Library Juice 2:10 - March 10, 1999

1. The Marginal Librarian - Magill library students' webzine 
2. "Holt Uncensored" - Patricia Holt's column about the book industry 
3. American Libraries Online March 8 news stories (ad) 
4. John Berry Editorial about Julie Herrada's talk in Philadelphia 
5. Online Library Journals - Compiled List, from Newlib-l 
6. MEDIALIB discussion list: audio/visual services in libraries 
7. BI-L is back - Bibliographic Instruction discussion list 
8. National Academy Press Reading Room [.pdf] 
9. Asian Libraries - Journal 
10. Revista de Biblioteconomia y Documentacion - Journal 
11. Norooz, NoRuz, NowRuz - Persian New Year 
12. Persepolis and Ancient Iran: Catalog of Expedition Photographs 
13. Violations of the Human Rights of Women in Custody 
14. Women's History Month - Daily Biography 
15. Lovelace, Ada Byron - 1815-1852 
19. H-Urban discussion on libraries and revitalizing urban neighborhoods 
20. ESU removes "sexual orientation" from anti-discrimination statement 
22. Library Science Jeopardy 
Quote for the week: 
"Model, organize and strategize ways to operate libraries 
more creatively and free from coercion." 
-Chris Dodge's response today (Tuesday) to a librarians[at] list 
member who was tired of hearing anarchist librarian jokes and wanted a 
pithy comeback. 
1. The Marginal Librarian - Magill library students' webzine 
Dispelling any doubt that librarians of the future have Style: 
The Marginal Librarian 
a webzine by magill library students 
2. "Holt Uncensored" - Patricia Holt's column about the book industry 
For anyone interested in the independent versus chain bookstores war, 
I highly recommend "Holt Uncensored." 
Carol Reid 
New York State Library 
"Holt Uncensored" is a free online column about books and the book industry 
written by former San Francisco Chronicle book editor and critic Pat Holt. 
You can subscribe or "unsubscribe" by clicking 
3. American Libraries Online March 8 news stories (ad) 
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 1999 14:27:33 -0600 
From: "Gordon Flagg" <gflagg[at]> 
To: member-forum[at] 
Subject: American Libraries Online March 8 news stories (ad) 
Reply-To: member-forum[at] 
Sender: owner-member-forum[at] 
News stories appearing in the March 8 American Libraries Online 
*  Senate Holds Hearing on Filtering Mandate 
*  Report Documents Patrons Accessing Online Porn 
*  San Diegans Unequivocally Nix Library Measure 
*  Most California Libraries Fare Well at Ballot Box 
*  Consultant Calls West Virginia Public Library Funding a "Crisis" 
*  Half of Nation's Classrooms Now Online, Announces Clinton 
*  DeKalb County Budget Deal Could Restore Library Cuts 
*  Banned Barron Books Are Back, For Now 
*  Fugitive Librarian Surrenders to Police 
*  Hennepin County Cataloger Demands Reprimand Be Rescinded 
*  African National Congress Picks University of Connecticut as Repository 
American Libraries' Web site also features the latest "Internet 
Librarian" columns by Karen Schneider; AL's "Career Leads" job ads; 
listings of conferences, continuing-education courses, exhibitions, 
and other events from AL's "Datebook"; and Tables of Contents for the 
current year. 
4. John Berry Editorial about Julie Herrada's talk in Philadelphia 
Julie Herrada and the anarchist/radical Labadie Collection 
are written about in the lead editorial of the current Library Journal, 
desribing a session Julie presented at A-Space in Philadelphia: 
Cheers to Julie and to John Berry for writing this:$27428 
-Chris Dodge 
5. Online Library Journals - Compiled List, from Newlib-l 
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 1999 14:03:09 -0500 
From: "elaine" <elainem[at]> 
To: <newlib-l[at]> 
Subject: Online Library Journals-Compiled List 
MIME-Version: 1.0 
Due to popular is a list of sites that were sent to me that 
have partial to full text library journals... 
