Library Juice 2:39 - October 6, 1999


1. MSNBC Program on Library Filtering Wednesday Night
2. Intellectual Freedom page at UCSB
3. Fall 1999 MSRRT Newsletter
4. Ariadne Issue 21 now available
5. IFLA FAIFE Press Release on Cuba
6. BLACK-IP: The Black Information Professionals' Network
7. IMS Meta-data Specification
8. Legal and Policy Issues Facing Public Libraries in the High-Tech Era
9. Language Materials Project (UCLA)
10. The scoop on rogue sites, from RTMark
11. America's Return to Slavery
12. Articles on Prison Labor in America
13. The Celling of America (book)
14. Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting
15. Institute for Public Accuracy
16. International Forum for Independent Media
17. Project Censored
18. Library Principles for Students, from the Old Testament

Quote for the week:

"No fair historical examination of librarianship in America could fail
to note ... that its annals are replete with examples of partisanship,
albeit not necessarily (as one would like to believe) of free thought
or the rights of minorities, but too often of the causes of the
powers-that-be and the forces of order, sometimes taking the form of
a passive defense of the status quo, sometimes taking shape as an
active campaign for a new cause."

Mark Rosenzweig, "Editorial: Politics and Anti-Politics in
Librarianship."  Progressive Librarian No. 3, Summer 1991

Homepage of the week:  Celia White


1. MSNBC Program on Library Filtering Wednesday Night

Date: Tue, 5 Oct 1999 10:42:08 -0700 (PDT)
From: David Burt -- Filtering Facts <dburt[at]>
To: publib <publib[at]>
Subject: MSNBC Program on Library Filtering Wednesday Night

I will be joining Prof. Eugene Volokh of the UCLA School of Law and
Judith Krug of the American Library Association Office of Intellectual
Freedom on a panel discussing library filtering.

The show, "Internight", will air 7pm EST Wednesday on the MSNBC Cable

David Burt, President
Filtering Facts
Phone/fax 503 635-7048

2. Intellectual Freedom page at UCSB

        Providing links to resources relating to intellectual
        freedom and censorship, this site is good starting place
        when researching these pertinent issues. Links to
        organizations and resources regarding censorship and
        journalism, privacy, and legal issues are included. The
        University of California, Santa Barbara Library,
        provides this Web page. - ls
        Subjects: censorship

Librarians' Index to the Internet

3. Fall 1999 MSRRT Newsletter

Chris Dodge has finished the Fall 1999 issue of the MSRRT Newsletter
(Minnesota Library Association Social Responsibilities Round Table)
and it's another great issue.  If you don't know this publication you
should check it out.


Chris and his partner Jan DeSirey were going to stop publishing this
but apparently have decided to keep going.  The Newletter is more
enjoyable in the print version, so consider subscribing.

4. Ariadne Issue 21 now available

**Debbie Campbell looks at how the original criteria proposed for an IMesh
map against Australian initiatives in her substantial article: 'An Overview
of Subject Gateway activities in Australia'.

**Paul Miller looks at the Z39.50 standard, and successfully manages to
extract some meaning from the mass of associated literature in: 'Z39.50 for
All'. He also contributes: Developing the 'Bath Profile', a report on a
Z39.50 specification for Library Applications and Resource Discovery.

**Michael Day looks at the future of the scholarly interchange of
information and its principle medium, the peer-reviewed journal in: 'The
scholarly journal in transition and the PubMed Central proposal'.

**Philip Hunter contributes an interview with Stuart Lee, manager of the
'Virtual Seminars in Teaching' project based at the Humanities Computing
Unit in Oxford, on the prizewinning Wilfrid Owen Multimedia Digital Archive
and the JTAP Virtual Seminars on WW1.

**Pedro Isaias, chiming rather presciently with current UK governmental
exhortations, looks at e-Commerce technology in his follow up article on:
'Electronic Copyright Management Systems'

**The Web Editor column for this issue, 'Abzu and Beyond', is by the
Archivist of the Oriental Institute of the University
of Chicago Research Archives, Charles Jones.

