Library Juice 5:8 - February 28, 2002


  1. Library Juice endorsements in the upcoming ALA election
  2. Slashdot discussion on The File Room
  3. SSSCA? What now?!
  4. Raids on Indymedia in Italy
  5. NCLIS asserts its value to the country
  6. NCLIS' "Principles of Public Information"
  7. New reading on the "Patriot Act"
  8. Version 41, Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography
  9. Re: Robert Kent's latest email
  10. Library Program to Cuba, April 19 - May 3, 2002
  11. "Faces of Cuba" photo exhibit seeks home
  12. February's semi-funny searches
  13. Virginia Hamilton (in memoriam)

Quote for the week:

"If large numbers of people believe in freedom of speech, there will be
freedom of speech even if the law forbids it. But if public opinion is
sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist
to protect them." - George Orwell

Personal homepage of the week: Anne Clyde


1. Library Juice endorsements in the upcoming ALA election

I'm happy to endorse Carla Hayden for ALA President. In my opinion she is
far and away the better candidate.

For ALA Council, I recommend the following slate:

Rory Litwin
Jenna Freedman
Elaine M. Harger
Tara Lee Dirst
Deborah Mazzolini
John Buschman
Herbert Biblo
Mary Biblo
Veronda J. Pitchford
Diedre Conkling
Michael Gorman
Roland C. Hansen
Michael J. Miller
Karen G. Schneider
Peter McDonald

2. Slashdot discussion on The File Room

The Futility of Censorship

Posted by JonKatz on Tuesday February 26, [at]10:20AM
from the a-powerful-censorship-archive-online dept.

Here's the great irony: There's more censorship -- all kinds, everywhere,
involving more media and culture -- than ever before. But it's doomed to
fail. As the Net and Web become more commercial, and as parents,
government, schools, politicians, churches and corporations have belatedly
grown interested in controlling networked computing and the speech and
intellectual property therein, battles over censorship and content -- from
school blocking filters to music wars to efforts to curb sexual imagery --
have raged throughout cyberspace. That's why Chicago artist Antonio
Muntadas' website "The File Room" may be one of the most significant sites
ever created on the Web. Despite relentless efforts to curb art, speech,
software, writing, thinking and the free flow of ideas, censorship as a
contemporary idea is virtually impossible. The Net killed it, and now the
Web is becoming a living, global archive of ideas people want to kill.

Artist Muntadas created "The File Room" (discussed in Steven Wilson's book
Information Arts: Intersections of Science, Art and Technology as an
archive of censorship, a living record of society's ceaseless efforts to
control culture and values. The site uses the Web's global scope to collect
and store essays, speeches and artistic works from all over the world which
have been subject to censorship, from the Republic of Korea's criminal code
to high school newspapers to art exhibits in rural areas city halls. "The
File Room" classifies its growing holdings by location, date, media and
so-called grounds for censorship.

Anybody can contribute new examples of censorship by filling out a short
form on the site, which is also part of an art gallery in downtown Chicago.

The strange dichotomy is that the more censors try to curb information, the
bigger and richer "The File Room" grows. Sadly, the site makes clear that
the United States -- the creator of the modern idea of free speech -- has
become one of the world's most ubiquitous censors. "The File Room"
literally feeds off censorship, its archived categories growing all the
time -- explicit sexuality, language, nudity, political/economic/social
opinion, racial and ethnic, religious, sexual/gender orientation and
numerous others. Many of these battles involve the so-called protection of
children. The access to information and opinion the Net has given kids is
one of the most terrifying ideas of the 21st century.

Beautifully organized -- with sections on visual arts, film/video, print,
broadcast and electronic media, public speech, personal opinion, even
commercial advertising -- the site has become a trove of ideas, opinions
and artworks. It also carries an emotional punch. It's truly moving and
outrageous to see some of the works (and thoughts) people and institutions
are still trying to kill off. What a curious time -- the most sophisticated
and open information machinery in history spreading like wildfire, and
narrow-minded idiots all over the planet trying to turn back the clock.
There are countless governments and institutions who still believe they can
impose their views and values on their children and the rest of the world,
if only they can practice censorship.

Online rights is a seminal issue, but the smaller fights sometimes obscure
the new and much larger reality. Censorship as we used to know it is no
longer a viable option as long as there is a World Wide Web.

