your tax dollars at work • According to the FBI files obtained by the Associated Press, the FBI
dated material • A Penn State biology professor says he has found a new way to date centuries-old books by using a technique similar to what scientists use to study mutations. “Professor Blair Hedges says much of his analysis on 16th and 17th century books and prints was conducted by simply counting the number of discrepancies such as “line breaks” on the same pages in the different editions of a book. An example of a line break would be a faded line in a drawing that may have been bolder in an earlier edition of a book.”
sick minds • from ivillage we have a professional organizer telling mr and mrs america how to organize their books and magazines, and thus have a perfect life. it’s much easier to just sort the NON-book items.
lost n’found • via boingboing we have a Flickr photogallery of “Things found in a jail book cart”
mia • from Porter County, IL Homeless children will not be allowed to check out material from a northwestern Indiana library system, which also has limited adults living in shelters to taking out three books at a time. that’ll teach em not to be homeless.
idiot alert • The Miami-Dade School Board’s vote to ban Vamos a Cuba and 23 other books is at odds with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Board of Education vs. Pico (1982), the highest court precedent on book censorship in school libraries. Justice William Brennan wrote that ‘local school boards may not remove books from school library shelves simply because they dislike the ideas contained in those books and seek by their removal to `prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion or other matters of opinion.’
meanwhile • from ID, the Nampa Public Library will KEEP the Joy of Gay Sex but move it to a higher shelf. And the brave citizen who complained has checkd it out and plans to keep it all to himself.