**Phil Bradley looks at FAST, which has recently been launched as the most
comprehensive of the search engines, and this article compares the FAST
results with those of AltaVista and Northern Light.

**A number of JISC projects are featured in this issue: Planet SOSIG has its
usual column, and also EEVL. The DISinHE Centre contributes an article on
'Web Content accessibility' by Paul Booth; and in Biz/Ed Bulletin Libby
Miller looks at recent project changes, and describes some Internet
Resources for academic economists and researchers. The Public Libraries
column looks at: 'VITAL - the Value and Impact of End-User IT
Services in public libraries' (Juliet Eve).

**On the technical front, in Windows NT Explorer, Brett Burridge writes on
Internet Information Server (IIS 4.0). Ian explores the use of mod_perl, a
technology for supercharging the Apache Server. Ruth Jenkins  explores some
cache related issues for Library and Information Services. Brian Kelly
reports on the latest "Institutional Web Management Workshop" in his regular
'Web Focus' column; and also contributes Web Watch for this issue. Christine
Dugdale supplies a conference report for ALISS (Academic Librarians in the
Social Sciences).

Enjoy the issue.

correspondence, proposals and submissions to:


Philip Hunter
Information Officer, Editor of Ariadne and co-Editor of Exploit Interactive
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 826354           Fax: +44 (0) 1225 826838
Email: p.j.hunter[at]       URL:

5. IFLA FAIFE Press Release on Cuba

Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 15:45:37 +0100
From: Carsten Frederiksen <cfrederi[at]IPOST.KK.DK>
Subject: PRESS RELEASE: Intimidation of independent libraries in Cuba

In a 29 September 1999 letter to President Fidel Castro Ruz, FAIFE
protests a series of incidents indicating a pattern of State
supported and instigated harassment of independent libraries in Cuba,
including threats, intimidation, eviction, short-term arrests, and the
confiscation of their incoming book donations or existing book

The letter is based on a FAIFE Report on Cuba / September 1999:
"Independent Libraries in Cuba". Cuban citizens have formed 18
libraries, named 'Bibliotecas Independientes', throughout Cuba to
'grant access to books, magazines, documents and other publications
to which there is no access in state institutions' and thus challenge
the Cuban Government in regard to intellectual freedom.

Both the letter for President Fidel Castro and the FAIFE Report are
available at the FAIFE web site:

FAIFE urges other concerned parties to send appeals on this matter to
the President of Cuba at the following address:

  His Excellency Fidel Castro Ruz
  President of Cuba
  c/o United Nations Mission
  New York, NY 10016,
  United States
  Fax: +1 212 779 1697

FAIFE (Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression) is the
instrument of the International Federation of Library Associations
and Institutions (IFLA) to promote intellectual freedom and the vital
mission of libraries as gateways to knowledge and ideas. FAIFE
advocates intellectual freedom in all aspects related to libraries
and librarianship. FAIFE was launched in 1997 and consists of a
Committee and an Office. The Committee has 27 members nominated by
national library associations from almost all parts of the world.

  IFLA / FAIFE Office
  c/o Copenhagen Department of Culture
  Islands Brygge 37
  DK 2300 Copenhagen S.
  Phone +45-33 66 46 37 or +45-33 66 46 27
  Fax +45-33 66 70 64
  E-mail: faife[at]
  Web site:

..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  .
--- Library Juice is extremely disappointed with this result.
For background please see the Library Juice 2:36 Cuba Supplement at:

6. BLACK-IP: The Black Information Professionals' Network

Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 11:46:18 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
From: Stephen Labash <slabash[at]>
Subject: BLACK-IP: The Black Information Professionals' Network <fwd>
To: SRRT Action Council <srrtac-l[at]>

 F.y.I.  Steve LaBash

   The Black Information Professionals' Network (BLACK-IP is dedicated to
   the concerns and interests of Black information professionals --
   librarians, archivists, info brokers, etc. -- and othersthroughout the
   African Diaspora with an interest in the library/information field.
   Visit the list archive at Temple University:
   <> or the
   mirror for more information.

