Library Juice 1:47 - December 30, 1998

1. Online Library of Literature - 
2. PDR's for Cuba 
3. I.F. Stone's birthday was December 24th 
4. Library Services for Immigrants - FINFO 2000 
5. Telability Media Directory Available 
6. 1999 Legislative Hotline Directory 
7. Austin Public Library With Cyber Patrol Blocks Academic Article 
8. Web projects from INFO2000 and IST'98 European conferences 
9. Some Alternative Magazines and Newspapers 
10. Political discussion on ALA Council - a listserv debate 
11. Sheep (USDA) 
12. Here's to the Information Age: A Toast  (empty glasses - NETFUTURE #81) 
Quote for the week: 
"The extreme stereotype of the dowdy librarian with hair in a bun, glasses, 
a  companion cat, and a penchant for the quiet refuge of scholarship, will 
soon give way to the new extreme of a hot, young infoseeker with an ethnic 
background who fixes and finds digital things, creates and advises on 
electronic experiences, mediates at high vortexes, and crusades for the 
endangered planet and a spiritual life." 
-Elizabeth Martinez, "The Education of Librarians: What is ALA's Role?" 
January, 1997 _American Libraries_.  Also part of her graduation address for May, 1998 
SJSU SLIS graduates. 
1. Online Library of Literature - 
        A collection of literary classics available in full-text 
        HTML, including the works of L. Frank Baum, Honore de 
        Balzac, the Bronte sisters, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Lewis 
        Carroll, Charles Darwin, Rene Descartes, Charles 
        Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, John Milton, Jack London, 
        Lucy Maud Montgomery, Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Shelley, 
        Bram Stoker, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, and Voltaire. 
        More authors and works added regularly. - dl 
        Subjects: literature | full-text 
Librarians' Index to the Internet 
2. PDR's for Cuba 
Anyone wishing to find a good home for retired PDRs (Physicians Desk 
Reference) of recent vintage can send them to me and I will make sure 
that they get to Cuba, where they are very much needed. 
Ann Sparanese 
Englewood Public LIbrary 
31 Engle St. 
Englewood, NJ 07631 
3. I.F. Stone's birthday was December 24th 
1907 - Activist journalist I.F. "Izzy" Stone, US journalist, 
told it like it was, lives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Washington editor of "The Nation" magazine & founder of the 
legendary "I.F. Stone's Weekly", he specialized in publishing 
information ignored by the corporate media (which he often 
found in The Congressional Record & other public documents 
overlooked & too hard to find by the big-circulation dailies). 
Self-described "Jeffersonian Marxist," Stone combined 
progressive  politics, investigative zeal & a compulsion to 
tell the truth with a commitment to human rights & the 
exposure of injustice. Not unlike George Seldes before him & 
Noam Chomsky's work today, doing the job corporate media 
refuses to do. 
4. Library Services for Immigrants - FINFO 2000 
FINFO 2000,  the english edition. The most important link is "Out in the 
world", with pages in english and other languages. 
The best illustration would be the FINFO-illustration 
You will find some articles on this adress 
from our IFLA-meeting in Črhus last year. 
I have to thank Agot Berger, Aarhus, for this information. 
All the best to you for 1999 
Raimund Dehmlow 
5. Telability Media Directory Available 
The 1998-99 edition of America's Telability Media, published by the 
National Telability Media Center in Columbia, Missouri, contains more than 
1,200 listings of disability newsletter, television and radio programs. 
Each listing includes contact information, postal, Web site and e-mail 
addresses, telephone numbers.  Listings also provide circulation 
information.  The new directory is availabe free for downloading at the 
Freedom Forum's website - 
 The Freedom Forum is managed by the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt 
For people without internet access, the directory in print is $30 (mailing 
labels also can be purchased on disk for $1225, for unlimited use) from: 
Charlie Winston 
Telability Media 
P.O. Box 1488 
Columbia, MO  65205-1488 
phone (573)445-766 (voice) 
Make checks payable to Telability Media 
copyright 1998 The Disability News Service 
Clipped from Jan/Feb 1999 _Ragged Edge_ 
"Electric Edge": 
6. 1999 Legislative Hotline Directory 
The 1999 edition of our "Legislative Hotline Directory" is now available. 
