Library Juice 3:10 - March 8, 2000


1. Anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution
2. The Library Awareness Program of the FBI
3. The First Chapter of Libraries, the First Amendment, and Cyberspace
4. Where have all the "Berman Books" gone: Update
5. Recommendations for implementing ALA's Poor People's Policy
6. the Cyberdamned
7. "Highlights of NCLIS Meeting on NTIS Closing Proposal"
8. Neither God or Gods: Some Secular & Atheist websites
9. Subject: [long and meaningless]   Re: Tone of discussion
10. The Word Spy
11. ObitFinder
12. "Nation's Teens Disappointed By Banned Books"
13. Stephen Landsberger Chinese Propaganda Poster Pages
14. Shakedown Street Branch Library
15. A most dubious censorship case

Quote for the week:

"Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order,
calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light
nor dark. The pleasure they give is steady, unorgastic, reliable, deep and
-Germaine Greer (1939-____) Australian reformer, author, educator
"Daddy, We Hardly Knew You," "Still in Melbourne, January 1987," 1989.

Home page of the week: Dr. Kathleen de la Peña McCook


1. Anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution

>From The Nation: March 8 marks 83 years
to the day that the Bolshevik Revolution was consummated in Russia. We've
dug up an editorial published in the pages of The Nation from March 22,
1917 analyzing the victory and expressing hope that the Soviet future
will be bright. It's currently available at


2. The Library Awareness Program of the FBI

>> >>> "patf" <patf[at]> 03/04 4:57 PM >>>
>> Hello.
>> Is the Library Awareness Program of the FBI still an active program?
>>Does anyone have suggestions as to good sources of information about the
>>program? I'm sickened and at the same time fascinated by it.
>> Pat Filemyr

Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2000 12:04:20 -0500
To: plgnet-l[at]
From: Mark Rosenzweig <iskra[at]>
Subject: Re: Library Awareness Program

The Library Awareness Program was part of a national counter-intelligence
effort (also referred to within the FBI as DECAL: Development of
Counter-intelligence Awareness among Librarians).

It functioned . as far as we can tell, between 1973 and 1976 and then from
1985 on.

The FBI attempted to keep this a covert oeration, until it was exposed in
1987, at Columbia University, by Director of Academic Services, Paula
Kaufman.The program attempted to enlist librarians in the surveillance of
(and reporting on) "suspicious" individuals use of materials in libraries
or as they put it "to "alert[ing] those [in the field} of the possibility
of members of hostile countries or their agents attempting to gain access
to information that could be potentially harmful to our national security."
They wanted librarians to act as spies, conduct surveillance, report on
individuals to the FBI, and have no hesitation in completely violating the
rights of patrons. In New York City, where this program operated most
strenuously, such action on the part of librarians was a violation of State
law. It is clear from heavily redacted FBI documents , that some librarians
in NYC were considered "assets" by the FBI, i.e. they secretly went along
with the program. Some library directors and educators defended the
program, But the majority of librarians seem to have been opposed, as
reflected in the positions of ALA and the IFC, etc.

Mark R.

3. The First Chapter of Libraries, the First Amendment, and Cyberspace

The first chapter of

Libraries, the First Amendment, and Cyberspace, by Robert Peck
Chicago: American Library Association, 2000

is online and available as a PDF file at

"Peck*s book has two specific strengths: it is written in language
that is clearly understandable, and it is a concise and thoughtful
gathering of contemporary legal opinion on a variety of first
amendment issues as they might have an impact on libraries. He
includes numerous footnotes with citations to cases that will assist
not only researchers but lawyers who may represent libraries. "

Don Wood
American Library Association
Office for Intellectual Freedom

4. Where have all the "Berman Books" gone: Update

DATE:    February 23, 2000
TO:      Local/library press, Hennepin County Board of Commissioners,
         Hennepin County Libary Board, Hennepin County Administrator
From:    Sanford Berman, Former Head Cataloger, Hennepin County Library

In late January, I inadvertently discovered that six books either by
or about me, all of which *had* been in the Hennepin County Library
(HCL) collection, no longer appeared in the HCL online catalog.  They
had totally vanished, the records almost certainly having been deleted
deliberately and systematically.

