Library Juice Number 1:43 - December 2, 1998

1. Our Voice - Palestinian identity project from Birzeit University 
2. ALA to vote on Gaza Resolution 
3. _Review of Biblical Literature_ 
4. Whiskey Creek Document Design 
5. Dinah Sanders' proposed system for documenting the web design process 
6. Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography [.pdf, Word] 
7. Electronic Civil Disobedience and Hacktivism 
8. INASP Resources for access to information in developing countries 
9. CALL FOR PAPERS - JOURNAL for Global Information Management 
10. SOS from Iaguba Diallo, Library Director, INEP in Guinea-Bissau 
11. "French Library Fiasco" - an essay by Eric Fenster 
12. List of LISTSERVS at the Library of Congress 
13. Chapter 55, "Never Index Your Own Book," from Vonnegut's _Cat's Cradle_ 
14. Art Crimes: The Writing On the Wall 
Quote for the week: 
Book reading is a solitary and sedentary pursuit, and those who do are 
cautioned that a book should be used as an integral part of a well-rounded 
life, including a daily regimen of rigorous physical exercise, rewarding 
personal relationships, and a sensible low-fat diet.  *A book should not be 
used as a substitute or an excuse.* 
-Anonymous.  (Spotted by Ann Symons on the bulletin board of the Lahaina Public 
Library in Hawaii) 
1. Our Voice - Palestinian identity project from Birzeit University 
Birzeit University, West Bank, Palestine, produces this engaging collection 
of original research, commentary, and other writings by staff and students 
at the University. Articles are organized in six sections: History, 
Politics, Culture, Society, Geography, and Economics. Some sections are 
sparse, but the overall quality of the works is high (especially with 
regard to Palestinian national and gender identities), and new pieces 
appear to be added on a regular basis. Current article topics include 
Islamic feminism; Shopkeepers, Peddlers and the Urban Resistance in the 
Palestinian Uprising; Women and the Intifada; The Black Banners and the 
Socio-Political Significance of Flags and Slogans in Medieval Islam; and a 
discussion with Edward Said. [MD] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998. 
2. ALA to vote on Gaza Resolution 
This resolution, passed by the ALA International Relations Committee, will 
be presented to ALA council at the midwinter meeting. 
1998 Annual Conference 
CD #18.3 
Resolution on the Libraries of the Gaza Strip/West Bank 
WHEREAS public, school, academic and other libraries in the Gaza Strip/West 
Bank are in very poor condition; and, 
WHEREAS scholars, students, teachers, and the residents of the Gaza Strip / 
West Bank have little or no access to any recent library materials; and, 
WHEREAS there are few trained library professionals and other support staff 
to provide adequate library service; now, therefore, be it 
RESOLVED that the American Library Association and its International 
Relations Committee offer assistance to the libraries and librarians of the 
Gaza Strip/West Bank in terms of resources, advice, expertise, and 
consultation as needed to assist in establishing good library services in 
the area, and that ALA cooperate with initiatives from other countries in 
the region to develop both short-term and long-range plans for library 
development in the Gaza Strip/West Bank. 
Endorsed by the ALA International Relations Committee 
June 30, 1998 
ALA Policy 58.1 
International Relations Policy Objectives 
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Library Juice commends this resolution and hopes for its passage but 
questions whether it will result in material assistance or merely lip 
service to the difficulties of librarians in the Gaza Strip/West Bank 
(Palestinian Autonomous Region). 
3. _Review of Biblical Literature_ 
Published in both print and electronic formats by the Society of Biblical 
Literature, the _Review of Biblical Literature (RBL)_ is a "review of 
monographic literature in the field of biblical and related studies as well 
as reference works, commentaries, dictionaries, and biblical translations." 
This site hosts a database of over 400 reviews from 1996 to 1998. Users can 
browse by year, subject, author, or title. The database is also searchable 
by author, title, subject, reviewer, and keyword. Unlike most sites 
parallelling print publications, the review database appears to be current 
with the print version, with new reviews added on a regular basis. 
