Library Juice 1:46 - December 23, 1998

 
 
Contents: 
 
1. CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS IN AN EARTH-FRIENDLY WAY 
2. Iraq Info sources 
3. Mark Rosenzweig's letter on Iraq sent to Clinton with 90 signatures 
4. A-INFOS News Service 
5. Five Holiday Sites 
6. NAACP urges support for libraries 
7. Free Speech Groups Say "No" to Library Filters (IFEA) 
8. Law Library Resource Xchange - legal Webzine for legal researchers 
9. Native American Constitution and Law Digitization Project 
10. Letter urging action to encourage UCB SIMS to seek ALA accreditation 
11. Melissa Riley's eloquent statement in favor of the above 
12. SALON magazine article on the E-rate -excerpts 
13. Exploring Chocolate [RealPlayer] 
14. Toys Through Time - http://toys.eb.com/ 
15. HOLIDAY SCIENCE WEBSITES 
16. Ann Symons' letter to Council about The Guadalajara Book Fair 
17. Merry Christmas from IFLA 
 
 
Quote for the week: 
 
"Let me say this as clearly as I can: No matter how sharp a grievance 
or how deep a hurt, there is no justification for killing innocents." 
 
-Bill Clinton in his speech to Palestinians in Gaza City, December 14 
 
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1. CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS IN AN EARTH-FRIENDLY WAY 
 
EDF DISPATCH: From Environmental Defense Fund 
Tuesday, December 22, 1998 
 
Make Your Holidays Joyous and Green 
 
For this Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa, EDF offers some practical 
tips for reducing holiday waste without reducing holiday cheer. 
 
http://www.edf.org/pubs/NewsReleases/1998/Dec/b_holiday.html 
 
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2. Iraq Info sources 
 
 
You can read press releases from groups opposed to war and email an 
anti-war letter to U.S. officials through the Iraq Action Coalition. 
http://leb.net/IAC/ 
 
See also mainstream media "Target Iraq Links" suggested by MSNBC: 
http://www.wfla.com/iraq.htm 
 
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For a time-line of U.S. statements about the sanctions on Iraq, see: 
http://www.accuracy.org/iraq 
 
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Link contributed by Chuck0: photos, sound, and video from Dec. 16 protest in 
Washington DC: 
 
 http://www.sinkers.org/iraq_demo-dec98 
 
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3. Mark Rosenzweig's letter on Iraq sent to Clinton with 90 signatures 
 
Read the signed letter of protest already sent to Clinton and the names and 
affiliations of the approximately 90 signatories, at: 
 
http://www.libr.org/PLG/iraq12-16-98.html 
 
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4. A-INFOS News Service 
 
 
In the struggle for a free society, 
  we distribute news and articles in 
   several languages, covering a 
       wide range of areas. 
     These include workplace, 
        environmental and 
  anti-imperialist struggles as well 
    as the fight against racism, 
     sexism and homophobia. 
 
URL: http://www.ainfos.ca/ 
 
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5. Five Holiday Sites 
 
Christmas Recipe.com 
http://www.christmasrecipe.com/ 
 
NORAD Tracks Santa Web Site [Quicktime] 
http://www.noradsanta.org/ 
 
Jewish Communication Network Hanukkah Page 
http://www.jcn18.com/default.asp?content=article703 
 
Online Kwanzaa Resource Guide [RealPlayer] 
http://www.itskwanzaatime.com/ 
 
Guide to a Hassle-Free Holiday -- _Consumer Reports_ 
http://www.consumerreports.org/news/holiday/ 
 
The winter holidays are fast upon us, and these sites will help users 
celebrate, learn, and survive. The first site is yet another offering from 
All Recipes.com (see the November 20, 1998 Scout Report ). Like its sister 
sites, Christmas Recipe.com offers a large number of holiday recipes, 
browseable by category or alphabetically or searchable by keyword. The site 
also features a Glossary, Top Ten Recipes, Hints, Recipe Exchange, and a 
Recipe Roulette. Users anxious to chart Santa's progress from the North 
Pole to their chimney can visit NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense 
Command), which has redirected its formidable radar arrays on Christmas Eve 
for the past 42 years. The site will offer up-to-the-minute location briefs 
on Christmas Eve. In the meantime, users can read up on NORAD's analysis of 
Santa's secrets, including the Milk and Cookie Theory, as well view 
technical data on Santa's sleigh, "a versatile, all weather, multipurpose, 
vertical short-take-off and landing vehicle." There are a few days of 
Hanukkah left, and users can visit the Jewish Communication Network 
Hanukkah Page to learn Hanukkah history and How-To, pick up some recipes, 
and spin the Virtual Dreidle. The site also provides a number of related 
links. The Online Kwanzaa Resource Guide addresses some of the deeper 
issues behind the holiday and its rituals. The site offers text and 
RealPlayer clips from scholars addressing the meaning and observance of the 
holiday (including Dr. Maulana Karenga, who created Kwanzaa in 1966), an 
overview of debates over the commercialization of Kwanzaa, RealPlayer music 
samples, and a listing of Kwanzaa events in the Chicago area. Finally, 
_Consumer Reports_ Online provides a special holiday section with tips on 
gift delivery, shopping, and avoiding overspending; reviews of educational 
toys, kitchen knives, and greeting card software; information on charitable 
giving; and a report on buying online. [MD] 
 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998. 
http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/ 
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6. NAACP urges support for libraries 
 
