Library Juice 3:42 - November 8, 2000
- Papers from the InfoEthics 2000 conference
- New Zealand annual library conference papers
- Jessamyn West does Ex Libris
- continued intolerance
- Writers vs. NY Times in Supreme Court electronic copyright case
- Library News Daily
- Urban Libraries Council - Impacts of the Internet on Public Library Use
- The Shy Librarian (new journal)
- All Academic: The Guide to Free Academic Resources Online
- A Matter of Fact (e-journal)
- Community Outreach and GLBT-BDSMers
- Janis Ian on the Role of Libraries in GLBT Youth's Lives
- A thank you to professor Denise Sweet, Anishaabe poet
- Issue 2 of Cultivate Interactive is now available
- How Much Information?
- Censored: Wielding the Red Pen
- Good News - Clinton Vetoes Secrecy Bill
- IFLA Press release: Reconstruction of Libraries in Kosovo
- FAIFE supports campaign to free imprisoned Turkish writer
- Libr.org News
Quote for the week:
"Many librarians hold the reassuring belief that all information in neutral
and therefore the library's collection development decisions do not involve
judgments about whether some information is good or bad. But for many
librarians and community activists this is not the case. The belief that
some information is morrally wrong and that the use of these resources can
lead to moral decay reflects the same concern of early library leaders."
- Mark Alfino and Linda Pierce, _Information Ethics for Librarians_, p.99 (McFarland, 1997)
Homepage of the week: Sisyphus
1. Papers from the InfoEthics 2000 conference
infoethics 2000, Paris 13-15 November 2000
Third UNESCO Congress on Ethical, Legal and Social Challenges of Cyberspace
Articles online (some in English, some in French):
The information society and the expectation revolution
by David Konzevik
The changing shape of information and the role of government
by Thomas B. Riley
Public sector information initiatives in the European Union
by George Papapavlou
Access to information and "public domain" in the post-"perestroyka".
Russia: a paradoxal experience.
by Ekaterina U.Genieva
Access to telecommunications in the internet age
Accessibility to rural and remote areas
by Yasuhiko Kawasumi
Networks and information services: government policy
by Jean-Noël Tronc
Fair use and access to information in the digital era
by Carlos M. Correa
Copyright and its limitations in the digital environment
by Bernt Hugenholtz
How Can Fair Use Doctrine Be Applied For the Appropriate Level of Copyright
Protection in the Global Marketplace?
by Euisun Yoo
Preserving fair use in the digital age
by Barry Steinhardt
Copyright and the freedom of accessing information in the cyberspace
by Andras Szinger
Ten commandments to protect privacy in the Internet world
by Hansjuergen Garstka
The legal protection of the right of privacy on the networks
by Amr Zaki Abdel Motaal
The future of privacy : David and Goliath revisited
by Simon Davis
Human dignity in the cyberspace society
by Adama Fofana
Interception capabilities 2000
by Duncan Campbell
2. New Zealand annual library conference papers
From: Alistair Kwun [mailto:ak698[at]free.net.nz]
Sent: Wednesday, 1 November 2000 17:05
To: New Librarians
Subject: [conference papers] LIANZA 2000 (NZ annual library
Papers presented at this year's LIANZA conference
(New Zealand's annual library conference) are available
online as full-text PDF files (you must have Adobe Acrobat).
Feel free to browse at:
University of Auckland Library
Pirvate Bag 92019
3. Jessamyn West does Ex Libris
Jessamyn West has a guest column in Marylaine Block's electronic
zine for librarians, Ex Libris. It's an entertaining look at
radical librarians. Says Marylaine, "Trust me, nobody who reads
this will ever again think librarians are sweet little ladies in
sensible shoes." Why does that sound familiar?