Subscription instructions:
   To subscribe to BLACK-IP, send the following command to
   yourfirstname yourlastname For example: SUBSCRIBE LISTNAME George

Owner/moderator address: black-ip-request[at]

7. IMS Meta-data Specification - Version 1 [.pdf]

Instructional Management Systems (IMS) recently released Meta-data
Specification - Version 1 to the public. A collaborative effort
between members of the IMS community worldwide and various
organizations, the Specification is comprised of three documents,
each in HTML or .pdf format. The first, IMS Learning Resource
Meta-data Information Model, "describes the names, definitions,
organization, and constraints of the IMS meta-data elements." The
second, IMS Learning Resource Meta-data XML Binding, discusses XML
basics and special requirements for handling meta-data elements. The
final document, IMS Learning Resource Meta-data Best Practices and
Implementation Guide, offers an overview of the IEEE Meta-data
system, a discussion on the IMS Core Meta-data Elements and
Structure, and the IMS Implementation Guide. A link to IMS XML
Bindings, DTDs, and examples is also provided. [MD]

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

8. Legal and Policy Issues Facing Public Libraries in the High-Tech Era

Subject: The Cyber-Library: Legal and Policy Issues Facing
PublicLibraries in the High-Tech Era
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 1999 11:08:24 -0500
From: "Don Wood" <dwood[at]>
To: ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom List <alaoif[at]>

The Cyber-Library: Legal and Policy Issues Facing Public Libraries in
the High-Tech Era
Researched and written by Elisabeth Werby for the National Coalition
Against Censorship

Don Wood

9. Language Materials Project (UCLA)

        Provides "learning resources for less commonly taught
        languages of the world" including textbooks, grammars,
        dictionaries, phrasebooks, and audio visual materials
        for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students. Each
        Language Profile includes "a map showing where the
        language is spoken, basic facts, and a wealth of
        sociolinguistic information." Institutions lists places in
        North America that teach these languages. There is also
        a searchable database of North American Institutions
        that teach languages covered by the LMP, a list of
        Publishers of foreign language instructional materials,
        and related language links. - dl
        Subjects: languages

Librarians' Index to the Internet

10. The scoop on rogue sites, from RTMark

(contact mailto:copyright[at]


Every day, thousands of people looking for the Internet sites of the
ultra- right party in Austria (, a Liberal
candidate in Australia  (, the Mayor of New
York (, and a  copyright lobbying group
( end up very confused.

Each of the sites listed above is a "rogue"--a nearly identical
version of a  "real" site (,, and, respectively), altered to  make a political
point. The trend may have begun with the  site,
which resembles so closely that an aide with the
opposing campaign admitted in the New York Times to being misled
(see and

WWW.FPO.AT or (contact unknown / mailto:joerg.haider[at]

Earlier this week, Austria's third-largest party, which was formed
from the  leftovers of the Nazi party, was shocked and distressed to
find itself  extensively and subtly mocked.

The official website of the Freiheitlichen Partei Oesterreichs, which
is  considered very likely to become part of Austria's government
after this  Sunday's closely-watched elections, is  takes advantage of the fact
that in German, the letter "o" with an umlaut can  be written either
as "o" or "oe"; the "FPO" site looks identical to the  official FPOe
site, but links directly to more overtly Nazi sites, replaces  words
like "information" with "propaganda," and makes use of many other
instructive replacements.

Like George W. Bush with (see, the  FPOe is using every legal tactic
to shut down the rogue site, including a U.S.  copyright suit (the
"FPO"'s service provider is American) and appeals to the  Austrian
Minister of the Interior. But like Bush with the original  site, the FPOe has so far been unable to stop this attack
on its ideas and  intentions.

