Library Juice 4:36 - October 10, 2001


  1. Ebsco Library Reference Center
  2. "Notification of Internet Violations"
  3. Ariadne no. 29, September 2001
  4. First Monday, Volume 6, Number 10
  5. OMB Watch Information Policy site
  6. Nonprofits' Policy & Technology Project
  7. Wonderful analysis of "metacrap"
  8. Clunker Library story in latest Onion
  9. Anti-War Resources from the Holt Labor Library
  10. Announcement of Woodie Guthrie Papers on American Memory
  11. Beyond Nancy Drew
  12. AALL, ALA and ARL Statement on Proposed Anti-Terrorist Legislation
  13. Librarian punished for political mass-email
  14. Labor links page
  15. "Uniting and Strengthening America (USA) Act" (S. 1510)
  16. Free Speech, even in the academy, is getting dicey

Quote of the week:

Reading had changed forever the course of my life.
(Malcolm X. Found in: African American Quotations, p. 278.)

Personal Homepage of the week: James Capobianco


1. Ebsco Library Reference Center

This is a special service on the Ebscohost site providing free access to
resources in Ebsco's database for librarians. Included are many familiar
periodicals in librarianship, with some full text content. How can you
beat free?

2. "Notification of Internet Violations"

Check out the fun net "authority" warning received by my friend Abigail,
who runs ...

Forwarded Message ----------
Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2001, 1:39 AM +0000
From: Net Authority Investigations <investigations[at]>
To: "A. Plumb" <velocity[at]>
Subject: Notification of Internet Violations

Dear A. Plumb,

It has recently been brought to our attention that you are, or have been,
in violation of the Net Authority Acceptable Internet Usage Guidelines. It
has been reported that you both distribute and view offensive materials
over the Internet.

Net Authority has investigated these claims by checking your webpage at and verified that they are true.

As a result, your personal information has been added to one or more Net
Authority Internet offender databases. Your information will be stored in
the databases until enough evidence has been gathered against you to
warrant further actions. To help avoid such a situation, it is strongly
recommended that you cease your immoral actions on the Internet at once.

You have been added to the following databases:

If you would like more information about Net Authority or the Net Authority
Acceptable Internet Usage Guidelines, you may read the details at . It is imperative that you fully understand
the guidelines if you wish to avoid further prosecution.

May God be with you as you struggle to overcome these evil impulses. You
will be in our prayers at night.

God speed,

Net Authority Investigations Department

End Forwarded Message ----------

I'm not sure if this was intended as a joke or as cultural conservative
"stragery." It is amusing, but also a little frightening from a
science-fiction standpoint of imagining what could be.

3. Ariadne no. 29, September 2001

Released October 3

An introduction to Web Services: Tracy Gardner introduces web services -
self-describing applications which can be discovered and accessed over the
web by other applications.

Architects of the Information Age: Paul Miller reports on a recent
UKOLN-organised event at the Office of the e-Envoy, and explores the need
for an architecture to scope what we build online.

Subject Portals: Judith Clark describes a 3-year project to develop a set
of subject portals - part of the Distributed National Electronic Resource
(DNER) development programme.

Managing electronic library services: current issues in UK Higher
Education institutions: Stephen Pinfield surveys some of the key issues
associated with delivering electronic library services.

Creating a Digital Library Centre: John Kirriemuir outlines some of the
issues for the establishment of digital library centres in UK Higher
Education institutions.

Migration: a Camileon discussion paper: Paul Wheatley explores migration
issues for the long-term preservation of digital materials.

Evolution of Portable Electronic Books: Ruth Wilson charts the
development of portable electronic book hardware, from the first generation
in 1980s to the range of handheld devices available today.

The People's Network and the learning revolution: building the NOF
Digitize programme: Susi Woodhouse brings us up to date with developments.

Collective Convergence - the work of the Collection Description Focus:
Pete Johnston and Bridget Robinson outline the work of the Collection
Description Focus.