On February 1st, I issued a one-page statement detailing what had
apparently happened, citing the six missing books and speculating
that the catalog-record obliteration may have been an attempt by HCL
management to further - in _Library Journal Digital_'s words - "purge
itself completely of former Head Cataloger Sandy Berman...who resigned
[in Spring 1997] after a clash with the library's director."

Seven days later, I submitted formal Requests for Reconsideration for
each of the disappeared volumes.

To date, there has been no official communication from HCL management
to me regarding this matter, although the Community Relations Manager
has been quoted in the press as saying that anyone at any HCL branch
could have deleted the records, that the materials do not seem to
have been formally recalled or weeded, and that "some of the titles
were still physically on the library shelves" (_American Libraries
Online_, 2-14-00).

My understanding is that copies of at least one title (_Prejudices
and Antipathies_) have been located and a catalog record recreated
for that work.  Additionally, I'm told that all the wayward books
have been reordered, although several are out of print and thus
unlikely to be replaced.

What more do I want?  These things:

1. An accounting of exactly which books have been found in the system
    and which remain physically missing.

2. An unequivocal declaration by the HCL management that this
    calculated removal of books and catalog records constitutes a
    despicable act of censorship and clearly  violates the Library Bill
    of Rights.  (Even more serious than the physical withdrawal of some
    works is the indisputable destruction of the catalog records for all
    six titles, which in effect rendered them inaccessible and
    unavailable.  This is flagrant bibliocide.

3. An explicit and sincere commitment by HCL management to identify
    and discipline the perpetrators.  (To simply claim that "anyone could
    have done it" is not enough.  To be blunt, anyone *could* have done
    it, but I personally know of *no one* at HCL - outside of several
    members of top management - who had a possible or plausible motive
    for doing it.  It seems like a logical next step for the very persons
    who had last year expelled *me* from the system to now expel my words
    and ideas from the shelves and catalog, expecially since I have been
    unremitting in the many months since my forced retirement in
    attempting to secure personal justice: the cancellation of an unjust
    reprimand and an apology for the mistreatment and abuse inflicted
    upon me.  I have also sought redress for the outright censorship of
    corrections and additions I submitted - at their request - to the
    _OCLC Newsletter_.  And I have repeatedly asked HCL management to
    explain how their ostensible guarantee to preserve high cataloging
    standards and quality squares with the demonstrable deterioration of
    cataloging at Hennepin County.  Finally, I have inquired about the
    apparently lessened "urgency" to fashion a Cataloging Practices
    Manual, which had been the stated reason for my sudden and
    involuntary reassignment last Spring.  There has been no response to
    any of these requests and queries.)

4. Institution of measures at HCL to prevent the recurrence of such
    an intellectual freedom travesty.

Sanford Berman

4400 Morningside Road
Edina, MN  55416

5. Recommendations for implementing ALA's Poor People's Policy

ALA/SRRT's Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty Task Force is
making the following



"The American Library Association promotes equal access to
information for all persons, and recognizes the urgent need to
respond to the increasing number of poor children, adults, and
families in America." (Poor People's Policy)

Actions for Citizens

Challenge public policy that adversely affect low-income people; such
as, welfare reform, cutting tax credits, reducing food stamps,
eliminating benefits to immigrants, reducing health benefits, etc.

Join local advocacy groups that work to promote resources being made
available to poor people.

Promote full, stable, and ongoing funding for existing legislative
programs in support of low-income services, and for pro-active
library programs that reach beyond traditional service-sites to poor
children, adults, and families.

Promote the implementation of an expanded federal low-income housing
program, national health insurance, full-employment policy; living
minimum wage and welfare payments, affordable day care, and programs
likely to reduce, if not eliminate, poverty itself.

Actions for Library Professionals

Related to library services and policies:

Examine your library's mission statement.  Who is supposed to be
served? Are all people welcome" Are all people being served?  What
are the barriers to people using the library? What steps could be
taken to eliminate these barriers?

Work to insure people know how library policies are determined and
are able to voice their concerns.

Evaluate library policies to ensure that the policies do not
discriminate based on the ability to pay for access and/or service.

Promote the removal of all barriers to library and information
services, particularly fees and overdue charges.

