Library Juice Number 1:38 - October 21, 1998

1. New Nobels 
2. Websites useful at election time 
3. News stories appearing in the October 19 American Libraries Online 
4. "News from the Public Library Association" - electronic newsletter 
5. Current Awareness Resources using Internet Audio and Video 
6. Alternative Press Review web site (new and improved) 
7. "The Library Dragon" by Carmen Agra Deedy 
8. JAMA Women's Health Information Center 
9. Address Directory of the World's Politicians 
10. AgDB, the National Agriculture Library directory of databases 
11. John Berry editorial on the BSA situation, letter from Al Kagan 
12. BUTTONS!!  Show your support for the Alternative Press!! 
13. A useful list of currently available Chicano/Latino videos 
14. Link to NY Times article on internet filtering in Austin, TX 
15. Link to article on internet limits at Denver Public Library 
16. ALA Action Alert - Istook (filtering) Amendment is still not dead 
17. ALA Awards - descriptions and instructions for applying 
18. Diversity-based MLIS Fellowships at University of Oklahoma 
19. Upcoming nationwide paper bag over the head demonstration 
20. FAIR Action Alert: CIA Admissions, Media Omissions 
Quote for the week: 
"Of all the professions, librarianship is probably the most derivative and 
synthetic, is the most dependent upon the more formal disciplines for its 
own theoretical structure and its corpus of practice.  In the past 
librarians have been disposed to view this characteristic as a fundamental 
weakness, and it has therefore generated a considerable feeling of 
professional inferiority.  Yet this very quality has given librarianship a 
uniquely strategic position of leadership in the integration of human 
knowledge, and it could make of librarianship a great unifying force, not 
only in the world of scholarship, but also throughout all human life." 
-Jesse Shera, _The Foundations for Education in Librarianship_, pp. 202-3 
1. New Nobels 
1998 Nobel Peace Prize 
1998 Nobel Prizes 
Over the past week, the Nobel Foundation has announced the winners of its 
1998 prizes, beginning with the Prize for Literature on October 8 and 
culminating with the Peace Prize this morning. This year's Peace Prize was 
awarded to John Hume and David Trimble "for their efforts to find a 
peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland." A list of the 
winners and summaries of their accomplishments in the fields of Physics, 
Chemistry, Medicine (described in the Scout Report for Science and 
Engineering for October 14, 
Economics, and Literature are available from the main site. [MD] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998. 
2. Websites useful at election time 
from Fred Stoss 
As we get closer to election time, these sites might be of use for you and 
your library users. 
Fred Stoss 
From: EarthNet News  --  September 17, 1998 
1) A state by state listing of candidate's web page 
2) The League of Women Voters site provides various GOTV strategies 
and legal information. 
3) Federal Voting Assistance Project Absentee voting information 
3. News stories appearing in the October 19  American Libraries Online 
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 16:18:27 -0500 
From: Gordon Flagg <gflagg[at]> 
News stories appearing in the October 19  American Libraries 
Online <> 
*  Congress, White House Agree on Internet Child-Protection Measures 
*  Digital Copyright Bill Passed by Congress 
*  Copyright Term Extension Act Awaits President's Signature 
*  Arkansas Supreme Court Removes Property Tax Repeal from Ballot 
*  Over Director's Objections, Trustees Approve Children's-Area Filters 
*  Strike Hits Libraries in Glasgow, Scotland 
*  Medina County Library Foes Stymied Again 
*  Brazil's National Library Faces Funding Cut 
*  Three More State Library Groups Take Anti-Filtering Stands 
*  Career Shift: Autograph Hound to Book Vandal 
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. 
4. "News from the Public Library Association" - electronic newsletter 
(Distributed to ALA lists) 
News from the Public Library Association 
(PLA), a division of the American Library 
Association, will be regularly available through a 
new electronic newsletter.  The newsletter will 
provide member subscribers with up-to-date 
information on conferences and PLA events. 