4. First Monday, Volume 6, Number 10

October 1st 2001

Networks, Netwars, and the Fight for the Future
by David Ronfeldt and John Arquilla

The Effects of September 11 on the Leading Search Engine
by Richard W. Wiggins

Will E-books Change the World?
by Terje Hillesund

Reaching Across the Divide: The Challenges of Using the Internet to Bridge
Disparities in Access to Information
by Andie Miller

Online Journalism: Modelling the First Generation of News Media on the
World Wide Web
by Mark Deuze

Offshore E-Money Issuers and Monetary Policy
by Malte Krueger

Changes in Metatag Descriptions Over Time
by Timothy C. Craven


5. OMB Watch Information Policy site

"News and Analysis on Public Access to Government Information"

"OMB Watch has a long history of encouraging the public's right-to-know and
public access to government information. Since the mid-1980s, OMB Watch and
Unison Institute have worked closely with EPA, HUD and other federal
agencies to create a series of environmental and housing databases
available through RTK NET, the Right-to-Know Network.

"During the 1990s, OMB Watch expanded its role to include oversight of
policy and legislative issues that address public access to government
information. Most recently, OMB Watch has taken on the issue of information
and access equity - ensuring that all citizens have equal access to useful
technology and information."

The site includes an email announcement service.


6. Nonprofits' Policy & Technology Project

A Project of OMB Watch

This site puts out little reports on issues relevant to information
technology as used by non-profits. The current TOC for 2001 is as follows:

Domain Name Dispute Resolution - 10/1/01
September 11, 2001 Tragedy: Resources to Help - 9/17/01
PETA and WWF: Intellectual Property Protections and Nonprofit Domain Names
- 9/4/01
Access to Electronic and Online Federal Court Records - 8/20/01
Conservative and Progressive Online News Sites - 8/6/01
Public Interest Policy Information and Media Advocacy - 7/23/01
Special: Internet Taxation - 7/9/01
Strategic Fundraising Online - 6/11/01
Spam and Bulk E-mail - 5/29/01
Special: CIPA, COPA, COPPA, CPPA/Child Online Protections Explained - 5/14/01
Impact of Administrative Advocacy Online - 4/30/01
Advocacy and Virtual Organizations: Theory and Considerations - 4/16/01
Special: Online Gaming and Nonprofits - 4/2/01
Congressional Attitudes Towards Constitutent E-mail - 3/23/01
Interactive Messaging - 3/05/01
Special: Wireless Technology and Cellular Telephones - 2/20/01
Free Web Hosting Services - 2/5/01
Free (and Low Cost) Internet Telephone Services - 1/22/01
Human Services Software and Technology - 1/8/01


7. Wonderful analysis of "metacrap"

Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 17:24:44 +0000
From: bikechic[at]
To: libraryunderground[at]
Reply to: bikechic[at]

A perfect explanation of why metadata systems fail:

"Metacrap: Putting the torch to seven straw-men of the meta-utopia."
by Cory Doctorow
Version 1.3: 26 August 2001

"A world of exhaustive, reliable metadata would be a utopia. It's also a
pipe-dream, founded on self-delusion, nerd hubris and hysterically
inflated market opportunities...There are at least seven insurmountable
obstacles between the world as we know it and meta-utopia. I'll
enumerate them below:
2.1 People lie
2.2 People are lazy
2.3 People are stupid
2.4 Mission: Impossible -- know thyself
2.5 Schemas aren't neutral
2.6 Metrics influence results
2.7 There's more than one way to describe something

Okay, it's a little jaded, but all of you in data management courses
NEED to bring this up in class discussion!

"What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being
very wasteful. How true that is." - Former US Vice President Dan
Quayle, 5/9/89

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Re: LU: Wonderful analysis of "metacrap"
Date: Tue, 02 Oct 2001 21:50:30 +0000
From: Judy Ng <jng03[at]>
To: bikechic[at], libraryunderground[at]
Reply to: jng03[at]


You forgot to add the most important part--the conclusion to the essay!
It's true metadata systems aren't perfect, and this encompasses all aspects
of information organization systems (including LCSH, DD, MARC, AACR2, etc.
etc. etc.). However, metadata and all cataloging systems are tools that
provide a basic means to sort through information--they (in my opinion)
aren't and shouldn't be considered to be the end all, but they have their
uses. I can imagine a organizational schema that recognizes all facets of
meaning before one is even aware of them, but that's a dream of my
imagining, not necessarily reality. Like someone on this list once wrote,
anarchy is not the absence of rules, it's the absence of rulers.

just my two cents--
plus the conclusion to the article:

Do we throw out metadata, then?
Of course not. Metadata can be quite useful, if taken with a sufficiently
large pinch of salt. The meta-utopia will never come into being, but
metadata is often a good means of making rough assumptions about the
information that floats through the Internet.

