Library Juice 2:7 - February 17, 1999

1. Daniel Tsang's collection of web resources for Asian American Studies 
2. Gateway Service Center of Chinese Academic Journal Publications 
3. China Internet Update 
4. PRC Internet: Cheaper, More Popular And More Chinese 
5. Stefan Landsberger's Chinese Propaganda Poster Pages 
6. Economic Outlook for East Asia [.pdf] 
7. The Foreign Name Pronunciation Guide at Cal Poly Pomona 
8. Dictionary (Database) of Names 
9. New Publication for Digital Reference: The AskA Starter Kit 
10. RUSA's "Outstanding Reference Sources for 1999" 
11. The Social and Economic Cost of Digital Image Distribution 
12. EPA HQ Library no longer accepting ILL requests 
13. RUSA's Services to Older Adults Guideline (Draft for Review) 
14. Educacion y Biblioteca, issue Janvier: Libraries and Anarchism 
15. The Librarian's Canon of History: Discussion 
16. "Libraries: Valuable In America?" by Karen Schneider, responses 
17. Librarians' portrayal in movies - a list with analyses 
18. xenia - a review of digital literature and art 
Quote for the week: 
"Intellectual Freedom without Alternative Ideas is a Sham." 
 -Charles Willett 
1. Daniel Tsang's collection of web resources for Asian American Studies 
Thorough, very useful, and full of surprises.  (And LONG.) 
2. Gateway Service Center of Chinese Academic Journal Publications 
With the help of a National Leadership Grant Award from the Federal 
Institute of Museum and Library Services, the East Asian Library of the 
University of Pittsburgh has begun to provide a wonderful new service to 
researchers in the US. This demonstration gateway "is the first global 
resource sharing and document delivery program between American libraries 
and Chinese libraries." The library will electronically retrieve, print, 
and mail full-text copies of articles selected by researchers from over 
10,000 Chinese-language academic journal articles. Articles can be printed 
and mailed free of charge. Users may browse brief descriptions of the six 
participating libraries, search the catalogs of (currently) four of them, 
and request up to three articles per visit to the site. Chinese language 
software is necessary to read portions of the catalogs and to fill out the 
article request form. The library will aim to deliver documents within one 
week of the initial request. [MD] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998. 
3. China Internet Update 
1.3 million people are using the Internet in mainland China - nearly 
double the number of last October! 
FREE China mailing list available:  China Internet Update is a weekly 
newsletter covering the China Internet Industry. For a FREE subscription: 
Mailto:china-internet-update-request[at] with subscribe in the 
subject of the message or click on 
Published by East Net (China) Ltd, Beijing, China. 
Managing Editor: Ola Svensson 
Email: eastnet[at] 
(From NewJour-L) 
4. PRC Internet: Cheaper, More Popular And More Chinese 
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Date:          Sat, 14 Nov 1998 15:24:21 +1100 
Via:     Internationally-Oriented Computer-Assisted Reporting List 
From:          "T.Matthew Ciolek" <tmciolek[at]COOMBS.ANU.EDU.AU> 
Subject:       [****] PRC Internet: Cheaper, More Popular And More Chinese 
The Asian Studies WWW Monitor: mid November 1998, Vol. 5, No. 68 
11 Nov 1998 
PRC Internet: Cheaper, More Popular And More Chinese 
U.S. Embassy Beijing, China 
Supplied note: "Chinese efforts to popularize and boost the Chinese 
language presence on the Internet through a low-cost domestic-only service, 
a convenient non-registration Internet service added to the telephone bill, 
and increased Chinese language content will likely push the total number of 
Chinese users to over 5 million by the year 2000. [...] The PRC government 
strives to assure China's place it what it sees as the coming global 
'information-based economy' [... and] to restrict the vast majority of 
China's Internet users to domestic websites and so eliminate the need to 
rely on ineffectual blocking techniques." 
[The 40 Kb strong document also provides: 
(a) a list Chinese SearchEngines and Official Web Sites; 
(b) summary results of June 1998 Internet Survey by the China Internet 
Information Center - ed.] 
Link suggested by: David Cowhig (dcowhig[at] 
* Resource type [news - documents - study - corporate info. - online guide]: 
* Scholarly usefulness [essential - v.useful - useful - interesting - 
Src: The Asian Studies WWW Monitor ISSN 1329-9778 
Announce your new/improved Asian Studies' Web sites 
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5. Stefan Landsberger's Chinese Propaganda Poster Pages 
Lecturer at the Sinological Institute of Leiden, the Netherlands, and avid 
Chinese poster collector (he claims to have about 1,000) Stefan R. 