I just cut and pasted from people's messages. I haven't tried all sites yet, 
so I'm not sure if they are all up and working.  Any other online library 
journal sites that anyone knows of?? email them to me...i'll add them on. :) 
Acqweb has a comprehensive list. See online at: 
Bubl is a good place to start, though I've had a lot of problems lately 
accessing their site.  It's working this morning, though.  The URL is: 
Welcome! Try this- it says it's restricted, but that may not be true for all 
is a list of library journals, showing which proprietary databases 
provide full text.  Which ones you have access to will, of course, 
depend on the subscriptions maintained by your school and/or other 
libraries to which you have access. 
is a list of journals on the WWW 
You might also look at Index Morganagus, which is an electronic index of 
online library serials.  You can do a search of the online library journals 
indexed there. 
6. MEDIALIB discussion list: audio/visual services in libraries 
*  MEDIALIB, Media Services in Libraries, is a discussion list for 
*  those in all libraries; public, academic, special, etc. who 
*  provide audio/visual services to their patrons.  These services 
*  include the selection, acquisition, and cataloging of media 
*  software, purchase, and maintenance of audio/visual equipment, 
*  distance education, instructional media production, film and video 
*  distribution, etc.  All library professional and paraprofessionals 
*  are invited to subscribe. 
The list was started by Jerry Notaro, University of South Florida, St. 
Petersburg campus, as a function of the AV Caucus of the Florida Library 
Association but membership quickly grew to 312 members world-wide. 
Membership includes, among others,  Microsoft, Harvard, Yale, MIT, the BBC 
in the United Kingdom, Rutgers, University of Copenhagen, the US Military, 
SUNY Buffalo, University of Milan, Stanford, University of Waterloo, Ohio 
State, University of Wisconsin, University of Michigan, the National 
Institute of Health, OCLC, University of Virginia, University of Zambia, 
University of Melbourne, Utrecht, National University of Singapore, 
University de Buenos Aires, Universade de Brasilia, University of Toronto, 
University of British Columbia, and Indiana University. Also included are 
many major public libraries, library science faculty and graduate students, 
and private and commercial media providers. Members of the list use the 
Internet to communicate and discuss issues facing library media services. 
List address: medialib[at] 
Subscription address: listserv[at] 
notaro[at]   (Gerald A. Notaro) 
7. BI-L is back - Bibliographic Instruction discussion list 
-------Original message---------------------------- 
BI-L is the Bibliographic Instruction e-forum, where we discuss ways of 
helping library users locate, evaluate, and manage information. 
Contributors to this forum deal with the practical, theoretical, and 
technical aspects of what has been called Bibliographic Instruction, 
Library Use Instruction, Library Orientation, and several other names. 
We examine, explore, critique, appraise, and evaluate strategies, 
programs, and equipment that we have found to be valuable (or not) in 
working toward the goal of creating self-confident library users. 
I've worked out most of the glitches and am ready to welcome new 
subscribers.  Some former subscribers may have been dropped because of 
various technical problems, so if you thought were a member but haven't 
received postings yet, you should enter a new subscription. 
To join the BI-L family, send the following message to 
 sub BI-L yourfirstname yourlastname 
You should receive a welcome message with information on how to submit 
messages to the group, how to change your delivery options, and so 
Thanks for being patient while I figured out the new software and worked 
out some bugs.  We're back in business and look forward to resuming our 
-- Martin (BI-L owner/moderator) 
Martin Raish 
Brigham Young University Library 
8. National Academy Press Reading Room [.pdf] 
Provided by the National Academy Press (NAP), the publishing arm of the 
National Academy of Science, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of 
Medicine, and the National Research Council (reviewed in the November 12, 
1997 Scout Report for Science & Engineering), this outstanding resource 
will quickly become a favorite of scientists and researchers in a variety 
of fields. While there are numerous sites offering excerpts of new books 
and just as many containing the full text of out-of-copyright works, this 
site is unique in that it provides the full text of over 1000 recent, new, 
and even prepublication books from the NAP. The books are offered in 
several versions, including HTML, image format, and .pdf. Users may browse 
titles by subject or conduct a keyword search. Subjects include: Biology, 
Computer Sciences, Education, Mathematical Sciences and Statistics, Science 
and Ethics, and many others. Users can check the New Online page for the 
latest published and prepublication books added to the site or sign up for 
a free email notification service. [MD] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1999. 
