Library Juice 3:6 - February 9, 2000


1. Poetry from the card catalog
2. site redesign
4. IFLANET now searchable
5. A new page, Filters and Filtering
6. The Peter Greenaway Library Project
7. Books by Sanford Berman removed from HCL catalog
8. Public Relations and Propaganda
9. Environmental Health information
10. Fiona Hunt's account of the Seattle WTO meeting and its significance
11. ALA Council Resolution on the WTO, from the midwinter 2000 meeting
12. OneWorld Online
13. Message from Martin Vera to the PLG on the arrests in Mexico City
14. Opportunity to Attend the Zimbabwe Book Fair
15. Afro-American Almanac
16. Herbert Schiller dead at 80
17. Backgammon Glossary

Quote for the week:
"A library is an arsenal of liberty."  - Unknown

Homepage of the week: Robert Wedgeworth

Library Juice Paper Topics


1. Poetry from the card catalog

This is an article about an exhibit by artist David Bunn, who makes poetry
out of library catalog cards.  I saw some of this work in Seattle last year.
It was quite interesting.

2. site redesign

Created and maintained by librarians, is a web site
devoted to current topics and news in the world of Library and
Information Science. We welcome you to participate in the creation of
this exciting new Web Site. The newly redesigned site includes the
ability to post comments on each story, along with a poll, and
improved design. works hard to bring you summaries of selected news
articles of interest to librarians everywhere. Inclusion of articles
on our site does not imply endorsement by any other sites. We select
items and stories that we hope will stimulate ideas and conversation
in the interest of keeping you and your colleagues informed.

As a home for your creative instincts, we hope to give voice to your
own intellectual visions. All ideas are open for discussion.  It will
be your insight and creativity that helps further LISNews. All
submissions will remain under complete control and copyright of the

Thanks again for considering, You can reach us at:

3., "resources for the wired librarian"

You might as well check out this new website for librarians.  Unlike
most sites for librarians, it is purple and black in color.  It does
seems useful, yet perhaps not more useful or terribly different from
sites you already know about, like  Some
innovations: a message center that you can log in to, an upcoming
review source (would like to know how to feed it reviews), an
emphasis on automation, and an invitation to "make LibraryHQ your
start page."  It seems like a pretty good site, although I didn't
examine it too closely.  Is another general library-interest site


4. IFLANET now searchable

IFLANET has been enhanced to allow specific parts of the Web site to be
searched. On the search page, (, it is now
possible to restrict searches to:

1) the entire Web site, or
2) all IFLA Conference papers, or
3) IFLA Conference papers by year, or years in combination.

For questions and comments on this enhancement, please contact me.



Gary Cleveland
Programme Officer / IFLANET Manager
IFLA UDT Core Programme
National Library of Canada
Personal mail: gary.cleveland[at]
Tel: 819.997.7002
Fax: 819.994.6835

5. A new page, Filters and Filtering, at

replaces former page, Intellectual Freedom and the Internet.

In addition to links to ALA Policies and Statements on Filtering,
there are links to

First Amendment Basics
International Intellectual Freedom Basics
American Library Basics
Internet Filtering Statements of State Library Associations
International Library Basics w Censorship Basics
Internet Basics
Internet Use Policies
Court Decisions Against Internet Filtering
Statements and Papers Opposing Filtering
Minors, Libraries, and the Internet
ALA Libraries & the Internet Toolkit
Especially for Children and Their Parents
Pending Internet Legislation
News Sources for Information about the Internet, Filters, Filtering,
   Freedom, and the First Amendment
Books on the Internet and Intellectual Freedom
Other Organizations Opposing Filtering

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

6. The Peter Greenaway Library Project

(From Steve Fessenmeier's "Grafitti" column - fesenms[at]

Ken Thompson, a new Masters Librarian, graduating from the University of
Washington, has created one of the most interesting blends of web and
image. He calls it the Peter Greenaway Library Project. Greenaway is a
former painter, now filmmaker, who has created some of the most
interesting cinematic stories ever. His masterpiece is probably "The
Draughtman's Contract", but all of his films have their fans. His most
famous is "The Cook, the Thief His Wife & Her Lover" (1989), which has
the ultimate "death by book" scene ever filmed. Check it out at .