The article is at http://marylaine.com/exlibris/xlib77.html
4. continued intolerance
Date: Sun, 05 Nov 2000 08:19:56 -0800
From: Intolerant librarian <intlibrarian[at]yahoo.com>
Reply to: intlibrarian[at]yahoo.com
Once again, a brand spankin new intolerant librarian
is out. http://www.virtue.nu/intlibrarian
go there. get intolerant. stay intolerant.
the intolerant librarian
5. Writers vs. NY Times in Supreme Court electronic copyright case
>From the Chronicle of Higher Ed. this week:
- THE U.S. SUPREME COURT said Monday that it will decide a case that pits freelance writers against "The New York Times" and other widely-read periodicals. At issue in the case -- which could have repercussions for scholars and scholarly libraries -- is whether publishers violate writers' copyrights by posting their works electronically without their permission. --> SEE http://chronicle.com/free/2000/11/2000110701t.htm
6. Library News Daily
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 06:35:07 -0800 (PST)
From: Peter Scott <scottp[at]moondog.usask.ca>
To: publib <publib[at]sunsite.berkeley.edu>
Subject: Library News Daily powered by Blogger
I've been experimenting with Blogger to create a number of resources
including "Library News Daily" at:
I won't go into the details of what Blogger does or how it works. You can
read about it at http://www.blogger.com if you are interested.
7. Urban Libraries Council - Impacts of the Internet on Public Library Use
The research study, The Impacts of the Internet on Public Library Use,
consisted of a national random telephone survey of 3,097 adults conducted
during the spring of 2000. It was conducted in either English or Spanish.
Funding limits prohibited conducting the survey in additional languages.
8. The Shy Librarian (new journal)
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2000 18:27:30 -0800 (PST)
From: "The Shy Librarian" <publisher[at]shylibrarian.com>
To: publib <publib[at]sunsite.berkeley.edu>
Subject: THE SHY LIBRARIAN
THE SHY LIBRARIAN is a national quarterly focusing on public relations,
community relations, and marketing for libraries. THE SHY LIBRARIAN will
debut in print in Jan. 2001, along with its associated web site:
www.shylibrarian.com. Our job is to promote your library nationally, and,
in doing so, help other libraries to learn from the good work being done.
We are now looking for contributions for THE SHY LIBRARIAN from some of the
world’s great libraries. Please send your best public relations, community
relations, and marketing success stories to: publisher[at]shylibrarian.com, or
to the postal address below.
We are looking for INNOVATIVE approaches of ANY scale. Innovation is the
key word. If you’ve taken a novel, or particularly ambitious approach to
connecting with your community, please let us know of your efforts.
Press releases, press clippings, and photographs would be appreciated—the
more information you provide the better. Though short anecdotes, snappy
logos, or great library web pages will also be appreciated. We are also
looking for full library PUBLIC RELATIONS PLANS to post on the
www.shylibrarian.com web site. If you’ve put in the effort, why not share
what you’ve done with other libraries around the nation.
BONUS: PHOTOS of librarians acting very UN-SHY will also be greatly
appreciated, and will be used on the "Shy" web site. Send us your photos
(digital or print) of UN-SHY librarians having outrageous fun!
If you would like to be on our MAILING LIST, and receive our free email
newsletter, please write to us at: publisher[at]shylibrarian.com. Please be
sure to include your FULL CONTACT INFO (email addresses and phone numbers)
in all correspondence.
The Shy Librarian
67 Van Buren Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06107-3051 USA
9. All Academic: The Guide to Free Academic Resources Online
This professionally designed academic search engine and index offers
a searchable database of scholarly articles and a browseable list of
alphabetized links to online journals all available at no charge on
the Web. The search results are listed in a choice of APA, MLA, or
Chicago style and include abstracts for articles as well as the date
of posting. Searches can be run by subject, author, publication, or
article title. Scholars may post articles to the site -- subject to
review. Clearly defined criteria are posted on-site, assuring that
the content of the database remains academic and professional.
Cleanly designed and easy-to-use, the site impressed us with the
quality (if not always the quantity) of its search results, and we
look forward to the possibility of this site developing into a major
access point for free, high-quality scholarly publications on the
Web. The Website was founded by Stephen Stolp, a professor of
journalism at the University of Oregon, and Rick Peacor, a graduate
student in history at the same institution. [DC]
From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000.
10. A Matter of Fact (e-journal)
Vance Bell wrote:From: vbell[at]dept.english.upenn.edu (Vance Bell)
Subject: Matter of Fact
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2000 23:25:14 -0400 (EDT)
A Matter of Fact
Monitoring more than 1000 sources, including the Congressional Record and
the Hansards of the Canadian Parliament, A Matter of Fact contains
statements containing statistical evidence on current social, economic,
political, health, and environmental issues.