Discussion, mostly less optimistic about the net, at:


The File Room:

3. SSSCA? What now?!

The SSSCA is the "Security Systems Standards and Certification Act," and
it is scheduled to be introduced in congress soon by Senator Fritz Hollings
(D-S.C.), the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee. It's being pushed
by the record industry as a copy-prevention guarantee. What the bill
would do, most significantly, would be to make it an offense to make or
sell any kind of computer equipment that doesn't have built in copy
protection technology (which, logically, would be an abridgement of our
fair use rights). This is scary shit. I know everyone is getting tired of
scary shit relating to copyright, but as the prophet said, "You snooze, you

There is going to be a Senate hearing on this bill today. Witnesses:

Wired News article on the hearing:,1283,50702,00.html

Draft text of the SSSCA:

Feb. 27, 2002 letter from SSSCA opponents:

Politech archive on Sen. Hollings' SSSCA:

4. Raids on Indymedia in Italy

Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 21:12:03 +0000
From: "Martyn Everett" <martyn_everett[at]>
To: librarians[at]
Reply to: librarians[at]

A recent report from Indymedia ( Operation against
Italy IMC (nb) the text is the original.

Press Release: Italiano, English, Castellano, Français, Deutsch

7.00. am
Firenze. Torino . Bologna. Taranto. On Wednesday morning, Carabinieri
(paramilitary police) raided several social centres allegedly housing
indymedia centers. The nation-wide operation was due to an order from
Genova's attorney, who tried to seize audio and video material referring to
the anti-G8 actions in Genova last summer, focusing on what could deal with
the police raid at the Media Center and the Diaz school. Police have seized
computers, archives, and equipment needed by hundreds of italian activists
for daily cultural and political activities. From a statement by Indymedia
Italy: "This morning, an attack has been struck against freedom of
information. A few places have been targeted, to exercise a political
pressure on a complex and manifold subject as Italy Indymedia."

Join Italy IMC for a demo in support of free speech and independent
information on March 16th in Rome or organize a support protest in your own

Updates 21.02.02
Hundreds of solidarity messages and planned actions have happily flooded
italy IMC mailbox and newswire
Today we came to know that also the Democratic Lawyers Association office
has been searched yesterday by Police, within the same operation. Here the
translation of their statement.
This association helped during the summer italy imc to gather and structure
a dossier on police brutality and violation of human rights that was
presented both in the european parliament and in several human rights
related organizations.

5. NCLIS asserts its value to the country

This page gives you links to several responses of National Commission on
Library and Information Science to the Bush budget, which would wipe it off
the face of the planet, citing a lack of return on the investment. Ever
wonder what this organization does? They are very interested in telling
you. (Scroll down to "NCLIS Budget Documents.")

6. NCLIS' "Principles of Public Information"

From the birth of our nation, open and uninhibited access to public
information has ensured good government and a free society. Public
information helps to educate our people, stimulate our progress and solve
our most complex economic, scientific and social problems. With the coming
of the Information Age and its many new technologies, however, public
information has expanded so quickly that basic principles regarding its
creation, use and dissemination are in danger of being neglected and even

The National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, therefore,
reaffirms that the information policies of the U.S., government are based
on the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, and on the recognition of
public information as a national resource to be developed and preserved in
the public interest. We define public information as information created,
compiled and/or maintained by the Federal Government. We assert that public
information is information owned by the people, held in trust by their
government, and should be available to the people except where restricted
by law. It is in this spirit of public ownership and public trust that we
offer the following Principles of Public Information.

1. The public has the right of access to public information.

Government agencies should guarantee open, timely and uninhibited access
to public information except where restricted by law. People should be able
to access public information, regardless of its format, without any special
training or expertise.

2. The Federal Government should guarantee the integrity and preservation
of public information, regardless of its format.

By maintaining public information in the face of changing times and
technologies, government agencies assure the government's accountability
and the accessibility of the government's business to the public.

3. The Federal Government should guarantee the dissemination,
reproduction, and redistribution of public information.

Any restriction of dissemination or any other function dealing with public
information must be strictly defined by law.

4. The Federal Government should safeguard the privacy of persons who use
or request information, as well as persons about whom information exists in
government records.

5. The Federal Government should ensure a wide diversity of sources of
access, private as well as governmental, to public information.

Although sources of access may change over time and because of advances in
technology, government agencies have an obligation to the public to
encourage diversity.