9. Asian Libraries - Journal 
Vance Bell wrote: 
From: vbell[at] (Vance Bell) 
Subject: Asian Libraries 
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 11:22:23 -0500 (EST) 
Asian Libraries 
ISSN 1017-6748 
Asian Libraries is the only regional specific journal for 
libraries and information professionals in Asia and the 
Pacific. For a 30-day free trial go to the journal homepage. 
To keep yourself ahead of everything that's happening in library and 
information in Asia and the Pacific today, there's only one resource you 
can turn to. Only one journal provides up-to-date coverage of all aspects 
of library and information management with specific reference to your 
region. Only one journal offers the knowledge and insights you need to 
find solutions to current problems, plan for the future, and formulate 
effective strategies and policies. 
That journal is Asian Libraries: The Library and Information 
Management Journal for Asia and the Pacific. 
Executive: Chris Keenan 
Email: ckeenan[at] 
10. Revista de Biblioteconomia y Documentacion - Journal 
Vance Bell wrote: 
From: vbell[at] (Vance Bell) 
Subject: Revista de Biblioteconomia y Documentacion 
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 12:13:44 -0500 (EST) 
Revista de Biblioteconomia y Documentacion 
A Spanish-language review published at the Universidad de Murcia. 
Recent Contents: 
Investigaciones y estudios : 
              Los profesionales de la Biblioteconomia y Documentacion ante 
              la Sociedad de la Informacion: el Proyecto INFODEX. 
              Grupo de investigacion AFTASI 
              Acerca de los metodos de estudio de la relacion entre las 
              condiciones laborales y formativas en Biblioteconom├a y 
              Documentacion: El caso de la Universidad Carlos III. 
              Caridad. M. y Moreiro Gonzůlez, J.A. 
              Servicios bibliotecarios para poblaciones de la provincia de 
              Barcelona menores de 3000 habitantes. 
              Comalat, M. Reyes, L. y Rodr├guez, C. 
              »Quienes son y que citan los investigadores que publican en 
              las revistas espanolas de Biblioteconomia y Documentacion?. 
              Fr├as, J. A. y Romero Gomez, P. 
              Investigacion en Historia de las Instituciones Documentales: 
              estado de la investigacion y propuesta metodologica. 
              Garc├a Cuadrado, A. 
              Identificacion y valoracion de documentos en Espana a partir 
              de 1975.  Lopez Gomez , P. 
Dra. Amparo Garcia Cuadrado, Secretaria, ampagar[at] 
11. Norooz, NoRuz, NowRuz - Persian New Year 
        Celebrated at the spring equinox, Nowrooz is the Persian 
        New Year. The history and traditions of this Iranian 
        holiday and its components (Haji Firuz, Chahar 
        Shanbeh Suri, Fal-Gush, Haft-Sinn, and SeezDeh 
        BeDar) are described in words and pictures at this site. 
        There is also a countdown to the beginning of this 
        important season. - mg 
        Subjects: iran | holidays 
LIIWeek Information - 
12. Persepolis and Ancient Iran: Catalog of Expedition Photographs -- OI 
Over the past month the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago 
(last mentioned in the June 30, 1998 Scout Report for Social Sciences) has 
made the second through seventh installments of photographs and captions to 
its catalog of expedition photographs of Persepolis and Ancient Iran. The 
site will eventually contain 999 images, which are being added on a 
building by building basis over the next few months. The site is divided 
into four sections, "summarizing the major areas of investigation: the 
architecture, reliefs, and finds of the Palaces at Persepolis; the 
prehistoric mound of Tall-i-Bakun; Istakhr, the Islamic city mound; and the 
aerial survey flights conducted between 1935 and 1937." Each section offers 
an overview and a list of images that will be included. Presently, only the 
first section, which highlights the architecture and sculpture of the 
Persepolis Terrace palace complex, contains viewable images. Buildings 
featured in this section include the Throne Hall, the Treasury, and the 
Harem and Palace of Xerxes. Images are listed by caption or browsable by a 
thumbnail index. [MD] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1999. 