This little directory lists the telephone numbers to call for legislative 
bill status information in all fifty states. 
To obtain a FREE copy, send an e-mail to grs[at] with the word 
"Hotline" (without the quotations) on the subject line. 
The directory is excerpted from the fourteenth edition of our annual "State 
Legislative Sourcebook," which is a comprensive resource guide to 
legislative information in the fifty states. 
Lynn Hellebust 
Government Research Service 
214 S.W. Sixth Avenue, Suite 301 
Topeka, Kansas 66603-3719 U.S.A. 
Voice (785) 232-7720 Fax (785) 232-1615 
E-mail grs[at] 
7. Austin Public Library With Cyber Patrol Blocks Academic Article 
From: Stefan Wray <sjw210[at]> 
Subject: Austin Public Library With Cyber Patrol Blocks Academic Article 
December 26, 1998 
Austin, TX (December 26, 1998) - A New York University doctoral student 
visiting Austin during the break between semesters was prevented, by Cyber 
Patrol, from accessing an article on the Internet in the Austin Public 
Library. This, in the age of increasing cyber-censorship, may not seem so 
unusual. But the article in question was an academic piece written by the 
student himself and the web location of the article was on New York 
University's server. 
In November, Stefan Wray, a student in NYU's Department of Culture and 
Communication delivered a presentation called "Electronic Civil 
Disobedience and the World Wide Web of Hacktivism" at an academic 
conference in Des Moines, Iowa, called the World Wide Web and Contemporary 
Cultural Theory. Several weeks later, Wray completed a paper based on his 
presentation and posted the article on his NYU web site. At the same time 
he sent the text to a Net-based art theory journal called Switch, located 
at San Jose State University, which published the article in their latest 
on-line edition. 
Since publishing the academic piece on his NYU web site and at Switch, Wray 
has received a number of requests from people who want to use the text. One 
of the people associated with Switch said it was the "hottest" piece that 
they had published. Recently, a German book publisher wrote Wray and asked 
if he could re-write the article and turn it into a chapter for a book that 
is due out next year. 
On Saturday afternoon, the day after Christmas, Wray went to use the 
computers at the Austin Public Library. He wanted to print some pieces from 
his web site. Everything was fine until he clicked on to the article in 
question. A message appeared on the screen stating that Cyber Patrol had 
blocked access. He tried a number of other articles in his archive and they 
were not blocked. 
The reference librarian explained that the Austin Public Library has no 
control over what Cyber Patrol chooses to block, nor did he understand 
precisely the method by which Cyber Patrol makes editorial decisions. The 
librarian also explained that the intent of Cyber Patrol was to prevent 
minors from gaining access to material that may be harmful to them, such as 
material of an indecent or obscene nature. 
Wray told the reference librarian that Cyber Patrol was blocking an 
academic article that was published on New York University's server and 
that the article was of a political nature. Wray also told the librarian 
that he had recently been reading a number of First Amendment cases 
involving the Internet and that he believed that the First Amendment widely 
protects content on the Internet and that the article in question, by all 
accounts, should be considered protected speech. 
The librarian said the matter was not really in his hands and suggested 
that Wray complete an "Austin Public Library Internet Comments Form" which 
would be sent to the library director, Brenda Branch. Wray completed the 
form and to the question regarding what action the library should take, he 
asked that the library ask Cyber Patrol for an explanation as to why there 
is a block on his article and to ask Cyber Patrol to remove the block. In 
addition, he asked the library to take this action within a reasonable 
amount of time and that he be provided with copies of all written 
communication between the library and Cyber Patrol on this matter. 
While there seems to be First Amendment grounds for a law suit against the 
Austin Public Library, no decision has been made on this matter. Wray, 
however, hopes to interest the Texas chapter of the American Civil 
Liberties Union, the Electronic Freedom Forum, and other groups concerned 
about protecting and guaranteeing First Amendment freedoms on the Internet. 