To subscribe, send a request to 
listproc[at]  Leave the subject line blank.  As 
the only line of text in the body of the message, 
enter the following: 
subscribe [planews] [yourfirstname] 
[yourlastname] [yourALAnumber] 
Do not include the brackets in your message. 
Approval for subscription may take a few days. 
Contact PLA at 800-545-2433, ext. 5PLA, for more 
5. Current Awareness Resources using Internet Audio and Video 
greetings from D.C. 
just a quick heads up to a new web compilation in the 
tradition of the List of Lists, Direct Search, and Speech and 
Transcript Center. 
Current Awareness Resources using Internet Audio and Video 
links (1 to 2 clicks) to numerous U.S. and internatonal broadcasters that 
"webcast" news and other public affairs programming are included. 
additionally, many other events and groups that produce material on the 
www (Freedom Forum, Dept. of State, National Press Club, etc.) 
I think you will be amazed at what is easily accessible and how the www 
can be another useful resource for monitoring world and local events. 
of course additions are welcomed and encouraged. 
Gary D. Price, MLIS 
George Washington University 
Virginia Campus Library 
Gelman Library 
Ashburn, VA and Washington, D.C. 
703-729-8237 (fax) 
6. Alternative Press Review web site (new and improved) 
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 10:51:15 -0700 
From: Chuck0 <chuck[at]> 
Hey, it's still under construction, but enuf is there to announce the new 
Alternative Press Review web site: 
In coming months we hope to put online articles and selections from back 
Our next issue, the Fall/Winter one, will be out in early December. After 
this issue, production will be handled by the Arlington Alternative Library 
(A.A.L.) based in Arlington, VA. 
Circulation Coordinator, Alternative Press Review 
7. "The Library Dragon" by Carmen Agra Deedy 
"The Library Dragon" by Carmen Agra Deedy, with quirky illustrations by 
Michael P. White, is very charming, a real find.  The school librarian, 
Lotta Scales, is a real live dragon who softens up (or cools off) after 
a while.  It's obviously written by someone who knows and loves 
librarians, with little references like "...her library lair in perfect 
order - no 398.2s in the 500s". 
ISBN 1-56145-01-X 
Peachtree Publishers, Ltd. 
Merry Luskin, Oakland CA 
Reference librarian and handspinner 
8. JAMA Women's Health Information Center 
The Women's Health Information Center, offered by editors of _JAMA: the 
Journal of the American Medical Association_ (AMA), provides the latest 
research and clinical information on women's health issues for physicians 
and other health professionals. A Newsline section features current stories 
from Reuters Health Information and special reports from Morbidity, 
Mortality and Weekly Reports (MMWR) which may be read in HTML or downloaded 
as .pdf files. The Library section features full text of selected articles 
on women's health issues and abstracts of articles recently published in 
medical journals. For the latest information on sexually transmitted 
diseases or contraceptive issues, visit the STD Information Center or the 
Contraception Information Center, each of which features the latest news, 
patient education materials, clinical guidelines for treatment, recommended 
Internet resources, and abstracts and full-text reports on the latest 
research. [GW] 
9. "Address Directory of the World's Politicians" (website) 
October 17, 1998 
To dehmlow[at] 
Dear Raimund Dehmlow, 
After reading about the purpose of your organization, 
Progressive Librarians Around the World, I thought you 
or a friend there in Hannover Germany might find this 
site useful. 
"Address Directory of the Worlds' Politicians" at: 
Contact info for presidents, prime ministers, & provincial 
governors for all 194 countries. Phone, fax, and e-mail 
for these office holders being included where possible. 
You'll find this webpage to be an excellent resource for any 
international letter writing, lobbying/advocacy campaign. 
