Library Juice 2:40 - October 20, 1999


1. Shelving by height at LC?
2. Bibliographic Tools for the Alternative Press
3. Free Trial Access to Alternative Press Index via web
4. Queer Press Guide 2000
5. International Counterculture Archive
6. Information Retrieval (online journal)
7. Information Retrieval List (IRList)
8. The Pinocchio Plot to End Looksism Recommended Reading List for Children
9. CCBC - Cooperative Children's Book Center
10. New Logo for SFPL
11. Paper topics from Library Juice
12. Propositions for a theory of library service in the US
13. Participate in planning the future of the ALA
14. Housmans World Peace Database
15. The Situationist International Anthology
16. Whole Again: A Resource Guide
17. The Drawn Sword
18. Note on last week's telephone outage in San Jose
19. Quest for a Pirate

Quote for the week:

"The two professions most often identified as the models
toward which all others strive are medicine and law. The
goal of medicine is healing. Regardless of new pharmaceuticals
or improved diagnostics, the goal is  healing. The goal of law
is justice. Regardless of computerized case searching or
scientific forensics,  the goal is justice. Librarianship,
thanks to centuries of effort, has a simple and clear goal
as well. Applying Ockham's Razor, that entities are not to
be multiplied beyond necessity, the goal is information equity.
Inherent in this  goal is working for universal literacy;
defending intellectual freedom; preserving and making
accessible the human record; and ensuring that  preschoolers
have books to read."

-Kathleen de la Pena McCook, in her background paper for
ALA's Congress on Professional Education:

Homepage of the week: [girl][librarian][goddess][Catherine Jones]


1. Shelving by height at LC?

Date: Tue, 05 Oct 1999 18:24:59 -0400
From: "Carol Reid" <creid[at]MAIL.NYSED.GOV>
To: SRRT Action Council <srrtac-l[at]>
Subject: Another fine mess

I am often out of any number of loops, so I certainly could have missed
it, but ... Has SRRT or IFRT or any part of ALA taken a stand on the
proposal by James Billington at the Library of Congress to begin shelving
books by height and accession number (order received), rather than by

Two good articles on this subject are:

"The Height-Shelving Threat to the Nation's Libraries" by Thomas Mann

"Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Shelving by Height at the Library of Congress"
by Grace Palladino, Chronicle of Higher Education, vol. 45, no. 40,
June 11, 1999

Carol Reid
New York State Library

2. Bibliographic Tools for the Alternative Press

The Alternatives In Print Task Force of SRRT has updated its web page
"Bibliographic Tools for the Alternative Press."  This is based on the
regular feature in _Counterpoise_ by the same name.  This useful resource
can be found at:


3. Free Trial Access to Alternative Press Index via web

                          **Alternative Press Index **
     The most complete index to alternative & radical media.


Go to: "Click here to register for FREE access to: Alternative
Press Index" link at the top of the NISC Home Page


We invite you to FREE Access to the "Alternative Press Index" on
BiblioLine until October 31, 1999.

The Alternative Press Index (1991-present) provides access to over
148,400 records from roughly 380 alternative, radical, and left
publications, which report and analyze the practices and theories
of cultural, economic, political, and social change. API indexes
such important periodicals as: Cineaste, The Ecologist, Socialist
Review, The Black Scholar, and Women's Review of Books. For a
listing of currently indexed publications including some additional
titles from the Independent Press Association, go to:
90% of the publications indexed in API are unique, you won't find
them indexed in the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature or the
Social Sciences Index. 

The Alternative Press Index produced by the Alternative Press
Center in Baltimore is widely regarded as the leading guide to the
alternative press.  If you get requests for non-mainstream
publications or articles on social, political, economic, and
environmental causes, you need the Alternative Press Index.

