Library Juice 3:15 - April 19


1. Waco
2. A16 coverage
3. The Paris Commune
4. Great new weblog from Casey Hill
5. Salon article on EFF award to "Librarians Everywhere"
6. Article on
7. Muzzle Awards
8. Pulitzer and Peabody Awards
9. Books and Reading in the Lives of Notable Americans
10. Library Philosophy and Practice
11. Transforming Traditional Libraries (new e-journal)
12. Government is primary challenger of first amendment rights, ACLU warns
13. 23 April - World Book and Copyright Day
14. Flood at the Livingstone Library in southern Zambia
15. Virtual (3-D) Libraries
16. Earth Day 2000 Alert #4
17. It's an Outrage that Libraries Require Books to Be Returned
18. The Wine Lovers' Page

Quote for the week:

"At some crucial moment in the 19th century, the means of production
replaced the meaningfulness of the product as a subject of intellectual
discourse. Recently, the same thing occurred with technology. What is
now of critical moment is information technology (the means of
communication), and not the thought communicated. Process has replaced

Information Technology: Seduction and Peril
By Robert Hauptman
_Educom Review_, Volume 33, Number 3, May/June 1998

Home page of the week: Phil Shapiro


1. Waco

April 19th, 1993 The massacre of 82 Branch Davidians by federal
troops begins

Details at

A review by Doug Holland of the important video,
WACO: The Rules of Engagement
(Doug Holland is the editor of _A Reader's Guide to the Underground Press_,
formerly _Zine World_.


2. A16 coverage
The Independent Media Center is once again the clearinghouse for
independent journalism at a major protest event.  This time, they
have implemented a new system allowing anyone to upload stories directly
to the website, which is putting it in danger of devolving into a newsgroup.
A little selection would seem to be in order, as undemocratic as that might
be. Well, we'll see how it goes.  It's early to tell.
Background from Z Magazine


3. The Paris Commune

The Paris Commune 1871: lessons for democracy?
An experiment in popular power
Has a summary, translated memoirs, excerpts from the commune sessions,
a section on William Morris on the Commune, a bibliography, filmography,
and a links page.

A brief history of the Paris Commune,
"The Paris Commune," by Aileen O' Carroll, October 1993

Lenin on the Paris Commune

From: International Publishers, International Pamphlets No. 12, sponsored
by the John Reed Club, an organization of revolutionary writers and artists
in New York. Third edition, 1934.

Chronology of the Paris Commune

Address by Frederick Engels on the 20th anniversary of the commune

The Daily Bleed - - dates
the Paris Commune Constitution to April 19, 1871

4. Great new weblog from Casey Hill

New Pages Weblog:

It's about small press publishing and bookselling, with book, zine, and
music reviews listed as well.

5. Salon article on EFF award to "Librarians Everywhere"

"'Everyone stop eating,' he begins, and indeed we should, for what we
are about to hear is akin to the more common story of a middle-aged person,
communist in his youth, who grows more conservative as he grows older,
renounces his youthful beliefs -- except we will hear it in reverse, right
to left."


6. Article on is a web service that is going to be sold to search engines
where the user can type in a question and get in return not a URL but an
answer with an attributed source.  Kind of like what you are paid to do
at work, perhaps?

How well will it work?  My guess, not very well, for a while.  Librarians
will be left to work on the tougher questions and to complain about the
poor quality of the information that the average Joe, in his ignorance,
will be quite happy with.

Here is an article on


7. Muzzle Awards

"The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free
Expression awards the Muzzles annually to those who, in the opinion
of the center's board, are guilty of censorship."

