Library Juice 5:34 - November 14, 2002


  1. Pacifica Radio Moves to Save Nation's Oldest Public Radio Archives
  2. African Libraries Listserv
  3. FYI: Fact Sheet Updates [at] your library
  4. Call for Contributors - LISJobs issue on "jobs, salaries, and raises"
  5. Must MARC Die?
  6. Two letters on the ALA Palestinian Libraries resolution
  7. Request for advice - "Starting a library in Uganda"
  8. Volunteer at a Library in Africa or Central America
  9. Links

Quotes for the week:

A few choice ones relating to intellectual freedom and the possibly coming

"A public that hears only praise and no criticism will predictably answer
"yes" to pollsters who ask whether the President is doing a good job."
-- Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy
Research in Washington D.C.

"The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the
people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.
It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to
repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by
extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the State."
-- Dr. Joseph M. Goebbels

"The real advantage which truth has, consists in this, that when an opinion
is true, it may be extinguished once, twice, or many times, but in the
course of ages there will generally be found persons to rediscover it, until
some one of its reappearances falls on a time when from favorable
circumstances it escapes persecution until it has made such head as to
withstand all subsequent attempts to suppress it."
--John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859)

"A little sunlight is the best disinfectant."
-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

"Ye shall know the Truth, And the Truth shall make you angry!"
-Aldous Huxley

"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics
won't take an interest in you."
-- Pericles, 430 BC

"The first casualty of war is truth."
--Rudyard Kipling

"We need a common enemy to unite us."
-- Condoleeza Rice, March 2000

" Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the (U.S.)
-- Noam Chomsky

"A people that wants to be free must arm itself with a free press."
-- George Seldes, journalist

" I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be
depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them
the real facts. "
-- Abraham Lincoln, American president, 1861-1865

" The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders
of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate
so entirely from its media all objectivity - much less dissent."
-- Gore Vidal, novelist and critic

" The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought."
-- Emma Goldman, American anarchist and feminist, 1869-1940

Homepage of the week: Matthew Makowska


1. Pacifica Radio Moves to Save Nation's Oldest Public Radio Archives

Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 19:06:27 EST
From: Krpomer[at]
To: rory[at]

Pacifica Radio Archives

CONTACT: Karen R. Pomer

J. Brian DeShazor
Director of the Pacifica Radio Archives
(818) 506-1077 ext. 263

November 11, 2002



LOS ANGELES, CA -- In an effort to save and restore more
than 47,000 historic tapes that span half a century of
radio programming, the five-station Pacifica Radio
network will broadcast a national on-air fundraising
benefit on Tuesday, November 19, featuring rare
recordings from the endangered archives.

Considered by many historians and scholars to be one
of the most important audio collections in the world,
thousands of tapes in the Los Angeles-based Pacifica
Radio Archives are in danger of permanent damage
caused by aging. Internationally recognized sound
preservation experts have advised Pacifica to conduct
an immediate review of the endangered tapes and to
transfer them to new mediums, such as digital audio.

"This archive is a national and international
treasure," said J. Brian DeShazor, Director of
the Pacifica Radio Archives. "And we must act now as
custodians of these rare and historic recordings
before it's too late."

Founded in 1949 by World War II conscientious objector
Lewis Hill, Pacifica Radio was created as the first
non-commercial, listener-sponsored radio station in
the United States. The Pacifica Radio Archives was
established in 1971 to house the audio tape collection
gathered from Pacifica Radio stations KPFA-94.1 FM in
Berkeley, KPFK-90.7 FM in Los Angeles, WBAI-99.5 FM in
New York, KPFT-90.1 FM in Houston, and WPFW-89.3 FM in
Washington D.C.