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4. Queer Press Guide 2000

I should like to bring your attention to THE QUEER PRESS GUIDE 2000 which is
being published later this month. The book lists the gay, lesbian, bisexual
and transgender publications world wide. The listings come from every
continent except Antarctica and tell the reader the phone and fax numbers,
the email and website addresses as well as the names of the key personnel at
each publication, together with the needs that they have from potential
contributors and freelancers. The following website address gives you further
information. The book is published by Painted Leaf Press (cocadas[at]
and distributed by LPC Group.  The ISBN is 1-891305-17-4.
<A HREF="">"The Queer
Press Guide 2000" Edited by Paul Harris</A>

The book will be of use to writers, journalists, activists, editors,
publishers, photographers, Public Relations gurus, Ad Agency mavens,
organizations seeking to publicize their work and anyone else interested in
the g/l/b/t press. Also included in the book is an interview with Shelly
Roberts about how to self-syndicate your work.
Best wishes,

Paul Harris

5. International Counterculture Archive


     PURPOSE: The Archive's goal is the collection and study of multimedia
materials produced by, or dealing with, countercultural
groups and movements of different countries. The Archive serves as a
depositary for such a collection and provides assistance, expertise,
necessary networking to scholars from different fields involved in the
study of countercultural movements. The Archive is an
interdisciplinary body. In addition to acquisition and processing of the
materials, the Archive provides bibliographic description of the
collection, reference support and serves as a link for scholars and
collectors working in the field.

     STATEMENT: The Archive is a nonpolitical nonpartisan entity. Its
collection policy is dictated strictly by the unbiased principles of
academic inquiry, which presumes that the Archive will collect ALL
materials pertaining to counterculture, without regard to the political
belief, affiliations and philosophy of issuing bodies or individuals
responsible for the materials content.

     COUNTERCULTURE: We define as counterculture groups and movements
existing within any modern society and in any country
which find themselves in opposition to governing and accepted mainstream
ideology, values and the approved and sanctioned forms of
self expression. Counterculture is a culture of opposition and minorities.
It can be highly political and/or purely artistic, but it inevitably
finds itself in opposition to the mainstream political thinking,
aesthetical perceptions, styles, and forms and ways of self expression.

     WHY?: Counterculture is very indicative of major trends in the
politics, culture and ideology of a country. Counterculture is a
breeding ground of bold, original, radical and lunatic political thinking,
aesthetical innovation and ideological and philosophical beliefs.
Counterculture is a fruitful soil for the development of new and innovative
artistic and stylistic trends, fashions, cults, and fads. It is an
integral part of the political and cultural life of any country. Its study
is necessary for a deeper understanding of the given country's
history, culture, and national or regional psychology.

6. Information Retrieval (online journal)

ISSN 1386-4564

Available electronically via Kluwer Online

Aims & Scope

Information Retrieval is an international forum for theory and experiment
in information retrieval and its application in the networked information
environment. The journal will publish articles reporting substantial
research results in a wide range of techniques applied to a variety of
tasks and a variety of media including, but not limited to:

METHODS: Vector Space; Probabilistic Bayesian Logical Methods; Pattern
Recognition; Signal Detection; Machine Learning; Natural Language;
Semantic Structures:

TASK DOMAINS: Classification; Evaluation; Indexing; Interaction;
Retrieval; Routing; Filtering; Summarization; Synthesis:

MEDIA: Text; Hypermedia; Static Images; Scientific Datasets; Sound; Moving
Images; Multimedia; Multi-lingual; Distributed Systems.

The ideal paper may be theoretical, experimental or applied. A theoretical
paper will report a significant conceptual advance in the design of
algorithms or other processes for some information retrieval task. It will
establish the validity or potential validity of the proposed ideas in
terms of their relation to already accepted ideas and/or in terms of some
modest prototype experiment or simulation. An experimental paper will
report on a test of one or more theoretical ideas in a laboratory or
natural setting. Experimental papers will be reviewed for both scientific
and statistical merit, and will be expected to discuss the limitations and
generality of the reported results. An application paper will report the
successful application of some already established technique to a
significant real world problem involving information retrieval.

Information Retrieval overlaps with a variety of technical and behavioral
fields. Papers on such technical issues as compression and optimization,
and on issues of human behavior and cognition are appropriate insofar as
they bear specifically on the issues of methods, tasks or media as
outlined above. Variations from these prototypes, such as critical reviews
of existing work and significant tutorials will be considered provided
that they make a clear contribution to the field. Preference will be given
to papers which unify concepts across several traditional disciplinary
boundaries, with specific application to problems of information


Alex Greene
Publishing Editor
E-mail: agreene[at]

---From NewJour-L -

7. Information Retrieval List (IRList)

Information Retrieval List (IRList) contains queries, meeting/publications
announcements, job listings, conference proceedings, bibliographies,
dissertation abstracts, and other material about information retrival. 
Facilitates the sharing of ideas and information on information retrival
theory and technology.