7. Books by Sanford Berman removed from HCL catalog

Date: Mon, 07 Feb 2000 14:18:00 -0500
From: "Carol Reid" <creid[at]MAIL.NYSED.GOV>
To: SRRT Action Council <srrtac-l[at]>
Subject: [SRRTAC-L:4094] Sandy Berman non grata

The Hennepin County Library (former home to cataloger/activist Sanford
Berman) has seemingly "weeded" all five titles primarily authored by him
from their collection in the short time since his forced retirement.

These titles are:
Joy of cataloging
Cataloging special materials: critiques and innovations
Subject cataloging: critiques and innovations
Woth noting: editorials, letters, essays, an interview and bibliography
Prejudices and antipathies: a tract on the LC subject heads concerning

Nine other titles, for which he is listed as editor, contributor, etc.
remain in the catalog.

Is this an attempt to further purge Sandy and his influence from Hennepin County Library??

Carol Reid
New York State Library
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Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2000 15:25:19 -0500 (EST)
From: Frederick W Stoss <fstoss[at]>
To: SRRT Action Council <srrtac-l[at]>
Subject: [SRRTAC-L:4095] Re: Sandy Berman non grata

Carol and others,

Thanks, Carol, for posting this news. If it looks like censorhip by
removal, smells like censorship by removal, and feels like censorship by
removal, it must be...

I'd send this on to American Libraries as a news item and see what

I'd send this on to Council for action to see if there is any reason why
ALA would condone such behavior. Have other libraries culled these titles?

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Date: Mon, 07 Feb 2000 15:38:46 -0500
From: "Carol Reid" <creid[at]MAIL.NYSED.GOV>
To: SRRT Action Council <srrtac-l[at]>
Subject: [SRRTAC-L:4096] Re: Sandy Berman non grata


I agree. It's hard to even conceive of what sort of official, ostensible
excuse the HCL administration may be prepared to give.

I believe Sandy himself has already penned a letter to the "library press"
about it.

We are currently trying to confirm the story/glean inside details via
someone who is still employed at Hennepin County Library.

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From: kmccook[at]
To: SRRT Action Council <srrtac-l[at]>
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2000 21:01:52 -0500
Subject: [SRRTAC-L:4098] Re: Follow-up on Berman affair

  I am editing the May, 2000 issue of American Libraries. The theme will be
Poverty with articles by Earl Shorris (Author of New American Blues and the
forthcoming Riches for the Poor), Bert & Judy Boyce (on serving  rural poor
people),Larry Sullivan on serving the imprisoned...the introduction which I
will write will include discussion of Sandy's work to get the PPP
implemented, Karen Venturella's book.  Sandy will never morph into a non-
person...his influence has been far too important.

Kathleen de la Peña McCook     School of Library & Information Science
Professor and Librarian        University of South Florida, CIS 1040
813-974-9182                   Tampa, FL 33620

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From: "Nick James" <njaj1[at]>
To: librarians[at]
Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2000 09:09:38 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Re: Fwd: Sandy Berman non grata

> Is this an attempt to further purge Sandy and his influence from
> Hennepin County Library??

Well, if so, they'll have to try a lot harder. Certainly in Britain,
we've only ever heard of Hennepin because of Mr Berman. I can't
imagine it's that different in N.America - his influence worldwide
will continue to be a great deal more significant than any Stalinist
inclined managers.

Nick James
Catalogue Database Manager
University of Leicester


8. Public Relations and Propaganda

Here are some articles and sites relating to the public relations
industry, with a focus on Edward Bernays, one of its founders.  The
public relations industry in its connection to mainstream media is
amazingly powerful and truly insidious.  Bernays knew exactly what he
was talking about when he wrote,  "It is not generally realized to what
extent the words and actions of our most influential public men are
dictated by shrewd persons operating behind the scenes." _PROPAGANDA_, 1928

"WAR ON TRUTH: The secret battle for the American mind,"
an interview with John Stauber of PR Watch.