"Electronic Civil Disobedience and the World Wide Web of Hacktivism" can be 
read at 
8. Web projects from INFO2000 and IST'98 European conferences 
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     From the blizzard of paper at the INFO2000 and IST'98 conferences, 
     various projects and assorted European initiatives and their Web 
     sites, in no particular order. 
     Austrian projects featured in the IST'98 exhibition: 
     CULTH: cultural heritage in the global village: 
     MADMUD digital museums project, due to start November 1998. 
     MEDICI Framework: Multimedia for EDucation and employment through 
     Integrated Cultural Initiatives. Launched by DG XIII and DG X to 
     promote the use of multimedia technology for access to and 
     exploitation of the European cultural heritage: 
     ELECTRA education and training project: 
     FACILE project integrating different knowledge bases within a single 
     ONE-2 project: Open OPAC network for libraries in Europe. Extension of ONE 
     PRESENCE supporting older people in local communities: 
     INCLUDE: INCLUsion of Disabled and Elderly People in Telematics: 
     RADAR sewerage information project 
     TELEFLOW supporting management decision making: 
     TELEREGIONS supports regional information, especially in rural areas: 
     VICAR project demonstrates a system for the automated annotation adn 
     retrieval of film and video sequences: 
     AQUARELLE the information network on cultural heritage: 
     Museums On Line/MENHIR: 
     PROSOMA European Commission service designed to bridge the gap between 
     research and the market place: 
     SCORE: VRML-based virtual museum tour: 
     LIBERATION - Distributed libraries provide new ways of accessing 
     ETHOS project provides market observatory service to Telematics 
     Applications Programme: 
     LEADER - innovation in the service of Rural Society: 
     MOSAIC - Museums Over States And Virtual Culture. 
     Co-ordinator: Banca di Roma, Rome, Italy. 
     Internet Fiesta. A display of Europe's best Information 
     Society and Internet ideas on the Web; official Fiesta 
     dates 19 to 21 March 1999. Supported by ISPO 
     Information Society Project Office. 
     Rosalind Johnson 
     European Consultant 
     Library and Information Commission 
     2 Sheraton Street 
     W1V 4BH 
     tel: + 44 (0)171 411 0059 
     fax: + 44 (0)171 411 0057 
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9. Some Alternative Magazines and Newspapers 
From: "George(s) Lessard" <media[at]> 
To: mediamentor[at], media-l[at], devmedia[at] 
Date: Thu, 24 Dec 1998 12:21:56 +0500 
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Alternative Magazines and Newspapers 
will give you links to the following... 
Alternative Magazines and Newspapers 
Adbusters Magazine 
The hippest, smartest, most subversive magazine on the Net. By former 
Madison Avenue whiz kids who are now dismantling the very notion of 
Advertising itself. Wow! Don't miss: International Buy Nothing Day! 
about getting our runaway consumer culture back onto a sustainable 
AlterNet AlterNet Online features stories from alternative 
newsweeklies, magazines, and web publications from across the country, 
as well as invaluable resources and national employment listings. 
The Alternative News Service An international co-operation movement 
to mutually help anarchists with their individual movements. 
American Journalism Review A "respectable" magazine that takes 
mainstream journalism seriously enough to report on it and critique 
it seriously. This link takes you to their review of the connection 
between CIA and crack. 
Brill's Content A cure for popular cynicism about the media or more 
"Entertainment Tonight"-style reporting? Decide for yourself. Media 
The Center for Media and Democracy's PR Watch The theme of 
the 1996 conference of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) 
was "Telling the Truth: Building Credibility in an Incredible World." 
Telling the truth, for some, is an even more difficult balancing act 
than the feats of circus acrobats. 
The Noam Chomsky Archives An interview with Noam Chomsky on the media 
by David Barsamian, from the book Secrets, Lies and Democracy.  The 
Noam Chomsky Archives are brought to you by New World Media and Znet 
magazine. (See below.) 
Change-Links Progressive Newspaper An Internet newsletter providing 
intellectual "links" for progressive media. Read the debate on 
whether the progressive media should follow the trends of 
"personality driven" media and focus on "personal" stories. 
Essential Media An alternative source of many of the books, 
magazines, zines, and pamphlets referred to in many of our links. 
