Library Juice 5:31 - October 3, 2002


  1. IFLA, bullies and other monsters
  2. Ruth Rikowski's Report on the Fringe Meeting at IFLA 2002 in Glasgow
  3. accused of material support to terrorists
  4. Conference Announcement & Call for Papers - AJL
  6. "Banned Websites Week" - book sites as SEX
  7. Links!
  8. Funny searches

Quote for the week:

"We have an obligation to communicate. Here, we take the time to talk with
one another... and to listen. We believe that information is meant to move
and that information moves people. "

-Enron's last published annual report

Homepage of the week: Tommy Kovac


1. IFLA, bullies and other monsters

Report by Shiraz Durrani

following sponsored attendance at Glasgow IFLA Conference August 2002

As I reflect on my experiences at IFLA, I recall the reasons I gave to
CILIP for wanting to attend the IFLA Conference:

Information for Social Change is organising a number of sessions on the
theme of IFLA Conference;

To represent Diversity Council point of view and establish links with

The theme of the Conference is one on which I have written many articles;

Establish connections with others for Quality Leaders Project for Black LIS

At the same time, CILIP wanted to know in which areas of IFLA's work I was
interested. I had indicated my interest in "Diversity, Equality, Social
Exclusion, WTO and globalisation, alternative sources of information,
empowerment of excluded communities...". All this was in the context of
the Conference theme that carried the principles of "democracy, diversity,
and delivery" - all three I am deeply interested in. I was also
interested in finding out what the "leaders" of the library world would
add to the needs-based approach we are developing and implementing in
Merton. This report provides an opportunity to assess if IFLA met my

Getting started

I had been well prepared for attending the conference. CILIP very
thoughtfully organised a pre-conference meeting to teach the
"first-timers", as we came to be called, on how to survive the week-long
ordeal. It made you feel like a child going to school for the first time
into the hostile world of bullies and other monsters. The theme of the
conference may have been "democracy" but the sharp "class" divisions
between those who had been attending the IFLAs for decades and us new
comers were made painfully obvious. I wondered what I had let myself
into: a mission impossible to wonder aimlessly in the presence of
thousands of people who all know where to go for coffee and cakes, and me
sitting all by myself not knowing how to order coffee. I was not
disappointed by the IFLA organisers, either. Very helpfully they provided
a label which I was supposed to carry around me saying I was a "First
Timer" so that some kind old timers could rescue me every time I looked a
little lost at the deep philosophy expressed by the old worthies. I did
not see anybody carrying the label "tenth timer", but I may have been too
dazed to look.

The process of registration revealed another hidden aspect of IFLA: the
deep inroad that business had made in the work of IFLA. I was provided
with a name badge, which said in big bold letters something like "ESCOM".
I protested to the registration person: "Surely there is some mistake
here - my name is not ESCOM". She very helpfully suggested that perhaps I
could hide the ESCOM bit by covering it over with my name badge - which I
promptly did.

The two IFLAs

IFLA is, as the name suggests, an organisation of library organisations.
Most of its members are associations. This of course means that a large
part of its business is carried out as between organisations, years before
IFLA meets, and usually behind closed doors. This is the rather hidden
part of ifla-work and ideas of democracy and diversity tend not to be the
guiding principles in many of the member organisations. CILIP itself has
a rather opaque version of these principles. If IFLA is to have a real
meaning to library and information workers (professionals?) in UK, then
this mist on working with IFLA needs to be cleared and more transparency
needs to be brought in.

The other IFLA, in contrast, is human, transparent, democratic and reflects
world diversity. This is perhaps the most dynamic and living part of
IFLA; it is here that the real future of IFLA belongs. Just as the UN
needs to be transparent and needs to practice (as opposed to preaching)
principles of democracy, so does IFLA if it is to become relevant not only
to information professionals, but also to the communities and peoples on
whose behalf the profession is supposed to work.