A Matter of Fact is a very different kind of database. It contains
excerpts -- in the words of the original writer or speaker -- that contain
statistical evidence. These ARE NOT abstracts. Hundreds of thousands of
printed pages and Web documents are examined annually to find the GOOD
STUFF -- the statements that contain statistical evidence.
The entries in A Matter of Fact are more than RAW statistics. These are
statements -- often constructed to shape public policy -- which contain
statistical and date-linked data -- to make a major point, to reinforce an
The title, A Matter of Fact, is derived from the process of using
statistical evidence to "seal" an argument. Countless times, legislators,
administrators -- maybe even you -- have ended an argument with the
"conclusive" statement: "As a matter of fact, [place here the coup de
grace -- the statistical evidence and date-linked facts to win the
That's the source of the title: A Matter of Fact.
And that's what A Matter of Fact contains: the critical statistical
evidence and date-linked data, which have been incorporated into
statements on current social, economic, political, environmental, and
health issues -- to emphasize a point, to reinforce an argument -- to
shape and reflect public policy.
11. Community Outreach and GLBT-BDSMers
republished with permission.....
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2000 02:38:31 -0700
From: elle finn <elle.finn[at]btinternet.com>
To: glbt-bdsm.librarians[at]smartgroups.com, libraryunderground[at]topica.com
Reply to: elle.finn[at]btinternet.com
The question of community outreach to hitherto uncatered for library users
seemed to be a good opportunity for me to delurk. I'm a librarian from the
I'm on maternity leave at the moment and have recently become involved in
outreach work and professional support for BDSMers. This area is very
relevent for me (being a submissive woman myself).
I have two groups to help in this kind of outreach work. I have a poetry
group called SubVerse (http://www.elle.finn.btinternet.co.uk/SubVerse.htm)
which is mostly about finding your voice, expressing your voice and getting
your voice heard in the area of valuing submission and submissive people.
Following a recent post I sent to Lis-Link (library community mailing list)
on the problems BDSMers have in finding helpful information for finding out
about their sexuality (plus various rude responses and threats to have me
thrown off the list!) the GLBT-BDSM Library Group was also set up. The group
to be very diverse in the kinds of sexuality it covers. Its founders are two
submissives (male and female), so that's where our personal interest lies,
however we are making connections with the main library group in the UK
which deals with gay, lesbian and bisexual information needs.
If you have any comments or suggestions about information access and library
provision in these areas of sexual diversity, please respond, or perhaps
look at the group's archives to read a bit of the discussion I've been
having about information access difficulties with the on-line UK-BDSM
community. My personal website Library Discipline (a personal view of
submission by a submissive female librarian), will shortly be added to the
Library Underground site, in the sexuality "I'm one too!" section.
Thank you and best wishes,
GLBT-BDSM Library Group
"An open-minded, safe, sane and consensual e-group for gay, lesbian,
bisexual, transexual, dominant, submissive, SM and fetish librarians,
library users and interested parties, to share thoughts, feelings and
findings on the information needs, sources, access, and library provision
for GLBT / BDSMers and also for support for GLBT / BDSMers within the
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12. Janis Ian on the Role of Libraries in GLBT Youth's Lives
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2000 16:06:32 -0500
From: Theresa A Tobin <tat[at]MIT.EDU>
Someone sent me the URL below for a text of a speech given by Janis
Ian at the San Francisco Public Library 5 year anniversary. She speaks
very eloquenlty about the role of libraries in GBLT Youth's lives.
Theresa A. TobinHumanities Librarian, 14S-226 Phone: 617 253-5674 77 Massachusettts Avenue Fax: 617 253-3109
Cambridge MA 02139
13. A thank you to professor Denise Sweet, Anishaabe poet
Date: Sat, 4 Nov 2000 16:08:35 -0800 (PST)
From: "Thomas J. Hennen Jr." <thennen[at]haplr-index.com>
To: publib <publib[at]sunsite.berkeley.edu>
Subject: Good libraries, poor memories
Boozhoo (Ojibwe for greetings),
Anishaabe poet, Professor Denise Sweet, provided an overview of recent
American Indian authors and writing, emphasizing the importance of listening
to the tribal voice. Professor Sweet is Humanistic Studies and Chair,
American Indian Studies, UW-Green Bay. She spoke at the recent Wisconsin
Library Association Convention. She gave an inspiring presentation titled:
No More Pretend Indians: Empathic Approaches to Teaching Tribal Literatures
and Histories. She urged librarians to tap the wisdom of the elders and the
storytellers among Indian peoples - Indian not native American or other
variations was her preference. She noted that a tribal elder had told a
European American librarian that they had "GOOD LIBRARIES but POOR MEMORIES
while the opposite was true for his people." This put me in mind of my
article, The Catalog as Community," to be published in the magazine Library
Computing and posted on my web site at the HAPLR web site indicated below.