Additional resources include a Books Received Database and Instructions for 
Contributors. [MD] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998. 
4. Whiskey Creek Document Design 
Whiskey Creek Document Design is an online journal covering all aspects of 
electronic document design. The editor, Diane Haugen, recently included 
Library Juice in the "quick takes" link section of the journal and notified me.   
The journal is nice for those involved in web publishing of any kind.  The url  
for the journal is 
5. Dinah Sanders' proposed system for documenting the web design process 
Dinah Sanders final project for the MLIS at San Jose State University was a 
proposal for a system of meta information documenting the design process in 
online environments.  It is an interesting idea worth thinking about if you 
do a lot of design, especially for organizations with complex sites managed by 
groups of people that change over time.  The URL for her proposal and related 
ideas, as well as a nice bibliography on web design, is: 
6. Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography [.pdf, Word] 
Version 22 of Charles Bailey's Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 
(described in the November 22, 1996 Scout Report) has been recently 
released. The Bibliography is a selective collection of "over 800 articles, 
books, electronic documents, and other sources that are useful in 
understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet and 
other networks." Each section of the Bibliography is a separate Webpage, 
accessible from the Table of Contents. Last updates are noted, and links to 
full texts are provided when available. Users can also search using Boolean 
operators or download the Bibliography in Word or .pdf format. A collection 
of related links is also provided. [MD] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998. 
7. Electronic Civil Disobedience and Hacktivism 
		Electronic Civil Disobedience and 
		the World Wide Web of Hacktivism 
		A Mapping of Extraparliamentarian Direct Action Net Politics 
		by Stefan Wray 
(sent to Media-L) 
8. INASP Resources for access to information in developing countries 
To: NetInLib-Announce <netinlib-announce[at]> 
INASP LINKS & RESOURCES - "Access to Information" New feature on INASP Web site 
As part of the Web site of the International Network for the Availability of 
Scientific Publications at  
The new INASP Links section, which can be found at provides a quick-access 
guide to selected Web sites and Internet resources which will be of special  
interest to the library and information science communities, and to scientists  
and publishers in developing countries. In particular it is designed to assist 
organizations involved in electronic networks for development, and those 
who are thinking of moving to an electronic environment for scholarly  
The first two sections provide links to Web sites and resources on information 
and communication development, and electronic networks and ICT in developing 
countries. This includes links to organizations, professional associations, 
and NGOs active in thisarea, and who share INASP's objectives of improving 
access to information, and to strengthen book and journals publishing in the 
countries of the South. A separate section provides links to resources dealing  
with electronic publishing and computer-based scholarly communication. A short,  
for the most part descriptive annotation is provided for each Web site. 
In addition we include links to other agencies and networks involved in 
promoting sustainable development; together with links to organizations 
supporting book and library development, and book professional and other 
associations and learned societies. 
There are also a number of links relating to two INASP subject-specific 
programmes: (i) supporting health information provision; and, (ii) information 
provision for South-South rural development. 
A Resources section provides access to some of the best and richest Internet 
sites on development studies - and the major gateway sites for African, Asian, 
and Latin American studies - as well as offering links to some other useful 
Web sites and resources, including databases, bibliographies, newsletters, and 
more.  Additionally, we provide links to, and short descriptions of, a small 
number of recommended Web guides, directories, and general gateway sites, as 
well as some recommended Internet tools, Internet training courses and 
tutorials, and guides to evaluating Internet resources. 
The INASP Links & Resources section will be regularly updated, and we would be 
pleased to receive suggestions for additional links that would be appropriate 
for inclusion in this section, particularly Web sites in Africa, Asia and 
Latin America. We would also appreciate reciprocal links from organizations, 
institutions, NGOs etc. included in our new links section. 