Starting with 10,000 tapes the archive has grown to
over 47,000 recordings covering more than 53 years of
public radio programming. As the fifty-three-year
leader in open access, First Amendment radio Pacifica
has broadcast programs of singular historical and
educational value, programs of people and events
commercial media did not document well, if at all. The
Pacifica programs have won distinguished citations
including many Armstrong, Peabody, and Ohio State

The November 19 marathon broadcast will include rare
recordings of internationally known writers, political
activists, religious leaders and entertainers such as
Ann Sexton, Archbishop Oscar Romero, Patty Hearst,
Fannie Lou Hamer, Paul Robeson, Pablo Neruda, Langston
Hughes, Allen Ginsberg, Yoko Ono, Bette Davis, Simone
de Beauvoir, Jack Kerouac, Rachel Carson, the Dalai
Lama, Lenny Bruce and many others. The broadcast will
be presented in an educational format, focusing each
hour on a specific theme: Native American History,
Women?s Herstory, Literature and Drama, Latino/Chicano
History, Eastern Philosophy, the Civil Rights
Movement, Civil Liberties, The Legacy of Malcolm X,
and so on.

In order to preserve the Pacifica Radio Archives and
continue to enable public access to the recordings,
Pacifica needs to take immediate steps to prevent any
further deterioration of the collection. According to
preservation experts, Pacifica should conduct a detailed
assessment of how many tapes are in immediate need of
reformatting, and then hire an experienced preservation
transfer engineer to transfer the tapes to a new medium,
such as digital audio.

To support the Pacifica Radio Archives or access the
Pacifica Radio Archives Listening Salon go to:

Pacifica Radio Archives
3729 Cahuenga Blvd. West
North Hollywood, CA 91604
Ph. 818-506-1077
Ph. 800-735-0230
Fax 818-506-1084

2. African Libraries Listserv

Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2002 20:34:47 -0600 (CST)
From: fmeneses[at]
To: plgnet-l[at]
Reply to: fmeneses[at]

AFLIB-L, African Libraries Listserv

Discussion list for librarians, archivists, and information workers in Africa
and others with a strong interest in African library and information work.
Sponsored by the South African State Library. To subscribe send email to:
AFLIB-L[at] Leave the subject line open. In the body of the message

Subscribe AFLIB-L

To unsubscribe: post to AFLIB-L[at] Leave the subject line open.
In the body of the message type: Unsubscribe AFLIB-L
For problems, please contact the list manager: hester.vanderwalt[at]


3. FYI: Fact Sheet Updates [at] your library

Date: Thu, 03 Oct 2002 14:58:00 -0500
From: "Don Wood" <dwood[at]>
To: Intellectual Freedom Action News <ifaction[at]>
Reply to: dwood[at]

The following four fact sheets have been updated, with the necessary
calculations provided by the Office for Research and Statistics:

Fact Sheet 1: How many libraries are there in the United States?

Fact Sheet 2: How many people work in libraries in the United States?

Fact Sheet 4: Library Operating Expenditures: A Selected Annotated
(includes mentioning the article in the October 2002 "American
Libraries," compiled by ALA alumnus, Julia Glynn!)

Fact Sheet 6: Public Library Use
(includes mentioning survey conducted by KRC Research and Consulting,
which was first announced during National Library Week this year)


4. Call for Contributors - LISJobs issue on "jobs, salaries, and raises"

Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 09:39:32 -0600
From: "Rachel Singer Gordon" <rachel[at]>
To: <newlib-l[at]>
Reply to: <rachel[at]>

Hi all -

I'm looking for contributors to the March issue of the Info Career Trends
electronic newsletter, which is focusing on "jobs, salaries, and raises,"
and the May issue, which is focusing on "building a career."

For March, I'm particularly looking for people to write on topics such as:
unionization, successful efforts to raise salaries in individual
libraries, salary and raise negotiation strategies, changing jobs in order
to better your salary, and finding and capturing a fairly-paying position.

For May, I'm looking for people to write on successful career-building
strategies - have you written for publication? Followed a successful
promotion path in one library? Used conferences and mailing lists to
network? Changed jobs to further your career?

