Meeting Notes

January 25, 2001
  • Brainstormed on mission statement and objectives
  • Assigned subject and area of focus
  • Delegated tasks and assignments
  • Selected possible movie and schedule day for watching
January 28, 2001
  • Watched Things to Come
  • Ate nuked butter popcorn and drank Dr. Pepper
  • Peeved Dolly and E-Head (Heather's cats)
February 1, 2001
  • Re-evaluated site design and discussed on areas of improvement
  • Reviewed movie notes and prepared for Monday's presentation ... Sarah and Heather will present

Note: Binhtri was not present at meeting ... must redeem himself

February 14, 2001
The state of Washington is trying to save $1.2 million by closing prison libraries. They have suggested digital/electronic resource access as an alternative. The question is: how will this save money? Our group concluded that it would most likely end up costing more than keeping the prison libraries open. There is not enough "free" information available on the Internet and subscription services would have to be purchased. Also, there is the added concern of allowing inmates a modem/broadband connection to the outside world. We do not want to see them in our email boxes or chat rooms. (see "Legal Experts Assail Locke's Bid to Drop Prison Law Libraries")

E-Books are a hotly debated item. How to keep people from unlawfully distributing copies of them? Sarah thinks e-books are not practical at the current time, and that people do not read anyway. Heather and Binhtri pointed out that technology will improve and make e-reading just as pleasant, or even better, than paper reading. Sarah still thinks the concern is over a non-issue: books are not songs (they are MUCH longer) and will never be a hot trade item because people do not take time to read. But only time will tell. (see "Book Industry Takes Lessons from Napster")

Pat Schroeder stated: "Libraries have spent all this money on technology. They don't have any money left for content" (see "Pat Schroeder's New Chapter"). Most libraries we have been in have poor technology-old machines, operating systems and software. We'd like to see Schroeder's give evidence to support her claim. The publishers, Pat Schroeder in particular, are attacking libraries. Please note first "memorable quotation" below. In spite of Schroeder's animosity towards libraries, we would like to see publishers make the same profit they would from paper publications. Profit entails lower prices for electronic/digital items, since the overhead in publishing them is much less.

Another idea tossed out, which sounds like a great paper title, was: "Public libraries as an inner-city phenomena." We did not go in depth, but decided that it was a possibility some time in the future.

Memorable quotations:

"Attacking libraries is like kicking a dog." (from discussion of publishers vs. librarians)

"Librarians are babysitters." (tangent off of answering question: "Do people read?")

February 24, 2001
  • Watched The Thirteenth Floor
  • Discussed film
  • [see notes under Movie Reviews]
March 5, 2001
  • Discussed presentation on the 12th
  • Librarian stereotypes: Traditional, Hip, Erotic (librarian's image as compared to computer scientist's image?)
  • Sarah to find images
  • Binhtri to update site and be prepared to discuss librarians in the dot-com world; intersection of business and librarianship (knowledge management, content analysts, thesaurus constructors, metadata specialists, Search Engine Watch)
  • Heather to create draft ppt presentation; be prepared to discuss media portrayal of Laura Bush
  • Topics to include: Napster/Docster, Pat Schroeder's war with libraries, library "mug" as symbol of "new library age," books and/or e-books, impact of distance education on libraries, digital divide and future of libraries vs. book superstores like Borders, Barnes & Nobles
March 11, 2001
  • Created PowerPoint presentation
March 12, 2001
  • Completed PowerPoint
  • Group presentation of quarter learning, achievements, and web site