Library Juice 1:39 - October 28, 1998

1. Information Industry Survival Guide 
2. New articles on library job placement and salaries 
3. News stories appearing in the October 26  American Libraries Online 
4. Subscribe to the Librarians' Index (weekly email) 
5. The Body: An AIDS and HIV Information Resource [RealPlayer] 
6. IFLA/FAIFE - Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression 
7. RESOURCE: Safe Surfing Sites, Tuesday, October 27, 1998 
8. PORTFOLIO: Princeton Library Rare Books and Special Collections 
9. The Ethics Connection [Java]  (Santa Clara University) 
10. Stoop Sale books - Used and out-of-print radical books 
11. Staff strike as new French library opens 
12. ALA/NMRT Grants 
14. ARLIS Muehsam Award for excellence in a graduate paper or project 
15. Confessions of a public library defender 
16. Bomb threats and how to deal with them 
17. Virtual Autopsy [Frames] 
Quote for the week: 
"Since the very usage of language in our culture is defined and expressed via  
centralized sources of distribution such as television and radio, or as in  
this case - by LC subject headings, it becomes increasingly difficlut to even  
frame the nature of the debate when the very words which define these  
inter-relationships and avenues of power have been expunged from the public  
vocabulary by the purveyors of our common culture, e.g. big business and media  
conglomerates and by extension, by their lackies, state and federal  
government, of which LC is clearly a part." 
- Peter McDonald, "Corporate inroads & librarianship: the fight for the soul of  
the new millenium,"  _Progressive Librarian_ number 13/14, Spring/Summer, 1997.  
p. 32-44. 
1. Information Industry Survival Guide 
(sent to the SJSU SLIS discussion list) 
Take a break from your research and writing and check this out. 
Mary Ellen Mort has given us an excellent Information 
Industry  Survival Guide.  
Looking for a job? Looking for good resources?   Point your browser to   Thanks, Mary Ellen! 
By the way, I found the link to this on the SCOUG (Southern California 
Online Users Group) site 
Have fun! 
Marge Marston 
2. New articles on library job placement and salaries 
(also sent to the SJSU SLIS discussion list) 
Dear MLIS students: 
Two articles which appear in recent library journals should be of 
particular interest: 
Gregory, V.L. & K. de la Pena McCook.  (1998, October 15).  Breaking the 
$30K barrier.  _Library Journal, 123_ (17), 32-38. 
        Lists job placements and salaries of 1997 LIS graduates by school. 
Looking ahead: 20 in their 20s.  (1998, October).  _American Libraries, 29_ 
(9), 38-45. 
        Recent LIS grads, who have gotten jobs, talk about the future of 
the profession. 
Cindy Mediavilla 
3. News stories appearing in the October 26  American Libraries Online 
Subject: October 26 American Libraries Online 
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News stories appearing in the October 26  American Libraries Online 
*  Judge Voids Jersey City Privatization Contract 
*  Discord over Discards Resurfaces in Philadelphia 
*  Coalition Challenges Internet Child-Protection Law 
*  Tin Drum Beats Obscenity Charge 
*  Court Dismisses Livermore Suit over Internet Smut 
*  Library Filters Become Issue in Illinois Secretary of State Race 
*  Protestors Rally to Stop Plan for Shared San Jose Library 
*  Trustees to Rule on Book Complaints in Fremont Schools 
*  Lowell to Head UC/Berkeley 
*  Los Angeles PL Extends Hours 
*  Infoseek Founder Funds Internet Upgrade for Santa Clara County 
*  Official Seeks End to Gwinnett Board Decision 
*  Victoria PL Apologizes to Fired Librarian 44 Years Later 
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. 
Lois Ann Gregory-Wood 
Council Secretariat 
American Library Association 
4. Subscribe to the Librarians' Index (weekly email) 
To: publib <publib[at]> 
Subject: FYI - Subscribe to the Librarians' Index 
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.91.981020210837.19967H-100000[at]sunsite.Berkeley.EDU> 
Subject: FYI - Subscribe to the Librarians' Index 
You can now subscribe to the list of new and useful Internet resources 
added to the Librarians' Index to the Internet (LII) each week. This is not 
a discussion list. The only mail you will get is the weekly list of the 
best Interest resources added to the LII. 
