Library Juice 2:37 - September 22, 1999


1. This week is Mumia awareness week
2. Message from the publisher
3. The "Dead Germans" Project
4. Two resource-laden articles on the "invisible web"
5. Labor Unions and the Internet
6. Call for Nominations for Award for Library Service to Labor
7. Seattle Public Library and the WTO
8. "I hate to sound like Don S, but..."
9. Information for Social Change No. 9 - now on web
10. LINK - A Network for North - South Library Development
11. International Preservation Conference in Havana, Cuba
12. Two articles from Steve Cisler
13. 3rd annual Puerto Rican Book Fair
14. Library Philosophy and Practice, vol. 2, no. 1 - on web
15. Long range planning bib, compiled by Eileen Simmons
16. New URL for "Needle in a CyberStack - the InfoFinder"
17. Discussion on Respool - Origins of given names
18. Rory's Report on CyberPatrol/CyberNOT
19. Federal Filtering Bills Summary from Tech Law Journal
20. EPIC collection of studies on internet filtering
21. Intellectual Freedom Action Network (IFAN)
22. Two pro-filtering articles from American Family Association
23. Disinfo from FOF on Banned Books Week
24. German Propaganda Archive
25. Attention Bibliothecaires Francais

Quote for the week:

"If information is power, why are the powerful so ill informed?"

-Arthur Curley, quoted in a John Berry's editorial at:$8431

oh - ALA has sponsored a lecture in honor of Arthur Curley:

Home page of the week: Brent Frye


1. This week is Mumia awareness week


2. Message from the publisher:

Here is something that some of you may be able to help us with. 
We need to find a new mail host for the distribution of Library Juice
by majordomo software.  If you manage a server running majordomo,
please consider letting us use a small amount of your system resources for
this publication.  It would be a nice way to help support this free

You can contact the publisher about it at rlitwin[at]


Rory Litwin
Editor and Publisher, Library Juice

3. The "Dead Germans" Project

A number of years ago at an ALISE meeting, Sydney Pierce asserted
that one of the factors leading to the incoherence and fragmentation
of the information sciences was the lack of "dead Germans" - that is,
a set of significant theoreticians that provided the intellectual
foundations of the field. In sociology, one studies Marx, Weber, and
Durkheim. (Expand this when the article turns up.) She asserted that
we simply were missing these foundational characters and their ideas.
This project brings together biographies of significant individuals -
some live, some dead - some German, some not - that do provide the
theoretical base of the information sciences.

Most of these biographies were created as various course projects by
students in the School of Information Sciences at the University of
Tennessee, Knoxville: contributions in text or links are welcomed.

4. Two resource-laden articles on the "invisible web"


5. Labor Unions and the Internet

Subject: labor links
Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 17:26:40 -0400
From: Doug Henwood <dhenwood[at]>
To: lbo-talk[at]

[from Michael Eisenscher]

Suzanne Cohen & Deborah Joseph, two reference librarians at the
Catherwood Library, have produced a significant, new accomplishment
in Internet service.  With extensive links to topics of interest to
Labor Unions, this site is an invaluable and instructive tool for all
union members, officers, and staff.

Labor Unions and the Internet


6. Call for Nominations for Award for Library Service to Labor

September, 1999
For immediate release
Contact:  Ann Sparanese

Nominations are now being accepted for the Year 2000 John Sessions Memorial
Award given by the American Library Association's Reference and User Services
Division. Applications must be received by December 31, 1999.

The John Sessions Memorial Award, established in 1980, recognizes a library
or library system which has made significant efforts to work with the labor
community. Such efforts may include outreach projects to local labor unions;
establishment, or significant expansion of, special labor collections;
initiation of programs of special interest to the labor community; or other
library activities that serve the labor community.

