Library Juice 1:41 - November 18, 1998

1. Monday the 16th was George Seldes' birthday 
2. For history buffs: Images of libraries in the 1876 Report 
3. 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 
4. News stories appearing in the November 16 American Libraries Online 
5. Urban Library Journal - Call for Papers 
6. ARTS & LETTERS DAILY - electronic serial 
7. Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services Mailing List 
8. Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC) Newsroom 
9. Digital Libraries: preprints  (electronic journal) 
10. BUILDER Newsletter - Development of a hybrid library 
11. mai-list: Discussion list for MAI and Libraries 
12. Journal for MultiMedia History (electronic journal) 
13. Travel to Zimbabwe as an "Inform the World" library volunteer 
15. Mark Rosenszweig's letter on the current Iraq situation 
16. AIP's Proposed revisions to "Libraries: An American Value" 
17. European Privacy Law Goes Forward. From EPIC Alert 5.15 
Quote for the week: 
"The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal." 
- Albert Einstein 
Congratulations to this semester's Culminators at the San Jose State U. SLIS! 
1. Monday the 16th was George Seldes' birthday 
1890 - George Seldes lives. Author, Correspondent, media watchdog, 
the I.F. Stone of his day. 
2. For history buffs: Images of libraries in the 1876 Report 
From: Charley Seavey <seavey[at]U.Arizona.EDU> 
Organization: School of Information Resources and Library Science, 
              University of Arizona 
Subject:      Images from the 1876 Report 
I have finished up the last few missing pieces on my web page 
"Images from the 1876 Report" visible at  There are still a few lose 
ends, and I'd welcome any additional information, but I'm leaving 
on sabbatical at the end of the semester, and could not leave the 
page in the state in which it existed. 
I commend to you all Kenneth Breisch's _Henry Hobson Richardson 
and the Small Public Library in America_ MIT press, 1997. It 
proved invaluable in finishing off the web page as well as being 
an excellent read.  If nothing else take a look at illustration 
I.1 and see what explanation you can come up with. 
mas luego 
Charley Seavey 
Associate Professor and Acting Director 
School of Information Resources 
     and Library Science 
University of Arizona 
1515 East First Street 
Tucson, AZ 85719 
Ranganathan Said it All! 
3. 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 
Sender: owner-member-forum[at] 
More than 50 ideas for commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 
Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be found at 
Don Wood 
American Library Association 
Office for Intellectual Freedom 
50 East Huron Street 
Chicago, IL 60611 
800-545-2433, ext. 4225 
Fax: 312-280-4227 
4. News stories appearing in the November 16 American Libraries Online 
(sent to multiple lists) 
*  NCLIS Hearing Examines Internet's "Promise and Perils" 
*  NYPL Grosses $1.7 Million at Unveiling of Rehabbed Reading Room 
*  Orlando Library Staff Move Toward Unionization 
*  French Strikers Settle 
*  Concord Moves Toward Secession from Contra Costa System 
*  Barnes & Noble Buys Ingram for $600 Million 
*  Vietnamese Refugee Librarian Vo Thi Van Freed 
*  Anti-Filterers Blocked in Plano 
*  Coining a Collectible for the Library of Congress 
*   FOLUSA Launches Readers' Choice Awards 
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 
50 E. Huron Street 
Chicago, IL 60611 
1-800/545-2433, Ext. 3204 
312/944-3897 (fax) 
5. Urban Library Journal - Call for Papers 
Please excuse cross-postings. 
Urban Library Journal,  a refereed journal of research and discussion 
dealing with all aspects of urban libraries and librarianship,  welcomes 
articles dealing with academic,  research,  public,  school,  and 
special libraries in an urban setting. 
Urban Library Journal,  formerly known as Urban Academic Librarian, also 
invites submissions in broader areas such as public higher education, 
urban studies,  multiculturalism,  library and educational services to 
immigrants,  preservation of public higher education,  and universal 
access to World Wide Web resources. 
Topics for columns and special issues will also be entertained. 
Urban Library Journal will publish two issues annually. 
