Library Juice 3:2 - January 12, 2000


1. Coffman would have you sell your soul!!!
2. New Publisher and Editor for The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*D L*I*B*R*A*R*I*A*N
3. Institute of Museum and Library Services newsletter
5. Hypertext Library Lingo update
6. ALSC updates popular intellectual freedom publication
7. ALA list processor on the web
8. Clemency Librarians
9. Letter from Sanford Berman to Attorney General Janet Reno
10. HR 21 -- Reinvention at the Library of Congress
11. ACRL bibliography for new instruction librarians
12. Responses to request for Information Literacy Course Readings (BI-L)
13. Who Owns What
14. 2000 Around the World

Quotes for the week:

"Two trucks loaded with a thousand copies of Roget's Thesaurus
collided as they left a New York publishing house last week,
according to the Associated Press. Witnesses were stunned, startled,
aghast, taken aback, stupefied, appalled, surprised, shocked and

-From Alan Schlein, sent to Marylaine Block

Home page of the week: Marylaine Block


1. Coffman would have you sell your soul!!!

The ever controversial Steve Coffman has a new article on the web in which
he advocates sordid deals with advertisers:

"And Now a Word from Our Sponsor"

Marylaine Block has written a response in her newsletter:

Karen Schneider, "Internet Librarian" columnist for American Libraries and
PUBLIB co-moderator, had this to say:

Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2000 19:41:17 -0800 (PST)
From: "Karen G. Schneider" <kgs[at]>
To: publib <publib[at]>,
Subject: Considering Coffman

This time I'm not coughing him up, totally.  Coffman keeps working on his
formulae and it seems to have improved somewhat.  (By the way, that
intrapreneur test was scary--I had a perfect score.)

I disagree with Coffman on several main points.  (By "I," I refer to Karen
G. Schneider, librarian, not co-moderator of the discussion list.  I have
not now, nor have I ever destroyed six email messages from Steve Coffman.
The only "ad" in this message is not hominem, but a plug to come to the
Coffman panel at PLA, which should be lively and feisty.)

The biggest disagreements I have with Coffman's latest treatise are

a) corporate sponsorships.  They are current management vogue, but that
doesn't make them good.  (Remember TQM <shudder>?)  PBS as a model is
particularly instructive.  PBS buckled under pressure from the homophobic
right and declined to produce the second series for Tales of the City.
Ironically, a commercial station stepped in and produced it.  so much for
"public" broadcasting.
b) mistaking the trends of five years ago for the trends of tomorrow.  Huge
bookstores with amenities have been popular, but what people increasingly
want to do right now, anyway, is sit home drinking their own coffee and
ordering books from Amazon.  I don't want a heartwarming experience when I
buy a book, if I can trade it for convenience.  The reason that in-store
sales didn't suffer this holiday season, from what I read, is that we are in
a boom economy so the impact of online sales has been masked.
c) thinking that books are going to be around for a lot longer than they
are.  He's cooled down considerably on the World's Largest Library model,
but I think the concept will be totally OBE'd by the time he gets the
momentum to pull it off.  Any vision on that grand a scale should not be
based on the paper-based book.
d) forgetting about childrens' services, and for that matter forgetting
about service in general.  Nobody really wants to argue with some
gum-chewing teenager whether or not Sartre is spelled Sartre.  The
commercial that showed a young man attempting to buy a present for his
sweety in department stores, then fleeing home to shop online, had it right.
And though childrens' services serve a disturbingly small percentage of any
given population, they are popular and could be more so if we cultivated
them.  Children will continue to need to socialize in educational settings
outside of school and home.  It may well be that the surviving librarians
are the book selectors, the techies and the youth services folks.

What all this means for libraries, I'm still mulling over.

Karen G. Schneider kgs[at]
Assistant Director of Technology
Shenendehowa Public Library, Clifton Park, NY

2. New Publisher and Editor for The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*D L*I*B*R*A*R*I*A*N

Marvin Scilken was the creator of The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*D L*I*B*R*A*R*I*A*N,
the "how I run my library good" newsletter (or something like that), which
was a much loved quarterly print publication for 28 years until Marvin died
last summer, during the New Orleans ALA conference.  Your library probably
has copies somewhere, unmistakable for their wealth of typewritten character
and practical content.

