August 2000



Thursday, August 31st, 2000


My wife and I saw "Contact" today in NYC and we passed the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Dear Librarian, Please set a good example and return all of those books that are over a year late. Regards, "The Library".

The Library of Alexandria - Ancient and Modern.

Critics say that libraries are dead, but this is ridiculous.

"As a valid concern, the digital divide falls somewhere between worrying about global warming and fearing to take an ocean cruise because of the possibility you might sail off the edge of the planet." I was speechless when I read that.

BTW, I registered www.librarystuff.net this week, and will hopefully have it up and running soon.


Wednesday, August 30th, 2000


Are you on the mailing list for Library Juice?

Guidetoproblematicallibraryuse...now there is a mouthful (and a great site as well).

A follow-up on the three children left in the library by their mother.

Another guy who won't be coming back to the library for awhile.

Stereotypes, stereotypes..."In this business we joke about that, the image of the unmarried woman who spends her life running the library. You still see them around, but it's a notion we're trying to dispel."

Security guards in libraries is definitely a good idea.

The Library Hotel is open!!


Tuesday, August 29th, 2000


Another one of those part-time library work becomes a career stories.

Why do library articles always start with Shhh!!

I'll have the latest John Grisham and a half caf-half decaf mochacino with 2 teaspoons of sugar.

Check out this new tutorial search site.


Monday, August 28th, 2000


Gary Price of Direct Search fame, sent in this article about how book sales help non-profits.

Thanks to a philanthropist, children will get to read more books.

Public libraries are celebrated on British coins.

A lot of book sale articles today.

The AskERIC Toolbox is filled with very useful sites to help in answering patron querries.

I subscribe to the INFOMINE mailing list. Do you?

Is your public library on this list?

Calling all Librarians....Need to make an extra buck or two?

It is stories like this that make me forget ones like this.

"The Adventures of Spooky", the library cat.

Library catalogs RULE!!


Saturday, August 26th, 2000 -- Sunday, August 27th, 2000


Do you get the site-of-the-day e-mailed to you from Refdesk.com? I do!!

What an innovative idea...a copier that copies books face up.

What is that COPPA thing anyway?

Google wants to grow up.

If your name contains a vulgarity, you may be filtered.


Friday, August 25th, 2000


Visit LISNews.com today for the Friday Updates.

There are some great publications available at the Library Research Service

Students need to improve their reading skills.

I think O.J. did it

They are not blocking porn in Iowa.

How are you going to celebrate Banned Books Week?

Uh...like...what is the Cumulative Book Index?


Thursday, August 24th, 2000


A sad story - A mother leaves three children at a library and does not return.

Get kids to read...paint the library!!

For those who wanted more audio on the "Stuff", check out this story about the oldest lending library.

I don't think this guy will be back to the library anytime soon.

Not wanting to feel left out on the E-book extravaganza, Simon & Schuster dives in.

Check out the Consumer Action Handbook.

Does the digital divide still exist? This site will be the first to let us know.

Two great sites from the Internet Scout Project for Social Sciences": The Internet Democracry Project, and the full text of a book entitled, "The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Age".


Wednesday, August 23rd, 2000


The strike in Ohio is now having an effect on the students. The teachers union is telling kids to stay away from the library.

Akamai shows us how to unfilter the filter.

I am a little confused. First we are told to "Skip your next trip to the library and take advantage of a little free reading with these sites". Then, after a few pertinant sites, we are given the site for the National Hobo Association, saying "Who knew Hobos were so organized?". So, when it comes to books, hobos are a better resource than librarians?!

Libraries are the overlooked social equalizer.


Tuesday, August 22nd, 2000


Check out 50 States. It is a wonderful ready reference site for...uh...well...you know.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center is full of useful stuff.

Here's an interesting story... "Classics" publisher uncensors the Greeks and Romans.

The Alexandria Library is back!!

So, what do you think of E-books?

"J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels feature hate, death, evil, witchcraft and astrology, themes officials say don't belong in their church schools.". I guess we can forget about that field trip to see the movie.

The Web-Today destinations for today are book resources. Web-today is a fantastic source for sites, delivered to your e-mail twice weekly.