IRLIST Digest is distributed from the University of California, California
Digital Library, 1111 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA. 94607-5200.
Send subscription requests and submissions to: nancy.gusack[at]
Editorial Staff:

   Nancy Gusack nancy.gusack[at]
   Cliff Lynch (emeritus) cliff[at]
The IRLIST Archives is set up for anonymous FTP. Using anonymous FTP via
the host, the files will be found in the directory
/data/ftp/pub/irl, stored in subdirectories by year (e.g.,
Search or browse archived IR-L Digest issues on the Web at:
These files are not to be sold or used for commercial purposes. Contact
Nancy Gusack for more information on IRLIST. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN

---From NewJour-L -

8. The Pinocchio Plot to End Looksism Recommended Reading List for Children

Physical Appearance Discrimination Must End!

The Pinocchio Plot to End Looksism's
Recommended Reading List for Children

SLEEPING UGLY, by Jane Yolen, Coward McCann-Inc., Publishers
"Ebony Black and Little White Hair," in LOOK AT MY UGLY FACE: MYTHS
APPEARANCE, by Sara Halprin, Viking Press
THE BIGGEST NOSE, by Kathy Caple, Houghton Mifflin Company.
MONSTER MAMA, by Liz Rosenberg, The Trumpet Club, Inc., Publishers.
"The Wrestling Princess," a fairy tale by Judy Corbalis in THE OUTSPOKEN
BELINDA'S BOUQUET, by Leslea Newman
OSCAR'S SPOT, by Janet Robertson.
I LIKE ME, by Nancy Carlson.
WHO WANTS ARTHUR?, by Amanda Graham
ROSEY, THE IMPERFECT ANGEL, by Sandra Lee Peckinpah, Scholar's Press
HIROSHIMA MAIDEN, a Wonderworks Video

For young adults:

THE BLUEST EYE, by Toni Morrison.
BATHING UGLY, by Rebecca Busselle.
SQUASHED, by Joan Bauer.
TWENTY PAGEANTS LATER, by Caroline B. Cooney.
SO MUCH TO TELL YOU, by John Marsden; Little, Brown and Company.
ROAD SONG, by Natalie Kusz; Farrar Straus and Giroux
THERESE, MY LOVE, by Shirley Dummer.

The winner of the Pinocchio Plot to End Looksism Story-Writing Contest
is Erin Flanaga, author of the trilogy ANGEL BY MY SIDE, which includes
AMELIA'S STORY, LILY'S STORY, and GRACE'S STORY, published by Avon Books,
age 12 and up.

Check out our new website at:

9. CCBC - Cooperative Children's Book Center

The Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) is a children's and
young adult literature library located at the University of

The CCBC is a unique and vital gathering place for all who are interested
in youth literature. Here on our Web Site you can find out more about CCBC
collections, services, publications, upcoming events, and CCBC-NET, in
addition to links to other resources in the field.  All CCBC Collections
are included in the UW-Madison electronic catalog, MADCAT.

[Library Juice especially likes their alternative lit. for children
collection and bibliography. -ed.]

10. New Logo for SFPL

Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 13:54:37 -0700 (PDT)
From: Karen Coyle <karen.coyle[at]>
To: publib <publib[at]>
Subject: New Logo for San Francisco

If you go to this page you see the proposed new logo for the SF Public

Here's what I wrote as my comment:

Admittedly, I'm not a SF resident (I'm in Berkeley), but I'm commenting

The new logo does not say "library" to me -- it's about architecture, and
libraries are about people. I'd rather see a logo with some people it.

I was in Germany last year and a librarian who teaches library school there
pointed out their "public library" sign, similar to our stick figure person
and book. Their library sign was a book with open pages. She said that she
always asks her students to look at the two signs and comment on the
difference. The difference, of course, is that in the US ours has a person,
and to her that symbolizes our commitment to people and to service, not
just to books.

