Library Juice 3:13 - April 5, 2000


1. New issue of MSRRT Newsletter
2. Free Speech for Librarians?
3. Open Mind
4. Filtering Farce
5. Censored 2000: Top 25 Stories of 1999
6. HHP Task Force website update
7. New URL for Jean Heriot's Micropress Reviews
8. The National Library of Canada Celebrates Information Rights
9. Fire at the War Public Library
10. The Spire Project
11. Relaunches With Five Major Reference Works
12. Global Archive
13. Women in Politics: Bibliographic Database
14. dot union top-level domain proposal
15. CIA culture wars
16. Gary Price's Reference Resources - Update
17. New Freedom Inflames Old Battles (John Berry III editorial)
18. Bad Designs
19. International Vegetarian Union
20. Rescue Arena

Quote for the week:

"I'm looking forward to it. You never know. She could become a librarian."
-- Madonna, on the prospects of her young daughter, Lourdes, rebelling
against her, New York Daily News

Home page of the week: Ruth K.


1. New issue of MSRRT Newsletter

Issue #100 of MSRRT Newsletter, the last to be published by Editor
Chris Dodge, who is really responsible for its existence.  Who will take
his place?  It's one of the most asked unanswered questions in Minnesota.

Has an article on Manga, Book reviews, Zine reviews, other updates, a poem,
and a note from Chris.

2. Free Speech for Librarians?

A Review of Socially Responsible Librarianship, 1967-1999

This paper was Taralee Alcock's MLS capstone project at the
University of Alberta in 1999.

3. Open Mind

A Forum for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Concerns in the
Information Professions

Has a link to "Homosexuality and United States Libraries: Land of the free,
but not home to the gay," an article by James V. Carmichael, Jr. for IFLA
(International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions).

4. Filtering Farce:

Spoof site on Filtering Facts


5. Censored 2000: Top 25 Stories of 1999

Date: Tue, 04 Apr 2000 15:18:23 -0500
From: "Don Wood" <dwood[at]>
Subject: [IFACTION:790] Censored 2000: Top 25 Stories of 1999
To: Intellectual Freedom Action News <ifaction[at]>

from Project Censored

Censored 2000: Top 25 Stories of 1999

"For twenty-four years, Project Censored has been compiling a list of
the top 25 undercovered news stories in the United States. 1999 was an
international year for the United States and for Project Censored. The
most under-covered censored news stories for 1999 have a strong
international flavor, with an emphasis on untold stories of Kosovo (6,
10, 12, 20, 22), foreign policy (5, 17, 21, 23), and international
corporate power abuse (1, 13). Emerging this year are a number of
stories on the mainstream media itself (7, 14, 16). With the
advancement of spin techniques, mainstream media now tends to place
emphasis on particular perspectives of news stories to enhance their
entertainment value. In some cases, today's media may also be
deliberately spinning stories for their own political/commercial
purposes. Many of our old favorites are present as well, including
stories on the environment (9, 11), race issues (9, 16), labor (4), US
military (8, 21, 25), and health concerns (2, 3, 15, 19)."


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

6. HHP Task Force website update

The website for the Hunger, Homelessness and Poverty Task Force of the
Social Responsibilities Round Table has been updated, with sections added
describing this summer's program and "Recommended Actions for Implementation
of the Poor People's Policy."


Rory Litwin
SRRT/HHP webmaster

7. New URL for Jean Heriot's Micropress Reviews:

"mini reviews of small press and micropress publications."

Titles reviewed often have an anarchist, situationist bent.

8. The National Library of Canada Celebrates Information Rights

                The National Library of Canada Celebrates Information Rights
Week in Canada, April 3-10, 2000

                The National Library of Canada recognizes its role in
ensuring the integrity and reliability of information resources in
traditional and new media, especially in the context of the proliferation of
new Web sites which appears daily on the Internet.

