Library Juice 3:43 - November 15, 2000


  1. The Revenge of the Library Scientist
  2. News stories appearing in the November 13 American Libraries Online
  3. New On the ARL Server
  4. NY Times article re: rising cost of journals
  5. Article on Questia in Chronicle of Higher Education
  6. Intellectual Freedom Round Table Awards
  7. Access to the Internet in developing countries
  8. XI Foro Transfronterizo de Bibliotecas/Transborder Library Forum XI
  9. Collecting and Safeguarding the Oral Traditions
  10. XanEdu
  11. NCLIS Public Sector/Private Sector Task Force Report
  12. World Press on the 2000 election
  13. Irregularities in the US Presidential Election
  14. Web Sites of U.S. Political Candidates Censored by Censorware
  15. "I Do Solemnly Swear . . .": Presidential Inaugurations
  16. Ballot voided for librarian
  17. Public libraries coins
  18. Shut Not Your Doors

Quote for the week:

"They've just done a study at the University of Berkeley, California.... If
they took all the new information that's produced in a year and put it on
floppy disks and stacked them one on top of the other, it would go 200 million
miles into the sky! ... Is that a sign here? Jesus is surely coming!!

Jack Van Impe, of Jack Van Impe Ministries, late Sunday night TV

Homepage of the week: Steve Cisler


1. The Revenge of the Library Scientist

Bob Ainsbury, Co Founder, EoExchange
Michelle Futornick, Product Manager, EoExchange

ONLINE, November 2000

It's not the title of the latest Hollywood movie. Not yet.

Much like the work of aircraft mechanics, library scientists don't get
enough respect. Twenty years ago, library scientists ruled the information
retrieval world; they just didn't know it. Now they are poised to return to
the top of the far more lucrative Web world, and my hunch is they still don't know
it. If you are a Master of Library Science (MLS) or similar, you have a great
opportunity in front of you. But to take advantage of it, you will have to
change your ways.

2. News stories appearing in the November 13 American Libraries Online

> Referenda Roundup:
Close Calls and Tax Revolts

> Clinton Vetoes Leaked-Secrets Bill

> Supreme Court to Rule
in Online Copyright Appeal

> Nancy Garden, Peacefire
Win Intellectual Freedom Award

> CyberPatrol Decryption Program
Made Available Again

> N.H. Parent Wins Right to Examine
School's Internet History Logs

> Internet Filters Block
Political Candidates' Web Sites

> Museum Books Back Where They Belong
after 92-Year Loan

> French National Library Reopens
after Fire, Bad-Air Scare

American Libraries' Web site also features the latest "Internet
Librarian" columns by Karen Schneider; "Technically Speaking" by David
Dorman; AL's "Career Leads" job ads; listings of conferences,
continuing-education courses, exhibitions, and other events from AL's
"Datebook"; and Tables of Contents for the current year.

Do you have a comment to make about anything appearing in American
Libraries? The editors encourage signed e-mail letters on recent content or
matters of general interest to the library profession in the Reader Forum
section. Send 250 words or less to americanlibraries[at]

3. New On the ARL Server (November 6, 2000)

Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2000 07:43:21 -0600
From: Julia Blixrud <jblix[at]>
To: Multiple recipients of list <arl-announce[at]>

On the ARL Server the week of November 6, 2000

Library Community Voices Concern about the Reed Elsevier - Harcourt Deal

Boston College Becomes Newest Member of ARL

New Digital Copyright Ruling Poses New Barriers for Library Users and the
American Public

Additional Basic & Advanced Licensing Workshops Scheduled
UCITA Teleconference - 12/13/00


ARL-ANNOUNCE is a broadcast service from ARL that provides updates on
Association activities, workshops, publications, and other items of interest
to those in the library and educational communities.

To subscribe, send a message to <listproc[at]>. The text of your message
should read: "subscribe arl-announce [your name]."