13. Violations of the Human Rights of Women in Custody 
"Not Part of My Sentence" 
-- Violations of the Human Rights of Women in Custody 
Released on March 4 as part of its Rights For All campaign on the US, this 
comprehensive report from Amnesty International documents "violations of 
the internationally guaranteed human rights of women incarcerated in the 
United States," including sexual misconduct and abuse by prison officials, 
mistreatment of pregnant prisoners, and inadequate medical care. As the 
report reveals, these abuses are occurring amidst a huge increase in the 
women's prison population, mostly due to sentencing guidelines imposed by 
recent anti-drug legislation. The report also indicates that the underlying 
cause of the problem is the large number of male guards in US women's 
prisons and their unrestricted access to women's cells, which contravenes 
UN standards. Users can read the full text of the report as well as an 
overview, stories, and fact sheets at the site. [MD] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1999. 
14. Women's History Month - Daily Biography 
------- Forwarded Message 
Date: Sat, 06 Mar 1999 10:24:30 
To: ALA Feminist Task Force Discussion List <FEMINIST[at]> 
From: Sunshine <sunshine[at]> 
Subject: Re: FEMINIST Digest - 3 Mar 1999 to 5 Mar 1999 
An announcement from Sunshine for Women 
                             Women's History Month 1999 
                                Feminist Foremothers 
                                   1400 to 1800 
        In celebration of Women's History Month 1999, Sunshine for Women 
is bringing you a short biography on a women each day for the month of 
        All of the women have two things in common: 
                they all wrote overtly feminist tracts and 
                they all wrote / published between 1400 and 1800. 
        1 Christine de Pizan (c.1364 - c.1431) 
                               Book of the City of Ladies (1405) 
        2 Isotta Nogarola (1418-1466) 
        3 Laura Cereta (1469-1499) 
                Laura Cereta, Collected Letters of a Renaissance Feminist 
        4 Antonia Pulci (1452 - 1501) 
                Florentine Drama for Convent and Festival  (1997) 
        5 Tullia d'Aragona (1510 - 1556) 
                Dialogue on the Infinity of Love (1547) 
        6 Jane Anger (fl.1589) 
                Her Protection for Women (1589) 
        7 Moderata Fonte (aka Modesta Pozza) (1555 - 1592) 
                The Worth of Women (1600) 
        8 Aemilia Lanyer (1569 - 1645) 
                Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum (Hail, God, King of the Jews, 1611) 
      Three English women, Rachel Speght, Ester Sowernam, and Constantia 
Munda, wrote to defend women against Joseph Swetnam's misogynist The 
Arraignment of Lewd, idle, froward, and unconstant women or the vanity of 
them . . . (1615) 
         9 Rachel Speght (1597 - after 1620) 
                A Mouzell for Melastomus (1617) 
        10 Ester Sowernam (fl. 1617) 
                Ester Hath Hang'd Haman (1617) 
        11 Constantia Munda (Moral Constancy) (fl. 1617) 
                Worming of a Mad Dog (1617) 
        12 Marie le Jars de Gournay (1565-1645) 
                "The Equality of Men and Women" (1622) and 
                The Ladies' Grievance (1626) 
        13 Maria de Zayas y Sotomayor (1590 - 1661/69) 
        14 Mary Tattlewell and Joan Hit-him-home (fl. 1640) 
                The Women's Sharp Revenge (1640) 
        15 Anna Maria von Schurmann (1607-1678) 
                The Learned Maid: Or Whether a Maid may be a Scholar (c. 1650) 
        16 Arcangela Tarabotti (1604-1652) 
                Paternal Tyranny (1654) 
        17 Margaret Lucas Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (1623 - 1673) 
                14 works between 1653 and 1668 
        18 Margaret Askew Fell Fox (1614 - 1702) 
                Women's Speaking Justified (1667) 
        19 Bathsua Makin (1608 ? - after 1673) 
                An Essay to Revive the Antient Education of Gentlewomen (1673) 
        20 Sarah Fyge Field Egerton  (1670 - 1723) 
                The Female Advocate (1686) 
                Poems on Several Occasions (1703) 
        21 Juana de la Cruz (1648 - 1695) 
                Reply to Sor Philothea (c. 1690) 
        22 Mary Astell (1668-1731) 
                A Serious Proposal to the Ladies (part 1 1694, part  2 1697) 
