Library Juice 5:11 - March 21, 2002
- Judy Krug interviewed on Counterspin
- "Standard" Book Contract: An Antitrust Lawsuit Waiting To Happen
- Steven Garfinkel Receives 2002 James Madison Award
- John Sessions Memorial Award
- Booklend: A Lending Library By Post
- WANTED: Library Short Stories
- Primer on the roles and functions of library associations
- Equal Pay Day & some info re inequitable pay of women in U.S.
- The Nation on Women's History Month
- House committee asks for views on digital copyright, 4/8 deadline
- AVOT ("Americans for Victory Over Terrorism")
- "Office of Information Awareness"
- Ashcroft Wants Neighbours To Spy on Each Other
- ACLU Calls for Denver Police to Stop Keeping Files on Protesters
- Zine Librarian Zine (review)
- Library Weblogs (a partial list)
- Library Book Search (Board Game)
- Links to information about Herbert Schiller (1919-2000)
- Arguing for socialism: a bibliography
- "The Social Life of Paper: Looking for Method in the Mess"
- Library Journal "Movers & Shakers" supplement
Quote for the week:
MICHAEL MOORE: I really didn't realize the librarians were, you know, such
a dangerous group.
MICHAEL MOORE: They are subversive. You think they're just sitting there at
the desk, all quiet and everything. They're like plotting the revolution,
man. I wouldn't mess with them.
(Michael Moore, on how librarians pressured Harper-Collins into reversing
its decision to censor his new book.)
Homepage of the week: Tristan Tzara
1. Judy Krug interviewed on Counterspin
March 8 - 14, 2002
"Did you know that since the passage of the USA Patriot Act, the FBI may
now demand that libraries and bookstores turn over the borrowing and
purchasing records of patrons who have fallen under the government's
suspicion? CounterSpin will talk to Judith Krug about these chilling new
developments; she's the director of the American Library Association's
Office for Intellectual Freedom."
2. "Standard" Book Contract: An Antitrust Lawsuit Waiting To Happen
From: Jon Noring <noring[at]olagrande.net>
Date: Monday 11 March 2002 07:40:03 am
The following op-ed article by New York attorney and
published author Thomas Hauser is very fascinating:
Mr. Hauser essentially claims that the traditional
publisher/author contracts from the large publishers have
gotten so draconian that an antitrust lawsuit against them
is just waiting to happen.
3. Steven Garfinkel Receives 2002 James Madison Award
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 16:21:57 -0600
From: "Don Wood" <dwood[at]ala.org>
To: Intellectual Freedom Action News <ifaction[at]ala1.ala.org>
Reply to: dwood[at]ala.org
Steven Garfinkel Receives 2002 James Madison Award
"Steven Garfinkel, the leading architect of the current government-wide
security-classification system, is the recipient of the American Library
Association's 13th annual James Madison Award, which recognizes
efforts to promote government openness."
American Library Association
Office for Intellectual Freedom
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
1-800-545-2433, ext. 4225
intellectual freedom [at] your library
Free People Read Freely®
"Intellectual Freedom is the right of every individual to both seek
and receive information from all points of view without restriction.
It provides for free access to all expressions of ideas through which
any and all sides of a question, cause or movement may be explored.
Intellectual freedom encompasses the freedom to hold, receive and
disseminate ideas."--Intellectual Freedom and Censorship Q & A
4. John Sessions Memorial Award
The Web Design Group for the Allegheny County Labor Council is the 2002
recipient of the John Sessions Memorial Award presented by the Reference and
User Services Association. The award is named in honor of John Sessions,
former American Federation of Labor/Congress of Industrial Organizations
(AFL-CIO) co-chair of the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to
Labor Groups. The plaque, supported by a donation from the AFL-CIO, is given
to recognize a library or library system that has made a significant effort
to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to
the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the
In consultation with the Allegheny County Labor Council, a volunteer group
of librarians and library staff at the University of Pittsburgh created a
Web site (http://www.pittsburghaflcio.org) designed to serve the needs of
the council, the local labor movement and the working people in the
The Web Design Group members for the Allegheny County Labor Council are
Bonnie Chojnacki, life sciences librarian, University of Maryland-College
Park; Liz Evans, associate dean of libraries, Indiana University of
Pennsylvania; Marian C. Hampton, instruction librarian, University of
Pittsburgh; Jamie Hannigan, reference librarian, University of Pittsburgh;
Amy Knapp, coordinator of library instruction, University of Pittsburgh;
Gregory P. McCormick, senior building supervisor, Hillman Library,
University of Pittsburgh; Thomas Twiss, government information librarian,
University of Pittsburgh; and Eve Wider, reference area supervisor,
University of Pittsburgh.