                The National Library has shown leadership in numerous areas
pertaining to the Web, such as access to government information, Web
awareness and equitable access.  It joined with various other organizations
to carry out this work. The National Library of Canada is a partner in the
Web Awareness Initiative
<> and has provided
guidance to government departments, leading to the publication of the
Government of Canada Internet Guide
<> as well as the Approach to
Managing Internet and Intranet Information for Long Term Access and
Accountability and its accompanying Implementation Guide

9. Fire at the War Public Library

For Graffiti   May 2000
by Steve Fesenmaier

Early on Monday morning at 3 am, March 20th, three teenagers broke into
the War Public Library, stealing the adult videos, theVCRs and  the TVs
sitting next to them. They left the kiddy vids. To cover up the theft,
they started the library on fire, burning it to the ground. The kid vid,
25,000 books, 6 new public access web computers, and everything were
destroyed. It will cost $ 500,000 to replace.  I sure wish I knew what
vids the War PL had were worth stealing, let alone burning down the only
public library within 15 miles of some of the roughest mountain terrain
in WV. Librarian Frances Blankenship has always been one of WV's  most
enthusiast a/v oriented librarians, showing 16-mm films and being one of
the first to use WVLC videos. Shortly after I first visited Welch, the
county seat, 19 years ago, the library, which was part of the city hall
complex, and fire station, burned to the ground. I was there introducing
Karen Kramer, the lady who made "The Jolo Serpent Handlers". The county
librarian had kidnapped me from a weekend workshop in Webster County,
fearful of the local reaction to the first showing of Karen's film made
nearby in Jolo. Nothing happened then, other than lots of people finally
got to see what their neighbors were up to -  but when the library
burned down, I was afraid there was a connection. Now I find that the
recently expanded War PL was torched to cover up theft of its adult vids
and VCRs. I have always said, "videos are the crack cocaine of WV
pls" indeed videos are all over the world in local public
libraries. Guards at the Charlotte PL were caught stealing grocery bags
of them. We have had our own theft problems at the Cultural Center.

War has been on my mind ever since I reviewed James Rutenbeck's 1999
masterpiece, "Raise the Dead", which was shown at last spring's WVIFF.
He was there in person to introduce the film, which was partially filmed
in War. Rebecca Moore, director of McDowell Public Library, told me that
the BBC had recently come to town, and filmed another story on snake
handling. As mentioned below, even the "X-Files" has recently done two
stories involving people from Southern WV. I sure hope that the three
film-crazed teens hadn't seen those episodes, and been triggered by all
the attention. The one time I had to call the state police in 20 years
as head of Film Services was to retrieve the WVLC 16-mm print of "Gone
With the Wind" from the War PL. We have had people use fake ideas to
steal movies and even $1,000  16 mm film projectors - twice. I was told
that some WV pls lose up to half of their videos each year - to theft or
damage. I just hope that no one else wants a video or a VCR this bad
again. Too bad the kids weren't hackers...and saved the computers
too...and even better, what if they had been readers, and saved some of
the best books. If you want to help in any way, contact Rebecca Moore at
the McDowell PL - (304) 436--3070 (fax 436-8079) or Karen Hiser at WVLC
- 1-800-642-9021 inside WV. She is helping McDowell County   set up a
temporary library and rebuilding the $500,000 structure.
Rebecca Moore  McDowell County Public Library
90 Howard Street  Welch WV 24801 304.436.3070 FAX 304.436.8079

..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..

I just talked to Frances. As of tomorrow (Friday 3/31), you can reach her
at 875-4622. She told me that the contents were insured, but not the
bldg., computers, etc.  If you have any press clippings, etc. e-mail
them to: jim_gibson[at] The librarian at Southwest Community
College in Richlands, Va. is collecting all info. They saved no
videos, 2 audio books, and NO books. She was told that she could pick
up leftovers from a sale of some kind at UVA...she is excited about
that. 19 kids from South Carolina were there to help clean up.-Steve

-Steve Fesenmaier

10. The Spire Project -

        This Web site is a guide to researching information.
        It provides a discussion of search strategies and
        covers many topics such as finding patents, company
        information, software, and statistics. It also covers
        many information sources including discussion
        groups, governmental sources, commercial
        databases, and magazines. Links are provided for
        Internet resources and specialized search engines.
        There are some non-Internet resources too. - es
        Subjects: Searching -- About