It looks like SF has a commitment to a building. I don't think that's the
message you want to get across.

Karen Coyle                    karen.coyle[at]
  University of California Digital Library        510/987-0567

11. Paper topics from Library Juice

Modify them to suit your needs.

1.  Since both language and the world are always in a state of flux,
bibliographic tools get old and decline in usefulness over time.
Does the Library of Congress have a strategy for keeping its subject
headings up to date?  Is their strategy adequate?  Will LCSH be
sufficiently revamped?  Will it fall into disuse and replaced by
something else?  What is the future of the LCSH?

2. In his 1950 paper, "Classification as the Basis of Bibliographic
Organization," Jesse Shera wrote, "(T)here can no longer be any doubt
that library classification has failed, and failed lamentably, to
accomplish what it was designed to do," and called contemporary
methods of library classification obsolete.  Why did he make this
statement?  What might Shera say on the subject a half century
later?  ("Classification as the Basis of Bibliographic
Organization."  In Jesse Shera and Margaret Egan, eds.,
_Bibliographic Organization_, University of Chicago Press, 1951.)

3. Write a business plan for a non-profit combination library,
infoshop, and cyber-cafe.  Be detailed and realistic in your plan.
You can seek loans, grants, membership in a public body, or any other
means of support.  Research into real possibilities in your own
community is a good idea.

4. Controlled vocabularies have the advantage that the user can be
sure of reaching material on a subject if she knows the term used in
the index.  Thesauri often have "see" references for common
synomyms.  For example, a certain thesaurus might have an entry for
"Maldives: See Falkland Islands," or "Arab Gulf: See Persian Gulf."
What is the feasibility of the creation of a functioning general
thesaurus for use with a keyword search?  That is, a thesaurus that
can operate internal to a search engine to add synonyms to the
search, an "active thesaurus."  Has such an idea been pursued?  Is a good example?  What are the obstacles and
disadvantages?  How could those be addressed?  To what specific
applications would an active thesaurus be best suited?

5. There is a common belief that librarians do not judge the truth of
the information that they provide, that they merely provide access to
versions of the truth that are available.  But it is also expected
that book selectors will consider quality in making their selection
decisions.  What is the relationship between quality and truth in a
book or other information source?  Is a version of the truth a form
of advocacy?  Are some forms of advocacy acceptable and others not?
Why or why not?  Is there any judgment of quality that is not also a
form of advocacy for some unexamined perspective or way of
thinking?  Is this a question that librarians characteristically
avoid?  What are the implications of the question (or of your answer
to the question?)

6. Could a statement about serving the public interest be an
acceptable part of a library mission statement?  What are some
problems that might arise in the interpretations of such a
statement?  What are some solutions to those problems?  Is there a
history of the term "public interest" in library mission statements?

7. Assess the "Berninghausen debate."  What is the history of the
debate, including its continued life up to the present?  Refer to the
relevant literature.  Express and defend your opinion on the issue.

8. Is the value of the public library measured as a part of the Gross
National Product?  How is it measured or how could it be measured in
economic terms (if possible)?

9. In a 1983 essay, Jesse Shera wrote, "Twenty years ago, I thought
of what is now called information science as providing the
intellectual and theoretical foundations of librarianship, but I am
now convinced that I was wrong."  Why did Shera say this?  What is
your assessment of the relationship between librarianship and
information science?  Include definitions of the two terms and
justify those definitions with reference to the literature.
("Librarianship and Information Science," in _The study of
information: interdisciplinary messages_, Fritz Machlup and Una
Mansfield, eds. John Wiley and Sons, 1983.)

10. Current community information, often in the form of brochures and
flyers from local non-profit organizations or other community groups,
is usually uncontrolled, uncatalogued, and likely to be missed in
public libraries.  What are some reasons for this?  What are some
possibilities for improving access to this type of community
information?  What types of community information might have a place
in the library but usually aren't found there?

11. The library catalog can tell you where a book is supposed to be,
but as library users know, is no guarantee that it will be there.
What methods for measuring quality control in book stack maintenance
are currently in existence?  Can you design a measure?  What are the
obstacles to better quality in book stack maintenance?