"The Web Design Group, an eight-person team, in collaboration with the local
labor council developed a Web site which serves to and succeeds in providing
a multifaceted outreach effort to 'serve the needs of the council, of the
local labor movement, and of working people in the Pittsburgh region' in
addition to academic audiences by providing employment, economic, historical
and political information," said Amy Tracy Wells, chair of the award
committee. "The scope of this voluntary effort both in terms of content and
audiences served impressed and inspired the committee."
Other RUSA Awards:
5. Booklend: A Lending Library By Post
"Welcome to Booklend, a lending library that sends books out by the mail.
Booklend is the creation of a man with a postage meter, a roomful of books,
and an urge to share. Borrowing a book is free, and you're welcome to keep
the book until you're done. Read it at your leisure -- nobody likes to be
rushed while they're reading. When you're done, pop it back in the mail.
We'll even pay return postage. For more information on who we are and why
we do this crazy thing, please read our about page (or browse the FAQ). For
more information on how the process works, please read our procedure page."
(Thanks to Newbreedlibrarian for the link.)
6. WANTED: Library Short Stories
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 18:58:58 -0800 (PST)
From: "shy librarian" <publisher[at]shylibrarian.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list <publib[at]sunsite.berkeley.edu>
Reply to: publisher[at]shylibrarian.com
WANTED: Library Short Stories
THE SHY LIBRARIAN magazine is accepting short-short stories (under 1,200
words) for publication in each issue of the print quarterly. Submitted
fiction should feature a librarian or a library setting, but does not have
to be about librarianship per se. One new piece will be published per issue
with the writer receiving $25 along with a one-year subscription to THE SHY
LIBRARIAN magazine. Submissions may also appear on THE SHY LIBRARIAN
website (www.shylibrarian.com), with permission.
Please send your short-short story submissions to:
shortstory[at]shylibrarian.com. The first short story will appear in the
Summer 2002 issue of THE SHY LIBRARIAN magazine.
7. Primer on the roles and functions of library associations
New Library Associations publication
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 18:20:34 +1000 (GMT+1000)
From: Arlene Cohen <acohen[at]uog9.uog.edu>
To: IFLA-RTMLA[at]gatekeeper.sla.org, Ifla-l[at]infoserv.inist.fr,
piala[at]lyris.spc.int, "Biju K. Abraham" <bijukabraham[at]hotmail.com>,
An excellent primer has just been prepared by InfoProducts, National
Library Board (Singapore) on "Library Associations." The primer was
written by Narayanan Rakunathan and provides an overview of the roles and
functions of library associations, a brief history and development of
them, and their future. Of particular use is the extensive bibliography
with links to many full text articles. The primer is avaible at the
Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL) website, url:
8. Equal Pay Day & some info re inequitable pay of women in U.S.
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 10:22:01 +0100
From: "Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman" <freedman[at]wlsmail.org>
To: ALA Council List <alacoun[at]ala1.ala.org>
Cc: Better Salaries & Pay Equity Task Force <SALARIESTF[at]ALA.ORG>
Reply to: freedman[at]wlsmail.org
As part of the Better Salaries and Pay Equity Task Force overall
commitment to pay equity and in support of ALA's long-standing support
of pay equity, I forward this message to the ALA Council. I urge you to
share the message with other lists and to support pay equity as a goal
and on your job.
EQUAL PAY DAY
Equal Pay Day, an annual national, community-based public
awareness event that symbolically marks the wage gap between women and
men, will be observed Tuesday, April 16, 2002.
In recent years library workers have participated in this event,
which is sponsored by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE), a
coalition of major civil rights organizations, women's groups, trade
associations, and labor unions that seeks to eliminate wage
discrimination against women and people of color. ALA was a charter
member of NCPE, has been on the NCPE Board of Directors since 1985, and
has supported pay equity for many years.