Landsberger offers this attractive on-line exhibition. Propaganda, a 
traditionally important element in Chinese political culture, was perhaps 
developed to new heights by the Communist Party in China after 1949. This 
was especially evident in the almost universal use of posters to impart and 
reinforce correct ideology and behavior. Landsberger's site examines 
several topics explored by propaganda posters, such as the future and 
development of China (Visualizing the Future), the role of women (Iron 
Women and Foxy Ladies), the New Year Print, and the Hong Kong Handover. 
Each section features a number of nicely digitized posters and commentary 
tracing changes in the art of the propaganda poster since the 1940s. 
Additional resources at the site include a bibliography and related links. 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998. 
6. Economic Outlook for East Asia [.pdf] 
An Institute for Developing Economies (IDE) publication, the 1999 Economic 
Outlook for East Asia analyzes the East Asian countries in 1998 and 
presents forecasts for 1999 (in English and Japanese). According to IDE, 
Thailand and South Korea will begin to see signs of recovery in the coming 
year, as the impact of the new Miyazawa Initiative is felt, although Hong 
Kong will remain "afflicted" by recession. Malaysia and Singapore are also 
expected to recover as will the Philippines, Vietnam, and Taiwan. As a 
whole, the growth rate for the East Asian economies is predicted to rise to 
3.1 percent in 1999 from 0.1 percent, and general prices are forecast to 
"swing back" to a single-digit inflation rate of 6.6 percent. [MW] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998. 
7. The Foreign Name Pronunciation Guide at Cal Poly Pomona 
  Cal Poly Pomona has a diverse student population. This web site will help 
  you more accurately pronounce common Asian first and last names. Thus far, 
  the site includes guides to Cambodian, Cantonese, Chinese/Mandarin, 
  Filipino, and Vietnamese names. Hints about the language, phonetic 
  pronunciations, and/or sound bytes by native speakers are available, as 
  well as a link to a European names pronunciation website. Asian names were 
  selected by 1997-1998 Faculty Computing Support Lab student technology 
  assistants. Cal Poly Pomona students created the Asian name sound bytes. 
  The Foreign Name Pronunciation Guide is linked on the Faculty Computing 
  Support Lab web site: 
  All best for the New Quarter/Year - 
  Dr. Susan Kullmann Puz 
  Faculty Computing Support Coordinator    (V)909.869.6832 (office) 
  Faculty Center for Professional Development      (V)909.869.3214(lab) 
  California State Polytechnic University, Pomona  (F)909.869.4992 
8. Dictionary (Database) of names 
Here is a good place to find surnames, given names and titles for every 
country in the world.  "An Onomastikon" Dictionary of Names
Jeanne Schramm 
WLSC Library 
W. Liberty, WV   26074 
9. New Publication for Digital Reference: The AskA Starter Kit 
Date:    Wed, 10 Feb 1999 10:44:52 EST 
From:    Joann Wasik <jmwasik[at]> 
Subject: New Publication for Digital Reference 
MIME-Version: 1.0 
----------------------------Original message---------------------------- 
The AskA Starter Kit: How to Build and Maintain Digital Reference 
Services, is written to prepare organizations and individuals to create 
Internet-based question and answer information services. 
Digital reference services, or AskA services, are named for services such 
as "Ask A Scientist" or "AskA Librarian." This handbook is written 
primarily for libraries, professional associations, government agencies, 
academic institutions, and organizations that specialize in a given 
subject area or skill. 
The AskA Starter Kit published by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & 
Technology, contains a set of six self-instructional modules that guide 
readers through the common steps involved in creating and managing digital 
reference services. The steps include surveying the organization's 
environment, creating a digital reference plan, training staff, testing 
the service, launching the service, and evaluating service quality. 
Real-life experiences from existing digital reference services like 
AskERIC, the National Museum of American Art Reference Desk, NASA's Ask 
the Space Scientist, KidsConnect, Ask Dr. Math, and Morris County 
Library's electronic reference service, provide helpful hints for new 
For more information about the AskA Starter Kit and ordering information, 
please see <>. 
10. RUSA's "Outstanding Reference Sources for 1999" 
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 10:17:48 -0600 
From: "Cathleen Bourdon" <cbourdon[at]> 
To: Reference and User Services Association List <rusa-l[at]> 
Subject: Outstanding Reference Sources for 1999 
Reply-To: cbourdon[at] 
Sender: owner-rusa-l[at] 
The list of Outstanding Reference Sources for 1999 is now available 
at: The titles were selected 
at the recent ALA Midwinter meeting by the Reference Sources Committee 
of the Reference and User Services Association. 