For more information: 
Carol Priestley, Director, INASP, 
PO Box 2564, 
London W5 1ZD 
Tel: +44-(0)181-997 3274    
Fax: +44-(0)181-810 9795 
E-mail:  inasp[at] 
or contact Hans M. Zell at inasp[at] or hzell[at] 
9. CALL FOR PAPERS - JOURNAL for Global Information Management 
Patricia Diamond Fletcher, ed. 
We are soliciting research papers for a special issue of the Journal for 
Global Information Management.  The goal of this special issue is to 
provide an international picture of the issues to  and the responses by 
libraries to providing services and information on the Internet and the 
World Wide Web.  Public, academic, school, business, and other special 
libraries will be the subject of the discourse.  Current research on 
effectiveness of library networks and on the potential directions for 
libraries in a networked environment will be presented to share library 
best practices, policy, and services.  Cross-cultural library issues are 
Topics can include: 
v Development of Internet services in libraries 
v Special populations for Internet services 
v Budgeting, accounting, and funding Internet services 
v Policy issues 
v Training and staffing issues 
v Global libraries 
v Collection development and dissemination 
v Providing for the information "have-nots" 
v International copyright 
v Transborder data flow 
Important Deadlines: 
January 10, 1999 --  submissions from authors due to editor***** 
March 31 --  papers due back to editor from reviewers 
April 15 -- papers returned to authors for final editing 
June 1 -- papers due to publisher for Fall issue inclusion 
Guidelines for submission can be found at the JGIM website: 
Direct all inquiries and submissions to: 
Patricia Diamond Fletcher, Ph.D. 
Department of Information Systems 
1000 Hilltop Circle 
The University of Maryland Baltimore County 
Baltimore, MD, USA   21250 
410-455-1073 (fax) 
*****SEE ALSO ***** 
the "Call for Chapters"  for World Libraries on the Information 
Superhighway  (Idea Group Publishing). 
Papers submitted for the above special issue of JGIM  may also be 
considered - if received in time - for inclusion in the book. 
        Patricia Diamond Fletcher, Ph.D. 
        Assistant Professor, Department of Information Systems 
        Director, IFSM Graduate Program 
        Faculty Associate, MD Institute for Policy Analysis & Research 
        The University of Maryland, Baltimore County 
        1000 Hilltop Circle 
        Baltimore, MD 21250 
        410-455-1073 FAX 
        Patricia Diamond Fletcher, Ph.D. 
        Assistant Professor, Department of Information Systems 
        Director, IFSM Graduate Program 
        Faculty Associate, MD Institute for Policy Analysis & Research 
        The University of Maryland, Baltimore County 
        1000 Hilltop Circle 
        Baltimore, MD 21250 
        410-455-1073 FAX 
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10. SOS from Iaguba Diallo, Library Director, INEP in Guinea-Bissau 
From: Carsten Frederiksen <cfrederi[at]IPOST.KK.DK> 
Subject:      SOS Guinea-Bissau 
This SOS from Iaguba Diallo, Library director, INEP in Guinea-Bissau, has 
been forwarded to Mrs. Deschamps, President of IFLA. The FAIFE Office has 
tranlated the text from French to English. 
SOS from INEP Library, Guinea-Bissau 
>From Iaguba Diallo, Library director, INEP 
(National Institute of Studies and Research) 
Entire pages of the country's history risks to remain blank... I think it 
is of the outmost importance to bring this alarming information to the 
knowledge of the international library community. 
The war that has oppressed Guinea-Bissau in June 1998, between the military 
Junta representing 90% of the army supported by the former fighters of the 
struggle for national independence and 10% of the army sustained by troops 
from Senegal and Guinea-Conakry, called by the head of state, has already a 
heavy balance, though still inexact. The balance of deaths is yet unknown, 
it counts around 250.000 displaced and refugees and enormous material 
destruction caused by intense bombardments  with heavy arms, that has been 
the mark of the 50 days of confrontation. 
Figuring among the infrastructures mostly affected by the destruction is 
the National Institute of Studies and Research - INEP, which is the largest 
and most active research institution in the country. The complex that 
houses the INEP was situated less than one kilometre off the front line 
when the hostilities began. It has been transformed into an advanced camp 
of the Senegalese troops. The transformation of the complex into army 
barracks, the counterpart bombardments this inevitably attracts to the area 
has caused immense damages. 