Contributor guidelines are available at . Please send queries to
editor[at] More information on the newsletter and archives are
available at .

- Rachel

Rachel Singer Gordon / rachel[at]
Find a Library Job! /

5. Must MARC Die?

A discussion on the RADCAT list started up about this article:

MARC Must Die

The article begins:

"When MARC was created, the Beatles were a hot new group and those of us
alive at the time wore really embarrassing clothes and hairstyles.
Computers were so large, complex, and expensive that it was ludicrous
to think that you would one day have one in your home, let alone hold
one in the palm of your hand. Although age by itself is not necessarily
a sign of technological obsolescence (how much has the wooden pencil
improved in the last 40 years?), when it comes to computer standards
it is generally not a good thing."

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RE: [radcat]: Library Journal - MARC Must Die
Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2002 13:47:51 -0500
From: "Bigwood, David" <Bigwood[at]>
To: radcat[at]

OK here are some initial ideas just to get the argument going.

Numbered tags are good because they are language independent. If I see 245
in a KORMARC record I know what is in that field.

The example in granularity about the editor is an example of poor cataloging
not a problem with MARC. The dual function of the bib record may need to be
reconsidered. It includes both transcription and controlled vocabulary

Is a book jack image necessary in a record? Or should it be served up on the
side like Ibristo now does? Including the jacket in a record supplied to
OCLC would be a serious copyright violation.

The different scripts is being worked on. MARC is moving to UNICODE. If the
OPAC can display the characters and users search them is another matter.

This fascination with XML is just trendy. Will it still be here in 10 years?
Where is SGML now? The XML records are much larger. Newer systems can export
MARC records in XML. The user argument does not hold water. Systems now can
serve up XML from MARC so displays can be customized to PDA, or phone users.

What I'd like to see is a MARC-like record based on the FRBR. That would be

David Bigwood
Lunar & Planetary Institute
Cataloging news:

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Re: [radcat]: Library Journal - MARC Must Die
Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2002 12:08:34 -0700 (PDT)
From: Stephen Denney <sdenney[at]OCF.Berkeley.EDU>
To: katia[at]
Cc: radcat[at]

I am not inclined to agree with the author. First, it does not seem that
the various numbered fields in a MARC record are so complicated that only
a top cataloguer or someone on drugs could understand it. Anyone who
catalogs books should be able to understand the basic fields without much
trouble. On the other hand, in creating a record I will often consult my

Second, I think his citation of the 700 field as an example is misleading.
I have never seen delimiter e used in the 700 field. But I believe most
people familiar with MARC would understand this field is used either for
an editor(s), second author or contributing author, while the 100 field is
for the principal author.

Many online library catalogs offer a brief view, a long view or a
staff/MARC view. I find the latter helpful if I want to see how other
libraries have catalogued a particular book.

One problem I have with MARC is with regard to foreign diacritical marks,
which have to appear before the letter modified.

As to XML, I have no knowledge of it but suspect it would present problems
of its own to the cataloguer.

Steve Denney
library assistant, U.C. Berkeley

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Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2002 14:44:08 -0400
From: Karen Gorss Benko <Karen.Gorss.Benko[at]>
To: katia[at]
Subject: Re: [radcat]: Library Journal - MARC Must Die

What a great article. It sounds very attractive. Here are the questions I

Roy Tennant says that MARC must be replaced by something better. Isn't
this what the Dublin Core was intended to do? I know almost nothing about
the DC and I'd love to hear what people have to say for or against it.

I have to disagree with this statement: There are the MARC syntax, the
MARC data elements, and the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR).
These pieces are so intertwined that teasing out which must be
jettisoned and which can be kept will be at least as difficult as starting
from scratch.