There I note that:
Librarians in the western world have traditionally looked to print and
physical catalogs as our stock in trade. We have relied more on objects
than interactions in constructing our libraries. The very non-physical
nature of the Internet and web based catalogs have forced us to re-examine
our preconceptions. In the process, we must bring humans back into the
process and realize that it has always been true that the COMMUNITY is the
Professor Sweet also showed us the CD-ROM program called MAAWANJI'IDING -
Ojibwe Histories and Narratives from Wisconsin. See information on the
wonderful resource at http://www.brain-box.com/ The very organization of
the CD-ROM - circular and colorful - is a great antidote to those of us that
do linear thinking, especially folks like me that practially think in
spreadsheet rows and columns.
"Wiinindib" means knowledge "makak(oons)" is a (small) container or box...
Wiinindibmakakoons - (Little box of knowledge, or Little Brain-Box) is the
Ojibwe word that the elders group at Lac Courte Oreilles gave the Laptop
computer, during field production work and review in 1994.
Anishaabe Poet Sweet taught us a story about a horse that dies of shame
because it is not ridden true to its nature. I am pondering still the
profound difference between shamed/not shamed and guilty/not guilty.
Take a Google moment please, searching on the following in Google will, I
promise, take you to a good place: anang mazin-ichigan
Here's to good memories AND good libraries. Thank you Professor Sweet.
Thomas J. Hennen Jr.
6014 Spring Street
Racine, WI 53406
"Share knowledge, seek wisdom."
14. Issue 2 of Cultivate Interactive is now available:
The highlights include:
Perseus Digital Library
Gregory Crane, Brian Fuchs, Amy C. Smith and Clifford E. Wulfman discuss the
symbiosis between content and technology in the Perseus Digital Library.
Museums in the Digital Space
Head of Collections Management for the Science Museum, Suzanne Keene,
reflects on current political, economic, social, technical and
organisational trends shaping the UK digital cultural space.
Daniel Thrond introduces the European information network on cultural
heritage policies (HEREIN project).
Alastair Lindsay of Worldlingo.com explains how you can use MT as part of
your Internet strategy.
Serge Van Sint Jan gives us a behind the scenes look at the new source of
data on human kinematics created by the VAKHUM Project.
Public Netbase t0
Public Netbase t0, creators of World-Information.Org, are one of Europe's
most respected media-culture institutions. Martin Wassermair talks about its
international Success and recent struggles with Austria's new right-wing
Philip Hunter gives a personal view of the Electronic Imaging and the Visual
Arts Conference (EVA) in Edinburgh.
Metadata: Towards a Whole-Museum Response
Neil Thomson reports on work in progress to provide information about the
many and varied collections that are held at The Natural History Museum. The
work involves the research systems having their core fields mapped onto the
Dublin Core metadata standard, harvested and stored in a separate, publicly
available, summary system.
The Creation of the Renaissance Library Calendar
Gunnel Stjernvall explains how the calendar created specifically for
information professionals and culture lovers came about.
Making your DIGICULT Web site Visually Appealing
An Introduction to using Graphics on the Web for those creating their own
Cultivate Interactive's Spot the European City Competition.
