Library Juice 2:16 - April 21, 1999

April 22 is Earth Day
May is Labor History Month


1. Labor Studies Bibliography for Public Libraries
2. IFLA Social Responsibilities Discussion Group Composite Paper
3. The British _Index on Censorship_ #2, 1999 focusses on libraries
4. Ann Symons "Libraries: An American Value," and a minority view
5. Free Access to New Library World Journal
6. lib-web-cats  - 4,000 online catalogs
7. Guide to Best Practice: Dublin Core -- CIMI
8. The 1999 Pulitzer Prize Winners [.pdf]
9. Portfolio Project - frequently requested digitized rarities
10. Anniversary Issue #10 of the Electronic Green Journal
11. EnviroLinks - European and International Environmental Orgs.
12. Environmental Reference: Sources Off the Beaten Path
13. Commercial sponsorship of British Library OPAC
14. AltaVista has really done it
15. ***Nancy Kranich for ALA President***
16. Sanford Berman has been removed from his job
17. HCL's rosy press release
18. Professor Robert Hauptman's angry letter of Feb. 26
19. Congress on Professional Education - 3rd online conference 4/23
20. Poem - The Reference Librarian
21. Free Wobbly Books

Quote for the week:

"The life of the man from Hennepin County has the resonance of the
heroes in Raymond Carver's short stories, or the individuals who
people Sherwood Anderson's America.  There is such a close integration
of style and sincerity in Sandy's life and his work that he is a modern
day eccentric who, without the slightest hesitation, refuses to be
anyone but himself.  Who is the persona?  The quickest way to discover
the answer is to turn to his writings, and particularly this collection.
If anything characterizes his work it is high ideals....The difficulty
is that high ideals rarely make for high drama.  Sandy may well be the
exception.  He takes on the outside world with such vigor that his sense
of outrage, often tempered with satire and wit, gives anyone with a
sense of the ridiculous (and the sublime) pause.

-Bill Katz, in his foreward to Sandy Berman, _Worth Noting: Editorials,
Letters, Essays, an Interview, and Bibliography_, Jeffferson, North
Carolina and London: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1988.


1. Labor Studies Bibliography for Public Libraries

For anyone who may be interested, I have done a Labor Studies
bibliography for public libraries. It includes reference and general
works, with special sections devoted to childrens & YA titles, videos
and websites as well.  You can access at our library's homepage:

As I point out in the bib, May is Labor History Month and a good time
to beef up labor collections.  Hope you like it.

Ann Sparanese
(Sent to SRRTAC-L>

2. IFLA Social Responsibilities Discussion Group Composite Paper

Sender: owner-srrtac-l[at]

For anyone who would like to see the IFLA Social Responsibilities
Discussion Group composite paper with recommendations for IFLA, please see
the URL below (IFLANET).  The broad topic is the growing gap between the
information and information poor both within countries and between

Al Kagan
Africana Unit, Room 328
University of Illinois Library
1408 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801, USA

tel. 217-333-6519
fax. 217-333-2214
e-mail. akagan[at]

3. The British _Index on Censorship_, #2, 1999 focusses on libraries

Select articles and a full toc, as well as publication info
can be found at:


4. Ann Symons "Libraries: An American Value," and a minority view

ALA President Ann Symons' basic statement "Libraries: An American Value"
can be found on the web at:

ALA's Alternatives In Print Task Force of the Social Responsibilities
Round Table submitted an alternative draft during the public process of
composing the statement.  It can be found in Library Juice 1:41, at:

This alternative draft, as well as a fuller, collegial critique by
Sandy Berman, Carol Reid, and Charles Willett can be also be found in the
latest issue of _COUNTERPOISE_, Vol.2, No.4, October, 1998.  For further
information see the webpage for _COUNTERPOISE_ at

5. Free Access to New Library World Journal

Subject: Free access to New Library World Journal

Dear List Members

I thought I would draw your attention to a useful resource.

Each week, you can have free online full text access to current and past
journal volumes in MCB University Press's ‘Journal of the Week’ campaign. A
different journal will be featured every week.

The 'Journal of the Week' for 19/04-26/04/99 is New Library World. New
Library World provides an international appraisal of current library trends
and emerging patterns for the future encompassing subjects like:
developments in the educational environment; the impact of electronic
publishing; new information technology; the service of future libraries; the
role of the library in its sale of knowledge; and the modern library - news
and views on what's to come.