The 1999 winner was the advocacy organization Libraries for the Future for
its Labor History Month "Pump Up the Volume" campaign. Previous winners have
included public libraries, academic libraries, and unions. Winning projects
have been as diverse as working with local unions to provide information on
job training and education; creating exhibits of local union history;
building and preserving labor and union archives; creative more accessible
cataloging; and sponsoring Labor History Month outreach to local unions.
The award is named for John Sessions, the former AFL-CIO co-chair of the
AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups. The winning
library receives a handsome plaque donated by the AFL-CIO.

For applications for the Sessions Award, or more information, contact
Sessions Committee chairperson:
Ann Sparanese
Englewood Public Library, 31 Engle St., Englewood, NJ 07631.
Phone: (201)568-2215, ext 229
Fax :(201)568-6895

7. Seattle Public Library and the WTO

Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 13:27:58 -0700
To: librarians[at]
From: Paul Palinkas <palinkas[at]>
Subject: Seattle Public Library and the WTO

Since this is my first real post to this list, I'll briefly introduce
myself. I'm Paul, 25 years old, and a library worker at the Seattle
Public Library. I've been working there for less than 6 months as a
"grunt worker", but plan to seek a MLS at some point.

  As you know, Seattle is hosting the upcoming WTO Ministerial
Conference. The city machinery is gearing up, and the SPL is doing
it's part - they have supplied a list of books on "trade" and the
WTO. Only one title appears to have any sort of oppositional view -
and it's Pat Buchannan's book.

From "Encompass: The City Of Seattle Newsletter"August 1999

"Betty Tonglao represents the Library on the SHO's (Seattle Host
Organization) Media and Public Relations Committee, and the Education
and Outreach Committee. She has prepared a reading list to educate
the public about the WTO and to promote better understanding on
international trade issues. Look for the reading list on the
Library's International Business Web page: "

Many folks here in Seattle are voicing concern over this list, and
the SPL's role in promoting such an anti-democratic, pro-corporate
power entity. Librarians  and library workers should also be
concerned. Perhaps we should put out a list of our own, as well as
let the SPL know of our discontent! Try dropping Betty a line at
betty.tonglao[at] and perhaps cc:'ing it to
deborah.jacobs[at] the City Librarian to suggest alternative
titles for this list.
Paul J. Palinkas | palinkas[at]
"Food is power. We use it to change behavior. Some may call that bribery.
We do not apologize," - Catherine Bertini, Executive Director of the World
Food Program at the Beijing Woman's Conference (Sept. 1995).

8. "I hate to sound like Don S, but..."

[Forwarded to Library Juice by Don Saklad]

Date:         Mon, 20 Sep 1999 20:57:31 +0000
Sender:       State and Local Freedom of Information Issues
From:         Michael Ravnitzky <mikerav[at]IX.NETCOM.COM>
Subject:      I hate to sound like Don S, but...

I recently requested some records from the New York Public Library, the
Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Borough Public Library.  I asked
for copies of the filled out forms entitled:  Request For
Reconsideration of Library Materials, with name, address and phone
numbers redacted.

The Brooklyn Public Library came up with the requested records right
away.  However, both the Queens Borough and New York Public Libraries
refused to provide any records because they claimed that they are not
agencies within the meaning of the New York State Freedom of Information
Law.  Each reply was a very terse note from the Office of the Library
General Counsel, leaving no opportunity for reconsideration.

I disagree with their assessment, as does, apparently the Committee on
Open Government, which has issued an opinion relating specifically to
records of the Queens Borough Public Library in recent years.

What I find so odd about those responses is that libraries are set up
for the express purpose of information dissemination.  Yet these two
entities are withholding records of public interest simply because they
claim they are not REQUIRED BY LAW to supply them.

Moreover, the specific subject of the requests was attempts at library
censorship, something the libraries are oestensibly adamently opposed
to, at least during Banned Books Week.

I was dissatisfied less by the refusal to provide records under FOIL,
than by the seeming refusal to provide this information on censorship
under any circumstances.