12. What technological methods are employed or being investigated by
the Library of Congress or private industry to ensure that books are
in their proper location in the stacks?  Is radio frequency tagging a
possible help?  (Consider existing and potential future
technologies.)  Are technological solutions suited to smaller
libraries and open stacks?  Can you "invent" a technological aid to
book stack maintenance or book finding?

13. Explain the concept of entropy as it applies to information
theory.  Does greater entropy mean more or less information?  What is
the significance of this theory (if any!) ?

14. Examine the problem of library anxiety, particularly anxiety of
patrons in approaching reference librarians.  Are reference
librarians aware of these patrons or are they invisible in the
reference context?  What contributing factors to library anxiety can
you find in the literature?  Can you think of any other contributing
factors?  Is gender a factor in library anxiety?

15. Librarianship became a feminine profession in the late nineteenth
century.  Why was this?  Did the nature of the work change or was
there some other reason?  More men are becoming librarians today.  Is
this related to a change in the nature of the work?  How do you
account for this change?  What conclusions can you draw?  In your
answer refer to the literature on the subject.

16. What role to librarians have in the legitimation of knowledge and
what duties arise from understanding this role?  Do librarians need to
be aware of this role in order to influence culture through it?  What
are some of librarians' freedoms and limitations as legitimaters of

17. Sanford Berman has written on the topic of bias in Library of
Congress Subject headings.  Explain some of his criticisms of LCSH.
Select another vocabulary for subject access (e.g. Sears subject
headings, a thesaurus for a specialized bibliographic database).  Do
you detect bias in this vocabulary?  Give specific examples and show
how they do or do not represent bias.  Is there bias in your
answer?  Is it possible for a vocabulary to be without bias?  What
are the implications of this for librarians?  Does the issue of bias
relate to the mission of a library or other information service

18. What is the origin of the UNESCO Public Library Manifesto
(Missions of the Public Library)?  What is its application in real
terms?  Does it have an effect?  How?

19. Read the article "Epistemological Positions and Library and
Information Science," by Archie L. Dick, in Library Quarterly, vol.
69 no. 3.  In light of this article, consider the question of
"Creation Science" literature in your library, in terms of collection
development, reference service, and cataloging.

20. What is the history and development of ALA's "Poor People's
Policy?"  How is it being implemented?  What should ALA do in the
future in relation to poverty in America and the implementation or
development of this policy?

12. Propositions for a theory of library service in the US

from Michael H. Harris, "State, Class, and Cultural Reproduction:
Toward a Theory of Library Service in the United States," _Advances
In Librarianship, Vol. 14_  1986, Academic Press, Inc.

1.  Libraries are essentially collections of books (and periodicals).
2.  Libraries will become something other than collections of books
    when, and only when, the creators and producers decide to package
    high culture in some form different from the printed book.
3.  Any attempt to redefine the mission of the library to emphasize
    mass taste cultures will be vigorously resisted by high culture
    creating and producing institutions.
4.  Any attempt to reduce library consumption of the symbolic products
    of the high culture producing institutions through cooperation, or use
    of non-print formats, will be vigorously resisted.
5.  High culture creators and producers expect libraries to consume
    their symbolic product wihtout considerations of whether that
    symbolic product will ever be used.
6.  High culture creators and producers consider librarians to be
    incapable of creating, producing, or legitimating high culture, and
    any attempt on the part of librarians to participate in the creation
    and production of culture will be vigorously resisted.
7.  High culture creators and producers are opposed to censorship, but
    uniformly agree that library collections can be built in a uniform and
    neutral manner by simply attending to the clearly demarcated body of
    printed works endorsed by the creators and producers of high culture.
8.  The power to define the canon - the Book - is asymmetrically
    distributed among those who create and produce high culture.
9.  Librarians are directly linked to, and dependent upon, the
    creators and producers of high culture.
10. Librarians are high culture advocates, and attempts by some
    librarians to radically undermine the library's role in the
    producation of high culture will be vigourously resisted by most
11. Librarians acquire (consume), organize, preserve, and transmit
    high culture in printed form.
12. librarians identify, and acquire, high culture in printed form by
    selecting materials from "frames" (i. e. , review media, book lists,
    subsidized book examination centers, and information acquired in
    library school training) endorsed by the creators and producers of
    high culture.
13. Librarinas across the country are capable of building collections
    of remarkable uniformity via the use of an extremely limited number of
    "frames" in the book selection process.
14. Access to the "frames" is asymmetrically distributed among the
    creators and producers of high culture, thus some creators and
    producers are more likely to have their symbolic products consumed by
    libraries than others.
15. Librarians are opposed to censorship and select materials from
   "frames" in routine and neutral ways.
16. Examples of overt censorship by librarinas are extremely rare in
    comparison to the number of routhine and neutral selections that are
17. Librarians select books endorsed by "frames," and when they think
   of potential readers they do so in abstract and unrealistic terms.
18. Librarians ignore or distort evidence that contradicts their
    abstract definition of "readers. "
19. Librarians blame non-users for non-use of libraries.
20. Literacy in America is stratified by class.
21. Most Americans are incapable of decoding the symbolic resources
    of libraries.
22. Most Americans do not use libraries.
23. Library users are skilled readers.
24. Library users utillize libraries primarily to consult books (or
25. Library use and non-use is stratified by class.
26. Libraries reproduce these same class relationships.