Certain kinds of implicit metadata is awfully useful, in fact. Google
exploits metadata about the structure of the World Wide Web: by examining
the number of links pointing at a page (and the number of links pointing at
each linker), Google can derive statistics about the number of Web-authors
who believe that that page is important enough to link to, and hence make
extremely reliable guesses about how reputable the information on that page

This sort of observational metadata is far more reliable than the stuff that
human beings create for the purposes of having their documents found. It
cuts through the marketing bullshit, the self-delusion, and the vocabulary

Taken more broadly, this kind of metadata can be thought of as a pedigree:
who thinks that this document is valuable? How closely correlated have this
person's value judgments been with mine in times gone by? This kind of
implicit endorsement of information is a far better candidate for an
information-retrieval panacea than all the world's schema combined.


8. Clunker Library story in latest Onion

I can't let a satirical article in The Onion that is about libraries go by
without mention. That doesn't mean I like the article. The author is
using the idea of heightened security at the local (urban) library as an
example of how ridiculous the security craze has become since 9/11. Ha ha,
the library has gone so far as to hire a security guard! A hysterical

Just another example of the sometimes poor understanding the public has of
libraries. Security guards and even cops have been commonplace in
libraries for years. And of course, the reality of heightened security in
libraries and everywhere else isn't really funny.

I give credit to The Onion for trying, and for continuing to be funny
overall at a time when we especially need it and at the same time as that
is especially difficult.

Clunker article at:


9. Anti-War Resources from the Holt Labor Library

Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2001 15:37:03 -0700
From: Shannon Sheppard <holtlabor[at]>

The Holt Labor Library "Monthly Feature" < >
provides links to Anti-War Resources. Categories include: Organizations,
Legal, Posters, and Alternative Information Resources. We will continue add
to this site, so please continue to visit at least weekly. Thank you.

Shannon Sheppard, MLIS
Holt Labor Library
50 Fell St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
phone: (415) 241-1370
email: holtlabor[at]

10. Announcement of Woodie Guthrie Papers on American Memory

Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2001 09:16:08 -0400
From: danna bell-russel <dbell[at]>

Good morning all.

As usual this announcement is being sent to a number of lists. Please
accept our apologies for any duplicate postings.

The American Folklife Center's Woody Guthrie Manuscript Collection is
now available online through the Library of Congress American Memory Web
site at the following URL:

The Woody Guthrie Manuscript Collection includes correspondence between
Woody Guthrie and staff of the Archive of American Folk Song (now the
Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center) at the Library of
Congress, written primarily in the early 1940s, shortly after Guthrie
had moved to New York City and met the Archive's Assistant in Charge,
Alan Lomax. Although Guthrie pursued broadcasting and recording careers,
meeting a cadre of artists and activists and gaining a reputation as a
talented and influential songwriter and performer, this collection
highlights his talents as a writer of prose. These occasionally,
illustrated reflections on his past, his art, his life in New York City,
and the looming Second World War provide unique insight into the artist
best-known for his role as "Dust Bowl balladeer."

The online presentation contains fifty-three items (eighty-four pages)
of manuscript material by, about, and to Woody Guthrie, 1940-50, and
includes a biographical essay by Guthrie scholar Mark Jackson; a
timeline of Guthrie's life; and an encoded finding aid of archival
materials featuring Woody Guthrie at the Library of Congress.

Other folklife-related online collections, selected publications of the
American Folklife Center, and information about products and services
are available from the Center's home page:

American Memory is a project of the National Digital Library Program of
the Library of Congress, which, in collaboration with other
institutions, is bringing important American historical materials to
citizens around the world. Through American Memory, over 100 multimedia
collections of digitized documents, photographs, recorded sound, motion
pictures, and text are now available online, free to the public for
educational purposes. This collection is the twelfth collection from the
American Folklife Center to be added on the American Memory Web site.
All American Memory collections can be accessed through:

Please direct any questions to ndlpcoll[at]

11. Beyond Nancy Drew

Duke University's Special Collections Library (last mentioned in the April
17, 2001 _Scout Report for Social Sciences & Humanities_) presents this
research guide to Girls' Literature in the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's
History and Culture. While the guide is intended for scholars doing research
in Duke University's Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library,
it should be helpful for any scholars of serial fiction or girl's
literature. The site provides a brief overview of and citations for girl's
fiction ranging from Rebecca Clark's (Sophie May) Little Trudy series in the
mid-nineteenth century to, for example, Jane Severance's 1983 novel _Lots of
mommies_. The guide is divided into topical sections, among them Tomboys and
Working Girls, Girl Detectives, and Nurses in Girls' Literature, as well as
selected secondary sources. The links to external sites and the occasional
cover art illustrations are a plus. [TK]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001.