If you have any queries regarding Cultivate Interactive or writing for
Cultivate Interactive please send them to <cultivate-editor[at]ukoln.ac.uk>
Marieke Napier, Information Officer
Editor of the Exploit Interactive and Cultivate Interactive web magazines
UKOLN, University of Bath, BATH, England, BA2 7AY
Email: m.napier[at]ukoln.ac.uk URL: http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/
Exploit Interactive: http://www.exploit-lib.org/
Cultivate Interactive: http://www.cultivate-int.org/
Phone: 01225 826354
FAX: 01225 826838
15. How Much Information? [.pdf]
Suffering from information overload? According to this new study from
the School of Information Management and Systems at the University of
California at Berkeley, "the world's total yearly production of
print, film, optical, and magnetic content would require roughly 1.5
billion gigabytes of storage." Magnetic storage is by far the most
common medium for storing information, accounting for an estimated
635,660 to 1,693,000 terabytes per year. Print documents only
accounted for 0.003 percent of the total yearly production of
content. The study is divided into content types, including Internet,
magnetic, broadcast, phone, and mail. For each medium, the report
offers a detailed chart of information types and the estimated amount
of information produced yearly. The report includes a concise
introduction and executive summary and links to myriad current
articles from reputable publications and agencies. [EM]
> From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000.
16. Censored: Wielding the Red Pen
This latest online exhibit from the Special Collections Digital
Center at the University of Virginia Library (last mentioned in the
November 29, 1999 _Scout Report_) focuses on "books, films, music,
and works of art [that] have been suppressed, altered, expurgated,
bleeped, blackened, cut, burned, or bowdlerized." Users move through
the exhibit's nineteen main sections via a drop-down menu that spans
topics from the bowdlerization of the classics to Margaret Sanger's
opposition to laws governing birth control. According to the
curators, the exhibit is designed to raise questions rather than to
condemn censors, and perhaps in the service of that mission, the
pages here range over a large number of censorship instances and
issues without going into great depth about any one in particular.
Despite our difficulty with the images (we could not enlarge some
images from their thumbnails, and some images are not yet in place on
the site, due to copyright and intellectual property issues), the
exhibit is interesting and worth a visit. [TK]
> From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000.
17. Good News - Clinton Vetoes Secrecy Bill
Date: Sat, 04 Nov 2000 22:18:35 -0500
From: Nancy Kranich <kranich[at]elmer4.bobst.nyu.edu>
To: ALA Council List <alacoun[at]ala1.ala.org>
Reply to: kranich[at]elmer4.bobst.nyu.edu
Good news from the White House! Many thanks to everyone who helped pull
off this victory.
>THE WHITE HOUSE
> Office of the Press Secretary
> For Immediate Release
November 4, 2000
>STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
> TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
>Today, I am disapproving H.R. 4392, the "Intelligence Authorization
>Act for Fiscal Year 2001," because of one badly flawed provision that
would have made a felony of unauthorized disclosures of classified
>Although well inten-tioned, that provision is overbroad and may
>unnecessarily chill legitimate activities that are at the heart of a
>I agree that unauthorized disclosures can be extraordinarily harmful
>to United States national security interests and that far too many such
>disclosures occur. I have been particularly concerned about their
>potential effects on the sometimes irreplaceable intelligence sources and
methods on which we rely to acquire accurate and timely information I need
in order to make the most appropriate decisions on matters of national
security. Unauthorized disclosures damage our intel-ligence relationships
abroad, compromise intelligence gathering, jeopardize lives, and increase
the threat of terrorism. As Justice Stewart stated in the Pentagon Papers
case, "it is elementary that the successful conduct of international
diplomacy and the maintenance of an effective national defense require both
confidentiality and secrecy. Other nations can hardly deal with this
Nation in an atmosphere of mutual trust unless they can be assured that
their confidences will be kept . . . and the development of considered and
intelligent international policies would be impossible if those charged
with their formulation could not communicate with each other freely." Those
who disclose classified information inappropriately thus commit a
>gross breach of the public trust and may recklessly put our national
>security at risk. To the extent that existing sanctions have proven
>insufficient to address and deter unauthorized disclosures, they should be
strengthened. What is in dispute is not the gravity of the problem, but
the best way to respond to it.
>In addressing this issue, we must never forget that the free flow of
>information is essential to a democratic society. Justice Stewart also
>wrote in the Pentagon Papers case that "the only effective restraint upon
executive policy in the areas of national defense and international affairs
may lie in an enlightened citizenry -- in an informed and critical public
opinion which alone can here protect the values of democratic government."