Julia C. Blixrud <jblix[at]>
Director of Information Services, ARL <>
Assistant Director, Public Programs, SPARC <>
21 Dupont Circle, Washington DC 20036
Tel: (202) 296-2296 ext.133 Fax: (202) 872-0884 Cell: (202) 251-4678

4. NY Times article re: rising cost of journals

Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 15:56:19 -0700
From: Patty Slezak <pslezak[at]>
To: SLIS Listserv <csu_slis[at]>

For those of you concerned with the rising cost of journals or responsible
for journal acquisition in your library:

Here is an interesting article from the November 3, 2000 New York Times
entitled, "As Publishers Perish, Libraries Feel the Pain." It discusses how
the consolidation of publishers are pushing up the cost of journals, and
touches briefly on potential antitrust issues.

The link is:


if you need to log in first, simply do a search on "Publishers and
Libraries" and it will come right up.


Patty Slezak

5. Article on Questia in Chronicle of Higher Education


6. Intellectual Freedom Round Table Awards

Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 08:49:10 -0600
From: "Don Wood" <dwood[at]>
Reply to: member-forum[at]

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table
( rewards exceptional
achievement through three awards:

The Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award--Deadline December 1, 2001 Information Form

Honors a literary work or series of works, in the area of
intellectual freedom, including matters of ethical, political or
social concerns related to intellectual freedom. Presented biennially.
The 2000 recipient was The Transparent
Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Privacy and
Freedom? by David Brin.

The John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award--Deadline December 1, 2000 Information Form

Honors notable contributions to intellectual freedom and
demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of
expression. Presented annually. The 2000 recipient was Gordon

The SIRS State and Regional Intellectual Freedom Achievement
Award--Deadline December 1, 2000 Information

Honors the state library association or state educational media
association intellectual freedom committee or state intellectual
freedom coalition that has implemented the most successful and
creative state IFC project during the year. Presented annually, and
sponsored by the Social Issues Resources Series, Inc. (SIRS). The 2000
recipient was The Ohio Library Council.

For more information, please contact the Office for Intellectual
Freedom at the OIF Main Line (1-800-545-2433, ext. 4223), Fax:
312-280-4227, or oif[at]


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

7. Access to the Internet in developing countries

Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2000 04:26:51 -0800
From: cisler <cisler[at]POBOX.COM>
Reply to: International Federation of Library Associations mailing list

I recently attended an International conference in Barcelona, Spain. global
CN 2000: First Global Congress on Community Networking:
"the human face in Internet". Barcelona, Spain. November 2-4.

A report is here:

Many of the participants were from developing countries and most were
running projects to provide access to ICT (information communications
technology) in public access sites. These are usually called telecenters
outisde the U.S. and community technology centers inside the U.S.

A few are in libraries, but most are set up and work independently of any
kind of library institution. UNESCO likes the idea of hybrid systems and
has funded a few in Mali, Uganda, etc. However, most of the funding is going
for literally thousands of new centers around the world. Much of this is
part of the current focus on the buzzwords "bridging the digital divide."

For instance, Japan is bundling aid worth $15 billion (thousand million)
over five years. Venezuela is opening more than 100 telecenters. Colombia
more than 1000, and hundreds in India, Peru, and Argentina. Both of the main
U.S. presidential candidates have pledged to open thousands of communty tech
centers if elected.

The French ministry of foreign affairs is launching a new effort to sponsor
this type of project, and from what I can tell librarians are still on the
margins, more than two years after I wrote about this problem (and spoke
about it at IFLA in Bangkok). From talking to non-library colleagues most
are unaware of the strengths and experience that librarians can bring to
these projects, and a few are opposed to involving librarians at all.

If any of you have any thoughts about this (after reading my report), please
let me know.

Steve Cisler
4415 Tilbury Drive, San Jose, CA 95130
(408) 379 9076
"There are some places where the road keeps going."
-Bud Parker.