Michael Ravnitzky
New York City

9. Information for Social Change No. 9 - now on web

Information for Social Change No. 9, Summer 1999,
combined issue with Link-Up 11/1-2

The articles below can all be found at

Network Update. Gill Harris and Ruth Creamer

Returning a stare; People's Struggles for Political and Social
Inclusion. Shiraz Durrani

The State, Communities and Public Libraries: their role in tackling
social exclusion. John Pateman

Researching the Disappeared in Chile during the Junta. Roberta

Access for all: Libraries and Distance Learning in Tanzania. Alli

Libraries and Information Provision in Contemporary Russia.
Agatha Haun

Public Libraries and Social Exclusion - an International
Perspective: conference resolutions

10. LINK - A Network for North - South Library Development

LINK is a network that intends to be an informed, experienced and
realistic forum that will raise awareness of the "Third World"
library issues within the information-related professions of the
"North".  It aims to link librarians and libraries in the "South"
with colleages worldwide, for their mutual benefit, and to provide
support, briefing and continuing information to individuals who
intend to do information work in developing countries.

Who are we?  Most of us are librarians who have worked alongside
local colleages in libraries and information centres in developing
countries, trying to provide basic services and solve problems on a
day-to-day basis.  Much of this experience, though not all, has come
from "volunteer" projects associated with organisations like VSO,
APSO, UNAIS and CUSO.  Returning home is not the end of our interest
and involvement in Third World library development.  We want to keep
these issues visible, and also contribute in various ways to further
development and improvement of libraries and information centres

Specific objectives and activities of the group include:

- Raising awareness among professional bodies and related
organisations in the information world.

- Raising awareness among individual librarians through personal
contact, and other activities, such as our annual conferences, talks,
articles and meetings.

- Raising awareness among staff and students of UK library schools.

- Providing information and support to individuals before, during and
after their work overseas.

- Supporting students, librarians and information workers in
developing countries who are in the UK.

- Supporting librarians and information workers in developing

- Producing a newsletter to inform, link and support participants

- Producing a directory of members skills and expertise.

LINK does not supply books, equipment or materials for libraires or
information services.  Our role is to provide a network for the
sharing of information and ideas.


The Directory of Skills Exchange
2nd ed. ISBN 0-9527645-0-4

The Directory of Skills Exchange contains professional details of
LINK members who are willing to share their skills and expertise.  It
costs five pounds but is free to members.  Contact LINK to be included.

ISSN 0955-6303

Link-Up is a quarterly newsletter which offers a forum for sharing
ideas, advice and experience.  It is free for libraires in the
developing world.

To subscribe to LINK-UP please send a cheque to the address below,
payable to LINK.

£ 7, unwaged
£ 14, individuals
£ 30, institutions
Free to library and information workers in developing countries.

If you would like more information about LINK, the conferences and
the publications please contact us at:



25 Mundiana Court
Forest Hill Road
London, SE22 ONQ

Email: 101450.2167[at]
or ruth[at]

11. International Preservation Conference in Havana, Cuba

International Conference on the Conservation of Paper and Photographs
Havana, Cuba, November 16-18, 1999

The National Archives of Cuba and the Northeast Document Conservation
Center, under the auspices of The Getty Grant Program, The ACLS/SSRC
Working Group on Cuba, and The Christopher Reynolds Foundation, have
organized another International Conference on the Conservation of Paper and
Photographs.  The conference will take place in Havana, Cuba at the
National Archives from November 16 - 18, 1999.

The three day conference, with sessions from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., has
been designed to respond to the requirements of conservation professionals
in archives, libraries, and museums of Latin America.  It will include
presentations and discussion by two acknowledged specialists as well as
practical work sessions.  The principle themes will be conservation
planning, the care and conservation of photographs, and conservation using
new technologies in microfilming, photocopying, and digitization.