11. The Social and Economic Cost of Digital Image Distribution 
"The Cost of Digital Image Distribution: The Social and Economic 
Implications of the Production, Distribution, and Usage of Image Data" 
Press Release: 
This newly released report is the product of a 22-month UC Berkeley study 
of the Museum Educational Site Licensing Project (MESL), a two-year 
experimental collaboration between seven cultural repositories and seven 
universities that distributed approximately 10,000 images for classroom use 
and individual research. The report found that, while the higher education 
community is enthusiastic about providing access to digital images, 
numerous impediments mean that digital and analog libraries will 
necessarily coexist for some time yet. One of the most substantial of these 
impediments is, and will continue to be, the conflicting concerns of 
universities and museum image distribution consortia over access and 
payment. Those involved in image digitization or distribution or those 
contemplating involvement, particularly members of a scholarly community, 
will find numerous items of interest in this report. [MD] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998. 
12. EPA HQ Library no longer accepting ILL requests 
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999 17:56:16 -0500 (EST) 
From: Frederick W Stoss <fstoss[at]> 
To: SRRT Action Council <srrtac-l[at]> 
Subject: EPA HQ Library no longer accepting ILL requests 
MIME-Version: 1.0 
Reply-To: srrtac-l[at] 
Sender: owner-srrtac-l[at] 
News from the environmental information agency... 
Please route this to other library and environmetnal lists. Thanks Fred 
---------- Forwarded message ---------- 
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999 17:00:56 -0500 (EST) 
From: Cathy Flanagan <flanaga[at]> 
To: Natural Resources Librarians List <NRLib-L[at]> 
Hello all, 
Sorry to be spreading bad news...but the attached does not sound good for 
any of us! 
Cathy Flanagan 
Reference Librarian 
Environment Library 
U.S. Department of Justice 
-----Original Message----- 
Sent: Friday, February 12, 1999 12:26 PM 
To: llsdc[at]GMU.EDU[at]inetgw2 
Subject: EPA HQ Library not accepting ILL requests 
FYI: Due to budget and staffing cuts, the U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency's Information Resources Center is no longer accepting ILL 
requests. Their OCLC symbol is EJB. Please direct any questions to head 
librarian Tom Weaver, (202) 260-1757 (weaver.thomas[at] 
The EPA Office of General Counsel Law Library (OCLC: EJC) and the 
EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics Library (OCLC: EJE) are 
not affected and will continue to accept ILL requests. 
Mary Grady, Law Librarian 
EPA Office of General Counsel Law Library 
(202) 260-5920 
13. RUSA's Services to Older Adults Guideline Available (Draft for Review) 
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999 16:37:07 -0600 
From: "Cathleen Bourdon" <cbourdon[at]> 
To: Reference and User Services Association List <rusa-l[at]> 
Subject: Services to Older Adults Guideline Available 
Reply-To: cbourdon[at] 
Sender: owner-rusa-l[at] 
Services to Older Adults Guideline Available 
A draft of the "Library  Services to Older Adults Guidelines", is now 
available at for comments and 
suggestions. Send comments to Ann Eccles by April 30, 1999: Ann 
Eccles, Hennepin County Library, Penn Lake Community Library, 8800 
Penn Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55431, e-mail: 
aeccles[at] The final, approved version of the 
guideline will be posted to the RUSA website and printed in a future 
issue of Reference and User Services Quarterly. 
14. Educacion y Biblioteca, issue Janvier: Libraries and Anarchism 
From: "Robert i Dolors" <amalia[at]> 
To: <librarians[at]> 
Date: Sun, 14 Feb 1999 16:55:54 +0100 
X-Priority: 3 
MIME-Version: 1.0 
Sender: owner-librarians[at] 
Precedence: bulk 
The issue of Janvier (Enero), of the Spanish Magazine Educacion y 
Biblioteca, is dedied to Libraries and Anarchism, they hav a reviews of 
Infoshops, and a long article of Ricardo Mestre and his Social Library in 
Mexico D.F. 
the adress of the magazine is: 
15. The Librarian's Canon of History: Discussion 
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 1999 11:20:46 -0800 
From: "Spring, Don" <DSPRING[at]> 
To: "'Gay-Libn'" <gay-libn[at]> 
Subject: The Librarian's Canon of History 
There was a short-lived thread on the Gay-Libn Chat listserv which brought 
to mind an academic question for this listserv.  In grad school, back in the 
70's, I wasn't taught a whole lot about the profession's history nor that of 
libraries in general.  I think UCLA covered about two weeks worth in the 
"Introduction to Librarianship" class, if that, and a bit of the history of 
the book in the "Introduction to Bibliography" class.  What I've learned, 
I've learned from my own research during my professional career. 