Polly Scilken, Marvin's wife, is transferring publication duties to
Mitch Freedman, ALA Councilor and director of the Westchester County Public
Library.  Mitch will be backed up by his daughter Jenna (who is a great
friend of Library Juice) as editor, and a staff of contributing editors
including Bernadine Hoduski (who founded GODORT), Carol Leita (who founded
Librarians Index to the Internet), and Sanford Berman (who needs no

Mitch writes:

Your good ideas, forms, procedures, humor, articles, comments, newsletters,
releases, etc., will continue to be welcomed and form the core of U*L.
You're invited to send them to U*L at the new mailing address:

The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian
P.O. Box 325
Mount Kisco, NY 10549

3. Institute of Museum and Library Services newsletter

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a monthly email
newsletter, The Primary Source.  The Primary Source explores how museums
and libraries across the country use IMLS awards to further their service
to the public.  The newsletter provides the latest information about IMLS
activities, grant programs, and publications, and showcases best
practices.  Every issue contains valuable links to information on the IMLS
web site.

If you are interested in reading or receiving The Primary Source, please
visit the IMLS site at  You
will find current and past issues of the newsletter and subscriptionscriptioninformation.


Dear collegues,

We are on the way of making an international data base of scientific and
proffesional information about Europian minority of Roma (Gypsies).

The organizer of that data base - "ROMINFO" is Research and Development
organization "YUROM Centar" and "World Organization of Roma".

The data base has already 4500 bibliographical records. In order to finish
the job we started, it is neccessary your help and cooperation as soon
as possible. In the action of collecting the data almost all important
libraries of the world are participating.

"ROMINFO" data base processes data according to UDK system. The programmes
used are: CDS/ISIS, recommended by UNESCO.

We are interested in all kinds of information and all the data holders.

Could you, please, provide us with bibliographical search in the subject:
Roma (Gypsies) that you have in your bibliographical fund.

By sending even one piece of data, you acquire the right to have our
bibliography, that we plan to complete on June 2000.

Thanking you in advance, we remain

Yours Sincerely,

INDOC Centar

Osman Balic

YUGOSLAVIA, 18000 Nis,  J. Ristica 14/ 22, Tel./ Fax: ( + 381 18 ) 24- 339.
e-mail: yuromcentar[at] ; http://www.YUROMCentar.ORG.YU/ROMINFO

5. Hypertext Library Lingo update

     Those of you who have followed the progress of the
"Hypertext Library Lingo" glossary will be interested to know
that the file has been expanded from 700 to 1800 terms +
definitions, and renamed "ODLIS: Online Dictionary of Library
and Information Science."  It is now available at the URL:, with forwarding from its
former Internet address.

     With this expansion, the dictionary now runs smoothly
only on a 64MB (or higher) machine, but plans are underway
to convert ODLIS into a searchable database and to enhance
its graphic appearance.  The next major expansion will occur
on April 1, 2000 with the addition of 200-250 terms.  ODLIS has
also been copyrighted.  Libraries may link to the dictionary, but
the file may not be changed or adapted in any way without the
author's permission.

     Comments and suggestions are always welcome.  If you
have a term which you would like the author to add, please
                                      Joan Reitz
                                       Instruction Librarian
                                       Ruth A. Haas Library
                                       Western Connecticut State Univ.
                                       (203) 837-8308

6. ALSC updates popular intellectual freedom publication

For Immediate Release/January 2000
Contact: Rebecca Singer
1-800-545-2433, ext. 2165

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of
the American Library Association (ALA), has updated the intellectual
freedom publication, Intellectual Freedom for Children: The Censor is

This notebook, written by the ALSC Intellectual Freedom Committee
with committee chair, Jan Watkins as compiler, is an essential guide
to information on intellectual freedom issues.  It includes
guidelines, policies, resolutions, background readings and resource
lists that help librarians prepare for and respond to challenges to
materials.  It also provides valuable information on the impact of the
Internet on intellectual freedom and a discussion on library use of
filtering software.

"With technology changing so rapidly, Intellectual Freedom for
Children: The Censor is Coming is an invaluable tool to help all
libraries be prepared before the censor comes," says Caroline Ward,
ALSC President."  If you are facing a challenge now, or merely
preparing for future challenges, this notebook will help your library
develop policies so that it can be prepared with an effective,
measured response."