The registration fee is $150 U.S.  It should be paid in cash at the time of
registration.  All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.
Those interested in the conference can contact:
Conferencia Internacional sobre Conservación de Papel y Fotografías
Archivo Nacional de Cuba.
Compostela N906 esq. San Isidro,
Habana Vieja 10100
C.  Habana

Tel. 537 62 9470
              63 6489
Fax  537 33 8089
e.mail arnac[at]

12. Two articles from Steve Cisler

Our LAN in Havana: Networking with People and Computers in Cuba
by Steve Cisler

Abstract: This is a report on one person's impressions of Cuba before
and after visiting the island during August 18-28, 1994. The purpose
of the trip was to live a presentation on Internet navigation tools at
a workshop of librarians from Cuba, Latin America, and other countries
which was held during the 60th annual conference for the International
Federation of Library Associations. This was a time when the departure
of thousands of emigres by raft and boat captured the headlines, and
tensions between Cuba and the United States rose once again.

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I recently spent a couple of weeks in Thailand and Laos. attending two
IFLA  conferences, visiting some public access technology centers,
wandering around markets, and sleeping on trains. It was my second trip to
Thailand, and my impressions are here:

This is not an in-depth report on the main conference in Bangkok, only a
few impresssions.

Steve Cisler
4415 Tilbury Drive, San Jose, CA 95130
(408) 379 9076

13. 3rd annual Puerto Rican Book Fair

Date: Mon, 20 Sep 1999 09:34:31 -0500
From: "Michael Dowling" <mdowling[at]>
To: ALA International Relations Round Table <alaworld[at]>
Subject: Puerto Rican Book Fair

The 3rd annual Puerto Rican Book Fair/Feria Internacional del
Libro-Puerto Rico will be held from November 13-21 in San Juan.

The Fair has received a grant to offer US librarians  3 nights free
hotel (with breakfast) and free registration.

If you are interested in going, please contact:

Jose Carvajal
Feria Internacional del Libro-Puerto Rico
ph: 787 721-0844
fax: 787-725-0861
email: feriapr[at]

14. Library Philosophy and Practice, vol. 2, no. 1 - on web

Sent to LIBREF-L

>===== Original Message From Mary Bolin <mbolin[at]> =====

Library Philosophy and Practice, vol. 2, no. 1 (Fall 1999)  is now
available at

This issue contains part 1 of a two-part article by Daniel CannCasciato
on the retrospective application of new or revised LC subject headings
to existing bibliographic records, a wide-ranging article on vital
technical services operations by Leopoldo Montoya, and an article by
Robert L. Bolin on the use of sorted lists for error-checking.
    Still available at the same site are the Fall 1998 and Spring 1999
issues.  Library Philosophy and Practice is a peer-reviewed electronic
journal which appears twice a year, once in the fall and once in the
spring.  Library Philosophy and Practice publishes articles that
demonstrate the connection between library practice and the philosophy
and theory which are behind it. Library Philosophy and Practice
publishes reports of successful, innovative, or experimental library
procedures, methods, or projects in all areas of librarianship,
including both public and technical services. These reports are set in
the context of applied research, with reference to current, past, and
emerging theories of
library practice. Contributions are now being considered for vol. 3, no.
1 (Fall 2000) and vol. 3, no. 2 (Spring 2001)

Mary K.Bolin, Head, Technical Services, Associate Professor
Gail Z. Eckwright, Humanities Librarian, Associate Professor,
University of Idaho Library, Moscow, ID 83844-2350

15. Long range planning bib, compiled by Eileen Simmons via email

Date: Mon, 13 Sep 1999 18:25:30 -0700 (PDT)
From: Eileen Simmons <ESimmons[at]>
To: publib <publib[at]>,
Subject: long range planning bibliography
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.10.9909131825240.8509-100000[at]>

I had a few requests to post the responses I received to my request for
interesting articles about libraries to use with a long range planning

These are in no particular order:

Vision 2008: Mapping the future of your library. A conference sponsored by
3M Libraries.