Below, I've listed 20 books that relate to our history, including 
encyclopedic works.  I would appreciate any comments, pro & con, regarding 
this eclectic batch, not to mention suggestions of other titles.  My list is 
very U.S./Western/male-centric, so there is a need to liberally expand on 
this list.  Whether you send your responses via the listserv or to me 
personally, I will collate them and let you all know the results. 
ANCIENT LIBRARIES  by James Westfall Thompson 
SCHOOLS, 1950-1985  by Lee Burress 
THEY MADE  by Jonathon Green 
DAHL'S HISTORY OF THE BOOK, 3rd English edition  by Bill Katz, ed. 
	by David Kaser 
AMERICAN LIBRARIANSHIP  by John V. Richardson, Jr. 
WILLIAMSON (1877-1965)  by Paul A. Winckler 
by Dorothy B. Lilley & Ronald W. Trice 
by Wayne A. Wiegand 
	by Carl A. Hanson, ed. 
	by Paul Dickson 
A SPIRIT OF INQUIRY  by John V. Richardson, Jr. 
by Luciano Canfora 
SERVICES  by Robert Wedgeworth, ed. 
I look forward to a lively discussion, 
Don Spring 
UCLA Career Center Library 
dspring[at] <mailto:dspring[at]> 
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 1999 13:12:34 -0700 (MST) 
From: R Ellen Greenblatt <egreenbl[at]> 
To: The Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Librarians Network <gay-libn[at]> 
Subject: Re: The Librarian's Canon of History 
MIME-Version: 1.0 
Here's a few more suggestions: 
Reclaiming the American library past: writing the women in, edited by 
Suzanne Hildenbrand 
Daring to find our names: the search for lesbigay library history, edited 
by James V. Carmichael 
and a brand new book that just premiered at this past ALA: 
Women of color in librarianship: an oral history edited by 
Kathleen de la Pena McCook 
                    -- Ellen Greenblatt <egreenbl[at]> 
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 1999 14:17:47 -0600 (CST) 
From: Katia Roberto <roberto[at]> 
To: The Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Librarians Network <gay-libn[at]> 
Subject: Re: The Librarian's Canon of History 
MIME-Version: 1.0 
Read _Revolting Librarians_, like, now. 
That's all for now. 
"i like saying things i mean" - harriet the spy 
A couple of additions to Don's list: 
George Watson Cole, 1850-1939 / Donald C. Dickinson. Metuchen, N.J. : 
Scarecrow Press, 1990. 
  IIRC (and I reviewed the book for JAL!), Cole was the original 
  bibliographer for the Huntington Library. 
The library alcove and other library writings / Sam Walter Foss ; selected 
and edited by Norman D. Stevens. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, 1987. 
  Another one I reviewed. Foss was a turn of the century librarian who 
  wrote a popular (Boston?) newspaper column on libraries for a few years. 
Just FYI. 
-- rpj 
Date: Fri, 05 Feb 1999 21:13:18 -0800 
From: Genevieve Engel <gen[at]> 
To: gay-libn[at] 
Subject: Re: The Librarian's Canon of History 
Mime-Version: 1.0 
Seems a shame not to include Ranganathan explicitly.  How's about one of 
 1. S.R. Ranganathan and the West / foreword by Patricia Glass Schuman ; 
    by Ravindra Nath Sharma.  New Delhi : Sterling Publishers, c1992. 
 2. Ranganathan, S. R. (Shiyali Ramamrita), 1892-1972. 
      A Librarian looks back : an autobiography of Dr. S.R. Ranganathan / 
    appended with an evaluation of his life and work by P.N. Kaula.  New 
    : ABC Pub. Hosue : Exclusive distributors, UBS Publishers' Distributors, 
      Series title:  Kaula series in library science ; 11. 
It's true, history is given short shrift.  I once took an undergraduate 
history of constitutional law class -- surely we could have graduate 
history of librarianship classes.  Given the quality of the required 
Library Management class I took in library school, I think History of 
Librarianship would have been a much better use of the time! 