The publication, will be available in the store at the ALA Midwinter
Meetings in San Antonio or by calling ALA Order Fulfillment at
800-545-2433, press 7.  ISBN 0-8389-8074-0; $28 non-members; $25.20
ALA members.

7. ALA list processor on the web

from Rob Carlson, ALA webmaster:

We are pleased to announce the availability of web access to ALA's
list processor.  LP-Web not only provides access to list archives, but
also gives registered users the ability to subscribe and unsubscribe
from lists and change their mail preferences (to receive list mail in
digest form, for example).  List owners may also use the web interface
to perform a variety of owner functions.

To use LP-Web, point your browser to the address

Most users will need to select a username and password before they
can get to many of LP-Web's features.  (Most ALA lists are restricted
in several ways to protect our subscribers from getting "spam," and
these restrictions mean that most of the LP-Web functions one would
see as a "guest" user are simply not available.)  Registration is a
two-step process designed for your security.  After you enter a
username, a password, and your email address, you will be sent an
email message with a registration number in it.  Reply to this
message, and your registration will be in effect.  You will not
receive any more email about the LP-Web registration process, unless
there was a problem.  You can go directly to the URL above and put in
your username and password and begin using the LP-Web interface.

Two important things to remember:

1)  Please be sure to register using the email address under which
you are subscribed to ALA lists.  If there is a discrepancy between
the address you use when you register and the address under which you
are subscribed, you will not be able to view archives or manage your
list subscriptions through LP-Web.  Also, any new lists you subscribe
to after registration will be subscribed using the address you entered
when you registered.  Email the "lpweb-admin" address on each page of
LP-Web for help resolving address problems.

2)  Whatever conditions are in effect for the "mail version" of a
list are also in effect for the "web version."  So, for example, if a
particular list's archives are open to list subscribers only, you will
be required to subscribe to the list before you can view the archives.
Similarly, if subscription to a list requires the approval of the
list owner, your subscription request will be sent to the list owner
first, who will then either subscribe you to the list, or will let you
know that the list is closed to new subscribers.

Please know that this software is still being tested and revised, so
it may appear a little rough in places.  Please bear with us, and use
the "lpweb-admin" address to report actual problems.

8. Clemency Librarians

The extraordinary power of librarians is little understood in the
cultural process of social transformation.  I believe that the
Western world is undergoing a cultural revolution of mercy.  I
propose that the professional information science elites organize an
international campaign to obtain clemency for prisoners on death row.

Librarians are central to the abolitionist movements including the
anti-death penalty groups, the antistoning groups, and so forth.
Librarians have a critical role in an open society where information
flows affect life-and-death outcomes.

Increasingly, librarians are becoming more active as advocates in
real-time Internet operations.  An example can be gleaned from an
article by David Firestone on the activism of Ray Markey.  ("A
Bookish Advocate for His Union's Rights," _New York Times_, November
3, 1998.)  In addition to the strong and assertive profile of his
work on behalf of librarians and trade unionists, the article
discusses how librarians are using the Internet as a power tool for
positive change.

I think of librarians as lifesavers, as advocates who can, through an
urgen dedicated niche network, determine whether or not a person in
mortal danger can be helped to survive.  The social history of
librarianship is replete with humanitarian impulses; the rise of
real-time technology gives to librarians a new and unforeseen power,
greater than ever before.

Of great importance is the use of electronic media among professional
librarians who work together on urgent appeals and other immediate
forms of advocacy.  When librarians across the globe unite in a
series of electronic moments, prisoners condemned to die can live.
This applies not only to the Internet but also to other electronic
mediums, some of which are still emerging in the age of

I propose a special organization of book professionals, Librarians
for Clemency, to coordinate the national and international linkages
in real-time operations, in appeals work.  This requires the use of a
"Clemency Clock," a schedule of executions, like the wiring of Wall
Street workstations with time zone maps and alignment zones.  Just as
trading can go on twenty-four hours a day in certain forms of
securities trading, human rights work goes on constantly on a global
clock.  Time advantages across time zones can be of special use when
executions are only hours away.  Linking a large array of advocates
together in a time-coordinated appeal has great power to influence
outcomes and change decisions.

