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  • Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" reenacted with librarians

    08/16/2013 7:46:02 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 7 replies ^ | Aug 16, 2013 | Cory Doctorow
    From the New York Public Library's Tumblr, a great remake of the video for the Beastie Boys' classic "Sabotage," featuring librarians on high-speed chases through the shelves. Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" reenacted with librarians - Boing Boing
  • WH won’t release video of Obama thanking librarians for pushing Obamacare

    07/07/2013 9:52:48 AM PDT · by SmileRight · 15 replies ^ | 7/7/2012 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    Last month, the White House kicked off an initiative – in conjunction with the American Library Association – that would pay librarians to help the public understand Obamacare. This effort tapped libraries because they are considered an influential resource in their communities. But now, the most transparent administration in history has vetoed public viewing of a video, recorded for Sunday’s American Library Association conference, in which Obama thanks librarians for helping people sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The District Dispatch, a web site for the library association’s Washington office...
  • Libraries Enlisted to Deliver Obamacare Information (Democratic 'navigators' in 123,000 libraries)

    07/01/2013 5:17:15 PM PDT · by drewh · 30 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | JULY 1, 2013 AT 12:15 PM | Paul Bedard "Washington Secrets" columnist
    The White House is turning to the network of public libraries to deliver Obamacare information and advice to the nation. As it begins promoting the program that will require all Americans to have health insurance or pay a fine starting next year, the administration is dealing with the biggest hurdle in its effort: Where Americans go to get information on the new program. Enter public libraries, already the go-to site for many Americans looking for tax forms every April. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which is in charge of Obamacare, has teamed with the Institute of Museum and...
  • Banned Books Week September 25-October 2, 2010

    09/06/2010 8:24:59 AM PDT · by usalady · 8 replies
    Suite101 ^ | September 5, 2010 | Martha
    Banned Book Weeks celebrates the freedom to read, the freedom to choose and the freedom to express one's opinion, even if it is unorthodox. Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1982, it has become an annual event reminding Americans not to take this democratic freedom for granted.

    07/22/2010 6:19:56 AM PDT · by massmike · 37 replies ^ | 07/22/2010 | Todd Starnes
    A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by a former Ohio State University librarian who said he was forced out of his job because of his conservative Christian beliefs. U.S. District Court Judge William Bertelsman ruled that the university’s Mansfield campus did not violate Scott Savage’s civil rights by being hostile to his beliefs. In 2006, Savage was asked to serve on a committee to develop a required reading list for incoming freshmen. He noticed that every book was either liberal or promoted what he called a gay agenda. So Savage recommended four conservative books – and that’s...
  • Librarian oversees rare collection of Bibles from past six centuries

    06/01/2010 1:47:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 194+ views
    cns ^ | May 25, 2010 | Beth Griffin
    Liana Lupas, curator of the Rare Bible Collection at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York, with one of the first Bibles translated into the language used by American Indians. (CNS/Bob Roller) By Beth GriffinCatholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) -- Liana Lupas stands out in New York, even by the standards of a city that defines itself with superlatives and seems to have world-class specialists in every conceivable discipline. She calls herself "the only librarian in the world who takes care of one book." Of course, that book is "the" Book, the Bible. And in two decades...
  • Key Dems Order Suppression of Report on Honduras

    11/01/2009 3:25:31 PM PST · by John Semmens · 16 replies · 1,170+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 31 October 2009 | John Semmens
    The chairmen of the House and Senate foreign relations committees—Representative Howard Berman (D-Calif) and Senator John Kerry (D-Mass), respectively—are demanding the librarians at the Law Library of Congress to suppress a report on the Honduran crisis. The problem with the report is that it concludes that the removal of former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was carried out in accordance with that country’s constitution. “This report directly contradicts the President’s position on this crisis,” Berman pointed out. “It creates an air of confusion regarding US policy on this matter. On matters of foreign policy, this nation must speak with one voice...
  • Who's The Library Bully? [It's not Sarah Palin]