Genny Engel 
Editor's note:  Anyone with a serious interest in Library History should 
consider subscribing to H-LIS, the email dis> 

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. It is part of H-NET; details can be found at the H-NET website, at . TO SUBSCRIBE: send this email message to listserv[at] sub H-LIS your name, institution Example: sub H-LIS Jane Smith, Illinois State U. Follow the instructions in the reply that LISTSERV will send you in response to this command. _____________________________________________________________________________ 16. "Libraries: Valuable In America?" by Karen Schneider, and two responses X-Sender: kgs[at] Date: Tue, 16 Feb 1999 10:00:37 -0500 To: ALA Council List <alacoun[at]> From: "Karen G. Schneider" <kgs[at]> Subject: Libraries: Valuable In America? Mime-Version: 1.0 Reply-To: kgs[at] Sender: owner-alacoun[at] warning... I"ve been stewing about this since midwinter, after a lunchtime chat... so it is long. On a broader scale, I would like to know if other members of Council feel as fervently as I do about what I consider a very serious human rights violation: the lack of good public library service in many parts of the country. New York state, for example, has more unserved public library area than any other state. The average per capita support for public libraries in the county I work in (Rensselaer) is $10. (And $10 doesn't go as far as it does in many other parts of the country.) We have a very long row to hoe when it comes to educating the public about why libraries are important. One library in my county came under attack as "extravagant" for its budget, which relied on $18 per capita... though the employees are all part-time, underpaid, and have no benefits! (Let's not talk about those of us who bring down the average, sigh...) The public has been fed such nonsense in the past twenty years that in many communities they truly believe they are "tax oppressed" even when all statistics say otherwise. Look at Trent Lott advocating for a 10% tax cut... is he also going to advocate for a 10% cut in essential services? This is REALITY for many libraries in our country... the hand-to-mouth struggle to provide good library service, advocate for better public support, and do it all on poverty-level wages. Just once I would like to see the Flying Finger of ALA come down to thump the Trent Lotts on the head for suggesting that people don't want public service, or see an ALA prez or exec tartly and very publicly dismiss the next yahoo who uses the national press to share his ignorant belief that we don't need libraries any more. And I bet that a salary/gender study would reveal what those of us in the trenches know--that many public library systems in America are heavily supported by an infrastructure of underpaid women who live on marginal salaries, have few if any benefits, and in many cases will retire poor. When we're cut back we do a Scarlett O'Hara, snipping apart our mother's curtains to make a pretty dress so no one will know how broke we are, smiling and nodding and bobbing our heads... caught in the terrible Hobson's choice of reducing services or continuing with skeletal resources. Have we no national shame about the status of librarians? Have we not figured out that we aren't attracting persons of color because no one wants to call home and say, "look, Mom, I just found a job where I will start at $26k with my expensive master's degree and work my way up to $40k, if I'm not outsourced or laid off?" Then there are public libraries in many poor sections of the country... underfunded, understaffed, continually struggling to provide service--in many cases, these libraries provide lifeline resources to communities--things we would take for granted in wealthier parts of the country, such as access to good books, copy machines and a friendly face who will answer their questions. Who will be their champions? What is our responsibility to these libraries? That was one of the sotto voce issues related to outsourcing... that some library systems are so strapped they would consider a "cheaper alternative"--and I do feel their pain. When you are trying to avoid cutbacks in service, many things look good. What are we going to do about our libraries? Our resolution on the e-rate, by the way, was very important, because so many small public libraries are overwhelmed by the onerous filing requirements... the e-rate program is unfairly biased toward schools, with their elaborate infrastructures which can support huge administrative overheads. I believe we will find that the poorest of the poor libraries were simply unable to file. As it stands, I have to do another 470 and I would rather have the flu! (we will receive $800 for last year--which I am not sneezing at, since that means we can replace our three-year-old encyclopedia--but if our consortium had not filed Year 1 paperwork for us, I would not have bothered; there are cheaper ways to raise money.) I am not dismissing any of the other issues we have discussed... and there are some social issues which are very much "the work of Council." But I would like to see ALA, and Council, direct at least part of its focus to the issue of improving library service in America. What if we spent as much time talking about guaranteed universal service, or advocating for new library construction, or expanding LSTA to help libraries transition to new services? What if we found more money for books, or outreach services, or children's programming? What if we said "services first" and proceeded from that premise? A lot of us agreed with Ann Symons that libraries are an American value... now I would like to see us put this to work... whether it is to find ways to increase ALA membership and participation from the folks in the