8. XI Foro Transfronterizo de Bibliotecas/Transborder Library Forum XI

Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 07:51:56 -0500
From: IFLA LISTS <iflalists[at]>

El Centro de Investigacion en Alimentacion y Desarrollo, A.C. (CIAD)
y la Universidad de Sonora, instituciones organizadoras del XI Foro
Transfronterizo de Bibliotecas que se celebrar en Hermosillo, Sonora,
del 15 al 17 de marzo del 2001, tienen el agrado de invitarlo a usted a
que participe en su programa.

The Research Center for Food and Development (CIAD) and the University
of Sonora, organizers of the XI Transborder Library Forum to be
celebrated in Hermosillo, Sonora on March 15-17, 2001. Both institutions
invite to participate in the program.

Los temas a desarrollarse son:
The topics to be developed are:

*Formaci=F3n profesional / Professional training
*Derechos de autor / Copyright
*Temas fronterizos / Border affairs
*Pr=E9stamo interbibliotecario / Interlibrary loans
*Intercambio de profesionales / Exchange of librarians
*Cooperaci=F3n / Cooperation
*Programas de formaci=F3n de usuarios / Literacy

AVISO: La fecha l=EDmite para enviar ponencias es Noviembre 30, 2000.
NOTICE: The deadline for submitting works will be November 30, 2000.


9. Collecting and Safeguarding the Oral Traditions

Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 13:37:32 +0100
From: Josche Neven <Josche.Neven[at]IFLA.NL>

Collecting and Safeguarding the Oral Traditions:
an international conference

Available now!

IFLA Headquarters, The Hague
14 November 2000,

The preservation of cultural heritage in all the regions of the world forms
part of the primary focus of IFLA's Medium-Term Programme 1998-2001. In
addition, the IFLA Professional Board has identified 'preservation and
conservation of the intellectual heritage in the world's libraries' as one
of the Professional Priorities for the future work of IFLA. One of IFLA's
primary roles in this area is to ensure appropriate coordination of
preservation activities at the international level through programmes such
as advocacy, training, and the development and dissemination of standards
and best practices.

It was with these priorities in mind that the IFLA Professional Board, in
consultation with the National Organizing Committee for the 65th IFLA
Conference to be held in Thailand, chose Collecting and Safeguarding the
Oral Traditions as the topic for the official pre-session seminar. The
seminar was held in Khon Kaen, Northeastern Thailand, immediately prior
to the IFLA Conference in Bangkok. To reflect its commitment to the
fostering of international library activities, IFLA adopted a new format
for this pre-session seminar by holding an open satellite meeting rather
than a closed invitational event as had been the case at previous pre-session
seminars. Participation from around the world was invited and special
emphasis was placed on encouraging the participation of colleagues from the
developing world and from our colleagues in archives, museums, historical
societies and similar cultural centres.

The proceedings of this conference have now been bundled in a new publication
in the IFLA Professional Report series.

Collecting and Safeguarding the Oral Traditions : an international
conference / edited by John McIlwaine and Jean Whiffin. - The Hague: IFLA
Headquarters, 2000. * 150 p. 30 cm. * (IFLA Professional Reports ; 68).
ISBN 90-70916-80-0

'The writers included in this volume tell us of their passion and energy
to preserve the threatened traditions of such countries as Papua New Guinea,
Fiji, Cayman Islands and even the far northern regions of the Arctic
Circumpolar Route. We read about unity in diversity, we read about
diversity in unity, we read about the old teaching the young and we read
about the young speaking to the old. We gain a better understanding of
the importance of family ties and how oral traditions contribute to the
need for cultural roots, and we see examples of how traditional knowledge
contributes to the advancement of society and its identity.

We should remember as we read this volume the often quoted statement of a
Mali researcher who said that "every elderly person who dies, represents a
library going up in flames."'

Ralph Manning
Chair Professional Board of IFLA

This publication can be ordered from IFLA Headquarters:

Karin Passchier
IFLA Headquarters
P.O. Box 95312
2509 CH The Hague


10. XanEdu

Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2000 13:48:17 -0500
From: Bob Glass <bglass[at]PIEDMONT.EDU>
To: COLLIB-L[at]

Hello, friends,

A faculty member just sent me a news blurb about Bell & Howell's XanEdu
family of products. I've been looking at their web site I've found it long on presentation and short on
detailed info about what sorts of resources are contained, where does it
all come from, and what it costs. I'm not ready to talk to a sales rep
just yet.