According to the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor
Statistics, in 2001 men's median weekly earnings were $672 and women's
weekly earnings were $511; thus women must work one full week and into
Tuesday of the next week for their earnings to equal those of men's for
just one week. The Census Bureau's median annual earnings data for 2000
were $37,339 for men and $27,355 for women.
Equal Pay Day materials are available online through the NCPE
Web site at http://feminist.com/fairpay/epd2002.htm. NCPE encourages
and supports all types of Equal Pay Day activities, among them:
- Organizing an event to promote state action on equal pay,
possibly by working with a state legislator. For details or
suggestions, contact Jennifer Woolley at the Center for Policy
Alternatives at 202/956-5123 or jwoolley[at]cfpa.org. Unions should
contact Cuc Vu at 202/637-5087 or cvu[at]aflcio.org.
- Making your voice heard on federal equal pay legislation; the
Paycheck Fairness Act, which strengthens the Equal Pay Act, has a good
chance of moving this year. Ask your members of Congress to support
this act as well as the Fair Pay Act, a parallel to the Equal
Pay Act that calls for pay equity. For information contact Deborah
Chalfie at the National Women's Law Center at 202/588-5180 or
- Inviting politicians and community leaders to a roundtable
discussion to talk about the issue of equal pay and to endorse your
efforts to win it.
- Joining your local chapter of Business and Professional
Women/USA for conversation and beverages at "unhappy hours." For
information contact Jennifer Sweeney at 202/293-1100 or
Libraries might organize displays of books and other materials
around the issuea of equal pay and pay equity, and library workers might
want to wear the lapel pin suggested by BPW.
Fold a dollar bill in thirds lengthwise, then fold it into a "V" (as
breast cancer and AIDS campaigns do with ribbons) and secure it at the
point of the "V" with a safety pin or the pin of your choice. When
people inquire, you can tell them you are waiting for your dollar for
Maurice J. Freedman, MLS, PhD
Director, Westchester (NY) Library System
410 Saw Mill River Road
Ardsley, NY 10502
Voice: 914-674-3600 x223; Fax: 914-674-4193
All communications regarding the U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*D Librarian
should be sent to:
"I'll be seeing you, in all the old familiar places..."
9. The Nation on Women's History Month
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 18:12:54 -0600
From: The Nation Magazine <emailnation[at]thenation.com>
To: "The Nation Magazine" <emailnation[at]laser.sparklist.com>
Reply to: emailnation[at]thenation.com
Dear EmailNation Subscriber,
For Women's History Month, we've collected a small sampling of original
Nation essays, editorials and articles published in our pages since the
magazine's founding in 1865. We've also assembled an incomplete but
hopefully useful set of relevant links to other sites.
You can find this special page currently at:
And you can also read and email each article individually at the URLs
NATION EDITORS: The Education of Women, August 30, 1866
MRS. NORMAN DE WHITEHOUSE: Woman Suffrage in New York, June 1, 1918
STELLA CROSSLEY DALJORD: What Will They Do With The Vote?, September 4,
ANONYMOUS: The Making of a Militant, December 1, 1926
ANONYMOUS: Mother Worship, March 16, 1926
HANNAH M. STONE: Birth Control Wins , January 16, 1937
NATION EDITORS: The WAAC Is A Start, May 23, 1942
ELIZABETH HAWES: What Women Vote For, September 23, 1944
RAMONA BARTH: The Feminist Crusade, July 17, 1948
KATHA POLLITT: The Strange Case of Baby M, May 23, 1987
GLORIA STEINEM: Why I'm Not Running for President , July 20/27, 1992
KATHA POLLITT: Happy Mother's Day, May 28, 2001
JENNIFER BAUMGARDNER: The Pro-choice PR Problem, March 5, 2001
LAUREN SANDLER: Ms Moves West, July 7, 2002
Finally, please remember that you can email any article on The Nation
website to friends, family and foes using the Email-To-A-Friend feature
found by clicking on the "email" link in the box adjoining each published
Peter Rothberg, Associate Publisher
P.S. If you like what you read on The Nation website and you're not
currently a subscriber to the magazine, please consider taking advantage
of our special EmailNation offer -- only $35.97 for 47 weekly issues. It's
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10. House committee asks for views on digital copyright, 4/8 deadline
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 00:16:39 -0500
From: Declan McCullagh <declan[at]well.com>
Reply to: declan[at]well.com
"U.S. House not willing to endorse mandatory copy protection"
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 10:57:01 -0500
From: Seth Johnson <seth.johnson[at]realmeasures.dyndns.org>
Organization: Real Measures
CC: declan[at]well.com, farber[at]cis.upenn.edu, rms[at]gnu.org
Subject: Legislative Initiative on Digital Music Online
(Forwarded from the New Yorkers for Fair Use list,
fairuse[at]mrbrklyn.com. Deadline for comments is April 8. --
March 11, 2002
To all parties interested in the application of copyright
law to the digital environment:
The growth of the Internet has raised complex and
controversial issues over the application of copyright law
to the digital environment. Examination of these issues is
increasingly important in light of growing digital music
piracy, expanding public demand for online music services
and the willingness and ability of many entities to meet
The Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual
Property has held a series of oversight hearings on digital
music issues, culminating in a December 2001 hearing on the
recommendations made by the U.S. Copyright Office in the
Digital Millennium Copyright Act Section 104 Report.