Ensure the future success of all children by contributing to efforts
that insure children know how to read and are encouraged to read.

Work with local literacy providers to publicize availability of Adult
Basic Education classes, GED, ESL, etc. to help adults improve their
literacy skills.

Related to Staff Training:

Promote training to sensitize library staff to issues affecting poor
people and to attitudinal and other barriers that hinder poor
people's use of libraries.

Promote training opportunities for librarians, in order to teach
effective techniques for generating public funding to upgrade library
services to poor people.

Related to budgets and funding:

Promote the incorporation of low-income programs and services into
regular library budgets in all types of libraries, rather than the
tendency to support these projects solely with "soft money" like
private or federal grants.

Promote equity in funding adequate library services for poor people
in terms of materials, facilities, and equipment.

Promote supplemental support for library resources for and about
low-income populations by urging local, state, and federal
governments, and the private sector, to provide adequate funding.

Related to Outreach Services:

Ask local community organizations what issues they're working on and
how the library can contribute to their work.

Promote the determination of output measures through the
encouragement of community needs assessments, giving special emphasis
to assessing the needs of low-income people and involving both
anti-poverty advocates and poor people themselves in such assessments.

Have a special area of reports, brochures, and newsletters of local
organizations and agencies with addresses, contact names, and purpose
of groups so that interested people can get involved.

Fund and support outreach services that address community needs such
as literacy programs, read-aloud programs, etc.

Promote networking and cooperation between libraries and other
agencies, organizations, and advocacy groups in order to develop
programs and services that effectively reach poor people.

Build partnerships with organizations in your community that serve
low-income families.  Tell those organizations what you have, how the
library works, and update them on new materials and services.

Promote among library staff the collection of food and clothing
donations, volunteering personal time to anti-poverty activities and
contributing money to direct-aid organizations.  Promoting related
efforts concerning minorities and women, since these groups are
disproportionately represented among poor people.

Compile a database of local community organizations and make it part
of your library's web pages and/or online catalog and make this
information readily available to patrons who may need it.

Sponsor public events (such as forums, speakers, community
discussions, presentations by local organizations) so people can
understand issues affecting them -- taxes, child care options, job
gap, corporate welfare, crime, school services, etc.

Related to Public Awareness:

Promote increased public awarenessóthrough programs, displays,
bibliographies, and publicityóof the importance of poverty-related
library resources and services in all segments of society.

Promote direct representation of poor people and anti-poverty
advocates through appointment to local boards and creation of local
advisory committees on service to low-income people, such
appointments to include library-paid transportation and stipends.

Collect, display, and make readily accessible current and up-to-date
information on issues that are being debated such as the wage gap,
lack of jobs, lack of child-care, welfare reform, etc.

Promote the publication, production, purchase, and ready
accessibility of print and non-print materials that honestly address
the issues of poverty and homelessness, that deal with poor people in
a respectful way, and that are of practical use to low-income patrons.

Related to Professional Association activities:

Read ALA's "Poor People's Policy" and think about how its
recommendations may be implemented in the libraries where you work.

Distribute copies of ALA's "Poor People's Policy" to colleagues and
initiate a discussion of the Poor People's Policy at the libraries
where you work and get your colleagues thinking about and discussing
ways it can be implemented.

Ask ALA's Washington Office to actively support legislative
initiatives that would contribute to reducing, if not eliminating,
poverty (e.g. living wage, more low-income housing, etc.).

Get involved in the ALA offices working on the issues of library
services to the poor such as the Social Responsibility Round Table
Task Force on Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty; or the OLOS
subcommittee on the "Poor People's Policy", or various other
committees within ALA.

Document effective library services aimed at serving poor people and
share information about these programs through ALA publications,
conference sessions, electronic discussion lists, etc. as well as to
groups outside ALA.

Encourage library science programs to offer courses on services to
poor people.

Volunteer to develop and lead creative strategies within ALA and
other professional associations that can bring visibility to the
issue of libraries services for the poor.