"The Buffalo Public Library in 1983," Charles Ammi Cutter. Public Libraries,
Winter 1982. pp132-135.

"Weeding out Fiction in the Carnegie Free Library," Stevenson, W.M. (orig.
pub. 1897)Library Journal, 6/15/90. p72.

"Hear the Other Side," John Cotton Dana. (orig. pub. 1896) Library Journal
6/15/90 p68-70.

"In Our Information Society, Why Isn't the Public Library the Most Important
Building in the Community," Lesko, Matthew. Public Libraries 3-4/92, p85-87.

"File this Under Shock, Future," US News and World Report. 7/12/99; p48-49.

"Gutting America's Local Libraries: Informal Comments on Building Earth's
Largest Library," Walt Crawford.

"Building the Earth's Largest Library," Steven Coffman.

"Let's Meet at the Library," Planning. May 99. p.4-9.

"Books, Bytes, Buildings, and Bodies: Public Libraries in the 21st Century,"
Christine Lind Hage. American Libraries. 1/99. p. 79.

"Checking Out Net Access," USA Today. 4/22/98, Section D.

I also included a few posts I've kept over the last few month on the
relative fragility of digital media, and the "digital divide" (computer
haves and have nots).

Thanks to all who responded.

Eileen Simmons
Everett Public Library
Everett, WA

16. New URL for "Needle in a CyberStack - the InfoFinder"

Sent to LIBREF-L

>===== Original Message From John Albee <albeej[at]> =====

Needle in a CyberStack - the InfoFinder has moved to

There are now 150+ pages in this jumpstation for researchers,
librarians and teachers.  It is now a mirror site for the research
resource, The Spire Project, also.  The combination of these two
resources should help you to be more effective in your learning,
study and research projects.

Comments and suggestions of other valuable learning links are much

Thanks.  Bye.  John
John Albee mailto:albeej[at]
Teacher, Davenport Community Schools
Website: Needle in a CyberStack - the InfoFinder

We are all Works In Progress...

17. Discussion on Respool - Origins of given names

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Charlie Hawes [SMTP:crohaha22[at]]
> Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 1999 4:54 AM
> To: respool[at]
> Subject: REQUEST:Origin of Christian Names
> ResPool -
> I am looking for a site that could tell me what the historical
> origins of typical West European christian names are. I am trying to
> find the roots of "Phebe" (with that spelling) in particular.
> many thanks
> Charlie Hawes
> crohaha22[at]

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You might try
(Eponym). Interesting collection of links to various sites dealing with
fore- and surnames from around the world.

Cynthia Plenge
Head, Access Services/Systems
Champlain College Library
Burlington, VT 05401
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You need an "Onomastikon" (Dictionary of Names, comes from "Onomastics",
meaning the
study of proper names & their origins)

The bad news: There was a really excellent resource, formerly known as
"Kate Monk's Big List of Names" at
But unfortunately all the links I found to it listed on
(and there were quite a few) show it has moved. Which is obviously not
much help.   But if you can track it down, there was a collection of
names from around the globe including "short historical backgrounds,
male and female first names or personal names, and surnames or family
names, from many countries and periods."  You could browse geographically
too. It was very very good!

[Ed. Note - the site is now at

The good news: John Kasab's Ars Magica Names Database Names Common to
European Groups is at .  "This is a
compilation in progress. The goal is to provide names common to the
various regions of 12th and 13th century Europe. While it covers western
Europe particularly well, it suffers from limited coverage of central and
eastern Europe. Contributions are gladly accepted." It might help you.