6. The Federal Government should not allow cost to obstruct the people's
access to public information.

Costs incurred by creating, collecting and processing information for the
government's own purposes should not be passed on to people who wish to
utilize public information.

7. The Federal Government should ensure that information about government
information is easily available and in a single index accessible in a
variety of formats.

The government index of public information should be in addition to
inventories of information kept within individual government agencies.

8. The Federal Government should guarantee the public's access to public
information, regardless of where they live and work, through national
networks and programs like the Depository Library Program.

Government agencies should periodically review such programs as well as
the emerging technology to ensure that access to public information remains
inexpensive and convenient to the public.

The National Commission on Libraries and Information Science offers these
Principles of Public Information as a foundation for the decisions made
throughout the Federal Government and the nation regarding issues of public
information. We urge all branches of the Federal Government, state and
local governments and the private sector to utilize these principles in the
development of information policies and in the creation, use, dissemination
and preservation of public information. We believe that in so ac ing, they
will serve the best interests of the nation and the people in the
Information Age.

Adopted by the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information
Science June 29, 1990

7. New reading on the "Patriot Act"

February 27 Chronicle of Higher Education "Colloquy Live":

Karen Schneider's Internet Librarian column:
"The Patriot Act: Last Refuge of a Scoundrel"

Mary Minow on LLRX:
The USA PATRIOT Act and Patron Privacy on Library Internet Terminals

ALA official alert:

Nat Hentoff
Has the Attorney General Been Reading Franz Kafka?
Big John Wants Your Reading List
(Great article)

8. Version 41, Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

Version 41 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is now
available. This selective bibliography presents over 1,550 articles, books,
and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding
scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet.

The HTML document is designed for interactive use. Each
major section is a separate file. There are links to sources
that are freely available on the Internet. It can be can be
searched using Boolean operators. The HTML document includes
three sections not found in the Acrobat or Word files:
(1) Archive (prior versions of the bibliography), (2) Scholarly
Electronic Publishing Resources (related Web sites), and
(3) Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (frequently updated
list of new resources).

The Acrobat and Word files are designed for printing. The printed
bibliography is over 125 pages long. The Acrobat file is over
340 KB and the Word file is over 500 KB.

The bibliography has the following sections (revised sections are
marked with an asterisk):

Table of Contents

1 Economic Issues*
2 Electronic Books and Texts

      2.1 Case Studies and History*
      2.2 General Works*
      2.3 Library Issues*
 3  Electronic Serials
      3.1 Case Studies and History*
      3.2 Critiques
      3.3 Electronic Distribution of Printed Journals*
      3.4 General Works*
      3.5 Library Issues*
      3.6 Research*

4 General Works*
5 Legal Issues

      5.1 Intellectual Property Rights*
      5.2 License Agreements*
      5.3 Other Legal Issues
 6  Library Issues
      6.1 Cataloging, Identifiers, Linking, and Metadata*
      6.2 Digital Libraries*
      6.3 General Works*
      6.4 Information Conversion, Integrity, and Preservation*

7 New Publishing Models*
8 Publisher Issues*

8.1 Digital Rights Management*
Appendix A. Related Bibliographies by the Same Author
Appendix B. About the Author

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Resources includes
the following sections:

Cataloging, Identifiers, Linking, and Metadata
Digital Libraries
Electronic Books and Texts*
Electronic Serials*
General Electronic Publishing*
SGML and Related Standards

An article about the bibliography has been published
in The Journal of Electronic Publishing:

Best Regards,

Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Assistant Dean for Systems,
University of Houston, Library Administration,
114 University Libraries, Houston, TX 77204-2000.
E-mail: cbailey[at] Voice: (713) 743-9804.
Fax: (713) 743-9811.

9. Re: Robert Kent's latest email

Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 21:17:18 -0700
From: Brian James <bajames[at]>
Reply-To: Academic Librarian's Forum <ALF-L[at]>
To: ALF-L[at]
Subject: Re: ACTION ALERT: Christmas Day Raid on Religious Library

Robert Kent claims that criticisms of his organisation Friends of Cuban
Libraries have been dismissed as misleading, irrelevant or inaccurate, but
avoids telling us that his own position has been dismissed in similar
terms by no less than the ALA and IFLA, his most effective critics. He
then tries to rally the IFLA to his side by referring to an outdated
statement which he knows no longer represents their position.