Best regards, 
Donald Vermithrax 
Ottawa, Canada 
Address Directory - Politicians of the World 
Editor's note: see Raimund's "Progressive Librarians Around the World" at: 
10. AgDB, the National Agriculture Library directory of databases 
Volume 2, Number 24, October 13, 1995 
The National Agricultural Library's Directory of Agriculture-Related 
Databases, Datasets, and Information Systems, otherwise known as AgDB, was 
a prototype project when we first reviewed it. In the intervening years, it 
has graduated from the prototype stage and now offers links to more than 
1,000 information resources. Users can browse all of the AgDB metadata 
records through an alphabetical list arranged by resource name and search 
their full text with a keyword index and by AGRICOLA (described in the 
Scout Report for July 24, 
1998-- ) 
Subject Category Code. New metadata record additions can be traced via the 
What's New page. [MD] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998. 
11. John Berry editorial on the BSA situation, letter from Al Kagan 
Sent by Al Kagan to srrtac-l, the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table's 
email discussion list.  You can read the John Berry editorial he speaks of 
I have just e-mailed this letter to the editor of LJ.  Folks should have a 
look at John Berry's terrific editorial. 
("LJ" stands for Library Journal! -ed.) 
BSA Editorial 
Congratulations to John Berry for again taking on discrimination in his 
October 15th editorial on "Boy Scout Values."  As a child, I remember my 
initial enthusiasm in becoming a Cub Scout, but I quickly lost interest.  I 
have vague memories of being the outsider, the only Jewish child in the 
group.  The Scouts are seen to be as American as apple pie, so it is a rude 
shock to learn that our unexamined beliefs may be faulty.  I wonder if the 
Boy Scout defenders will also reject Amnesty International's new report on 
human rights abuses in the American justice system?  I am proud of my 
profession's values, but I am often frustrated and even angry about ALA's 
hypocrisy in disregarding our principles.  The ALA Executive Board's letter 
to SRRT can be seen as harassment.  I have known the elected SRRT officers 
for quite a number of years, and they have all been people of great 
integrity.  They have never claimed to speak for all of ALA. This is a 
wake-up call for the ALA leadership to get back to our long-standing values 
and ideals.  The ALA Executive Board owes SRRT an apology, but I won't hold 
my breath. 
Al Kagan 
Chair, SRRT International Responsibilities Task Force 
Al Kagan 
Africana Unit, Room 328 
University of Illinois Library 
1408 W. Gregory Drive 
Urbana, IL 61801, USA 
tel. 217-333-6519 
fax. 217-333-2214 
e-mail. akagan[at] 
12. BUTTONS!!  Show your support for the Alternative Press!! 
(from Charles Willett) 
To everyone supporting the alternative press: 
A group of us in the Alternatives in Print Task Force of ALA's Social 
Responsibilities Round Table have put our heads together and come up with 
eight slogans for buttons.  ALA President Ann Symons has chosen intellectual 
freedom as the focus for her term, and a presidential working group is 
seeking endorsements for a statement about it.  These buttons can be an 
effective way to call librarians' attention to the importance of the 
alternative press -- so consistently ignored by government and corporate 
media and by schools, colleges, libraries, and bookstores in the US and abroad. 
ORDER INSTRUCTIONS:  The buttons are 2 1/4" in diameter.  The text is on 
paper covered by clear plastic and mounted on a metal button with a safety 
pin attached.  The buttons are $1.00 each, plus $3.00 per order to cover 
shipping.  When you order, please give your name, address, the number and 
slogan of each button you want, and the quantity of each.   Make checks 
payable to Alternatives in Print Task Force. 
Here are the 16 selections.  No. 1 has top-half red, bottom-half blue; 
letters are white; the word "IS" is large across the color line -- half in 
the red, half in the blue.  No. 4 has Intellectual! and Freedom! in red, 
Alternative Press! in blue; the other words are in black, all on a white 
background.  Intellectual! and Freedom! are in large Gothic script. 
Alternative Press is in italics.  All the other buttons are just black on 
white. Some have special designs, as noted. 
1.  The Alternative Press       2.    YES! 
             IS                    ALTERNATIVE 
    Intellectual Freedom             PRESS! 