To subscribe: Send the message: subscribe liiweek yourFirstname youLastname 
to: listproc[at] 
For more information visit 
Carole Leita, cleita[at] 
Coordinator, Librarians' Index to the Internet 
5. The Body: An AIDS and HIV Information Resource [RealPlayer] 
Body Health Resources Corporation (BHRC) is responsible for this site, a 
wide-ranging collection of resources related to AIDS and HIV. The Body acts 
as a clearinghouse for experts and organizations to exchange information 
with each other and make it available to the public. The sources of 
information are varied, from the Center for Disease Control to _POZ_ 
magazine to individual people with AIDS, and the site is consequently 
comprehensive, even contradictory at times. Articles on treatment, quality 
of life, and governmental issues are complemented by action alerts, 
conference announcements, and electronic forums, to name just some of the 
resources available here. In short, The Body has something to offer anyone 
interested in or living with AIDS or HIV. [TK] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998. 
6. IFLA/FAIFE - Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression 
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 1998 10:09:17 -0600 
From: "Don Wood" <dwood[at]> 
To: member-forum[at] 
Reply-To: member-forum[at] 
Sender: owner-member-forum[at] 
Jan Ristarp, FAIFE director, and Carsten Frederiksen, FAIFE deputy 
director, are visiting the Office for Intellectual Freedom this week.  
The FAIFE site can be found at 
FAIFE, Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression, is an 
"initiative within IFLA (International Federation of Library 
Association and Institutions) to defend and promote the basic human 
rights defined in Article 19 of the United Nations Universal 
Declaration of Human Rights."' 
"The FAIFE Committee and Office furthers free access to information 
ansd freedom of expression in all aspects, directly or inderectly, 
related to libraries and librarianship. FAIFE monitors the state of 
intellectual freedom within the library community worldwide, supports 
IFLA policy development and cooperation with other international human 
rights organisations, and responds to violations of free access to 
information and freedom of expression." 
7. RESOURCE: Safe Surfing Sites, Tuesday, October 27, 1998 
Hi NetInLib Listmembers, 
Please take a look at  
my 83rd Page at Needle in a CyberStack on "Safe Surfing Sites". This should  
help meet the needs of parents, administrators, teachers, and librarians for  
excellent, trustworthy, fun and informative sites for children on the  
Suggestions for other excellent sites which should be included are 
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... 
To unsubscribe from NetInLib-Announce,  
8. PORTFOLIO: Princeton University Library, Department of Rare Books and 
Special Collections 
As anyone who has ever looked for images to illustrate a publication knows, 
many of the best pictures are in smaller collections at historical 
societies, museums, and university libraries. Often, despite the richness 
of their collections, these institutions have limited numbers of staff to 
provide reference and access. To address this dilemma, Princeton 
University's Special Collections Department presents the Portfolio Website, 
which offers digital versions of the 452 images most frequently requested 
for reproduction in recent years. The images are arranged in several series 
for ease of browsing. Users can view thumbnails with accompanying 
identification and then enlarge images. Also included are fax- or mail-back 
forms for ordering reproductions, fee schedules, and publication permission 
information. [DS] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998. 
9. The Ethics Connection [Java]  (Santa Clara University) 
Created and maintained by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa 
Clara University, the Ethics Connection demonstrates the power of the Web 
as an interactive information and communication medium. This site combines 
excellent content, form, and function to provide teachers, researchers, 
community leaders, and the public "with strategies to heighten ethical 
awareness and improve ethical decision making." The rich information 
resources at the Ethics Connection include an interactive forum for the 
discussion of ethical issues; an extensive collection of the latest news 
and publications on ethics, featuring the Markkula Center's own quarterly, 
_Issues in Ethics_; a collection of several case studies on ethics, which 
include message boards for visitors' comments; a Practicing Ethics section, 
offering numerous resources for day-to-day ethical decision making; and a 
compilation of 900 ethical links, all of which are categorized, rated, and 
reviewed. [AO] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998. 
10. Stoop Sale books - Used and out-of-print radical books 
Please pass the news on... 
A new resource for radical book-lovers 
is starting 
Used & Out of Print Books on radicalism, history, social & cultural movements  
of change 
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11. Staff strike as new French library opens 
From: Opleiding ICN/ICK Rotterdam <securma[at]XS4ALL.NL> 
Date: Sunday, October 25, 1998 1:13 AM 
Subject: Staff strike as new French library opens 
Staff strike as new French library opens 
                By Charles Masters in Paris (Daily Telegraph, 
Oct.25, 1998) 
                IT was supposed to be Fran=E7ois Mitterrand's final 
                grandiose legacy, a library for the 21st century. 