German-language press about the "FPO" site, from earlier this week,
is at, , and

WWW.REALJEFF.COM or  contact
mailto:realjeff99[at] /

Australian Liberal candidate Jeff Kennett joins the FPOe and
Presidential  hopeful George W. Bush in attempting to shut down
Internet opposition--in  Kennett's case, ,
which mocks Kennett's

But Kennett's tactics are quieter than those of the FPOe and Bush.  (mailto:info[at], until three weeks ago the Internet
provider of, suddenly suspended its hosting
without explanation,  and has ignored repeated inquiries regarding
the matter. Also, Kennett's now merely
defaults to the Liberal Party website, as if to avoid comparison.

WWW.GRAYDAY.ORG or (contact mailto:press[at]
mailto:press[at] )

Today, many Internet visitors will visit
hoping to  learn more about "GreyDay," an annual call for stricter
copyright laws for the Web. Last year, the October 1 event was
written about in the New York  Times, Wired News and the Village

But whereas calls for more copyright
protection, urges visitors to keep the
Internet "free from phony copyright laws." Its authors, a team of
Silicon Valley software programmers  and graphic designers who call
themselves Tell-all Computer Programmers & Internet Professionals
(TCP/IP), claim to represent "the millions of people who have
benefited and will continue to benefit from the free exchange of
ideas, the hallmark of the Internet."

There are many other subtle differences between the two sites.
Whereas urges Internet users to imagine "what if"
copyright infringement  leads to a lack of creativity on the Web, the
spoof site implores visitors to imagine "what if there was no WWW...
no Internet."

According to TCP/IP spokesperson Cecil Park, "The call for more
copyright laws on the Web is especially absurd considering the Web
itself was made possible  by the copyright-free distribution of the
first Web browser [Mosaic] and the  most popular Web server software

(The name TCP/IP is a pointed insiders' joke. It stands not only for
"Tell-all  Computer Programmers & Internet Professionals," but for
"Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol," the software at
the heart of the Internet that  was given away without copyright in
1981 by programmers at the U.S. Government's Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency.)

- RTMark ( uses its limited liability as a
corporation  to sponsor the sabotage of mass-produced products, and
to discuss corporate abuses of the political process. One of RTMark's
ultimate aims is to  eliminate the principle of limited liability.

11. America's Return to Slavery

By Ann Beaudet

Lockheed Martin in Texas puts welfare recipients as trainees to work
on assembly lines in exchange for their welare checks.  Lockheed gets
free labor.  If you book a flight on TWA, you'll likely be talking to
a prisoner at a California correctional facility that the airline
uses for its reservations service.  Victornia's Secret uses prison
labor (at .23 an hour) to make lingerie.  Chevron uses prison labor
to do data entry.  Microsoft has used Washington state prisoners to
pack and ship Windows software. AT&T has used prisoners for
telemarketing; Honda for manufacturing parts; Toys 'R Us for cleaning
and stocking shelves.  A Eugene, Oregon hospital ditched a private
linen service to go to a prison laundry.  A South Georgia recycling
plant laid off 50 workers and replaced them with inmates from a
women's prison.  Other well known U.S. companies useing prison labor
include K-Mart, J.C. Penney and Eddie Bauer.  This is not all and the
trend is growing.  So is the prison population. 

America has the highest and fastest growing incarceration (read free
labor force) rate on earth and its prison industry is one of the two
fastest growing industries in the nation.  Between 1971 and 1992,
public spending on prisons alone jumped from $2.3 billion (already
high) to $31.2 billion.  In 1995, prison building expenditures jumped
by $926 million while university construction dropped by $954
million.  Over the past ten years, California has build 21 prisons,
but only one university.