8. Pulitzer and Peabody Awards

2000 Pulitzer Prizes [.pdf]
The Pulitzer Prizes
59th Annual Peabody Award Winners

The Pulitzer Prize Board recently presented the 2000 Pulitzer Prizes
for achievements in American journalism, letters, drama, and music. A
list of the winners and their citations, the finalists, links to the
works (many will not be available until this summer), short
biographies, and lists of jurors are available at the site, along
with official press releases. The main Pulitzer site offers a
searchable archive and interactive timeline of all winners since
1917. The full texts of winning journalism entries for 1995-1999,
including photographs and cartoons, are also provided. The Peabody
Awards, which recognize "distinguished achievement and meritorious
public service by radio and television networks, stations, producing
organizations, cable television organizations and individuals," were
also recently announced. At the site, users can view the full list of
winners and read the official press release. [MD]

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

9. Books and Reading in the Lives of Notable Americans

Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 08:27:17 -0400 (EDT)
From: "John A Mccrossan (LIS)" <jmccross[at]>
To: Reference and User Services Association List <rusa-l[at]>
Subject: [RUSA-L:583] Details about my new book

My new book is being recommended for reference, general reading , and book
discussion groups. It is:

Books and Reading in the Lives of Notable Americans: A biographical
sourcebook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000. $49.95. ISBN

In the book I have profiled the book and reading interrests and library
use of a number of notable Americans from early times to the present and
from all backgrounds and walks of life. It includes such diverse hitorical
people as Ben Franklin, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass, Helen
Keller, and Edison. Moderns include Albert Einstein, Cesar Chavez, Martin
Luther King, Jr., Rache Carson, and Bill Gates. It also includes a number
of sports and entertainment figures, such as Oprah Winfrey, Marilyn
Monroe, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Martina Navratilova.

Thank you.


John A. McCrossan, Ph. D.              Author of the new book:   
Professor Emeritus                    Books and Reading in the Lives of   
School of Library and Information     Notable Americans. Westport, CT:   
Science, University of South Florida  Greenwood Press, 2000. $49.95  
Tampa, FL 33620                       ISBN 0-313-30376-2

10. Library Philosophy and Practice 

Volume 2, number 2 (Spring 2000) of Library Philosophy and Practice is
now available at

This issue includes articles by Steve McKinzie on the library as
academic department, Bill Johnson on citation analysis of faculty in an
environmental and human health program, Primoz Bizjak on a new paradigm
for library science, and part 2 of Daniel CannCasciato's article on
retrospective application of subject headings.

Library Philosophy and Practice is a peer-reviewed electronic journal
publishing articles that demonstrate the connection between library
practice and the philosophy and theory which are behind it. Library
Philosophy and Practice publishes reports of successful, innovative, or
experimental library procedures, methods, or projects in all areas of
librarianship, including both public and technical services. These
reports are set in the context of applied research, with reference to
current, past, and emerging theories of library practice. See LPP's
homepage for instructions for authors.

Mary K. Bolin,
Gail Z. Eckwright,
editors, Library Philosophy and Practice

Mary K. Bolin                           (208)885-7737
Head, Technical Services                (208)885-6817 FAX
Associate Professor                     mbolin[at]
University of Idaho Library

[From NewJour-L]

11. Transforming Traditional Libraries (new e-journal)

"The presentation and organization of the traditional library has been
transformed in recent years because of new technology and ever-changing
information needs. This transformation has had a profound effect on the
structure and organization of libraries. Thus, libraries and librarians
are now redefining their roles and exploring the best ways to aid their
patrons as the library evolves. Transforming Traditional Libraries is a
peer-reviewed e-journal covering aspects of the new library, including
digital collections, electronic indices, OPACs, Internet research,
bibliographic instruction, information literacy, and the task of
integrating these and other new resources with the traditional services
of the library."

12. Government is primary challenger of first amendment rights, ACLU warns

The Government is a primary challenger of First Amendment and
other bill of Rights liberties, according to the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU) which is launching a special web-based
campaign -- --

"In recent years, the ACLU's work has -- of  necessity -- focused
on threats to the Bill of Rights posed by the highly organized and
lavishly funded religious right," said ACLU Executive Director Ira
Glasser in launching the campaign. "But, now a new and disturbing
pattern has begun to emerge -- one that has happened so stealthily
most haven't even noticed it: the government has again become a
driving force for the majority of the anti-liberty proposals in
our country today."