Manuscripts,  editorial correspondence,  and comments should be 
addressed to Dr. Michael Adams,  Mina Rees Library,  CUNY Graduate 
Center,  33 W. 42nd St.,  New York,  NY 10036-8003 or 212-642-2878 or 
6. ARTS & LETTERS DAILY - electronic serial 
From: nj[at] (News of New Electronic Journals) 
This new web site has been produced for all who share our broad 
interests in the arts, philosophy, and the humanities.  We think it  
will be very useful to classicists. 
New material is added to Arts & Letters Daily six days a week. We 
continually tests links for reliability. However, despite our best 
efforts, links may fail (often only temporarily) without warning. We 
apologize for any inconvenience. 
If you enjoy the site, we ask that you bring it to the attention of 
other email listservs. 
If you know of an appropriate link for Arts & Letters Daily, please 
let us know. 
7. Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services Mailing List 
To subscribe, send email to: 
In the body of the message type: 
   join lis-perf-measures yourfirstname yourlastname 
lis-perf-measures is a new list sponsored by the department of Information 
and Library Management at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, 
England. Library and information managers as well as research and teaching 
staff are encouraged to discuss and exchange information on performance 
measurement, methodologies, the human dimension, the digital library, 
measuring electronic services, and more. [AG] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998. 
8. Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC) Newsroom 
The Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC) at the University of 
Texas, a very useful gateway for Latin American resources (mentioned in the 
Scout Report for January 23, 
has recently added this current awareness feature. The LANIC Newsroom will 
feature a collection of links to a major current event in Latin America. 
The inaugural issue covers the aftermath and relief efforts following 
Hurricane Mitch. [MD] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998. 
9. Digital Libraries: preprints  (electronic journal) 
From: nj[at] (News of New Electronic Journals) 
Covers all aspects of the digital library design and document and text 
creation. Note that there will be some overlap with Information Retrieval 
(which is a separate subject area). Roughly includes material in ACM 
Subject Classes H.3.5, H.3.6, H.3.7, I.7.  For a full description of these 
classes see 
Archive Description: 
Researchers have made their papers available by putting them on personal 
web pages, departmental pages, and on various ad hoc sites known only to 
cognescenti. Until now, there has been no single repository to which 
researchers from the whole field of computing can submit reports. 
That is about to change. Through a partnership of ACM, the Los Alamos 
e-Print archive, and NCSTRL (Networked Computer Science Technical 
Reference Library), an online Computing Research Repository (CoRR) has 
been established. The Repository has been integrated into the collection 
of over 20,000 computer science research reports and other material 
available through NCSTRL and will be linked with the ACM Digital Library. 
The Repository is available to all members of the community at no charge. 
We encourage you to start using the service right away. It gains in value 
as more researchers use it. Submitting your research articles to the 
repository will be the surest way to have your work reach a wide audience. 
>From the above URL you can: 
         * browse the Repository and peruse recent submissions or browse 
	   the entire NCSTRL collection  
         * search the Repository or the NCSTRL collection  
         * subscribe to the Repository or the NCSTRL collection, and get 
	   regular email notification of new submissions  
         * submit a document to the Repository using web upload, if you 
	   have already registered.  
         * get help on many topics, including:  
                - submission, including registration and using email or 
		  ftp submissions (which do not require registration)  
                - searching  
                - submitting LaTeX source  
                - other frequently-asked questions  
                - mirror sites, for potentially faster access to the 
		  Repository if you are not in North America.  
See <> to browse or search the 
library or to submit new documents.  You can also subscribe to a 
notification service.  Authors retain copyright on the papers they submit.  