Due to the cease fire signed August 25 1998 emissaries of INEP has with 
great difficulties been authorised to visit their place of work. The 
balance of their first conclusions can only be summarised into one word: 
All the rooms of the institute has been opened by force, emptied of their 
contents and transformed into dormitories for the soldiers.  All the work 
papers have been ejected to the outside and thus exposed to the 
inconsistency of weather. The holding of tens of computers containing the 
bases of the stock minutely collected during the past 15 years on all 
aspects of Guinea-Bissau has disappeared. The computers that havn?t 
disappeared have been broke open. Sensitive and rare materials like the 
unique list of numbered cartographies covering Guinea-Bissau have been 
exposed to dust and rain outdoors. 
The Library 
The library is one of the most important and vulnerable departments of 
INEP, encompassing the National Library deposits of the national 
intellectual production, and offices from the United Nations to the office 
of the National Bibliography, has been crashed open both through the roof 
and through the walls. The tropical rains that fall in Guinea-Bissau from 
the end of June are steadily entering the library. Its three levels, the 
basement, the ground floor and the second floor have become nightmares 
where thousands of books, reference documents, magazines, information 
manuals are scattered and computer cables are destroyed. 
It contained around 60.000 works, 1000 periodical titles and around 2.000 
automated references constituting a national service centre  for databases 
of computerised holdings, a significant number of diskettes with the 
structures and bases of registered holdings, a manual index with 15.000 
references, machinery for production and sorting of documents, a lecture 
room with 40 seats, always overbooked. All these materials are scattered 
and exposed to rain and dirt. 
This year 1998, the library was doing a retrospective edition of the 
national bibliography 1987-1995 and a number of documentary products for 
research and promotion. 
Furthermore the national archives that are stored in the basement of INEP, 
are scattered and exposed to rain and dirt. Hundreds of audio cassettes 
recording the history of the struggle for independence narrated by its 
participants and witnesses are irrecoverable. Tens of cassettes on the oral 
tradition of the different regions of the country have disappeared. 
Photographs and films of the audio-visual archives have been dispersed and 
spread in the dirt. 
In other words entire pages of the historical memory of Guinea-Bissau are 
at risk of remaining irreparably blank or blurred. This is even more true 
as no general history of Guinea-Bissau can be found but in this institution 
of research. 
In a word the damages that has been suffered by INEP and the library reduce 
in birth the results of the efforts made since the achievement of 
independence to equip the library with a rich heritage accessible for those 
interested in reading and research on Guinea-Bissau. 
What is most painful, is that to this present date the complex containing 
INEP continues to be a military camp, despite the cease fire. The employees 
of the institute are not allowed to work there to save from destruction 
what might still be. The disaster has an inexorable consequence. This 
letter to inform you is also a SOS for the most important library in 
Guinea-Bissau threatened by annihilation. 
When the library ceases to be an army barrack a more specific balance will 
be effected and forwarded to you. I ask you kindly to forward this message 
to the various association members of IFLA all over the world. 
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11. "French Library Fiasco" - an essay by Eric Fenster 
From: Eric Fenster <efenster[at]> 
Organization: Moscow Study Trips 
Subject:      French library fiasco 
Whatever its names--French National Library (BNF), Very Big Library 
(TGB), François Mitterrand Library, Tolbiac--and guises (general 
public, research, depository, virtual), the new French library was 
VDOA (very dead on arrival). 
The staff members have been on strike or supporting the strike for 
more than two weeks (a lifetime compared to typical French labor 
disputes), ever since shortly after the dysfunctional opening of the 
research floor. 