Librarians for Clemency has a dual purpose: stopping executions in
real-time calends and the long-term advocacy of abolition.
Everywhere, the advocates and protectors of intellectual life cherish
the life of ideas.  To read is to think.  To think is to act.

From _Clemency: the Future of the Death Penalty: The Action Handbook
for Abolitionists and Activists_, by A. L. Stubbs (New York, NY:
Clemency Books, 1999)  ISBN 0-9672803-0-3

9. Letter from Sanford Berman to Attorney General Janet Reno

Hon. Janet Reno
Attorney General
Dept. of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave. (Room 4545)
Washington, DC  20530

Dear Attorney General Reno,

As a professional librarian committed alike to freedom of information
and basic human rights, I wish to thank the Justice Dept. for
undertaking an investigation in to the 1976 car-bomb assassination of
former Chilean foreign minister Orlando Letelier and his assistant,
Ronni Moffitt.  You also merit congratulations for this year
declassifying and releasing over 7,000 documents related to Chilean
General Augusto Pinochet's 1973 military coup and subsequent human
rights violations.  However, I understand that the potentially most
enlightening and revealing files -- from the CIA -- have yet to be
released.  Please consider doing so as quickly as possible.  Such
documents may importantly contribute to the Letelier-Moffitt inquiry,
Spain's upcoming trial of Pinochet, and the American public's
understanding of the true U.S. role in toppling Salvador Allende's
democratically-elected government, as well as supporting the
consequent repression imposed by the Pinochet regime.

With best wishes,

Sanford Berman

4400 Morningside Road
Edina, MN  55416

10. HR 21 -- Reinvention at the Library of Congress

By Kent Dunlap
BULLETIN BOARD: The Voice of the Library of Congress Professonal Guild

December 6, 1999

Recently, the Gazette has publisehd a number of gushing articles
about reinvention at the Library of Congress.  This reinvention
effort is commonly referred to as HR 21, although it could also be
termed spending a lot of money hiring a group of consultants called
the Hay Group.  The role of the labor organization in this
reinvention effort is seldom mentioned in the articles, but when
labor is mentioned we tend to be characterized as firmly on board.
This article is intended to set the record straight.

The HR 21 project can generally be summarized as two overlapping
initiatives.  The first initiative concerns the authoring of a
missions and strategic goals statement.  This effort appears fairly
benign, and indeed rather comical.  The second initiative concerns a
so-called hiring improvement plan.  This second initiative contains
many truly worrisome aspects. 

This drafting of the mission/strategic goals statement has been
completed, and been released for public consumption.  The authoring
of this document appears to have begun by a word search of the
English language for all words having positive connotations.  Once
identified, these warm and fuzzy words were inserted into the
statement to create a document brimming full of "success,"
"performance," "effective," "goals," "efficient," "diversity," etc.,
etc., etc.  Words having negative connotations, such as
"incompetent," stupid," "bias," "slow," "disorganized,"
"ineffective," and "fiscally irresponsible" were rightfully banned
from the document.  Henceforth, no one at the Library of Congress
will be permitted to have a negative attribute.

Nothing in my comments should be taken to mean that I believe
achieving greatness is not a worthwhile goal.  I would hope that a
basic goal of professionalism exists in every staff member.  However,
the measure of greatness should be the opinion of others outside the
organization regarding how well the Library performs its
responsibilities.  This mission statement appears to be a rather
pathetic effort to achieve greatness through self-definition.  Sadder
yet is the reality that top management felt it necessary to hire
highly paid consultants to assist in the figuring out of the basic
mission of the agency which they are supposed to be leading.

Much more worrisome is the document termed "Hiring Improvement Plan"
dated August 12, 1999.  The document has not been distributed to
staff, although labor organizations, as "stakeholders," have received
copies.  The initiative was originally termed "Direct Hire," which
says a lot right there.  The name was later changed to "Hiring
Improvement Plan," but the basic thrust remained the same.  The
document raises various ideas for enhancing efficiency in the hiring

One of the worst ideas contained in this document is increased use of
temporary employees.  The use of temporaries in federal service is the
Federal Government's equivalent of peonage.  These employees have few
effective rights because of their tenuous employment situation.  The
Hay Group believes increased use of temporaries is a good idea.  The
Guild strongly disagrees.