                Some Reflections Upon Marriage (1700) 
        23 Mary Lee, Lady Chudleigh (1656-1710) 
                The Ladies' Defence (1701) 
                Poems on Several Occasions (1703) 
                Essays upon Several Subjects (1710) 
        24 Mary Collier (1689/90 - after 1759) 
                The Woman's Labour (1739) 
        25 The Bluestockings (2nd half of 18th century) 
                Selections from Bluestocking Letters 
        26 Catherine Sawbridge Macaulay Graham (1731-1791) 
                Letters on Education (1790) 
        27 Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820) 
                "On the Equality of the Sexes" (1790) 
        28 Olympia de Gouges (1755-1793) 
                "Declaration of the Rights of Women" (1791) 
        29 Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) 
                Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792) 
        30 Mary Anne Radcliffe (1746- after 1810) 
                The Female Advocate (1799) 
        31 Summary, Conclusions, and Wrap-up 
        I hope you enjoy meeting these feminist foremothers. 
        These biographies are presented in historical order more or less by 
date of the author's first important publication. 
        Look for each day's entry to be posted about 8:00 PM EST, that's 
in the evening after work, folks. 
        You can go directly to the Women's History Month 1999 Menu at 
        or you can get there from Sunny's homepage at 
Sunshine for Women: 
the place on the internet for women and men who love women 
------- End of Forwarded Message 
15. Lovelace, Ada Byron - 1815-1852 
        This page provides an annotated list of links to all the 
        Web resources on the first computer programmer. Raised 
        to be a mathematician and scientist by her mother, who 
        feared the girl might otherwise take after her poet father, 
        Lord Byron, Ada wrote code for the analytical engines of 
        Charles Babbage. From the Association for Women in 
        Computing, who present an award in her name for 
        outstanding work in computing. - wh 
        Subjects: people | mathematics | computer - history 
LIIWeek Information - 
**Please re-post where appropriate** 
February 28, 1999 
available! This 32 page booklet outlines the importance of preserving a 
public space in the digital world. It includes profiles of innovative 
public libraries operating computer centers, community computer networks, 
cable access TV centers, and satellite TV equipment. The booklet also 
includes a beginners policy primer on our legal right to the affordable use 
of telephone networks, the Internet, and TV services. It encourages all 
public library and information advocates to work together in promoting a 
communications network for everyone. 
To order a copy, write to Libraries for the Future, PUBLIC SPACE Order, 121 
W. 27th Street, Suite 1102, New York, NY 10001. Please include a check or 
money order made out to Libraries for the Future for $9.95 plus $3 shipping 
and handling. Questions? Contact Jamie McClelland (jamiem[at], 
An online version will be available on Libraries for the Future's website 
( by the end of February. 
Below is a shortened version of the conclusion to the booklet, posted for 
the purpose of sparking conversation on our right to freedom of speech and 
information. Please comment! 
Conclusion: What's the Next Step? 
When advocating for public space in cyberspace, we encounter two seemingly 
insurmountable obstacles. The first is language. How can we convey these 
ideas in a way that people identify with? Mentioning the words 
"telecommunications policy" usually earns the speaker blank stares. The 
second is a lack of perceived need. New forms of communication have been 
promoted in such a consumer-oriented way that electronic communication is 
more often perceived as a privilege that should cost money, than as a 
fundamental part of a democratic society. 
Telecommunications policy is most understandable to the general public when 
it involves issues of censorship and the widely understood First Amendment. 
For example, few telecommunications issues have received as much mainstream 
publicity and understanding as the Communications Decency Act. Because it 
relates to censorship, which is easily associated with our First Amendment 
right to free speech, more people are able to identify with the issue. 