To access this journal and others FREE for a week go to the ‘Journal of the
Week’ homepage at

Chris Keenan on behalf of:-

Claire Jones                    +44 (0) 1274 785132
Internet Brand Executive        cjones[at]
MCB University Press  

6. lib-web-cats  - 4,000 online catalogs

        This database includes links to and information on more
        than 4,000 online catalogs and library Web pages
        world-wide. In addition to being able to search by
        Institution name or Library Type and/or geographical
        location, the Advanced Query Form allows searching or
        limiting by any combination of the above as well as by
        Library name, type of Automation System, previous
        system, and several types of affiliations. You can also
        chose to display the Full Record for each entry (which can
        include such details as address of library, date automated
        system was installed, number of volumes in the collection,
        and OCLC symbol). - cl
        Subjects: libraries

>From LIIWeek -

7. Guide to Best Practice: Dublin Core -- CIMI

The Consortium for the Computer Interchange of Museum Information (CIMI)
has released a beta version of its "Guide to Best Practice: Dublin Core."
The content of the guide is based on the recommendations of a group of
eighteen organizations that participated in a testbed project to assess the
useability, ease of learning, and adequacy of the Dublin Core (DC) metadata
element set when applied to the description of museum and cultural heritage
resources. The guide defines each DC metadata element and "presents a brief
discussion of tricks, traps, and issues associated with each element along
with a range of sample values." The Guide to Best Practice is based on DC
1.0 as it was documented in RFC 2413 (reviewed in the September 11, 1998
Scout Report). CIMI is a membership organization that "encourages an open
standards-based approach to the management and delivery of digital museum
information." [AG]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1999.

8. The 1999 Pulitzer Prize Winners [.pdf]

The 1999 Pulitzer Prize winners in American journalism, letters, drama, and
music were announced on April 12 by the Pulitzer Prize Board at Columbia
University. The Associated Press, _New York Times_, and _Wall Street
Journal_ each collected two Prizes, the most prestigious award for American
journalism, and Duke Ellington was recognized, in the centennial year of
his birth, with a Special Award for his "indelible contribution to art and
culture." The official Pulitzer site lists the winners and offers
one-sentence summaries of the work of the winners and finalists in the
fourteen journalism sub-categories. The letters, drama, and music
categories also mention finalists. Official press releases from the Prize
Board are available in .pdf format. [MD]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1999.

9. Portfolio Project - frequently requested digitized rarities

        A collection of several hundred of the most frequently
        requested items for reproduction from the Department of
        Rare Books and Special Collections of Princeton
        University Library. Includes photographs of Lewis
        Carroll, Woodrow Wilson, Sylvia Beach, Albert Einstein,
        Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald; images of
        European and American graphic arts and graphic
        Americana; and assorted other photos. Also included are
        reproduction ordering information and forms; fee
        schedules; and publication and copyright permission
        statements. - dl
        Subjects: photographs | graphic arts

>From LIIWeek -

10. Anniversary Issue # 10 of the Electronic Green Journal

Forwarded to SRRTAC-L by Fred Stoss

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 1999 14:22:00 -0700
From: Maria Jankowska <majanko[at]>

April 12, 1999

Dear Colleges,

Our Anniversary Issue # 10 of the Electronic Green Journal is on the Web at

To make this issue unique we are using Svetlana Voronkova's graphical
works. Svetlana is a scientific painter from St. Petersburg and she gave us
permission to advertise her beautiful graphics. This time we published
three papers, one column, nine reviews and Fred's editorial.

Kudos for this anniversary issue should go to Fred Stoss, Irwin Weintraub,
Bill Johnson, Flora Shrode, Terry Abraham, and Nancy Young for reviewing
and proofreading the articles. Acknowledgment is due to Bill Kerr, our Web
Master, for his hard work on this issue.

It is time to change a graphical design for the EGJ. I hope that Czet can
help us in doing this but if you have any fresh suggestions about design or
content (such as an idea for a new column), please do not hesitate
contacting me. For the next issue I need a volunteer to write an editorial.