Another bad idea is reducing the number of candidates interviewed for
open positions at the Library of Congress.  The Hay Group believes
selecting officials are burdened with too many interviews under the
current system.  In some federal agencies interviews are limited to
three, with tie scores being broken by a random process using social
security numbers.  While this procedure is not currently used by the
Library of Congress, the Hay Group has raised it as an idea to
consider.  If implemented, many of the highest rated staff members
would never be interviewed for open positions due to the happenstance
of their social security numbers.

Many of the proposals in this document work at cross purposes.  For
example, while the Hay Group seeks to restrict interviews, it
simultaneously plans to expand applicant pools, largely by
encouraging Internet job filings.  The combination of the two
policies would mean far fewer interviews for highest qualified
in-house staff members.

The Guild has filed general comments with the Hay Group opposing many
of the suggestions in the "Hiring Improvement Plan."  Fortunately,
none of the awful ideas contained in this document has been formally
embraced by the Library as an idea to be implemented.  Moreover, any
change in merit selection procedures would have to be bargained with
labor organizations.

In summary, the Guild favors all good ideas, and opposes all bad
ideas.  Unfortunately, after you shirt through all the hype about
reinvention at the Library of Congress, you find far more bad ideas
than good ideas being considered.  Greatness at the Library of
Congress will be achieved by establishing fundamentally *fair*
personnel policies.  The Hay Group is too often losing sight of that

11. ACRL bibliography for new instruction librarians

Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2000 10:29:21 -0700
From: Martin Raish <martin_raish[at]>
Subject: IIL Reading List
To: BI-L <bi-l[at]>

From: Esther Grassian

Dear BI-L Subscribers,
 Just mounted on the ACRL Institute for Information Literacy's
(IIL) Web site is an annotated list of readings for new instruction
librarians, recommended by current and former IIL Advisory Board members
and IIL Immersion Program faculty. We invite you to visit the IIL site and
hope these readings will be helpful to you. The url for the list is:


Esther Grassian
Instructional Services Coordinator
UCLA College Library

12. Responses to request for Information Literacy Course Readings (BI-L)

From: Trudi Jacobson <tj662[at]>
to the BI-L list

About two months ago, I posted a message on BI-L asking for help
determining appropriate readings and web sites for an undergraduate
information literacy course I will be co-teaching this coming spring.  I
really appreciate all the extremely helpful responses, a number of which we
incorporated into our course.  I apologize for taking so long to post this
compilation of the responses that came directly to me (and hope I included
all the messages that weren't posted directly to BI-L).

Trudi Jacobson
Coordinator of User Education Programs
University at Albany Libraries

If you want something a little negative, try DATA SMOG by David Schenk.
Martin Raish
Sounds like you ought to locate the film that my colleague and I used
to show for our "Knowledge in the Information Age" honors seminar.  It was
shot in the 60's as an interview with Marshall Mcluhan, produced by
NBC.  And now there are some libraries that carry it on videotape, instead
of 16mm film.

      I just checked OCLC and there are 2 bib records for the film version,
and 2 bib records for the video version.

16mm: 2 reels, running time 54 minutes.
TITLE:  This is Marshall McLuhan: The medium is the massage.
OCLC:   2998154 / 308378

TITLE:  This is Marshall McLuhan: The medium is the massage.
OCLC:   32259012 / 8446365

      Many libraries have erroneously cataloged some of his works as THE
MEDIUM IS THE MESSAGE, which is not always the same book as the film's

      The first time I was viewing the film (before I agreed to co-teach
the class), I was pulling my hair out, trying to reconcile the
relationship between McLuhan's articles and books, with the 16mm film,
before I realized how many libraries improperly changed the spelling of
the title of his works!

GARY KLEIN, volunteering as Editor of BUSLIB-L and also PRT-LIBN
             BUSLIB-L's FAQ =
             PRT-LIBN's FAQ =
Management & Economics Librarian
Hatfield Library / Willamette University / Salem, OR 97301 USA
gklein[at]  work #503-370-6743
HM851 .S54 1999
  AUTHOR       Shenk, David, 1966-
  TITLE        The end of patience : cautionary notes on the information
                 revolution / David Shenk.
  PUBLISHER    Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1999.

