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Saturday, August 30, 2003

Well, it was bound to happen: people are speaking out on both sides of the controversy surrounding the salary offered Molly Raphael for the Director of Multnomah County Libraries.

There is a letter to the editor that says "salary increase is out of line" while another says "end the brouhaha over salary". Then there's the editorial by Susan Nielsen who says Ms. Raphael "should get a lawyer." Meanwhile, here's what the three county commissioners opposed to the salary offer have to say.

11:52:00 PM    comment []

This looks to be a fascinating report; need to file away for future use regarding issues around the "Digital Divide."

Internet Use by Region in the United States. This Pew & The Internet Report has been making the rounds. The Pew Internet & American Life Project has tracked the growth of Internet usage in the United States, from just under half of American adults in 2000 to about 59% of adults at the end of 2002. These statistics have continually shown that Internet penetration in the United States has been and continues to be uneven. We have discussed in other reports why this growth has not been evenly distributed among those in various racial and ethnic groups, those of various ages, and among those with different levels of education and income. This report explores the reasons behind the uneven distribution of Internet penetration by geographical region. And it looks at variations in use of the Internet by region. The following table outlines the disparities in Internet penetration among 12 regions of the country in 2002. (California is considered separately because Internet access and use vary dramatically from neighboring states.) []

11:17:53 PM    comment []

Well, this new layout is something I can live with for now. I will spare you the tale of the trials and tribulations I suffered to just get this much done ;-) But, it's got three columns which is the key thing.

In other news, I'm changing the focus of this blog to cover primarily my grad school experiences and musings. As time allows, I will scour for library news -- possibly limiting my submissions to local (Pacific Northwest) news...

I'll need to spend a bit of time to re-populate that right column -- that simply means revisiting Jenny's site (aka The Shifted Librarian) :-) Might as well get to it!

8:57:26 PM    comment []

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