And this cancerous growth rate is not slowing down.  Further it is
almost exclusively directed at the poor and marginalized, whereas the
major source of social harm and crime is corporate.  The major
recipients of welfare are also corporate.  Even Time magazine has
printed that Fortune 500 companies have erased more jobs than they
have created in the past decade, yet they are the biggest recipients
of corporate welfare and have over 11,000 organizations and agencies
representing them in Washinton DC to promote this system.  As a
result government now gives tax incentives and other benefits to
private employers to hire welfare workers at minimum or less than
minimum wage, without benefits.  Where this is perhaps not
technically "slave" labor (neither is technically .23 cents an hour),
it's a close second.  Particularly in the Bay Area with its
astronomical housing costs and regressive taxes.

The essence of the corporate agenda is to create a more "flexible,"
docile work force.  The essence of the struggle for equal justice is
to abolish all forms of slavery or near slavery.  Corporate power is
expanding at the expense of values Americans used to hold sacred.
The very essence of democracy is being lost.  Corporations govern.
Like Frankenstein's monster, the creation is now master of the

12. Articles on Prison Labor in America

"Doing time, 9 to 5: Prison labor is a hot ticket for businesses
seeking cheap help, but is the payoff worth it?" by Steven Elbow

"Prison Labor: Workin' For The Man" from CAQ Fall '95

"Masked Racism: Reflections on the Prison Industrial Complex"
by Angela Davis.  Black World Today 2-03-99
This article also appears in the Fall 1998 issue of ColorLines

"Uncle Tom's Cell: Prison labor gives a market face to an old
idea--slavery."   - by Josh Levin.  Perspective Magazine, Feb 1999

Private Prisons and Prison Labor
articles on the Prison Industrial Complex

by Peter Gilmore

"Occupational Training or Slave Labor?" - by David Martin
Has background on the Justice Department's UNICOR (The trade name for
Federal Prison Industries), a 1/2 billion dollar business, which
comprises only a part of the prison labor industry.  Individual
states make money from prison labor and so do private prisons.

The Progressive Review Democracy Archives
Civil liberties, justice, and freedom 1999 JUNE

Multinational Monitor
Captive Labor Force

"The American Gulag" - selected quotations on prison labor and the
prison industrial complex:

"The Labor of Doing Time," by Julie Browne. A look at prison labor
and chain gangs in the US.

The New Plantation, by political prisoner Bill Dunne. A look at
prison labor in the US.

Also available at are articles by
Bettina Aptheker, Noam Chomsky, political prisoner Jalil Muntaquin
and others on the social function of prisons, the drug war and
sentencing, racism in imprisonment, and the FBI.  The Prison Activist
Resource Center is a grassroots collective project that was launched
in 1994 out of Berkeley CA's LongHaul, an activist community center
and political library.

Also, some articles in print only:

The Prison Industrial Complex.  Atlantic Monthly, December 1998

America's Private Gulag.  Countepunch, January 1997

Pay now, pay later: states impose prison peonage. (includes related
article on prison factories)(Cover Story) Christian Parenti. The
Progressive July 1996 v60 n7 p26(4)

Inside jobs. (use of prison labor in the U.S.) Christian Parenti.
New Statesman & Society Nov 3, 1995 v8 n377 p20(2)
The chain gang show: humiliating prisoners, for political profit.
Brent Staples.  The New York Times Magazine Sept 17, 1995 p62 col 1
(15 col in)

Working for the man. David Frum.  The American Spectator August 1995
v28 n8 p48(2)
The downside of private prisons. Craig Becker, Amy Dru Stanley.  The
Nation June 15, 1985 v240 p728(3)

13. The Celling of America (book)

The Celling of America
An Inside Look at the U.S. Prison Industry
Daniel Burton-Rose, Editor 
With the Editors of Prison Legal News, Dan
Pens and Paul Wright 
263 pages; Index

PAPER $19.95 ISBN: 1-56751-141-4
Order Direct and Save 25%

Voices from America's growing gulag. In The Celling of America,
prison journalists will kick open the doors of America's prisons and
take you on a hair-raising tour to teach you:

How corporations like Microsoft are raking in big bucks from prison
labor;  How the privatization of prisons means prisoners building
their own cages;  That over 3,000 men and women live under a death
sentence in America--forty percent of them are black.

