.  He would like to help  
them expand.  Any kind of environment related texts (they are not  
picky), EPA reports, dictionaries and manuals would be gratefully  
accepted by the Escola Superior de Biotecnologia.  If librarians on  
this list are thinking of discarding older textbooks or other  
environmental documents, please check with me about donations,  
shipping details and postage. Thanks very much! 
Eva Brownawell 
Environmental Resources Research Institute 
Penn State 
University Park, PA 16802 
Tel. (814)863-0140 
Fax (814)865-3378 
14. Municipal codes on the web 
Seattle Public Library's "Municipal Codes Online" Web 
site, linking to U.S. city and county codes available on 
the Internet for unlimited searching, has just been 
expanded.  PLEASE NOTE NEW URL: 
If you know of additional codes available on the Web, 
please let me know. 
Jeannette Voiland 
Seattle Public Library 
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Try the Municipal Code Corporation site (developed in cooperation  
with the Florida League of Cities: 
Margie Hawkins, M.L.S. 
Community Relations Coordinator 
Central Florida Library Cooperative 
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Try this site at Cyburbia.  Has a wide range of ordinances and related 
planning and zoning info: 
Debbie Gallagher                        Phone:  313-764-4000 
Government Information Specialist       Fax:    313-764-3916 
MEL - Michigan Electronic Library       E-mail: dgallag[at] 
117D Hatcher North 
Ann Arbor  MI  48109-1205 
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Laura Raymond 
Odin, Feldman & Pittleman 
Fairfax, VA 
<End Included Message> 
Most of California counties have their zoning ordinances on-line on our 
Land Use Planning Information Network (LUPIN) Site. . Because California is a large, populous and 
complex State the fastest way to put the material on the net was to scan 
and OCR it. We did this in partnership with the University of California at 
Berkeley computer science department through a NSF grant. The main server 
has on terrabyte of information, 200,000 scanned pages of general plans, 
general plan amendments and zoning ordinances. 
We also maintain a site with environmental law information especially the 
California environmental quality act (CEQA) at . 
Many counties are also cataloging their data sets in a project we did in 
concert with the California Geographic Information Association (CGIA). This 
information can be found at: . This server is 
part of the National Spacial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). We offer three 
ways of cooperating with us in this catalog endeavor: 
- filling out an on-line form this leads to (FDGC/Dublin core metadata) 
- running a Z39.50 server (Best if it meets NSDI specs) 
-  Using a microsoft access schema we can provide you. (Offline access with 
periodic voluntary uploads to on-line servers) 
If another State would like access to the cataloging software we have 
developed we would be glad to cooperate. My expectation is that what we 
have done can be easily modified. 
15. Help create public access to mass communication  (a book and an article) 
_Making the News: A Guide for Nonprofits and Activists_ 
Westview Press 
5500 Central Ave. 
Boulder, CO 80301 
also, "How to tell and sell you story" 
_Community Change_, Winter, 1997 
or publication #7 from: 
Center for Community Change 
1000 Wisconsin Ave NW 
Washington, DC  20007 
16. Two state library associations adopt anti-filtering statements 
Found at 
The KLA Council adopted the following statement on Internet filtering at 
its meeting 16 June 1998.  
Kansas Library Association  
Statement on Internet Filtering  
The Kansas Library Association recognizes concerns regarding access 
to the Internet. The use of Internet filters to prevent such access has 
been widely suggested, but poses many problems for libraries. Filters 
can block valuable information, thus preventing the library from fulfilling 
one of its prime missions. In addition, filters may prove unconstitutional in 
public institutions, since some of the information they block is 
constitutionally protected speech.  
The Kansas Library Association does not recommend the use of Internet 
filters in libraries and emphatically opposes attempts by federal and state 
governments to mandate their use. We believe that decisions regarding 
use of Internet filters must remain with local boards.  
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On April 21, 1998, the New Jersey Library Association Executive Board 
unanimously approved the Restriction of Internet Access and Use of 
Filtering Software in Libraries statement.  The statement can be found at 
It states, in part, that "restricting access contravenes principles long 
espoused by the library profession."  Furthermore, "some have argued 
that a library's decision to provide access to some Web sites but not to 
all does not constitute a denial of access but is analogous to collection 
development decisions.  Their argument is unconvincing.  Budgetary 
constraints and space constraints prevent libraries from acquiring 
everything published.  Therefore, in collection development libraries must 
decide to expend their limited resources for some items and not for 
others.  In contrast, restricting Internet access costs more than providing 
unrestricted access.  It constitutes deliberate denial of access." 