       ALA/SRRT/AIP                 ALA/SRRT 
    (Colors and style 
     described above)         (YES! very large, heavy; 
                                Alternative Press in 
                                lightning bolts.) 
3.  Alternatives in Print       4.     Be 
    Task Force,  ALA/SRRT         Intellectual! 
                                Defend  Freedom! 
        INTELLECTUAL                Read the 
          FREEDOM               Alternative Press! 
            NOW!                  AIP TASK FORCE 
  (slogan letters are        (Intellectual! and Freedom! 
   large, shaped like         are in large Gothic script. 
   strange animals)           Colors described above.) 
5.    GOAL  2000:               6.      NO 
    LOCAL Selection!                  MANAGED 
   LOCAL Cataloging!                INTELLECTUAL 
   For LOCAL Access!                   CARE! 
      ALA/SRRT/                       ALA/SRRT 
         AIP                            AIP 
(modern, informal type)         (Initial letters large; 
                                bold, conservative type.) 
7.   Intellectual               8.     DON'T 
       Freedom                       SUPPRESS 
       without                          THE 
  Alternative Ideas                 ALTERNATIVE 
      Is a Sham                        PRESS 
    ALA/SRRT/AIP                   ALA/SRRT/AIP 
(modern, sans serif)            (like a hand-made poster) 
9.  Same text as 1.             10.  Same text as 2. 
  (Man striding with a          (Large picture of man 
   large banner bearing         in a peaked cap running 
   the word "IS")               fast and carrying a flag: 
                                "Alternative Press!") 
11.  Same text as 3.            12. Old-fashioned picture 
   Old-fashioned picture        of a man (full length) 
   of a woman (head and         pulling a cart with 
   shoulders) holding and       a big square load. 
   looking at a sign:           Above:  Read the 
   "Intellectual                On the load: 
   Freedom NOW!"                Alternative Press! 
                                Below: AIP Task Force 
13.  Same text as 5.            14.  Same text as 6. 
   Old-fashioned picture        Giant book, fallen, 
   of a woman, almost full      partly open, spine up 
   length, graceful, her        like a tent.  Person's 
   back to us, looking at       head looks out from 
   a big easel bearing          inside the book, worried. 
   the text.                    Text on side of book. 
15.  Same text as 7.            16.  Same text as 8. 
  Full-length picture of        Two bare arms and hands 
  bearded, bespectacled         with fingers pointing 
  man (professor type --        hold a tall rectangular 
  looks radical, serious)       sign that entirely 
  holding a big sign in         conceals her? his? face 
  front with text.              and body. 
Charles Willett 
Co-coordinator, Alternatives in Print Task Force (AIP), ALA/SRRT 
editor, Counterpoise 
1716 SW Williston Road 
Gainesville, FL 32608-4049 USA 
tel.  352 / 335-2200 
e-mail:  willett[at] 
13. A useful list of currently available Chicano/Latino videos. 
   Susana Hinojosa 
Voices from the Fields, Images of Mexican Los Angles, The Art of 
Resistance and the Party Line are new releases in the Cinema Guild's 
collection of Latino Studies videos. Chicano Park, The Lemon Grove 
Incident and Birthwrite: Growing up Hispanic are among the best selling 
        Latino Hollywood 
        Director-Antonio Rios-Bustamante 
        1995-96, color 49 mins. VHS video 
        Purchase $250  Rental $70 
        The Art of Resistance 
        Director-Susana Ortiz 
        1994, color, 26 mins. VHs video 
        Purchase $250, Rental $55 
        The Party Line 
        Director-Mario Barrera 
        1996 color, 26 mins. VHS video 
        PUrchase $59.95 
        Birthwrite: Growing Up HIspanic 
        Director-Luis R. Torres 
        Producer-Jesus Trevino 
        1989, color 57 mins. video 
        Purchase $295, Rental $90 
        Revelaciones/Revelations: Hispanic Art of Evanescence 
        Director- Edin Velez 
        1995, color, 28 mins., video 
        Purchase $250, Rental $50 
        Images of Mexican Los Angeles 
        Director-Antonio Rios-Bustamante 
        1992, color, 28 mins., VHS video 
        English and Spanish versions available 
        Purchase $59.95 
        Ballad of an Unsung Hero 
        Director-Isaac Artenstein 
        1983, color, 28 mins. 
