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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 16, 2003 - 3A

Chicago car
collision causes
minor damage
The Department of Public Safety
reported Sunday at 2 p.m. that a Uni-
versity staff member had a single-car
collision while driving a University
vehicle near Chicago. The staff mem-
ber hit a traffic barrel while he was in
Chicago, and minor damage was done
to the car.
Water leak ruins
furniture and
office equipment
A leaking condenser caused a water
leak that damaged several pieces of
offices equipment and furniture at Bur-
ton Memorial Tower, DPS said. The
damage occurred on Tuesday morning.
Subject injured by
equipment in
A moving piece of equipment
injured a subject who was training at
Washtenaw Community College,
according to DPS. He was transported
Tuesday at 11 a.m. to the hospital
where he received stitches and was
Subject arrested
on warrant, turns
himself in
A subject was arrested on a war-
rant for drunk driving, DPS said. He
then failed to show up for his court
date and was issued another war-
rant. He turned himself in on Tues-
day at 2 p.m.
Student injured
while playing
DPS reported that a person called
on behalf of a male University student
that had been injured playing basket-
ball, Monday at 6:52 p.m. The victim
had a small cut above his right eye-
brow that had been caused when
another player accidentally struck him
during the game.
The injured subject was taken from
the Central Campus Recreation Center
on Washtenaw Avenue, where the
injury occurred, to the University hos-
pital to be treated.
Intoxicated minors
arrested for alcohol
Two intoxicated subjects were
arrested for being intoxicated Tues-
day, DPS said. Both subjects were
charged with minors in possession
of alcohol. Their court date will be
the second Tuesday of next month.
Car bumped from
behind in parking
A caller reported that his vehicle
received rear fender damage on the
passenger side Sunday at 6:52 p.m.
while it was parked in the M-18

Carport on 1600 East Medical Cen-
ter Drive.
The damage appeared to a result
of someone hitting the parked car
and then driving away. DPS said
currently they are no suspects in the
hit-and-run accident.
Small fire at
Northwood causes
no damage
A fire alarm went off at a residence
in the Northwood Apartments Sunday
morning. It occurred when a resident
left a pot on the stove for about an
hour and exited the building.
Upon his arrival back smoke was
being dispelled form the apartment.
He removed the pot from the stove,
and partly due to the apartment's
good ventilation, no items were
damaged as a result of the fire.
Homeless repeat
trespasser escorted
off 'U' premises
A homeless subject was found
sleeping in the Dana Building at 430
East University Ave. on Saturday at
6:02 a.m. and read trespass, accord-
ing to DPS reports.
The subject has been read trespass
for being on University property

More students taking advantage of libraries'

By KeiU tFudge
For the Daily

Recent trends suggest the notion that students
use the libraries only as study places is holding less
true than ever.
Changing this perception and increasing aware-
ness of library resources has been a goal for admin-
istration members of the University Library, which
comprises 19 libraries and collections including the
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library and the Shapiro
Undergraduate Library.
By all admissions, one of the primary roles of
the libraries is to provide students with space for
individual or group studying. "We see that the
library is an important place for students to come
together and study together," said Brenda Johnson,
University Library spokeswoman.
But at the same time, the University Library
made more than 180,000 reference transactions
in 2002, the most recent year for which data has
been compiled.
Evidently, a significant portion of the more than
three million people who enter the libraries each
year are using and checking out books and other
resources. "Our circulation continues to keep
steady in terms of print," Johnson said.
Not only is usage remaining steady, but last
month, 13,000 more people entered the library than
in September of last year. And the number of refer-
ence questions asked through the University

Library's Ask Us program has increased as well.
"Across the campus, we've seen this year a change
in the pattern of use of the facilities. People are
coming in earlier, both in terms of the time of year
... and in the day" University Library Director Bill
Gosling said.
This success may be the result of University
Library advertisements and special programs
such as peer counseling and research consulta-
tion meetings with librarians, as well as intro-
ductions provided at freshman orientation,
Johnson said. Still, the recent increase does not
necessarily indicate a trend. "It may take anoth-
er year or so to get a true picture of what (the
increase) means," Gosling said.
Johnson also said that many students and
instructors unknowingly take advantage of library
Research materials and journal articles attained
from databases such as Proquest and LexisNexis
are available to members of the University because
the University Library licenses them.
"You're using material that wouldn't be there if
we didn't license it," Johnson added.
Despite these advances, the view still exists
among some students that the 6.7 million books in
the University Library system go mostly unread.
LSA freshman Peter Shapiro said he believes
that most students walking in to the Graduate and
Undergraduate Libraries do so primarily for the
study space. "People would be happier if they took

LSA junior Victor Oslsanya shelves books at the Harlan Hatcher Library yesterday afternoon. Despite
reduced library hours, student usage of library resources is up, the University reports.

out the books and put in more couches," he said.
Notably, this increase in attendance comes
as statewide funding for higher education is
being cut. The University Library, which is
94 percent supported by state funding, is
attempting to trim expenditures without
affecting student services. The Social Work
Library has seen cuts in its hours of opera-
tion, and the Graduate Library now closes at
6 p.m. on Fridays.

Possible reductions in hours for the Undergradu-
ate Library are being considered, but no changes
are imminent, Johnson said. Cuts in hours of opera-
tion are based on volume of usage and other factori
such as the availability of staff.
Over this week's Fall Study Break, the Graduate
Library closed at 5 p.m. on Sunday and 7 p.m. on
The Undergraduate Library maintained its regu-
lar hours.