Is there someone who has any detailed information? For instance, what
B&H (UMI) products are included other than ProQuest (which I already
have access to)? What Chadwyck-Healey products are included? What
sorts of McGraw-Hill products are included? There seem to be references
only to individual pricing, no directive to 'call us for institutional

Any assistance or information will be appreciated.

Bob Glass

Bob Glass
College Librarian
Arrendale Library
Piedmont College
Demorest, Georgia

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Re: XanEdu info
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2000 16:32:42 -0500
From: "Bell, Steven" <BellS[at]PHILAU.EDU>
To: COLLIB-L[at]
Reply to: COLLIB-L <COLLIB-L[at]>


I don't have all the details either - but I don't think the sales reps want
to talk to you. Based on a conversation that I had with a B&H rep who was at
at TLT Group program back in February, these products are going to be
marketed directly to faculty and students. In other words - we are not in
the loop on this one.

The ReSearch Engine product -as it says - costs about $30 a year to
subscribe to and it can provide a student with access to full-text articles
- all from existing ProQuest databases. So you may already be giving your
students access to this material through your library, but the chances are
(and I think B&H is counting on this) that your students won't know this -
and will subscribe to a service they can get for free from the library. I
believe their marketing strategy also calls for faculty to offer access to
ReSearch Engine directly from the faculty member's web page. As you can see,
they also have a service that allows faculty to create an electronic reserve
of articles from proquest databases - something you could also probably do
with sitebuilder.

If you looked at the search engine provided by ReSearch, it is pretty bad -
but students might not notice the difference. I see this product as falling
into the same category as Questia and Ebrary - fee-based research databases
that will be marketed directly to students and faculty. Just another form of
the competition we'll face in the new economy. If you want to be cynical,
you might say the content providers are looking for new revenue streams -
and this makes perfect sense. Charge the library once for an institutional
subscription - then repackage the same information and sell it at
individually priced rates to faculty and students (sounds like the model
journal publishers have always used). They just have to hope that we all
don't talk to one another on our campuses.

Again, this is just a scenario that I've heard about and am speculating
about - it's not necessarily accurate. I think we'll all learn more as these
products are marketed more heavily to our constituents.

Steven J. Bell, Director of the Library
Paul J. Gutman Library
Philadelphia University
School House Lane & Henry Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(v)215-951-2847 (f)215-951-2574
Library Home Page:
Personal Home Page:

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Re: XanEdu infoDate: Thu, 09 Nov 2000 12:58:57 -0800
From: "Maddox, Aileen" <amaddox[at]SPU.EDU>
To: COLLIB-L[at]
Reply to: COLLIB-L <COLLIB-L[at]>


Before we had a XanEdu workshop at Seattle Pacific University ("SPU") on
October 25, 2000, I asked Jennifer Jackson (XanEdu representative) how
XanEdu's holdings compared with the ProQuest products that our library
currently subscribes to. I asked her that question because I was concerned
about SPU students paying again for something that might already be
available through the SPU library. This is a quote from Jennifer regarding
the holdings that were included in XanEdu as of her September 25 email:

"XanEdu's content is comprised of the ProQuest 5000 database, case studies
from INSEAD, Thunderbird, Ivey, NACRA, and The Kennedy School of Public
Policy [at] Harvard, anthologies, etc. The PQ systems you mentioned are
included, though not in their entirety. XanEdu also has things that PQ does
not. One key facet of our CoursePack system is that professors can add links
to their pack. If the library has content the professor wants included,
he/she can link to it at no charge."