Monday, August 21st, 2000


The "Stuff" has been chosen as a "Daily Debut" at The Arizona Reporter. Thanks!!!

Carole Leita of the Librarian's Index to the Internet has added the "Stuff" to the annotation for the LISNews description. Thanks!!

I think that this is a very important site for librarians. Wouldn't you agree?

I have always thought that libraries need to do more advertising.

Get involved...visit the National Coalition Against Censorship.

We get those primary sources questions all the time at my library. This site makes life a bit easier.

"At the stuffy library, the stuffy librarians whisper, 'Shush!' But no longer, say King County library officials."

Banned books in Cuba - I think The Juice would appreciate this one.


Sunday, August, 20th, 2000


Have you visited the Association of American Publishers?

If you want to read my "Letter to the Editor" regarding that article about students using the web instead of the card catalog, it's on LISNews.

It looks like there will be no filters in Nashua.

See? Not all Internet users in libraries search for porn.

Let Charlie Brown know...the public library is Movin' in!!

And you thought the Internet was a library... - "One thing that really bugs me is that people think that the Internet is a library. They think it's something like a bunch of books on shelves, neatly packaged, neatly arranged [by the] Dewey decimal system, and easy to find everything you want."

Hmmmm...how can we get more teens to use the library? Hey, how about cool looking library cards.



Friday, August 18th, 2000 -- Saturday, August 19th, 2000


Dad, can I check out 40 books today?

Please take the time to visit the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

"There will always be a place for newspapers and the paperback novel, he says, but "reference and academic books are dead". Now, those are some harsh words.

Doctors and Librarians team up to help the sick. Now if only the salaries were comparable...

Save the Federal Depository Library Program.


Thursday, August 17th, 2000

Libraries still doing what it takes to get their books back.

What a country!! - Kids even get paid to read books!!

Cataloging at the Bill Clinton Libary.

The adventures of the Library Cats. You can even order the video.

My letter to the editor did not make it in, but these did.

Regarding E-books...don't knock it until you try it.

That strike in Ohio is getting downright nasty

WOW!!! The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County puts out some great stuff - try Healthlinkplus for health related information.


Wednesday, August 16th, 2000



Thanks to Michael Pate over at the wonderful Library Planet for putting the "Stuff" on his news site.

Library Stuff goes global...thanks for linking me here.

Your federal tax dollars at work. - Firstgov.gov is on its way!!!

Excuse me, Mr. Librarian, can you give me a list of the best search engines? Sure, here are the Top 99.

Cheating on a test just got easier.

What color should the library walkway be?

Harry is still causing some controversy.

Need a movie review? Try the Movie Review Query Engine.

Early black librarian's efforts recalled

Tuesday, August 15th, 2000



For those who like to read classics from the Computer Screen.

One of only two golf libraries is closing.

Small books go over there, and big books go over there.

Ask Jeeves has a girlfriend.

Some library stories bring tears to my eyes.

Straight from down under....it's the Spire Project.

Who you gonna call? - A fantastic phone directory

Another article about using the web instead of the library for doing homework. At least the author doesn't mention the Card Catalog, but, then again, NOTHING is mentioned about the library being a good resource for research.


Monday, August 14th, 2000



Wanna new job? Visit LISjobs.com, maintained by Rachel Gordon. There is also going to be a newsletter starting in September.

Libraries are always defending their actions and policies.

Librarians can be models too.

For those who wish to read that whole report on the Library of Congress needing to become more digital.

Do Computers improve education?

The British Library has defended their discarding actions.

Love him or hate him, you have to respect what Sven Birkerts has to say . "Soon - and as a teacher I think already - reading an ambitious totality like "Moby Dick" will feel like waiting in line at the bank when the ATMs are down. Can't we, like, get to that whale already?"

The art of reading sure has changed over the course of the past decade. Whose fault is it?

Look up there...it's a bird, it's a plane...it's the Library in the Sky!!

There is nothing like digging into a good book and getting your hands dirty.


Saturday, August 12th --- Sunday, August 13th



Gary Price, of the now infamous Direct Search site, wanted me to remind y'all that it is a great place to look for stuff on the Invisible Web.

ALA has released results of a survey in which 95% of libraries have policies to manage the Internet.