Additional information on CoRR is available at <>.  
or Moderator: 
Michael Lesk, lesk[at] 
10. BUILDER Newsletter - Development of a hybrid library 
From: nj[at] (News of New Electronic Journals) 
BUILDER: Birmingham University Integrated Library Development and 
Electronic Resource 
BUILDER Newsletter (Issue 1 - July 1998) is now available from the BUILDER 
Web site: 
BUILDER aims to develop a working model of the hybrid library within both 
a teaching and research context, seamlessly integrating access to a wide 
range of printed and electronic information sources, local and remote, 
using a Web-based interface, and in a way which will be universally 
Andrew Hampson 
Project Development Officer 
11. mai-list: Discussion list for MAI and Libraries 
Dear List Members, 
The British Columbia Library Association announces a new listserv, 
mai-list, entirely devoted to the topic of the Multilateral Agreement on 
Investment (MAI) and its effects on libraries around the world.* 
The list will provide an international forum for discussion of the issues 
surrounding the MAI, as well as a support network for action against the 
Please send your name, email address and library affiliation to 
bcla[at] and we will add you to the list.  A welcome 
message and list commands will be sent to you shortly thereafter. 
* in light of recent developments in the MAI negotiations, we may decide to 
broaden the focus to include international trade agreements in general and 
their effects on libraries, but this decision will be made amongst list 
members once they have subscribed. 
*   IFLA-L is provided by the International Federation of Library     * 
* Associations and Institutions (IFLA). For further information about * 
*    IFLA activities, including organization or personal affiliate    * 
*               information, contact:  IFLA[at]                  * 
*                                                                     * 
*                      URL:                              * 
12. Journal for MultiMedia History (electronic journal) 
    The Department of History at the State University of New York at 
Albany is pleased to present the first issue of The Journal for 
MultiMedia History. We are the first peer-reviewed electronic journal 
that presents, evaluates, and disseminates multimedia scholarship. 
This free online journal can be found at the following Web site: 
    This exciting journal offers a new vision for presenting 
historical research. Adhering to the highest research standards and 
utilizing the most innovative multimedia technologies, The Journal for 
MultiMedia History (JMMH) combines audio, visual, and hyperlinked 
materials with thoughtful historical analysis. By exploiting the 
almost magical potential of digital code, authors can explore and 
present a range of scholarly source materials impossible to 
incorporate into traditional texts. The journal also provides in-depth 
reviews, including audio and visual clips and links, of multimedia 
resources such as CD-ROMs, videos, and Web sites. 
    The first issue includes exciting pieces by accomplished scholars. 
One item centers on a radio interview conducted in 1960 with the 
Nation of Islam's Elijah Muhammad, accompanied by an analysis by his 
biographer, Claude A. Clegg III. This issue also contains the audio 
and text of a lecture by Professor Kathy Peiss that focused on her new 
book about American women and the making of the modern consumer 
culture. Tom Kriger explores a labor strike in New York that took 
place during the Great Depression. He uses a dazzling array of 
photographs and oral history interviews. Adrienne Hood and  Jacqueline 
Spafford make judicious use of hypertext to demonstrate the promise 
and perils of integrating Web construction projects, and Corrine Blake 
offers a comprehensive hypertext review of Web-based resources for 
students and scholars of Islam and Islamic Civilization. 
    We are privileged to have a distinguished editorial board that 
includes Steven Brier, co-founder of the American Social History 
Project (ASHP), City University of New York (CUNY), currently 
assistant provost forTechnology and Instructional Media at the 
Graduate School and University Center, CUNY; Joshua Brown, creative 
director of the ASHP and acting director of the ASHP/Center for Media 
and Learning, City University of New York; Mark Kornbluh, director of 
H-NET, Michigan State University; Carolyn Lougee, chair, Stanford 
University History Department; Roy Rosenzweig, head of the Center for 
New Media at George Mason University; and Richard Hamm, University at 
Albany, State University of New York; and the founding editors,Gerald 
Zahavi and Julian Zelizer of the University at Albany.  Susan 
McCormick, a doctoral student in our department, has offered her 
expert guidance throughout this process as the managing editor of the 
    Please forward this announcement to other Internet discussion 
groups and post it on the bulletin boards of your institution. We hope 
you enjoy The Journal for MultiMedia History and we look forward to 
receiving your commentsand scholarly contributions at 
Gerald Zahavi and Julian Zelizer 
Founding Editors, the Journal for Multimedia History 
Department of History, University at Albany 
Phone:  (518)442-4488 
Fax:      (518)442-3477 
E-mail: jmmh[at] 
13. Travel to Zimbabwe as an "Inform the World" library volunteer 
Next summer, you could change lives as an Inform the World Volunteer 
Librarian in rural Africa.  Instead of battling with your computer catalog, 
you could use your professional skills to help rural librarians in 
English-speaking Zimbabwe.  For example, you might teach a class on book 
repair, help implement a simple cataloguing system, peddle a bicycle-mounted 
book box to a remote village, or lead a donkey driven "book mobile" to a 
group of eager children.  If this sounds like the adventure you have been 
looking for, join us for this exciting service project and help make the 
information poor a little bit richer. 