Legislation (H.R. 2724) addressing online music issues has
also been introduced in the House of Representatives.
Given the topical nature of this subject matter, we are
initiating a process to review relevant digital music issues
and related proposals to amend the Copyright Act that have
been brought or will be brought to our attention.
All interested parties are encouraged to submit written
views on the merits of relevant digital music issues and
related proposed amendments to the Copyright Act. The
Subcommittee deadline for receipt of comments is 5:00 p.m.
on April 8, 2002. The merits of the proposals will be
evaluated in light of the views received and input from
other Members of the Subcommittee, with the goal of
discerning whether consensus exists on meaningful solutions
to address identifiable harms. Subsequently, at a date and
time to be determined, we will schedule a general meeting
with all interested parties to share our findings.
We thank you in advance for your participation in this
process. We believe it will produce valuable discourse on
these very important issues and hope it will result in
meaningful solutions to some of the problems and
controversies surrounding the application of copyright law
to the digital environment.
Interested Copyright Parties
March __, 2002
F. JAMES SENSENBRENNER, JR. JOHN CONYERS, JR.
Chairman Ranking Member
Committee on the Judiciary Committee on the JudiciaryHOWARD COBLE HOWARD L. BERMAN Chairman Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Courts, the Subcommittee on Courts, the
Internet, and Intellectual Internet, and Intellectual
Property PropertyCHRIS CANNON RICK BOUCHER Member of Congress Member of Congress
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11. AVOT ("Americans for Victory Over Terrorism")
A powerful group of neo-conservatives is launching a new public relations
campaign in support of President George W. Bush's war on terrorism.
At a Tuesday gathering of the National Press Club, members of the new
Americans for Victory Over Terrorism (AVOT, online at www.avot.org)
declared their intention to "take to task those groups and individuals who
fundamentally misunderstand the nature of the war we are facing."
Those groups and individuals, AVOT claims, need to be resisted both here
and abroad. A full-page AVOT advertisement carried in the Sunday March 10
New York Times pointed to radical Islam as "an enemy no less dangerous and
no less determined than the twin menaces of fascism and communism we faced
in the 20th century." At the same time, the $128,000 ad lambasted those at
home "who are attempting to use this opportunity to promulgate their agenda
of 'blame America first'."
"Both [internal and external] threats," the ad continues, "stem from
either a hatred for the American ideals of freedom and equality or a
misunderstanding of those ideals and their practice."
To expose the internal "threats," AVOT has compiled a sample list of
statements by professors, legislators, authors, and columnists that it
finds objectionable. The strategy appears similar to an earlier,
much-criticized effort to monitor war dissidents by the American Council of
Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), a group founded by Lynne Cheney, the wife of
Vice President Dick Cheney, and neo-conservative Democratic Senator Joseph
In secret, the Bush team intended to plunge America further into
global isolation. Feel like speaking out about this dangerous path?