>From AFAS-L, by way of EQUILIBR: 
 
 
NAACP urges support for libraries 
By Mary Landers 
Savannah Morning News 
 
ABSTRACT: 
The grass-roots organization challenges the 
library board's assertion that the branches 
are underused. Its survey of community groups around 
each threatened branch showed they 
brought a total of 600 children a week to 
the small libraries, even though these 
libraries have limited hours. 
 
 
The Savannah branch of the NAACP opposes the closing of six branch 
libraries that have lost their funding in the library board's proposed 
budget. 
 
"We contacted the Chatham County Commission to put 
funding in the budget so that libraries aren't shut down in inner city 
communities, many in public housing projects," said Curtis Cooper, 
president of the Savannah branch of the National Association for the 
Advancement of Colored People. 
 
He made his remarks to about 40 people gathered at a Sunday mass 
meeting of the NAACP at First Bryan Baptist Church. 
 
The affected library branches are: Ola Wyeth, Hitch, W.W. Law, 
Ogeechee,Kayton and Port Wentworth. 
 
Organizers of the Concerned Citizens for Library Preservation also 
spoke at the meeting. They said talks with the library board have been 
frustrating. For example, the board was unable to provide detailed 
information about how much the six branches cost to run, though it 
eventually estimated the combined cost at $216,000. 
 
The outreach program designed to replace the branch services would 
cost more than $300,000. 
 
"We maintain that the library board is dealing with the public in 
 bad faith," said Timothy Mackey of Concerned Citizens for Library 
Preservation. "Our only recourse is to go to the Chatham County 
Commission in huge numbers and get them to understand this is a 
community problem." 
 
Brenda Johnson has little hope of seeing her neighborhood library open 
again, but she came to the NAACP meeting to show her support for 
residents near the threatened branches. The Yamacraw Village resident 
said the branch library her four sons frequented was closed for 
remodeling earlier this decade and never reopened. 
 
"That's why I think it's important to help other branches that are 
closing," she said. 
 
Reporter Mary Landers can be reached at 652-0337. 
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7. Free Speech Groups Say "No" to Library Filters (IFEA) 
 
 
>From _The EPIC Alert_ Vol 5.20   http://www.epic.org 
 
Members of the Internet Free Expression Alliance (IFEA) submitted a 
joint statement to the National Commission on Library and Information 
Science (NCLIS) on December 14, urging the Library Commission to oppose 
the use of Internet filters in public libraries when it issues its 
forthcoming report on "Kids and the Internet."  EPIC joined with nine 
other organizations in recommending a "user education" approach to the 
issue of objectionable online content, rather than relying on clumsy 
and often ineffective filtering systems. 
 
The joint statement cites the recent federal court decision in the 
Loudoun County case, which found that placing filters on all library 
computers violated the First Amendment rights of adult patrons (see 
EPIC Alert 5.18).  The judge in that case (a former librarian) held 
that a government body like a library "cannot avoid its constitutional 
obligation by contracting out its decisionmaking to a private entity" 
such as a software vendor."  The decision was issued two weeks after 
NCLIS held a public hearing to discuss the use of Internet filtering 
systems in libraries.  The Library Commission has said the purpose of 
its November hearing was "to hear firsthand from experts on the 
problems and complex issues arising from what NCLIS Vice Chair Martha 
Gould described as the 'dark side of the Internet.'" 
 
The NCLIS report on "Kids and the Internet: The Promise and the Perils" 
is expected to be released as early as the first week of January. 
 
The full text of the IFEA members' statement is available at: 
 
     http://www.ifea.net/joint_nclis_statement.html 
 
More information on IFEA is available from: 
 
     http://www.ifea.net/ 
 
 
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8. Law Library Resource Xchange - legal Webzine for legal researchers 
 
 
(Announcement from NewJour-L) 
 
Law Library Resource Xchange 
 
http://www.llrx.com/ 
 
LLRX is the free legal Webzine providing current, comprehensive resources 
for legal professionals and law librarians on research, marketing and 
information technology solutions. 
 