News reports have often been less than clear, if only because the 
issues are so many and complex, entangling working conditions and the 
inability to serve readers. The library administration has obfuscated, 
trying to pretend there are just a few computer glitches that will 
shortly be resolved, but observers with a more byzantine bent suspect 
the management is only all too happy about the strike because shutting 
down the library postpones discovery of the extent of the $1.5 billion 
A design that could most politely be called utterly stupid has now 
clashed with and destroyed function. A simple glance at the building 
reveals much of the story: four 18-storey towers, about 800 feet apart, 
at the corners of a rectangle. Getting from one to the other can mean 
traveling as many as 36 floors down and up on a limited number of 
elevators that don't always work plus an endless trek. (Talk about 
unifying knowledge! CP Snow would be mortified.) 
Facing these obstacles assumes can get into the building in the first 
place, and a description of that process serves as a caricature of the 
whole enterprise. The stairs that must be climbed first are as wide as 
the whole building complex, but in wet weather only a fraction of the 
access is somewhat safe. The wood chosen by the very pompous, self- 
satisfied architect, Dominique Perrault, gets so slippery that early 
visitors had to hang onto the occasional railing (in keeping with the 
architect's penchant for austerity, the bannisters are made of steel and 
are freezing to the touch) to avoid joining the list of injured; now there 
are some narrow paths where a nearly invisible skid-resistant covering 
has been added. Once at the top (and, by the way, wheelchairs have to 
roll in the street along with the cars to find a ramp because no access 
has been cut into the high curb), there is the giant space of the 
esplanade to negotiate, a marvelous experience when there is wind and 
rain. There are no directional signs to the target, an invisible down 
ramp. Yes, having climbed the stairs, one has to descend again to reach 
the entrance. Entering, at least, is easy; there are no doors. The building 
is completely open to the elements and cold wind, rain and snow 
follow readers into the main hall. 
During the hike, there is time to admire the glass towers. These were 
going to be transparent, part of Perrault's theory that the whole library 
should be about a void, something parallel to his architectural brain, but 
as the whole world now knows, after being reminded that this would 
bake the books stored there he added protective wood panels. These 
are about a meter wide, floor to ceiling, and each mounted on a central 
pivot to let in or shut off light. I counted about 8,000 altogether, so 
because of their rotation on the pivot this design flaw correction 
wastes at least 8,000 square meters of space (roughly 84,500 square 
feet) of floor space. 
Inside, the anti-information mission of the library continues. 
Directional signs have been deliberately camouflaged in various ways. 
Gray on gray is one. Putting them out of sight (in particular for toilets) 
is another. 
These examples are just an introduction to a longer list of follies: 
hazardous placement of elevator motors, a ventilation system with 
inadequate pipes and that cooks and freezes people, a choice of 
linoleum for basement floors that is quickly gouged into ruts by book 
carts, water from the Seine River constantly seeping into and flooding 
the building (by design of the architect), insufficient space for staff 
and books, outlandish costs (about $900 for each reader's chair!). 
Perrault's ego hangs over all of this, and he has divided his time 
between self-praise and forbidding staff from defacing their (his) 
offices with so much as a photo of their children. 
Not surprising, this mammoth project was implemented without 
troubling to consult librarians, throwing a wrench into everything from 
the acquisition, to the receipt, to the distribution of books.  To begin 
with, the four towers represent the division of the library by themes, an 
organizational choice at the root of many of the problems. There are 
inevitable contradictions when the French library's insistence on a 
thematic structure is imposed on an acquisitions process involving the 
countries of the world with their different languages and publishing and 
purchasing methods. At best, it is inefficient; at worst, there will be 
major gaps in collections. 
When the planning errors resulted in too few books having been 
purchased and received for the opening of the public part of the library, 
the solution was to remove the expensive and extremely heavy 
bookcases so as to salvage administrative pride by concentrating the 
collection to make it look substantial. When more books arrived, the 
massive furniture all had to be moved back and reinstalled. 