From Librarian's Index to the Internet -

11. Relaunches With Five Major Reference Works

On March 20, a premiere source for free online
literature, verse, and reference books, relaunched their Website and
added five major reference works. Users can now access complete
electronic versions of the _Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition_;
_The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third
Edition_; _Roget's II: The New Thesaurus, Third Edition_; _Simpson's
Contemporary Quotations_; and _The American Heritage Book of English
Usage_. Each of these works may be browsed by the table of contents
or index or searched by keyword. Unlike most of Bartleby's offerings,
which are classic texts now out of copyright, these additions are all
recent editions, the oldest dating to 1988. The new Bartleby homepage
is attractive and easily navigated, offering pull-down menu access to
its content in four categories: Reference, Verse, Nonfiction, and
Literature. Users can also conduct keyword searches across all or
selected areas of the site from the main page. [MD]

> From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000.

12. Global Archive

Behind this rather ugly URL, users will find _Financial Times's_
Global Archive, where they can search and read over 6 million
articles from 3,000 periodicals worldwide, most of them for free.
Keyword searches may be modified in a number of ways, and users can
select to search one, several, or all of the publication groups
indexed. Registered users may also save their searches for later
reference. Although quite slow to load at times, the site is a
powerful tool for anyone searching for current business-related news
and writing. [MD]

> From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000.994-2000.

13. Women in Politics: Bibliographic Database

This bibliographic database currently holds 650 titles of recent
works concerned with women in politics. A new addition to the
Inter-Parliamentary Union's "Democracy through Partnership between
Men and Women in Politics" site, "it provides bibliographic
references to books, reports and journal articles on all aspects of
women's participation in political life worldwide." The search
mechanism allows users to specify type of document, geographic
region, publishing organization, subject matter, author, title of
periodical, and year of publication. Alternatively, there is also a
subject keyword search. For more information about the
Inter-Parliamentary Union Website, see the December 12, 1997 _Scout
Report_. [DC]

> From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000.

14. dot union top-level domain proposal

Date: Sat, 01 Apr 2000 14:00:48 -0500
From: James Love <love[at]>
To: info-policy-notes <info-policy-notes[at]>
Subject: [IPN] Friday's dot union briefing

On Friday, March 31, I attended a briefing on the issue of the .union
internet top level domain (TLD).  The meeting was organized by Manon
Ress <mress[at]>.  There were 17 participants, including the
union members and the speakers.  I was one of the speakers, as were
Becky Burr and Mark Bohannon from the US Department of Commerce and
Michael Palage, who is Chair of ICANN's working group B on trademark
issues. The AFC-CIO and a number of unions attended.

The meeting was organized for informational purposes, and it was
probably the first meeting of its type as it relates to the creation of
new TLDS for labor unions.  In the beginning, it was made clear by the
union representatives that they were gathering information, to see if
the union community had interests that should be represented in the
ICANN process, and if unions would become involved in efforts to create
a .union TLD.   

I started off by providing backgrond on the DNS system and some of the
policy issues that ICANN was addressing in the discussions over new
TLDs.  I talked about our earlier proposal to create several new TLDs,
incuding .union, for a variety of civil society purposes.  I indicated
that we had raised these issues in the ICANN process to insure that
decisions on issues such as the use of famous names would not forclose
the use of a company or product name in connection with various domains
that were related to organizing workers, consumers and for criticisms.
(i.e., boeing.union, nike.union, texaco.isnotfair,, etc).   I
said that while we had raised the issue of the .union domain, in order
to address various ICANN policy discussions, we thought the unions
themselves should control .union (a view not shared by everyone in the
ICANN processs). 