There is no subscription fee for our site, which is updated on the 1st and 
15th of each month.  Each digital issue features articles, departments and 
columns with up-to-date information written by expert law librarians, 
attorneys, information specialists and legal technology consultants. LLRX 
highlights a broad range of topics including Congressional activities, 
World Wide Web sites, training resources and the challenges posed to those 
in the legal community by the continually expanding electronic world. 
 
Contact: 
 
editors[at]llrx.com. 
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9. Native American Constitution and Law Digitization Project 
 
http://thorpe.ou.edu/ 
 
A cooperative effort from the University of Oklahoma Law Center, the 
National Indian Law Library (NILL), and Native American tribes, this site 
offers access to the full texts of selected legal documents. Among these 
are Constitutions, Tribal Codes, Charters, Indian Land Titles, and 
summaries of recent US Supreme Court cases that have involved or affected 
Native Americans. At present, the Project provides only about 30 documents 
total, but scholars and users with an interest in Native American legal 
issues will want to monitor the site. [MD] 
 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998. 
http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/ 
 
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10. Letter urging action to encourage UCB SIMS to seek ALA accreditation 
 
(For those who think UC Berkeley still has a library school. -ed.) 
 
 
PLEASE FORWARD (apologies for duplication) 
From: Corliss Lee <clee[at]LIBRARY.BERKELEY.EDU> 
 
 
The UC Berkeley School of Information Management and Systems (SIMS), 
formerly the School of Library and Information Studies, has decided not to 
seek ALA accreditation.  According to the Daily Calfornian, the campus 
newspaper, the decision was made by the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor and 
SIMS Dean because the administration finds accreditation for professional 
programs to be time-consuming, expensive and to have little discernible 
value. 
 
I think ethnic librarians should protest this decision.  Yet one more 
library school has bit the dust; yet one more school thinks that 
technology for corporations is more important than service to the public, 
let alone ethnic minorities. 
 
Please send your comments to the following addresses.  Physical letters, 
whether mailed or faxed, carry more weight than e-mail messages, but 
please send whatever you can.  The university is closed beween December 24 
and January 3.  I'm going to write as soon as possible, but in fact the 
campaign needs to take place both before and after the holidays; we can't 
let the issue die becauase of the holidays. 
 
 
Your message doesn't have to be long.  Things you may want to include: 
 
* your current position and if it's relevant, what that includes 
(especially helpful if your position is technical but you still feel an 
ALA-accredited degree was essential) 
 
* affiliation to UCB or the school, if any 
 
* whether or not your current (and past) employers require a degree from 
an ALA-accredited program 
 
* if you are an employer or hiring authority, how lack of accreditation 
affects your ability to hire. 
 
* the impact on (society, California, the economy, k-12, higher education, 
the public good, etc.!) that libraries and librarians have and how NOT 
having an ALA-accredited school at UCB will negatively impact all those 
things 
 
* what librarians add to the information universe that computers alone 
cannot provide 
 
* and anything else you feel would make a succinct, rational case that 
would be comprehensible to university administrators. 
 
 
if you like, you can cc: the SIMS Alumni Association (though this message 
is my personal message,not from them): 
 
UCB SIMS Alumni Association 
102 South Hall 
University of California 
Berkeley, CA  94720-4600 
 
 
 
 
Mail or fax copies to: 
 
Chancellor Robert Berdahl 
200 California Hall 
University of California 
Berkeley, CA  94720-1500 
FAX:  510-643-5499 
 
 
Vice Chancellor Carol Christ 
200 California Hall 
University of California 
Berkeley, CA  94720-1500 
FAX:  510-643-5499 
 
 
Dean Hal Varian 
School of Information Management and Systems 
102 South Hall 
University of California 
Berkeley, CA  94720-4600 
FAX:  510-642-5814 
 
Daily Californian 
PO Box 1949 
Berkeley, CA  94701-0949 
FAX:  510-849-2803 
 
Chair of the Regents of the University of California 
John Davies 
Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble & Mallory 
501 West Broadway, Suite 900 
San Diego, CA 92101 
FAX:  (619) 233-1158 
 
 
(note:  there are 26 regents and no single mailing or e-mail address for 
them.  if you address mail to the Office of the Secretary of the Regents, 
1111 Franklin St. in Oakland, they will not forward letters to the 
Regents; they might mention letters in their report of communications. 
For the addresses and other information about the regents, see 
http://www.ucop.edu/regents/    ) 
 
 
E-mail addresses: 
 