FAIR: Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting Media Watchdog 
Extraordinaire. Check out "Snow Job" which reveals the techniques of 
pre-eminent national newspapers as they bury the the CIA-cocaine 
connection. Other highlights include their on-line mag, Extra, the 
Media Beat, and the Women's Desk. 
>From Left Field This webzine contains humor, politics, and anything 
else that tickles their fancy. Edited by Bonnie Bucqueroux. 
GLAAD: Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation An online resource 
for promoting fair, accurate and inclusive representation as a means 
of challenging discrimination based on sexual orientation or 
identity. Check out the media archive. 
Grassroots News Network A coalition of 31 community oriented groups 
and radio stations. An alternative to the corporate and government 
media which do not serve struggles for liberty, justice and peace, 
nor enable the free expression of creativity. 
InterNet underground The Internet magazine for the rest of us. Try 
it, you'll like it . . . 
Jay's Leftist and Progressive Internet Resource Directory Just what 
it says. A fantastic resource. Including a special emphasis on 
anti-Gulf war campaigns. Go there. 
The Left Business Observer (LBO) A newsletter on economics and 
politics, focusing on "accumulation and its discontents." 
Georges Lessard Homepage: Teacher, Video Artist and Community Media 
Activist Says George, "Come on inside... perhaps we can help each 
other learn a little more about the broadcast, digital and other 
community-access media we work in and create." Penny says, "Be sure 
and check out George's list of links to Alternative Media!" 
Media Beat by Norman Solomon Weekly column exploring the workings and 
the impact of the mass media: how it covers the "big stories" and 
which "big stories" it misses; how close it comes to the truth and 
how far off it often is; why it does what it does and what it does to 
us in the process. 
Media Beat: "Truth or Consequences for News Media" We'd like to think 
that journalists pay a heavy price if they tell lies or promote 
deception. But it ain't necessarily so -- just as often they get 
rewarded for such antics. Written by syndicated columnist Norman 
Solomon, who is also a fellow of the media watchdog group, Fairness 
and Accuracy in Reporting. 
Media Culture Review From The Institute for Alternative Journalism: 
The MCR provides commentary & analysis on media, technology & culture 
and is updated monthly. 
The More You Watch, The Less You Know Danny Schechter's important 
book about "News Wars, (sub)Merged Hopes, and Media Adventures" is 
available on-line. An excellent resource in your "disinformation 
detoxification" arsenal. 
Mother Jones Magazine Social and political commentary dished out from 
the left-of-center bullseye. This is where the downfall of Newt began 
. . . . Also, check out Hellraiser Centeral to see where you can put 
your activist energy, for instance in fighting Internet censorship. 
Portland Free Press From their mission statement: "If enough people 
learn of government crimes and cover-ups, they can organize to clean 
up the cesspool of terminal corruption that Washington and Wall 
Street have become." 
The Progressive Magazines's "Worst Stories of the Week" The worst 
stories of the week from the mainstream media brought to you by the 
The Progressive Resource/Action Cooperative The Progressive 
Resource/Action Cooperative (PRC) is a multi-issue, multi-tactical 
activist organization committed to peace with social justice. Working 
to promote human rights, democracy, and self-determination for all 
The Real News Page Ever-vigilant activist, Jane Prettyman, is 
editor of this excellence resource. Check out "A Critique of 
Commerical Media and a Call to Media Reform." For information on the 
Cassini Project, check out Jane's letter to the LA Times. 
Seven Stories Press Printing the books on media analysis, criticism, 
and critique that you won't find anywhere else. The Spunk Archives An 
online archive of anarchist and alternative materials. 
The Utne Reader The Reader's Digest of the alternative press. A 
compliation of the best think pieces of the alterantive press. Check 
out Utne's Alternative Press Awards. Also check out the articles on 
media and technology and this gem on The Age of the 
Viking Legs' Guide to Alternative Media Keith McManus is the activist 
behind this comprehive guide -- which has been recently updated. 
Also, don't miss the incisive interview with Keith we did earlier 
this year. 
The Village Voice (NY, NY) The weekly alternative newspaper from New 
York City. What the Boston Phoenix wishes it were. 