The IFLA, as he claims, wrote a letter to the Cuban government in 1999
condemning the alleged persecution of Cuba's "volunteer" librarians, but
since that time have done their own study of the situation in Cuba and
revised their position quite significantly.

On what Kent describes as an "unprecedented campaign of repression being
waged against librarians in Cuba," the IFLA report had this to say:

"Since the people we interviewed confirmed that their arrests have mostly
been made on grounds of their political work as dissidents not because of
their library activities, we will refrain from officially commenting on
these incidents in the context of this report."

The report concludes that the biggest obstacle to freedom of information
in Cuba is the US-imposed embargo -- which "Friends of Cuban Libraries"
holds no opposition to -- and makes clear recommendations against it.

As for the Canadian Library Association's endorsement of the previous IFLA
letter, this must be viewed in context as having been decided without an
independent study or knowledge of the subsequent IFLA report.

The ALA's International Relations Committee:

"The IFLA investigation meets no standards. Nevertheless, it has bestowed
on Mr. Kent's cause a certain legitimacy and has allowed Kent to go the
Canadian Library Association, and other groups, which also reacted to the
IFLA report and did no independent investigation. In an especially crass
but clever move, Kent even managed to get a recently imprisoned Chinese
American librarian to make statements about a situation about which he has
no knowledge. Perhaps IFLA can be forgiven for not understanding the
nature of US hostility toward Cuba, and the lengths to which the US and
the right-wing Cuban expatriate elements will go to further their aims of
overthrowing the Cuban government. But the American Library Association
will have no such excuse."

[Editor's note: I want to clarify that the above quotation is not from the
IRC's report, but from Ann Sparanese's report to that committee. -Rory.]

In January of 2001 Robert Kent and the Friends of Cuban Libraries made an
appeal for ALA support through the ALA International Relations Committee
(IRC), which was rejected. This is from a summary of the case that was
tabled against them.

"FCL had misled IFLA's FAIFE into basing its letter in support of the
allegedly independent librarians on dubious testimony which was
unverified; that the brief references to the "independents" in the Amnesty
International report were never substantiated or confirmed; that the
evidence about the nature of Cuban librarianship and the national library
assocition (ASCUBI) was a misrepresentation; and that the evidence put
forward to the IRC characterizing the independent librarians, their
mission and their plight was highly suspect and contradicted everything
which people like John Pateman, Rhonda Neugebauer, Larry Oberg,
eyewitnesses who sought out these independent libraries, observed."

Here is the ALA IRC's "Report on the Cuban Issue" from the ALA website.

The ALA also did a tour of Cuban libraries, both public and "independent,"
in the summer of 2001, and filed this report.

Their assessment of the "independent librarians" echoes that of the IFLA:

"All collection owners are self-described "dissidents,"
"counter-revolutionaries," or members of the "opposition movement." Most
have been detained by the Cuban government for several hours or up to
several months because of their political activities. When asked, they
said that they have been detained because of political activities, not
because of their collections. Because the dissidents are part of the
opposition movement and all jobs are available through the government,
they are unemployed. None of the collectors claim to receive financial
compensation for their work with the collections."

As with the IFLA report the ALA concludes with six recommendations, mainly
focusing on the US embargo as the major obstacle to freedom of information
in Cuba, and none mentioning the alleged repression of "independent"

As the old adage goes: "you can fool some of the people some of the
time...." Robert Kent's campaign of propaganda distortions and
misinformation seems to be failing. I'm just providing information that's
already known about him and his cause.

Brian James

10. Library Program to Cuba, April 19-May 3, 2002

Organized by Rhonda L. Neugebauer
University of California, Riverside

You are invited to join a Library Program to Cuba, organized for April
19-May 3, 2002.  We will meet with Cuban library professionals, scholars
and educators, and visit libraries, archives, universities, cultural
institutions, and other places of historical and cultural significance.  In
addition to visiting libraries, program participants will attend the
International Congress of Information (INFO2002 Conference) to be held in
Havana April 22-26, 2002, sponsored by several Cuban libraries, library and
information professionals and organizations.  At the conference, we will
join ALA President John Berry and President-Elect Mitch Freedman, as part
of the official ALA delegation to this historic meeting.  INFO2002
Conference organizers have extended to US librarians a special invitation
to participate in this conference by organizing sessions, delivering papers
or contributing to the conference in some other way.  In order to register
for the INFO2002 conference and to find out ways to participate, please see
the conference website at

After the INFO2002 conference, participants in the Library Program to Cuba
will stay another week to visit other cities and more libraries. You can
attend the conference only, or you can attend the conference AND stay an
additional week and visit more libraries and librarians in Cuba, including
travel to Santiago and perhaps another city.