Who:  The World Library Partnership (WLP) in the USA and the Rural Libraries 
and Resources Development Programme (RLRDP) in Zimbabwe are pleased to 
announce the 1999 Inform the World Librarian Volunteer Program.  WLP 
connects libraries around the world with partner libraries in the US and 
produces training materials for librarians in developing countries.  The 
RLRDP has established a network of over 100 rural libraries in Zimbabwe and 
has a waiting list of 4,000 communities that want libraries.   
What: The Inform the World Program will train and place 10-15 American 
librarians in rural libraries in Zimbabwe.  The volunteers will conduct 
practical service projects determined by their host libraries.  They will 
also work with WLP and the RLRDP to design projects to promote the 
sustainability of their host libraries once they return to the US. 
When: The trip will last approximately 4 weeks in late June through mid July 
1999 (contact WLP for the exact dates).  The pre-departure orientation and 
training will take place in Durham, NC. 
Cost: The estimated cost of the trip is $3,900 (contact WLP for the exact 
price).  This includes placement, orientation/training, 
debriefing/follow-up, lodging and round-trip airfare from Durham to Harare. 
Starting in January, WLP will post information about travel grants and other 
potential funding sources on its web site. 
How to apply:  Contact Laura Wendell at WLP (see below) for an application 
and information packet.  Space is limited so contact us soon! 
Laura Wendell 
Executive Director 
The World Library Partnership 
1028 Bahama Rd. 
Bahama, NC 27503 
(919) 479-0163 
Living Library is a 2 year project that aims at making the act of reading and  
writing an everyday activity for poor children and their teachers. This would  
mean less failures in elementary school and more children learning about their  
reality and how to change it. These libraries are being implanted in Community  
Centers in charge of children and adolescents living in the poor districts on  
the fringe of the big cities, where huge slums and acute social problems are  
concentrated. To achieve its objective the Project team provides personal  
development for the community teachers by preparing them to work with books and  
reading activities in the context of poverty and deprivation of their  
institutions. Each library is unique, taking into account the needs and the  
culture of the community where it is located. 
The Project is supported by a grant from Citibank in partnership with the  
Abrinq Foundation for the Childrens Rights (1995 - 1997 and 1998 until 2000). 
>From the mid 40's to the 70's the big cities in the south of Brazil expanded  
due to internal migrations. The poorest settlers were brushed-off to the  
outskirts of these cities and there lives today a great mass of unqualified  
workers crammed in huge slums. Some of these slums have no water supply and  
none have sewage systems. In these poor districts we find the highest rates of  
illiteracy and elementary school failures. There, also, can be found the worst  
schools and most doubtful health services, despite all the improvements  
conquered by organized inhabitants during the 80's. 
During those years, with  the intensification of social problems, many  
nongovernamental institutions were created and many existing Community Centers  
boosted their activities to provide informal education for children and  
adolescents after school hours. Most families send their children to these  
institutions to take them off the streets. There they receive  food, several  
types of care and the help of an adult for their homework, since they are  
typically children that fail in elementary school. 
These nongovernamental institutions work with little or no materials, and  
untrained profissionals seldom identified as teachers - they are called 
volunteers, entretainers or nannies. They want help, they want training in  
order to provide high standart educational support that can realy change the  
life of these children. One disadvantage of these teachers and children is the  
fact that books (mainly good ones) and written materials are absent in their  
homes and working places. 