Well, some powerful people with money and influence galore chose the
same weekend to announce the launch of a new organization intent on
" Americans for Victory Over Terrorism," chair William J. Bennett and
his colleagues took out full-page newspaper ads that declared, "The
threats we face today are both external and internal." Their ad
continued: "Both threats stem from either a hatred for the American
ideals of freedom and equality or a misunderstanding of those ideals
and their practise." Heritage Foundation fellow Bill Bennett, who
participated last fall in a successful public pressure campaign that
turned up the heat on dissenters in colleges, pledged to "take to
task those who blame America first and who do not understand - or who
are unwilling to defend - our fundamental principles."
The insistence on obedience has reached the point where leaders in
the legislature are called "divisive" when they raise questions. Most
of the people's representatives are too bought-off, or just too timid
to speak up. Secrecy has flourished to the point where the executive
branch has set up unelected "shadows". An administration with a
proven contempt for voters has decided simply to cut the rest of us
out. Over a thousand of our neighbors have been disappeared by
security forces, because of their religion and their race.
The framers of the United States Constitution tried to protect
Americans from despotic rule. They planted the state on several
pillars: the separation of powers, government accountability to the
public and certain guaranteed rights -- among those free speech and
due process. As we end the first half of our first year of permanent
war, all of those pillars teeter perilously.
12. "Office of Information Awareness"
"And another veteran of the Reagan-Bush years is back. Admiral John
Poindexter is heading the Information Awareness Office, which will
apparently have the power to practice domestic espionage. Given
Poindexter's Iran-Contra history and the frightening notion of government
snooping on Americans, you'd think the story would be big news. Think
again. CounterSpin will be joined by Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of the
Partnership for Civil Justice to talk about Poindexter's new assignment."
Counterspin radio program:
No more Mr Scrupulous Guy
How one of the two brains behind the Iran-Contra scandal this week became
one of America's most powerful men
Monday February 18, 2002
The agency which Poindexter will run is called the Information Awareness
Office. You want to know what that is? Think, Big Brother is Watching You.
IAO will supply federal officials with "instant" analysis on what is being
written on email and said on phones all over the US. Domestic espionage.
You want to test it out? Text-message any American friend, "Bmb OK. Allah
The IAO is one of two new offshoots of the Pentagon-based Darpa - the
Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (it's venerable ancestor, Arpa,
invented the internet). The other new agency is called the Information
Exploitation Office. Its mission is to supply similarly instant analysis
about overseas enemy targets. IEO will employ the computerised sensor
networks that have proved so successful in Afghanistan. And, from now on,
America - with IEO guiding its smart weaponry - will launch sneak attacks.
No more Mr Nice Guy.
Some related sites of interest (from Fred Stoss):
Still Under Construction is the Information Awarenss Office
John Poindexter to Head New Domestic Espionage Office
Doublespeak 2002: Propaganda and the Shadow Government
Global Eye -- Flower Power
Iran Contra Alumni in Bush Gov't
13. Ashcroft Wants Neighbours To Spy on Each Other
By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 7, 2002; Page A01
In a striking example of how much has changed since Sept. 11,
National Neighborhood Watch, the folksy community program
that has helped nab burglars and muggers for 30 years, will
be expanded to help detect and deter suspected international
Attorney General John D. Ashcroft unveiled plans yesterday to add
nearly $2 million in federal funds to the Neighborhood Watch
program with the aim of doubling the number of local groups to
The Bush administration also released a 24-page "Citizens'
Preparedness Guide" that includes tips on boarding airplanes and
handling suspicious mail. The pamphlet urges citizens to call the
FBI if they overhear talk of a terrorist plot or witness "a pattern of
Ashcroft, joined at a Washington news conference by Ed McMahon,
the former "Tonight Show" sidekick and new Neighborhood Watch
pitchman, said the program's expanded focus follows "in the great
tradition of American volunteerism."
"Through the Neighborhood Watch program, we will weave a seamless
web of prevention of terrorism that brings together citizens and
law enforcement," Ashcroft said.
Members of 300 watch programs around the nation held meetings
last night to kick off the effort. Colette Marchesini-Pollock, who helps
run an Orange Hat patrol group on Capitol Hill, said her group was
already attuned to picking out suspicious people and vehicles.
"If we see a Ryder truck . . . and we know nobody's moving in . . .
somebody would call it in" to police, Marchesini-Pollock said.
But the expansion plan raised concerns among some Arab
American and civil liberties groups, which have previously
criticized the Justice Department and FBI for a dragnet
conducted largely in secret that has resulted in the jailing of
hundreds of Muslim immigrants....