Don Wood 
American Library Association 
Office for Intellectual Freedom 
17. The Men's Bibliography [Frames] 
Compiled by Michael Flood, the Men's Bibliography lists close to 8,000 
books and articles on men and masculinity, many from UK or Australian 
publishers. The bibliography is organized into 35 major subject areas such 
as: Gay men and masculinity, Men and feminism, Men's liberation, Mid-life 
and ageing, HIV/AIDS, and so on, which is helpful, since although the 
bibliography is available electronically, users will have to turn to other 
catalogs to determine for themselves which individual items are available 
on the Web and which are only available in print. Flood encourages 
duplication of the subject sections of the bibliography for use as course 
handouts or reading lists and also provides a form for submission of 
additional items for inclusion in the bibliography. [DS] 
The Scout Report's Web page: 
18. Favorite Anarchist/Libertarian Novels 1.0 - July 1998 (Chuck Munson) 
This list compiled from discussions held on the anarchy-list in July 
In no particular (dis)order: 
* Four Ways to Forgiveness by Ursula Le Guin 
* Always Coming Home by Ursula Le Guin 
* The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You by Dorothy Bryant 
* The City, Not Long After by Pat Murphy 
* Illicit Passage by Alice Nunn 
* A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski 
* Anarchist Farm by Jane Doe 
* Animal Farm by George Orwell 
* The Death Ship by B. Traven 
* Antarctica by Kim Stanley Robinson 
* Voyage from Yesteryear by James P. Hogan 
* The Land Leviathan by Michael Moorcock (included in A Nomad of the Time  
Stream compilation) 
* 1984 by George Orwell 
* The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin 
* He, She and It by Marge Piercy 
* Woman on Edge of Time by Marge Piercy 
* Homage to Catalonia by Orwell 
* Islands in the Net by Bruce Sterling 
* The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson 
* Excession by Iain M. Banks 
* The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks 
* Complicity by Iain M. Banks 
* Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks 
* The State Of The Art by Iain M. Banks 
* Use Of Weapons by Iain M. Banks 
* The Jungle Novels by B. Traven 
* A.D. by Saab Lofton 
* Last Days of Christ the Vampire by J.G. Eccarius 
* News From Nowhere by William Morris 
* The Journal of Albion Moonlight by Kenneth Patchen 
* Merry Men by Carolyn Chute 
* De Zwarte Hand by Louis Paul BOON  (The Black Hand : anarchist revolt 
in industrial Belgium in the 19th century) (dutch) 
* The Monkeywrench Gang by Edward Abbey 
* The Secret Agent by Joseph CONRAD 
* Caleb Williams by William GODWIN 
* Passionate Journay (a novel told in 165 woodcuts) by Frans MASEREEL  
* End Time (notes on the apocalypse) by G.A. MATIASZ   
* The Sharks by Jens Bjoernboe 
* A Nomad of the Time Streams by Michael MOORCOCK 
* A Dream of John Ball by William MORRIS 
* Pilgrims of Hope by William MORRIS 
* No pasaran by PATSY  (french krimi) 
* Ne comptez pas sur nous by Daniel de ROULET :  (swiss hackerkrimi) 
* Dream World by Kent WINSLOW 
* Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Suess 
FRENCH Department 
Lautréamont (Isidore Ducasse): Les chants de Maoldoror 
Boris Vian (vehemently anti-militaris and a pacifist, and extremely 
as a writer and jazz musician, and author of the song "Le déserteur", a 
french classic chanson) : J'irai cracher sur vos tombes (I'll spit on 
Also by Boris Vian : L'Ecume des jours, L'Herbe rouge, L'Arrache-coeur 
Albert Camus (who wrote for many years for the anarchist and left wing 
press in France) : L'Etranger, La Peste, Les Justes 
19. Claudia West's ALA experiences 
I am writing to share the outstanding, unforgettable, experiences I had at 
ALA annual conference in Washington D.C., particularly with those of you who 
have never gone to ALA.  I am a May '98 USF graduate, and I have worked in a 
public library for four years. I was fortunate enough to win an EBSCO-ALA 
sponsorship, which made the conference possible for me financially. Let me 
tell you about it. 
I spent a morning volunteering at a branch of a local public library. I 
attended programs on lobbying, the pre-emergent reader, reader's advisory, 
literacy, networking, the Internet and children, filtering, and more. I 
spent hours viewing the thousands of  exhibits. I attended the 
Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder awards banquet,  where I sat at a table of authors 
and librarians from around the country. We heard firsthand about the 
creativity and hard work that go into the making of an award winning 
children's book, and the emotional high it is to win such an award. These 
awards will never again be merely academic to me.  I met Karen Hesse, this 
year's Newbery award winner, who signed her book for me and chatted about 
her upcoming work. I met Barbara Ford, 1997-1998 president of ALA. I 
attended the all-conference reception at the impressive Library of Congress, 
lingering long to drink in both the magnificent contents and appointments 
within, and  the view of the Capitol dome and the Washington monument 
But, beyond this is the more lasting, but intangible part of the experience. 