6. the Cyberdamned

Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2000 10:42:54 -0500
From: Chuck0 <chuck[at]>
To: librarians[at]
Subject: The cyberdamned

The cyberdamned
It is by no means certain that the "new economy" has given birth to the
race of entrepreneurs and workers lauded by writers in (cyber) business
journals. It is nice to imagine new men (for they are almost always
males), funny, flexible, friendly, easy-going libertarians, almost
Bohemians, gathered in a garage or council flat, scribbling a brilliant
idea on the back of an old envelope that will boost them from poverty to
cyber-billionaire status. And all thanks to money markets that are just
as fun-loving, friendly, Epicurean, deregulated and keen to break down
class barriers and privileges.

Well, maybe. A few weeks ago Management Today looked at the backgrounds
of the people behind Britain's 25 top startups. Did they go from rags to
riches? Apparently not. About the only thing they had in common was that
they came from well-to-do middle class families living in London's
Notting Hill" (1), which is not exactly a council estate.

As for their employees, they have become the cyber-damned. As yet the
expression is unusual, but the reality it describes is much more common.
Just turn your browser to Amazon, one of the flagships of the ""
economy. It was incorporated in 1995 and is already worth more than all
the major American bookseller chains put together. Its founder Jeff
Bezos owns over $4bn. The work of Amazon employees is less lucrative and
a great deal less creative. Several hundred, many young, unmarried and
well educated, work at the Seattle premises in gigantic landscaped
offices split into tiny, shared cubicles. With their head-sets plugged
in and their eyes glued to the screen they handle millions of e-mail
orders a year.

Some managers at Amazon refer to them as "electronic peasants", for when
they are on-line with a customer they are not supposed to show off their
literary skills. The focus in these modern times is on output: 12
e-mails an hour and the sack for anyone who drops below seven and a half
(2). On the phone any conversation exceeding four minutes, in a voice
that according to a former employee "is supposed to be loud enough for
the customer to hear and quiet enough to keep from distracting cubical
mates," earns the guilty party a warning.

"It's like Communist China under Mao," explains one of the new economy's
production-line workers, "you're constantly being pushed to help the
collective. If you fail to do this, you're going against your family.
But if this is a family, it belongs on the Jerry Springer  show." Such
ingratitude in a company that is constantly organising events for its
workers - or devotees. Last September, for instance, there was a
"Midnight madness" keyboard marathon, humorously announced by an e-mail
entitled "You can sleep when you're dead". This irresistible game
involved coming to work at night to cope with as man.

Richard Howard, a former employee, is dubious about the revolutionary
character of social relations in the new economy: "We basically did
drone work and had people breathing down our necks all the time. How
revolutionary is that? The only difference is that a lot of supervisors
had pierced ears and wore leather."

(1) See John Davison, "Internet whizzkids backed by rich parents", The
Independent, 8 January 2000.

(2) See Mark Leibovich, "Service Without a Smile", The Washington Post
National Weekly Edition, 13 December 1999.

<< Chuck0 >>
Mid-Atlantic Infoshop:
Alternative Press Review:

Free Leonard Peltier!

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

7. "Highlights of NCLIS Meeting on NTIS Closing Proposal"

Date: Tue, 07 Mar 2000 09:33:11 -0600
From: "Jack B. King" <jburge42[at]>
To: Reference and User Services Association List <rusa-l[at]>
Subject: [RUSA-L:564] NTIS Update

This is not a request for action, but it is an update on what is
happening to NTIS from the ALA Washington Office.

Jack King
RUSA Laison to the Legislation Assembly

"Highlights of NCLIS Meeting on NTIS Closing Proposal"

On February 29, 2000, the National Commission on Libraries and
Information Science (NCLIS) held its third public meeting on the
U.S. Department of Commerce's proposal to close the National
Technical Information Service (NTIS) and transfer its functions to
the Library of Congress (LC).

NCLIS' stated purpose is to serve as a broker for the various
stakeholders, provide analysis and basic research on the various
options for dealing with NTIS.  They also intend to make a report
to Congress on March 15.