Some sessions

Attendance at some of the sessions was a useful experience. Giving a
CD-ROM with conference papers sounds a good idea and removes the necessity
of having to carry tons of paper with you. But it also means that few
people have had time to read or glance through papers in advance to see
if they were really relevant to their needs. Perhaps a summary of all
papers should have been included in the registration pack to allow for a
quick look at themes being presented. Alternatively, sending the CD-ROMs
in advance of the conference would have ensured that those who attend the
meetings are a little more aware of the issues under discussion. After
all, the purpose of a conference is not to lecture or to be lectured at,
but to have a meaningful debate on ideas and experiences. This, I felt,
did not take place to the extent it should have.

Having said this, many sessions were interesting, informative and creative.
Some sessions that made an impression me (for the right or wrong reasons)

The "public libraries; democracy, delivery and diversity" session was
interesting for me for the simple reason that the talk "Public libraries
in the United Kingdom" had little meaningful to say about the actual theme
of the Conference: democracy, delivery and diversity and lacked details of
what libraries in UK were doing to address democracy and equality. I had
expected details of Stephen Lawrence Inquiry recommendations, Race
Relations (Amendment) Act, Human Rights Act, the Equalities Standard, DDA?

Women's Issues: "Women, democracy and participation in the information
society". This provided a useful opportunity to hear about developments
in an area where perhaps we have not developed many creative ideas and
practices in the UK. Also good to meet some progressive women activists
from around the world.

Africa: "delivering information to the community in the new millennium: a
challenge for librarians in Africa", together with the final session of
the Africa section of IFLA provided a valuable opportunity to meet several
friends from Kenya (including the Chair of IFLA Africa Section) as well as
people from other parts of Africa. It was obvious that African
librarianship needs to liberate itself from the colonial-imperialist mould
it seems to be sitting in.

Poster sessions provided an interesting insight into the reality of
information work around the world. This section was in sharp contrast to
the highly commercialised displays from the major companies who see IFLA
as a vast source of profit. The posters session, on the other hand,
represented grassroots, activist librarianship with themes like political
conflict and Sri Lankan libraries; Library Service to Mobile users; Access
to online resources in the developing countries (Cornell University); A
for Accessibility (USA); International Friends of the Alexandria Library;
Diversity through Exchange (USA); Mobile and Outreach Library Services in
Thailand; Setting up an International Leadership Institute (USA); Virtual
Libraries for Economic Development (Ghana); The PADDI Project (N.
Ireland); training for a future (Iran) - all worth a deep study, and there
were many lessons for British librarianship. This should have been kept
for the whole conference period and not removed by Thursday.

Fringe meetings

I found the fringe activities rather more interesting and relevant than the
official programme. These included:

The Information for Social Change (ISC) and LINK organised a fringe meeting
whose theme was ant meeting was not allowed to be advertised in the daily
IFLA paper, IFLA Express. So much for censorship hiding under the guise
of some petty technicalities.

A number of individuals and organisations, including ISC, met to discuss
the need for supporting Palestine libraries. A network of interested
people has been set up to explore how the librarians can support the
development of libraries in Palestine. IFLA also agreed to send a
delegation to Palestine to prepare a report on the library reality there.

Perhaps the most fruitful "fringe" meetings I took part in were held in the
café where it was possible to meet old and new friends. This provided the
most important opportunity to connect with the large number of progressive
people attending IFLA.

Some people, some organisations

I met a large number of interesting people and groups. Information for
Social Change has been working closely or will work closely with them.
They came from many countries, including Cameron, Cuba (Marta Terry, the
President of ASCUBI, is a very inspiring person. She is very much aware
of the wider political world in which libraries operate. She should
certainly be invited by CILIP for the next AGM as we have a lot to learn
from her), India, Iran, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, South
Africa, Tanzania, USA and Zimbabwe. And of course lots of people from UK.

Some positive outcomes

ISC was able to make personal contacts with may people and organisations we
have been in contact for a long time. Thus we consolidated the
International Progressive Librarians Group. I also established links with
many African librarians and we are in the process of forming the
Progressive African Librarians Group. The Network for supporting
Palestinian libraries was another notable achievement.

Is IFLA ready for change?