" we enter the year 2000 our government is starting to look
more like that of the year 1900 in terms of the oppression and the
control it's trying to exert over our lives," Glasser stated.
"Unfortunately, most Americans aren't aware of the government's
abuse of power, much less that the problem is growing worse every


Mike Alewitz
LaBOR aRT & MuRAL PRoJECTL PRoJECTDepartment of Art
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT  06050

Email: lamp[at]   -   Website:

13. 23 April - World Book and Copyright Day

The idea of a World Book Day was launched by the International
Publishers Association (IPA) and was submitted to UNESCO by the
government of Spain. It was expanded by the Russian Federation to
include the concept of copyright. Thus, the General Conference, at
its 28th session, 25 October-16 November 1995, could unanimously
approve Resolution 28 C/3.18 proclaiming 23 April of each year as
"World Book and Copyright Day".

This celebration originated in Catalonia, Spain where, on 23 April
(St. George's Day), a rose is traditionally offered with each book
sold. A more universal reason for choosing this date: famous authors
were either born or died on 23 April, for example, Miguel de
Cervantes, William Shakespeare, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Maurice
Druon, K. Laxness (Icelandic Nobel Prise winner), Manual Mejia
Vallejo, Vladimir Nabokov, and Josep Pla.

The "World Book and Copyright Day" aims at drawing the attention of
government bodies as well as the public at large to this means of
knowledge, expression and communication which, despite the emergence
of increasingly sophisticated media, remains the basis of active
education and critical thinking. It also emphasizes the role of books
and copyright in the development of a culture of peace, tolerance and
universal dialogue.

In a statement about the importance of books and reading, Milagros
del Corral, Director of UNESCO's Division of Creativity, Cultural
Industries and Copyright, and Head of the organization's Publishing
Office, said: "Reading means establishing an interactive dialogue
with the virtual universe created by the author of a text: a universe
of intellectual representations that differ according to the
imagination of each reader". Ms del Corral highlighted the persistent
inequalities in reading. "There are books on all subjects, for all
publics and for all times. But we must make sure that books are
accessible to everybody everywhere". For further information about
World Book and Copyright Day, and on possible future activities and
those undertaken in the past please contact: Georges Poussin, UNESCO
Division of Creativity, Cultural Industries and Copyright, 1, rue
Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France (fax: +(33-1) 45685595; e-mail:
g.poussin[at] Further information is also available on
UNESCO's Web site: <>.

14. Flood at the Livingstone Library in southern Zambia

IFLA Headquarters                              April 14, 2000

Please disseminate the following

Prof. J. Desmond Clark, emeritus professor of paleoarchaeology at the
University of California, Berkeley, and one of the preeminent
paleoarchaeologist and Africanists in the world, has just shown me a
copy of a March 29, 2000 article from the Daily Telegraph (London)
entitled: "Last Record of African Explorers Faces Ruin."  The article
was written by Ishbel Matheson in Livingstone, Zambia.  It reads in