    09/22/2008 1:33:32 PM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 13 replies · 437+ views
    Media Research Center ^ | September 19, 2008 | L. Brent Bozell III
    As part of the microscopic scrutiny applied to Sarah Palin’s record, the public has been told that as the incoming Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska in 1996, Palin dared to ask the town librarian what would happen if anyone objected to an inappropriate book. She merely inquired, but "anti-censorship" activists, perpetually filled with visions of a trash can full of burning books, exploded. At the time, the Anchorage Daily News captured the librarian, one Mary Ellen Emmons, putting up her First Amendment dukes. “I told her clearly, I will fight anyone who tries to dictate what books can go on the...
  • Records changed after librarian reported porn

    04/04/2008 9:48:56 AM PDT · by editor-surveyor · 26 replies · 65+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 03, 2008 | Bob Unruh
    Personnel records used to justify the dismissal of a librarian who reported to police a man viewing child pornography on a public computer were changed after her dismissal, according to a law firm working on behalf of Brenda Biesterfield. That, however, hasn't stopped the county from justifying its actions and citing the changed records."The actions of Tulare County officials in firing Brenda Biesterfeld are simply inexcusable," said Mathew D. Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and dean of Liberty University's school of law."She should be reinstated and compensated for the injustice done to her," he said. "The Tulare County Library ought...
  • Many Liberians may be ousted from U.S.

    09/05/2007 12:20:45 PM PDT · by nypokerface · 71 replies · 1,150+ views
    UPI ^ | 09/04/07
    INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Many of the estimated 4,000 to 10,000 Liberians living in the United States on temporary protected status may be forced to return home as early as Oct. 1. Thousands of Liberians who could not qualify for refugee status or permanent green cards in the United States were granted six to 18 month stays in the country under a program designed to offer temporary sanctuary to foreign citizens fleeing wars or natural disasters. However, the long-running Liberian civil war, which claimed 250,000 lives, ended in 2003, and now the U.S. government is moving to force some...
  • Civil war among U.S. librarians

    07/23/2007 7:55:19 AM PDT · by rhema · 43 replies · 1,781+ views
    The unassuming international champion of universal health care, Michael Moore, was asked (New York Sun, June 29) whether, while filming "Sicko," he inquired about the condition of Cuban journalist Normando Gonzalez, a political prisoner since 2003. He has contracted severe chronic illnesses while in a Castro gulag. Moore answered that he asked only about Cuba's health care system while he was there. Among other suffering prisoners in Cuban cells who would have added further dimension to "Sicko" are independent librarians, put away for more than 20-year sentences for the crime of giving Cubans access to books and other publications forbidden...
  • Illinois Library Association Calls for Internet Computer Blackout in Public Libraries

    05/11/2007 8:59:37 PM PDT · by · 17 replies · 1,075+ views
    Illinois Library Association ^ | May 8, 2007 | Robert P. Doyle
    In response to the Illinois House of Representatives passing House Bill 1727, the Illinois Library Association's Public Policy Committee met yesterday to determine the library community's response. .... The committee did, however, declare: Monday, 14 May 2007 is a day of unity for the Illinois library community to demonstrate our opposition to House Bill 1727, the mandatory public and school library Internet filter legislation. On Monday, 14 May, the committee recommends the following possible actions: .... 2. Turn off the Internet. If you proceed with this option, inform the public by posting signs in the library explaining why the Internet...
  • Now Showing at the Library: Porn

    06/25/2006 8:03:40 PM PDT · by · 115 replies · 2,484+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 25, 2006 | Laurence Leamer
    While the debate rages over what to do with the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and whether we need a new central library for the city, a larger concern is being ignored: Internet porn at the library. When I walked into the West End Branch Library on 24th Street NW last week, several men were sitting at the computers, looking at hard-core pornography on the Internet. Meanwhile, children on the other side of the room were also using computers. One child was running around behind the men, who were studiously observing the most intimate parts of a woman's body...
  • Positively Sexualizing our Teens? [Librarians, the ALA, and the CPS]

    06/15/2006 8:20:36 PM PDT · by · 26 replies · 899+ views
    The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a division of the American Library Association that likes to offer sexual advice for teens (check: Healthy Relationships for Teens). One of the web sites they recommend (under Resources for Teens: Sexuality and Sexual Behavior) is the Coalition for Positive Sexuality. The organization can be also found at Wikipedia. Parents of teens, meet the CPS. It was designed for “teens who are sexually active now or just thinking about having sex.” So, next time you talk to your teen about sex, tell him to “Just Say Yes”: Just Say Yes is about...
  • The Google generation (Decline of research at the Library)