A case study to give a flavour of how IFLA puts into practice its slogan of
"democracy, diversity and delivery": A librarian from Ethiopia needed to
be on a wheel chair. She had to come with her daughter to push the
wheelchair; they had to walk from the place their taxi dropped them to the
IFLA office where wheelchairs were stored. We went for lunch to a local
restaurant once, and the wheelchair had to be pushed for about 20 minutes
through hazardous traffic. They had to hire a taxi to attend the ISC
fringe meeting which was held some way off from the conference centre. I
would not be surprised if the daughter never ever goes near a library. No
arrangements had been made for the librarian to be taken to Edinburgh as
part of a tour organised by IFLA, as the organisers had not prepared for
a person on a wheel chair, although this had clearly been indicated.

Does IFLA know about DDA? Could they not have organised electric
wheelchairs so daughters do not have to be dragged into the conferences?
Could an IFLA volunteer not have been programmed to support people with
disabilities? Questions, and more questions.

So, was it worth it?

The final question then: did IFLA meet my expectations? The answer is yes,
and no. The official IFLA was remote and beyond approach, shrouded in
mists and mysteries. It is particularly important for the organisation to
open itself to all, especially to first timers - and this does not mean
only organising formal introductory meetings. There has to be a genuine
transparency, empowerment and democracy in the way it operates.

An organisation like IFLA needs to focus on real issues that prevent free
access to information, knowledge and opportunities for development to
people everywhere. It cannot turn its face away from conditions that
create poverty, oppression an inequality on the world scene. It has the
potential to be a powerful voice for social justice on a world scale. I
think it has not risen to the challenge and the real potential for leading
and influencing change is being lost.

Yet there was enough life in the unofficial IFLA, in the commitment and
enthusiasm of individuals who participated, to make this a conference well
worth a visit. And there is always hope that the "big organisation" can
be woken up from its deep sleep and make its mark in a world of
oppression, smart bombs, stealth wars and inequality - and join the forces
that are daily facing death in order to create a just and equal world.

September 27, 2002

2. Ruth Rikowski's Report on the Fringe Meeting at IFLA 2002 in Glasgow

Fringe Meeting at IFLA Conference 2002 in Glasgow-
'The profit virus: globalisation, libraries and education'

Ruth Rikowski

Having gained one of the UK CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and
Information Professionals) First-Timers to IFLA Awards, I attended the
IFLA Conference this year at Glasgow. My application was based on my wish
to raise awareness about the GATS (the General Agreement on Trade in
Services), which is one of the agreements that is currently being
established at the WTO (the World Trade Organisation) and it could have
serious implications for libraries and information. The GATS involves the
liberalisation of trade in services, enabling private companies to run
various services, such as public libraries, for a profit. Indeed, various
library associations and library bodies have raised concerns about the
GATS - including IFLA itself (which is one of the reasons that I was
successful in obtaining funding). As it says on the IFLA website:

There is growing evidence that WTO decisions, directly or indirectly, may
adversely affect the operations and future development of library services,
especially in the not-for-profit institutions. (IFLA, 2001)

The British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) first raised these issues
in the library community and as it says on its website:

The General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) is the first ever set of
multilateral legally-enforceable rules covering international trade in
services. Services include a range of activities such as public health
institutions, public education, social services and public libraries -
Proposed changes to GATS will open all aspects of the economy to foreign
competition including libraries.

In order to effectively raise these issues at the IFLA conference I
organised a fringe meeting and entitled it The profit virus:
globalisation, libraries and education. It was held at Glasgow University.
It involved a lot of work - obtaining the speakers, booking the room,
publicising the event etc. The result was very positive. There was a very
good turnout. Some very important and influential people attended and they
all seemed to be very interested in the subject and there was a good
discussion. The speakers at the meeting were:

Steve Rolfe, Chair of World Development, Scottish Committee
'An overview of the General Agreement on Trade in Services - the beginning
of the end of public services?'

Paul Whitney, Chief Librarian, Burnaby Public Library, British Columbia,
Canada and IFLA representative to the WTO Seattle Ministerial and past
president of the Canadian Library Association
'International Trade Treaties and Libraries: a Canadian perspective'

Dr. Glenn Rikowski, University College Northampton
'The Woodhead Federation? The business takeover of schools'

Frode Bakken, President of the Norwegian Library Association and
Coordinator of EBLIDA (European Bureau of Library Information and
Documentation Association) WTO Working Group
'Downsizing free public services: means or ends of global trade policies?'