12. AALL, ALA and ARL Statement on Proposed Anti-Terrorist Legislation

Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2001 09:17:14 -0500
From: "John W. Berry" <jberry[at]>
To: ALA Council List <alacoun[at]>
Reply to: jberry[at]


I attach a joint AALL, ALA and ARL "Library Community Statement on
Proposed Anti-Terrorism Measures."

The joint statement, with about 100 other statements from other
organizations, were delivered to the offices of every Member of
Congress yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. Our cover letter is also
attached for your information.

Hearings on this legislation begin today, Wednesday, October 3rd, in
both the House and Senate.

This legislation is on a very 'fast-track' and it is the
Washington-based association staff who have the most complete and
timely access to new and evolving drafts of proposed legislation.
However, Executive Director Bill Gordon and I reviewed all drafts
of the statement as it was developed earlier this week.

Legislation affecting fundamental freedoms embodied in our
Constitution and Bill of Rights always need close scrutiny and and
thoughtful attention. Legislation drafted very quickly and in
response to a crisis
requires a particularly careful review.

This statement and the many others sent to Members of Congress
encourage this kind of careful review
of the very broad implications of this proposed legislation.

We will continue to closely monitor the legislative process and urge
each of you to also follow these developments.

John W. Berry
American Library Association, 2001-02

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October 2, 2001

Members of the United States Congress
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Member of Congress:

The American Association of Law Libraries, the American Library
Association, and the Association of Research Libraries call on our Nation's
leaders to move cautiously in proposing new laws and regulations aimed at
terrorism. We are concerned that some of the legislation proposed thus far
threatens the rights of the public and undermines the confidentiality that
is crucial for the flow of information needed for the provision of library
services and importantly, the vitality of our democracy.

As the national debate on how to maintain our freedom while assuring
appropriate security moves forward, we ask you to balance the impact of any
legislative and regulatory proposals on the privacy and First Amendment
rights of library users. The proposals thus far have raised significant
concerns. These include:

the expansion of pen register and trap and trace devices to the Internet;
the expansion of access to business records;
expansion of access to educational institution records;
the expansion of the definition of terrorism; and
the mandates for technology.

We appreciate the thoughtful debate that is occurring to achieve
legislation that will protect our civil liberties while assuring greater
national security. The attached statement outlines in detail some key
concerns of our three associations that we hope you will consider. We
understand that the legislation is moving quickly and that some of these
issues may, in fact, be under consideration. We ask you to consider these
concerns and we offer to work with Congress and all stakeholders to achieve
a balanced piece of legislation.


American Association of Law Libraries
Mary Alice Baish, Associate Washington Affairs Representative

American Library Association
Lynne Bradley, Director, Office of Government Relations

Association of Research Libraries
Prue Adler, Associate Executive Director

Attachment: "Library Community Statement on Proposed Anti-terrorism Measures"

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As our Nation moves forward during this time of mourning and recovery, it
is important that we continue to protect and preserve the freedoms that are
the foundation of our democracy. Our Nation's libraries are trusted,
impartial resources providing information on all points of view, for all
people. America has been served for over two centuries through public,
school, academic, research, law, and special libraries in our many diverse
communities and institutions. The role of libraries as a national resource
must not be compromised by the erosion of the privacy rights of library

The Library Associations listed below call on our Nation's leaders to move
cautiously in proposing new laws and regulations aimed at terrorism. We
are concerned that some of the legislation proposed thus far threatens the
rights of the public and undermines the confidentiality that is crucial for
the flow of information needed for the provision of library services and
most importantly, the vitality of our democracy.