I said there were currently 244 country code TLDS, and 7 TLDs outside of
the country codes, including 4 that were restricted (.int, .gov, .edu
and .mil) and 3 that were unrestricted (.com, .net and .org), and that
from a technical point of view, the system could accomodate hundreds of
thousands if not millions more TLDs.  The issues regarding expansion of
the TLD space were political, not technical.

I provided some examples of different ways the .union domain might be
used.  The first would be to provide a way to indicate if a domain was
controlled by a bona fide union, just like .gov or .edu does for the
government or real higher degree granting educational institutions.   It
could also be used to provide a predictable location for information
about union information for a particular firm.  For example, at gm.union
or microsoft.union, workers could find links to unions that were
organizing workers at that company.  In the common situation where there
were more than one union, the TLD could provide for gateways to each
union's information (such as is done for now, to
accomodate different owners of the scrabble trademark in the US and and
Canada (Hasbro) and elsewhere (Mattel), an example that Michael Palage
had provided.  Unions could also create sites like hotels.union,
printers.union, airlines.union or supermarket.union, to provide their
members and the public with links to unionized businesses, or
information about unions issues or campaigns in these areas.  These were
only a few of the possible uses of a TLD.

I said that ICANN would be deciding, relatively soon, the rules for new
TLDs, and that there were important issues, such as the ability to
restrict the registration, or the use of company name

Becky Burr and Mark Bohannon from DOC then make presentations.  Becky
expanded the background of the Green Paper and White Paper, the ICANN
process, how .edu and .us worked, and other items.  Mark Bohannon then
went on an extended discussion of why unions might not need .union.
Mark said they could do everything they needed by using the .org
domain.  They didn't need boeing.union, he said, if they could get (assuming Boeing or someonelse didn't buy it first).
The AFLCIO already had, so they could be found on the
Internet, without a .union TLD.  IMO, the suggestion that unions could
be happy sharing .org with everyone, saving themselves the trouble of
getting .union, was not particularly well recieved, although there were
differences of views among the participants.

The union members wanted to know if it would be possible for a non-union
group to get the .union TLD.  Becky told the meeting that if the AFLCIO
wanted to block someone from getting .union, they could.  Mark and Becky
also said that if the unions wanted .union, they could probably do it,
but that they would have to provide a consensus proposal (consensus
among stakeholders, in this case the labor movement), it would have to
address the international aspect of ICANN, and it would have to follow
the rules laid down by ICANN and DOC on issues such as intellectual
property and disclosure of the names of domain owners. 

Some union members wanted to know about alternative root systems and to
talk about the issues of ICANN's power and control over the Internet.
Becky and Mark said that they did not want to stop people from
experimenting with these alternatives at this time, but that they were
not practical.  

Michael Palage provide an explanation of the ICANN working group B
process and the trademark issues.  Michael make distinctions between the
trademark issues for a domain like .biz and domains like .union, in
terms of the appropriate use of a trademarked name in connection with a
TLD.  Michael also provided a very good explanation of the value of a
TLD to the union community, the "union label" was the phrase Michael and
several others used in the meeting.  He gave pretty straight answers to
questions about the ICANN process, and responded to a number of
interesting technical questions raised by the union members.  He said
the key to success in the ICANN process was to minimize enemies, and he
did not appear to have made any enemies at the this meeting.

Given the fact that this was an informational meeting, I don't think it
is appropriate for me to report on the details of the discussions among
the union members, and in any event, the speakers were asked to leave at
one point so the unions could talk about this in private. 

However, I can report that there were a range of opinions expressed
during and before the meeting.  There were some differences among the
union members in terms of their backgrounds, but they were very well
prepared, and knew quite a bit about the topic.  The opinions seemed to
range everywhere from "this isn't very important and would be a
distraction" to "this could fundamentally change the labor movement."

Some union members are clearly thinking that the .union TLD could be
used very effectively in organizing efforts, particularly if new digital
signature initiatives permit online organizing and even voting.   Also,
some members think it has the potential to enhance cooperation among
unions, including among unions in different countries, in dealing with a
single company.   Others are  uncomfortable with the larger ambitions.