     "A priceless collection of books and documents, detailing the
earliest days of European exploration in Africa, is under threat of
     The Livingstone Museum in southern Zambia has hundreds of valuable
books, written by the first missionaries, adventurers and prospectors in
central Africa.
     But the building's leaking ceiling collapsed in recent heavy rains,
and many publications were damaged beyond repair.  Others need expensive
conservation work to save them.
     Piles of ancient, sodden volumes, with subjects as diverse as
elephant-hunting and native practices, have been left to dry in the
tropical heat.  Early newspapers, with vivid descriptions of life in
what was then British-ruled Northern Rhodesia, can scarcely be opened,
for fear of tearing fragile, brittle pages.
     Flexon Mizinga, the keeper of history at the museum, said: 'It
means the whole history is wiped out.  When you lose this kind of thing,
there is no replacement.  You can't get copies anywhere else.  These are
the only copies we have.'
     Valuable historical documents, which escaped the flood, are slowly
disintegrating because the museum has no money for conservation.
     The original letters and journals of David Livingstone, the
Scottish missionary, are the pride of the collection.  He was the first
European to discover the nearby Victoria Falls, and he is remembered
affectionately in the area as a Christian who campaigned to stop
     His notebooks describing his second Zambezi [River] expedition in
1858 are stored in the museum, with those of his companions, even though
the institution is ill-equipped to preserve them.
     The journals of Sir John Kirk, a botanist, and Richard Thornton, a
geologist, which record their first impressions of the African landscape
and its commercial potential for the British Empire, are in battered
cardboard boxes.
     The acidity of the brown paper which wraps the notebooks is slowly
eating away the handwritten testimony of these Victorian explorers.
     In the museum's clock tower, amid a jumble of books and newspapers,
is the work of Thomas Baines, an artist and a member of the Zambezi
expedition.  A beautiful first edition of his famous Victoria Falls
watercolours lies on a tabletop, vulnerable to the fierce heat and high
humidity of the southern Zambia climate.
     Kinglsey Choongo, a museum curator, says, 'The documents will not
see the beginning of another century.'  Family members of the early
explorers and settlers gave historical items to the museum because they
wanted their ancestors' contribution to this part of Africa remembered.
     It seems, however, that in Livingstone and Zambia the history of
the whites in Africa is being erased from the national consciousness.
     Tim Holmes, an author, lives in Zambia and has written a biography
of Dr. Livingstone.  He believes the museum has been starved of funds
because its collection is perceived as a relic from the colonial past.
'After independence came, what Zambians wanted to know most of all, is
their own history.  The colonial history was seen as an irrelevant
burden.  But trying to ignore colonialaism is like trying to tell the
history of Britain without the Romans.'
     It is the former colonial countries who are now trying to help the
museum out of its immediate crisis.  the European Union has pledged
250,000 pounds.
     Conservationists fear that the money is too late because so much
damage has been done.  Nor will it be enough for the extensive upgraded
needed to preserve the collections."

Dr. Clark was the director and primary curator of the Livingstone Museum
in its early manifestations from 1937 to his departure for Berkeley,
California in 1961.  In 1951 he raised the funds needed for a major
expansion of the museum complex and library in Livingstone.  A modest
man, Clark neverless has told me in recent oral history interviews I
have conducted with him for the Regional Oral History Office of the
Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley, that it was he who built the magnificent
book and manuscript collection for the museum's library.  He personally
worked with the descendants of David Livingstone and others to do so.
Though now eighty-four years old, Clark can list practically every rare
book title, journal and manuscript collection which is held in the
Livingstone Museum library.  Curiously, however, Clark's great legacy to
the world will be his work as a paleoarchaeolgist in Africa.  The
paleolithic and neolithic archaeolgical collections at the Museum are
the result of his work over the course of his years working in Central
and East Africa.  It was always Clark's intention also to build the
museum's collections and library for the Zambian people. He the 1950s he
instituted museum outreach educational programs in a concerted effort to
help the local peoples learn more about their early history.  Long
before other museums instituted the practice, Clark designed small,
portable travelling exhibitions for this purpose.  Understandably it
saddens him greatly to see that the museum and its resources are falling
into ruin.

I would hope that IFLA and its membership could rally support for Flexon
Mizinga, Kingsley Choongo and others in Livingstone who are waging the
uphill battle to preserve what remains of this priceless library

Thank you for spreading the word.

Yours sincerely,
Timothy Troy, Research Librarian
Regional Oral History Office
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley

15. Virtual (3-D) Libraries

From: jack colbert <colbertj[at]>
To: Reference and User Services Association List <rusa-l[at]>
Subject: [RUSA-L:586] Virtual (3-D) Libraries
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 15:53:05 -0400

Jack Colbert
Public Services Librarian,
Flint River Regional Library System
Griffin Ga. 30224

This item has been posted on several library-related lists,
please excuse any cross-posting.....

For the past few months I've been building virtual libraries on the WWW,
these are fully navigable, 3-D libraries, with books (linked to web-based
resources) shelves, ceilings, floors, etc.

My latest adventure is a world called "Librarea", located in the
"" universe, and purchased specifically to provide
professional librarians with space to experiment with virtual library
This world has room for about 75 librarians to build, and each
builder/librarian will completely control his/her building project.

In Librarea, you can build functional, beautiful, information-rich
environments, meet with other librarians from around the world, create a
work of art, an aesthetic expression of your particular information
"Librarea" is a non-commercial project that is completely free and open to
any professional librarian -- all are welcome...