                But, like its counterpart, the new British Library in 
                London, France's new national library has been 
                plagued by technical problems. 
                Barely a week after its inauguration, the library has 
                been brought to a standstill by a series of hitches 
                that have driven users to despair and prompted 
                normally placid librarians to go on strike. 
                The Biblioth=E8que Nationale de France (BNF) is 
                equipped with the latest computer technology and book 
                delivery systems that are designed to make the 10 
                million works of France's two previous national 
                collections available to readers in one 
                state-of-the-art building. But the =A31 billion library 
                was badly designed from the start. The automatic 
                transport system that delivers books from the 
                18-storey towers is too small for large-format 
                volumes and is unsuitable for fragile works, since 
                they sometimes fall from the overhead trolleys. 
                Instead, the books have to be delivered manually. 
                However, the heart of the problem is the library's 
                central computer. The multi-million pound system, 
                designed by the computer giant Cap Gemini, has proved 
                woefully inadequate. Although the library has been 
                designed for almost 4,000 readers, the system begins 
                to malfunction when more than a few hundred people 
                try to use it at once. The computer controls 
                virtually every function in the building, including 
                consultation of the catalogue, ordering books, and 
                access for personnel and members to the various 
                library floors. 
                Marie-France Eymery, who is among staff who have been 
                on strike since Tuesday, said: "Readers were finding 
                themselves stuck in the building at closing time 
                because the computer thought they still had books out 
                in their names. It took some researchers up to six 
                hours to register. The system was overloaded - 
                everything was blocked. Everything that's visible to 
                the public looks great. But everything behind the 
                scenes has been designed with no ergonomic 
                Staff say that instead of ironing out the problems 
                before opening, the system is being tested on the 
                paying public. Lack of training has compounded the 
                problems, with some librarians given just two days' 
                instruction on the complex computer terminals. Unions 
                met officials from the culture ministry on Friday, 
                but were not happy with proposals to address the 
                difficulties. They voted to continue the strike until 
                Mr Mitterrand was dying of cancer when he ordered the 
                construction of the new library, and some regard the 
                four bleak L-shaped towers - designed to resemble 
                open books - as his cenotaph. But one thing the 
                library's staff and readers agree on is that the late 
                president left a costly and inefficient legacy. 
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12. ALA/NMRT Grants 
This message is being posted and forwarded to multiple lists. 
Please excuse the duplication ... and feel free to forward it to 
your favorite library-related list. 
Please note the December 15th application deadline. 
ALA's New Members Round Table is accepting applications for the 
Shirley Olofson Memorial Award and the 3M/NMRT Professional 
Development Grant.  All current members of ALA/NMRT are 
encouraged to apply. 
1) New Members Round Table Shirley Olofson Memorial Award 
     The Shirley Olofson Memorial Award is presented annually in 
honor of Shirley Olofson, a well-respected former NMRT President, 
who died during her term in office.  The award, which is intended 
to help defray costs to attend the ALA Annual Conference, will be 
presented in the form of a check for $500 at the NMRT President's 
Program during the 1999 Annual Conference in New Orleans. 
Applicants must be members of ALA and NMRT; active within the 
library profession; show promise or activity in the area of  
professional development; have valid financial need; and have 
attended no more than five ALA annual conferences.  The recipient 
of the Shirley Olofson Memorial Award is required to attend at 
least one NMRT Executive Board meeting during ALA's Annual 
Conference, as well as the President's Program at which this 
award is presented.  
Contact: Dora Ho, Shirley Olofson Award Committee Chair 
        North Hollywood Regional Branch 
        Los Angeles Public Library      Phone: (818) 766-7186 
        5211 Tujunga Ave.               Fax: (818) 756-9135 
        North Hollywood, CA 91601       Email: ap520[at] 
2) New Members Round Table 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant 
     The purpose of the 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant 
is to encourage professional development and participation by new 
ALA members in national ALA and NMRT activities.  All ALA/NMRT 
members within their first ten years of membership are eligible 
for the grant.  The grant is sponsored by 3M's Safety and 
Security Systems Division, which markets materials flow  
management products to libraries to prevent unauthorized  
borrowing and to streamline the flow of library materials.  Since 
its establishment in 1975, the grant has been awarded to 88 NMRT 
members.  The 1999 grant will help finance attendance at the ALA 
Annual Conference, which will be held in New Orleans, LA.  It 
covers round trip airfare, lodging, conference registration fees  
and some incidental expenses. 