14. ACLU Calls for Denver Police to Stop Keeping Files on Protesters
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mar 11, 2002
In a news conference held today, the American Civil Liberties Union
Foundation of Colorado (ACLU) charged that the Denver Police Department is
monitoring and recording the peaceful protest activities of Denver-area
residents and keeping files on the expressive activities of law-abiding
The ACLU also contended that the Denver Police Department has
inappropriately smeared the reputations of peaceful advocates of nonviolent
social change by falsely labeling their organizations as "criminal
To support its contentions, the ACLU released several pages of documents
that it says came from the files of the Denver Police Department. It also
announced that it had written to Denver Mayor Wellington Webb asking him to
put an immediate stop to the gathering and recording of information about
the peaceful protest activities of Denver residents.
"The few pages of documents we have obtained so far provide an alarming
glimpse of the kinds of information the Denver Police Department is
recording and the kinds of peaceful protest activity it is monitoring
inappropriately," said Mark Silverstein, ACLU Legal Director.
According to the ACLU, the Denver Police Department has recorded the
following kinds of information about specific individuals, all in files
marked as "permanent":
membership in the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization
dedicated to nonviolent social change;
organizing and speaking at events sponsored by Amnesty International;
attendance in 2000 at demonstrations sponsored by the Justice for Mena
Committee, which sought to hold Denver police accountable for the killing of
Ismael Mena in a botched no-knock raid in 1999;
membership in End the Politics of Cruelty, a Denver human rights group that
focuses on issues of police accountability;
participation in protests against the International Monetary Fund and the
World Bank in Washington, D.C.;
membership or association with the Chiapas Coalition, a Denver group that
supports the rights of indigenous persons in Mexico's poorest state;
the purported opinion of a member of the Chiapas Coalition that "global
financial policies are responsible for the uprisings in Chiapas, Mexico";
being "seen" at a demonstration in 2000 protesting the celebration of
license numbers and descriptions of vehicles used by individuals identified
as participants in peaceful protest activities;
home addresses and personal descriptions of individuals engaged in lawful
the address of a private residence that an individual reportedly
According to the ACLU, the Denver Police Department branded several local
organizations with the label "criminal extremist," including the American
Friends Service Committee; the Chiapas Coalition, and End the Politics of
Cruelty. "There is no support for labeling any of these groups as either
extremist or criminal," Silverstein said. "The members of these
organizations vigorously deny the accuracy of these labels."
"The police have no legitimate reason to keep files on the peaceful
expression of political views and opinions," Silverstein said. "Denver
residents should feel free to join a peaceful protest without fear that
their names will wind up in police files. By monitoring lawful expressive
activity in this manner and by falsely branding law-abiding organizations as
criminals and extremists, the police will make Denver residents afraid to
express their views and afraid to participate fully in our democracy. For
that reason, we have asked Mayor Webb to put an immediate stop to this
monitoring of peaceful protest activities."
The ACLU also asked Webb to prohibit the Denver police from sharing the
files with other law enforcement agencies; to order a public accounting of
the scope and nature of the files; to notify individuals named in the files
and provide an opportunity for them to review the information; and to
preserve the files in case they will be evidence in possible lawsuits.
15. Zine Librarian Zine (review)
"Zine Librarian Zine" was recommended to me by Chris Dodge, who has
recommended two other good library-related zines to me in the recent past.
(See the review of Library Bonnet in Library Juice 4:45, at
and the review of Browsing Room in Library Juice 5:5, at
When I first saw the title "Zine Librarian Zine" I thought "zine" was being
used as a verb, as in "Go Johnny Go." But the zine is actually a zine
about zine librarians, that is, librarians who take care of zine
collections. I didn't realize there were enough of them to fill a zine
with their stories, but that is exactly what we have here. Editor Greig
Means met them at the Underground Publishing Conference in Bowling Green,
Ohio. (This year it's happening on June 22nd & 23rd; see
http://www.clamormagazine.org/upc/ for details.) He is a zine librarian
himself, at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) in Portland,
Oregon [ http://www.iprc.org/ ].