    06/11/2006 8:07:04 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 74 replies · 1,189+ views
    Portland Press Herald ^ | June 11, 2006 | BETH QUIMBY
    Last year children's librarian Debby At- well put a new set of encyclopedias on the shelf at Thomaston Public Library. A year later, it has yet to be touched. "I have never seen an encyclopedia lifted from the stacks," Atwell said. Librarians across the state report the millennials, the generation born roughly between 1980 and 2000, are not using libraries the way past generations did. Reference materials are gathering dust on the shelves of libraries everywhere. Reference librarians are being reassigned to other tasks, and library directors are pondering the future role of the traditional lending library. The trend has...
  • Beware teen summer-reading lists

    06/06/2006 5:57:12 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 63 replies · 2,015+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 6/6/06 | Rebecca Hagelin
    During the lazy, long, hot days of summer, which activity would you rather see your son or daughter engaged in – playing a video game or reading a book? A silly question, right? After all, nearly every parent will say, "Reading a book." But whether that's truly the better activity depends on what book your child is reading. And as I've told readers of this column before, plenty of books designed for today's pre-teens and teenagers undermine the traditional moral values most parents struggle to teach their children. This time of year, kids of all ages come home with...
  • Librarians to sever ties with Scouts?

    04/22/2006 4:58:22 AM PDT · by Man50D · 31 replies · 945+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 22, 2006 | Walter Skold
    A renewed effort by several members of the American Library Association's governing council would sever all ties with the Boy Scouts of America until the youth organization stops "discriminating" against avowed atheists and homosexuals. In 1998, the governing council of the ALA, the world's largest library organization, condemned the Boy Scouts over its policies, but a WorldNetDaily investigation reveals activists quietly are planning to take action at the association's annual convention in June. The renewed effort is led by Mark Rosenzweig, formerly an official archivist with the U.S. Communist Party and a chief defender of Fidel Castro in the ALA...
  • MENACED BY....DEBATE (Ohio Univ's conservative book list begets lefty sexual harassment charge)

    04/19/2006 7:59:18 AM PDT · by Liz · 25 replies · 1,254+ views
    NY POST ^ | April 19, 2006 | ARNOLD AHLERT
    Scott Savage, reference librarian for Ohio State University --- suggested four best-selling conservative books for freshman reading......and is being investigated by the university - for sexual harassment. Three professors filed the discrimination and sexual harassment charges, saying the books Savage suggested -"The Marketing of Evil" by David Kupelian, "The Professors" by David Horowitz, "Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis" by Bat Ye'or and "It Takes a Family" by Senator Rick Santorum - made them feel "unsafe." Savage contends he made the suggestions after other committee members recommended books with a left-wing slant. The school's faculty voted - without dissent - to allow...
  • OSU librarian slapped with “sexual harassment” charge over conservative books for freshmen

    04/13/2006 4:37:50 PM PDT · by dukeman · 169 replies · 3,775+ views
    Ohio State University will press forward with frivolous investigation despite ADF letter COLUMBUS, Ohio — Officials at the Ohio State University are investigating an OSU Mansfield librarian for “sexual harassment” after he recommended four conservative books for a freshman reading program. ADF has demanded that OSU cease its frivolous investigation, yet the university is pressing forward, claiming that it takes the charges “seriously.” “Universities are one of the most hostile places for Christians and conservatives in America,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David French, who heads ADF’s Center for Academic Freedom. “It is shameful that OSU would investigate a Christian...
  • White Sox scandal periodicals resurface

    12/16/2005 11:43:38 AM PST · by robowombat · 4 replies · 419+ views
    White Sox scandal periodicals resurface (12-8-05) At first, librarian Erik Kraft thought the bulky books on top of a University of Illinois study table were only out of place. But after opening the dusty, bound volumes Tuesday night, he realized they were the missing editions of a rare sports newspaper credited with first reporting the 1919 White Sox gambling scandal. With his find, Kraft became a library hero and the Case of the Missing Collyer's Eye was solved--sort of. It remains unclear how the large volumes returned to the library Tuesday night, the day the Tribune published a story about...