Chancellor Robert Berdahl (c/o Joyce deVries, his executive assistant) 
 
     joycedev[at]uclink4.berkeley.edu 
 
Vice Chancellor Carol Christ 
 
     cchrist[at]uclink4.berkeley.edu 
 
Dean Hal Varian 
 
     hal[at]sims.berkeley.edu 
 
Daily Californian 
 
     opinion[at]dailycal.org 
 
UCB SIMS  Alumni Association (c/o co-president Chris Orr) 
 
     chriso[at]sirius.com 
 
 
Thank you for your time!  Library education is in a crisis--do your part 
now, before it's too late! 
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11. Melissa Riley's eloquent statement in favor of the above 
 
 
There are many issues to hash out regarding accreditation, but 
I think swift action is in order. We can all work together to 
understand what endangers our profession as it evolves, expands, 
deepens, and broadens. Should it be contained, delimited, abandoned? 
And how? But for now,  know that the University of California has 
reneged on  assurances. Our profession cannot look the other way. 
Accreditation assures  that librarianship will not be utterly devalued. 
 
Please ask Chancellor Berdahl of UC Berkeley to live up to the promise 
made by the previous chancellor and to meet the continual--now 
abandoned--assurances of Dean Varian that the School of Information 
Management and Systems would make a serious effort to apply for and 
receive ALA accreditation. Putting off a decision to apply for five 
years is merely an attempt to stall and deflate while the program 
develops in another direction, disregarding our professional 
imperatives.  Accreditation is a process and will require dialogue 
and negotiation which will be good for SIMS and our community. 
 
ALA assured the school when it was in the process of disestablishment 
and resurrection that accreditation would be appropriate for the new 
school and would not be a problem. The Alumni Association has worked in 
good faith  for six years to foster a successor school which would 
continue to produce members of our profession.  ALA accreditation 
requires (I am told) merely that a school live up to its own avowed 
mission. This may seem oddly lacking in external standards, but such 
self-fulfillment may be temporarily most appropriate in a profession 
which is burgeoning in various directions. 
 
If any assumed standard needs to be enforced, perhaps schools which want 
accreditation should demonstrate their success in instilling the service 
orientation which characterizes librarians however far from a library 
building they practice the competencies learned in  their master's 
programs. Those who graduate from "Library School"  must know how to 
serve the needs of human beings for assimilable knowledge and information 
and how to create and manage information systems and policies that will 
serve our collective and individual interests sustainably over time. 
I would like to be sure UC Berkeley does just that. 
 
"The Library", like "The Church", is an institution, not a building. 
Or, even further, "The Library" writ large may even be a body of people 
working with information entities and systems to insure the proper 
feedback of knowledge our cultures and our world require to survive 
healthily and to evolve over time. 
 
Librarians can serve their calling outside of traditional buildings or 
even digital institutions, just as The Reverend Mr. Rogers fulfills his 
ministry using television and puppets, teaching children to respect 
their own feelings, to love themselves and thus others. We can still be 
librarians while working for publishers, movie studios, software 
companies, news organizations, or the OMB; while working as chief 
information officers, corporate researchers, members of Congress, 
website managers, or professors of information studies.  "Library" 
and "librarian" can grow metaphorically to encompass an evolving 
variety of settings and jobs--as long as the right relationship to 
people and to knowledge is maintained. 
 
 
Melissa Riley 
Librarian, San Francisco Public Library 
Member,  Alumni Association, UC Berkeley SIMS 
1721 Cedar Street 
Berkeley CA  94703 
510 524-2155     Fax  524-5938 
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12. SALON magazine article on the E-rate -excerpts 
 
 
The following article appeared in the 'e-zine', SALON Magazine on 12/16/98: 
(http://www.salonmagazine.com/21st/feature/1998/12/16feature.html) 
 
Boon or boondoggle? 
THE E-RATE SUBSIDIZES NET ACCESS FOR SCHOOLS 
AND LIBRARIES -- AND YOUR TELEPHONE COMPANY 
WANTS TO KILL IT. 
BY NICHOLAS CONFESSORE 
 
excerpts follow: 
 
According to conservatives, it's the biggest big-government 
boondoggle to come along in years: "A hidden 
tax," thunder Reps. Billy Tauzin, R-La., and Jerry 
Weller, R-Ill. A "new entitlement," trumpets the 
Cato Institute's Lawrence Gasman. "Sticking it to 
the taxpayer," rails Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont. 
 
 
So just as the original Universal Service was 
implemented to provide all Americans with equal 
access to phone services, the E-Rate was intended 
to help erase the "digital divide," the gap between 
technology haves and have-nots. The E-Rate -- 
which Congress passed as part of the 1996 
Telecommunications Act -- had broad bipartisan 
support, partly because it wasn't supposed to cost 
consumers a dime. Rather, the telephone 
companies expected to rake in so much dough 
from the law's deregulation provisions that they 
gladly agreed to the E-Rate as an explicit quid pro 
quo. It was, says Jeffrey Chester of the Center for 
Media Education, "the only major public interest 
provision of the 1996 Telecom Act." 
 