Although promoting a public space in cyberspace is also closely related to 
our constitutional right to free speech, few people are able to make this 
connection, and therefore, fewer people are able to personally relate to 
this important issue. We, as public space advocates, must emphasize this 
connection as one way of overcoming both the problem of language and lack 
of perceived need. 
Recently, Libraries for the Future commissioned a study about fiscal and 
legal aspects of the public library, including the question: Do we have a 
constitutional right to receive information through the public library? 
This study suggests that the slogan "Information is a right" has convincing 
legal standing. Although it focused on the implications for public library 
funding, the study provides a strong argument for public space advocates of 
all stripes. In a range of cases, the Supreme court consistently held that: 
"The right of freedom of speech and press includes not only the right to 
utter or to print, but the right to distribute, the right to receive, [and] 
the right to read ... " (Supreme Court, Grisold v. Connecticut, 1965; a 
full summary of these court cases is included the original conclusion). 
As information rapidly migrates to cyberspace, it is now more important 
than ever to call attention to these First Amendment rights. Increasingly, 
the lack of adequate public spaces in cyberspace may deny many people their 
right to receive, produce and discuss information. Creating innovative 
partnerships that combine Internet access and communications, TV 
production, community forums, and access to library resources is one step 
toward realizing our First Amendment rights. The second step is 
communicating these rights to the public. By raising awareness of these 
issues as constitutional rights, we can build a base for guaranteeing 
public funding to make a sufficient public space in the growing realm of 
"The right of freedom of speech and press includes not only the right to 
utter or to print, but the right to distribute, the right to receive, 
[and] the right to read ... " 
Supreme Court, Grisold v. Connecticut, 1965 
Jamie McClelland 
Access Harlem/Harlem Partnership Center 
Minisink Townhouse 
646 Lenox Ave., 3rd Floor 
New York, NY 10030 
tel: 212-283-7477 
fax: 212-283-7149 
Libraries for the Future 
121 W. 27th Street, #1102 
New York, NY 10001 
tel: 212-352-2330 / 800-542-1918 
fax: 212-352-2342 
By Kathleen L. Spitzer, with Michael B. Eisenberg and Carrie A. Lowe 
Written for library and education professionals, "Information Literacy: 
Essential Skills 
for the Information Age" traces the history and development of the term 
information literacy, 
examines the economic necessity of being information literate, and explores 
the research 
related to the concept. 
The authors examine recent revisions in national subject matter standards 
that imply a recognition of the process skills included in information 
literacy and outline the impact of information literacy restructuring on 
K-12 and higher education. Finally, the book provides practical examples of 
information literacy in various contexts, including the ways technology is 
changing the approach to instruction. An extensive ERIC bibliography of 
topic related material is appended. 
"To date this book is the definitive publication on information literacy. 
As such, it shall be of much use to educators, librarians and policy 
leaders who care about people and who are committed to empowering 
individuals for quality of life. In addition, it will save these 
proponents and practitioners of information literacy much time and effort 
by bringing together in one place so much information on the topic." 
-Dr. Patricia Senn Breivik, Dean, Library System at Wayne State University 
and Chair, National Forum on Information Literacy. 
For more information about "Information Literacy: Essential Skills," and for 
ordering information, visit the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information 
& Technology website:  ( 
Sue Wurster 
Publications Specialist 
ERIC Clearinghouse 
on Information & 
---------- Forwarded message ---------- 
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 1999 08:14:45 -0500 
From: George H. Hoemann <hoemann[at]UTK.EDU> 
Reply-To: UTK School of Information Sciences <UTKSIS-L[at]UTKVM1.UTK.EDU> 
Hi, all: 
  Re: the thread of hate groups using the Net -- if you haven't visited 
this site lately, I'd strongly suggest taking a look at the "HateWatch" 
web site at 
  It's an excellent site -- and addresses the issue of hate on the Net 
with the the notion that exposure is the best antidote to hate: 
  "By letting people of good conscience see what these groups say, 
feel and believe in an unadulterated form it provides all of us with 
good information so that we act out of knowledge not ignorance." 