"The bookshelves are abundantly stocked with scholarly studies of the
United States' criminal justice system, but there are few, if any,
like the book you are about to read. It was mainly written by
criminals. Their essays are sharply informative because they are
grounded in reality, the clarifying experience of dwelling within the
penal system. We should listen to them. We will learn from what they
see and know. We may begin to think more clearly about all that must
be changed." 
--William Greider, from the Introduction

"A searing indictment of America's burgeoning civil war. Is this a
democracy or is this slavery? A chilling and rare expose from inside
America's prisons." 
--Noelle Hanrahan, Equal Justice USA

"This important book provides a rare perspective:  'how it works' as
viewed from the inside. The contributions are serious, informed, and
thought-provoking, and merit very serious attention--and reaction." 
--Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor at MIT

"The Prison-Industrial Complex feasts on a steady diet of racism and
poverty--hatred and fear. This remarkably lucid book not only
illuminates the nature of the imprisonment beast, but exposes the
social, political and economic forces responsible for its care and
--Rhonda Brownstein, Senior Staff Attorney, Southern Poverty Law

"With gut-wrenching force, The Celling of America should alter
forever the reader's consciousness about our geometrically increasing
prison population. 
--Leonard W. Schroeter, Association of Trial Lawyers of America

14. Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting

[As information disseminators and legitimizers, librarians should be
aware of the work of this group.]

FAIR is the national media watch group that offers well-documented
criticism of media bias and censorship. We seek to invigorate the
First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press. We
scrutinize media practices that marginalize public interest, minority
and dissenting viewpoints.

FAIR believes that independent, aggressive and critical media are
essential to an informed democracy. But mainstream media are
increasingly cozy with the economic and political powers they should
be watchdogging. Mergers in the news industry have accelerated,
further limiting the spectrum of viewpoints that have access to mass
media. With U.S. media outlets overwhelmingly owned by for-profit
conglomerates and supported by corporate advertisers, independent
journalism is compromised.

FAIR was established in 1986 to shake up the establishment-dominated
media. As an anti-censorship organization, we expose important news
stories that are neglected and defend working journalists when they
are muzzled.

Ultimately, FAIR believes that structural reform is needed to break
up the dominant media conglomerates, establish independent public
broadcasting, and promote strong, non-profit alternative sources of

Extra! and Extra!Update

FAIR publishes Extra!, the award-winning bimonthly magazine of media
criticism, which looks at the major issues recently in the news,
questioning the conventional wisdom that narrows the range of sources
and perspectives. Articles examine biased reporting, censored news,
media mergers, press/state cronyism, the power of corporate owners
and advertisers, and right-wing influences in the media.

Utne Reader declared Extra! to be one of the "ten new magazines that
made a difference" in the past ten years.

     "Extra! is fearless and essential-and also utterly responsible,
     meticulous about accuracy both in detail and in content."
     -Jonathan Kozol

Research & Monitoring

Since most people base their political judgments on a few powerful
media outlets, the performance of these institutions cries out for
scrutiny. FAIR monitors a wide range of national news
media--newspapers, magazines, television and radio--and publishes
regular reports documenting pro-establishment, pro-corporate tilt in
major news outlets.

     "FAIR gives us a better chance of getting the full story by
     calling attention to the facts and stories we are missing."
     -Studs Terkel

Media Outreach

In its ongoing efforts to challenge bias and censorship, FAIR
maintains a regular dialogue with journalists at news media outlets
across the country. We make recommendations to media professionals on
how to expand, diversify and improve coverage of a wide range of
issues. We openly applaud exceptional, hard-hitting journalism.

FAIR spokespersons discuss and debate media issues on national and
local TV and radio programs, and op-ed columns by FAIR writers appear
regularly in leading dailies.