 
Lately it's begun to dawn on some of the sharper 
telecommunications companies that the average 
wired family of the future would be accessing the 
Web and sending e-mail over local telephone lines. 
The current E-Rate only applies to schools and 
libraries, but the industry "views the program as a 
dangerous precedent," according to Harris. If the 
E-Rate is successful, affordable Internet access 
might become viewed as an essential good  la 
basic phone service, threatening the vast profits 
telecommunications companies hope to earn from 
exponential growth in Internet usage. That's why 
they're working so hard to completely sever any 
connection between the E-Rate and the Universal 
Service concept. 
 
To avoid seeming anti-education, Republicans are 
pushing a Tauzin-Weller bill that would scrap the 
E-Rate program in favor of that perennial 
Republican panacea, block grants. 
 
Switching to block grants would yank the E-Rate 
out from under the protective rubric of Universal 
Service and throw it into the normal appropriations 
process, where it will be subject to the usual 
horse-trading. 
 
Enter the rhetoric of entitlement. By characterizing 
the E-Rate as a "hidden tax" and a "new 
entitlement," Republicans, conservative think 
tanks and industry lobbyists cast it as an 
ideological child of the welfare state -- just another 
"big government" program sucking money from 
the taxpayer. Because they are also proposing to 
cut the general phone excise tax, the GOP gets to 
be the party of both fiscal responsibility and 
educational largess. 
 
"What we're doing is cutting taxes for nearly 
everyone in America and saving the E-Rate 
program in the process," as Tauzin has put it. 
Meanwhile, companies like AT&T and 
BellAtlantic have begun to itemize the "cost" of 
Universal Service on phone bills, frequently 
adding a hefty surcharge to cover "administrative 
expenses." In combination, these strategies aim to 
convince consumers not only that they are being 
bilked, but that they are being bilked for the 
benefit of the poor -- the ThinkPad Queens, if you 
will. 
 
 
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Gerry Maginnity, Coordinator 
Mountain-Valley Library System 
828 I St., Suite 524 
Sacramento, CA 95814-2508 
VOX: 916-264-2722     FAX:  916-441-3425    e-mail: mvls[at]ns.net 
http://www.mvls.lib.ca.us/ 
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13. Exploring Chocolate [RealPlayer] 
 
http://www.exploratorium.edu/exploring/index.html 
 
"More than a food but less than a drug." From the San Francisco-based site 
Exploratorium (described in the February 21, 1997 Scout Report) comes a 
yummy compendium exploring chocolate from bean to bar and beyond. Divided 
into topical sections, the site examines everything from the processing of 
the cacao beans into chocolate to the chemical makeup and possible health 
benefits from indulging. Video and audio clips highlight the text, 
including video shot in the Amazon showing the process of cutting open and 
tasting cacao fruit and audio interviews with a chocolate researcher. There 
is also a tour of a chocolate factory, a great bibliography, and a quick 
lesson in tempering chocolate to make candies. So if you're looking to 
improve your temper during the hectic holiday season, indulge yourself for 
a few minutes at this site. But be warned, by the end of your visit, you'll 
probably find yourself yearning for something more than a virtual 
indulgence. [REB] 
 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998. 
http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/ 
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14. Toys Through Time - http://toys.eb.com/ 
 
 
        This site from Encyclopaedia Britannica presents an 
        extensive look at toys through history. Includes detailed 
        information on many toys including the teddy bear, Daisy 
        Air Rifle, G.I. Joe, dollhouses, toy soldiers, electric trains, 
        Lincoln Logs, and much more! There is also a list of books 
        for all levels of toy collectors and enthusiasts. The site is 
        graphics-heavy and frame based, but a text version is 
        available. - ht 
 
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New from Librarians' Index to the Internet: 
http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/InternetIndex/ 
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15. HOLIDAY SCIENCE WEBSITES 
 
 
(Posted to several listservs, please excuse duplication) 
 
This is a special holiday edition of the NSF Library Newsletter.  The Staff 
of the NSF Library presents it as our holiday gift to you.   We have dusted 
this off from last year, repaired the links, and added a few.   Enjoy! 
 
There are lots of Holiday sites on the WWW, but you won't find just Santa 
and dreidels here!  We have chosen sites for your enjoyment that are of 
special interest to NSF, but still, we hope, reflect some of the joys of 
the season! 
 