Library Juice likes these propositions but wonders if Harris, in
retrospect, would not place so much focus on high culture.   It
seems clear that mass culture, sometimes even falsely labelled
"alternative culture," is equally an instrument of hegemony.   Anyway,
a great article.   I just picked up a copy of of the 2nd edition of
Harris, Hannah & Hannah, _Into the Future: The Foundations of Library
and Information Services in the Post-Industrial Era_, (1998 Ablex) and
I'm going to get caught up.

13. Participate in planning the future of the ALA

Date: Wed, 06 Oct 1999 13:22:53 -0500
From: Sarah Long <slong[at]>

The ALA Executive Board is charged with planning for the association's
future.  Last March, as we worked on a plan for the next century, we
realized that we needed to be more inclusive in our efforts.  As an
initial step, we are inviting ALA Division Presidents and Executive
Directors, two representatives from the Round Tables and key ALA staff
to join us at the planning table later this month.

In addition, we are seeking input from you and from the entire ALA
membership. What trends should we be considering?  What do you see going
on in the wider world that will have an impact on libraries, librarians
and, by extension, ALA? What changes are having an effect on your own
planning for the future?  For example, the incredible growth of
electronic, full text information available to the desk top is a factor
we must consider.

A special mailbox has been set up to receive your good ideas.   In fact
the address is:  newideas[at] Just state your observation as
concisely as possible and send it along.  I will be reading these along
with other ALA leaders and staff. We will use your observations  to
inform our planning work. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sarah Ann Long
President, American Library Association, and
System Director
North Suburban Library System
200 West Dundee Road
Wheeling, IL  60090-2799
(847) 459-1300, ext. 125
(847) 459-0380 FAX

14. Housmans World Peace Database

This database lists over 3000 national and international organisations
in 170 countries.

An abbreviated annual version of the database is printed as the World
Peace Directory in the Housmans Peace Diary.

But the full World Peace Database, and defined extracts from it (define,
for example, by type of organisation and/or by geographical area), are
available to order on computer disc or as adhesive labels.

Send for full details to:
Housmans Peace Resource Project
5 Caledonian Road
London N1 9DX, UK
Tel. +44-171-278 4474
Fax. +44-171-278 0444
Email worldpeace[at]


completely retranslated and uploaded. The original book
translations were quite accurate, but the new online
versions are clearer and more idiomatic.

They are also easier to work with because the BPS website
now has a comprehensive index, with over 2000 name and
subject entries, covering every person mentioned, every
revolt and revolution (chronologically and by country), and
hundreds of other topics from anarchism to Zen.

Check it out at

* * *

P.O. Box 1044, Berkeley CA 94701, USA

16. Whole Again: A Resource Guide

Whole Again: A Resource Guide - "New Age and Alternative Reading Room"
--links from Tim Ryan, co-editor with Pat Case of the related print
directory last issued in the 80s.