        VHS video 
        PUrchase $250, Rental $55 
        Director-Pablo Figueroa 
        1988, color, 50 mins., video 
        Purchase $250, Rental $80 
        The Cinema Guild, Inc. 
        1697 Broadway, Suite 506 
        New York, New York, 10019-5904 
        Phone 212-246-5522 
        FAX 212-246-5525 
        email TheCinemaG[at] 
        website Http:// 
14. Link to NY Times article on internet filtering in Austin, TX 
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 08:40:26 -0400 
To: librarians[at] 
From: Jen Weintraub <jsw15[at]> 
Subject: filtering, again 
Sender: owner-librarians[at] 
Precedence: bulk 
	If you sign up for the NY Times you can see this article (also in 
the print edition, of course) 
Its about filtering in Austin Texas. 
15. Link to article on internet limits at Denver Public Library 
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 13:23:09 -0500 (CDT) 
From: Chris Dodge <cdodge[at]> 
To: Kim Edson <kedson[at]> 
        SRRT Action Council list <srrtac-l[at]> 
        "[at]Librarians" <librarians[at]> 
Subject: Denver Pub. Lib. & limit on internet use (fwd) 
MIME-Version: 1.0 
Sender: owner-librarians[at] 
Precedence: bulk 
fyi, courtesy of Larry-bob 
16. ALA Action Alert - Istook (filtering) Amendment is still not dead 
>>> ALA Public Information Office, Linda Wallace (Linda Wallace) 
10/13/98 06:55pm >>> 
Library Advocacy Alert 
From: 	ALA Washington Office 
Date:	October 13, 1998 
Please share this alert with others who support libraries and 
public access to information 
The Istook Amendment, once dropped, is on again in final ombnibus 
congressional negotiations.  Call your Senators and Representatives 
NOW at the Congressional switchboard: 202-224-3121. Timing is urgent. 
Negotiators are already behind schedule and could finish within the next 
24 to 48 hours.  Thank you for your help. 
MESSAGE: Request Representative and Senators to contact the omnibus 
bill negotiators to urge that the Istook amendment imposing filtering 
requirements on libraries and schools be dropped. Use the reasons that 
mean most in your library situation or that you feel would be persuasive 
BACKGROUND: The Istook amendment would require public schools and 
libraries computers to install software to protect children from obscenity 
as a condition of receiving federal funds, including e-rate discounts, from 
any federal agency for the acquisition or operation. An earlier decision by 
House-Senate Labor-HHS-Education appropriators would have dropped 
the amendment, but it is clearly "live" again as of today (October 13) and 
may be added to the final omnibus funding bill now being negotiated by 
House and Senate leaders. 
If approved, this amendment would impose a heavy administrative and 
cost burden on libraries and schools.  A library receiving federal funds 
(1)  install software "adequately designed to prevent minors from 
obtaining access to any obscene information using  that computer," and 
(2)  "ensure that the software is operational whenever that  computer is 
used by minors, except that such software's operation may be 
temporarily interrupted to permit a minor to have access to information 
that is not obscene or otherwise unprotected by the Constitution under 
 direct supervision of an adult designated by such 
school or library." 
Determination as to whether such software is "adequately designed" for 
this purpose would be made by a state official designated by the chief 
executive officer of the state (adding potentially difficult roles for state 
library and education agencies). 
Lynne Bradley 
ALA Washington Office 
1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, #403                 Washington, DC 
202.628.8410 (V) 
202.628.8419 (F) 
800.941.8478 (V) 
17. ALA Awards - descriptions and instructions for applying 
Deadline for ALA awards is coming up Dec. 1 
	Applications and nominations are being 
accepted for the 1999 American Library 
Association (ALA) recognition awards.  The 
deadline for nominations is December 1, 1998. 