  Jamie Love <love[at]>

James Love, Director           |
Consumer Project on Technology | mailto:love[at]
P.O. Box 19367                 | voice: 1.202.387.8030
Washington, DC 20036           | fax:

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15. CIA culture wars

Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 19:55:56 -0500
From: tombaxter <tombaxter[at]>
To: PROGLIBWORLD <proglib[at]>, <plgnet-l[at]>
Subject: CIA culture wars

Progressive Librarians Around the World -

Got this from the VVAW list serve and considering I think one of the
roles of a librarian is a preserver and disseminator of culture, this
makes me think about what kind of culture we're preserving and

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Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2000 22:37:01 (CST)

The Los Angeles Times
March 18, 2000

By Laurence Zuckerman

Many people remember reading George Orwell's "Animal Farm" in high
school or college, with its chilling finale in which the farm
animals looked back and forth at the tyrannical pigs and the
exploitative human farmers but found it "impossible to say which
was which."

That ending was altered in the 1955 animated version, which
removed the humans, leaving only the nasty pigs. Another example
of Hollywood butchering great literature? Yes, but in this case
the film's secret producer was the Central Intelligence Agency.

The C.I.A., it seems, was worried that the public might be too
influenced by Orwell's pox-on-both-their-houses critique of the
capitalist humans and Communist pigs. So after his death in
1950, agents were dispatched (by none other than E. Howard Hunt,
later of Watergate fame) to buy the film rights to "Animal Farm"
from his widow to make its message more overtly anti-Communist.

Rewriting the end of "Animal Farm" is just one example of the
often absurd lengths to which the C.I.A. went, as recounted in a
new book, "The Cultural Cold War: The C.I.A. and the World of
Arts and Letters" (The New Press) by Frances Stonor Saunders, a
British journalist. Published in Britain last summer, the book
will appear here next month.

Much of what Ms. Stonor Saunders writes about, including the
C.I.A.'s covert sponsorship of the Paris-based Congress for
Cultural Freedom and the British opinion magazine Encounter, was
exposed in the late 1960's, generating a wave of indignation.
But by combing through archives and unpublished manuscripts and
interviewing several of the principal actors, Ms. Stonor Saunders
has uncovered many new details and gives the most comprehensive
account yet of the agency's activities between 1947 and 1967.

This picture of the C.I.A.'s secret war of ideas has cameo
appearances by scores of intellectual celebrities like the critics
Dwight Macdonald and Lionel Trilling, the poets Ted Hughes and
Derek Walcott and the novelists James Michener and Mary McCarthy,
all of whom directly or indirectly benefited from the C.I.A.'s
largesse. There are also bundles of cash that were funneled
through C.I.A. fronts and several hilarious schemes that resemble
a "Spy vs. Spy" cartoon more than a serious defense against

Traveling first class all the way, the C.I.A. and its counterparts
in other Western European nations sponsored art exhibitions,
intellectual conferences, concerts and magazines to press their
larger anti-Soviet agenda. Ms. Stonor Saunders provides ample
evidence, for example, that the editors at Encounter and other
agency-sponsored magazines were ordered not to publish articles
directly critical of Washington's foreign policy. She also shows
how the C.I.A. bankrolled some of the earliest exhibitions of
Abstract Expressionist painting outside of the United States to
counter the Socialist Realism being advanced by Moscow.

In one memorable episode, the British Foreign Office subsidized
the distribution of 50,000 copies of "Darkness at Noon," Arthur
Koestler's anti-Communist classic. But at the same time, the
French Communist Party ordered its operatives to buy up every copy
of the book. Koestler received a windfall in royalties courtesy of
his Communist adversaries.

As it turns out, "Animal Farm" was not the only instance of the
C.I.A.'s dabbling in Hollywood. Ms. Stonor Saunders reports that
one operative who was a producer and talent agent slipped
affluent-looking African-Americans into several films as extras to
try to counter Soviet criticism of the American race problem.