You can visit this world by downloading the free AW browser,
available at, then,
click the "Worlds" tab, top left,
and scroll down to "Librarea".

If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact me
(from your professional email address) at



Earth Day 2000 Alert #4         April 12, 2000
Task Force on the Environment
American Library Association

Please Route to Others. Alerts 1-3 are available upon request. 
Fred Stoss

What Can Libraries Do to Promote Earth Day?
(10 Simple Things Your Library Can Do to Celebrate the Earth)

I often wonder who is out there reading the Email messages I send to
various lists. Sometimes I am surprised. Recently, I received a question
from Dr. Eugene Garfield that made this reference librarian hustle. Scott
Adams (a fellow alumnus of Hartwick College) once replied to an eMail
message sent to a discussion list (I bet I remember the event more than
does he).

When you are talking about Earth Day and your eMail bell chimes and you
see the name of Denis Hayes on your screen, you drop what ever you are
doing and investigate. Here is such a message:

Fred -- Your alert just came to my attention, and I wanted to thank you
for helping get out the ED-2000 message. 

Since it is titled E.D. Alert No. 1 (which implies a possible #2), I hope
you will consider mentioning our Official Earth Day Guide to Planet Repair
(Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2000).  We'd LOVE to get a few into every
library in America.  All royalties go to Earth Day.

Denis Hayes
Chair, Earth Day Network

First response: Yes, there are Alerts beyond #1 and they are on their
CyberWay. You have been added to the list to receive future issues. The
Electronic Green Journal is going to run these alerts in their special
Earth Day 2000 issue.

This Alert #4 addresses the concern raised in Denis Hayes' message: "We'd
LOVE to get a few into every library in America."

Last fall I gave a presentation to the Annual Meeting of the New York
Library Association for a program, "How Green Is My Library?" For details
and presentations see: My presentation,
"Earth Day 2000: Catalyst for Community Action," gave a brief history of
Earth Day, and what libraries can do to serve as active participants in
Earth Day Celebrations.

There are still some last minute programs, Web inventories, collection
highlights that can be planned quickly.

Some librarians might be interested in getting themselves and their
libraries involved for Earth Day 2001 and might be interested in a
planning calendar to get started. An October 2000-to-April 2001chronology
has been put together to help you and your library get ready for the next
Earth Day:

So, go to your calendars, date books, and time planners and mark the URL
in the September 22 date (seven months to the day for Earth Day 2001) and
get ready to start planning for Earth Day 2001.

So what can your library do?

Here is a list of 10 activities with which you and your library can plan

Your Library Provides:
     Resources (videos, books, speakers, handouts, etc.)
     Facilitators (introduces speakers, videos, authors/book, topic:
        background, significance, topic; stimulates discussion)
     Backgrounders (handout of related environmental resources found in
        the library, mini-directory of state and local environmental
        agencies and organizations; resources in your collections,
        Internet guide)
     Your expertise
     Other resources as needed

Hold an Environmental Video-Fest as a Single Event or Series

     Get videos from:

         Bullfrog Films

          Environmental Media: Media to Support Environmental Education

          Films for the Humanities and Sciences

          Hawkhill Video

          Media Basics Video

          The Video Project: Media for a Safe and Sustainable World

Hold a discussion group after the showing. Invite environmental leaders to
attend and serve as discussion leaders

Hold and Environmental Book Review and Discussion Series as a single event
or series 

Librarians select book(s) to be reviewed and discussed: set historical
setting for the book's subject or content, background of author and
previous and subsequent works, significance of book, the book in current
perspective: how the work stimulates or sustains thoughts or activities
about the environment and how it pertains for today's environmental issues
and concerns. An ideal setting to involve many leaders as moderator or

Host and Environmental Lecture Series

A more ambitious project of having local (state and national if possible
or feasible) speakers representing different perspectives or
constituencies of environmental quality, conservation, data and
information resources (from books to the Internet), natural resources and
wildlife management. Speakers would be drawn from: government agencies,
departments, or bureaus; elected officials; colleges or universities;
community or neighborhood groups; environmental education centers (museum,
science centers, and teachers); local business and industry environmental
managers; newspaper and broadcast media (columnists, writers,
broadcasters); local/regional professional organizations, such as:

               American Chemical Society
               County Bar Association
               Air & Waste Management Association
               Sea Grant and Agricultural Extensions
               American Library Association
        Special Libraries Association
               Society of Toxicology
        American Medical Association/American Nursing Association

nonprofit groups (especially speakers from local chapters of national
environmental organizations):

               Sierra Club
               National Audubon groups
               Trout Unlimited
               National Wildlife Federation
               The Junior League
               League of Conservation Voters

This lecture series could be provided as individual lectures over a period
of time (brown-bag noon-time series, evening after-dinner series), panel
discussions, or one-half day to full-day conference. Sponsorship and
support could come from participating groups.

Hold Environmental/Nature How-to-Enjoy the Environment Series: A series of
workshops on

          outdoor/nature photography
          birding (bird watching)
          organic gardening
          road-side geology
          road-side biology: identifying wild flowers (butterflies, birds,
             other critters, too)
          crafts from nature
          hiking/backpacking (hiking programs could include actual hikes
             to local parks and places)
          wilderness in your backyard
          technologies and strategies for energy conservation/alternative
             energy sources (energy efficiency/conservation in the home,
             solar, wind, geothermal, etc.)

Speakers and presenters for the "How-to- Series" sessions would be drawn
from the same pool of speakers for a lecture series.

Conduct Teaching Sessions: The Environmental Classroom -- Empowering
Citizens of the Global Commons

Adult education experiences for single or multiple teaching/learning
sessions or workshops on

          Ecology -- Basic Sciences for Studying the Environment
          Energy Efficiency and Conservation (from insulating your
             home/small business to solar energy installations)
          Environmental Education for Teachers and Youth Leaders
          Environmental GIS (geographic information systems)
          Environmental Health Issues: Toxicology for the Non-Toxicologist
             (lead poisoning, lawn care chemicals, pesticide use, eating
             fish and wildlife, dioxins)
          Environmental Information (using the Internet to locate data and
             information related to ecology, the environment, natural
          Environmental Law for Non-Lawyers
          Environmental Mediation: Community Resource Tools
          Environmental and Socially Responsible Investing
          Land Use Planning and Zoning for Community and Neighborhood
          Recycling: Stimulating and Sustaining Programs to Reduce, Reuse,
             and Recycle
          Transportation: Environmental Impacts of Moving Us Around (mass
             transit use, car pooling, fuel standards)

Instructors, speakers, and presenters for the "Classroom" sessions would
be drawn from the same pool of speakers for a lecture series.

Sponsor Environmental Quality Awards

Provide community recognition for outstanding service on behalf of
environmental stewardship for a community leader, nonprofit organization,
community group, student, teacher, organization, business, that has
developed a noteworthy service, action, project, plan to address issues
about environmental quality, sustainable growth, natural resources,
habitat protection and restoration. A nominating panel can be made from
librarians alone or with assistance from other members from outside the
library. Award(s) can be made at a recognition luncheon/dinner with
featured speakers talking about local/community issues.

Conduct a Program on  Home Energy Savings

Libraries working with local power utilities, hardware stores, architects,
and contractors and with state or county energy agency staff can conduct a
workshop or lecture series (or for the ambitious library a demonstration
project) for constructing or adding energy efficient features to an
existing house (fuel sources [natural gas, electric, oil, wood], renewable
technologies, wind power, insulation, solar [passive and active] energy,
heating systems, hot water tank insulation efficiency). Libraries could
also provide a similar program for area small businesses (increasing
attention and participation from state energy agencies and authorities,
public utilities, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Center of Excellence
for Sustainable Development Libraries in
close proximity to the Depart of Energy's National Laboratories should contact the appropriate
liaison through that laboratory's public affairs office for finding
technical expertise (also as potential sources of funding, speakers,
technical support, etc. These national treasures can and should be
exploited to their fullest potential by ALL libraries).

Provide a Green Reading Room

This would be a Saturday morning reading program for children (can be held
at different K-12 levels) with book selections taken from fiction and
non-fiction works allowing children to explore the world in which they
live. Librarians would select readings and could themselves read book and
lead discussions or could arrange to have teachers, community leaders, and
others. In addition to children's books, age-appropriate videos, audio
recordings, and other activities could be arranged.