The Drawn Sword: engravings and woodcuts from the MacBean Stuart
and Jacobite Collection

Created and maintained by the University of Aberdeen Historic
Collections, this site offers access to images of 1,278 loose
engravings and woodcuts that form part of the MacBean Stuart and
Jacobite Collection. In addition to the images, the collection
contains approximately 3,500 books and 1,000 pamphlets which "cover
every aspect of the Jacobite rebellions, the causes and effects, and
the personalities, royal, national and local." Users have two options
for retrieving images: a keyword search or simple browse. Since the
latter is simply a list of captions for all 1278 images and is not
divided into any categories, users will probably find the keyword
search more efficient. Each image is accompanied by a caption
"detailing the subject and where known the artist, engraver and
printer." [MD]

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

18. Note on last week's telephone outage in San Jose

As I mentioned in a brief note to subscribers, last week's Library
Juice was kept from publication by a massive telephone outage in
downtown San Jose. About 5000 customers were without phone service
for three days, which included a Sunday and a holiday.  In those
three days I would normally download about 250 emails, respond to
some, tag or file others, and finally send out a 40K Library Juice to
1100 subscribers.  I would also be on the phone constantly to connect
with friends, pursue job leads, take care of SRRT/AIP business, and,
wiht any luck, sell my car.  None of this happened, and instead I
went on a three-day mandatory vacation.

It was marvelous.  The pace of life slowed to the point where I was
actually aware of my surroundings.  When I felt that urge to
communicate I had to actually leave the 200 square foot room that I
rent and spend some time talking to housemates, neighbors, and drop
in on friends nearby.  I learned about the extent of the phone outage
talking to some people waiting around the neighborhood's one working
phone booth.  This real-life contact is infinitely more satisfying.
I know this all the time, but usually feel that I don't have time for
it.  I normally live a moderately wired life - more email than most,
but no cell phone, pager, or PDA.  So much time spent communicating
through media that make distance irrelevant - shallow media,
disembodying media - cuts me off from the physical world and from
humanity in the real, as opposed to the virtual, sense.  And I don't
realize it until I'm forced to take a vacation from technology.  The
mind pulls in its electronic extensions and you begin to see your
immediate surroundings anew.  The sense of being a part of the
physical world deepens, and the nature of a life of information is
thrown into relief.  What forgotten connections - to genuine
community, to the land, to the past - would be recalled if we lost
the bodiless plane of existence called Information Technology?  In
what way are the information have-nots the spiritual haves?

I sometimes question the ultimate value of Library Juice and wonder
how often it touches the real world.  If it only functions as a free
internet comsumer product it wouldn't be of much worth in my
estimation.  Are the thoughts in contains encountered as real
thoughts or merely consumed and forgotten in a process of
half-satisfying human-computer interaction/diversion?  At the
reference desk I can see it when I affect someone's life.  With
Library Juice, all I know is that I am channeling yet more
information.  I know that yet more information is not what is needed,
and yet I also know that it's my chosen occupation and a major feature
of the contemporary social world.  I only hope that things will
change.  In the meantime I'm enthusiastically using the internet to
the fullest and trying to help keep progressive interests on the
leading edge in librarianship.  I am not going to withdraw from the
use of technology as a result of what I learned from this phone
outage, but I will try to remember that I long for a more physical,
local, less mediated life, and I may start practicing something like
the Orthodox Jewish sabbath: one day a week without technology or
labor - no computer, no TV, no answering the phone, just time with
friends, family or housemates in a comfortable place.  The rest of
the week, information technology has its costs and its advantages.
(At least until Y2K.)  Maybe the need for immediacy and human
interaction will eventually become widely felt and will result in
a new valuation of neighborhood libraries...

19. Quest for a Pirate

          This online exhibit presents the history of pirates including
          their weapons, lifestyle, treasure, and maps of the most
          famous pirate operations: Spanish Main, Barbary Coast,
          Madagascar, Indian Ocean, and Port Royal. There is
          brief information on famous pirates including Blackbeard,
          Captain Kidd, female pirates, and even Sir Francis
          Drake. Additionally, there is information on ships and the
          search for the Pirate Ship - The Whydah, finally
          unearthed in Cape Cod. Related links are included.
          From Edinburgh's City Art Centre. - dl
          Subjects: pirates

Librarians' Index to the Internet

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