Clearly, zero thought was given to the human beings who would have to 
work in the stacks. No windows, no place to rest, no place to put one's 
affairs, insufficient light (the lights go on and off automatically, so one 
has to bob in front of the detectors to keep them on), immense 
distances to walk daily because of the dispersal of the books too large 
to fit in the automatic carrousels, minuscule lunch breaks because of 
the long round trip to the cafeteria. During work these employees are 
confronted with sliding bookcases that jam but can't be moved 
manually and with the risk of being hit by the moving book carrousels 
when they derail. All this for often less than the minimum wage and the 
"understanding" of the administrators who content themselves with 
explaining that now it's too late to bring the towers closer together or 
to bring light into hell. In other words, it's forever. 
This is the context in which the so-called computer "bugs" are just 
another detail, albeit the debilitating one. Ill-conceived (absence of 
multi-criteria searches, for example), incomplete, untested, constantly 
crashing and foisted on a staff without sufficient training, nothing 
seems to work except the PR machine that insists the promised radiant 
future is just a few weeks away. The number of books a researcher is 
allowed to request has been reduced many-fold below what was 
promised because the books take forever to arrive, if they do at all, and 
frequently researchers' library cards falsely register books they have 
never seen, blocking them from leaving the library until the guards can 
remove the suspicion of theft and use a special pass to release them. 
So far, this automated tribute to grandeur is short-handed with twice 
the staff of the old library, yet can't provide books. 
In some reading rooms of the public [non-research] section, it's a 
struggle to even get at the catalog because the same computers are 
used for both that purpose and for Internet access. France being very 
backward in that regard, thanks in large part to the telephone company's 
policies and pricing, the library is an attraction for people who'd like to 
go on line and can't do it at home. Once a surfer gets hold of a 
computer, catalog searchers are shut out. 
For these caprices, the readers are charged admission, because a 
decision was made to break with the tradition of free access to the 
public, the public's, library--for which, in this case, they have already 
paid four times the initial cost estimate in taxes. (The question of 
whose pockets may have been lined in this highly political and chummy 
project hasn't even been raised yet.) 
Not to risk a reputation of being user friendly, the administration 
adopted a policy of charging a deliberately dissuasive 2-3 times what 
commercial shops do for photocopies, and when somebody needs a 
break from the calvary of trying to get books, he will find similar 
overpricing in the cafeteria. The same spirit probably explains why the 
administration has forbidden the library staff from participating on 
Internet newsgroups that discuss library issues! 
To restore some of the disorder, find the books the system is losing 
and have time for proper training, the staff want to close to the public 
on Mondays instead of being open seven days per week. The 
administration, having to make a pretense of comprehension, has 
agreed... but just for three months. The strike continues. 
I emerged onto the esplanade from my visit, thankful that it was not 
raining. There were still no signs to say where the streets were, or the 
metro stations, but I knew that if I wandered long enough in Perrault's 
empty space, I'd eventually find my way home. 
Eric Fenster efenster[at] 
Moscow Study Trips 
08 May-07 June 1999 
19 June-12/19 July or 26 June-19 July 1999 
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12. List of LISTSERVS at the Library of Congress 
These are the lists available through listserv[at] 
AACR1               Cooperative Cataloguing AACR1 List 
AACR2A              Cooperative Cataloguing AACR2A List 
AACR2B              Cooperative Cataloguing AACR2B List 
AACR3               Cooperative Cataloguing AACR3 List 
AMFELLOWS           American Memory Fellows 
BIBCO               Program for Cooperative Cataloging 
CLASS               Minaret Online Classification Database Users  [LOC 