Facilitate Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies (OBIS),

OBIS is a basic science instructional program developed at the Lawrence
Hall of Science at the University of California at Berkeley. OBIS is a
series of indoor and outdoor activities about ecosystems: natural
selection, food webs, species diversity, and how plants and animals
(including humans!) interact. OBIS consists of 97 activities in 27 modules
and are provided as games, crafts, role playing, simulations, and
experiments. Nearly ALL equipment and supplies for activities are easily
found in the home, grocery store or department store. A library could
easily partner with any number of local environmental education programs
(formal and informal education settings) to provide instruction for
teachers and youth leaders or actual OBIS programs conducted on the
grounds of the library.

Sponsor a Children's Environmental Poster, Poetry, Essay, and Activity

Pick a theme and a panel of judges (librarians and community leaders),
invite students to submit their poster about the environment (work with
individual schools and teachers), judge the posters, select winners
(awards can range from simple ribbons and certificates to gift
certificates or scholarship-type awards -- depends how ambitious you want
to get). Display ALL poster and feature winners.

About the American Library Association
Task Force on the Environment

TFOE Objectives...
     Promote awareness for environmental issues for ALA, its members, and

     Unite librarians and information professionals for mutual benefit and

     Provide TFOE members with opportunities for career development,
skills enhancement, and leadership

     Facilitate networking among peers and professional associates

     Provide services, programs, and publications that assist TFOE members
and others in their careers, work
     places, homes, and in their communities

Librarians, publishers, vendors, and others interested parties from a wide
variety of settings -- public libraries, school libraries and media
centers, college and university libraries, government agencies, public
interest groups, publishers, and vendors and other information providers
-- comprise the Task Force on the Environment.

The Task Force on the Environment was created in 1989 in the spirit of the
20th Anniversary of Earth Day (1990). Issues-oriented task forces,
including TFOE, comprise the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of
the American Library Association ALA. SRRT is administratively linked to
ALA's Office of Literacy and Out Research Services (OLOS). For additional
information about the American Library Association go to their Web site

17. It's an Outrage that Libraries Require Books to Be Returned

by Phil Shapiro

If you just stop to think about it, you'll soon realize how
outrageous it is for libraries to require that books be returned.
Just who do they think they are? Do they think we have unlimited free
time? Yes, and we enjoy the chore of keeping track which books are
due, where the books are located, and which library system they need
to be returned to.

And it's raining, the kids are hungry, the plumbing is backing up,
phone messages go unanswered, the car keeps stalling, the rent is due
--- and you want us to return library books?

Don't libraries realize that books are supposed to be deleted rather
than returned? And who came up with idea of "sharing" anyway. Sharing
sickens me. It's an idea that appeals to the very worst in human

Sharing books is despicable. That's the only way to describe it.

Libraries have no idea at all the burden they place on people by
requiring books to be returned. And then when newspapers bemoan that
people are reading less, do they ever mention the outrageous burden
of returning library books? No, you don't ever hear newspapers
criticizing libraries. It's just not done. No matter how outrageous
the library's policies, newspapers will stand by and praise them as
if they could do no wrong.

I'm sick of it and I won't stand for it any longer. I can put up with
a lot of life's turmoils, but I refuse to put up with having to return
library books. It's too much to ask, plain and simple.

When I go to a library I expect to sign out books that I can delete
after I've read them. That's the only civilized way of doing things.
And after I've deleted the books I've read, I'll answer the
unanswered phone messages, feed the kids, fix the backed up plumbing,
get the car working properly and pay the rent.

Phil Shapiro
April 1, 2000

18. The Wine Lovers' Page -

        The title says it all: tasting notes on 50,000 wines;
        articles about the basics of wine; a wine pronouncing
        glossary and wine tasting dictionary; a chat room;
        wine quotes; recommended books and links; vintage
        charts; even wine country weather and wine cartoons,
        and much, much more. Searchable. - de
        Subjects: Wine and wine making

From Librarians' Index to the Internet -

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