Kind regards

Nancy Baynes
Fodor Wyllie PR, 8 Princess Mews, Horace Road, Kingston, Surrey  KT1 2SZ
Tel: 0208 541 4082, Fax: 0208 541 1248, Web:

Fodor Wyllie specialises in consumer-new media technology PR & marketing
in both offline and online environments, making new media products
accessible to the mass market.
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From: "Dan Oldham" <dano[at]>
To: <respool[at]>
Subject: Re: REQUEST:Origin of Christian Names
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 12:39:01 -0400

Try here:

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In case the websites already noted don't answer your question sufficiently,
the American Name Society (a group of scholars in Onomastics) has a
discussion list where queries about specific names are often addressed.
You can get subscription information by going to ANS's website, at:

I would write to them saying you would guess that Phebe is a variation of
Phoebe (Greek from the root phoeb- meaning shining or bright) but that you
aren't sure.  When they get going they come up with more than you or your
patron ever imagined could be known about a name.  They're great.

Rory Litwin


18. Rory's Report on CyberPatrol/CyberNot

I recently reported the following web pages blocked by CyberPatrol:

Graceanne De Candido's home page

Jean Herriot's micropress reviews

A page at UCSF on Latinos in Medicine

I contacted CyberPatrol to try to get the first two of these sites
unblocked, and their response led to an interesting mystery.  They
claimed that the sites were not blocked by CyberPatrol, and that I
should make sure we are using the current version of the software.  I
waited a couple of weeks and checked on the sites from a computer in
our library again.  Still blocked.  So, I contacted our systems
person.  She illuminated the situation for me.  She does download the
revised "CyberNot" list of objectionable sites on a weekly basis,
every Wednesday night, to be exact.  The list had been downloaded
probably three times before I checked again and found the sites
blocked.  So, the problem isn't that the library had failed to update
the software.  Our system person theorized that CyberPatrol keeps more
than one "CyberNot" list - one for retail customers and another for
institutions who load the list onto a proxy server.  The lists are
apparently not the same, although the discrepancies may be more a
matter of accident than design.  There may be more than just two
lists; we do not know.

I wrote to CyberPatrol with this information but did not receive a
response, even though I identified myself as a library employee.  Is
this acceptable customer service?  It seems obvious that it is not.
But the library system has other things on its mind than filtering.
Inappropriately blocked sites, even without the ability to get them
unblocked, is not enough of a problem to warrant diverting library
resources to a fight with CyberPatrol, which is still probably the
least bad in terms of inappropriately blocked sites.  So, the library
is tolerating a system that is not working, simply because of the
difficulty of solving the problem, and because without an outcry from
the public a serious problem is not going to be perceived.  How many
patrons are going to contact a librarian when they get an alarming
"WEBSITE BLOCKED" message coming up in their browser, especially if
it is a child?  Their logical reaction will be embarrassment, because
they do not know about the prevalence of or the reasons for
inappropriate site blocking.  They are probably new to the internet,
and after they click away from the "offending" page are probably
relieved that they weren't exposed to porn.  From their perspective
also, there is no problem.  And that is the problem.

For your delectation, here are two more sites blocked by
CyberPatrol's CyberNot list (in the Santa Clara County Library):

The "link bank" for Tara Calishain's ResearchBuzz:

The Daily Bleed, an eclectic calendar of events in history:

-Rory Litwin


You can reach members of "the CyberNOT team" at

They "Thank you for your support." _________________________________________________________________________top

19. Federal Filtering Bills Summary from Tech Law Journal

(From Don Wood)

20. EPIC collection of critiques and studies on internet filtering

EPIC has released a new collection of critiques and studies that
analyze the potential problems of Internet filtering and rating
systems.  "Filters and Freedom: Free Speech Perspectives on Internet
Content Controls" warns that the adoption of software to limit the
availability of material online may jeopardize free expression and
facilitate governmental censorship.

The EPIC publication includes articles by leading advocates of free
speech on the Internet, including the American Civil Liberties Union,
Electronic Frontiers Australia, Peacefire, Cyber-Rights &
Cyber-Liberties (UK), the Censorware Project, Computer Professionals
for Social Responsibility, the Global Internet Liberty Campaign, the
Internet Free Expression Alliance, and the National Coalition Against

Copies of the report will be distributed to participants of the
Internet Content Summit in Munich this week, where 300 Net industry
executives, government officials, legal scholars, and consumer
advocates are joining to discuss proposals for controlling content on
the Internet.  The most controversial policy centers upon the
implementation of a world-wide system of self-rating.