[The ProQuest products, which the SPU library currently subscribes to are as

1.      ABI/Inform Research.
2.      ProQuest Newspapers -- (a) The New York Times, and (b)
Washington State Newsstand.
3.      Research Library Complete -- (a) Research Library

Newspapers, (b) Research Library Periodicals, and (c) Research Library-Peer

XanEdu holdings as described above do go beyond ProQuest products so there
is added value with XanEdu, but do not necessarily include all of the
ProQuest information. Durable links can be made between ProQuest articles
that the SPU library already has an online subscription to. However, since
faculty make the XanEdu CoursePacks themselves, they will have to remember
to check current ProQuest resources that the library already has so the free
link can be included where appropriate. Otherwise, the students might be
charged for an article when they would not need to be. It is difficult to
guess how smoothly that process will actually work.

Aileen Maddox

Aileen Maddox, Librarian Consultant Email: amaddox[at]
Business, History, P.E., Poli. Sci. Phone: 206-281-2420
University Library Fax: 206-281-2936
Seattle Pacific University
3307 Third Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119-1997


11. NCLIS Public Sector/Private Sector Task Force Report

[ALACOUN:5234] Fw: NCLIS Public Sector/Private Sector Task Force Report,
2000 Edition, Now Available
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2000 16:03:29 -0700
From: "Bernadine Abbott Hoduski" <ber[at]>
To: ALA Council List <alacoun[at]>

Council Members,

This updated report is an important one for Council to read and analyze. The
decision by NCLIS to provide paper copies of their publications to regional
depository libraries underscores the need for permanent copies of important
government documents. It also shows that NCLIS understands the importance of
libraries in the preservation and long time provision of government
information to the public. NCLIS deserves much thanks and praise for this
policy decision. Hopefully other government agencies will follow their
example. If enough of them do perhaps they will shame the US Congress into
fully funding its own program. Bernadine Abbott Hoduski, GODORT Councilor

-----Original Message-----
From: Judy Russell <jrussell[at]>
Date: Tuesday, November 07, 2000 12:22 PM
Subject: NCLIS Public Sector/Private Sector Task Force Report, 2000 Edition,
Now Available

>As part of its Comprehensive Assessment of Public Information Dissemination
>(, NCLIS has just released a
>new edition of its 1982 report entitled PUBLIC SECTOR/PRIVATE SECTOR
>PUBLIC SECTOR/PRIVATE SECTOR TASK FORCE. This is a reprint, with editorial
>changes and supplementary material, of a report originally published in
>February 1982.
>This report is being reissued for review and reaction by policy makers and
>citizens, generally, and by members of the library and information services
>community in the context of renewed debate on the appropriate role of the
>public and private sectors in the United States, particularly for access to
>and dissemination of electronic government information. The original report
>was prepared by an independent Task Force assembled and funded by the U.S.
>National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.
>The electronic version of the report is available as a PDF file on the
>Commission website at A
>limited number of paper copies will be available from the Commission in
>early December for public distribution. Paper copies will also be
>distributed to regional libraries in the Federal Depository Library Program
>(FDLP). By agreement with the Government Printing Office (GPO), the
>Commission will pay the printing costs, and GPO will ship this and future
>Commission reports, so that paper copies of these items are officially part
>of the FDLP and will be retained permanently by the regional libraries. GPO
>will also link to the electronic versions of Commission reports for access
>by other libraries in the FDLP.
>The Commission has made this arrangement with GPO because we heard from
>depository librarians at their recent conference that, if an agency has
>decided that a publication is sufficiently important to publish in paper,
>they feel it should be sufficiently important to make paper distribution AT
>LEAST to the regional depository libraries. The librarians also expressed
>concern that, in the present rapidly changing electronic environment, they
>cannot be sure that PDF or other electronic files will be able to be
>opened/read 10, 20 or 50 years in the future - or that there will be an
>easy, cost-effective means to migrate this generation of electronic
>to future formats.
>Judy Russell (jrussell[at]
>Deputy Director, National Commission on Libraries and Information Science
>Phone: (202) 606-9205
>Fax: (202) 606-9203