Contact: Marilyn Grush, 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant 
   Committee Chair 
        2245 Rogene Dr. #101       Phone: (410) 706-1784 
        Baltimore, MD 21209        Fax: (410) 706-0067 
               Email: mgrush[at] 
***   Please note that the application deadline for both 
scholarships is December 15, 1998. *** 
Further details and applications are available on the NMRT Home 
Page (the URL is: and from the 
committee chairs noted above. 
Posted by: 
   Gene Kinnaly  Cataloger  Computer Files & Microforms Team 
  Special Materials Cataloging Division   Library of Congress 
 101 Independence Avenue SE          Washington DC  20540-4371 
email: gkin[at]  voice: (202) 707-2722  fax: (202) 707-7161 
  Co-Chair, Publicity Committee, New Members Round Table, ALA 
           NMRT Home page: 
The Department of Biology of the University of Pennsylvania announces an 
NSF-sponsored training grant "Linking Basic Ecology with Social Solutions" 
available to support doctoral students*.  The training initiative provides 
students with a solid background in basic ecology while giving them the 
tools to become effective problem solvers in areas that effect both the 
natural biological world and social systems.  The curriculum includes 
instruction in environmental law, public policy, and science writing. 
The core faculty are members of the Biology Department at Penn and 
adjunct faculty at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, the 
nearby Stroud Water Research Center, and the Conservation Research Center 
in Front Royal, Va.  A policy seminar is taught by Dan Janzen, a world 
expert in biological and political issues, related to the conservation of 
biodiversity.  Additional courses involve Penn law school faculty and 
professional journalists. 
The faculty is well-equipped to supervise a wide variety of dissertation 
research topics.  Their field sites are distributed world-wide, and many 
are involved in the collection of long term data sets.  Research 
interests include behavioral ecology (Dorothy Cheney, John Smith), 
freshwater and marine community ecology (Clyde Goulden, David Hart, Peter 
Petraitis), physiological ecology/population biology of reptiles (Art 
Dunham), biodiversity and animal-plant interactions (Dan Janzen), 
belowground interaction in plant communities (Brenda Casper), and 
evolution, including molecular evolution, and systematics (Neil Shubin, 
Paul Sniegowski).  Students will be encouraged to take advantage of 
campus-wide programs in computational biology, paleobiology, and 
environmental sciences. 
A number of natural habitats are easily accessible from the Penn 
CampusQcoastal and freshwater marshes, the pinelands of New Jersey, 
hardwood forests, and serpentine barrens.  The academy of Natural 
Sciences houses one of the best natural history libraries in the country 
and several major taxonomic collections, including mollusks, diatoms, 
fishes and birds.  Students commonly use resources at the American Museum 
of Natural History (N.Y.C.) and the Smithsonian (Washington, D.C.).  The 
Morris Arboretum and the Tyler Arboretum are within an hourUs drive. 
Some students conduct their field research overseas. 
We encourage applications from women and minorities.  The deadline for 
applications is January 2 of each year, for the following fall.  For more 
information concerning this training grant contact: 
Dr. Brenda Casper 
E-Mail address: bcasper[at] 
a faculty member appropriate for your interest 
Or if a Graduate Division School of Arts and Sciences application packet 
is needed, contact: 
Allan M. Aiken 
E-Mail address: aaiken[at] 
*This NSF-sponsored training grant is limited to the support of United 
States citizens only. 
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14. ARLIS Muehsam Award for excellence in a graduate paper of project 
Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) announces the Muehsam 
Award given annually to recognize excellence in a graduate paper or  
project on a topic relevant to art librarianship or visual resources  
curatorship. The Award Recipient will also receive: 
        $200 cash 
        a one year membership to ARLIS/NA 
        $300 travel reimbursement to attend the ARLIS/NA 27th Annual 
                Conference in Vancouver, BC. March 25-31, 1999 
        publication of your abstract, and possibly your paper in 
                Art Documentation, ARLIS/NA's bi-annual journal. 
The paper or project must have been written during the preceding 18  
months by a student enrolled in an accredited graduate library program or  
in a post-MLS program in art history or a related discipline, and must be  
in conjunction with a course assignment. 