Media Activism

FAIR encourages media consumers to become media activists--to talk
back to the media. Activist alerts are regularly put out in
Extra!Update (our bi-monthly newsletter), on our e-mail list and on

FAIR works with a nationwide network of local activists and groups
that focus on key issues in their communities and participate in
national campaigns coordinated by FAIR's headquarters in New York.
FAIR supporters confront news media over corporate censorship, the
exclusion of public interest and minority viewpoints from national
media debates, and the underrepresentation of women and people of

Media Watch Desks

FAIR operates specialized research and advocacy desks that work with
activists and media professionals on specific issues. The Women's
Desk analyzes the effects of sexism and homophobia in the media and
works to get feminist perspectives included in the public debate. The
Labor Desk scrutinizes and confronts class bias in news coverage that
favors monied interests and slights workers and unions. The Racism
Watch Desk monitors and combats the media's marginalization,
misrepresentation and exclusion of people of color--both in the news
and in the newsroom.

     "I promote FAIR wherever I go. It is one of the most important
     pro-democracy projects in the United States." -Barbara


FAIR on the air! CounterSpin, FAIR's radio program, is heard on more
than 100 stations around the country. CounterSpin features the same
hard-hitting media criticism as Extra! each and every week. Drawing
on an international network of experts, analysts, activists and
artists, CounterSpin exposes and highlights censored stories, biased
and inaccurate news, and the creeping corporatization of public
broadcasting, as well as showcasing independent journalism that cuts
against the media grain.

     "You should tune in to CounterSpin, the program that sees
     things and says things about the media you'll see no place
     else." -Ben H. Bagdikian

15. Institute for Public Accuracy

[Librarians can also learn from the Institute for Public Accuracy]

As a nationwide consortium of policy researchers, the
Institute for Public Accuracy seeks to broaden public
discourse by gaining media access for those whose
perspectives are commonly drowned out by
corporate-backed think tanks and other influential

With systematic outreach to mass media, the Institute
promotes the inclusion of outlooks that usually get
short shrift. The Institute's news releases provide
well-documented analysis that is pegged on
fast-breaking events while focusing on fundamental

Serving as a consortium for an abundance of diverse
expertise, the Institute makes frequent communication
possible between hundreds of independent
researchers and journalists across the United States.
In the process, the Institute is helping to widen the
bounds of media discussion.


16. International Forum for Independent Media

[The looming question is, why aren't their products in our libraries?]

Working purpose statement:

   "The purpose of the International Forum for Independent Media is
to communicate information of social (and economic) struggles of all
peoples on Earth as a way of achieving all forms of liberation and a
world based on "people over profit". We work together to break the
global media monopoly, to link people and cultures of resistance
using all forms of communications in order to overcome dominant power
structures. We will consider events and developments from the point of
view of the peoples, in particular the very most exploited and
oppressed peoples of the world."

   The history of the statement is as follows:

   The statement proposed by the Purpose group to the IFIM assembly,
Oct 19, 1997 in NYC was based on the purpose statement developed by
the Information Sub-Mesa, Barcelona Division, of the Zapatista
initiated Second Encuetro for Humanity and Against Neoliberalism,
that met in Spain, July/ August 1997. The information Submesa
literally spent days working on the statement, discussing and
debating every word, its meaning, and connotation. The original
statement read:

   "We conclude that the purpose of our international network of
independent communications is to communicate information of social
struggle of all peoples on Earth as a way of achieving all forms of
liberation and a world based on people over profit. Each of our
worlds has a different reality and each communicates in its own way
and it its own rhythm. Communicating and connecting with one another
is a basic human right which is violated by dominant power
structures. Our purpose is to breach the global media monopoly, and
to link people and cultures of resistance using ALL forms of
communication in order to overcome this domination. Not a goal in
itself, but a way to reach goals, the network spreads the voices of
our many realities and enables us, despite great distances and the
oppression of a market-based society, to reach one another and
continue to meet again. This network is a revolution itself and
exists to bring life to other revolutions."