Maybe the first two can't exist without AACR, but AACR sure as heck
exists without MARC. After I read the sentences I quoted above, I thought
the thing to do would be to start from AACR, not from scratch, and create
something better than MARC from there. IOW, start back where we were 30
years ago, but it wouldn't really be a step backwards b/c a) the
technology is faster, cheaper, etc., and b) there are lots of librarians
who understand the technology and could be the ones who would create
something better than MARC. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I have always
assumed that it was computer experts, not library experts, who designed
MARC. Mistake number one!

Toward the end he says: we should begin with the requirements of
bibliographic description (see Functional Requirements for Bibliographic
Records, for example) and devise an encoding standard that provides power
and flexibility.

I think this is almost the same as what I said above, perhaps starting
further back than AACR? But what are the Functional Requirements for
Bibliographic Records? Does it have anything to do with ISBD? I hope I'm
not the only one who doesn't know this....

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[radcat]: MARC Must Die
Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2002 15:55:43 -0400
From: Karen Gorss Benko <Karen.Gorss.Benko[at]>
To: Stephen Denney <sdenney[at]OCF.Berkeley.EDU>
Cc: radcat[at]

I think that here Mr. Tennant is referring to the MARC record as the
machine sees it, without benefit of the neat clean organization that our
catalog software shows us. Others probably can describe this better than I,
but I remember being shown a raw MARC record in library school and it was
really hard to make anything out, much worse than the records that we all
work with every day.

I only say this for clarification. I don't know what an XML record would
look like but I think the article claims only that it would be better than
a raw MARC record, not better than what we see in our daily work.

Stephen Denney wrote:

> I am not inclined to agree with the author. First, it does not seem that
> the various numbered fields in a MARC record are so complicated that only
> a top cataloguer or someone on drugs could understand it. Anyone who
> catalogs books should be able to understand the basic fields without much
> trouble.

Karen Gorss Benko
Catalog Librarian and Russian liaison
Williams College
Williamstown, Massachusetts

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Re: [radcat]: Library Journal - MARC Must Die
Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2002 16:12:02 -0400
From: "E. Naeher" <enaeher[at]>
To: <radcat[at]>

> The example in granularity about the editor is an example of poor cataloging
> not a problem with MARC. The dual function of the bib record may need to be
> reconsidered. It includes both transcription and controlled vocabulary
> fields.

MARC encourages weird granularities by having several different levels of
fields which are inconsistently labeled and applied, and having subfields
which include data not semantically related, mostly punctuation, since there
are no subfield 'end tags' in MARC. Furthermore, it uses the same fields
and subfields to mean different things depending on the value of other
fields or subfields--i.e. the 700 field mentioned by the author, which can
be an editor, a second author, etc. Why not have an <EDITOR> field and a
repeatable n <AUTHOR> field, and use only the one or ones applicable to the
current record?

> Is a book jack image necessary in a record? Or should it be served up on the
> side like Ibristo now does? Including the jacket in a record supplied to
> OCLC would be a serious copyright violation.

No, it would not. It would fall under 'fair use.' cf.,,
and many other online book distributors which make almost every jacket image
available online.

> This fascination with XML is just trendy. Will it still be here in 10 years?
> Where is SGML now? The XML records are much larger. Newer systems can

SGML has given rise to XML. It hasn't died, it's evolved. I think there
are a lot of ridiculous things people are trying to do with XML because, as
you say, it's trendy, but I don't think bib. records are one of them. In
fact, after finally learning EAD, I think bibliographic records are one of
the things XML is best suited for.

> MARC records in XML. The user argument does not hold water. Systems now can
> serve up XML from MARC so displays can be customized to PDA, or phone users.

Perhaps MARC could continue to be used for storage but more consistent and
intuitive XML-based systems could be used by catalogers, with the XML then
being parsed by the machine to MARC?

> What I'd like to see is a MARC-like record based on the FRBR. That would be
> revolutionary.

It would be a lot easier in XML, but maybe they'll pull it off with
something MARC-like. Hopefully they will do so before vendors have already
implemented FRBR in a dozen different proprietary ways.