Chapter 1 of Stuart Ewen's _PR! A Social History of Spin_,
"Visiting Edward Bernays"

Good review of Ewen's book in Salon, with an interview:

Interview with Stuart Ewen in _New Internationalist_

Interview with Larry Tye, author of
The Father of Spin: Edward L. Bernays & The Birth of Public Relations

"Edward L. Bernays, A Retrospective," at The PR Museum

Stay Free! Zine

Introduction to _Toxic Sludge is Good for You: Lies, Damn Lies,
and the Public Relations Industry_, by John Stauber

Center for Media and Democracy, home of _PR Watch_

and in a postmodern tangent,

Hacking Memes, by Stephen Downes

9. Environmental Health information

Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2000 17:21:09 -0500 (EST)
From: Frederick W Stoss <fstoss[at]>
To: SRRT Action Council <srrtac-l[at]>
Subject: [SRRTAC-L:4071] Environmental Health

Here is the URL to my EH page:

In there you will find these recommended sites. I *ed the more useful
ones. Let me know if need any additional help.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
*          HazDat Database

*          Public Health Statements

          Toxicology Information Briefs (Pesticides)

Center for Health, Environment, and Justice (fomerly the Citizens'
Clearinghouse for Hazardous Wastes) Started by Lois Gibbs/Love Canal
Department of Agriculture
          National Agricultural Library

               AGRICOLA AGRICultural OnLine Access (bibliographic
Environmental Protection Agency
*          Air Toxics Program

   Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances

National Institutes of Health
          National Library of Medicine

               Search MEDLINE Free
               Toxicology and Environmental Health Information
                    Toxicology Databases
*                         Chemical Information
*                         ToxNet
*                         ToxLine
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

               Search NIOSH Databases Free
      (including the
*                    NIOSHTIC Bibliographic Database
                    Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
*                    RTECS -- Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical

This is the URL to that REALLY REALLY good reference source I mentioned:


10. Fiona Hunt's account of the Seattle WTO meeting and its significance

Sent to the mai-list, which was set up to alert people to the
Multilateral Agreement on Investments discussions, which were a
precursor to the current WTO meetings.

Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2000 17:55:56 -0800 (PST)
From: Fiona Hunt <fionah[at]>
To: MAI list <mai-list[at]>
Subject: Seattle

Dear List members,

The following is my tardy account of my Seattle experience.  My sincere
apologies for the delay.  I wanted to get it out to you before leaving the
country, but have been, as you can imagine, quite busy.  It is in two
parts: a) what happened at the NGO session of the conference and
b) how libraries came out of the week long event.  I hope you find it
informative and interesting.  If you have any questions, please don't
hesitate to contact me.  I'll be out of touch for a while beginning Friday
Feb. 4th, but will eventually be online again.  I have no idea how long
the process will take, but I shouldn't think any more than a couple of

I also have some photographs from the Seattle event.  A friend has kindly
mounted them on his website and if you're interested, you can view them at  Click on "home", then on
"seattle" (it's at the bottom of the page).  It's set up as a slide show,
so you need to click on the forward and back buttons to see all the


The WTO Conference

Much talk during the week centred around the need for greater
transparency in WTO proceedings, both within the organization, between
member states, and between the WTO and those outside the organization,
namely the NGO community and the public.  Greater transparency means less
secrecy, greater equality among the member states, and more discussion and
dialogue.  An example of the WTO's non-transparent practices includes the
infamous "green room" discussions in which a handful of member states -
usually the so-called "Quad" nations (Japan, the EU, the US and Canada) -
make decisions and hash out agreements, excluding the other members.