Flights, Cuban visas and U.S. Treasury licenses will be arranged for this
delegation by Marazul Charters.  If you have specific questions about
travel to Cuba, you can talk to travel coordinator, Bob Guild at
1-800-223-5334 (bguild[at] or visit the website at Marazul's INFO2002 information sheet is
attached to this email.

Tentative pricing for this trip: estimated $2000, depending on
accommodations, city of departure, duration of trip, single or double
housing.  Price includes airfare from the US (Miami, New York or Los
Angeles), Cuban visa, internal transportation, daily breakfast, selected
entrance fees, and guide and translator for 2nd week of travel.  Some
expenses not covered include Airport tax ($50 Miami; $20 Havana);
conference registration ($200/$180 speakers); meals, optional excursions.

This is an exciting opportunity to return to Cuba and visit the librarians
that we met on the previous programs in 2000 and 2001 and/or to make new
professional contacts and friends.

I hope you will join us!

Rhonda L. Neugebauer
Bibliographer, Latin American Studies
University of California
PO Box 5900
Riverside, California 92517-5900
(909) 787-3703
(909) 787- 3285 (FAX)


Information, knowledge and society: Challenges of a new era

Havana International Conference Center,
April, 22 - 26, 2002

Dear colleagues:

The Institute for Scientific and Technological Information (IDICT)  of the
Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of the Republic of Cuba
welcomes the opportunity to invite you to attend the sessions of the
International Congress of Information Info 2002 from April 22- 26,
2002.   The Congress will be held under the motto "Information, knowledge
and society.  Challenges of the new era" at Havana International Conference

In this opportunity,  coinciding with this Congress, will also be
celebrated  the 40  anniversary of the IDICT, occasion that makes this a
very significative Congress.

The International Fair-Exhibition  ExpoInfo'2002 will session
simultaneously to the Congress.
English and Spanish would be the official languages of the Congress. Your
attendance which certainly would contribute with discussions will be
welcomed. During your stay you will also be able to visit interesting
places  and meet the hospitable Cuban people.

On Info Congresses

The seventh staging of the international congresses on
information,  Info'2002 will be held  under the motto "Information,
knowledge and society. Challenges of a new era."

Info congresses have been held  on a continued and biannual basis since
1988. The 45th Congress and the  Conference of the International Federation
for Information and Documentation (FID),  was held in Cuba in 1990 and ever
since, these congresses have BEEN  held  in our country in 1993, 1995,1997,
and 1999.

A considerable attendance of specialists from Latin America and Spain has
been the main feature  of these congresses , and this has made  it possible
to exchange  experiences, with a focus on information
institutions,  university libraries and library and information science
associations and schools.

Senior executives and other specialists from international organizations
and institutions  have participated in these congresses. Regional and
professional  meetings have been held by those organizations and
institutions as part of the general program of the Congress.

.A fair-exhibition,  known as ExpoInfo has also taken place together with
the Info Congress. Cuban and foreign organizations exhibit their
information products and services, softwares, databases and other
applications as part of the fair-exhibition.

For the first time in this century Info 2002 will gather information
specialists which will discuss on the new management issues faced by
organisations and the challenges posed by the new information and
communication technologies, the new managerial approaches and the
requirements to be met by information professionals and institutions at the
beginning of a new millennium.



The professional program includes lectures, round tables, seminars,
workshops, panels, as well as presentation of  open topics related
to  the  congress topics.

The Organizing Committee is working hard on the final arrangement  of the
above all these modalities.

Final names of the activities of the professional program would be
gradually determined  as part of the procedures thereto.

Post-congress courses would be organized among participants.  Those courses
will contribute to  the widest  possible exchange among delegates.

Information and knowledgement:  basis of a new society.

Technology for rich and for poor people.  Huge contrasts in the information

Role of the information management  within the business intelligence [OIE1]
and knowledgement management..

Service strategies of the information organizations and present needs and
demands of the organizations.

Physical and content description of electronic information
resources.  Metadates and other options.

CIO s activity within the organizations.

The role of information in the prevention and mitigation of natural

Academic seminar devoted to scientometrics[OIE2] and informetrics.