use only] 
CMLS-TEAM           CMLS Advisory Team 
CO-E-CONF           LC Internal Use Only 
CO-LOOKING2         LC Internal Use Only 
CO-STANFORD-CONF    LC Internal Use Only 
CONSEREX            Encoded CONSER Executive Committee 
CONSRLIN            CONSER Program Newsletter 
CONSRLST            CONSER Cataloging Discussion List 
CONSRPOL            Conser Policy Committee discussion list 
DANCE-HC            Dance Heritage Coalition 
DIGCONV             Digital Conversion Group 
EAD                 Encoded Archival Description List 
FEDACQ-L            FEDACQ List 
FEDCAT-L            FEDLINK Members Only; Cataloging Discussion List 
FEDLIB              FEDLIB: Federal Librarians Discussion List 
FEDLIBIT            Federal Librarians Information Technology Discussion 
FEDPOL              FLICC Policy Working Group 
FEDREF-L            The Federal Reference Librarians Discussion List 
FITG                FITG: FLICC Awards Working Group 
FLC-FACL            FEDLINK Advisory Council 
FLC-FEBD            FLICC Executive Board 
FWG-AWRD            FLICC Awards Working Group 
FWG-BUDG            FLICC Budget & Finance Working Group 
FWG-EDUC            FLICC Education Working Group 
FWG-LCBC            FLICC LC Bicentennial Working Group 
FWG-MEMB            FLICC Membership & Governance Working Group 
FWG-NOMN            FLICC Nominating Working Group 
FWG-PERS            FLICC Personnel Working Group 
FWG-PRSV            FLICC Preservation & Binding Working Group 
FWG-SURV            FLICC Survey Working Group 
ILSNEWS             Library of Congress Moderated ILS News List 
INET-DEV            LC Internet Tools Development Discussion Group 
LAW2000             Law Library LAW-2000 Project 
LC-ANNOUNCE         Library of Congress Announcements  [LOC use only] 
LC-INTERNET         LC Employess Internet Discussion List 
LCBUG               LC BWS Users Discussion Group  [LOC use only] 
LCCN                Library of Congress Cataloging Newsline 
LISTOWN             LOC LSOFT Listowner Discussion List  [LOC use only] 
MAC                 MARC Advisory Committee 
MOA-ARCH            Closed List 
MUG                 Minaret Users Group 
NDLF-PLANTF         National Digital Library Federal Planning Task Force 
NDLF-POLICY         National Digital Library Federal Policy Group 
NDLPCORE            LC Core Employees National Digital Library Program 
NDLPPRESS           Project Team for Digitizing Garden & Forest 
NDLPTEAM            National Digital Library Program Team [LOC use only] 
NISOAL              NISO Committee AL List 
NLS-REPORTS         NLS Documents for Network Libraries 
OCLCFED             FEDLINK OCLC Users Discussion List 
OVOP-L              LC Overseas Operations Discussion List 
PARL-INFO           Parliamentary Information Centers Discussion Group 
PCCAVC              Cooperative Cataloguing A/V Core Record Task Group 
PCCLIST             Program for Cooperative Cataloging 
PCCPOL              Program for Cooperative Cataloging 
PCCTG1              Program for Cooperative Cataloging 
PCCTG2              Program for Cooperative Cataloging 
PCCTRNG             Cooperative Cataloguing Training Subgroup 
PRESS               Announcements from the Office of the Librarian 
REFTALKLC           Reference Forum Steering Committee 
ROMANIA-L           Not in use yet   ...  Coming Soon  ... 
SF-LIT              Science Fiction and Fantasy Listserv 
USCOPYRIGHT         U.S. Copyright Office NewsNet 
USMARC              USMARC 
USMARCCI            USMARC _ Community Information Format User's Group 
UTECH               Unicode Technical Issues Task Force (MARBI) 
WEBTEAM             Library of Congress Web Developers 
WHRG                U.S. Women's History Resource Guide 
ZCLIENT             Public Domain Z39.50-1995 Client Discussion List 
ZDL-PROFILE         Z39.50 Digital Library Profile  [LOC use only] 
ZSTARTS             Z39.50 Profile for the Stanford Project 
13. Chapter 55, "Never Index Your Own Book," from Vonnegut's _Cat's Cradle_ 
(Sent by Jo Falcon to the email distribution list for her indexing class, 
SJSU SLIS, Spring 1998.) 
     -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  - 
As promised in class, here's Chapter 55, "Never Index Your Own Book," 
from Kurt Vonnegut's _Cat's Cradle_ (1963: Holt Rinehart Winston, NY). 