Dr. George H. Hoemann 
Coordinator for Distance & Continuing Education 
School of Information Sciences 
804 Volunteer Blvd. 
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 37996-4330 
email:      hoemann[at] 
phone:      423/974-5917 (voice) 
            423/974-4967 (fax) 
(Forwarded to SRRTAC-L by Fred Stoss) 
Netizens beware there is also a site that attempt to subvert the work of 
the HateWatch group. 
Their web site is 
Carol Barta 
Director of Library Services 
Barton County Community College 
245 NE 30 Road 
Great Bend, KS 67530 
19. H-Urban discussion on libraries and revitalizing urban neighborhoods 
From: Suzanne Hildenbrand <lishilde[at]> 
Subject:      H-Urban Discussion (fwd) on libs & revitalization 
Folks, this looks to be quite interesting. SH 
---------- Forwarded message ---------- 
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 11:42:08 -0500 
From: rsink <rsink[at]> 
To: lishilde[at]ACSU.Buffalo.EDU 
Subject: H-Urban Discussion 
     H-Urban has had a discussion about the role of libraries revitalizing 
     urban neighborhoods.  Below is the original query and my own reply. 
     All of the replies can be found at the H-Urban current messages site: 
     and can be sorted by subject or thread. 
     Posted by Bill Fulton <WBF[at]> 
     I am currently working on an article for _Planning_ magazine 
     discussing the renewed role of libraries in revitalizing both 
     downtowns and older urban neighborhoods --  i.e., using library 
     activity as a basis for synergy with other urban activities. I'm 
     looking for good current case examples from around the U.S. 
     (preferably some middle-sized cities as well as large ones). I'm 
     also curious about the historical role that libraries (incl. Carnegie 
     libraries) have played as active centers of urban districts, rather 
     than merely passive locations to read and obtain information. 
     I'd appreciate hearing from anybody who can help! 
     Bill Fulton 
     Reply by Bob Sink <rsink[at]> 
     The New York Public Library has several examples that might be of 
     interest although one does have the problem of how to define 
     "downtown" in New York City. First, NYPL built 39 Carnegie branches 
     between 1901-1915.  The records of the Agent for Carnegie Sites (held 
     in the NYPL Archives) contain documentation of the community and real 
     estate interests that tried to influence the siting of these new 
     neighborhood amenities.  The largest concentration of Carnegie 
     branches were on the Lower East Side where five were built. It would 
     appear that these records (totaling 9.5 linear feet) could be the 
     basis for a good paper or perhaps a dissertation. 
     Second, the Library's landmark Central Building, now called the Center 
     for Humanities and Social Sciences, at 42nd Street & Fifth Avenue both 
     reflected the trend of moving northward in Manhattan and helped 
     further that trend. More recent examples from NYPL might include the 
     change at 135th Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem from a circulating 
     branch (Countee Cullen, opened in 1905) to several buildings including 
     a new branch building as well as the Schomburg Center for Research in 
     Black Culture which includes both a new building and the original 
     Carnegie building. More directly tied to a development effort was the 
     inclusion of both a circulating branch and a research library as part 
     of the Lincoln Center performing arts complex, 1965. 
     Bob Sink 
     Archivist & Records Manager 
     New York Public Library 
20. ESU "sexual orientation" from anti-discrimination statement 
Date: Mon, 08 Mar 1999 14:51:00 -0600 
From: "Arla Jones" <arlakan[at]> 
To: SRRT Action Council <srrtac-l[at]> 
Subject: ESU is an ALA-accredited school! 
Mime-Version: 1.0 
Reply-To: srrtac-l[at] 
Sender: owner-srrtac-l[at] 
News from Kansas--I thought that SRRT should be made aware of the struggles 
taking place at this local university.  I've exchanged e-mail with Ann 
Symons about this issue, and she believes that it is something that SRRT 
should be dealing with...any ideas? 
