Opinion and Advocacy from ricklibrarian

Reviews and comments on issues related books, life, and libraries. 

ricklibrarian's favorite anti-war songs: 

"Requiem for the Masses" by the Association

"The Patriot's Dream" by Gordon Lightfoot 

"Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" by Pete Seeger

"I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag" by Country Joe & the Fish

"Masters of War" by Bob Dylan

"Lo and Behold" by James Taylor

"Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival 

"War" by Edwin Starr 


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Active Liberty by Stephen Breyer 

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic by John de Graff

Children of the Sun: A History of Humanity's Unappeasable Appetite for Energy by Alfred W. Crosby

Immigrant Class: Oral Histories from Chicago's Newest Immigrants by Jeff Libman 

Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Peter Menzel 

Peace is the Way by Deepak Chopra

The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K. Shipler


Commentary from ricklibrarian

Amazon as a Model for Open WorldCat 

Examples of Corporate Thinking: A Danger to Libraries

Immigrants Are...: Posters at the Immigrants' Rights March in Chicago

Librarians Should Support Hotel Housekeepers

Making Things Last at Home and at the Library

Metro News from the Metropolitan Library System Hidden from the World at Large

New Idea for Open WorldCat

Open WorldCat for Rural America

Pinstripes Invading Blogosphere: Commercial Blogs, Exec's Journals Raise Suspicion by Greg Burns

Should A Million Little Pieces Be Moved to Fiction?

A Simpler, Acrimony-Free Defintion of "Women's Fiction"

Teens Unclear, Uncommitted to First Amendment Rights

Thoughts on the American Library Association Annual Conference (2005)

Where Are the Stories? Where Are the Bloggers? U. S. Cash Fuels Human Trade by Can Simpson and Aamer Madhani