Have a Nice Earth Day,

General Editor, Electronic Green Journal
University of Idaho Library, Rayburn Street, Moscow, ID  83844-2350
voice: (208) 885-6631  fax: (208) 885-6817

11. EnviroLinks - European and International Environmental Orgs.

An extensive collection of links and bookmarks to environmental
organisations and information on the web. Several categories: EU-Europe,
Rest of Europe, EU (organisation), International Organisations (UN,
OESO, etc), and Links by Subject
Submitted by:

   André Viergever M.Sc. Director of E*M*A*I*L
=Environment Management And Information Liaison =
  PO Box 3010;  2301 DA Leiden,  the Netherlands
  Tel: ++31.71.5230652     Fax: ++31.71.5230683
>  EnviroLinks: <

>From ResPool -

12. Environmental Reference: Sources Off the Beaten Path

The following are selected reviews from the review
article, "Environmental Reference 101: Sources Off the
Beaten Path," by Fred Stoss, _Counterpoise_, 2/3, July,

_Conservation directory_.  Washington, DC: National
Wildlife Federation.

A directory of national, state and local organizations and
agencies; college and university programs; publications;
international environmental and natural resources
agencies; databases; sources of audio-visual materials;
national parks; etc.  One of the most comprehensive
enhanced directories for issues related to the environment
and natural resources.

_Conservation and environmentalism: an encyclopedia_, ed.
by Robert Paehlke. New York, NY: Garland Publishing.

This single-volume encyclopedia provides an international
perspective on current concerns about the environment and
its natural resources.  Articles encompass a full spectrum
of issues and discuss scientific background and policy
aspects of many critical issues.  Written for
non-technical audiences, it covers broad topics related to
environmental quality, resource allocation, and
contemporary thoughts on issues such as toxic chemical
hazards, global change, and biological diversity.

Porteous, Andrew, _Dictionary of environmental science
and technology_. Bristol, PA: Open University Press.

This dictionary provides students (high school and above),
community leaders, environmental activists, and other
general readers with a working knowledge of scientific and
technical concepts and terminology.

Maunder, W. John.  _Dictionary of global climate change_.
London, England: UCL Press Limited, University College.

This dictionary was published in 1992 as the first
dictionary solely devoted to the topic of global climate
change.  This work provides clear, non-technical
explanations of the scientific and technical concepts and
phenomena associated with climate change, including global
warming.  Descriptions of organizations and research
programs are most useful in examining the global, national
and sub-national efforts to study the phenomenon generally
referred to as climate change.  Written specifically for
the non-specialist; researchers, students, educators and
policy makers will find this a useful document.

_Eco-data: using your PC to obtain free environmental
information_, ed. by Roland W. Schumann III.  Rockville,
MD: Government Institutes, Inc.

While intended for the environmental professional, this
reference book serves as an outstanding resource for
public, academic and non-profit libraries. Eco-Data serves
as an inventory of 100 free electronic bulletin-board
systems (BBS) that provide free data resources.  BBSs
described are from both the poublic and provate sectors
and are related primarily to the issues of environmental
health and safety.  The book's first section is an
introductory primer on the Internet, and the next two
chapters are inventories of BBSs operated by private and
public sources.

_Encyclopedia of environmental studies_.  New York, NY:
Facts on File.

A comprehensive source book of more than 3,000
environmental entries related to ecology, environmental
geography, natural history, environmental law and policy,
and environmental management.

Stein, Edith C.  _The Environmental sourcebook: A
comprehensive up-to-date guide to the environmental
movement_.  New York, NY: Lyons and Burford.

An issues-by-issues description of environmental concerns
of the 1990's.  Each issues provides a background and
review of the concerns (e.g., population, climate and
atmosphere, water, hazardous substances and waste) and
inventories of relevant books and periodicals,
organizations and grantmaking sources.

_Environmental studies review_, comp. by Judith A.
Douville.  Chicago, IL: Americal Library Association.

A review of nearly 900 works related to the environment.
All entries were published in volumes 28 through 32
(September 1990 through July/August 1995) of _Choice_
magazine, a bibliographic-oriented publication produced to
assist librarians in academic settings.  Public libraries
can also benefit from the resources reveiwed in this
compendium of reviews.

_The Environmentalist's guide to the poublic library_,
New York, NY: Libraries for the Future, 1997.

A 32-page guidebook to resources, programs and ideas to
help create stronger links between public libraries and
the individuals and communities they serve. Examines the
critical role played by public libraries as a resource for
information on a wide variety of environmental and natrual
resources issues.