	The awards are: 
	ALA/Information Today, Inc., Library of the Future 
Award, a citation and $1,500 donated by 
Information Today, Inc., honors a library, library 
consortium, group of librarians or support 
organization for innovative planning or for the 
development of patron training programs for 
information technology in a library. 
	Beta Phi Mu, a citation and $500 donated by 
the Beta Phi Mu International Library Science 
Honorary Society, is presented to a library school 
faculty member or an individual for distinguished 
service in library education. 
	bill boyd Literary Novel Award, a citation and 
$10,000 donated by William Young Boyd, is given 
to an author for a military novel that honors the 
service of American veterans during a time of war: 
1861-1865, 1914-1918, 1939-1945. 
	Melvil Dewey Medal, a medal and citation 
donated by OCLC/Forest Press, Inc., is given to an 
individual or group for recent creative professional 
achievement in library management, training, 
cataloging and classification, and the tools and 
techniques of librarianship. 
	ALA Equality Award, a citation and $500 
donated by University Press of America, is given to 
an individual or group for an outstanding 
contribution that promotes equality in the library 
	Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award, a 
citation and $1,000, recognizes and honors a 
librarian who invests time and talent to make 
positive changes in librarianship. 
	Gale Research Company Financial Development 
Award, a citation and $2,500 donated by the Gale 
Research Company, is given to a library 
organization that exhibited meritorious 
achievement in carrying out a library financial 
development project to secure new funding 
resources for a public or academic library. 
	Grolier Foundation Award, a citation and 
$1,000 donated by Grolier, is given to a librarian 
whose "unusual contribution" to the stimulation and 
guidance of reading by children and young people 
exemplifies outstanding achievement in the 
	Highsmith Library Literature Award, a citation 
and $500 donated by Highsmith, Inc., is given to 
one author and/or co-author who has made an 
outstanding contribution to library literature 
published during the three years preceding the 
	Joseph W. Lippincott Award, a citation and 
$1,000 donated by Joseph W. Lippincott, Jr., is 
given to a librarian for distinguished service to the 
	Herbert and Virginia White Award for Promoting 
Librarianship, a citation and $1,000 donated by 
Herbert and Virginia White, is given to an individual 
for contributing significantly to the public 
recognition and appreciation of librarianship 
through professional performance, teaching and/or 
	H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant, a 
citation and $3,500 donated by The H.W. Wilson 
Company, is given to a library organization for a 
program to further its staff development goals and 
	The World Book - ALA Goal Grant is a single 
grant of up to $10,000 given to ALA units for the 
advancement of public, academic or school library 
service and librarianship through support of 
programs that implement the goals and priorities of 
ALA.  The deadline to apply is March 1, 1999. 
Criteria, nomination forms and submission 
instructions for awards are available on the ALA 
Web site at 
or by contacting the ALA Awards Office, 50 E. Huron St., 
Chicago, IL  60611.  Telephone: 800-545-2433, 
ext. 3247, or 312-280-3247.  Fax: 312-944-6131. 
E-mail: awards[at] 
18. Diversity-based MLIS Fellowships at University of Oklahoma 
The School of Library and Information Studies of the University of 
Oklahoma announces the availability of six National Leadership Grant 
fellowships for spring 1999. These fellowships will be awarded as part 
of the Library and Information Science Education Project to Enhance 
Cultural Diversity, which has as an overall goal increasing 
participation in the field of librarianship and information science by 
underrepresented groups, especially persons of color.  The fellowships 
will enable qualified individuals to complete an ALA-accredited Master 
of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree with emphasis on 
information literacy and new techniques of information acquisition, 
transfer, and communication technology.  The National Leadership Grant 
fellowships are supported by the Institute of Museum and Library 
Services, a Federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership and a 
lifetime of learning. 
Currently enrolled and prospective MLIS students are invited to apply 
for the fellowships. 