The Living Library project has been created to meet this need for good books,  
information and professional training. The Living Library Project is based on  
the idea that reading and writing are meaningful only when they become means  
for children to learn more about their reality and change their lives and their  
Some 1995 results 
>From September to December 1995 Forty-four institutions took part in the  
selective process. Among those 10 were chosen to receive the library :  2 in  
Brasilia  and 8 in Sao Paulo city Fourteen community teachers went through a 44  
hour training  program The first 10 libraries received 4,000 books, directly  
benefiting 2,500 children and adolescents. 
The first 10 libraries were implanted and are open to the community. They  
attend institutions that look after street children from slums in the  
outskirts, children living in tenements downtown, children living in shelters  
(who have no parents or are temporarily separeted from them), and children from  
poor villages (previous construction camps), as is the case of Vila Planalto in  
Brasilia, Brazils capital. 
The Project will affect decisively these children as it changes their  
relationship between children who come from literate families and those 
coming from homes deprived of contact with books or written materials. It will  
teach them not only to read and to value books but also to read their  
environment , to look at their reality using concepts they can obtain from  
books with the community teachers help. 
The Project affects community teachers in many ways: They are trained and given  
new knowledge for working with children, using books as a tool for educational  
purposes. They are led to understand how books change people and reality  
itself. Finaly, they learn to introduce new subjects with which to teach  
children and impart knowledge needed for success in elementary 
Perspective 1998 -2000 
110 libraries in 2 years  
240 teachers trained by the program  
an estimated 32,000 children and adolescents reached by the Project  
24,000 books sent to 80 community centers 
(Distributed by Raimund Dehmlow, raimund.dehmlow[at] 
15. Mark Rosenszweig's letter on the current Iraq situation 
Dear fellow librarians, 
Presidential spokespersons officially announced that 10,0000 Iraqis were to 
die in a massive US armed  attack unleashed against the people 
of the nation of Iraq as punishment for its governments "non-compliance" 
with US/UN weapons inspections there. The horror  of this action was 
narrowly averted, we are told. This kind of threat, the open threat to kill 
civilians by the thousands to punish a dictator and his cabal for their 
alleged evasions of international inspectors looking for hidden weapons 
caches, is state terrorism and it makes a mockery of international law and 
the rational pursuit of a peace and security. 
The kind of free, democratic culture to which we, as librarians, hope we 
are contributing cannot abide our government  brandishing the threat of 
such  a mass slaughter, of  such calculated technological barbarism, as a 
legitimate tool to force the compliance of another government to our will. 
Democratic librarians who see global peace and security and justice as the 
foundations for the advancement of the cultural and educational projects 
which are our special professional responsibilities must make their voices 
heard along with those from all walks of life who decry the threat of 
bloody mass murder as a legitimate instrument of diplomacy. 
The US cannot continue to play this kind of brinksmanship with the threats 
of unleashing unspeakable devastation.We already have hobbled Iraq with 
sanctions which have had disatrous consequences for the common people of 
the nation. This itself is abominable. It is, however, truly degrading to 
the moral foundations of our own democratic republic to resort to 
escalating threats of mass butchery at every impasse to our  will and in so 
doing  to create a state of permanent anxiety of imminent war, here in this 
country as around the world, in order to deal with an irresponsible and 
recalcitrant government in Iraq which challenges our right to infringe what 
they believe to be their nation's sovereignty. 
The press asks "who blinked?" to assess the relative advantage of Iraq 
versus the United States after a bloodbath was narrowly averted. The 
question is "Who wouldn't blink in horror at the brink of the planned 
prospect of the death of at least 10,000 persons and the devastation of 
their country?" 
Democratic, progressive librarians say "NO to US threats of mass 
destruction and death against the people of Iraq! End the sanctions against 
the people of Iraq! Books not bombs!" 