_Great events from history: ecology and environment
series_, ed. by Frank N. Magill.  Pasadena, CA: Salem

This is a five-volume treatise on the history of ecology
and the environment from 1902 (the Reclamation Act) to
1995 (removal of the bald eagle from the Endangered
Species List).  The time span for each volume is as
follows: Vol.1: 1902-1944; Vol.2: 1945-1066; Vol.3:
1966-1973/74; Vol.4: 1973-1985; and Vol.5: 1985-1994.
Each event listed in this chronological compendium is
provided a summary essay, principal personages mentioned,
a brief bibliography, and a list of cross-referenced

_The National report card on environmental knowledge,
attitudes and behaviors: the sixth annual survey of adult
Americans.  Washington, DC: National Environmental
Education and Training Foundation.

This report provides an analytical review of the results
of 1,500 U.S. adults surveyed with regard to their
knowledge and beliefs about environmental issues and
facts.  The 1997 edition of the report gives the U.S
public a failing grade with regard to its knowledge of
environmetal issues.  The 1998 report does not present a
much prettier picture. The survey was conducted by Roper
Starch Worldwide.

_Reading about the Environment_.  Englewood, CO:
Libraries Unlimited.

This book is designed to help librarians and other readers
to locate information currently available about the
environment.  This annotated bibliography describes nearly
800 books, popular magazine articles, and other materials
found in many public libraries.

_Vital signs_.  Washington, DC: Worldwatch Institute.

The subtitle of this book is "Environmental Trends that
Are Shaping Our Future." This annual summary describes the
trends related to the major environmental issues facing
the world: Food, Agriculture, Energy, the Atmosphere,
Economics, Transportation, Social Issues, and Military
Trends.  Special features on specific key issues within
these categories are also provided.

Harker, Donald and Elizabeth Natter.  _Where we live: a
citizen's guide to conducting a community environmental
inventory_.  Washington, DC: Island Press, 1995.

This resource is one of the most user-friendly, yet
complete handbooks on this topic ever assembled.
Totalling over 300 pages, the _Guide_ is full of useful
charts, diagrams, illustrations an dtables, along with
plenty of very readable text.  It also contains a number
of forms that readers can fill in to help them organize
thei information they gather during the inventory.

_World resources_.  Washington, DC: World Resources

A biennial (every-other-year) comprehensive review of the
critical issues and challenges facing the world's
environmental leaders.  Provides surveys of current
conditions and historical trends in major areas of concern
and resource areas: Economic Indicators, Population,
Forest and Land, Food and Agriculture, Biodiversisty,
Energy and Materials, Water and Fisheries, and Atmosphere
and Climate.  Extensive data tables area provided.  Data
also available in diskette formats.

_World's who is who and does what in environment and
conservation_, ed. by Nicholas Polunin.  New York: St.
Martin's Press.

This biographical reference work, published in 1997,
provides descriptions of more than 3,000 notable men and
women working in fields related to environmental science,
ecology, natural resources conservation, and wildlife
biology. Contact information (mailing addresses, phone,
fax, etc.) are provided where made available.


13. Commercial sponsorship of British Library OPAC

This bad news is from American Libraries, April, 1999, p. 26
(the fun world map page):

British Library's web opac is being sponsored by, the British  They have a banner ad right there, it says "Buy books from"

You can witness it yourself at


14. AltaVista has really done it

A Search For the Highest Bidder

Luckily, some of us are working on alternatives to greedy bastards like
Alta Vista.


Yes, it's true.  AltaVista has started to sell top rankings in its search
results.  Chuck has made a graphic you can use on your web pages, a
"Boycott AltaVista" graphic.  You can download it from:

(If you would like to help Chuck Munson work on - which
isn't necessary yet but is likely to be necessary by the time it's up and
running - you can contact him at chuck[at]


15. Nancy Kranich for ALA President

Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 21:04:36 -0500 (EST)
From: NANCY KRANICH <kranich[at]>
Subject: ALA Election
Sender: owner-ala[at]
To: ala[at]
Reply-to: ala[at]
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Precedence: bulk

Reminder: Ballots for the ALA Election are due at headquarters by
April 29th.  Please vote and urge your colleagues to do the same.
Elections are an important part of ALA participation.

Watch for results May 5th.