1.  E-MAIL A HOLIDAY POSTCARD 
 
There are lots of sites that allow you to send a traditional holiday 
postcard to your friends, but NASA provides a site that has lovely 
postcards with an astronomical theme--for example, a picture of the earth 
taken from space and presented as a Christmas tree ball!  Add your own 
personal message and enjoy!  Visit the Observatorium at: 
 
http://observe.ivv.nasa.gov/nasa/fun/postcard/sendcard.html 
 
2.  NORTHERN LIGHTS ABLAZE ON YOUR COMPUTER 
 
For gorgeous photographs of this phenomenon, from both the earth and from 
space, and for a quick-time movie showing the shimmer, check this site from 
San Francisco's famous Exploratorium Museum: 
 
http://www.exploratorium.edu/learning_studio/auroras/ 
 
Or check out the contribution of Norway's Northern Lights Planetarium at: 
 
http://www.uit.no/npt/nordlyset/nordlyset.en.html 
 
3.  SOLO FROM THE POLE 
 
Will Steger has returned from his solo visit to the North Pole, and the 
National Geographic Society presents this site with photographs and journal 
entries: 
 
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/97/ice/index2.html 
 
Or check the discussions of the various exploration expeditions of the 
Arctic and introductions to the indigenous peoples of the Arctic around the 
world on the Arctic Circle page at: 
 
http://www.lib.uconn.edu/ArcticCircle/HistoryCulture/ 
 
Greenland is close enough to the North Pole to count as possible Santa-land 
in my book!  You can get a fabulous free Yupik Mask Screensaver at: 
 
http://www.greenland-guide.gl/masks/default.htm 
 
4.  REINDEER AND THEIR COUSINS 
 
What would the holiday be without reindeer?  Or at least their close 
cousins, the caribou.  The 160,000 animals that make up the Porcupine 
Caribou Herd range throughout the Northern Yukon and neighbouring Alaska 
and Northwest Territories. What are the effects of global climate change on 
the Herd? How do they distribute themselves within their range? What is the 
influence of snow density, wind, and insect harrassment on them? Such 
knowledge is essential in building computer models to predict the impact of 
climate change in the caribou population. Enjoy the gorgeous SLIDE SHOW at: 
 
http://www.cciw.ca/eman-temp/reports/publications/nysoe/index/pch/pc_index.h 
tml 
 
Or the slide show (of real reindeer) at the University of Alaska Reindeer 
Research Program at: 
 
http://reindeer.salrm.alaska.edu/slideshow.htm 
 
For information on these lovely animals, go to the fact-filled Caribou FAQ at: 
 
http://www.r7.fws.gov/nwr/arctic/carcon.html 
 
5.  YULE CAT 
 
Of course there are other animals associated with the holiday season as 
well, bound by myths and folktales and cultural traditions.  For instance, 
"from Iceland comes the legend of the sinister and gargantuan Yule Cat, 
who, it seems, is ready to eat lazy humans. Those who did not help with the 
work of their village to finish all work on the autumn wool by Yule time 
got a double whammy -- they missed out on the Yule reward of a new article 
of clothing, and they were threatened with becoming sacrifices for the 
dreaded Yule Cat."  Read about this and other traditions of Yule, Solstice, 
and Saturnalia at: 
 
http://www.candlegrove.com/home.html 
 
6.  THE HOLLY AND THE IVY (AND THE MISTLETOE) 
 
What would the season be without wreaths and garlands?  This site at Texas 
A&M has gorgeous botanical images, full plant, leaves, flowers, etc.  Do a 
search on Ilex, Hedera, or Loranthaceae. 
 
http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/FLORA/gallery.htm 
 
For those with a special interest in folklore and legends, you might enjoy 
visiting a page with discussions of the various beliefs about mistletoe at: 
 
http://www.scenicity.com/mistletoexpress/lore.html 
 
Find other traditional beliefs about these botanical specimens at: 
 
http://www.circlesanctuary.org/pholidays/YulePlants.html 
 
7.  THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM 
 
Many planetariums present shows on the Star of Bethlehem at this season, 
but no matter how hard you try to be careful and well-researched, errors 
can creep into the presentation.  Find out what some of the common errors 
are in the article by John Mosely, program director at the Griffith 
Observatory, at: 
 
http://www.griffithobs.org/IPSChristmasErrors.html 
 
Griffith Observatory also offers a good list of Star of Bethlehem web 
resources at: 
 
http://www.griffithobs.org/StarofBethlehem.html 
 
You may not expect something as spectacular as the Star of Bethlehem this 
year, but to keep track of what you might see in the holiday night sky, 
check out the weekly report of the Star Gazer, whom you may have heard on 
various NPR stations, at: 
 
http://www.jackstargazer.com/scriptoftheweek.html 
 
8.  FOR THE SCROOGES AMONG US 
 
For a discussion of the scientific reasons Santa cannot possibly exist, try 
the "Science--Bah Humbug!" page by Bill Drennon at: 
 
http://www.cvc.org/christmas/science.htm 
 
9.  WILL THERE BE A WHITE CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR? 
 
The National Climatic Data Center brings you a region-by-region examination 
of the climatological chances for a white Christmas in the continental 
United States at: 
 
http://www.stormfax.com/whtexmas.htm 
 
(Only 13% chance for Washington, DC.) 
 