Information policies as a necessary condition for the creation of an
informatized society.

The role of the school libraries within the user s preparation,  towards
the new scenaries.

The new information technologies and its influence in the processes,
services and management of the information organizations,  as well that
within the information management systems of the organizations.

 From the individual cyberpower to the socio-cultural cyberpower -
necessary condition for  a true and just informatization.

Information professionals labour marketplace.  New challenges and

Information projects.  A way for planning and financing.


Strategies and actions of the associations in the preparation and
development of competitive professionals.

Meeting of librarians and information specialists,  Cuba - North America

The guarantee of the professional continuity;  Meeting
of  library   sciences   and information sciences students

Call for Open Topic Papers
The Scientific Commission of Info 2002 will decide upon the form of
presentation of papers submitted.  It would nclude oral presentation or

Two categories of posters would be available:

         Electronic  format

Power point presentation (no more than 15 screens)

         Traditional format

Presentation in paper or cardboard (82 x 120 cm)

  Requirements for the presentation of open topics

The first page of each paper should include: Title, author, (name and
address of the institution represented, phone, fax and Email, and a brief
curriculum), speaker (name and address of the institution represented),

Papers should be submitted in one original and one hard  copy  written in
paper (8,5" x 11"), double spaced pages, with 30 lines and  2,5 cm margins
on  both sides. A copy in  diskette  should be also available in Word or
WordPerfect format for PCs.

Papers should not exceed 15 pages, including graphics, tables and annexes.

A summary of the paper not exceeding 300 words should be submitted.
Summaries should follow the above mentioned requirements and should be sent
to the Organizing Committee before January  15th  2002.

The Scientific Commission of the Congress will notify the authors  on
acceptance of papers submitted and the form of presentation. This may does
not exclude the possibility of participation as delegates.

Papers must reach the Organizing Committee no later than February 15th,
2002 so as to include them in the Proceedings of the Congress, in
compact  disk,  that will be distributed to all participants. A letter
with the name of author, co-author or any other responsible for the
presentation of the paper during working sessions should attached to the


All the rooms will be equipped with overhead projectors. In case another
equipment is needed for the presentation (computer, video, slides, etc.),
this should be reported to the Organizing Committee.

Exhibition ExpoInfo'2002

The Fair-Exhibition "ExpoInfo'2002" will be held simultaneously to
Info'2002. Companies, corporations, institutions and organizations in the
information market will have the opportunity to promote and sell their
products, services, equipments, publications and other items of interest
for information consumers.

ExpoInfo'2002 will session in the Grand  Foyer of Havana's International
Conference Center from April 22nd - 26th, 2002.

The charge for the use of the indoor modular stand is US $130,00 m2 during
the exhibition and includes:

Stand location in the plan will be decided upon by the Organizing Committee
and according to receipt date of the applications.

Audiovisuals computers, furniture and international telecommunication
services are available for rent during the exhibition.

All information on charges, participation requirements, requirements for
goods delivery, customs regulations, etc., may be obtained directly from
the Organizing Committee and the Division of Fairs and Exhibitions of
Havana's International Conference Center.

For further information, contact:

Ania  Ferrer Forcades
Dpto. Comercial del IDICT
Capitolio Nacional, A. 2019,
La Habana 10200, CubaTelf.:
537 626531, 603411,
ext 1174 , Fax 537 338237
Email : aferrer[at]

Violeta Rodríguez Oramas
Fair Executive Officer
Havana International  Conference
Phone:  537  284398, 226011 ext. 19
Fax 537  287996, 283470, 228382
Email: violeta[at]

Rhonda L. Neugebauer
Bibliographer, Latin American Studies/
Social Sciences and Humanities
University of California, Riverside

Publisher: E-Resources for Latin American Studies

Collection Development Dept.
Tomas Rivera Library
PO Box 5900
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
(909) 787-3703
(909) 787 3285 (FAX)
rhonda.neugebauer[at] or

11. "Faces of Cuba" photo exhibit seeks home

I don't know how I became a Cuban cultural attache to the international
library community, but here it is:

Jennifer McCabe, a reference librarian at James Madison University, is
seeking recipients for the donation of a photography exhibit that will is
showing there temporarily. The exhibit is described in the news release
below. If you or your library or an organization you know can provide a
home for this exhibit, please contact Jennifer at McCabeja[at]

News Release:

The Bausch & Lomb Art Gallery of Garrett Community College Presents:



January 22 - March 8, 2002

The Bausch & Lomb Art Gallery of Garrett Community College is currently
featuring an exhibition of photographs, titled "Faces of Cuba" by Dr.
Craig E. Abrahamson, former Professor of Psychology at Garrett Community
College. The exhibit includes 101 photographs and will be on display
through March 8, 2002. An artist's reception and special presentation by
Dr. Abrahamson is planned for Friday evening, Feb 15, from 7 - 9 p.m.
The public is invited.