12. World Press on the 2000 election

The Election and the International PressVote USA 2000 - BBC News [RealPlayer]
Foreign Media Reaction - US State Department
US Elections - _Times of India_
Special Report: America Decides - _The Guardian_ [RealPlayer]
"US election recount, controversy drag on," Canadian Broadcasting
Corportation (CBC)
"US Election Seen Through the Eyes of the International Press," _Pravda_
"US plunged deeper into political crisis," _The Times_,,33682,00.html
"Democrats will fight a verdict for Bush in Florida," _Irish Times_
"Bookie makes Bush the winner," _Belfast Telegraph_
"Florida Jews may hold key to presidency," _Jerusalem Post_
"Gore to ask for hand recount," _Sydney Morning Herald_
"Bush lead narrows; presidency could hang for weeks," _Manila Times_
"Key Florida county delays, recount incomplete," China Daily
"Outcome may be decided in court," _Bangkok Post_

Americans aren't the only ones fascinated with the twists and turns
in the Florida recount. Whichever candidate emerges the victor,
American foreign and trade policy will undoubtedly be transformed,
though certainly to varying degrees. In addition to the repercussions
of this particular election, international observers have long been
fascinated, if sometimes repulsed, by the style, character, and
expense of American political campaigns. By reading what kinds of
questions foreign journalists ask and the conclusions they draw, we
can perhaps learn a little more about the role of the United States
in the world and what it means to be an American.

This week's In the News offers a broad survey of foreign reaction to
this week's events. The always reliable BBC has created a fairly
comprehensive special report on the election, with breaking news,
analysis, reports from correspondents, background information, and
audio and video selections. At the State Department Foreign Media
Reaction page, users will find an excellent selection of clips and
quotes form newspapers around the world. The _Times of India_ special
section offers a lengthy collection of updates and analysis on the
unfolding events, while the _Guardian's_ report also includes a
review of the US press, profiles, links, photos, analysis, and audio
selections. Additional coverage is provided by the newspapers listed
above. [MD]

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

13. Irregularities in the US Presidential Election

Re: electionDate: Thu, 9 Nov 2000 13:45:41 EST
From: TNHarter[at]
To: grns-sosfbay-news[at]
Reply to: grns-sosfbay-news[at]

I got the following from Phil Agre. The information he spreads is
usually good stuff.


I enclose another batch of URL's relating to the irregularities in
the US presidential election vote. These are from last night and this
morning. Some of them are inevitably redundant, but there is a great
deal of new information. Please forward them to anyone who can use
them. I am sorry for the heavy traffic this week, but I feel that the
issue is very important. I am accumulating all of these URL's on the
following page:

Thanks to everyone who contributed. Please send along any other URL's
or other documents that might be useful.

letter reporting duplicate absentee ballots

Federal Judge Calls Hearing in Florida Vote Controversy

Florida Recount Cuts Bush's Lead in Half

Problems at Polls Prevent Hundreds from Casting Votes

Dade's Ballot System Delays Tally

webcast of Miami talk radio stations

After Bizarre Vote, Experts Question Whether Election Process Is Fair,1136,36000000000123968,00.html

Ballot Storm Hits Palm Beach County Elections Office,1136,36000000000124233,00.html

Widespread Voting Irregularities Marred Presidential Results in S. Florida,1136,36000000000124144,00.html

Reno Agrees to Review Request for Florida Vote Probe,1136,36000000000124292,00.html

Reno Vows Review of Every Complaint in Contested Presidential Vote

Voters Statewide Say They Had Poll Troubles

Voting Irregularities, Chaos Reported in Florida,1162,oso-nation-82375,00.html,1162,sunsentinel-elections2000-82375,00.html

Hacks' Story Line: Down With Gore!