What does snow really look like, anyway?  Check out the fascinating 
electron microscope images of snow crystals at: 
 
http://www.lpsi.barc.usda.gov/emusnow/ 
 
or join the fun by making your own snowflake images (if you have a 
microscope handy) using the instructions at: 
 
http://www.micscape.simplenet.com/mag/articles/snow.html 
 
More snow resources can be found at the links page at: 
 
http://www-nsidc.colorado.edu/NSIDC/EDUCATION/SNOW/web_resources.html 
 
10.  WHEN IS WINTER, ANYWAY? 
 
For the exact time of the winter solstice for any year between 1992 and 
2000, check the chart provided by the University of Virginia at: 
 
http://www.astro.virginia.edu/~eww6n/astro/WinterSolstice.html 
 
11.  HOLIDAY FUN FOR LINGUISTS 
 
The Linguists among us will enjoy a discussion of the 15 ways Hannukkah can 
be transliterated into English at: 
 
http://www.comsynrye.org/xanuka.html 
 
Or marvel at the 32 words for snow in the Inupiat Eskimo Dictionary, listed 
at: 
 
http://www.peaknet.org/rec/snoword2.html 
 
or the 49 compiled from the West Greenlandic Dialect by Stuart P. Derby at: 
 
http://www.peaknet.org/rec/snowword.html 
 
Or learn to sign "Merry Christmas" at: 
 
http://www.cvc.org/christmas/sign_mc.htm 
 
12.  THE CHEMISTRY OF CHRISTMAS 
 
Ever wonder what the "smell of Christmas" might look like?  Check out the 
"Swedish Christmas Chemistry site at: 
 
http://www.santesson.com/christ/chemhome.htm 
 
You will find chemical formulas for compounds and processes in spices, 
lutefisk (yummy!), Christmas trees, candlelight, sparklers, and glogg 
(spiced wine).  If you want more information on these chemical structures, 
check them out in CS Chemfinder at: 
 
http://chemfinder.camsoft.com/advanced/ 
 
You can search by name or chemical structure (and more) to find detailed 
structure, melting points, boiling points, specific gravity, and more! 
 
MORE TRADITIONAL SITES: 
 
For fuller coverage of Internet sites on Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, 
Ramadan, and the other holidays we all enjoy, go to the Yahoo "Holidays" 
site at: 
 
http://www.yahoo.com/Society_and_Culture/Holidays/ 
 
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR, FROM YOUR NSF LIBRARY STAFF! 
 
THIS NEWSLETTER IS DISTRIBUTED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY, AND DOES 
NOT REPRESENT ENDORSEMENT OF ANY PRODUCT OR ENTITY OR WEBSITE BY THE 
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. 
 
Compiled by Stephanie Bianchi, 12/97.  Revised 11/98. 
______________________________________________________________________________ 
 
 
 
16. Ann Symons' letter to Council about The Guadalajara Book Fair 
 
 
To:  ALA Council 
From:  Ann Symons 
 
Sitting at my desk looking at the snow reminds me how beautiful the weather 
was in Guadalajara for the 12th Feria Internacional de Libros (FIL).  Sarah 
Long and I both had the privilege of attending on behalf of ALA.  Bill 
Gordon will fill in some of the details in his next report to Council. 
 
Being able to see first hand the diversity of ALA's activities, how we are 
helping our members - and ultimately the people who use our libraries, was 
quite special.  Most of the members attending were not people I knew so I 
was pleased to be able to meet and talk with another part of the ALA 
community. Never have I had so many members come up to me spontaneously and 
thank me for the work ALA is doing.  I often heard, "This is the best thing 
ALA has done."  This program has obviously struck a chord with those able 
to attend. 
 
Last year was the first year of an ALA/FIL partnership to encourage 
librarians at attend the book fair.  That partnership was renewed this year 
for three years.  185 librarians were able to attend FIL in November 
because the ALA/FIL partnership.  FIL provides three nights of housing, 
three breakfasts, and registration for the fair.  ALA provides $100.00 
towards airfare and an orientation for the librarians. 
 