Z Magazine An independent political magazine of critical thinking on 
political, cultural, social, and economic life in the United States. 
Dedicated to improving contemporary circumstances by assisting 
activists attain a better future. 
Z Net Great resource. A self-proclaimed "leftist" web 
site. Sponsored by Z magazine. 
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George(s) Lessard, Community Media Arts, Management & Mentoring 
Information, subscriptions, public keyword searchable archives and 
CAUTIONS, Disclaimers, NOTES TO EDITORS and copyright information may 
be found [at] 
CAUTION: some of the SEMI-RANDOM QUOTES reproduced below 
may not be suitable for certain insensitive readers: 
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The products of modern science 
are not in themselves good or bad; 
it is the way they are used that determines their value. 
That is the voice of the current somnambulism. 
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10. Political discussion on ALA Council - a listserv debate 
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I already sent my name in, but somehow it's not there so please have Mark add 
it to his list of those protesting the bombing of Iraq. 
As far as I'm concerned the attack on Iraq is much more of a ground for 
impeachment than this lying about a sexual peccadillo.  But the religious 
right, of course, has its priorities.  Killing and maiming with bombs and 
starving half-a-million children to death (a result of the U.S. initiated and 
enforced embargo) is overwhelmingly okay, but lying about fornicating is 
Where are William Fulbright, Wayne Morse, & Alaska's Senator Gruening when we 
need them?  Who told them they could die? 
And for the idolators of Senator Bernie Sanders, he voted with the majority 
that approved the bombing.  Only five House members opposed it & my hat's off 
to them for their standing-up to the bullies. 
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Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 08:17:40 -0200 
From: David <dsv1[at]> 
Lets deal with library issues and concerns.!!!!!!!!! 
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Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 08:25:08 -0600 
From: "James B. Casey" <jimcasey[at]> 
MIME-Version: 1.0 
To: ALA Council List <alacoun[at]> 
CC: ALA Council List <alacoun[at]> 
Subject: Re: Letter Against the Bombing of Iraq. 
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David wrote: 
> Lets deal with library issues and concerns.!!!!!!!!! 
I agree with David Voros that the American LIBRARY 
Association should focus on issues directly relevant to 
libraries and librarianship. 
Have we in ALA been doing such a good job of 
saving our own profession and the concept of 
library service from oblivion that we can now 
expect World leaders to listen attentively to our 
counsel on issues of international power politics? 
I think not.   Sadamm might take of aid and 
comfort from such a message, but I doubt 
that anyone else would be listening or caring. 
If the "Titanic" is sinking, should we be expending 
our precious time and energies lecturing the World 
on foreign affairs, or might we better send SOS 
messages so that our passengers and crew might 
reach the 21st Century and help to shape the future 
instead of disappearing into the night? 
James B. Casey -- Councilor-at-Large 
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On Mon, 21 Dec 1998, Nann Blaine Hilyard wrote: 
> Well-keyed, Jim. 
> Nann 
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Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 11:36:54 -0600 (CST) 
From: Sandy Berman <sberman[at]> 
To: ALA Council List <alacoun[at]> 
cc: ALA Council List <alacoun[at]> 
Subject: Re: Letter Against the Bombing of Iraq. 
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Well, maybe not so well-keyed. No one asked Council as a body to take a 
position on the recent 4-day aerial massacre, Individual members were 
simply given the opportunity to sign a protest letter. I signed readily & 
without qualms because I think it right for like-minded colleagues within 
a given occupation to act in concert on matters of grave import. This was 
such a matter. And I am encouraged & sustained by those librarians who 
together "spoke truth to power" by declaring that we will not be willing 
parties to murder & maiming. Since we're a profession ostensibly committed 
to humane values & basic decency, it seems no particular "stretch" to 
oppose acts undertaken in our name that grossly violate those values & 
that decency. I salute all the cosigners with pride! sandy berman 
        Sanford Berman             sberman[at] 
        Hennepin County Library    phone: 612-694-8570 
        12601 Ridgedale Drive        fax: 612-541-8600 
        Minnetonka, MN  55305 
David Voros wrote: 
 > "We progressive librarians, library workers, and library school students 
 > oppose completely the punishment meted out for non-compliance with 
 > Clinton's will. 