Anneliese Dodds, Edinburgh University
'The GATS and higher education: consultation or obfuscation?' - with
particular reference to Scotland

Ruth Rikowski, South Bank University, Book Reviews Editor for Managing
Information and member of Information for Social Change
'The WTO/GATS Agenda for Libraries' - with particular reference to public
libraries in England.

Shiraz Durrani and Gill Harris also both spoke briefly. Shiraz spoke about
Information for Social Change, which challenges the dominant paradigms of
library and information work and some of the diversity work which he has
been involved with. Gill spoke about LINK, including what LINK is about
and the people that it connects with. Both ISC and LINK are organisations
that are in liaison with UK CILIP.

Thus, the programme provided both variety and depth. Steve provided an
overview and a basic understanding about the GATS. Paul and Frode provided
an international perspective focusing on libraries, information and trade
agreements. Teresa Hackett, the Director of EBLIDA also spoke briefly
about EBLIDA's current position in regard to the GATS - it is also
concerned about the likely implications of the GATS for libraries. Glenn
and Anneliese looked at education; Glenn focusing in particular on the
recently passed Education Act in England and how this paves the way for a
business takeover of schools, whilst Anneliese focused on higher education
and the GATS, and looked in particular, at Scotland. I focused on the
corporate takeover of public libraries in England and related this to the

There was a very positive response to the meeting. One lady actually said
that it was the best thing that she had been to at IFLA! Loads of copies
of my various articles and flyers were taken - altogether, throughout the
whole week about 400 copies of my different articles and flyers were taken
(having put various material out in the main information distribution
point at the exhibition centre at IFLA as well). This included 20 copies
of the Globalisation and Information special issue of Information for
Social Change, which I edited, (which John Pateman kindly provided copies
of). Also, a dozen or so copies of the latest issue of ISC were taken,
which took as its theme the title of the IFLA conference - Libraries for
Life: democracy, diversity, delivery. All ISC material is available on the
web at: Gill also distributed some copies of

At the end of the meeting Paul Whitney said that he would try to get the
GATS on to the main IFLA programme for next year. I spoke to several
different people, including MartinVera - a progressive librarian from
Mexico. He is one of the founders of a group called Study circle in
political and social library Science, Mexico, which is a collective of
librarians that want to implement more social equality in the field of
library and information science. We discussed how progressive librarians
could try to work together more in the future. At a later date, Shiraz and
I followed up this discussion with Al Kogan and Shiraz is currently in the
process of setting up a Progressive African Librarians Group.

The meeting was followed by a reception organised by LINK, with wine, soft
drinks and biscuits, which was very nice. Thanks very much to Gill Harris
for organising this.

So, all in all, the event was a real success (although it was also a lot of
work!). How can we now build on this? I want to ensure that the political
dimension in regard to what I am saying remains paramount, and does not
get watered down into some technical/bureaucratic interpretation of
events. I am making some headway here. There was an article on libraries
and privatisation in the Big Issue by Jane Mackenzie, which came out the
week before IFLA. This is now available on Library Juice 5:27 - August 22,
2002 at: I am also
currently involved with organising a meeting on the GATS on 16th November,
which will be held at the London School of Economics and is being run by
ATTAC, London. There will be various speakers and workshops, on subjects
such as education, health, libraries, railways, globalisation and poverty
and the police with links to how these different services can and indeed
will be affected by the GATS. For more information about this event see
the ATTAC Britain website at:

A Norwegian freelance journalist also came over recently from Norway to
interview John Pateman, one of the founders of ISC and myself about these
issues, and there will shortly be an article in a Norwegian library
journal as a result of this.