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Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 14:01:36 -0700
From: MELISSAR[at]
To: PLGNET-L[at]
Subject: Re: ALA Elections
Reply-To: MELISSAR[at]
Sender: owner-PLGNet-L[at]

For ALA President : Definitely Vote for Nancy Kranich.
I am campaigning for her and urge all PLG and SRRT folks to vote
for Nancy.
Not only is she as a good as it gets for such an office,
but (if you think that's not saying much) she is a progressive.
I also really like her, she is smart, and, as far as I can tell, she has
done lots of really good legislative work on behalf of ALA for things I am
in favor of.
See her article for EXTRA! The newsletter of Fairness and Accuracy
in Reporting (January I think) about the ill effects of fewer and
fewer multinational publishers on academic publishing and knowledge
sharing. How many other ALA officers know what EXTRA! is, much less
write for it ?

Jim Schmidt has a long reputation for doing Intellectual Freedom work,
but he is behind the joint San Jose City/State University
library that no one else is happy about, and he brought Ken
Dowlin to teach at SJSU.

I have not looked at my ballot yet for other positions.

Melissa Riley
(For identification purposes only: Librarian at San Francisco Public

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Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 22:00:22 -0400
To: MELISSAR[at], plgnet-l[at]
From: Mark Rosenzweig <iskra[at]>
Subject: Kranich -- a mixed bag
Reply-To: iskra[at]
Sender: owner-PLGNet-L[at]

PLGers & SRRTers,

I don't want to rain on anybody's parade, but I have to note that Nancy
Kranich,candidate for ALA president, is no friend of SRRT (on the contrary
-- she has voted against most SRRT originated resolutions, she's on the
Executive Board which seemingly unanimously wanted to reign SRRT in for
speaking to the outside world in its own name).

If anyone cares, for me Nancy is a lesser evil candidate even though her
opponent is one of the biggest schmucks in libraryland.

I know Nancy from NYU and I can tell you that she was part of management
through some terrible labor struggles and for all her insinuations to the
contrary she was an adversary of the union.

Let's vote for Nancy, but let's not delude ourselves. She will not be a
SRRT-friendly president.

Mark Rosenzweig

>Katia asked if Nancy Kranich was on the Project Censored
>board one year.
>I believe so--She is good friends with the really nice guy who is in
>charge of it. Pproject Censored is a big favorite of mine.
>(And I think she is also friendly with Michael
>Parenti--now there's a credential!)

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Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 22:12:36 -0400
To: SRRT Action Council <srrtac-l[at]>
From: Charles Willett <willett[at]>
Subject: Nancy Kranich for ALA President
Reply-To: srrtac-l[at]
Sender: owner-srrtac-l[at]

Just to hop on the "Vote for Nancy Kranich bandwagon," she was on the
Planning Committee that organized the progressive, very large, 3-day, Media
and Democracy Congress II held at her institution (NYU) and the Cooper Union
in October 1997.  She is one of the 24 judges of the Project Censored Awards
(since 1998; others include Ben Bagdikian, Susan Faludi, Judith Krug,
Michael Parenti, Herbert Schiller, and Howard Zinn).  And Rory Litwin has
been successful in persuading her to be one of the panelists on AIP's "The
Alternative Press and Intellectual Freedom" program in New Orleans.  --Charles


16. Sanford Berman has been removed from his job

Sanford Berman was told Monday morning in a meeting with Hennepin
County Library directory Charles Brown that he is being reassigned to
a "special publishing project" (which he couldn't be less interested in),
that Elizabeth Feinberg will become head of cataloging, and that his
office will be moved out of the department.

At the same time, Feinberg and her managerial colleage Sharon Charles
delivered the news to the catalogers.  Chris Dodge (whom I have to thank
for this report) and the other catalogers asked them how they thought this
decision might affect staff morale systemwide, which has been damaged by
management's treatment of Mr. Berman for many weeks.  Chris called the
decision "blatantly vindictive and designed to break up cataloging."

To support Sanford Berman in this mess you can write to the following

Jack Cole, Chair
Hennepin County Library Board
1536 Winnetka N.
Golden Valley MN 55427

Sandy Vargas
Acting Hennepin County Administrator
Government Center
Minneapolis, MN 55487


17. HCL's rosy press release

The following is the rosy press release from HCL spinning their attempt to
neutralize Sandy Berman:

Subject: HCL press release, 4/19

April 19, 1999
TO:  All Staff
FROM:  Charles M. Brown

I am pleased to announce that Hennepin County Library will be developing a
Cataloging Practices Manual to be used by staff and made available to
other libraries.  Sanford Berman, HCL head cataloger, will dedicate his
time to this project.  Elizabeth Feinberg will assume supervisory and
management responsibility for the cataloging unit, effective immediately.