"S.Michael Malinconico" wrote: 
 Interesting, I wonder who WE is?  Many of US do support 
On Tue, 22 Dec 1998, David Voros wrote: 
> The WE consists of librarians who were elected to office to represent their 
> association on library issues and issues that concern their respective 
> The WE consists of librarians who were elected to office and have their 
>way paid 
> to ALA Conferences to represent their association. If ALA is going to 
>spend time 
> on political issues that are none of their business, lets just stay home and 
> save some bucks. 
Sandy Berman wrote: 
Pardon me, but YOU ARE home & not spending any bucks on travel to debate 
Iraq at ALA. And I, too, was elected--by nearly 4,000 ALA members who knew 
damn well what they voted for! So let's drop the tortured logic & 
sanctimonious crap... sandy berman (Happy New Year, anyway!!) 
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This 'debate' about whether Council should get involved in an issue 
that concerns the larger society gets me to thinking -- did ALA 
take stands on issues in the olden days?  "Olden" in this case is 
"before I was an adult."  I remember ALA and the ERA business.  What 
I'm thinking about are issues like women's suffrage.  Did ALA have 
a Council back then? 
How the mind wanders on what surely will be the slowest day of the year 
in just about every public library in the country! 
Nann Blaine Hilyard 
Lake Villa District Library 
Lake Villa, Illinois 
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I'm not sure about the "olden" days. However, when I think about this issue, 
I don't have to go too much further than our Constitution and Bylaws, 
Article II, Object: "The object of the American Library Association shall 
be to promote library service and librarianship." 
Judith K. Meyers, Director                   Phone 937-382-2417 
Wilmington Public Library 
268 North South Street                       Fax 937-382-1692 
Wilmington, Ohio 45177 
ALA Councilor-at-Large 
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the 
world. Indeed, it is 
the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead 
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Do libraries, librarians and librarianship exist and function in some 
larger social context or are they self-contained entities completely 
divorced from the rest of the world? 
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Of course, Libraries function within a larger context 
of humankind and cannot be "completely divorced 
from the rest of the world."   The same could be said 
of any organization, government, country, business, 
and in fact, every human being.   Yet should we set 
ourselves up as "Jacks of all Causes" and "Masters 
of None"?  Practically every bar, coffee house and 
McDonalds will contain a cadre or two of regulars 
who profess to know just exactly how to "save the 
I would like to think that we in ALA Council could 
expend our precious time and resources more wisely 
on behalf of the cause of Libraries and Librarianship-- 
a cause which we should know best, which sustains 
our livelihoods, and on which we can speak with some 
James B. Casey --- Councilor-at-Large 
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Let me understand this, in order to husband our scarce 
intellectual energies, EVERYONE elected to Council should 
refrain from any activity other than effete, ceremonial 
pronouncements that libraries are good. 
I wonder where those colleagues who lament so vociferously 
the diversion of energies professional and otherwise find 
the time to cavil so with matters they could just as readily 
S.Michael Malinconico 
School of Library and Information Studies 
The University of Alabama 
Box 870252 
Tuscaloosa, AL  35487-0252 
Tel:  +1(205)348-8824 
Fax:  +1(205)348-3746 
"But to live outside the law you must be honest." 
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From: "Bill Kling" <kling[at]> 
To: ALA Council List <alacoun[at]> 
Subject: Re: "Jacks of all Causes" 
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 1998 18:05:15 -0500 
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ALA Council Lististas, 
Somewhere once upon a time, some Jack surely must have said, "Where there's 
a will, there's a rationale." 
Bill Kling 
Prince William County Library System Foundation 
Prince William, Virginia 
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Men and women of good heart and the will to effect change for the good of 
What seems to me an obvious middle ground is that we acknowledge that 
there are important issues beyond the narrow confines of our libraries and 
our professional assosciation; that we may differ on relative 
significance of those issues or where the best solutions lie; and that we 
agree to limit the presence of those issues on THIS LIST to a minimum. 