--Eli Naeher

Lower Cape Fear Historical Society

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[radcat]: Re: MARC must die (repost, edited)
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 09:37:06 -0700
From: "Jane Cothron" <jane[at]>
To: "Radical Catalogers" <radcat[at]>

I think that Mr. Tennant confuses the role of MARC with the content. MARC
(if I remember what they told us in library school) is intended as a
carrier format for information, usually bibliographic. The content of the
records is supposed to be governed by AACR in its various incarnations.
It is possible for mere humans, not under the influence of mind-altering
drugs, to pick out pertinent information from a MARC record, even without
benefit of training. Then, libraries contract with computer programers
(or automation vendors) for systems that will use the resulting records in
online catalogs. Unfortunately, the programmers are usually neither
catalogers nor librarians and, having no idea what the various MARC tags
mean, create imprecise displays and labels for public bewilderment in the
online catalogs. I fail to see how XML will change this problem.

From other discussions I've read and heard about XML, it sounds much
more flexible than MARC, but also more finicky. Someone would have to write
the programs that would enter beginning and end of field markers as well as
labels. It makes for very long records--and content from MARC records can
be read into XML without losing the content of the MARC records.

One other problem I see with moving from MARC to XML (or other standard)
is that the libraries I know are all facing financial shortfalls, many
severe. Where will the money for writing programs and retroconversion of
the data be found? How many staff positions and how much of the acquisitions
budget do we really want to send into an electronic black hole just to
create sexy, new records to make computer programmers happy?
Thanks for posting the article URL.

Jane Cothron

Lincoln County Library District
Newport, Oregon

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[radcat]: re: MARC must die
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 17:49:56 +0000
From: abelkops[at]
To: radcat[at] (RADCAT)

Dear All,

Before everyone trashes Mr. Tennant and proclaims his ignorance, note that this
is at least a two part article, the second part coming next month. I'm sure
Mr. Tennant knew the minefield he would be entering with this topic, so, as any
sharp writer, he fires the cannon, hears the criticism, and promises to list
more specifics (i.e., "MARC exit strategies") next month.

When I started as a library technician in 1999, it took me 3-6 months to
interpret the major fields in the MARC record. I'm still learning all the
subfields. Yes, MARC and AACR2 are separate, and bibliographic control as an
intellectual concept must be learned first. Many libraries make a mistake by
confusing the two; they train staff to memorize MARC fields, but,
unfortunately, I have yet to see a book with "100," "245," etc. printed
conveniently on the title page. I doubt many patrons has much interest in
learning either.

What I have witnessed over the past three years, over and over, are inherent
weaknesses in searching the MARC record. For example, how many times do you
find yourself searching by keyword to find if a title has already been
cataloged, a check in record exists, etc.? Depending on how a title was
cataloged, searching can be easy, difficult, or down right impossible. Yes,
there is a burden for libraries/library vendors to develop systems which can
search multiple fields better. Of course, that lends itself to the larger
question of whether MARC is the best standard for such searching.

I suspect that if Henriette Avram would not have asked this larger question in
the early 1960s, we would all still be producing and using a manual card
catalog today. (Wouldn't Nicholson Baker be happy?) After a generation of
MARC, not asking this larger question is the greater sign of ignorance.

Washington DC

Editor's note: Jane Cothron informs me that the Autocat list has also
had an active discussion of this article. If you sign up you can browse
the Autocat archive at


6. Two letters on the ALA Palestinian Libraries resolution

Date: Wed, 06 Nov 2002 13:37:48 -0500
From: Thomas Twiss <ttwiss+[at]>
To: SRRT Action Council <srrtac-l[at]>

In September I wrote American Libraries with a response to one of the
letters in the September issue which had condemned the ALA resolution on
Palestinian Libraries. I submitted the letter before October 1, as I was
told to do in order to get it into the November issue, but it wasn't
published this month. Nor was a letter submitted by Ghada El-Turk, a
Palestinian librarian at Boulder Public Library. Although AL hasn't
answered my message about this yet, I assume the letters were not
printed because they decided there had been enough discussion of the
issue. So I'm pasting the text of the two letters below for your