At the meeting, comments were sought in response to the position
paper, "Emerging Consensus Position Paper Proposed NTIS Closure
and Transfer."  The paper was approved by NCLIS on February 17,
2000 for public review and comment; the deadline for comments to
be received by NCLIS is Friday, March 10.  (To comment, see

Only about 20 people attended the third meeting.  No
representatives from Congressional offices or the Commerce
Department appeared to be in attendance.  Librarians and GPO
played prominent roles at the meeting.  Acting Chair of NCLIS
Martha Gould convened the meeting; Joan Challinor was the other
NCLIS commissioner who attended.  Also in attendance were NCLIS
Executive Director Robert Willard, NCLIS Deputy Director Judith
Russell, and NCLIS consultants Woody Horton and Sarah Kadac.

John Stevenson, documents coordinator at the University of
Delaware and an active GODORT member, represented ALA.  Stevenson
presented key points in a letter from ALA Committee on Legislation
Chair Chadwick Raymond.  The letter was drafted with input from
the ALA Committee on Legislation and its Government Information
Subcommittee along with GODORT and ACRL Sci-Tech Section
representatives. The letter is available at

Attached to the letter was the ALA Council resolution passed at
Midwinter Conference 2000.  The resolution, "Resolution on No-Fee
Permanent Public Access to Scientific and Technical Information
(STI)," recommends that NTIS be transferred to the Government
Printing Office (GPO) (see

ALA's letter and resolution argued, in part, that:

-- there are economies of scale in transferring NTIS to GPO, given
the similar functions and missions of GPO and NTIS;

-- making NTIS materials available to the Federal Depository
Library Program (FDLP) broadens public access and serves the
public good; and

-- the nature of NTIS functions -- to provide government
scientific and technical information (STI) -- is inherently a
governmental function which should be supported by federal

Stevenson added that to say that the NCLIS document suggested
consensus, whether "emerging" or not, did not reflect ALA's
position.  Other participants made similar comments about the
nature of the "consensus."

GPO Superintendent of Documents Francis Buckley indicated that GPO
is interested in assuming appropriate NTIS functions and willing
to develop a plan that would do so.  A spokesperson for the
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) said that NARA
also wants to continue to be considered as a viable option for
receiving the NTIS responsibilities.

Miriam Drake, dean and director of libraries at Georgia Institute
of Technology (a major NTIS user), spoke about the need for
scientists and researchers to have the level of cataloguing and
abstracts presently provided by NTIS.  She questioned whether GPO
cataloging standards will meet those needs and expectations.  Also
discussed were the different types of users of NTIS services vs.
what some describe as the more general public served by GPO.
Another speaker used compared NTIS to a "boutique" and GPO to a

Advocates for keeping NTIS at the U.S. Department of Commerce also
spoke.  The head of the union at NTIS, Louisa Day, argued that
both NTIS and GPO should and can exist and that Commerce should
retain NTIS.  Bonnie C. Carroll, a long-time consultant on many
government information issues, emphasized the serious changes that
will take place in technology in the next couple of years and the
need to work toward a vision on these issues.  A Software and
Information Industry Association representative spoke but had not
yet submitted written comments.

In general, the comments from the participants supported keeping
NTIS at Commerce.  Other than ALA and GPO, no one clearly
advocated for the NTIS functions to go to GPO.  Everyone agreed on
two things: that there should be further study on the issue, and
steps must be taken to protect NTIS from losing more staff and
resources -- leading to a deterioration in services -- while the
debate continues in Congress.

The NCLIS Web site includes the "Emerging Consensus" position
paper, the major materials prepared by NCLIS, and comments and
other communications from various stakeholders involved with these
discussions, including those filed by ALA (see  Meeting minutes are
also available. After the March 10 comments deadline passes, NCLIS
staff indicated they will review them and develop their report to

There is no clear indication of intentions or timeline from
Congress on the NTIS debate.  Some observers suggest there will be
immediate congressional action; others say it may be a slow

There is some urgency, however.  NTIS is losing experienced
staff.  The Congressional appropriations process soon will need to
decide whether to provide funding to close NTIS or to keep it
operating as is for an interim period.  The ALA Office of
Government Relations will make further reports as more becomes
available. -- Lynne Bradley"


Neither God or Gods.

Some Secular & Atheist websites
A Website Briefing.


If freedom of expression means anything, then it must
include the right of free speech, & to publish those views.