I welcome my colleagues making me aware of opportunities for action and 
involvement, and am grateful for their reminders to open my eyes, engage 
my intellect, or offer my time or financial resources to resolve a 
If we could agree to posting only brief notices of where to go for further 
information or discussion on issues not within our professional 
realm...and then NOT to discuss the appropriateness of these issues...we 
might satisfy those on both sides of the current discussion. 
And if you don't agree with the above, I may start posting articles about 
current threats to water quality here in Ann Arbor:  very real threats 
which can have an impact on health and, indeed, life, for thousands of 
residents of this area. 
Hey, just kidding! 
To all of my Council colleagues, and all the others who read this list: 
my best wishes for a peaceful celebration of all the holidays we mark at 
this time of the year, and for a healthy, happy new year. 
Pam Sieving 
RUSA Councilor 
Director of Library Services 
W.K. Kellogg Eye Center 
University of Michigan 
1000 Wall Street 
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105 
734 763-9468 voice 
734 936-9050 fax 
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Thank you, Pam, for outlining this "middle ground".  I welcome it (and not 
just to avoid the articles about water quality in Ann Arbor, either!). 
It's worth noting, that the petition that sparked this particular 
conversation was initially handled in just the way you suggest .... it was 
not brought up as a topic for debate here.  Instead, there was a "pointer" 
in the form of "the petition below is available for those of like mind to 
I believe that this is a convention/mechanism with great promise.  In this 
instance, both those who wish to alert Council to issues of broader 
concern, and those who wish not to have extended discussions of 
not-strictly-libraries issues on the Council list have had their wishes 
	janet swan hill 
	councilor at large 
11. Sheep (USDA) 
This full-text file presents the sheep and lamb inventory by class for 
selected states or regions and U.S. Data includes expected lamb crop, 
market sheep and lambs inventory by weight group, number returned to 
breeding herd. This report is a supplement to Sheep and goats. 
A product of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agricultural 
Statistics Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture. 
12. Here's to the Information Age: A Toast (irony from NETFUTURE #81) 
                    Technology and Human Responsibility 
Issue #81      A Publication of The Nature Institute     December 10, 1998 
             Editor:  Stephen L. Talbott (stevet[at] 
           On the Web: 
     You may redistribute this newsletter for noncommercial purposes. 
Here's to the Information Age: A Toast 
Last June I began an address to over five hundred librarians in Washing- 
ton, D.C., by saying, "I defy anyone here to tell me what information is." 
Seeing no takers, I asked how many in the audience, given several minutes 
to think, imagined they could write down a serviceable definition of 
"information".  Not a single hand went up. 
Subsequently I put the same question to over three hundred librarians in 
Calgary, Alberta, and again no one raised a hand.  Surely this should pro- 
voke some reflection in us (as I think it did in many of those remarkably 
good-humored and sensible librarians).  How can we so universally hail the 
profound significance of living in an Information Age when we don't have 
the foggiest notion what information is? 
An official respondent to one of my talks did later fire back, 
   What's the problem?  We all know what information is.  It's the stuff 
   our users need. 
Unfortunately, this doesn't quite do it.  Coal miners, MacDonalds employ- 
ees, and dentists are also in the business of providing what their custo- 
mers need.  Does this make them information workers? 
Actually, though, I think the respondent came as close as one can come to 
the substance of the prevailing usage:  information is "stuff".  Which 
makes him, I suppose, a stuff worker, and our age the Age of Stuff. 
The nice thing about Stuff is that, while conveniently and all-embracingly 
vague, it also carries a prestigious halo borrowed from the technical 
theory of information.  (See "Does Information Exist?" in NF #58.) 
According to this theory, mind you, "information" is precisely defined, 
but effectively *means* nothing; the meaning or sense of a text is expli- 
citly excluded from the theory's purely statistical formulations.  So it 
appears we have founded the modern age upon "anything and everything" and 
"nothing at all" -- stuff and nonsense, you might say. 
Raise your empty glasses with me.  Here's to the Age of Stuff and Non- 
sense!  May its nothingness last for-never! 
  L I B R A R Y   J U I C E 
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