Ghada's letter:

I visited the West Bank, Palestine and Palestinian refugee camps in
Lebanon in July of this year, after I attended this year's conference in
Atlanta. Thus I proudly told the staff and administrators of Palestinian
libraries, cultural and youth/children centers about the "ALA Resolution
on the Destruction of Palestinian Libraries, Archives, and Other
Cultural Institutions", and that the Palestinians' right to education,
reading, and improving cultural life is gaining recognition.

I am saddened though by the debate that is taking place, I find it hard
to comprehend the views of the people who oppose the resolution, we all
have access to balanced information, for example, U.N. documents on the
status of the Palestinians before and after 1948.

I grew up in that part of the world, I know of the libraries we kept at
our houses, of bedtime stories and visits to museums, of school
libraries and of oral histories that we keep circulating because we
barely have the time to write. My grandfathers kept private collections
and diaries, all were lost in 1948 when we became refugees.

In times of war and occupation when under fire or house demolition, you
are forced to choose which of your belongings to save, books end with
the rubble and ashes. I know that: In August of 1982 during the Israeli
invasion/siege of Beirut, I was able to save one book only, from my 22
years' old personal library, I am trusting now to my children's

Whether we admit it or not, the reality is, libraries and equipment are
damaged, materials are scarce and outdated. No human being should be
denied knowledge and be subjected to destruction of the cultural life
that is a birthright. I feel gratitude to all the people who are working
to allow the Resolution to materialize.

Ghada Elturk
Broomfield, Colorado

My letter:

In a recent letter (Sept. p. 42) Pearl Berger denounced the ALA
Resolution on the Destruction of Palestinian Libraries, Archives, and
Other Cultural Institutions, questioning whether such destruction
occurred, and then suggesting it was a justified response to terrorism.

Unfortunately, the destruction was very real. A report on the website of
SRRT's International Responsibilities Task Force
( ) documents the
destruction of information resources. Anyone interested in a more
complete picture can consult the sources quoted.

Even a cursory examination of the report reveals that most of the
institutions affected could not have harbored terrorists at the time of
the damage, since the destruction occurred during the IDF occupation of
these institutions. Furthermore, much of the damage cannot be
attributed to the search for evidence against terrorism. How was the
confiscation of books and journals from the Al-Bireh Municipal Library
related to the war against terrorism? What evidence was gathered by
throwing video archives of the Al-Quds Educational Television station
from the fourth floor, or by smashing the music and program library of
the Ajyal and Angham FM stations, or by destroying development videos
and manuals at the Ma'an Development Centre? What incriminating
documents were found by ransacking the library of a Lutheran religious
compound and defacing its maps? What was accomplished at the Ministry
of Culture by destroying equipment, furniture, and children's paintings,
or by soiling offices and desk drawers with urine and excrement?

Finally, from the perspective of ALA policy, motivation for the
destruction is irrelevant. Policy 53.7 "deplores the destruction of
libraries, library collections, and property" regardless of the
purpose. I believe all ALA members abhor and condemn acts of
terrorism. As librarians, we also have a special obligation to speak
out in defense of libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions.
If we don't, who will?

Tom Twiss
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Tom Twiss
Government Information Librarian
G-22 Hillman Library
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

E-mail: ttwiss[at]
Phone: (412) 648-7730
FAX: (412) 648-7733

7. Request for advice - "Starting a library in Uganda"

Starting a library in Uganda
Date: Fri, 4 Oct 2002 18:15:56 +0100
To: webmaster[at]


I am trying to start up a community library in a rural village in Uganda,
called Kabubbu.

I am looking for a source of advice as I have never done a project like
this before.

