Library and Publishing News

The Power of the Wikipedia Editor

I have been highly critical of Wikipedia in the past for the penchant of some self-styled Guardians of what should be allowed in Wikipedia deleting content. But since most of the time, those were issues regarding who was or not a web celebrity they didn’t matter too much in the greater scheme of things. But the potential for abuse was … Read More

Don’t Call the Magic Attic

Just to be the safe side, you might want to check your local library and see if they have any of these titles. bq.Hillsborough County librarians spent much of Tuesday tracking down a series of children’s books that referred readers to a telephone sex line. Patricia MacMartin discovered the faulty phone number when her 9-year-old daughter asked to dial the … Read More

The New NannyState

Apparently, some members of Congress were so impressed by John Edward’s “fictional campaign pledge(John Edwards Vows To End All Bad Things By 2011)”:, that they are going ahead and planning to enact the measures now. The House of Representatives is going to focus on file-sharing. bq.Members of Congress Monday lashed out at the chief executive of a popular filesharing service … Read More

Internet Censorship is the New Black

bq.There’s an inverse correlation between the regulation of speech and the freedom of a society. In the new global world of censorware, we all live on Syria’s internet, China’s internet, filtered by companies whose first priority is to ensure that Beijing is happy with its work. – “Cory Doctorow(See no evil?)”: There is a certain bitter irony that the biggest … Read More

Safer Surfing through Tagging

bq.The Cyber Safety for Kids Act of 2007 is being sponsored by Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and is designed to protect children from viewing pornographic images on the Internet by requiring the operators of adult sites to provide secure logs-in with age verification as well as home pages that are devoid of explicit material. It would … Read More

Delinquency of Minors

bq.My concern does not lie with the content of the novels, rather my concern is with the illustrations and their availability to children and the community… Does this community want our public library to continue to use tax dollars to purchase pornography? … We may as well purchase the porn shop down at the junction and move it to Eastwood. … Read More

Banning Fahrenheit 451

bq.Alton Verm, of Conroe, objects to the language and content in the book. His 15-year-old daughter Diana, a CCHS sophomore, came to him Sept. 21 with her reservations about reading the book because of its language. “The book had a bunch of very bad language in it,” Diana Verm said. “It shouldn’t be in there because it’s offending people. … … Read More

DOPA in the House

Remember when I wrote back in May about “DOPA(Deleting Online Predators Act)”: Guess what? bq.Web sites like and may soon be inaccessible for many people using public terminals at American schools and libraries, thanks to the U.S. House of Representatives. By a 410-15 vote on Thursday, politicians approved a bill that would effectively require that “chat rooms” and … Read More

Deleting Online Predators Act

Congress is back at it again. Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick has introduced the Deleting Online Predators Act, known as DOPA. bq.MySpace and other social-networking sites like and Facebook are the potential targets for a proposed federal law that would effectively require most schools and libraries to render those Web sites inaccessible to minors, an age group that includes some of … Read More

Stones of Silence

Apparently, the No-Fun-League decided to “obscure(Super Bowl Satisfies ABC, Quiets Stones)”:,1,18307,00.html some of the lyrics of the Rolling Stones performance during the Superbowl Halftime show. Personally, I thought the show was much duller than Paul McCartney’s show next year. But I have to wonder: With “Bart Starr(Starr’s return links first and 40th Super Bowls)”: putting in a couple of appearances, … Read More