The fellowships cover tuition, fees, books, and a stipend. The exact 
amount of each fellowship will depend upon demonstrated need.  Fellows 
will pursue a 36-credit MLIS program, which will include course work 
in library and information studies; a specialized mentoring program; 
and an opportunity for an internship in an exemplary setting 
appropriate to the fellow's career goals.  Fellows will also receive 
partial assistance to attend one national level and one state level 
conference or workshop appropriate to the area of specialization. 
Applicants for these fellowships must meet the admissions requirements 
for the Master of Library and Information Studies degree.  Those 
applying should submit the following by December 1, 1998: 
--  the standard MLIS application forms and supporting materials 
--  a three-page application essay reflecting interest in and 
     qualifications for a fellowship 
--  a completed U.S. Department of Education Application for Federal 
     Student Aid form. 
An interview will be required. 
Criteria for selection will include 
-- potential for academic success as demonstrated by educational 
    background, paraprofessional employment, and materials submitted for 
    admission to the program 
-- leadership potential as evidenced in the 
    essay, supporting letters, and previous activities 
-- commitment to providing information services to all members of our 
Absolute priority will be given to qualified applicants from 
underrepresented groups, especially persons of color. Applicants will 
be notified of selection results by December 15, 1998. 
For further information about the fellowships, please contact 
  Dr. Michael Havener (mhavener[at]; 405-325-3921) 
  Dr. Kathleen Haynes (khaynes[at]; 405-325-3921) 
  Dr. Kathy Latrobe (klatrobe[at]; 405-325-3921) 
  Dr. June Lester (jlester[at]; 405-325-3921). 
Applications forms and information about the School may be found at 
the School's web site at or may be 
requested by calling 1-800-522-0772, ext. 3921 or 405-325-3921 or by 
e-mail to  slisinfo[at]  The postal mailing address is 
School of Library and Information Studies 
University of Oklahoma 
401 W. Brooks, Room 120 
Norman, Oklahoma 73019 
19. Upcoming nationwide paper bag over the head demonstration 
Whatever you may think of the book superstores, you ought to be aware of an 
upcoming  event this Nov. 23. I doubt it will leak into public libraries, 
unless your patrons aren't happy the way they are treated. 
Steve Cisler 
4415 Tilbury Drive, San Jose, CA 95130 
(408) 379 9076 
> The following is from 
> "An Open Letter from the President of the Friends United in 
> Creative Knowledge of the Faceless Attitudes of Corporate 
> Entities." 
> ********************************************* 
> "As we all know, in February of this year, a man walked into a Barnes 
> and Noble Superstore in Austin, Texas, wearing a paper bag with holes cut 
> for his eyes.  He approached the front counter and politely asked the 
> clerk for assistance in finding a particular book.  The clerk immediately 
> called for a manager to the front.  An assistant manager appeared and asked 
> the man why he was wearing a paper bag on his head.  In the now infamous 
> reply, the man said: 'I am tired of the corporate attitude which a 
> views me merely as a faceless consumer.  And I am wearing this paper bag as 
> symbol of my protest against this sort of mind-set.' The assistant 
> manager then told him to either remove the bag or leave the store. Not 
> willing to give in any further to the disease, the man elected to leave the 
> store. 
> This event was subsequently reported over the FringeWare News Network 
> and Midnight SPecial Bookstore's Disgusted with Superstores Opinion List. 
>  And here in Dunwitch, a group of us decided that we had also had enough of 
> similar corporate attitudes.  It was high time to take action. 
> Following the non-violent example of the man in Austin, we began to wear 
> paper bags into various Superstores around the area.  We met with 
> remarkably consistent results: all of us were asked to either remove 
> our bags or leave the store. This was to be expected.  But it only further 
> stimulated our outrage. 
> Thus we have decided to hold a nationwide mass protest action at 12:00 
> noon on the 23d of November of this year.  What we have planned is for 
> thousands of paper bag wearing individuals to peacefully enter into 
> either Barnes and Noble or Borders Bookstores and browse for approximately 
> 15 minutes. Already, the response to this has been overwhelming. 