Prof. Mark C. Rosenzweig 
ALA Councilor at large 
co-cordinator, Progressive Librarians Guild 
16. AIP's Proposed revisions to "Libraries: An American Value" 
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 13:32:58 -0600 
From: "Cathleen Bourdon" <cbourdon[at]> 
To: Reference and User Services Association List <rusa-l[at]> 
Reply-To: cbourdon[at] 
Sender: owner-rusa-l[at] 
                        ALTERNATIVES IN PRINT TASK FORCE 
                        1716 SW Williston Road 
                        Gainesville,  FL 32608-4049 
                        Tel.  352/335-2200 
                        9 November 1998 
                        Contact:  Charles Willett  
For Immediate Release		        
November 1998			               
The Alternatives in Print Task Force of SRRT proposes revisions to  "Libraries:  
An American Value," that raise intellectual freedom standards for libraries. 
The Alternatives in Print Task Force (AIP) of ALA's Social Responsibilities  
Round Table has issued an "Open Letter to ALA Units" proposing that the draft  
intellectual freedom statement, "Libraries: An American Value," written earlier  
this year by a special presidential committee be substantially revised. 
The views of the two groups differ widely as to the purpose and effect of the  
document.  Both sides see it as a major ALA policy statement for the 21st  
century, standing alongside the Library Bill of Rights.  But whereas the  
drafting committee wants the statement to "speak to the public," AIP wants it  
to "set clear standards for libraries" in areas where intellectual freedom has  
not yet been achieved. 
Thus, for example, where the presidential committee declares that "Libraries in  
America are cornerstones of the communities they serve, [providing] free access  
[to resources]," AIP says they "should be cornerstones [providing] free and  
equal access. . . ." 
Where the committee's draft states that librarians help users "identify and  
effectively use the library's resources," AIP modifies the phrase to include  
"bibliographies, catalogs and indexes to both mainstream and alternative  
Where the committee's draft assures the public vaguely (and incorrectly) that  
librarians make available "the widest possible range of viewpoints, opinions  
and ideas," AIP specifies: ". . . through the acquisition of small and  
alternative press materials, and through the avoidance of professional  
self-censorship stemming either from ideological bias or ease of acquisition." 
Finally, the AIP proposal includes an entire new paragraph: "We endorse Article  
19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and stand in solidarity with  
people everywhere in support of their right to free expression," and in the  
final summation adds the important phrase "in a world free of fear and want,"  
recognizing vital social and economic human rights. 
--------------open letter to ALA units----------------- 
                       ALTERNATIVES IN PRINT TASK FORCE 
                        1716 SW Williston Road 
                        Gainesville,  FL 32608-4049 
                        Tel.  352/335-2200 
                        9 November 1998 
 AN OPEN LETTER TO ALA UNITS >From the Alternatives in Print Task Force (AIP),  
ALA/SRRT Rory Litwin and Charles Willett, Co-coordinators 
        In response to the first (March 1998) draft of the intellectual freedom  
statement, "Libraries: An American Value," written by the presidential  
committee chaired by June Pinnell-Stephens, several members of the Alternatives  
in Print Task Force (AIP) of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT),  
acting as individuals, submitted a proposed revised text to the committee in  
July.  The committee incorporated some of these proposals into its second  
(August) draft, but rejected others with the following comment (which should  
have read "AIP members" instead of "SRRT;" SRRT took no position): 
	"SRRT made a number of other suggestions that the committee did not adopt,  
primarily because they did not speak to the public but rather changed the focus  
of the document." 
        Changing the focus of the document from complacent self-congratulation  
to conscientious striving for higher standards in American libraries and ALA is  
indeed the purpose of these AIP proposals! Our task force has now reworked them  
into the August draft and is disseminating them to ALA units for discussion  
before ALA Council takes up the concept at Midwinter. 
       The official intellectual freedom statement of the American Library  
Association should be more than a bland public relations document intended for  
outsiders.  It should set clear standards for libraries.  Unless its text  
addresses specific issues, this "contract with the people we serve" will not be  
binding on the libraries they use and pay for. 