In the spirit of greater transparency, the WTO put aside an entire day to
"dialogue" with NGOs.  For the first time in 50 years, NGOs were allowed
to apply for accreditation and attend this special conference session. The
dialogue began with a 3-hour delay, admittedly out of the WTO's hands,
while the police responded to a bomb threat in the conference
centre.  When the proceedings finally got underway, the NGOs were ushered
into the presence of WTO Director-General Mike Moore himself, as well as
several other world trade luminaries, including Charlene Barshefsky, the
conference host.  The virtues of world trade were then extolled by the
WTO's panel of speakers. Of the 8 speakers, only one, a representative
from the African Trade Union, spoke out strongly against the WTO and the
damage its policies are doing in Africa. In the afternoon session, there
were 3 further opponents of the WTO's agenda, but by then, the hall was
half empty, as weary and frustrated NGO representatives left in
disgust. Out of 16 speakers chosen for the occasion, only 4 were critical
of the WTO and its policies.

At the end of each session, morning and afternoon, there was an
opportunity for "discussion" during which NGO representatives would have 3
minutes to deliver comments or ask a question.  If the question filled
the entire 3 minutes, the NGO representative did not receive an
answer.  In both the morning and afternoon sessions, not all of the NGOs
who had expressed a desire to speak were called on to do so, partly due to
the morning's delay, but mostly because not enough time had been allotted.
Not surprisingly, a majority of NGO representatives began their comments
by denouncing this so-called "dialogue" and expressing their extreme
disappointment at so paltry an attempt.

Despite the fact that we had not been called on, the Canadian Library
Association (CLA) and International Federation of Library Associations
(IFLA) managed to clear a path to the microphone to make our comments.  We
were given one minute each.  Both representatives expressed alarm at the
potential comodification, under the GATS, of library service, a service
which does not generate profit but which nevertheless benefits society and
is valuable in its own right.  The for-profit dissemination of library
services would remove any guarantee of equitable access for the
public. CLA asked for assurance from the panel that social services like
libraries would be protected, but as our alloted one minute had come to an
end, we did not receive that assurance.  NGO representatives were told
that our comments would be recorded and passed on to the WTO delegates.

Among those on the official panel who did speak out against the WTO,
Vwelinzima Vavi, of the African Trade Union, said that sub-Saharan
countries have lower incomes now than they did before entering the
WTO.  Dr. Mari Pangestu, from the Centre for Strategic and International
Studies (Indonesia), pointed out that while trade liberalization has the
potential to stimulate growth and alleviate poverty, there is only a weak
link between the two.  Growth in some parts of the world does not
necessarily trickle down to other parts.  Professor Yash Tandon, Director
of the Southern and Eastern African Trade, Information and Negotiations
Initiative (SEATINI), Zimbabwe, denounced the WTO as "devoid of human
values" and so inadequate that we don't need to kill it; "it is killing
itself".  Dr. Claude Martin, Director General of the World Wildlife
Federation, stated that world trade is contributing to serious
environmental destruction and needs to become more ecologically
sustainable. He pointed to the importance of Multilateral Environmental
Agreements (MEAs) - frequently overruled by the WTO dispute settlement
mechanism - in the world trade arena.  Lastly, he pointed out that issues
of concern over the WTO are not only North-South, but also North-North, as
we have seen with recent North-North trade disputes over bovine growth
hormone, bananas, etc.

How did Libraries Fare?

Despite the ultimate failure of the ministers to come up with a working
agenda to launch their Millennium Round, libraries may nevertheless still
face the danger posed by these talks.  A tentative draft of the services
agreement was completed and does not look promising for libraries, health
care, education and the multitude of other service sectors.

The General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)

To summarize briefly, for those not familiar with this agreement: The
GATS, or General Agreement on Trade in Services, was born during the
Uruguay Round of trade talks, which ended in 1995.  This agreement strives
to liberalize trade in service sectors around the world.  "Services"
includes libraries, museums, archives, educational institutions, and
health care services, to mention only a few; in total, there are 160
service sectors. The Seattle ministerial conference hoped to launch a new
set of trade talks that would expand the GATS, which is currently more
limited in scope, to include all service sectors across all borders.