> Groups of individuals are being organized all over the world to join us in 
> the November 23d protest. 
> If you are likewise fed up with being treated as a faceless consumer 
> by various corporations, please join us with your paper bag on the 23rd 
> of November. ... ANd if you are interested in further action, contact us 
> at: 
> Friends United in Creative Knowledge of the Faceless Attitudes of 
> Corporate Entities 
> c/o Fringe Ware Bookstore 
> 2716 Guadalupe 
> Austin, TX 78705 
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                         "the future was now"     canada 
20. FAIR Action Alert: CIA Admissions, Media Omissions 
                    Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting 
               Media analysis, critiques and news reports 
FAIR Action Alert: CIA Admissions, Media Omissions 
October 16, 1998 
The recently de-classified second volume of the CIA's internal 
investigation of Contra-drug connections was released last week (still 
censored in parts), and found the CIA had knowledge of allegations 
linking many Contras or Contra associates with drug trafficking. 
But how did the major media cover the story? 
--It's a good question to put to the New York Times, which ran a sketchy 
story in their Saturday, October 10 edition (the least-read paper of the 
week, on a holiday weekend no less) on page A7. 
--It's also worth asking the Washington Post, which published not one 
word of the CIA's findings over the weekend. They did, however, have the 
room on Oct. 13 for a profile of John Hollister Hedley, who works in the 
Agency's Directorate of Intelligence reviewing manuscripts to decide 
"how far the CIA will go in revealing its inner workings to the outside 
--Or maybe the LA Times, which penned this in an editorial ("FBI and 
CIA: Open Up") on July 21, 1998: "Americans have not just the right to 
learn what their government has done in this tumultuous century; they 
also have an imperative to know. It's clear that Clinton's 1995 
declassification order is in need of strengthening." Maybe it was other 
government deeds the LA Times was referring to; they have yet to file a 
story on the CIA's newly de-classified report. 
The CIA's report found that the Contra leadership was arranging its drug 
connections from the very start, and that a CIA informant alerted the 
agency of the activity. The CIA, by its own admission, failed to inform 
the proper agencies of this knowledge. 
These revelations practically define the term "political scandal." The 
national press's own record on this story has been to cover up for the 
CIA (read "Snow Job" from EXTRA! magazine at, as it did by 
attacking former San Jose Mercury News journalist Gary Webb. When 
Mercury News editor Jerry Ceppos disavowed Webb's series, it earned him 
a praising editorial in the New York Times. Where is the New York Times 
editorial now that a CIA report has acknowledged CIA wrongdoing that the 
Times has done so much to obfuscate? 
To ask why national news media ignored or downplayed this latest round 
of CIA admissions, contact the news outlets directly (their e-mail 
addresses are listed below). Ask them to use this new information to 
begin investigations into Contra drug-running-- a story they have, for 
the most part, distanced themselves from for over a decade. 
--Washington Post 
Geneva Overholser-- News Ombudsman 
Walter Pincus-- National staff writer 
--New York Times 
William Connolly-- Senior Editor 
--Los Angeles Times 
Doyle McManus-- D.C. Bureau Chief 
Robert Berger-- Op-Ed Page Editor 
The CIA reports are partial, hedged, tip-of-the-iceberg, at best. To 
read them for yourself: 
--Allegations of Connections Between CIA and The Contras in Cocaine 
Trafficking to the United States (96-0143-IG) 
Volume I: The California Story 
--Allegations Of Connections Between CIA and the Contra In Cocaine 
Trafficking to the United States (96-0143-IG) 
Volume II: The Contra Story 
--The CIA-Contra-Crack Cocaine Controversy: A Review of the Justice 
Department's Investigations and Prosecutions (December, 1997) 
To read FAIR's coverage of the Contra-drug connection over the years, go 
to And stay tuned to 
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