EPIC General Counsel David Sobel, who is attending the conference in
Munich, said it is imperative to examine the arguments presented in
"Filters and Freedom" before determining an approach for Internet
regulation.  "These views must be considered carefully if we are to
preserve freedom of expression in the online world," Mr. Sobel said.

"Filters and Freedom: Free Speech Perspectives on Internet Content
Controls," David Sobel, ed. (EPIC 1999, 182 pages, softcover, ISBN:
1-893044-06-8, $20.00)

21. Intellectual Freedom Action Network (IFAN)

Each year, between 500 and 600 challenges against library materials in
public libraries, schools, and school libraries are reported to the
American Library Association*s Office for Intellectual Freedom.
These challenges--defined as formal, written complaints filed with the
institution (library, school, etc.) regarding the presence and/or
appropriateness of specific material--only reflect incidents reported
to the OIF.  It has been noted that for each challenge reported, there
may be as many as four or five that remain unreported. A wide array of
materials are subject to attack; library displays and works of art
displayed in libraries also have been targets.

In response to these challenges and attacks, OIF has developed the
Intellectual Freedom Action Network (IFAN). There is no fee to become
an IFAN member; what is needed is your time:members are asked to act
as "eyes and ears" for intellectual freedom.

For more information, see

Don Wood
American Library Association
Office for Intellectual Freedom
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
800-545-2433, ext. 4225
Fax: 312-280-4227

22. Two pro-filtering articles from American Family Association

Battle against liberal library policies having positive effect

Radical library organization pushes unrestricted access to

(From Don Wood at ALA)

23. Disinfo from FOF on Banned Books Week

Date: Mon, 20 Sep 1999 10:02:33 -0400
From: Chuck0 <chuck[at]>
To: librarians[at]
Subject: Disinfo from FOF on Banned Books Week

Focus on the Family Stands Up for Parents, Teachers and Librarians
During ALA's 'Banned Books Week'

Updated 5:01 AM ET September 20, 1999

  "Banned Books Week' Promotes Intolerance, Not Reading'

  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- On the eve of
"Banned Books Week," Focus on the Family calls upon the
  American Library Association (ALA) to stop attacking certain parents,
teachers and librarians as "censors" and enemies of the
  First Amendment. "Banned Books Week" is scheduled for September
25-October 2 this year and will be promoted in bookstores,
  libraries and schools nationwide.

  "'Banned Books Week' promotes intolerance, not reading," said Tom
Minnery, vice president of public policy for Focus on the
  Family. "Every year the ALA attempts to intimidate and silence any
parent, teacher or librarian who questions the
  age-appropriateness of primarily sexually-explicit or violent material
for school children."

  "We all appreciate the power of books and cherish our First Amendment
freedoms," said Minnery. "However, we do not support
  the ALA's attempts to bully parents, teachers and librarians who do
not agree with the ALA that children should have access to all
  material, no matter how violent or obscene."

  According to the ALA's "1999 Banned Books Resource Guide," the
interest group admits that most of so-called "censorship"
  incidents occur in schools, not in public libraries or bookstores.
"Sex, profanity, violence and racism remain the primary
  objections" to controversial school books, according to the ALA's
report (p. iii).

  "The ALA reduces the issue of censorship to nonsense," said Minnery.
"For example, according the ALA, if a school administrator
  moves a sexually-explicit book from a junior high curriculum to a high
school curriculum because of age-appropriateness
  concerns, that is an sinister incident of 'censorship.' How

  The ALA's expansive definition of "censorship" is: "a change in the
access status of material, made by a governing authority or
  its representatives. Such changes include: exclusion, restriction,
removal, or age/grade level changes" ("1999 Banned Books
  Resource Guide," p. 105). "What the ALA calls censorship, we often
call common sense," Minnery said.