I've edited slightly, mostly to take out things that don't make sense 
till you read the whole book and to save myself carpal tunnel syndrome. 
[The narrator is on a plane en route for the Island of San Lorenzo and 
is reading a history of the island (major characters: the dictator 
Monzano and the rasta-Zen prophet Bokonon), written by Philip Castle, 
whose father founded the hospital called the House of Hope and Mercy in 
the Jungle.] 
As for the life of "Aamons, Mona," the index itself gave a jangling, 
surrealistic picture of the many conflicting forces that had been 
brought to bear on her and of her dismayed reactions to them. 
"Aamons, Mona," the index said, "adopted by Monzano in order to boost 
Monzano's popularity, 194-199, 216n.; childhood in compound of House of 
Hope and Mercy, 63-81; childhood romance with P. Castle, 72f; death of 
father, 89ff; death of mother, 92f; embarrassed by role as national 
erotic symbol, 80, 95f, 166 n, 209, 247n, 40-406, 566n, 678; engaged to 
P. Castle, 193; essential naivete, 67-71, 80, 95f, 16n, 209, 274n, 
400-406, 56n, 678; lives with Bokonon, 92-98, 196-197; poems about, 2n, 
26, 114, 119, 311, 316, 477n, 501, 507, 555n, 689, 718ff, 799ff, 800n, 
841, 846ff, 908n, 971, 974; poems by, 89, 92, 193; returns to Monzano, 
199; returns to Bokonon, 197; runs away from Bokonon, 199; runs away 
from Monzano, 197; tries to make self ugly in order to stop being 
erotic symbol to islanders, 80, 95f, 116n, 209, 247n, 400-46, 566n, 
678; tutored by Bokonon, 63-80; writes letter to United Nations, 200; 
xylophone virtuoso, 71." 
I showed this index entry to the Mintons, asking them if it didn't 
think it was an enchanting biography in itself, a biography of a 
reluctant goddess of love.  I got an unexpectedly expert answer, as one 
does in life sometimes.  It appeared that Claire Minton, in her time, 
had been a professional indexer.  I had never heard of such a 
profession before...  She said that indexing was a thing only the most 
amateurish author undertook to do for his own book.  I asked her what 
she thought of Philip Castle's job. 
"Flattering to the author, insulting to the reader," she said.  "In a 
hyphenated word," she said with the shrewd amiability of an expert, 
"_self-indulgent_.  I'm always embarrassed when I see an index an 
author has made of his own work.  It's a revealing thing... a shameless 
"He's obviously in love with this Mona Aamons Monzano...  He has mixed 
feelings about his father... He's insecure... He'll never marry her... 
I've said all I'm going to say," she said. 
*  *  * 
Sometime later, Ambassador Minton and I met in the aisle of the 
airplane, away from his wife, and he showed me that it was important to 
him that I respect what his wife could find out from indexes. 
"You know why Castle will never marry the girl, even though he loves 
her, even though they grew up together?" he whispered... "Because he's 
a homosexual.  She can tell that from the index, too." 
14. Art Crimes: The Writing On the Wall 
Art Crimes was the first graffiti site on the Web, and with over 2,000 
images of graffiti from over 80 international cities, it is probably the 
largest. Art Crimes' stated goal is to "provide cultural information and 
resources and to help preserve and document the constantly disappearing 
paintings." The site provides a comprehensive education on graffiti art for 
all visitors and also offers assistance to artists and writers who wish to 
contribute to Art Crimes' efforts to preserve graffiti by making it 
digital. Take advantage of the bibliography of books and articles, and 
links to Websites on graffiti and art in general. The What's New section 
provides a list of ongoing Web features at Art Crimes. For example, among 
the October listings, "HUH? has a whole new look" is a show of graffiti on 
Polish train cars. Artists should look under "How to Contribute to Art 
Crimes" for resources to help them get their art online, including tips on 
scanning and HTML tutorials. [DS] 
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