British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) (und.) GATS and the threat to
libraries. British Columbia Library Association, Vancouver at (undated: accessed at
15th August 2001)

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
(2001) The IFLA position on the WTO treaty negotiations at

Mackenzie, Jane (2002) The Quiet Storm, The Big Issue, Issue 501, Aug
12-18th, pp.110-11. Available at:

Library Juice 5:27 - August 22, 2002 at:


(1) Information for Social Change - Special issue on
Globalisation and Information, Winter 2001/02, No.14

(2) Rory Litwin's Library and GATS website - provides links to articles on
the web throughout the world about the likely impact of the GATS on
libraries -

Ruth Rikowski, 21st September 2002, Email: rikowski[at]

3. accused of material support to terrorists

posted by resist on Tuesday September 24 2002 [at] 03:11PM PDT

The Che Cafe ( which hosts received the
following communication from the UCSD administration accusing them of
providing material support to terrorists because has a
page that links to

Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 17:52:51 -0700
From: Gary R. Ratcliff
To: che[at],xxxxxxx[at], xxxxx[at],
Cc: cmvazquez[at];, mstrong[at];, naguilar[at]
Subject: URGENT: Issue with web site

September 16, 2002

xxxx, xxxxx, xxxx, and Che Cafe Collective:

Pursuant to the Section II.A.2. and 4 of the Memorandum of Understanding
between the UCSD and AS/GSA/Co-ops, this letter will serve to inform you
that the Che Café is in violation of UCSD policies and Federal law by
maintaining the web site and using UCSD computer network
resources to provide access to a terrorist organization. Presently, the web site includes links supporting the Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Columbia (FARC), an organization listed by the U.S. Department
of State as a Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).

Providing material support or resources to a designated FTO is a
violation of federal law (18 US 2339A, see ). Using UCSD computing
resources to violate federal laws is against UCSD Policies, specifically
the Acceptable Use Policies of Academic Computing Services (see ). Federal law also specifies that
providing material support to support terrorists not only includes money
and training but also includes communications equipment, personnel, and
facilities. In this case, communications equipment is the use of the
UCSD computer network resources, personnel are the Che Café members who
maintain the server with burn web site, and facilities include the Che
facility where the server is housed.

I am hereby instructing you to immediately remove the FARC from listing
on the web site or any other web site that is uses the
? domain name or any computer or other communications equipment
or other resources or facilities used by the Che Café that are owned,
leased or operated by UCSD. Your are further hereby instructed to
immediately disconnect the link on to the FARC web site.
Your failure to comply with the instructions noted in this notice will
result in disciplinary action under the UCSD Student Conduct Code and/or
the termination of the MOU as it may apply to the Che Café. Principal
members of the organization will also be held responsible for the
actions of the organization.

Please confirm your compliance with these instructions by no later than
Friday, September 20. Additionally, you should review the U.S.
Department of State?s listing of FTOs (see ) and the content of the
burn web site on a regular basis to be certain that links or material on
the web site are in compliance with the UCSD Academic Computing Services
Acceptable Use Policy and with all applicable laws.


Gary Ratcliff Director, University Centers


University bans controversial links
By Declan McCullagh
September 25, 2002, 4:13 PM PT

The University of California at San Diego has ordered a student
organization to delete hyperlinks to an alleged terrorist Web site,
citing the recently enacted USA Patriot Act.

School administrators have told the group, called the Che Cafe
Collective, that linking to a site supporting the Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia (FARC) would not be permitted because it violated
federal law.



4. Conference Announcement & Call for Papers - AJL

Association of Jewish Libraries

Four Seasons Hotel

Toronto, Ont., CANADA

June 15-18, 2003

A Legacy of Learning : Celebrating Books - Past, Present & Future

The Association of Jewish Libraries will be holding its annual conference
in Toronto, Canada, on June 15-18, 2003. Scholars from numerous
disciplines will meet to share their interests in Judaica librarianship
and related areas.

The AJL is soliciting papers dealing with any aspect of Judaica
librarianship as it pertains to the libraries, archives and museums of
schools, synagogues, and other instituitions. In the past this has
included descriptions of specialized collections,

reports on developments in technical services, writing collection
development policies, problems in cataloging Jewish materials and
evaluation of historical fiction.

Those wishing to present a poster session are also invited to submit

Prospective presenters should send an abstract by Nov. 15, 2002.

Abstracts should include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address,
institution, the title of your presentation, a brief bio and a
one-paragraph abstract. If your presentation would require audio-visual
equipment, please indicate what type of equipment would be needed.

