Apple Library in the Works in Japan

Well, more of an apple special collection, really:

The municipal library in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, a city noted as a major apple-growing center, is planning to set up a special section featuring books on the fruit on Jan. 4.

The library has collected about 700 books, including 200 foreign books, and more than 1,200 pieces of research material all involving apples . . .

On the opening day of the special section, the library will present a lecture on the pollination of apples and show \"Soyokaze\" (Breeze), an old film featuring Michiko Namiki\'s famous song \"Ringo no Uta\" (Song of Apples).

More from the Daily Yomiuri.


A Tantrum Over Library Art

From the New York Times (registration required.):

The cold war may be over, but Marx and Engels have nevertheless managed to create a small political furor in this old river city.

At first, few noticed their five famous words — \"Workers of the world, unite!\" — inscribed among dozens of other quotations outside the gleaming new $70 million Memphis Central Library, which opened in November.

But then this phrase from the Communist Manifesto caught the eye of two county commissioners and a city councilman, and in these days of heightened patriotism a smoldering debate was ignited . . .



Free Online GIS Tutorial

A free online tutorial for those of you interested in (or forced to wrangle with) geographic information systems:

Are you new to GIS and mapping? Would you like to learn what it is all about and learn how to create your own maps? Our online MapCruzinTM Map-Tutorial and Atlas is designed to give you a quick-start introduction to the basics of GIS and it won\'t cost you a dime . . .

Thanks to Fred Stoss.


Universal Music Group to Release Restricted CDs

Are we living in the end days of \"free\" music? Are we living in the end days of free use? By Spring of 2002, UMG will be the first record label to release restrited CDs as standard policy. These disc often have trouble playing in some older CD players, as well as in computers and automobiles. Read the full story on

Expedition to the lost net

Bill passed along This BBC Story on a study that found up to 5% of the net - potentially 100 million hosts - is completely unreachable.

They found that the number of sites an individual surfer can see depends on their starting point. The researchers found that net sites are cut off because of wrongly configured routers or malicious hackers and computer vandals abusing loopholes in net software.


Pastor to hold book burning

Bob Cox passed along This One that says Christ Community Church pastor Jack Brock plans to publicly burn Harry Potter books in a bonfire Sunday in New Mexico.

Brock says he hasn\'t read any of the books.


Can you have too many books?

Bob Cox sent along This Review of \"Patience & Fortitude:
A Roving Chronicle of Book People,
Book Places, and Book Culture\"
By Nicholas Basbanes.

They call the book \" grand, rambling, serendipitous treasure-house of material about books and the people who have loved them.\"

\"Patience & Fortitude\" looks at everything from the ancient classical library at Alexandria to a recent and controversial state-of-the-art information nexus in San Francisco.


Girl, ACLU, Author Fight District Over Banning of Sophie\'s Choice

A California school student, with the help of the ACLU and author, William Styron, may file suit against the student\'s school district for banning the 1979 American Book Award winning novel, \"Sophie\'s Choice.\"
The story depicts the life of a Holocaust survivor. The school pulled the book from the shelves after a parent complained about its sexual content. More


Public Library PR

Judy writes \"A commentary in the Sunday, December 23, 2001,Minneapolis Star Tribune is titled \"Time to Check It Out: A certain segment of the population is overdue at the library.\" Read and enjoy Kristin Tillotson\'s comments, including: \"The public library is not just a place for those who can\'t afford to buy, nor a nostalgic reminder of eras past. It is a constantly evolving resource in step with the future.\"
Full Story \"

Career Development Book Available

Rachel writes \"Rachel Singer Gordon and Sarah Nesbeitt are pleased to announce the publication of The Information Professional\'s Guide to Career Development Online, a new Information Today guide for Internet-connected professionals.

Learn how to interact and develop your career online through:

* Participating in electronic discussion lists and forums
* Researching educational opportunities
* Taking distance coursework online
* Reading and contributing to the professional literature
* Keeping current with online resources
* Creating your own Internet web page, weblog, discussion list, or newsletter

... and more!

Visit Our Web Site for more on the title, as well as live links to every web address mentioned in the book.\"

The seven wonders of the web

The Gaurdian has picked The seven wonders of the web.

#1 is google, 2 is Yahoo! and 3 is Project Gutenberg.
Strangely, LISNews is not on the list, maybe next year.


A Shelf Life That\'s Always Growing

Lee Hadden writes: \"The Los Angeles Times has an article today about a book collector by Susan Reynolds.

\"A Shelf Life That\'s Always Growing: At Doug Dutton\'s house, books
rule--from rare texts to paperbacks.\"

\"Books have played a driving, defining role in their evolving life. Eight
years ago, for example, they moved to their current house from one just a
few blocks away because there were more pure linear feet for bookshelves.

These come in all shapes and sizes, the horror being when one starts
shelving two deep, a veritable admission of failure for a book collector,
indicating and leading to, eventual loss of control altogether.\"
Read more about it at


Review of Legal Portals

LLRX writes \"Weighing the
Benefits of Legal Portals

Cindy Curling reviews the major and minor legal portals, detailing the strengths and weaknesses in their respective services and content.

Man Finds Fortune In Library Book

Fark never dissapoints.

This One on A man in Hawaii found $68,000 worth of U.S. Savings Bonds in a book from the local Library. So he tracked down the owner of the bonds, who was an elderly woman who didn\'t realize they were missing and seemed somewhat confused.

Breast-feeding concern at library poorly handled has An Opinion on the Breast-In-The-Library Story from last week, that says \"the Library Board should not spend a great deal more time on this issue.\", too bad this was written by a person who has never been on a library committee, which we all know will spend way too much time on whatever it is given.


On the front line in war against dunces

Ender, Duke_of_URL writes: \"William Rees-Mogg writes an editorial
for the London Times
discussing the new
to make local councils \"replenish\" their libraries complete
stock within 8.5 years, as the next war waged by dunces against good
This, in the name of circulation, I guess.

\"Councils have to
submit a ‘library plan’ to the Department for Culture, Media and
Sport . . . ‘the targets are to make sure that libraries are vibrant
and attract people to them’.\"

the top-selling books of all time has a list of the top-selling books of all time.

Top three are, The Bible, Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung, and American Spelling Book. Shouldn\'t the AACR II be there?


Bookmobiles Fading in Japan

From the Japan Times:

Thirty-nine local governments in Japan stopped providing \"mobile library\" services in the three-year period up to fiscal 2000, according to a study released by the Japan Library Association.
Their demise was caused by declining use of the mobile libraries and hard financial times at local governments, said the study, made available to Kyodo News on Saturday.

The public borrowed about 15 million books from mobile libraries across the country last year, down from 21 million books 10 years ago, it said . . .


Uganda Library Association Calls for National Information Center


Uganda Library Association Chairman, Elisam Magara, has called for the development of a national information and documentation centre.

Magara, who is also a senior lecturer at the East African School of Library and Information Science, Makerere University said Dec. 7, that information is a necessary ingredient for business development.

He was presenting a paper, towards a national information system for Uganda: An information gateway to export during the Makerere University Business School (MUBS) 8th international management conference at Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel, Entebbe . . .


Court further strengthens the right to hyperlink

2600 has won a case that seems to be good news for the right to link.

\"The court further strengthens the right to hyperlink by stating that \"Trademark law does not permit Plaintiff to enjoin persons from linking to its homepage simply because it does not like the domain name or other content of the linking webpage.\" Finally the court held that given the lack of \"connection with goods or services,\" the standards for unfair competition are \"not satisfied simply because a prospective user of the Internet may face some difficulty in finding the home page he is seeking.\"

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