I met so many other librarians, and persons involved in library-related 
work.  I had a mentor who gave me advice about how to get the most out of 
the conference.  I met a librarian  on leave from her job in China.  I met 
librarians from all kinds of libraries, from a wide variety of states - all 
enthusiastic, all involved.  I spoke with  people from the publishing world, 
with the head of a state library association, with library directors, with 
students, with public, academic librarians and media specialists. Although 
many of them I met only briefly, each of them made an impression on me, and 
helped me learn, on a personal, not just intellectual or academic level, 
what the profession of librarianship is. 
We all live with our personal and  financial constraints, but I urge each of 
you to make it a priority to attend an ALA conference - at least once.  
Claudia West 
20. The recently passed Canadian Library Association resolution on MAI 
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 13:47:04 -0400 (EDT) 
From: dq668[at] (Tammy Hesson) 
To: akagan[at] 
Subject: resolution 3 
Reply-To: dq668[at] 
Resolution 3 as requested. 
Resolution 3 
WHEREAS the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) provides for an 
extension of National Treatment which results in foreign corporations being 
given every right, concession or privilege that a government may provide local 
companies or communities; 
AND WHEREAS the MAI in the Performance Requirements sets out a lengthy 
list of government measures that cannot be imposed on foreign corporations such  
as: establishing a percentage of local content or requirements to purchase  
goods locally, require a given level of value of production, investment,  
employment, research and development; and local hiring requirements; 
AND WHEREAS under the MAI foreign investors have a unqualified right to sue 
governments under secretive rules of international arbitration; 
AND WHEREAS the MAI under the Investor Protection section provides that 
governments shall not expropriate or nationalize directly or indirectly an 
investment or take any measure or measures having equivalent effect; 
AND WHEREAS the MAI could threaten existing public services such as libraries, 
public education, and public health through foreign companies demanding "equal 
treatment" and, therefore, subsidies similar to those allocated to the public 
AND WHEREAS the current status of the MAI negotiations is unclear but the 
possibility of moving the principles of MAI onto the agenda of other 
international bodies such as the World Trade Organization or the International 
Monetary Fund exists; 
RESOLVED that CLA oppose the MAI and request that the Government of Canada 
cease its support for such an agreement and withdraw from any further 
negotiations immediately; 
FURTHER RESOLVED that CLA request the Government of Canada to consult widely 
and in-depth with the people of Canada before undertaking any further 
action on the MAI or other international trading treaties of similar magnitude; 
FURTHER RESOLVED that CLA encourage its individual and institutional 
members to create displays and programs which will educate the public on the 
importance of treaties such as the MAI and encourage dialogue leading to  
clarification and understanding; 
FURTHER RESOLVED that CLA communicate these decisions to the Prime Minister, 
Leaders of the Opposition, the Minister of Industry Canada and the media. 
MOVED:		Brian Campbell 
SECONDED:	Martin Dowding 
Tammy Hesson - Member Services Associate  Telephone: (613)232-9625 x301 
Canadian Library Association		  FAX:	     (613)563-9895 
200 Elgin Street, Suite 602		  Internet:  dq668[at] 
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1L5 CANADA	          WWW: 
21. Women's reading circle in Cape Town, South Africa 
Date: Sat, 01 Aug 1998 12:46:58 +0200 
From: MARY Hames <mary[at]> 
To: akagan[at] 
Subject: Women's Reading Club 
Mime-Version: 1.0 
Hi Al 
A group of women have formed a reading circle - the first we 
believe for 'previously disadvantaged' women in the Western 
Cape. The name of the Club is the Krotoa Reading Club - in 
honour of the first Khoi woman who was translator and 
barterer between the Khoi and the Dutch- she was the first 
for a lot of things - good/bad it depends on the way you 
interpret history. Our slogan is "When the women read the 
nation learns" and while we are still refining our mission 
statement - our draft one includes the following: 
- to encourage women to read and to form their own book/reading clubs 
- To encourage and promote reading in general 
- To make reading a sharing, empowering and communal activity 
- To support black South African women writers in particular and African 
writers in general 
- To uplift women from previously disadvantaged communities through the  
promotion of reading and to encourge them to read and write in their own  
- To read South African and African literature previously not available 
- To influence publishers and government through lobbying and public statements 
- To encourage people to record their experiences and publish them 
I have hoped that you could post this information to 
possible interest groups in the States. 
Thanks a lot 
22. Reference tool:  FBI files of notable Americans 
"Secret" FBI Files web site 
Thousands and Thousands of FBI Files of living and dead famous Americans 
Free Access to anyone 
Simply click on: 
contact the website manager if you have any questions (but look at the 
site before you ask, please) 

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