Abtracts should be sent to :

Zina Glassman

e-mail : library[at]
fax : (416) 781-0150
Mailing address :

Zina Glassman, Librarian
Max & Beatrice Wolf Library
Beth Tzedec Synagogue
1700 Bathurst St.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5P 3K3


Steven M. Bergson, President
Association of Jewish Libraries, Ontario Chapter


"We are pleased to announce the arrival of the projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE
project 2002. Making its debut in 2001, the projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE
projectis a traveling exhibition of artist' book works, zines, and
independent publications. Traveling by way of a vintage Airstream, the
BOOKMOBILE aims to make its way to community centers, schools, festivals,
artist run centers, libraries, prisons, and remote regions where independent
publications are hard to come by. A group of coordinators traveling with the
exhibition facilitate a series of workshops, artist talks, and educational
forums. Thus far, the BOOKMOBILE has visited several venues in Eastern
Canada and North Eastern and Midwestern United States. The project has
exposed over 1000 visitors to a unique collection of independently produced
book works. We are excited to continue our efforts and are looking forward
to the our second tour which begins on June 20th 2002!"


6. "Banned Websites Week" - book sites as SEX (SmartFilter)

Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 09:30:01 -0400
From: Seth Finkelstein <sethf[at]>
To: Seth Finkelstein's InfoThought list <infothought[at]>

[Archived at ]

"Banned Websites Week" - book sites as SEX (SmartFilter)

The American Library Association (ALA) has designated September 21-28,
2002 as "Banned Book Week". This is an event to "Celebrate Your
Freedom to Read". But nowadays, book-banning has moved into the modern
age too. I've thought that censorware issues are a natural extension
here. With a Federal censorware law (CIPA) affecting schools and
libraries, the freedom to read, if using a computer screen rather than
paper, is arguably being extensively threatened.

So, as a small contribution in celebration of the freedom to read,
here are some book-related websites likely to be banned in at least
some schools and libraries, as they are all blacklisted as "Sex".

The following are from SmartFilter, a censorware program made by
Secure Computing. This program is used just because I had some work
available from prior absurd blacklist examples. But the issues are
general to all censorware, not any particular program.

Some book-related sites banned as "Sex" by SmartFilter, September 23 2002:
[My comments, as to potential reasons, in brackets]
"Cultural Connection at is a source of quality art by
generally widely known or listed artists and antiquarian books: rare,
collectible and scholarly"
[My guess at the reason for the blacklisting (emphasis added): "Our art
collection includes African tribal art, American, antiques, Asian, Eskimo,
European, Far Eastern, Indian, Mid Eastern, 17th, 18th and 19th century,
20th century, contemporary, nudes, and precolumbian art."]
"Book Bucket Gifts- - childrens books, gift books, gift basket, childrens
literature, wedding gifts, baby shower gifts, baby gifts ..."
[Ahh, they have a section for "Adult Gifts", which they mean as "gifts for
the adults", not as a euphemism for erotic gifts - but the censorware can't
tell the difference]
"Welcome to the Book Warehouse, proudly serving the book needs of Boone and
the High Country!
[I'm not sure about this one, maybe the problem was the phrase "The hottest
new titles now in stock"]
"Chinaberry offers items to support families in raising their children with
[This is a classic, I'll quote the whole passage which I'm sure is the
reason they were blacklisted as a SEX site:
Adult Good Reads

     Every so often we parents need to remember that we are ADULTS -
     people who can think in words that are longer than six letters and
     sentences that have more to do with the meaning of life than the
     necessities of life. There are days when, instead of infant
     stimulation or diaper changing or preschool carpooling or cooking
     or baking or conflict resolution or sock sorting or any other
     number of noble duties, we need a little adult stimulation. And
     for just these occasions, we've decided to include a few just
     plain "good reads" in this catalog. NOTE: Some of these books have
     complex adult themes and situations. They are meant for adults,
     not children.