        Therefore the Alternatives in Print Task Force of the Social  
Responsibilities Round Table proposes the following more precise  
language*additions in CAPS (deletions in parentheses): 
 Libraries: An American Value 
         Libraries in America SHOULD BE (are) cornerstones of the communities  
they serve.  Free AND EQUAL access to the books, ideas, resources and  
information in America's libraries is imperative for education, work,  
recreation and self-government. 
Libraries are a legacy to each generation, offering the heritage of the past  
and the promise of the future.  To ensure that libraries flourish and have the  
freedom to promote and protect the public good in the 21st century, we believe  
certain principles must be guaranteed. An Open Letter to ALA Units from  
AIP/SRRT Page 2 
To that end, we affirm this contract with the people we serve: 
 	We defend the constitutional rights of all individuals, including children  
and young adults, to use the library's resources and services WITHOUT REGARD TO  
 	 We value our nation's diversity and strive to reflect that diversity by  
providing THE (a) full spectrum of resources and services to the communities we  
 	We affirm the responsibility and the right of all parents to guide their own  
children's use of the library and its resources and services. 
 	We connect people and ideas by helping each person identify and effectively  
ALTERNATIVE resources. 
 	 We protect each individual's privacy and confidentiality in the use of  
library resources and services BY EDUCATING STAFF, THE PUBLIC, AND GOVERNMENT  
 	We protect the rights of individuals to express their concerns about library  
 	We celebrate and preserve our democratic society by making available the  
widest possible range of viewpoints, opinions and ideas THROUGH THE ACQUISITION  
ACQUISITION, so that all individuals have the opportunity to become lifelong  
learners*literate, educated, culturally enriched, and informed. 
Change is constant; but these principles transcend change and endure in a  
dynamic technological, social and political environment. 
By embracing these principles, libraries in the United States can contribute to  
a future that values and protects freedom of speech, in a world FREE OF FEAR  
AND WANT that celebrates both our similarities and our differences, respects  
individuals and their beliefs, and holds all persons truly equal and free. 
17. European Privacy Law Goes Forward. From EPIC Alert 5.15 
The European Union Data Directive goes into force this week.  The new 
law provides basic privacy rights for consumers and should encourage 
the development of privacy enhancing technologies.  The data directive 
grew out of specific circumstances related to the integration of the 
European economies and the need to harmonize national privacy laws.  It 
also reflects a widely held belief that privacy is a fundamental human 
right, entitled to full protection in law. 
Under the EU rules, European citizens have a right to: 
     See any information about them and know how the information 
     will be used; 
     access the information and make corrections; 
     be notified before the information is sold or shared elsewhere 
     and choose who else can have access to the information; and 
     sue if a company is in violation of these conditions. 
The EU Data Directive has been endorsed strongly by BEUC, the leading 
European Consumers Organization.  In a letter this month to European 
Commission Member Mario Monti, BEUC Director Jim Murray wrote, "Our 
concern is with the personal data of European consumers which may be 
exported to the U.S.  European consumers must not lose their specific 
protections when that data is exported. If the U.S. cannot give 
effective guarantees on this point, personal data should not be 
exported from the EU to the U.S." 
Other countries are following Europe's lead.  Canada is the most recent 
of several governments that have announced plans to adopt comprehensive 
privacy legislation to promote consumer confidence and encourage the 
development of new commercial services.  The EU Data Directive has also 
been cited several times as contributing to the decision of EU member 
countries not to endorse the U.S.-promoted key escrow/key recovery 
encryption scheme. 
Simon Davies, Director of Privacy International, has indicated that PI 
will begin enforcement actions against firms that fail to comply with 
the requirements of the EU Directive as early as this year.  Louise 
Sylvan, Vice President of Consumer International, has said that the 
international consumer organization will begin an evaluation this year 
of the adequacy of consumer privacy protection around the globe.  In 
the United States opinion polls show public support for new privacy 
The following resources are available online: 
European Union Directive 
Privacy International 
Consumers International 
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Date: Tuesday, November 24, 1998 05:02 PM