The length of the paper should be 10-25 pages, with an abstract of 250 
words. All copy must be typed and double-spaced on one side of an 8 1/2 x  
11 inch sheet of paper or the entry may besubmitted on 3-1/2 inch  
diskette (IBM compatible, DOS or MS Windows). The title page should  
include the name of the entrant and the institution attended, the name of  
the faculty member for whom it was written, and the course title. The  
bibliography and footnotes should follow an accepted format, such as the  
Chicago Manual of Style. In addition, authors should inform the committee  
Chair if their contribution has been published previously or is being  
considered for publication elsewhere. 
Papers will be judged based upon their relevance to art librarianship or  
visual curatorship, depth of research and scholarship, originality of  
thought or observation, appropriate use of terminology, style, clarity, 
grammar, spelling and punctuation. 
Entries must be received no later than Wednesday, December 10th, 1998. 
Entries will not be returned. The abstract of the winning paper will be 
published in Art Documentation, and the paper will be forwarded to the 
Art Documentation editor for possible publication. 
The announcement can also be viewed on the ARLIS/NA website at 
Please mail entries to, or request further information from: 
        Jennifer L.S. Moldwin 
        Chair, Gerd Muehsam Award Committee 
        The Detroit Institute of Arts Research Library 
        5200 Woodward Avenue 
        Detroit, Michigan 48202 
Tel: 313-833-7929 
FAX: 313-833-9169 
email: jmoldwin[at] 
15. Confessions of a public library defender 
X-Sender: dbroderick[at] 
Mime-Version: 1.0 
Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 09:07:11 -0500 
To: member-forum[at] 
From: "Dorothy M. Broderick" <dbroderick[at]> 
Subject: Confession time 
Reply-To: member-forum[at] 
Sender: owner-member-forum[at] 
        The national atmosphere is heavy on true confessions, so I thought 
I'd finally 'fess up that while I am an ardent defender of the concept of 
the public library, the thing I hate most about moving is the thought of 
becoming a new public library user. In case some of you out there actually 
care about improving library services, let me spell out why some of us can 
never really be devoted fans of specific libraries as opposed to the 
        Why do libraries act as though potential new borrowers have a 
nefarious purpose in wanting to sign up for a library card? It was easier 
and more pleasant to register my two cars and get a driver's licence from 
the Motor Vehicle Dept. than it was to get a library card. Is it really 
asking too much for the person at the registration desk to express pleasure 
at the thought of having a new borrower? 
        Then there is the problem of learning how a particular library is 
arranged and what services you can receive. In my latest case, I was told 
I'd get a sheet with the library card that was coming through the mail to 
assure that I and the address actually existed. The sheet came, but it was 
a photocopy of the library's rules. Not one word about its services. Strike 
you as strange? 
        The library has an OPAC, heaven knows for how long, but certainly 
long enough so that the staff assumes you can use one and never mentions 
it. Well, here I am, 69-year-old coot having never encountered an OPAC 
before in real life. I don't even know what the letters stand for. Would it 
be asking too much for the person at the information desk to do a complete 
run-down of its possibilities when a patron asks how it works? Apparently, 
the answer is yes, it would be too much because when I ask a question, I 
get a specific narrow answer and not another word about scope and 
        There are a variety of machines sprinkled around the library, but 
all OPACs are on stand-up desks with no printed instructions anywhere, in 
fact, no printed signs to identify them as such. Also, not an inch of space 
available to write down the info one eventually unlocks. Either have total 
memory or leave your search up on the screen while you walk over to a table 
and scribble down info, thus leaving the screen and your search available 
for everyone to see. 
        Does the library have a Friends group? Maybe, but as a new borrower 
you're clearly not invited since there isn't a word about it anywhere in 
        Eavesdropping, one discovers the library offers e-mail accounts. 
Anyone tell you that as part of joining up? Nope. 
        There apparently is also Internet service and another machine with 
a lot of databases on it. Any sign indicating these services exist? Nope. 
        After almost three full months of visiting the library 3 or 4 times 
a week, I was finally spoken to when I picked up a flier about its proposed 
bond issue for a new extension. That action prompted a circulation staff 
member to almost physically drag me over to look at the architect's design 
and give a spiel about what was at stake. A couple weeks later, I took 
myself to the library to cast a yes vote. The bond issue won, but by so 
small a margin, I'd ask myself what's going on here if I were a board 
member or the head librarian. Maybe I'm not the only one who finds the 
library inhospitable, the difference being I would never punish myself (the 
potential beneficiary of improved physical quarters) just to get back at 
rotten current service. 