Emporia State University has had "sexual orientation" as a part of its 
anti-discrimintation (EEO) statements since 1992.  Last summer, in a secret 
move, the new university president (Dr. Kay Schallenkamp) removed sexual 
orientation from the statement.  What has happened since has been a charade 
of deception.  She claims that ESU can not have such a statement for legal 
reasons, yet two other regents institutions - the University of Kansas and 
Kansas State University - both have such statements (as do several smaller 
private universities in Kansas). 
ESU's present policy and attitude seem to me to be in direct conflict with 
ALA policy. 
As Woody Allen says 
"There's plenty of comedy on TV. 
Does that lead to comedy in the streets?" 
Arla A. Jones, Librarian 
Lawrence High School 
1901 Louisiana 
Lawrence, KS  66046 
phone  785-832-5050 x 228 
fax   785-832-5054 
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 1999 12:11:53 -0800 (PST) 
From: Norman Solomon <mediabeat[at]> 
Subject: "Need to Know" Media 
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By Norman Solomon   /   Creators Syndicate 
     A new full-page ad says plenty about the pretenses of major TV 
networks at the end of the 20th century. Reaching millions of readers 
across the country, the advertisement declares: "NBC Nightly News with 
Tom Brokaw. Monday through Friday. It's all you need to know." 
     Whether this daily dose of enlightenment includes the commercials is 
unclear. But the ad's message is direct: Within half an hour, the show 
enables viewers to understand what's happening in the world. 
     We've all heard that knowledge is power. But ultimate power can flow 
from being a big gatekeeper -- deciding what information will be widely 
distributed. In practice, a few media companies determine what most 
Americans "need to know" on a daily basis. 
     Consider some comments from the man whose face is prominent in the 
advertising for NBC's evening news. Nearly three years ago -- when NBC 
and Microsoft joined forces to launch MSNBC, melding television and the 
World Wide Web -- Tom Brokaw talked to an interviewer about the need to 
manage cyberspace for young people. "We can't let that generation and a 
whole segment of the population just slide away out to the Internet and 
retrieve what information it wants without being in on it," he said. 
     Brokaw echoed the perspectives of his bosses -- the top executives 
at General Electric, which owns NBC. The green Internet beckoned. It was 
the color of money. 
     Like someone surveying vast forests and yearning to build theme 
parks, Brokaw saw great entrepreneurial potential. In the summer of 1996, 
he expounded on his views: "I also believe strongly that the Internet 
works best when there are gatekeepers. When there are people making 
determinations and judgments about what information is relevant and 
factual and useful. Otherwise, it's like going to the rainforest and just 
seeing a green maze." 
     Otherwise, in other words, people might actively participate in 
figuring out what they "need to know." This would be bad for business -- 
or at least for the mass-media biz, which thrives on telling people what 
they need while selling it to them. 
     These days, much of "the news" is distant from even going through 
the motions of serious journalism about weighty social concerns. 
Centralized media power to decide what most Americans will find out today 
and tomorrow -- providing a steady deluge of sensationalism and fluff -- 
has gone far beyond mere infotainment. Especially on many TV news shows 
and network newsmagazines, it's now more like "distractotainment." 
     The power to open the news gates wide goes hand-in-hand with the 
ability to close them tight. Along with deciding what the multitudes of 
media consumers need to hear again and again, the biggest and most 
influential news outlets can also determine what the public doesn't need 
to hear very often -- or ever. 
     "We live in a dirty and dangerous world," Washington Post Company 
owner Katharine Graham said in a 1988 speech to CIA officials at the 
agency's headquarters in Langley, Virginia. "There are some things the 
general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy 
flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its 
secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows." 
     According to Graham, Brokaw and other luminaries of American 
journalism, we can trust the media institutions that made them wealthy. 
In effect, they advise us to assume that we need to know exactly what 
they think we need to know -- and whatever they decide we don't need to 
know isn't worth knowing. In other words: Don't worry, be credulous. 
Norman Solomon's new book "The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media" will be 
published in early spring by Common Courage Press (1-800-497-3207; 
22. Library Science Jeopardy 
Yes, like the Jeopardy TV Gameshow, but library science, and on the web: 
It's by University of Maryland students Chris Aubry, Peggy Cunningham, and 
Julia Cubit 
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