I didn't make this up. Just read it in terms of a censorware program.
"Adult stimulation", indeed! ]
"Welcome to Hearts and Minds! ... a bookstore which attempts to create a new
space for serious, reflective readers. Unabashedly Christian ..."
[Let's see - maybe it was the references to "Youth Ministry", "Youth Worker",
"Christian Practices for Teens", and so on. Oh, the "filtering".]
"Peppercorn Books - Publisher & Distributor of High Quality Books &
Materials for Adult Education & Lifelong Learning"
[Hmm, "Adult Education" ... "adult learners" ... ]

These can be verified to all be considered "Sex" by SmartFilter,
by using SmartFilter's lookup form at
or by just clicking directly on the following Quick-check URLs:

[Note - this material is not associated with or endorsed by, the ALA's
campaign for "Banned Book Week". Merely inspired by it. ]

Seth Finkelstein Consulting Programmer sethf[at]
Anticensorware Investigations -
Seth Finkelstein's Infothought blog -

7. Links!


Stay Free!'s "Illegal Art" website, exploring copyright and free speech


New HAPLAR ratings for 2002


Declan's McCullough's collected email on Google, the internet archive,
Scientology critics, and censorship


jhubbard[at]'s start page


Jessamyn West's article in this month's Searcher Magazine
(About serving up Google Answers)


Computer warnings for OPAC's, from Amanda Credaro


Full text of the original Revolting Librarians! from Owen Massey...


Propaganda, by Edward L. Bernays (the father of public relations)


Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large, October 2002,
v. 2, #13, whole #27, is available for your downloading pleasure at


Pessimism of the Mind
(focused on the Middle-East)


Linking intangible cultural heritage and cultural diversity

[ Thanks, Center for Arts and Culture ]


'Concentration of Media Ownership Is Eroding Our Democracy'

[ Thanks, Don Wood ]


Google's spelling correction of Britney Spears

[ Thanks, Dan ]


American Libraries' report on the IFLA conference in Glasgow

[ Thanks, Don Wood ]


The Glasgow Declaration on Libraries, Information Services and
Intellectual Freedom

"IFLA therefore calls upon libraries and information services and their
staff to uphold and promote the principles of intellectual freedom and
to provide uninhibited access to information."

[ Thanks, Don Wood ]


Wired Life: Use of public libraries grows with Internet

     By David Hoye -- Special to The Bee
     Published 2:15 a.m. PDT Thursday, September 19, 2002

[ Thanks, Gerry Maginnity ]


Bernie Sloan's Digital Reference Pages

[ Thanks, LII ]


Voices from the BBC Radio Archives

[ Thanks, LII ]


Survey to research the personality traits of information professionals


Sample Library Policy Statements

[ Thanks LII ]


The Internet on probation (Reporters without Borders)

[ Thanks, Don Wood ]


Librarians' letter of protest against the coming war on Iraq now has
835 signatures. We have sent it to its intended recipients, but are
still collecting signatures for the web.


8. Funny searches

Amusing search expressions that led from search engines (mostly Google)
to pages on

"beware the solitary drinker"
sexually physicist
rusa porn
defacing websites tutorials
summary of supermodels in a report format
Why can't Puritans participate in usual American activities?
unesco evil socialist
why the government is run by the rich people?
how to make a non dangerous spud gun
Epic glue piracy
"the end of" means
how long do i keep records
"james billington" "coca cola"
social factors with chocolate chip cookies
part time jobs useing languages chicago
mark dayton and paxil
it is hard to understand politician who try to censor music can ignore the
first amendment when supposedly they were elected
main reason why the government is run by the rich people?
"things to do in the library"
"entertainment tonight" news about sewerage
pokemon porn with no subscription
enron librarian playgirl
condoleeza rice sexy
free bongs
give the name of websites related to sexy
male belly inflation
massachusetts bongs
famous sexy arabic girls
let us really promote the development of
where to purchase buffalo meat in texas
shit scary websites
does the number 12 have any historical value?
sheeps ass
lifestyle unrealistic and misleading
photo:another bad creation
resolution devil laughing expansible meaning
party people pictures
amusing powerpoint presentations
Kellogs Cereal with bAcon
biggest breasts world record pictures
vodka librarian
Jesus Bare Pics
politeness quotes
how we should spend our leisure
Male gut inflation
gay ass 69 camaro
20 dollar bongs
breasts inflation pictures
ala un-american
email list of board of directors rich business men in switzerland
gas mask fashion show girl
world's largest bongs
"methods of mind manipulation"
dunkin' donuts failure in Japan
Yi He's Extreme Rockman Website!
don't censor my ignorance
breasts protesters seattle pictures
Eugene V. Debs bad
bunion poem


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