        It is popular folklore these days to blame the failure of bonds or 
budgets on either the censors who are mad because you bought Madonna or 
Heather Has Two Mommies, or are offering unfiltered Internet service, or on 
old folks (like me) who vote no to save pennies on their taxes. There may 
be something else at work here: dissatisfaction with using a tax supported 
institution whose attitude seems to be, "We have to let you in, but we 
don't have to make you feel welcome." 
        Least anyone jump to the conclusion that this is just about my 
current library, let me stress that in one way or another, becoming a new 
borrower has been unpleasant in New Jersey (twice), New York (twice), 
Alabama, Ohio, Wisconsin, Maryland, Virginia, Kansas, and Nova Scotia, so 
nothing personal here, folks, just good old generic public library bashing. 
        The institution itself is too important to not raise these issue 
about what a user has a right to expect. 
Nasty old diddie may, radical librarian redux 
Dorothy M. Broderick 
35 Mercury Avenue 
East Patchogue, NY 11772 
16. Bomb threats and how to deal with them 
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 19:42:02 -0800 (PST) 
From: Laura Ellen Mitchell <lmitch[at]> 
To: publib <publib[at]> 
Subject: How do you handle bomb threats at your library? 
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.91.981026194159.6796F-100000[at]sunsite.Berkeley.EDU> 
 I have had a little trouble posting this, so if it has already appeared, 
please excuse me.  Since I  have had no PUBLIB replies, I presume it has not 
yet appeared.  For some reason, 
 I could not find PUBLIB  in the listings of, nor at another 
site I stumbled across.   But here's my question: 
 Following two bomb threats this summer, our library staff 
 association is working on a program concerning proper procedures. 
  We do have a policy in place which involves talking to the caller, 
  contacting 911, and evacuating the building.  Our staff was 
  surprised that the police expected us to search for the bomb, but it 
  seems to be customary advice from most sources, including the bomb 
  threat experts, the ATF. 
   I have posted to Libref-L, and some responders were indignant that 
  the police would expect us to search.  Aside from that issue, we 
  would like to hear from libraries that have experienced bomb threats 
  to see what advice you would give on what you did right, what you 
  did wrong, and what you would advise us to do in the future.  Any 
  comments would be appreciated. 
Laura E. Mitchell 
Vigo County Public Library 
One Library Square 
Terre Haute, IN  47807 
Voice:  (812) 232-1113 X245 
Fax:    (812) 232-3208 
TDD:    (812) 232-2055 
e-mail: lmitchell[at] 
e-mail: lmitch[at]  (home) 
Laura E. Mitchell                         lmitch[at] 
2522 College Ave.                         lmitchell[at] 
Terre Haute, IN  47803 
(812) 234-0692 
Visit the Vigo County Public Library Webpage at: 
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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 08:33:40 -0500 (CDT) 
From: Ray Vignovich <RV5271S[at]ACAD.DRAKE.EDU> 
To: plib2[at] 
Subject: Re: [PUBLIB] (Fwd) Bomb threats (fwd) 
I believe the reason is probably that library staff can spot something that 
looks suspicious more readily than the police.  None of us would argue that 
point, but when you consider the number of purses, backpacks, and other 
items brought into a library, I don't know that the expectation is reasonable. 
Furthermore, anything that looks like a book could be placed on a shelf and 
we would probably overlook it. 
Searching for clandestine ordinance is a needle in the haystack operation. 
If the individual delivering the threat isn't specific, you may be looking 
a long time.  Chances are you won't find anything, but you can't presume 
that and make no attempt. 
The predominant feeling by most staffmembers is to get out of the building 
at once, and many of the patrons may feel that way too.  A clever bomber 
may actually leave the device where the crowd will gather, so don't feel 
you are safe if you are standing around outside your building. 
Searching for a bomb can be very nerve wracking, and if you are lucky you 
won't find it because it was a hoax.  If you do find it, obviously get away 
from the building and describe where it was to the experts. 
As a former Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal technician, I know that most 
of the bombs we were called to disarm were ordinary items mistaken for 
explosive devices.  So don't feel embarrased if you summon the police and 
have them render safe an object that turns out to be a pencil sharpener or 
stapler.  It happens all the time.  Just be relieved it wasn't what you 
feared it would be. 