      Who is a "censor" according to the ALA?

  * Any parent or teacher who even questions the age-appropriateness of
any material in a school curriculum or library, whether or
  not the material in question is actually removed.

  * Any teacher or school administrator who makes a curriculum decision
to move a book to an older age group.

  * Any librarian who moves a book from the children's section of the
library to the adult section.

  * Any library that decides to install computer filtering software to
protect its children patrons from explicit sexual or violent
  material on the Internet.

  "One of the most serious concerns many parents have today is what
their children can access through the Internet on school or
  library computers," said Steve Watters, Internet expert with Focus on
the Family's public policy division. "The ALA's doctrinaire
  position against any filtering software to protect children is

  The ALA opposes Internet filtering for children because it believes
that "Like adults, children and teenagers have the right to
  seek and receive the information that they choose" ("1999 Banned Books
Resource Guide," p. 152). "Under the First
  Amendment, children and teens have the same rights as adults to select
the materials they wish to read, listen to, or view. The
  Library Bill of Rights simply reminds libraries of their
responsibilities to serve all the public, regardless of age" (p. 153).

  "Who really represents the best interests of children? The ALA, which
advocates a child's 'right' to have access to Internet
  pornography, or those parents, teachers and librarians who desire to
protect children from such victimization and exploitation?"
  said Watters. "We take the side of the concerned parents, teachers and

  "We applaud those librarians, teachers and parents who have the
courage to object when children are exposed to graphic sex
  and violence in the classroom and on library computers," said Watters.
"We encourage every school and public library to install
  filtering software on its computers so that children would be
protected from those who would want to target them on the

  "We especially encourage parents to reject the intimidation tactics of
the ALA, to exercise their First Amendment rights and to
  continue to be involved in their children's education," said Minnery.
"If schools and libraries want to maintain the trust they have
  with parents, they must not demonize those concerned parents who seek
the best education for their children."

  James C. Dobson, PhD., is a psychologist, author, radio broadcaster
and the president of Focus on the Family. Founded in 1977,
  Focus on the Family is a non-profit Christian ministry committed to
strengthening the family in the U.S. and throughout the

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Free Leonard Peltier!

"A society is a healthy society only to the degree
that it exhibits anarchistic traits."
        - Jens Bjørneboe

24. German Propaganda Archive

Compiled by Calvin College Professor of Communications and Sciences
Randall Bytwerk from a wide variety of sources, this site offers a
good cross-section of translated propaganda material from Nazi
Germany and the German Democratic Republic (GDR). The archive is
organized topically under each regime. For instance, the Nazi Germany
section contains speeches and essays from leaders (including 65 from
Joseph Goebbels alone); examples of Anti-Semitic writings and
cartoons; visual materials including cartoons, stamps, photos, and
posters; war propaganda; and some fascinating articles by
propagandists and party functionaries discussing the role and
techniques of propaganda. GDR materials include speeches, pamphlets,
anti-American caricatures, and writings on propaganda, among other
resources. Users will find a small collection of related links in
each section. [MD]

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

25. Attention Bibliothecaires Francais/Attention French Librarians

Chers collegues/Dear French colleagues,

Je m'appelle Penny Papangelis et je suis bibliothecaire americaine/My
name is Penny Papangelis and I am an American librarian.  Je cherche
un/e bibliothecaire francais/e qui puisse repondre a trois questions
faciles/I'm looking for a French librarian who could answer three easy
questions I have about French libraries.  Si vous etes bibliothecaire
francais/e, ecrivez-moi s.v.p. a cette adresse:  papanpl[at]
you are a French librarian, please write me at this address:
papanpl[at]  Merci beaucoup/Thank you very kindly.  Penny

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