   For more information about the confluence of Zapatismo with the
IFIM, see the article "On the Growing Free Media Movement, Recent
trends in Radical Media Organizing" the October 1997 issue of Z

17. Project Censored

The primary objective of Project Censored is to
explore and publicize the extent of censorship in our
society by locating stories about significant issues of
which the public should be aware, but is not, for one
reason or another.

The project hopes to stimulate responsible
journalists to provide more mass media coverage of
those issues and to encourage the general public
to demand mass media coverage of those issues or
to seek information from other sources.

The essential issue raised by the project is the failure
of the mass media to provide the people with all the
information they need to make informed decisions
concerning their own lives and in the voting booth.

18. Library Principles for Students, from the Old Testament

Of the beasts of the field, and of the fishes of the sea, and of all
foods that are acceptable in my sight you may eat, but not in the

Of the hoofed animals, broiled or ground into burgers, you may eat,
but not in the Library.

Of the cloven-hoofed animal, plain or with cheese, you may eat, but
not in the Library.

Of the cereal grains, of the corn and of the wheat and of the oats,
and of all the cereals that are of bright color and unknown
provenance you may eat, but not in the Library.

Of the round pies of baked dough, topped variously and wondrously
with goodness of the Earth, especially with extra garlic and double
cheese, you may eat, but not in the Library, neither may you carry
such therein.

Of quiescently frozen dessert and of all frozen after-meal treats you
may eat, but not in the Library.

Of the juices and other beverages, you may drink, but not in the
Library, unless it is that drink of two parts hydrogen and one of
oxygen and only then should the mixture be held in a container of the
prescribed shape and nature that miraculously do not spill even when

Indeed, when you reach the place where the Library carpet begins, of
any food or beverage there you may not eat, neither may you drink.

Laws When at Table, in Carrel, or in Wingback

And if you are seated in your comfy chair, keep your legs and feet
below you as they were. Neither raise up your knees, nor place your
feet upon the table, for that is an abomination to me. Yes, even
though this might be something you would do in confines of your own
domicile, your feet upon the table are an abomination, and worthy of

Draw not with your pens or pencils or other implements of writing
upon the table or the books before you, even in pretend, for we do
not do that; that is why. Yours shall not be the last eyes to gaze
understandably upon the words so written, and they should be as fresh
for your followers as for you and your antecedents.

On Vocal Discourse

Do not speak loudly with thy neighbor or studymate within the
Library; for it is as if you scream all the time. If you find a
troubling idea foisted upon your eyes between the bindings of a book,
your voice rises up even to the ceiling, while you point to the
offense with the finger of your right hand; but I say to you, scream
not; only remonstrate gently with a knowing nod, that you may correct
the fault of the author in your own essay.

Likewise, if you find your mind wandering from the soulfulness of
your studies, again I say, refrain from conversing with whoever be at
hand so that others might not be so distracted.

Play not the electronic gadgets fitted to your ears at such a volume
as to cause others to march to your drum machine.

Though the need will eventually arise that you must give in to your
ignorance of a matter bibliographic and throw yourself prostrate to
the all knowing ones behind the Great Oaken Desk in the Campbell
Reference Center, wail not dispairingly nor gnash the teeth loudly,
for the sound carries great and far in that part of the Library, and
then many of your peers will know of your misfortune; behold, I
whisper myself, yet do not die.

Various Other Laws, Statutes, and Ordinances

Attempt not to repair broken word carriers with your own tape, for
these are matters better left to our specialists.

Forget not that to steal is one of the original sins, and you will be
punished woefully, if not now then in the fullness of time.

Although the Library's computers are capable of seeing many wondrous
sites in the World, look not upon the lascivious or unscholarly among
them, nor print endless reams of things of which those who pay your
bills would not approve.

-- by Jim Farrington, music librarian at Wesleyan (source: posted on
MLA-L by the author) based on "Lamentations of the Father" by Ian Frazier

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