Mich. unemployment
rate holds steady

Former librarian and University alum Mary Minow enlightens librarians yesterday In West Hall's Ehrlicher Room about their
rights If the FBI requests information.
" "
Lawyer iscusses impact of ...
PatriotP Act on pri-vacy in libraries

LANSING (AP) - Michigan's
unemployment rate remained at 7.4
percent for the third consecutive
month in September, giving state offi-
cials struggling with a $900 million
budget deficit more reason to wonder
when the state will see a strong eco-
nomic recovery begin.
The September unemployment rate
was more than a full percentage point
higher than the September 2002 rate
of 6.1 percent. It also was higher than
the national unemployment rate of 6.1
percent. The monthly report also found
that long-term unemployment increased
in Michigan during the year.
In the third quarter of 2003, 23 per-
cent of those out of work had been job-
less for 27 weeks or later, compared to
15 percent in the third quarter of 2002.
The report did contain some good
news. Seasonally adjusted payroll
jobs in Michigan increased slightly
last month by 3,000 to 4.4 million.
That's the first monthly increase in
total payroll employment since May.
State officials also were pleased the
unemployment rate didn't climb high-
er. "After trending upward every
month for the first half of the year, the
state's unemployment rate has held
steady for the last three months," John
Palmer, deputy director of the Michi-
gan Department of Career Develop-

ment's Workforce Programs, said in a
written statement.
But even with the slight uptick i4
jobs, a strong economic recovery in
Michigan remains months away, the
University's Joan Crary said Tuesi
day during the revenue estimating
She expects the state to end the
year with an annual unemployment
rate of 7 percent, which she forei
casts will drop to 6.8 percent in
2004 and 5.9 percent in 2005.
The manufacturing and government
sectors will continue to lose mor4
jobs than they create until 2005, she
said, but she forecasts the state econo-
my overall will add 39,000 jobs in
2004 and 88,000 in 2005.
Those increases won't make upY
for the jobs Michigan has lost since
the economic slide began, however
Since June 2000, the state has lost
292,000 jobs, including more thanr
160,000 in manufacturing.
The state's continued high rate of
joblessness has pushed state sales;
income and business tax revenues to
lower-than-expected levels, leaving
the state with a flood of red ink.
: "What's needed for-a turnaroundiJob.
growth, job growth, job growth," Rebecr
ca Ross of the House Fiscal Agency said
after Crary's presentation.

By Sara Eber
and Undsey Paterson
Daily Staff Reporters
Your research paper is due in four
hours, and you are still web surfing at
the library for sources. Do you know
who is watching you?,
Mary Minow, a former librarian
who now works as a lawyer, spoke
to School of Information faculty
and students yesterday about how
the U.S.A. Patriot Act's passage in
2001 has impacted confidentiality.
Privacy "has been a strong value in
libraries time immemorial," she said to
an audience at West Hall.
"The notion of keeping private what
you read -- these are the core values of
Minow, a University alum, is cur-
rently traveling around the country to
educate librarians about their obliga-
tions to law enforcement, as well as
their protected freedoms under this
relatively recent act.
The U.S.A. Patriot Act was
designed "to deter and punish terrorist
acts in the United States and around
the world, to enhance law enforcement
investigatory tools " and amends 15
existing federal laws.
Minow referred to the act as "a
wish list of the Department of Jus-
tice." Of particular concern for
librarians is Section 215, she added,
titled "Access to Records and Other
Items Under the Foreign Intelli-
gence Surveillance Act."
Minow said Section 215 adds a great
deal of secrecy to the investigative
process and makes court orders more
easily obtainable.
She differentiated between giving
access to "records" - circulation
data, registrations and Internet sign-
ups - which are protected by law
and require a court order to gain
access, and "observations" - sub-
jective notes on behavior, physical
descriptions and surveillance tapes
- which are not protected under
the current law.
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft
recently revealed that Section 215 has
never been used against libraries to date.
Still, Minow compared the policy to a
blank check that has yet to be cashed.
But Undergraduate Library employee
Nick Archer said he agrees with the pro-
visions of the Patriot Act.
"I would have more of a concern if
they couldn't (have access to records),"
Archer said. He added that, to his
knowledge, the library had not received
any requests for personal information.

from speaking about the incident.
The gag order "is antithetical to our
freedoms,"he said.
The first constitutional challenge
against Section 215 is presently takings
place in Ann Arbor.
The Muslim Community Association
filed' suit on 'July 30th, protestingr thatI
the provisions in Section 215 allow the
FBI to obtain records of its members
without due process.
School of Information Prof. Gavin
Clarkson said there is probably not a rel-
evant threat to the university library sys-
He added that there are other privacy
issues than Section 215 that may cause
more anxiety, such as obtaining a search
Clarkson added that the debate
between librarians and law enforcement
"is clearly a balancing test. Part of the
challenge is we're still trying to find out
what that balance is."
School of Information student Mel-

"The notion of keeping
private what you read
these are 'the core
values of librarians."
=ro -Mary Minow
Former librarian
lanye Lackey said she felt more knowl-
edgeable after Minow's presentation.
As an employee at the Undergraduate
Library, she was unaware of the Univer-
sity's procedure regarding law enforce-
ment until recently.
"It's important to protect patron priva-
cy above all," she said.
The Patriot Act may be seeing many
revisions in the near future.
Members of congress are in the
process of drafting various measures
that would strengthen existing policies
or limit its scope.

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