The agency also changed the ending of the movie version of "1984,"
disregarding Orwell's specific instructions that the story not be
altered. In the book, the protagonist, Winston Smith, is entirely
defeated by the nightmarish totalitarian regime. In the very last
line, Orwell writes of Winston, "He loved Big Brother." In the
movie, Winston and his lover, Julia, are gunned down after Winston
defiantly shouts: "Down with Big Brother!"

Such changes came from the agency's obsession with snuffing out a
notion then popular among many European intellectuals: that East
and West were morally equivalent. But instead of illustrating
the differences between the two competing systems by taking the
high road, the agency justified its covert activities by referring
to the unethical tactics of the Soviets.

"If the other side can use ideas that are camouflaged as being
local rather than Soviet-supported or -stimulated, then we ought
to be able to use ideas camouflaged as local ideas," Tom Braden,
who ran the C.I.A.'s covert cultural division in the early 1950's,
explained years later. (In one of the book's many amusing codas,
Mr. Braden goes on in the 1980's to become the leftist foil to
Patrick Buchanan on the CNN program "Crossfire.")

The cultural cold war began in postwar Europe, with the fraying of
the wartime alliance between Washington and Moscow. Officials in
the West believed they had to counter Soviet propaganda and
undermine the wide sympathy for Communism in France and Italy.

An odd alliance was struck between the C.I.A. leaders, most of
them wealthy Ivy League veterans of the wartime Office of
Strategic Services and a corps of largely Jewish ex-Communists who
had broken with Moscow to become virulently anti-Communist. Acting
as intermediaries between the agency and the intellectual
community were three colorful agents who included Vladimir
Nabokov's much less talented cousin, Nicholas, a composer.

The C.I.A. recognized from the beginning that it could not openly
sponsor artists and intellectuals in Europe because there was so
much anti-American feeling there. Instead, it decided to woo
intellectuals out of the Soviet orbit by secretly promoting a
non-Communist left of democratic socialists disillusioned with

Ms. Stonor Saunders describes how the C.I.A. cleverly skimmed
hundreds of millions of dollars from the Marshall Plan to finance
its activities, funneling the money through fake philanthropies it
created or real ones like the Ford Foundation.

"We couldn't spend it all," Gilbert Greenway, a former C.I.A.
agent, recalled. "There were no limits, and nobody had to account
for it. It was amazing."

When some of the C.I.A.'s activities were exposed in the late
1960's, many artists and intellectuals claimed ignorance. But Ms.
Stonor Saunders makes a strong case that several people, including
the philosopher Isaiah Berlin and the poet Stephen Spender, who
was co-editor of Encounter, knew about the C.I.A.'s role.

"She has made it very difficult now to deny that some of these
things happened," said Norman Birnbaum, a professor at the
Georgetown University Law School who was a university professor in
Europe in the 1950's and early 1960's. "And she has placed a lot
of people living and dead in embarrassing situations."

Still unresolved is what impact the campaign had and whether it
was worth it. Some of the participants, like Arthur M. Schlesinger
Jr., who was in the O.S.S. and knew about some of the C.I.A.'s
cultural activities, argue that the agency's role was benign, even
necessary. Compared with the coups the C.I.A. sponsored in
Guatemala, Iran and elsewhere, he said, its support of the arts
was some of its best work. "It enabled people to publish what they
already believed," he added. "It didn't change anyone's course of
action or thought."

But Diana Josselson, whose husband, Michael, ran the Congress for
Cultural Freedom, told Ms. Stonor Saunders that there were real
human costs among those around the world who innocently cooperated
with the agency's front organizations only to be tarred with a
C.I.A. affiliation when the truth came out. The author and other
critics argue that by using government money covertly to promote
such American ideals as democracy and freedom of expression, the
agency ultimately stepped on its own message.

"Obviously it was an error, and a rather serious error, to allow
intellectuals to be subsidized by the government," said Alan
Brinkley, a history professor at Columbia University. "And when it
was revealed, it did undermine their credibility seriously."

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16. Gary Price's Reference Resources - Update

Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 12:23:17 -0500
From: Gary Price <gprice[at]GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU>
Subject: Web Reference Resources --- Update


Hello from Washington D.C.