The agreement would apply the concept of national treatment,
whereby foreign corporations must be treated the same as or better than
national corporations, to services around the world.  Under national
treatment guidelines, government subsidies could be claimed by private
corporations entering the domestic market and offering the same kinds of
services as those in the public sector.  Hence, hospitals, educational
institutions, libraries, and a host of other services currently existing
in the public sector could find themselves competing with corporations for
government funding.

The current wording of the GATS text is ambiguous and many interpret it to
mean that any services currently funded by government are automatically
exempted from the agreement and therefore, national treatment could not
apply to these services.  Others worry that the writing is on the wall for
the public sector, regardless of this clause.

For those interested in a technical discussion of the WTO draft services
agreement, please see the footnote below (1).  In more general terms,
suffice it to say that the draft agreement does not protect any service
sectors from trade liberalization.  It puts all sectors on the table at
once, rather than allowing member states to choose which ones they want
included.  Exemptions for particular sectors can be requested (ie. these
sectors will not be included), but if no exemption is requested, each
sector will be open for negotiation.

The services agenda was set fairly quickly in Seattle, with little fanfare
from the media.  It was probably one of the few "successful" components of
the conference that we heard nothing about.  As there was little
disagreement among members, and as there is now a draft agenda from which
to work, the GATS negotiations will likely begin on schedule in January

In Conclusion....

The WTO ultimately did not succeed in drawing up an agenda for its three
year Millennium Round of trade talks.  The Wall Street Journal and the
Economist suggest that the WTO did not fail because of the demonstrators,
but rather because of disharmony amongst the delegates, who couldn't
decide on an agenda for the Seattle meeting, never mind for the next three
years. They may be right. One thing the protesters did accomplish,
however, was to alert the television-watching and newspaper-reading world
that there is such a thing as the WTO and that some people are worried
about it. This is a great victory.  Before Seattle, the WTO was virtually
unknown amongst the general public, and now everyone has heard of it. Some
will be curious enough to investigate further.  It is from the ranks of
these demonstrators-to-be that we will recruit even greater numbers for
the next "Seattle".  One thing is certain: because of Seattle, protest has
been inaugurated as a factor in negotiations around the world,
trade-related or otherwise.


1. The draft services agenda contains two worrying clauses:

- 31 (b) Liberalisation may be achieved through bilateral, plurilateral or
multilateral approaches, *based on the request-offer approach and
supplemented as necessary by other appropriate negotiating modalities,
applied on a horizontal or sectoral basis*. Participants shall submit
initial requests or proposals on specific commitments by 15 December 2000.

- 31(c) *The negotiations, from which no service sector or mode of supply
shall be excluded a priori*, shall aim to promote the interests of all
participants and to secure an overall balance of rights and obligations
through the liberalisation of services across a broad range of
sectors.  Special attention shall be given to sectors and modes of supply
of interest to developing countries.

The text above between * symbols denotes the pertinent sections. Beginning
with the highlighted text from section 31(b): *based on the request-offer
approach* means, essentially, "bottom up" negotiations, in which member
states can decide which sectors they want to include.  If a member state
does not want to include health care, education, libraries, and any other
service sectors, it will be able to hold them back and not introduce them
to the negotiations.  However, *and supplemented as necessary by other
appropriate negotiating modalities, applied on a horizontal or sectoral
basis*, is worrisome. "Horizontal negotiating modalities" means that any
decision applied to one sector will automatically be applied,
"horizontally", to all sectors. The text here is ambiguous.  The European
Union interprets it to mean that the horizontal application of a
particular rule will apply only to those sectors that have been committed
by their member states.  The US, on the other hand, believes it to mean
that a horizontal application of rules will apply across the board to all
sectors.  The difference between these two interpretations is
crucial. When the text states that these "negotiating modalities" will be
applied on a horizontal or sectoral basis, it is simply leaving the door
open for negotiators to do whatever they feel like.  "Horizontal" means
"across the board" while "sectoral" means "on a sector by sector
basis" signifying that the sector to which the rule will be applied will
be specifically identified.