A group of essays, most very thought-provoking, and none excessively

Rebecca Spencer
I love Stoll's "Cuckoo's Egg," but not necessarily as a reading for a
course such as this. I have difficulty seeing how it might fit in. But I
have a few favourites to suggest:

Richard Wurman's "Information Anxiety" (Bantam, 1994) is a very fun read. I
use Chapters 1 ("The Non-Information Explosion") and 2 ("The Understanding
Business") in almost every course I teach, and my students always love it.
He has a great writing style, uses lots of visuals, and includes
interesting and thought-provoking quotations from a real variety of sources
as marginalia. It's out of print, unfortunately, so is almost impossible to
use as a text book, but you should be able to get hold of a copy from
somewhere if your library doesn't have it. He also includes a great chapter
on visual information.

I also like Theodore Roszak's "The Cult of Information." It's a more
difficult read, but he makes some great points about the role of
information in our culture, especially when it comes to our reliance on

And something that will create debate (if your students are paying
attention) is Clifford Stoll's "Silicon Snake Oil." Not nearly as
well-written as his "Cuckoo's Egg," and often way off the mark, but as I
said, it should create some discussion.

I've also been delving into Christine Bruce's "Seven Faces of Information
Literacy," which was her doctoral dissertation. She makes an interesting
case for changing the way we think about and teach information literacy.

Colleen Bell
Library Instruction Coordinator
Knight Library                           Voice: (541) 346-1817
1299 University of Oregon                  Fax: (541) 346-3485
Eugene OR  97403-1299                    Email: cbell[at]
In terms of the students reading about the wider environment you might want
to consider the following, though they're not too recent:
"Future libraries : dreams, madness & reality" by Walt Crawford & Michael
Gorman, published by the ALA in 1995 is an interesting and fairly balanced
counter to technological hype. You might want to present the extremes by
Nicholas Negroponte's "Being digital" (Hodder & Stoughton, 1995) and Sven
Birkets' "Gutenberg elegies : the fate of reading in an electronic culture"
(Fawcett Colombine, 1995). I also enjoyed Stoll's "Silicon snake oiI".

Virginia Earle

User Education Librarian
Open Polytechnic of New Zealand/
He Wharekura-tini Kaihautu o Aotearoa
Email: earvir[at]
Phone: +64 4 560 5821
Fax: +64 4 560 5634
Esther Dyeson's book Release 2.0 covered all of the issues you mentioned
and is a brief and easy read.

Anna Marie Johnson
Reference Librarian
Coordinator for Library Instruction
Ekstrom Library
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY  40292
502-852-8738/ Fax: 8736
You might want to check out my readings page for the Info Lit course I
teach for ideas. It's at
An older version is at

Here are some of my favorites
Wernick, Robert. "Declaring an open season on the wisdom of the ages."
Smithsonian May
--Discusses the first encyclopedia--issues of new ways to organize
information, censorship, copyright

    Brin, David. "the Internet as a Commons." Information Technology and
Libraries Dec. 1995:240-242.
--Commericialization of information, social responsibility

Sterling, Bruce. "Internet." Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
             Feb. 1993: 99-107.
--Succinct overview of the origins of the Internet, focuses on the public
domain aspects as well as origin. Describes tcp/ip well

Palladino, Grace. "Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Shelving By Height at
the Library of Congress." Chronicle of Higher Education. 11 June 1999.
--Breezy but it gets students thinking about how to organize information,
something they rarely give a thought to.

Susan E. Beck
    Head, Humanities & Social Sciences Services
    New Mexico State University Library
    505-646-6171 | susabeck[at]
All by F.W. Lancaster
      Libraries and librarians in an age of electronics.  Information
Resources Press, 1982  -- where he originally proposed the paperless
    American Libraries  September 1985  p553+  The Paperless Society
    Library Journal  September 15, 1999  p48+  Second thoughts on the
paperless society

William H. Gass  "In defense of the book:  on the enduring pleasures
of paper, type, page, and ink."  Harper's Magazine  November 1999

Charlet Key
Library Director
Black Hawk College
Quad Cities Campus
6600 34th Avenue
Moline  IL  61265
phone  (309) 796-1311 x1283
fax    (309) 796-0393
email  keyc[at]
Please feel free to browse through the many links to resources (Books, web
sites) and articles available on my Bibliographic Instruction and
Information literacy sites pages