Should Libraries Police Net Use? There is a great discussion at the end of this article.

We will trade you our building for your building if you throw in a librarian and two first round draft picks from a top library science school.

Great Book/Library site for the kiddies.

Will someone please tell the writer of this article that we don't use card catalogs anymore. Geeez!!


Friday, August 11th, 2000



Thanks to Kathy Leeds over at Wilton Library for placing me on her site.

Thanks also to Marylaine Block for putting me on her Neat New Stuff I Found on the Net This Week page.

Be sure to check out the Friday Updates at LISNews. Thank you Blake for everything!!

Murder at the Library of Congress. Don't fret, it's only a book.

Nupedia is the encyclopedia version of the Open Directory Project. Great concept!!

The world of Padlocked Libraries. Check out the whole "From Now On" site while you are at it.

Netcraft is a new search engine that searches domain names for results. Here is what happened when I typed in "Librarian".

Judge Blocks Virginia Law on Internet Porn.

First its newspapers, now books that are being chucked at the British Library.

Reading to a baby couldn't hurt, right?


August 10th, 2000



A gracious thank you to the Digital Librarian for adding "Library Stuff" to her librariana page.

Nicholson Baker has his own Fan Page. Wait until he finds out that some links become dead and have to be removed.

Talking e-books.

Daily life at America's Smallest Public Library.

Andrew Vachess has joined in on the online book craze by releasing an "unpublishable" novel.

Subject Index to Literature on Electronic Sources of Information

Keep up to date about the issues of Online Free Speech

Who is protecting you privacy? These guys are trying.

Library pushes 'Net Reading

Yet another huge Biography Site


August 9th, 2000



Strange things used for bookmarks.

Microsoft Reader is now downloadable to PCs. They say it will be easier in the eyes.

Librarian is murdered in new book.

The IFLA conference is to be held in Jerusalem. The theme is "Information for Cooperation: Creating the Global Library of the Future.". The Arabs are boycotting.

Bringing back the old - Revival of the Alexandria Library.

Casey Hill sent over his site on alternatives in print and media.

Holy smokes!! What a great Governmemt Information portal.

The Nobel Foundation just beefed up its site. You can search back 100 years of Nobel Laureates.

August 8th, 2000



Thank you, 'rarin librarian for mentioning my site.

They don't have the blues anymore in Biloxi!!

Should prisoners get updated law books?

The Great Library Card Collection. Now there is a great undertaking.

If you can't find that biography here, try this one.

August 7th, 2000



Teens and Books - what's happenin'

It seems that the British Library is ridding itself of old newspapers.

Shakespeare in love. Online texts of his plays.

For those who love geneology - Online Cemetery Records.

Booksense - for the independent mind.

Flags of the world. For that "My teacher says I need a color copy flag of Nigeria for my report which is due tomorrow" question.

Take the Dewey Challenge

August 6th, 2000



Book reviews and interviews at January Magazine

The Eyewitness Encyclopedia is a tremendous Ready Reference source for the kids.

This is a pretty neat site, based in England, which has a database of over 900 articles on Information Science. It's called DoIS

Checking out library censorship

Lotsa people use the library computer lab.

Dot Great - alternative domain names

Baskin-Robbins says "The Ice Cream is on us" after donating money for kids books.

Grandparents and Grandchildren together in the Library. How Cute!!


August 5th, 2000



It's not like finding a needle in a haystack anymore. Information Retrieval the MIT way.

Free E-mail providers guide - just in case your patrons ask...mine do!

The Web is 500 times deeper than search engines go....DUH!!

Harry Potter Vs. The Onion

I am presently reading this Book. It's about young readers in a digital world. Great Concept.

ALA's new Freedom to Read Statement

Elearners.com - A directory for distance learning.

The Book Lady that still delivers.

Gray's Anatomy is now available online from Bartleby. Sure beats using that heavy book!!

August 4th, 2000



The August issue of the CPL Internet Gazette has been published, with a new user friendly interface.

Licence Plates drive me crazy

Search Bug - A great Ready Reference Tool

Virtual Reference Desk Home of the Ask-A Locater and the Dig_Ref Listserv

I hate those conversion questions - Online Conversion

Find Your Library and see how much stuff it has