The project gives us the capacity to market HCL innovative cataloging
methods and processes to libraries interested in enhancing their catalogs,
just as we currently market our cataloging output.

Please join me in congratulating Sandy on this new opportunity to expand
his considerable influence and leadership in the development of user
sensitive cataloging.

The following news release, announcing the project, will be distributed to
media today:

Hennepin County Library (HCL) today announced plans to produce a
Cataloging Practices Manual documenting the innovative cataloging
processes that have made HCL a leader in the modernization of library
subject headings.  The Manual will be made available to other library
systems in a variety of electronic and print formats.

Sanford Berman, head of HCL cataloging and a nationally recognized expert
in the elimination of biases, prejudices, and cultural insensitivity in
library cataloging, will write the new Manual and ready it for

In making the announcement, Library Director Charles Brown cited
information requests from other libraries and results of a survey of HCL
staff involved in cataloging as the impetus for developing the

As a preliminary step in re-engineering HCLs cataloging process, we
interviewed staff about opportunities for improvement.  Several staff
members expressed a need for clear documentation of the cataloging
processes unique to HCL.  We also have requests for documentation from
other libraries interested in adopting some of our techniques.  The
re-engineering process gives Sandy Berman the opportunity to expand the
influence hes had on library cataloging, Brown said.  HCL currently makes
some of its cataloging output available to other libraries through a
licensing agreement with NoveList.  The new product will make HCL methods
and processes accessible to library systems interested in enhancing their
own catalogs.

HCL plans to offer consultative services and develop interactive training
and technical support products in conjunction with the new Cataloging
Practices Manual.

HCL estimates the first products will be available in the fourth quarter
of 2000.


18. Professor Robert Hauptman's angry letter of Feb. 26

February 26, 1999

To Whom It May Concern,

I am astonished and dismayed that the professional
perspectives, opinions, and considered assessments of
Sanford Berman, one of librarianship's foremost activists,
are not only not honored but rather disparaged.  That his
voice, guaranteed its freedom by the Constitution's First
Amendment, is controlled and silenced in any venue is
illegal and unethical.  That this occurs in the context of
the very profession that affirms itself through free
speech is unconscionable.  Despite the fact that Sandy
acts as a gadfly in pursuit of justice and despite the
very real possibility that his points of view may differ
from other personnel assiciated with the Hennepin County
Library, there is no warrant for silencing him.  He may
continue to argue, harrangue, disagree, confer, and
discuss in letters, articles, books, interviews,
listservs, email messages, films, and any other venue he
chooses.  Some people may feel that Sandy's communications
are unfair, disruptive, disagreeable, or uncooperative.
Naturally!  This is why freedom of speech is guaranteed.
If everyone agreed that the Library of Congress has
produced perfect subject headings, that pornography is
constructive, that North Korea's political system is
perfect, then we would not have to defend freedom of

The situations to which I am privy are simply
incomprehensible: How could someone counter an
individual's corrections to his own perspective in a
newsletter article?  Why would an administrator object to
a person speaking out against error or injustice?  Instead
ofusing coercive, threatening, and demagogic methods or
issuing reprimands against Sanford Berman and justice for
which he fights.  Any reprimand tendered against Sansford
Berman should be rescinded; all censorious activities must
be elminated; and a sincere apology ought to be tendered.

These foolish and unnecessary altercations place the
Hennepin County Library and its administrators in a very
poor national light.


Robert Hauptman (PhD)
Coordinator of Reference
Editor, _Journal of Reference Ethics_


19. Congress on Professional Education - 3rd online conference 4/23

Would you like to influence library education?  The Congress on
Professional Education is happening - you can participate online.

The third online conference in relation to the Congress on
Professional Education is FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 1999 - 4-5:30 pm Central
The Steering Committee for the Congress on Professional Education
invites your participation in the third online conference to discuss
issues relevant to the Congress.  The conference is scheduled for
Friday, April 23, 1999, 4-5:30pm CDT.  Edward Erazo of Florida
Atlantic University and chair of the Issues in the Profession working
group will lead the discussion on Professional Concerns.