Library - Journals on the Net
With links to some full text articles

I also have been using Wilson Web's full text database - trial period - for
the past 30 days and have found some excellent articles searching - using
Information Literacy, Bibliographic Instruction, Filtering in Libraries,

Sign up at <>

Here is an interesting web site..with projects, links and articles on the
various ways we and animals..tell it like it is!
From "What's the Big Deal About the Internet?" to
non-verbal communication, or "Is There Anybody
Out There?", this online science exhibit from the
Boston Museum of Science explores how we deal
with communication. It includes great activities
and experiments, with scientific essays and links
as well. Try out the Six Degrees of Separation
email project, or debate whether the internet
has made us truly a global community, or has
instead led to isolation.

Mary Niederlander, Serials Specialist
Kaleida Health
Medical Libraries
Buffalo, NY
"Seek - But On The Web, You Might Not Find" (New York Times, 7/8/99, p.
D3) Great article about a research study that examined how many web pages
exist, and how many are accessed by search engines. In the study, only 16
percent  of web pages are accessed by search engines, and only about 6
percent of web pages contain scientific and educational content. Great
article to advocate using multiple sources - print and electronic - and not
relying on any one search engine.
    Online magazine has an annual comparison of search engines, and
continuously offers search tips and shortcuts for online databases.

Michael Rose      (tel) 503-978-5333
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A colleague forwarded your query regarding readings for an information
literacy course.  I won't append a list here, but I do link to numerous
readings along the topics you suggest in a course I teach called Access to
Information.  It is a senior/graduate course taught as part of both
undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  Most of the readings are
available on the Web (I do not require a textbook) and are linked from

Keith Ewing
Learning Resources & Technology Services
St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498
p: 320.255.4824
f: 320.255.4778
e: kewing[at]
One idea I had was a site I created about three years ago called "Take a
Walk on the Wired Side" (  I hope
to be able to completely update it over the winter break  (note from Trudi:
she did! And it is great!)  to include lots of
great new sites I've found, some new "digital people" and a few more books.
The current bibliography of some relevant things I read before creating the
site is at:

I've read lots of things by both the technozealots and the technoskeptics
and have some strong opinions of each.  I'm not sure I would have a class
read Cliff Stoll's book, but I might give them some general, shorter
reading about those same issues.

Elizabeth A. Dupuis
Head, Digital Information Literacy Office
The University of Texas at Austin
Flawn Academic Center 101 (S5443)
Austin, TX   78713
(512) 475-9391
I taught something similar a few years ago and found that
_Technopoloy_ by Neil Postman had lots of interesting and thoughtful
insights. You may want to use it or portions of it for your class.

Jane Schulz                             FAX: 701-224-5551
Bismarck State College Library          Phone: 701-224-5491
Bismarck, ND 58501

I saw your question on the BI list about information literacy course
readings and wondered whether anyone had suggested Cliff Stoll's newest book
- High Tech Heretic.  I haven't quite finished, so can't give a final
report, but so far, it has made me think and I think there are some good
messages for students.  Among other things, he says that research isn't easy
and we shouldn't expect it to be (but the computer industry tries to tell
everyone how quickly and easily things can be done...well, I could go on,
but I won't).  He challenges us to think about what we are doing and why.

Also, a colleague and I talked about the following web site, which is a
summary of an article published in Nature that was a lot thicker.  However,
it seemed to me that simply discussing the numbers might be useful in a
class.  Here's the site:

So...these are my thoughts for the day.
Tasha (Cooper)

13. Who Owns What

        "Media companies continue to grow, and a shrinking
        number of them shape what we view and read. What
        does that mean for journalists -- and for the nation?"
        An alphabetical list of media companies and the
        subsidiaries they own, including magazine,
        newspaper and book publishers; and radio,
        television and cable companies. Also included is an
        essay on media concentration and links to the Web
        sites of each major media company. From the
        Columbia Journalism Review. - es
        Subjects: Media | Companies 

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14. 2000 Around the World

        This site features photos of New Year's Eve
        celebrations greeting the year 2000 at various time
        zones around the world. Users can view the photos
        by time zones either in sequence or using the time
        zone map. From the New York Times. - es
        Subjects: Y2K

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