Moving on to section 31(c): *from which no service sector or mode of
supply shall be excluded a priori*, means that the top-down approach will
be used.  This statement directly contradicts the promise of a
request-offer approach in 31(b).  Top-down negotiations mean that
everything will be put on the table at once. Member states can ask for
exemptions for certain sectors, but it is more difficult to ask for an
exemption than it is to decide which sectors (if any) that you want
included in an agreement.  When explaining the reasoning behind this
approach, one trade official said that, "all the boxes on the table will
be opened, but some of them may remain empty."  This analogy is extremely
unsettling.  If all of the boxes are on the table and all of them are
open, it is surely only a matter of time before the empty ones start
filling up.

What would have been a better outcome for the public services sector?

- bottom-up negotiations
- no horizontal negotiating modalities
- no suggestion of a top-down approach
- accompanied by explicit language leaving no doubt as to interpretation

As the text stands, its content is unfavourable and the language is
deliberately vague and open-ended, leaving room for a broad range of
interpretation and action.

11. ALA Council Resolution on the WTO, from the midwinter 2000 meeting

The following was sent to SRRT-AC by Al Kagan:

Our original WTO resolution distributed earlier on the listserv was
passed by SRRT.  Here is the version passed by the ALA Council. It
was endorsed by the ALA International Relations Round Table and the
ALA International Relations Committee.  The IRC amended the 2nd
resolved clause giving themselves authority for coalition work.  And
the IRC added the final resolved clause sending the resolution to
IFLA and CLA.  In consultation with our SRRT allies on Council, we
accepted their amendments in order to get smooth passage of the
resolution, and I moved the amendments when introducing the


Resolution on World Trade Organization Policies Affecting Libraries

Whereas IFLA and the Canadian Library Association (CLA) have taken
very similar strong positions regarding new World Trade Organization
(WTO) proposals affecting libraries;

And whereas the national delegates to the November 1999 WTO
Ministerial Conference in Seattle were unable to proceed due to
large-scale protests mobilized by a wide coalition of environmental,
labor, religious, professional, and civil society organizations;

And whereas ALA sent a delegate to the WTO meeting but had no
official position;

And whereas the WTO negotiates in secret and excludes popular

And whereas the WTO proposals could have dramatic negative effects on
publicly supported libraries as explained in the IFLA and CLA position

Therefore be it resolved that ALA endorses the IFLA  WTO position

Be It Further Resolved that ALA will work in coalition with other
organizations as identified by the International Relations Committee
to protect libraries within the WTO context.

Be It Further Resolved that this resolution be communicated to the
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
(IFLA) and to the Canadian Library Association (CLA).

Moved by Al Kagan, SRRT Councilor
Seconded by Mark Rosenzweig, Councilor at Large

12. OneWorld Online

        This Web site is "a worldwide Internet partnership of 350
        NGOs and media organisations, whose mission is to
        promote sustainable development and human rights by
        harnessing the democratic potential of the Internet." This
        searchable site provides a gateway to an enormous amount
        of information about global development issues for NGOs
        (Non-Governmental Organizations) and other interested
        parties. The material (from publications of their partner
        organizations) can be browsed by topic or by country. Also
        available in French, Dutch, Italian, and German. - ttk

from Librarian's Index to the Internet -

13. Message from Martin Vera to the PLG on the arrests in Mexico City

Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2000 01:04:33 -0600 (CST)
From: martin vera <mvera69[at]>
Subject: Militar occupation in Mexican University
To: iskra[at], plgnet-l[at]

Dear PLGers,

  I'm a member from Mexico City and I'm part of the
new Mexican Study Circle on Political Librarianship  

  This message is only to ask for your support and to
inform that pseudo-militars occupied the major Mexican
University (UNAM)and ended a nine month students
strike with repression. This was ordered by President
Zedillo with a false sense of the law and cheered by
politicians, pseudo human rights officials and mass
media comunicators.