Ray Vignovich 
wdm, ia 
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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 19:43:04 -0800 (PST) 
From: Bryan Davis <davis[at]> 
To: publib <publib[at]> 
Subject: Re: (Fwd) Bomb threats (fwd) 
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.91.981026194302.6796G-100000[at]sunsite.Berkeley.EDU> 
After my first bomb threat, about 10 years ago, I had similar reactions to 
those who were indignant that the police wouldn't respond until we actually 
found something.  But after having several more sense then, it makes sense. 
I had a man from the local bomb squad come and do a training session with 
the staff which also helped a lot. 
Almost all bomb threats are bogus.  Actual bombers are unlikely to call 
prior to an explosion.  And who better to do the search than the people who 
actually work there?   It's us who would notice something out of place or 
suspicious long before the police would.  Also, on advice from the bomb 
squad we have never evacuated, although it wasn't necessary in a couple of 
cases because the time specified for the bomb to go off was after closing 
(which is a tip off in itself).  Usually the prankster is waiting near by 
to see everyone come rushing out.  Do it once and you invite more calls. 
This has happened at schools and employers in the area when someone thought 
it would be funny to get everyone in a panic or just wanted the rest of the 
day off.  This was happening at a local employer on Friday afternoons until 
they caught on and stopped evacuating and letting everyone go home.  When 
they stopped evacuating, the calls stopped.  Of course, if you actually 
find something suspicious, that's different.  Call the bomb squad and get 
the hell out. 
When I first arrived here we had a very detailed bomb scare procedure.  It 
involved setting up a "command center."  The director, supervisors, etc. 
would gather there and direct a very elaborate search and communication 
plan.  All this accomplished was to put everyone in a panic.  Now if we 
have a call, (it hasn't happened in 7 or 8 years) we alert the staff and 
have our supervisors, pages and security guard check through the building 
as thoroughly (and as inconspicuously) as possible, paying particular 
attention to trash cans, stacks, isolated spots, study rooms, verticle 
files and so on where a bomb could easily be left.  We are looking for 
packages, bags, boxes, briefcases - anything that looks out of place or 
unattended.  Why would any of these things just be sitting on a shelf in 
the stacks, for example?  Supervisors know the building well enough to spot 
something that looks suspicious, and nobody knows the stacks better than 
the pages.  As the guard makes rounds, he/she is likely to notice things 
which are left unattended for unusually long times. 
We also keep a list of questions near the phones that we are supposed to 
ask if a call comes in.  Of course, a person may or may not have the 
presence of mind to do this, but we're told that callers will actually 
answer them sometimes.  The more specific information you get, the better 
chance the call is real.  These questions are: 
1.  When is the bomb going to explode? 
2.  Where is it right now? 
3.  What does it look like? 
4.  What kind of bomb is it? 
5.  What will cause it to explode? 
6.  Did you place the bomb? 
7.  Why? 
8.  What is your address? 
9.  What is your name? 
Exact wording of the threat: 
Sex of caller: 
Length of call: 
Number at which the call was received: 
17. Virtual Autopsy [Frames] 
Designed with medical students in mind, Leicester (England) University's 
new Virtual Autopsy site takes the student on a virtual tour of seven 
autopsies. Several options allow for efficient navigation of the site: 
Cause of Death is a self-assessment quiz students may take after 
"performing" each autopsy; Return to History takes the user back to the 
beginning of each case; and Choose another Case lets the user move between 
the seven cases. Each case contains nearly a dozen detailed color images of 
certain key parts (including tissues) of the human anatomy--lung, body, 
heart, head--with hyperlinks to further information. By clicking on the 
dictionary icon, for instance, a student links to a pop-up page with 
detailed descriptions of that particular condition. Aspiring pathologists 
are sure to find this worthwhile, and the absence of gruesome images makes 
it a good learning site for many budding medical scientists as well. [LXP] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998. 
For a copy of this special issue of the NSF Library Newsletter (10k), email 
Stephanie Bianchi <sbianchi[at]> 
It has links to science sites on bats, mummies, wolf howls, wolf's bane,  
phases of the moon, masks from various cultures, and black cats, as well as  
halloween sites for kids.  Worth writing for if you want some halloween 
resources on the web. 
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