>Justice Brandeis reminded us that "those who won our independence
>should be a fundamental principle of the American government." His words
caution that we must always tread carefully when considering measures that
may limit public discussion -- even when those measures are intended to
achieve laudable, indeed necessary, goals.
>As President, therefore, it is my obligation to protect not only our
>Government's vital information from improper disclosure, but also to
>protect the rights of citizens to receive the information necessary for
>democracy to work. Furthering these two goals requires a careful
>balancing, which must be assessed in light of our system of classifying
information over a range of categories. This legislation does not achieve
the proper balance. For example, there is a serious risk that this
legislation would tend to have a chilling effect on those who engage in
legitimate activities. A desire to avoid the risk that their good faith
choice of words -- their exercisenof judgment -- could become the subject
of a criminal referral for prosecution might discourage Government
officials from engaging even in appropriate public discussion, press
briefings, or other legitimate official activities. Similarly, the
legislation may unduly restrain the ability of former Government officials
to teach, write, or engage in any activity aimed at building public
understanding of complex issues. Incurring such risks is unnecessary and
inappropriate in a society built on freedom of expression and the consent
of the governed and is particularly
>inadvisable in a context in which the range of classified materials is so
extensive. In such circumstances, this criminal provision would, in my
view, create an undue chilling effect.
>The problem is compounded because this provision was passed without
>benefit of public hearings -- a particular concern given that it is the
>public that this law seeks ultimately to protect. The Administration
>shares the process burden since its deliberations lacked the horoughness
>this provision warranted, which in turn led to a failure to apprise the
>Congress of the concerns I am expressing today.
>I deeply appreciate the sincere efforts of Members of Congress to
>address the problem of unauthorized disclosures and I fully share their
>commitment. When the Congress returns, I encourage it to send me this
bill with this provision deleted and I encourage the Congress as soon as
>possible to pursue a more narrowly drawn provision tested in public
>hearings so that those they represent can also be heard on this important
>Since the adjournment of the Congress has prevented my return of H.R.
>4392 within the meaning of Article I, section 7, clause 2 of the
>Constitution, my withholding of approval from the bill precludes its
>becoming law. The Pocket Veto Case, 279 U.S. 655 (1929). In addition to
withholding my signature and thereby invoking my constitutional power to
"pocket veto" bills during an adjournment of the Congress, to avoid
>litigation, I am also sending H.R. 4392 to the House of Representatives
>with my objections, to leave no possible doubt that I have vetoed the
> WILLIAM J. CLINTON
>> THE WHITE HOUSE, > November 4, 2000.
Nancy Kranich, President
American Library Association
New York University Libraries
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
212-998-2447; fax: 212-995-4942
18. IFLA Press release: Reconstruction of Libraries in Kosovo
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2000 10:57:56 +0100
As a follow-up to the Joint Kosova Libraries Mission of Unesco, CoE and
IFLA/FAIFE initiatives to begin the reconstruction of libraries in Kosovo
were agreed at a meeting at the IFLA HQ in The Hague. Attached is a Press
Release on the meeting of last week issued by IFLA. The press release is
available on the IFLANET website <www.ifla.org> and at the FAIFE website
IFLA PRESS RELEASE
Date: 18th October 2000
For immediate publication
Reconstruction of Libraries in Kosovo
Initiatives to begin the reconstruction of public libraries in the war-torn
province of Kosovo were agreed at a recent meeting in The Hague.
Representatives of key players agreed a plan of action, which would
establish a network of mobile libraries throughout the country. 65 library
buildings had been destroyed or severely damaged during the recent
conflict. Following the recommendations of a recent report on libraries in
Kosovo [see note], it was agreed that the quickest and most effective way
to serve the needs of people, in the greatest number of communities, would
be a mobile library and information service. The Open Society Institute in
Kosovo, 'KFOS', has already ordered one vehicle. Two others are expected to
be funded by donors, and sources for several more are currently being
sought. All vehicles will provide Internet access. The United Nations'
civil administration in Kosovo, UNMIK, has agreed to provide security for
the service and to ensure its continuation after completion of the initial
Other initiatives agreed were:
To establish a Kosovo Libraries Consortium, consisting of key players,
to act as the focal point, linking international interests with
interests in Kosovo
To take steps to establish an effective library infrastructure in
Kosovo, including a Kosovo Library Council, which would give advice,
and make recommendations to relevant bodies, on library and
information services and on projects and expenditure
To develop the role of the National and University Library, to enable
it to provide central technical services and a range of services to
support libraries at the regional and local level
To develop a network of regional resource centres, supporting all
types of libraries in their districts
To hold seminars and workshops to disseminate best practice.