This is a brief update about recent additions to the web reference
compilations I put together.

It's been a busy month both in and out of the office. Of course, all of
the resources continue to grow.
I have also spent some time looking for broken links.

The "invisible web" continues to grow and provide useful information that
the general search tools cannot get to easily or entirely. Specialized
searchable databases continue to provide useful material for searchers.
Remember, the sites highlighted below are just a small amount of
newly available material

Audio Current Awareness
Listen and watch breaking news and other events from around the globe.

BBC World Tonight
Internet World Spring 2000 (Live coverage of keynote speeches from Los
EXBTV.Com  Executive Branch Television (U.S. Federal Government)
"SpeechBot is an experimental index of popular US radio shows, based on
state-of-the-art speech recognition technology."

If your system has audio/video capability make sure to have a look.
This compilation is growing rapidly as streaming media continues to


Text based news from a variety of sources. A great deal of business and
ndustry news as well as foreign news wires.


Speech and Transcript Center
Read (and now in some cases listen) to transcripts from business and
government leaders from around the world.


Congressional Research Service WWW Accessible Reports
While very far from a complete archive, MANY CRS reports are available in

I am beginning to add links to other legislative research organizations at
the top of the CRS compilation.

So far links to:
(Australia) Parliament of Australia - Parliamentary Library
(California) California Research Bureau Reports
(California) California Senate Office of Research
(Canada) Ontario Legislative Library Research Papers
(U.K) British House of Commons Library Research Papers
(Vermont) Legislative Research Workshop


direct search

Main Page

A few additions (and other useful links):
Trademark Electronic Search System (USPTO)
(BETA) CBDspace
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Peer Analysis
System (U.S. Dept. of Ed.)
Searchable version of PWC "Money Tree Survey"

ALSO, a great deal of new material on the Library Tools and U.S. State

Direct Search-Bibliographies/Librarian Tools

Direct Search-State Page (Searchable dbases from all 50 states)


Price's List of Lists (business/industry rankings)

A few additions (and other useful links):
Annual Top Selling Toy Listings 1994- Present (TMA)
Top 20 European Companies (by sales) (Bureau van Dijk)
Tourism 1999 (World Tourism Organization)
50 Largest Management Consulting Firms (Consultants News)


Thank you for your continued support.  Questions, comments, and
suggestions are always welcome.


Gary D. Price, MLIS
George Washington University
Virginia Campus Library
Gelman Library
Ashburn, VA and Washington, D.C.
703-726-8237 (fax)

17. New Freedom Inflames Old Battles (John Berry III editorial)

"Librarians are an integral part of the historic expansion of
freedom. We should be proud of that. When the most jarring free
expression frightens our neighbors, we must reassure them. We must
remind them of how much worse it was before we won that freedom and
how much better things are now."


18. Bad Designs -

        "A scrapbook of illustrated examples of things that
        are hard to use because they do not follow human
        factors principles." A collection of ordinary
        conveniences that don't seem to work the way they
        are expected to, oftentimes complicating what
        should be a simple task. Many devices are included
        ranging from doors to top-loading VCRs to
        confusingly similar drug packaging to staplers, and
        many, many more. The author is a usability engineer
        with a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology. - dl

From Librarian's Index to the Internet -

19. International Vegetarian Union -

        This one-stop resource for vegetarians and vegans
        provides a global directory of vegetarian societies,
        recipes, and multi-language articles on the history,
        science, and religious aspects of vegetarianism.
        There are also youth pages, a section on famous
        vegetarians (with selected quotations and poetry), a
        discussion forum, and information about world
        vegetarian congresses since 1908. - ag

From Librarian's Index to the Internet -

20. Rescue Arena -

        Use what calls itself "the web's largest dog rescue
        database" to search for dog rescue and adoption
        services by breed name, zip code, city, state, and
        country. You can also search using an organization
        name. The focus is on breeds but 'mixed' is a breed
        option. - pf

From Librarian's Index to the Internet -

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