I if you can offer the benefit of your experience on any of the following
issues or provide
details of other useful contacts I would be very grateful:

I would be very much obliged for your help.


Victoria Vassie

8. Volunteer at a Library in Africa or Central America

Spend the summer of 2003 helping communities gain access to the information
they need to build a better future as part of the Inform the World Library
Skills Exchange (ITW). ITW volunteers provide hands-on assistance and
training to rural librarians in South Africa, Honduras and Guatemala. The
program is a unique opportunity to share your skills while experiencing
another culture. If you love libraries and have a sense of adventure,
join us for this exciting service project!

Who: The World Library Partnership (WLP) is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to building global understanding by promoting literacy, learning
and access to information. Visit our website at
for more information.

What: The ITW volunteers will conduct practical service projects in
libraries in rural South Africa and Central America.

Central America
Honduras - July 25-July 23, 2003
Guatemala - July 2-July 30, 2003
South Africa
Limpopo Province - July 15-August 15
Kwa Zulu Natal Province - July 22-August 22, 2003

Eligibility: WLP invites librarians, library school students, teachers, IT
professionals and others who love libraries to apply. Conversational
Spanish is a requirement for the Central America program. Fluency in
English is required for the South Africa program.

How to Apply: The application for the various ITW 2003 programs can be
found at our website - - along with more detailed
information about each program. The Application Deadline is January 31,
2003. We welcome early applications.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. For the
South Africa programs contact Maggie Hite at maggie[at]
For the Central America programs contact Mary Alice McCarthy at
maryalice[at] or give us a call at 919/479-0163.

9. Links


U.S. Supreme Court decision on CIPA expected in late winter or early spring

Supreme Court to Hear Web Porn Case,1282,-2165642,00.html

Library Filtering Debate Heats Up,1283,56355,00.html

Justices to Review Internet Pornography Filters

High court agrees to rule on Web filters in libraries

Docket for 02-361 (United States vs. the American Library Association)


ADA doesn't cover the Web, judge rules.




"Minimum Security" comic on Patriot Act & Libraries

[ thanks Jessamyn ]


SLA internal document recommending that they change their name

[ thanks Jessamyn ]


_Revolting Librarian Redux_ cover preview

[ Graphic design by the book's co-editor, Jessamyn West ]


John Perry Barlow speaks out against Copyright Extension

[ Center for Arts & Culture Update ]


Collection Building by the Seat of Your Pants - a new page by Chris Dodge


Big Brother at the library


Typographical Errors in Library Databases

[ Thanks Robin Fay; from NEWLIB-L ]


What is this APA that ALA is creating?

And the bylaws, a work in progress:


The Death of the Internet
By Jeffrey Chester, Alternet

----- - News Directory and Resources Guide


Rocks in the Whirlpool - Equity and the American Library Association
by Kathleen de la Pena McCook, with an introduction by Nancy Kranich


FC: Google quietly deletes 100+ controversial sites from search results

[ From Declan McCullough's POLITECH list ]


Monolid reports on the demise of A Magazine:

[ Thanks Dan Tsang ]


Slashdot: FBI Bugging Public Libraries


New librarians' forum:


Scholarly Publishers Aim to Woo Librarians Away From Self-Published

[ Thanks Marie Jones ]


Preparing for the Revolution: Information Technology and the Future of the
Research University (a free online book from National Academies Press)

[ Thanks Barbara Fister; from COLLIB-L ]


"Chokehold on Knowledge" - Bush Administration intends to shut down GPO,0,7711960.story

[ Thanks Kathleen McCook ]


i used to believe - collection of childhood beliefs

----- the famous naked librarians...or are they?


"FRAUD: Mike Aba." If you get a lot of spam from Nigerians who say they
want to make you rich, you will love this...


Slashdot on librarians (what the techies think of us)


tiny signs of hope - very small protest objects for the SIMS community


Anti-War Petition Gains Nearly 1000 Library Worker Signatures
(Actually we've just made it to 1000)



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