This year's librarians' orientation - a first by ALA - was packed - both 
with information and with people.  Kudos to Sandra Rios Balderrama who put 
together and led the orientation with a star studded panel of librarians 
who have spent many years at the book fair:  Elissa Miller from Arlington 
County Public Library, Adan Griego, Stanford University, Armando Ramirez, 
San Mateo County Library, Toni Bissessar, Brooklyn Public Library, Deanne 
Aldridge and Gina Payne, Hays consolidated Independent School District, TX. 
 
They helped all of us get the most out of the fair.  And the fair - imagine 
an exhibit hall the size of ALA's Annual conference hall - and then imagine 
everything in Spanish.  Big publishers, small presses, and a range of 
materials to meeting the recreational and educational 
reading/listening/viewing needs of our growing Spanish speaking population 
of children and adults.  ALA was also an exhibitor.  A major part of FIL is 
also its lecture, author, and featured country program.  This year Puerto 
Rico  (I know it isn't a country!) was featured.  Willie Colon and his band 
played one evening outdoors! 
 
Sarah and I, along with Sandra, Michael Dowling, new in ALA's International 
Relations Office, and Annie Walter of same had breakfast with Margarita 
Sierra, one of the directors and founders of FIL.  She gives high praise to 
ALA -- to Peggy Barber and to ALA Past President Margaret Chisholm for 
their help through the years particularly when FIL was small. 
 
Margarita took us on a tour of a part of FIL that would "knock your socks 
off" - FIL Ninos.  Hundreds of local school children participating in 
planned activities designed to teach Mexican history, culture, self-esteem, 
care of the environment, etc.  Art, poetry, music, storytelling, theatre 
also made up components of this program. 
 
Mexico has neither a tradition of bookstores nor public libraries. FIL, 
which lasts a week and is open 9-9, is open to the public except for three 
9-5 professional days.  They come in droves.  All of Guadalajara is 
festooned with banners advertising/announcing FIL. 
 
David Unger, FIL's US representative and Olivia Macias of FIL will be 
attending Annual Conference in New Orleans.  Watch ALA News or contact 
Michael Dowling for more information on next year's program. 
______________________________________________________________________________ 
 
 
 
17. Merry Christmas from IFLA: 
 
 
 
 
                                 "X" 
                                "XXX" 
                               "XXXXX" 
                              "GOD JUL" 
                             "BUON ANNO" 
                            "FELIZ NATAL" 
                           "JOYEUX   NOEL" 
                          "VESELE   VANOCE" 
                         "MELE   KALIKIMAKA" 
                        "NODLAG  SONA  DHUIT" 
                       "BLWYDDYN  NEWYDD  DDA" 
                      """""""BOAS FESTAS""""""" 
                           "FELIZ NAVIDAD" 
                          "MERRY CHRISTMAS" 
                         "KALA CHRISTOUGENA" 
                        "VROLIJK  KERSTFEEST" 
                       "FROHLICHE WEIHNACHTEN" 
                      "BUON  NATALE-GODT NYTAR" 
                     "HUAN YING SHENG TAN CHIEH" 
                    "WESOLYCH SWIAT-SRETAN BOZIC" 
                   "MOADIM LESIMHA-LINKSMU KALEDU" 
                  "HAUSKAA JOULUA-AID SAID MOUBARK" 
                 """""""'N  PRETTIG  KERSTMIS""""""" 
                      "ONNZLLISTA UUTTA VUOTTA" 
                     "Z ROZHDESTYOM  KHRYSTOVYM" 
                    "NADOLIG LLAWEN-GOTT NYTTSAR" 
                   "FELIC NADAL-GOJAN KRISTNASKON" 
                  "S  NOVYM  GODOM-FELIZ ANO NUEVO" 
                 "GLEDILEG JOL-NOELINIZ KUTLU OLSUM" 
                "EEN GELUKKIG NIEUWJAAR-SRETAN BOSIC" 
               "KRIHSTLINDJA GEZUAR-KALA CHRISTOUGENA" 
              "SELAMAT HARI NATAL - LAHNINGU NAJU METU" 
             """""""SARBATORI FERICITE-BUON  ANNO""""""" 
                  "ZORIONEKO GABON-HRISTOS SE RODI" 
                 "BOLDOG KARACSONNY-VESELE  VIANOCE " 
                "MERRY CHRISTMAS  AND  HAPPY NEW YEAR" 
               "ROOMSAID JOULU PUHI -KUNG HO SHENG TEN" 
              "FELICES PASUAS -  EIN GLUCKICHES NEUJAHR" 
             "PRIECIGUS ZIEMAN SVETKUS  SARBATORI VESLLE" 
            "BONNE  ANNEBLWYDDYN  NEWYDD DDADRFELIZ  NATAL" 
           """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" 
                                XXXXX 
                                XXXXX 
                                XXXXX 
                            XXXXXXXXXXXXX 
 
 
 
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