  The repression was not violent, it was without
weapons, but the goverment knew how to act: using mass
media manipulation and breaking his promise about that
the only solution to this problem was going to be
through open public dialogue.
   The result: more than 800 students in jail. ¿why?
only to ask for more financial resources to the higher
degree education. Only to ask for justice. They didn't
have weapons. Only ideas.

   One of the main occupied Faculties of the Campus
was Philosophy where its located the Library School.

    PLG'ers: this only a call to be aware that in
every time, in every country librarians must fight
against intolerance and injustice as a result of the
this globalized world. We must not let libraries and
education are driven only to satisfy market
requirements. In other words, don't put libraries in
hands of the capitalism. Thanks for your attention.

    My best regards, (with sad feelings...)
  Martin Vera
If you're interested in reading "official" news about
the conflict, see

but don't believe that is says all the truth.

14. Opportunity to Attend the Zimbabwe Book Fair

Date: Mon, 07 Feb 2000 14:38:57 -0600
From: "Michael Dowling" <mdowling[at]>
To: ALA International Relations Round Table <alaworld[at]>
Subject: [ALAWORLD:297] ALA-ZIBF Free Pass Program To the Zimbabwe Book Fair

The American Library Association and the Zimbabwe International Book
Fair are repeating of their successful joint collaboration to provide
support for ALA member librarians to attend the Zimbabwe International
Book Fair. The ALA-ZIB FREE PASS Program to ZIBF2000 will provide
three days lodging (bed and breakfast) at a five star hotel, or five
days at a three star hotel (applicant's preference), and visitor
registration at the expense of ZIBF; plus a contribution of $200
towards the cost of airfare.  Up to 20 librarians may be able to
participate in this program.

The 2000 Zimbabwe International Book Fair will take place July 28 -
August 5, 2000 in Harare.  The theme for this year will be
"Celebrating African Books" and the country focus will be Ghana.

The deadline to apply for the Free Pass Program is April 15, 2000!

For more information on ZIBF2000 and to apply for the FREE PASS
Program, contact:

P O Box 21303, London WC2E 8PH
Tel/Fax +44 (0)171 836 8501
Email: zibf.kingstreet[at]
or  visit the ZIBF website at

or the ALA International Relations office at
phone:800-545-2433, ext. 3201
email: intl[at] or visit the website at

15. Afro-American Almanac

        Subtitled African-American History Resource, this site
        presents "a historical perspective of a nation, its
        people, and its cultural evolution." Included are
        biographies, full-text books, folktales, documents,
        information about historic events, and trivia games.
        AFRO-Voices contains the text of commentaries, poetry,
        and speeches. Included also are related links and
        resources as well as a newsletter of Issues in the News.
        - dl

from Librarian's Index to the Internet -

16. Herbert Schiller dead at 80

Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2000 19:48:13 -0500
To: plgnet-l[at]
From: Mark Rosenzweig <iskra[at]>
Subject: Herb Schiller Dead at 80

Herb Schiller, the dean of critical communications studies in the US,
died Saturday. A friend of PLG, a contributer to our journal. He was the
model of a committed scholar and an inspiration to many of us in PLG.
Herb will be missed.

Mark Rosenzweig

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Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2000 23:54:02 -0500 (EST)
From: Mark Hudson <hxmst3+[at]>

It was reading Schiller at the outset of my library school experience
that, more than anything else, enabled me to find my way through the
ideological fog of library education and define my calling as a librarian.
Let us continue to struggle, as librarians and activists, for an
alternative public sphere within which the critical consciousness and
self-organization of the oppressed and excluded global majority can
flourish, and urge our fellow librarians to do the same.

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Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2000 17:16:07 -0800 (PST)
From: Dan Tsang <dtsang[at]>

Very sad.  His wife, Anita, was a librarian at UC San Diego.

Here's the UCSD notice:

Daniel C. Tsang

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