The three broad topics that will be used to start the discussion are:
1) shared values of the profession
2) shared vision of the profession
3) shared concerns of the profession.

The discussion is by no means limited to these topics.

Here are some instructions that will help you participate in the
online conference:

(1) We recommend that you use a JavaScript-enabled browser such as
Netscape Navigator 3.0 or higher or Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 or

(2) Sign up in advance by pointing your web browser to
You will be asked to fill out a form with name, password, email
address, etc.
     If you set up a WebBoard username and password for the first or
second CoPE live conference, you need not do so again.  However, if
you do not remember your username or password, simply register anew
with a new username and password.  We cannot give out password
information over the phone or by email, simply because we do not know
users' passwords.  If you would like to change your password, click
PROFILES in the black Menubar, then click Change your personal profile
at the top of the Message Window.

(3) At the scheduled conference time, point your web browser to
To log on, you will be asked to enter the user name and password you
established in step (2).

There will only be one active conference.  On Friday, April 23, it
will be called prof_concerns. Click on the name of the conference to

The conference will be moderated, which means that any message you
post will first be viewed by a moderator, who will either post the
message as is, edit it and then post it, or delete it without editing
or posting it.

There are three major parts to the WebBoard screen: the Menubar
(across the top), the Conference List (left) and the Message Window

-- Use the Menubar to access the functions of the conference.

-- The Conference List contains a list of all active conferences (in
this case, only one) and all messages posted to those lists.  If you
see a + sign in a square next to a message, it means there are more
messages pertaining to that message.  Click on the + sign to see all
relevant messages.  When you click on a message in the Conference
List, it will appear with the rest of the messages in its "thread" in
the Message Window (right side of your screen).

-- In the Message Window you may read and reply to messages, post
new messages, email the person who posted the message, etc. (buttons
for doing so are found in the light blue bars at the top of each
message in the Message Window.

WebBoard should refresh the Conference List (showing new messages)
every 10 seconds.  If there has been no activity for some time, click
on the REFRESH button in the black menu bar just to make sure.  Please
do not click REFRESH more frequently than every 10 seconds, though, as
it will degrade performance for everyone.

Online help is available by clicking on the HELP button in the black

Please note that live chat will be disabled for this conference in
order to avoid confusion and keep the discussion focused.

At the end of the conference, you must close down your browser to
fully exit WebBoard.  This is especially important if you are
participating from a public terminal, since failure to shut down the
browser will leave it connected to the conference under your

Please note that this live conference will discuss ONLY Professional
Concerns and will be of limited duration (1.5 hours).  Those wishing
to participate in other ALA discussion lists should visit
to see a list of available lists and to read instructions on how to
subscribe to those lists.

Ann L. O'Neill
Director, Office for Accreditation
American Library Association
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-280-2435
Fax : 312-280-2433
Email: aoneill[at]

20. Poem - The Reference Librarian

Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 15:06:34 -0500 (CDT)
From: Arts and Literature Department <ald[at]>
To:   Don Sakers <dsakers[at]>
Cc:   stumpers-l[at]
Subj: Re: Poem about Reference Librarians


See the Reference Librarian and the joys that appertain to her;
Who shall estimate the contents and the area of the brain in her?
See the people seeking wisdom from the four winds ever blown to her,
For they know there is no knowledge known to mortals but is known to her;
See this flower of perfect knowledge, blooming like a lush geranium,
All converging rays of wisdom focussed just beneath her cranium:
She is stuffed with erudition as you'd stuff a leather cushion,
And wisdom is her specialty--it's marketing her mission.
How they throng to her, all empty, grovelling in their unsufficience;
How they come from her, o'erflooded by the sea of her omniscience!
And they know she knows she knows things--while she drips her learned
The percentage of illiteracy perceptibly decreases.
Ah, they know she knows she knows things, and her look is education;
And to look at her is culture, and to know her is salvation.

from: "The Song of the Library Staff" by Sam Walter Foss
      in his book, "Songs of the Average Man"  1907


Sherry F. at Omaha Public Library (NE)

21. Free Wobbly Books

Subject: Free books...
From: iww[at]

Wobblies have put some free books up on the web for your reading pleasure.

Solidarity forever--let free-time ring....

Point your browser here:


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