It was agreed to hold the next meeting of the group in Prishtina, and to
plan a general conference of library staff in Kosovo and a training
workshop on the same occasion.
Ross Shimmon, Secretary General of IFLA, who chaired the meeting, said:
"Libraries are a vital tool for reconstruction and the establishment of
democracy. That is why we need to rebuild the library network in Kosovo,
where people lack truly basic necessities such as houses, heating, and
electricity." He stressed that the meeting was determined that the
thought-provoking, yet practical, report Libraries in Kosova/Kosovo should
not, like so many others, be left to gather dust on the shelves. "I believe
that the key international agencies, working closely with librarians and
local communities can help make a difference to people's lives", he said.
Further information from:
Ross Shimmon or Sjoerd Koopman
Tel: +31 70 31 40884
Fax: +31 70 3834827
Notes for editors
Libraries in Kosovo/Kosova: a general assessment and a short and
medium-term development plan is the report by Carsten Frederiksen and
Frode Bakken, of a mission undertaken by them on the behalf of UNESCO,
the Council of Europe and the International Federation of Library
Associations (IFLA) Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of
Expression (FAIFE) Office. Copies are available from: IFLA/FAIFE Office,
Islands Brygge 37, DK 2300, COPENHAGEN S. Denmark. Tel: +45 33 66 46
27/37 Fax: +45 33 66 70 64 <www.faife.dk>
Representatives of UNESCO, IFLA, UNMIK, and the Open society Institute
attended the meeting, together with the two authors of the report. The
Director of the National and University Library of Kosovo and the
representative of the Council of Europe were planning to attend, but
were unable to do so at the last minute.
Islands Brygge 37
Phone: +45 33 66 46 27
Fax: +45 33 66 70 64
19. FAIFE supports campaign to free imprisoned Turkish writer
FAIFE supports campaign to free imprisoned Turkish writer
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2000 13:28:56 +0100
To: ifla-l[at]infoserv.nlc-bnc.ca, faife-l[at]faife.dk
Turkey, October 13, 2000
FAIFE supports campaign
to free imprisoned Turkish writer
By Carsten Frederiksen, IFLA/FAIFE Office
IFLA/FAIFE OfficeOn the occasion of the upcoming Turkish National Day,
October 29, eleven members of IFEX (International Freedom of Expression
eXchange), including IFLA/FAIFE, have started an international campaign in
support for the imprisoned Turkish lawyer, playwright and
short-story-writer, Mr Esber Yagmurdereli.
On Friday 29 September 2000, the Turkey Network of International PEN's
Writers in Prison Committee launched a campaign on behalf of Esber
Yagmurdereli, who is serving the remainder of a life sentence in prison
(twenty-two years). The campaign is scheduled to take place between 29
September and 29 October. In Turkey October 29 is traditionally marked by
an amnesty for political prisoners.
The international campaign to free Yagmurdereli is initiated by the Writers
in Prison Committee (WiPC), International PEN, London, and is also
supported by two hundred and sixty-seven writers, members of PEN from
thirteen countries - among them Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, Ivan Klima,
Harold Pinter, Josef Skvorecky and Susan Sontag. The IFEX organisations and
the writers have signed appeals addressed to the Turkish Prime Minister to
release Esber Yagmurdereli. Vaclav Havel, President of the Czech Republic
and member of Czech PEN, added his voice to the appeal in a meeting with
the Turkish President in Istanbul on October 10.
Turkish playwright and human rights lawyer Yagmurdereli is one of
International PEN's most prominent cases, epitomising the difficulties
faced by those who speak out in Turkey. Yagmurdereli is only one of
hundreds of writers and journalists who have been imprisoned or who have
faced courts throughout the 1990's in Turkey, a country that is seeking
entry to the European Union. His case illustrates Turkey's continuing
reluctance to grant its citizens their complete freedom to write and speak
out their views without fear of reprisal. International PEN, the world
association of writers, is demanding that the Turkish authorities free
Esber Yagmurdereli and bring to a halt attacks upon those in Turkey who
dare to speak out.