As the national debate on how to maintain our freedom while assuring
appropriate security moves forward, the library community will balance the
impact of any legislative and regulatory proposals on the privacy and First
Amendment rights of library users. The proposals thus far have raised
significant concerns, including:

Expansion of Pen Register and Trap and Trace Devices to the Internet

Issue: Libraries are providers of information to the public and do not
monitor information sought or read by library users. To the extent that
libraries "capture" usage information through computer logs or networked
services, this is purely for administrative, housekeeping purposes. There
are instances when there is a need for law enforcement to collect
information from libraries, and in such circumstances libraries comply with
court orders. Any new legislation in this arena raises potentially
significant First Amendment and privacy concerns. Proposals to allow these
devices to capture information about electronic mail, web surfing, and
other kinds of electronic communications over the Internet raise at least

First, the expansion of the information captured by these devices goes far
beyond their use in traditional telephone settings, where a trap and trace
device notes only the numbers dialed to or from a certain telephone.
Internet "addressing and routing information" may include considerable
information about the content a user viewed, and it may include personal
information submitted to a web site. This is a significant major expansion
of the scope of information made available through the use of these

Second, proposals also include allowing trap and trace information to be
collected in relationship to a person, rather than a location. Unlike a
computer in a home, a library computer is open for use by the whole
community. In many libraries, it is impossible to narrow the use of a trap
and trace device to only reach the communications of particular

Recommendation: The current standard of "relevant to an ongoing
investigation" may be entirely appropriate for obtaining a court order for
a pen register or trap and trace device for telephone. There should be a
higher standard for obtaining a court order if there is an expansion of the
number of users monitored or the content of their communications. The
information collected through an order should be specified as narrowly as

2. Expansion of Access to Business Records (including library circulation

Issue: Library circulation records are highly confidential and are
protected from disclosure under most state laws. Confidentiality assures
library patrons that, in ordinary circumstances, they will not be subject
to intrusion, intimidation, or reprisal for their choice of reading
material or research topics. Libraries already provide law enforcement
officials such records if served with a court order.

Proposals to make it easier to access so-called business records by
lowering standards and eliminating judicial review would appear to apply to
library circulation records as well. If adopted, these proposals would
eviscerate long-standing state laws and place the confidentiality of all
library users at risk. Such proposals could also apply to electronic
records showing the history of web sites viewed at a library's public
workstations -- records that may well include personal information about
individuals wholly uninvolved in any federal investigation. These types of
proposals violate existing privacy laws and policies.

Recommendation: There should continue to be a high standard for obtaining
a court order requiring the release of library records. This is of special
concern to libraries given the mission of libraries to provide access to
information and resources, including the technological means to achieve
such access, while protecting the privacy and First Amendment rights of
library users.

3. Expansion of Access to Educational Institution Records

Issue: The library community shares Congress' longstanding commitment to
student privacy and the confidentiality of educational institution records,
which is reflected in current federal laws such as the Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and the Children's Online Privacy Protection
Act of 1998. For democracy to flourish, individuals must be able to control
the disclosure of privacy information such as their academic records. Of
course, if there is a legitimate law enforcement need for particular
educational records associated with particular individuals, the library
community cooperates and will continue to cooperate with such efforts.

Recommendation: There should continue to be a high standard for obtaining
a court order requiring the release of educational institution records.
Students' privacy and First Amendment rights remain high priorities for the
library community, and existing law permits sufficient access to the
records created and maintained by educational institutions.

4. Expansion of the Definition of Terrorism

Issue: Libraries are concerned that the expansion of the computer fraud
and abuse provisions could have unintended consequences for users. For
example, any proposal that concerns computer fraud and abuse provisions
could mean that relatively low-level cybercrime offenses by "hackers"
(including users in libraries) could become "terrorist" activities.
Similarly, we are concerned that the expansion of the definition of
terrorism could have the effect of sweeping in copyright violations,
including infringement.

Recommendation: Libraries believe that there is adequate existing legal
authority for law enforcement to deal with computer crimes. Libraries
question whether there is a need for new and exceptional authority.

New Mandates for Technology

Issue: Libraries use a wide range of technologies to provide Internet and
other electronic information to users, which vary based on the communities
served and the library's resources. New technological requirements should
not be imposed on libraries, many of which already struggle to meet user
demand for access to Internet and computer resources. Proposals that
require certain types of information to be retianed in libraries'
limited-capacity databases for extended periods of time, or that require
law enforcement technology to be added to a library network, may have
substantial unintended consequences that affect libraries' ability to
provide core user services.