Contents include reports from seven zine librarians in different parts of
the country, telling interesting stories and explaining what their
particular collections and organizations are about. The formatting of the
original submissions, whether word processed, typed with a typewriter,
written with a pen, or drawn, are retained in the zine, which helps
communicate the variety among these folks. Within many of these reports are
a number of brief zine reviews or lists of favorites (complete with contact
information). At the end of the zine there is a directory of zine
libraries, which includes 53 entries in the U.S. and internationally;
impressive and useful.
The zine librarians who give their reports in this zine are: James Jacobs
and Ellen Knutson of the Urbana-Champaign IMC Library; Travis Fristoe of
the Civic Media Center in Gainesville, Florida; Kiera of Junto Local 91 in
Winnipeg, Manitoba; X-Chris of the 56a Infoshop Archive in London; Michael
Basinski of the Poetry Collection at SUNY/Buffalo in New York; Julie Bartel
and Brooke Young of the zine collection at the Salt Lake City Public
Library; and Greig Means of the IPRC in Portland.
A valuable and interesting addition to library culture.
If you're interested in getting a copy, you should email
zinelibrarian[at]yahoo.com , or send a dollar or so to Greig at:
Zine Librarian Zine
PO Box 12409
Portland, OR 97212
16. Library Weblogs (a partial list)
Blake Carver loves weblogs, and has this announcement:
"I've added to and updated that collection of blogging stories from a
couple weeks back that was so popular. I've put it here:
lisnews.com/blogging_stories.html for your reading enjoyment.
There's about 100 stories and various other blogging related links in that
list, in no particular order right now, but I hope to clean it up some
17. Library Book Search (Board Game)
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 21:34:13 +0100
From: "famlucas" <famlucas[at]famlucas.dyndns.org>
While I was looking for something really lame I came accross this site:
Halfway that enormous page I spotted a educational game for elementary
Could be fun for the kids if a lot of them come by in your library.
Note that it is shareware though.
Library Book Search
Summary: Library skills
Author: Ronald Jacob
Download: bksrch26.zip (Sep 11 1999, 3.5M)
Library Book Search v2.6 is an educational game that gives you
multiple-choice questions that deal with general library knowledge and
skills. Answer correctly and you get to search in the library for a
book and select the proper shelf on which to find it. You win points
for each book you find. The game allows you to load alternative
question sets and modify them using any text editor. Library Book
Search also lets you add more books to the game, customize game length
and the number of questions asked, and choose between two levels of
difficulty. The top fifteen scores are kept. Originally developed for
use in an elementary school library.
18. Links to information about Herbert Schiller (1919-2000)
19. Arguing for socialism: a bibliography
by Mark C. Rosenzweig
A descriptive note from the author:
The idea of this bibliography is to provide a reading list for younger
people, literate but not necessarily erudite, leaning in an
anarcho-road-to-disillusion direction, just to give life to the idea of the
most general, coherent alternative to capitalism: socialism in one form or
another. It's not meant to show how many different types of socialism there
are, or be a "Socialism and..." type of thing (e.g. "Socialism and American
Art" or "Socialism and Anarchism") but just meant to reestablish,
revitalize a little, the belief that there can be an alternative to
capitalism which is not just 'do your own thing and if we meet at a demo
Some of these writings are only available through libraries, some at your
B&N or thru Powell's. None of it is "scholarly" but all of it is more than
merely preachy. It's an arbitrary selection, but it was made to avoid
presentations of socialism meant to promote a particular brand-name (e.g.
Trotskyism or Communism) as the only or best or genuine socialism. None are
canonical texts yet some are clasics, some brilliant; some are just
effective, some aproach it from an interesting angle. It's a small way of
contributing to the idea of creating a broad left with a range of shared
beliefs and plenty of room to debate something which is feasible and worth
20. "The Social Life of Paper: Looking for Method in the Mess"
By Malcolm Gladwell
A review of The Myth of the Paperless Office (M.I.T. Press), by Abigail
Sellen and Richard Harper.
All about why messy desks are better.
21. Library Journal "Movers & Shakers" supplement
Library Journal issued its 1st annual "Movers & Shakers" supplement with
the March 15th issue. Among the 50 or so librarians featured is... me!
Also featured are some other people you might be familiar with via Library
Juice: Jessamyn West, Yvonne Farley, Julie Herrada, Blake Carver, Eric
Lease Morgan and Siva Vaidhyanathan.
Check it out. Registration no longer required....
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