Mr Yagmurdereli, aged 55 and blind since the age of ten, has been served
with a prison term that will not see him released until at least 2015.
Yagmurdereli has been convicted not for his writing but for the speeches
that he has made. First arrested in 1978 and sentenced to death (later
commuted to a life sentence), he was conditionally released in August 1991.
However, within a few months he was on a public platform protesting the
treatment of Kurdish prisoners and continued abuses by Turkish forces in
the region. This led to a series of court hearings, which, in October 1997,
resulted in his return to prison to serve the remainder of his life
sentence, plus ten months for the second "offense", calculated at
twenty-two years and four months. Mr. Yagmurdereli enjoyed a brief respite
from prison in November 1997 when he was temporarily released on health
grounds. In June 1998, he was returned to prison, where he now remains.
Mr Esber Yagmurdereli, has continued his campaign to highlight the plight
of Kurds and other human rights violations in Turkey throughout his trial
and imprisonment, despite the risk to himself, earning him respect and
admiration both within Turkey and abroad. As Mr.Yagmurdereli's imprisonment
lengthens, outrage among the worldwide human rights and artistic community
grows. Mr Yagmurdereli is an Honorary Member of eight PEN Centres and on 29
September the Ludovic Trarieux Award of this year was granted to him by the
Bordeaux Bar Association in France, to mark his contribution as a lawyer to
the promotion of human rights. (Nelson Mandela was the first recipient)
Following is the joint appeal to Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit by the eleven
IFEX members on behalf of imprisoned Turkish playwright and human rights
lawyer Esber Yagmurdereli:
His Excellency Bulent Ecevit
Fax: +90 312 417 0476
We, the undersigned members of IFEX, are writing this appeal on behalf
of our colleague, the imprisoned Turkish playwright and human rights
lawyer Esber Yagmurdereli.
First arrested in 1978 and sentenced to death (later commuted to a
life sentence), he was conditionally released in August 1991. However
within a few months he was on a public platform protesting the
treatment of Kurdish prisoners and continued abuses by Turkish forces
in the region. This led to a series of court hearings which in October
1997 resulted in his return to prison to serve the remainder of his
life sentence, plus ten months for the second "offense," calculated at
twenty-two years and four months. Mr. Yagmurdereli enjoyed a brief
respite from prison in November 1997 when he was temporarily released
on health grounds. In June 1998 he was returned to prison, where he
Esber Yagmurdereli, blind since age ten, has continued his campaign to
highlight the plight of Kurds and other human rights violations in
Turkey throughout his trial and imprisonment, despite the risk to
himself, earning him respect and admiration both within Turkey and
abroad. As Mr. Yagmurdereli's imprisonment lengthens, outrage among
the worldwide human rights and artistic community grows.
On September 29th, Mr.Yagmurdereli received the Ludovic Trarieux
Award, given by France's Bordeaux Bar Association, to mark his
contribution as a lawyer dedicated to the promotion of human rights.
(Nelson Mandela was the first recipient of the award).
October 29th is Turkish National Day. Should there be an amnesty, we
strongly urge the Turkish government to demonstrate its resolve to
uphold international standards of human rights and the principles of
free expression by releasing Esber Yagmurdereli from prison,
immediately and unconditionally.
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
Free Media Movement
Greek Helsinki Monitor
Human Rights Watch
International Federation of Journalists
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
PEN American Center
World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC)
Writers in Prison Committee (WIPC), International PEN
For further information on the case of Mr Yagmurdereli, see IFEX alerts of
13 October 2000, 10 September, 22 June, 7 May and 18 March 1999, 5 June
1998, 14 November and 23 October 1997 and others at the IFEX Internet site:
Or contact Sara Whyatt at the WiPC of International PEN, 9/10 Charterhouse
Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7AT, United Kingdom, tel: +44 (0) 207
253 3226, fax: +44 (0) 207 253 5711, e-mail: sara[at]wipcpen.org,
Islands Brygge 37
Tel.: +45 33 66 46 27
Fax: +45 33 66 70 64
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