The subject matter of the exhibit focuses on the culture of Cuba with
images of people on the urban streets, in the country, working and
playing, and children within the school setting. Pictures of old cars
and people riding horses and bicycles help to create a clear portrait of
life in Cuba. Also on display are political images, photographs of
monuments and architecture, beautiful landscapes, and cartoons from the
Cuban Museum of Humor. At the close of the exhibit at the Bausch & Lomb
Gallery, the exhibit will be displayed at the Carrier Library at James
Madison University through mid April. Arrangements are being planned
for the exhibit to be donated to a nonprofit global organization that
will utilize it for the purposes of exposing the general public to some
of the realities that currently exist within the Cuban culture.

The gallery talk on Feb. 15, to be presented by Dr. Abrahamson, will
deal with his perceptions of the Cuban people while he traveled through
the Western regions of Cuba on his bicycle through the organization
entitled the International Bicycle Fund. This organization promotes
bicycle tours in various regions of the "Third World" with the focus
being to promote better understanding of "Third World" societies within
the United States.

Dr. Abrahamson maintains a private practice in psychotherapy in Oakland,
Maryland, and is also an Associate Professor in the College of
Integrated Science and Technology, at James Madison University in
Harrisonburg, Virginia.

This exhibition is made possible in part by a grant from the Garrett
County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council. Gallery hours
are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on evenings and weekends
during special events. For more information, contact the Art Department
of GCC at 301-387-3024.

12. February's semi-funny searches

Amusing searches that led to pages on, found in my log files
during the month of February:


13. Virginia Hamilton (in memoriam)

From Carole McCullough:

Please know that Virginia Hamilton, noted author of books for
children and young adults, died of breast cancer at 12:25 am
Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at her home in Yellow Springs, OH. Ms.
Hamilton was awarded American Library Association Coretta Scott King
and Newbery awards for literacy excellence in books for children and
young adults. She was awarded ALA's Coretta Scott King Awards in 1983
for Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush (Philomel), 1986 for The People
Could Fly:American Black Folktales (Knopf) and in 1996 for Her
Stories (Scholastic/Blue Sky Press), along with honor awards in 1979,
1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, and 1990. The Coretta Scott King Task Force
of ALA's Social Responsibilities Round Table presents the award. The
Association for Library Services to Children awarded her the John
Newbery medal in 1975 for M.C. Higgins the Great (Macmillan) along
with honor awards in 1972, 1980 and 1983. Ms. Hamilton understood,
respected and believed in the goals and purposes of the Coretta Scott
King Award with a passion few could equal. As a frequent awardee and
consummate supporter, Virginia stood shoulder to shoulder with the
CSK Task Force leadership as they searched for new ways to promote
and publicize the Award. Other literature awards received by Ms.
Hamilton may be found at:

She was a popular participant in the ALA exhibits at each ALA Annual
conference, supported by publishers of her many books. She was a
sought after speaker for school and public library youth programs,
both at national and state conferences throughout the country. She
hosted the 17th annual Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural
Literature for Youth at Kent State University in Ohio. Celebrated and
culturally diverse authors and illustrators joined her and her
husband, poet and author Arnold Adoff, each year. She accepted the
position of Honorary Chair of the Coretta Scott King Awards public
awareness campaign, launched at the award's breakfast at the 1999
American Library Association conference in New Orleans, LA. She
served as host of a video, The Coretta Scott King Award: A Tribute,
published by Scholastic, Inc. for the campaign.Her activities and
contributions are noted at her website at Using the search engine at her site
for "ALA" reveals some of her activities with ALA. Bio and photo: We are
deeply saddened by her passing. She will be missed.Carole McCollough,
Chair, Coretta Scott King Task Force, ALA Social Responsibilities Round
Table, February 19, 2002 c.mccollough[at]


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