Recommendation: The library community believes that libraries should not
need to reconfigure their systems or undertake actions that exceed their
existing technological capabilities.

American Association of Law Libraries (Mary Alice Baish, Associate
Washington Affairs Representative, 202-662-9200) American Library
Association (Lynne Bradley, Dir. of Govt. Relations, 202-628-8410)
Association of Research Libraries (Prue Adler, Associate Executive
Director, 202-296-2296) October 2, 2001


13. Librarian punished for political mass-email

By Robert Salonga
Daily Bruin Staff

A university librarian said he was suspended without pay from Sept. 17 to
21 for sending a mass e-mail criticizing what he called U.S. support of
apartheid policies in Israel.

Jonnie Hargis, who works for reference and instructional services at the
Young Research Library, said he was responding to a patriotic mass e-mail
sent to him and his co-workers after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World
Trade Center and the Pentagon.

"An opinion was sent to me, which was an open door to respond," Hargis

In his response to the e-mail, Hargis wrote that United States taxpayers
"fund and arm a state called Israel, which is responsible for untold
thousands upon thousands of deaths of Muslim Palestinian children and

He ended his message by stating, "so, who are the 'terrorists' anyway?"

His e-mail was cited as being in violation of university library policy,
which prohibits unsolicited messages containing political, religious or
patriotic messages to be sent to library department lists. The policy was
sent via e-mail to all library departments following his suspension.

Library administrators found out about the e-mail, and on Sept. 14,
reprimanded Hargis in a letter:

"Your recent e-mail, which was distributed to the entire unit,
demonstrated a lack of sensitivity that went beyond incivility and became
harassment," it stated.

It also stated that Hargis had sent "extreme e-mails in the past," and
that if he did not improve his behavior, "further disciplinary action, up
to and including dismissal, will result."

In the UCLA Daily Bruin:

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Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2001 09:03:34 -0700 (PDT)
From: Dan Tsang <dtsang[at]>
To: Declan McCullagh <declan[at]>
Subject: UCLA e-mail poster loses one-week's pay

FYI.. the show mentioned below is now archived at:

Click on Latest Archived Show.

Feel free to circ. Dan Tsang

9/11 Backlash in Academia

Irvine -- With tensions and patriotic fervor rising in the wake of 9/11,
academia has not been immune. Four academics died in the attacks, but
casualties on campus continue. Muslim student groups have come under
scrutiny as Congress considers enacting foreign student bans. At
University of South Florida, a Palestinian computer science professor,
Sami Al-Arian, after being threatened, has been suspended with pay and
asked to stay off-campus. And at UCLA's Young Research Library, a library
assistant has been suspended after he e-mailed colleagues a
pro-Palestinian message.

On Subversity Friday May 5, 2001 from 5-6 p.m. on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange
County, Calif. (Web-cast via, we chat with Jonnie Hargis,
a library assistant and geographical information system specialist at
UCLA's research library.

Hargis was suspended without pay from September 17-21 after library
administrators decided his e-mail violated library policy (made public
after he was suspended). The Daily Bruin today editorially called for
library adminstrators to apologize and give him his back pay. Hargis is
represented by CUE, the clerical workers' union in the UC system.

To chat with Hargis, call 949 824-5824 during the show.


Freedom of speech under attack

YRL employee punished for political mass e-mail

graphic showing Hargis reprimand letter

Professor, Once the Subject of Terrorist Investigation, Is Placed on Leave
After He Receives Threats

Thanx for listening!

Daniel C. Tsang
Host, Subversity, Fridays, 5-6 p.m.
KUCI, 88.9 FM and Web-cast live via
Subversity:; E-mail: subversity[at]
Daniel Tsang, KUCI, PO Box 4362, Irvine CA 92616
UCI Tel: (949) 824-4978; UCI Fax: (949) 824-2700
UCI Office: 380 Main Library
Member, National Writers Union (
WWW News Resource Page:
Personal home page:


14. Labor links page

Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2001 11:56:11 -0700
From: Lincoln Cushing <lcushing[at]>

Labor researchers, trade unionists, and reference librarians:

A revised and updated list of U.S. labor unions, state AFL-CIO's, labor
councils, and labor support organizations is now available at the
Institute of Industrial Relations Library website, . This site should be a
helpful one-stop resource for those seeking on-line contacts for these

Coming soon will be three Study Guides on the subjects of Globalization,
Labor Culture, and Worker-Ownership. These Guides will provide access to
dozens of relevant publications, websites, and organizations. We will
also be posting a gallery site, presenting images and text from our
emerging collection of posters and photographs.

Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions regarding
this new material and if you would like to be put on a list to receive
future labor research news.

Lincoln Cushing
Electronic Outreach Librarian
Institute of Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley
Institute for Labor and Employment
2521 Channing Way #5555
Berkeley, CA 94720

"Step by step the longest march can be won, can be won
Many stones can form an arch, singly none, singly none
And by Union what we will
Can be accomplished still
Drops of water turn a mill, singly none, singly none."

-Preamble to the Constitution of the United Mine Workers Union, 1890


15. "Uniting and Strengthening America (USA) Act" (S. 1510)

TO: ACLU Action Network Members
FR: Angela Colaiuta, National Field Organizer
DT: October 8, 2001

In a dramatic departure from the anti-terrorism bill adopted by the House
Judiciary Committee, Senate leaders have introduced the "Uniting and
Strengthening America (USA) Act" (S.1510), a bill that would significantly
undermine many of the freedoms that Americans hold dear. It is likely
that this legislation will be rushed onto the Senate floor this week
without any committee review.

Among the bill's most troubling provisions are measures that would give
the government the authority to spy on its own people, enable the Attorney
General unlimited authority to incarcerate non-citizens, and allow the
government to expand its use of secret searches.

Take Action! Don't allow Congress to abandon our cherished constitutional
safeguards during this time of national crisis. You can read more about
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16. Free Speech, even in the academy, is getting dicey

University trustees echo condemnation of 'un-American' forum

"Trustees of the City University of New York plan to endorse a statement
by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein denouncing the professors' union for
sponsoring a forum that blamed U.S. foreign policy for the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks, a spokesman has said."

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Chronicle of Higher Ed. article

CUNY Chancellor, Trustees Denounce Professors Who Criticized
U.S. Policy After Attacks


Trustees of the City University of New York have drafted a
resolution condemning professors who criticized U.S. foreign
policy at a teach-in earlier this week. Matthew Goldstein, the
university's chancellor, also issued a statement saying
professors had offered "lame excuses" to justify the September
11 terrorist attacks.

The professors who were denounced made their statements at a
teach-in Tuesday that was organized by the university's
faculty and staff union, the Professional Staff Congress.
Neither the trustees nor the chancellor attended the teach-in
at the City College campus in upper Manhattan, and have based
their reactions on articles in the New York Post. The articles
quoted Walter Daum, a mathematics lecturer at City College, as
telling the 200 people who attended: "The ultimate
responsibility lies with the rulers of this country, the
capitalist ruling class of this country."

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And a response from Estelle Gellman, a longtime elective leader of the

Re: FW: CUNY Chancellor, Trustees Denounce Professors Who Criticized
U.S.Policy After Attacks
Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2001 17:02:45 -0400
From: Estelle Gellman <Estelle.S.Gellman[at]>
To: Multiple recipients of list aaup-general <aaup-general[at]>

At least the Chronicle said that "Neither the trustees nor the chancellor
attended the teach-in at the City College campus in upper Manhattan, and
have based their reactions on articles in the New York Post. " Perhaps
the trustees would have reacted differently to the reality rather than the
report of the reality - and perhaps if they understood the excellent
distinction you made between acribing blame for a phenomenon and
understanding its roots. But, no matter how misguided they are, we have
to protect the Post's right to be a right wing rag and the trustees right
to officiously sound off. We can hope that, in the free exchange of ideas
the best will rise ot the top. And as professors, I think it is one of our
main responsbilities is to help our students to evaluate those ideas.

I know how frustrating it is when you are misrepresented in the press and
those misrepresentations are used to demonize you - particularly by those
who should be cahmpioning academic freedom. But you do at least have to
give Goldstein some credit for recognizing the importance of "the free
exchange of ideas." A free press isn't always perfect but I'm sure we
would agree that it's surely better than any other alternative. As, of
course, is free speech and academic freedom. And, as an Association, we
have to do what we can to make sure that those freedoms are not eroded.



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