field... or to push our states to focus on legislative agendas that translate to better library service... to throw all of our weight behind one service-related issue, whether it is computers or books or construction... to teach librarians how to advocate for better revenue streams, better pay, greater respect, more services, etc... We haved many untended gardens. _________________________________________________________________ Karen G. Schneider | kgs[at] Author: A Practical Guide to Internet Filters, Neal Schuman, 1997 Director, Garfield Library of Brunswick, NY... Soon: Brunswick Community Library! Garfield on the Web: ......................................................................... Mime-Version: 1.0 Date: Tue, 16 Feb 1999 12:57:38 -0500 To: ALA Council List <alacoun[at]> From: Mark Rosenzweig <iskra[at]> Subject: Re: Libraries: Valuable In America? Reply-To: iskra[at] Sender: owner-alacoun[at] Thanks to Karen Schneider for her powerful and moving presentation of the real situation facing public library services in this country. It is indeed a national shame that we are allowing the withering of one of the systems which keeps a democratic culture alive and flourishing. I can't help but feel that it is particularly obscene that libraries and schools are cash-starved to the point of destitution while the nation blithely allows literally millions of dollars to be wasted in the senseless bombing that has been visited these last weeks on Iraq. The money spent to inflict more pain and destruction on the unfortunate Iraqi's just these last weeks could be funding the expansion and support of public services our own nation requires. While there is such poverty and such huge service-starved populations here, while libraries and schools are closing or cutting back here, can the US really afford to play Global Cop in excercises of destruction which consume millions and millions of dollars? It's a question of priorities and these priorities can be challenged. Karen is right. ALA should play a much more active role in advocating for the under-served, the UN-SERVED. And if they want to know where the money is gonna come from, don't hesitate to say : how about spending on libraries instead of bombs! Mark C. Rosenzweig ......................................................................... From: "Pat Hogan" <p-hogan[at]> To: ALA Council List <alacoun[at]> Subject: Re Libraries Valuable in America? Date: Tue, 16 Feb 1999 10:37:38 -0800 X-Priority: 3 MIME-Version: 1.0 Reply-To: p-hogan[at] Sender: owner-alacoun[at] Kudos to Karen for an impassioned articulate statement; she manages to convey both the frustrations that many of us in public libraries feel as well as the reasons why we stay in public library work, because we are the lifeline and resource center of last resort for many people. In Illinois many public libraries are hurt by the tax cap so that even if their area is growing and the assessed valuation of property is up the amount that comes to libraries is capped. Legislators would like us to put fees on all but the most basic services at a time when many people who need us most couldn't afford any extra costs. Karen's message also addresses the unspoken fact that librarians often aren't valued; there remains the pervasive belief that anyone can run a public library, give a story time, develop a collection, etc. People also shouldn't forget that the trustees give of their free time and often are strong voices who can gain legislators' attention, because they are speaking as elected or appointed officials from the community. Probably we have no shame about the status of libraries and librarians because in so many communities there is some kind of service; the landscape of a town or village would not be complete without a church complete with steeple and a library. But that disguises the fact that the library at least may be limping along, open few hours per day, and limited in its collection. I hope that from Karen's and Julie's comments a discussion evolves where we can get some strategies and ways to thrive, not just cope. We seem to be having this conversation of what to do every few years; I hope this time we can get beyond the words and get some results. Once again, thank you Karen; I hope this is just step one in a very necessary conversation. Pat Hogan Councilor at large _____________________________________________________________________________ 17. Librarians' portrayal in movies - a list with analyses Date: Fri, 5 Feb 1999 09:22:44 -0800 (PST) From: Kathleen Jones <kjones[at]> To: SLIS List Serve <csu_slis[at]> Subject: librarians on film MIME-Version: 1.0 Reply-To: kjones[at] Sender: owner-csu_slis[at] Status: U This is the URL for the website that I mentioned in 220 last night. I thought that others might be interested, so I am posting it to the general list. This website is a comprehensive listing of films which show libraries or librarians, along with an analysis of the portrayal (whether it is positive or negative). An interesting resource! The site is maintained by Martin Raish, a librarian at BYU, and he welcomes commentary and contributions. Kathleen Jones _____________________________________________________________________________ 18. xenia - a review of digital literature and art a review of digital literature and art ISSN 1521-2556 About Xenia: We aim to provide concise and critical notice of Web-based electronic publications in both textual and visual media. We are more interested in e-zines and the projects of individual author-artist-publishers than in the adjunct web sites of print publications. This is an effort not to centralize, but to locate and describe what is out there. Xenia will publish three to four issues per year. 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