Palm Beach Post

St. Petersburg Times

Orlando Sentinel

Irregularities in Florida Vote

NAACP Says Fraudulent Calls Surface in Florida

NAACP Alleges Voter Suppression in Florida

Florida Recount Continues As Lawsuit Threats Rise

News Media Second-Guess Urge for a Quick Call

Bush Camp Raises Stakes

links to basic Florida resources

before and after recount numbers

More Irregularities Alleged

Moving Toward a Lawsuit

Nearly 20,000 Palm Beach Ballots Nullified

Palm Beach County Voters Asked To Speak Up

book about earlier vote fraud in Dade County

Election Day Allegations Could Form Basis for Legal Challenges, Experts Say

Florida Cops Accused of Harassing Black Voters

19,000 Fla. Ballots Disqualified, Voters Sue Saying Ballot Confusing

Specifications for General Election Ballot>2000->Ch0101->Section%20151

Form of General Election Ballot>2000->Ch0101->Section%20191

Voting by Paper Ballot>2000->Ch0101->Section%20011

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More Election URL's
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2000 14:59:23 -0800
From: Gerry Gras <gerrygras[at]>
To: grns-sosfbay-news[at]

"Thousands of Florida residents were struck from the voter lists
because they were mistakenly identified as ex-felons..."

"Alternative Election 2000 Coverage "


14. Web Sites of U.S. Political Candidates Censored by Censorware

"Two blocking software, or censorware, products were tested to see if
they filter out political candidates. Settings typically used in a
library or school were tested. Numerous politicians were found to be
censored by this software, which collectively is used in tens of
thousands of schools and libraries across the country."


Don Wood
Program Officer/Communications
American Library Association
Office for Intellectual Freedom

15. "I Do Solemnly Swear . . .": Presidential Inaugurations - LOC

New from the Library of Congress (LOC) American Memory collection,
this site offers a collection of over 400 items from each of the 62
inaugurations from
George Washington's in 1789 to William Jefferson Clinton's in 1997.
It will also add items from the 63rd inauguration in January 2001.
Drawn from a large number of collections at the Library of Congress
and other archives, materials include "diaries and letters of
presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten
drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and
programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music." Visitors can search
the site by keyword or browse the items by inauguration or subject.
Special presentations include: Presidential Inaugurations: Words and
Images, Presidential Oaths of Office, Precedents and Notable Events,
and Bibles and Scripture Passages . [MD]

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

16. Ballot voided for librarian

Vote For Me!Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2000 11:10:23 -0600
From: Charles Perry <cperry[at]MAILCLERK.ECOK.EDU>
To: COLLIB-L[at]

This is a very brief (but true) story which I hope will amuse ...

My wife serves as election clerk and found herself at one point Tuesday
assisting an elderly citizen who had voided her ballot by voting first for a
major party's candidate and then for the Libertarian. When it was explained
that one could only vote once for president, her surprised reply was that she
thought her second choice was for the "Librarian."

(I was delighted that our profession gets some recognition, but.........!?).

Chuck Perry
East Central Univ.

17. Public libraries coins

Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 09:53:13 -0800 (PST)
From: Julia Pineda <jpineda[at]>
To: csu_slis[at]
Reply to: jpineda[at]

Hi all,

For those of you that are interested in coins, or like some of us,
anything English, the Royal Mint has introduced a 2000 special edition 50
pence coin celebrating public libraries. The coin has the image of a
library and book on one side and the queen on the other.

You can find the coin at

Julia Pineda

18. Shut Not Your Doors

Walt Whitman (1819-892). Leaves of Grass. 1900.

287. Shut Not Your Doors, &c.

SHUT not your doors to me, proud libraries,

For that which was lacking on all your well-fill'd shelves, yet needed
most, I bring;

Forth from the army, the war emerging - a book I have made,

The words of my book nothing - the drift of it everything;

A book separate, not link'd with the rest, nor felt by the intellect,

But you, ye untold latencies, will thrill to every page;

Through Space and Time fused in a chant, and the flowing, eternal Identity,

To Nature, encompassing these, encompassing God - to the joyous, electric

To the sense of Death - and accepting, exulting in Death, in its turn, the
same as life,

The entrance of Man I sing


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