It has always amazed me how people who can talk about the
right to religious expression, while ignoring the way in
which atheists are discriminated against !  I refer to British
Blasphemy act, which is not an isolated piece of oppressive
legislation, either in Britain or throughout the world. 

These websites look at these issues & what campaigns are
being done to redress these injustices.

There has always been a very strong link between
secularism, atheism, socialism, & anarchism. Thus this
briefing should be taken as an aspect to the study of
radical politics, as well as a guide to some of the most
important free speech / freedom of expression campaigns
that are currently taking place.

Just think of the great Atheists of the past:

Tom Paine  -  Bertrand Russell  -  Mikhael Bakunin

You see my point .....

I hope that this webpage brief review is of some interest &


The Websites

National Secular Society
The National Secular Society { N.S.S. }was founded in 1866, & is
still going some very good work. The webpage give news & information
about the organisation & its work.  For example there is information
about the N.S.S. submission to the UK governmental commission to
consider the future of the House of Lords. In particular it covers
the issues concerning present unelected Church of England Bishops
membership of the House of Lords, & various proposals for the reform
of the house.

There are also links to: British Humanist Association  Ethical
Society Based at Conway Hall, London, the Ethical Society (South
Place Ethical Society), which was founded in 1793

GALHA The website for the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association.

Atheism Central for Secondary Schools

Humanist Society of Scotland

etc, etc

American Atheists

The American Atheists online version of the
quarterly magazine of Atheist News and Thought.

This is a BIG website with a lot to download upon it.
There are also Instructions and Graphics for linking The American Atheist
on your web page.



The Freethinker is one of my favourite periodicals, containing as it
does a wealth of information & ideas.  Founded by G W Foote in 1881,
The Freethinker is a British Secular Humanist journal.

The periodical also has a very useful list of British Humanist
contacts & events.

The Freethinker website gives some of the current periodical content,
& information as to how one might subscribe to it.

International Humanist and Ethical Union ( IIEU )

To quote the webpage: ' IHEU was founded in 1952 in Amsterdam and is
the only umbrella organisation of Humanist, rationalist, atheist,
secularist, ethical culture and agnostic groups around the world. Its
Member Organisations range from large membership groups to specialist
bodies such as publishers, universities and development agencies.'
This webpage contains  News, public statements, projects, & other
information about the organisation & its member bodies. It also has
Links to its members webpages.  Most importantly there are periodical
details for some 101 Magazine & journals, & 56 Newsletters, & the
organisation that publish.   The 'Magazines Electronic Mail
Directory' contains some 75 Email addresses,   This is a very useful
listing of alternative literature from throughout the world !!!

Atheist Outreach

This is the webpage presence of the Atheist Alliance, which is an
organisation that is based in  Minneapolis. This website contains
information about the AA periodical, & organisational information.
There are a lot of periodical & publications that are also listed
upon the site, plus many interesting links, which are really worth
while looking at.

After thoughts.

In putting this website review together I have looked at a
number of other website that are Not listed here. The use of
a search engine will come up with many websites that are of
very doubtful value, either because of the half-baked ideas
that they might put forward, or because they might be
considered as of marginal interest. I have only included
those websites that are of use to those who wish to find out
more information in regards to organisations & periodicals.

Martyn Lowe

Please feel free to copy, publish, & copy this on.



9. Subject: [long and meaningless]   Re: Tone of discussion


Matt -

Do you mind if I "publish" your NEWLIB-L post in Library Juice, my web zine? 
I enjoyed it.  I'd like to introduce it by saying it was a response to a
thread about listserv rudeness that began with a post asking how to
unsubscribe.  I thought the whole thing was classic, and your response was
entirely appropriate.

Rory Litwin
Library Juice



"Publish" away.  I get Library Juice and enjoy it.  I would only add that
it was a response to a thread about listserv rudeness where one too many
people made the (as Susan Golding nailed it) sanctimonious remark "besides,
we are librarians and we would never say this to a patron so we shouldn;t
say it to each other."



Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2000 17:35:54 -0500
From: Matt Wilcox <matthew.wilcox[at]>
To: newlib-l[at]
Subject: [long and meaningless]   Re: Tone of discussion

I don't know about you all, but I thought we were supposed to be
mealy-mouthed and sanctimonious.  Isn't that an official ALA position?  I
mean, hey, even though you are 100% right, telling us to go against
official ALA policy is downright rude and we of all people (as librarians
or library student or people interested in librarians or library students)
should know that we should never be rude because we are so collegial, you
know, and we would never do this to a patron and we should, therefore,
never do it to each other because we are a profession you know and not just
a profession but peacemakers and we are the center of the university you
know or at least the library is and/or the center of the
citytownboroughsuburbneighborhoodvilla and by the way downwithfiltering and
upwithreading and no i am not bitter because i am underpaid or the
profession is underpaid or the profession has no clout or because we are so
close to blowing it that there might be no profession or at least no
profession i would ever want to be a part of because we are a sanctimonious
bunch that in oh so many ways lives up to every single goddamn stereotype
and even if we don't no one knows or cares because we are so damn nice

and let's be honest...those patrons...we love 'em and we want to help them
and we know that it is not their job to know how to use the library like we
do, but damn, don't you just want to laugh at them or pummel them or run
away screaming sometimes?  ya, you do. you know you do.  or you will.  and
isn't nice to have a list of other people in the same boat that you can
vent to on a friday afternoon on a cool but sunny day the kind day that
would be good to go for a hike or for a drive or to go to the city or
whatever but you don't because you got to help that poor lovely wonderful
reason for your job idiot patron.  but you can't harass or pummel or laugh
at that patron, because while the administration or city hall or the
whatever doesn't hardly know you exist except when they cut your budget
will surely know who you are when you tear into that patron.  but there is
the list. the list.  the list of people who should know better because we
are information professionals you know and we should no where it is or how
to find it and so you fire it off--the comment.  and it feels so damn good


damn.  venting to a list is wonderful.  therapeutic even.  give it a shot.
the thinskinned who, being librarians, of course, and having dutifully
saved the email the list sends you that says to save it so you know how to
send commands to the list (i know i have and i even have it dutifully filed
away in an emailbox where I save all those beacuase i am as pathetic as
anyone), but the thinskinned will sign off and then we, as a bunch of
bitter/nonbitter people that love what we do even when we sometimes hate
it, will figure out how to save the profession, the world, and even
ourselves and perhaps the whales, the rain forests, and things that don't
even need saving yet and maybe in the end even help that poor
person/user/patron/reader who is overwhelmed with what is out there.

So flame away or ignore it or tell me that real librarians should never
whine/bitch/moan/whatever to a listserv.  or that the list isn't for this
or that.  that's the beauty of the whole thing, you know.

And Susan Golding wherever/whoever you are, thanks for the insightful
repsonse that will hopefully move us all beyond discussions about making
sure we are acting like librarians are supposed to act (which to be honest,
isn't that the root of all problems in libraryland? that we want to make
sure we are doing it right or acting right?  But that is a topic for
another friday.......................)

have a good weekend,


10. The Word Spy -

        Devoted to recently-coined words and older words now
        being used in new ways, each day this site presents a
        new word, its definition, and a citation that shows its
        use in context. There's often more information on the
        word's formation as well as a list of related words from
        the archived database of more than 1,000 terms.
        Searchable and browsable. From word lover and
        professional computer books writer, Paul McFedries. -cl

 From Librarian's Index to the Internet

11. ObitFinder -

        More than 200,000 recent obituaries from over 1,200
        U.S. newspapers. Search by name, funeral home, state,
        and/or keyword from text of obituary. How far the back
        the obituaries go is dependent on the individual
        newspaper's archives. Ones back to January 1999 have
        been found. - cl 

 From Librarian's Index to the Internet

12. "Nation's Teens Disappointed By Banned Books"

Good satire from The Onion.


13. Stephen Landsberger Chinese Propaganda Poster Pages


14. Shakedown Street Branch Library

for Deadhead librarians

15. A most dubious censorship case

"St. Petersburg Times is Evil
for refusing to inform public
about the recent discovery of
Nature's 4-Day Time Cube -
greatest scientific discovery
of humanity… provingTime
Cube obscurantism as equal
to Forbidden Knowledge, or
to a criminal brainwashing
of children by the educators."

"Demand the Times 893-8111
to print Nature's Time Cube."

Gene Ray

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