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Journal of Personality and Social Psychology ran a study called \"The Heritability of Attitudes: A Study of Twins\". They studied the genetic basis of individual differences in attitudes in twins. The study found that genetic factors accounted for 35 percent of the variation in attitudes, while environmental factors accounted for 65 percent.
And, yes, this included reading.
Nicholson Baker was interviewed about Doublefold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper this afternoon on the inimitable KCRW\'s show \"Bookworm.\" The show should be available as a Real Audio file from the \"Bookworm\" site sometime in the next few days.
janet clark writes \"In case you missed this (as I did) when the book was first published: Public libraries, ladybugs, pad Thai, and the clothesline are among \'Seven Wonders\' written about by John C. Ryan in _Seven wonders: everyday things for a healthier planet_, Sierra Club, c1999, 1-57805-038-3. \"Nobody ever built a library to save an endangered species, but that\'s one of things libraries do best,\" says Ryan in his essay in praise of public libraries. The essay includes several useful (citable) statistics and provides another angle on the value of libraries.
You can find out about the book at northwestwatch.org, though the public library essay doesn\'t seem to be there.
Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large v. 1 no. 7 (July 2001) is now
available, ready to be retrieved from the CI:CAL home page.
This issue is 18 pages and includes:
* ALA in San Francisco: A Few Quick Notes
* PC Values: July 2001
* Where I Stand: For the Children
* Trends and Quick Takes: five items
* Press Watch I: 17 items!
* Feedback and Following Up
* Ebook Watch: Catching Up, Part Two
* Bibs & Blather
* Press Watch II: four items.
Review Watch will definitely appear in the next issue...
The paucity of books is an index of the way libraries are changing. They are, increasingly, community centers. Art galleries, children\'s storytelling areas, gardens, and meeting rooms become as important as book stacks. The meeting rooms are venues for the kind of healthy community activism that influenced the design of the Allston library in the first place. And of course, libraries now are centers for other kinds of information, with free computer work stations. I still think they should have a lot more books. But as a building, Allston is a triumph of what you might call the architecture of democracy.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced that it has joined several other literary groups supporting Captain America creator Joseph H. Simon\'s effort to reclaim his copyright from Marvel Comics. The SFWA joined the Authors Guild Inc., the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the National Writers Union, Novelists Inc., the Society of Children\'s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Text and Academic Authors Association in an amicus curiae brief supporting Simon\'s claim. \"
Here\'s A Short story on a fungus that eats compact discs.
Nicholson Baker may have a bigger point than many had thought. They discovered a fungus in Belize that was steadily eating through the supposedly indestructible disc. The fungus had burrowed into the CD from the outer edge, then devoured the thin aluminium layer and some of the data-storing polycarbonate resin.
John Fleming writes...
\"Library patrons won\'t have their Internet use filtered anytime soon, but the U.S. Supreme Court might have a say in that policy. The Leon County Commission on Tuesday unanimously decided not to automatically filter the pages that library users try to access, choosing to trust users not to view inappropriate material in a public setting.
The commission decided to wait and see what the U.S. Supreme Court says about a 1998 federal law called the Child Online Protection Act, which would make it illegal to make obscene materials available to people under 17. A challenge of the law is set to go before the high court later this year.\" [more...] from The Tallahassee Democrat.
Bob Cox sent along This Story from Citypages.com on the big mess at the Minneapolis Public Library. This is a lengthy article with interviews from both sides. They ran a story on this back in May too.
\"When I signed up to work at the library, I didn\'t sign up to work in a porn-shop-type atmosphere,\" explains Will, who\'s 46. \"The line was crossed. And I wasn\'t going to take it anymore.\"
Received this press release via e-mail from Fred Lambert...
\"American University Library will receive $5,000 for its winning entry in the fifth-annual Check-It-Out-Yourself Day. It is one of eight U.S. libraries that has been selected to receive a total of $15,000 from 3M Library Systems.\" Check It Out Yourself Here.
CNN.com has a brief video and this Reuters report on a study in this week\'s JAMA which found that around one-fifth of kids who use the Web have been solicited for sex. "Neither parental oversight of their children\'s online activities nor filtering or blocking technology had much impact on whether children were solicited, the study found."
I\'ll hand it to N2H2, they have a heck of a good PR department.
This Press Release from them is quite a nice piece of work. They say \"... organizations that fail to prevent access to
Internet pornography in the workplace could be faced with some very expensive
legal liability costs as just discovered by a Minnesota library system.\"
\"Organizations need to be aware that failure to control access to Internet
pornography can be very, very expensive, as well as highly embarrassing,\" said
Philip Welt, President and CEO of N2H2. \"When you look at the potential of
spending a million dollars in litigation fees vs. investing in a relatively
low-cost filtering service, it becomes a rather simple decision. Equipping
Internet workstations with filtering software should prevent unfortunate
situations like the one that occurred in Minneapolis.\"
Wired is Reporting proposed Australian state laws expanding police powers to prosecute Internet content providers for obscenity will be subject to wider public consultation, the result of public opposition to the regulations.
Bookscan, a unit of VNU of the Netherlands that tracks the music industry\'s retail sales, has finally turned a corner in it\'s 4 year effort to build a better best sellers list. They are trying to build a list that is based on sales information collected at the cash registers of bookstores nationwide. They have reached an agreement to pay the Borders Group for sales data from its Borders and Waldenbooks stores, they already had Barnes & Noble, Costco Wholesale, and Target.
Bookscan will most likely challenge established best-seller lists which are basically bought and manipulated. Now we should actually know what books are the true Best Sellers!
Full Story from The NYTimes
Lee Hadden writes: \"The British Library, facing storage and financial problems, is planing to farm out responsibility for special collections to other libraries. They will no longer hold and keep everything that they receive. Read more about it at the Times UK.\"
From the story:
\" The repository for the nation\'s books intends to concentrate on specific areas and to leave the rest to universities and institutions that already specialise in a subject. A document and consultation survey published yesterday, called New Strategic Directions, heralds \"a major reshaping of Britain\'s library services\".
The guy was described as \"working in a library\" near Euston station, and successfully defended himself at his trial in December last year and was acquitted. He was suspected of leading the violent protests at the European Summit in Gothenburg.
Bill Lucey writes \" As reported by The Providence Journal, Michael DiMaio\'s online encyclopedia of Roman Emperors that extends from Augustus (27 BC-AD 14) to Constantine XI Palaeologus (1449-1453) has been named one of the 15 best on-line reference sites by the Library Journal.
One of the main selling points of DiMaio\'s site, in addition to the rich subject content, is how it caters to such a diverse audience through the use of clear concise summaries of notable figures and key events for the casual observer while at the same time providing longer articles and detailed footnotes for scholars.
Bill Austin writes \"I run the Top Quotations Related Sites List. This is a good resource for researching famous quotes and sayings and includes some of the most often visited Quotes sites on the Internet.
The list is at topsitelists.com/bestsites/wbaustin
At the top of the List is a Search Engine for Quotation related sites which will search over 11,000 pages of these sites. -- Read More
WHAT: ALA Awards Reception/Inaugural Banquet
WHERE: San Francisco Marriott, 4th Street, (between Market and Mission Streets)
WHEN: Tuesday, June 19, 4:30pm - 7:30pm
writes: \"Please join President-Elect Mitch Freedman and library luminaries
for a very special action, at the San Francisco Marriott. This
protest, organized by librarians with the support of Local 2,
is in support of the hotel workers. We stand by Local 2 hotel
workers until they win a contract that guarantees fair working
conditions, family friendly benefits, and a real voice on the
job! -- Read More