Library Kicks Off $76 Million Capital Campaign

After suffering through what Director Herb Elish describes as \"nearly a century of neglect,\" the Carnegie Library System of Pittsburgh is kicking off a $76 million capital campaign to renovate 19 facilities. One necessary area of improvement is compliance with ADA standards. [more...] from The Pittsburgh Business Times.

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Boycott Adobe Launches

boycottadobe.com has hit the web.

Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov was arrested by federal agents in Las Vegas, Nevada. His crime: pointing out major security flaws in Adobe PDF and eBook software.
Adobe decided to call in the FBI to prosecute him under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA.

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Book smarts vs. street smarts in The Onion

From this week\'s edition of The Onion:

Street-Smart Teen Dies In Library
CHICAGO-- Street-smart teen Larry Witherspoon was found dead Monday at the Michigan Avenue branch of the Chicago Public Library, his urban know-how useless to him in the unfamiliar environment...

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Network Scanners Looking for Vulnerable Sites to Hack

This e-mail comes by way of a listserve from the tech support help desk: Those of you involved in network security might want to keep an eye open for possible problems associated with the following:

\"Libraries:
We do not wish to panic or alarm anyone but we have been informed that a large amount of network scanning is occurring on the Internet, today in particular, with machines seeking out vulnerable sites. Some sites that
have been scanned or hacked have traced these matters back to IPs out of the Far East. For more technical information, you may visit the following link: http://www.cert.org/advisories/CA-2001-13.html
Thank You. Again, we do not want to alarm anyone. We just want to make sure you are aware of this.\"

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Library Boss Stays - Library Commission Chair Thrown Out

Nothing gets people\'s suspicion up any more than monetary discrepencies and misappropriation of funds. Nothing gets people on the defense more than trying to justify them. [more...] from Macomb Daily.

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Law Library Going Bookless

I can remember my first visit to a law library. I was amazed at how how voluminous everything seemed (bad pun). Well, not anymore. This library is going bookless. They recently auctioned off their books and shelving for pennies on the dollar and will be relocating to a more suitable location on the fourth floor where there will be a computer, printer and a few books in a small room.
I wonder what they\'ll do with all that space. [more...] from St. Joseph News.

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Person Injured in Detroit Libary Explosion

An explosion occurred at the Detroit Public Library Thursday morning. One library worker was injured and is listed in serious condition. The cause is believed to be a problem with the air conditioning system. [more...]
Here\'s another story from the Detroit News.

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The Average Reader Doesn\'t Care About Quality

Newspapers are dissing book reviews. Reasons cited are \"the average reader really doesn\'t care about quality.\" I wonder, according to whom? One editor says \"book review sections only appeal to a small, elite, older readership.\" Ya don\'t say... The article also goes on to say that \"newspaper editors don\'t read books.\" Now, that doesn\'t surprise me. [more...] from Salon.

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Baker & Taylor to Offer Library E-Book Infrastructure

Baker and Taylor has signed a deal with Reciprocal to develop a \"digital library and content delivery system\" for B&T\'s client libraries:

Baker & Taylor has signed an exclusive multiyear deal with digital infrastructure provider Reciprocal to deliver books in electronic form to thousands of B&T\'s client libraries.

Under the agreement, Reciprocal will build a digital library and content-delivery system for the library market to the specifications of Baker & Taylor\'s Informata e-commerce business unit. Content will be delivered to libraries as part of a digital subscription service provided by Informata, enabling library patrons to browse e-books online or download and check them out of the library for specified periods. Baker & Taylor and other wholesalers will sell digital content through Informata\'s subscription service to libraries for their patrons\' use, and Reciprocal will resell content in markets that Baker & Taylor does not currently serve. [More from Publishers Weekly (free registration now required.)]

Here is Reciprocal\'s press release on the deal.

School Board Considers Banning Books With Dirty Words

A Brunswick, Georgia school board is considering banning books that contain profanity. The biggest offender is Salinger\'s \"Catcher in the Rye,\" which contains references to homosexuality, drinking and probably the f-word. Ya know, I\'ve never even read that book. [more...] from ABC News.

George W.Bush in the Reading Room

Charles Davis writes \"On 19th July George W. Bush was at the Reading Room of the British Museum,
where he and his librarian wife, Laura, read to children during a morning of cultural events.
Bush said: \"The Reading Room is spectacular. Did you know they
have a book there where people signed in to read there? Karl Marx, Lenin, Mark Twain
and now George W. Bush. From one end of the spectrum to the other.\"
Full Story \"

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Book Business Is Latest Battleground

Carrie sent along This NYTimes Story on the second stage in the legal fight over the ground rules of media contracts and copyright law in the Internet age, the first being Napster.

Now writers are fighting with the traditional media companies over the application of old-media concepts in the new-media world. Now they fight over questions about the meaning of the word book and the experience of reading pixels instead of print.
They are focusing on the RosettaBooks case.

Mayan scribes/librarians

Ursula writes \"Here\'s a Story from the New York Times on the very interesting (and often painful) lives of the \"keepers of the royal libraries\" in Mayan culture.\"

They came from the noble class , sometimes from the royal family itself, but, if their king lost, the were captured, humiliated in a public ceremony, mutilated and finally executed.
Seems almost as bad as a the board meetings of today.

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This is Your Brain on Vacation

For The Dallas Morning News, Tim Wyatt has written an article on homework sites for kids to refresh their minds on what they may have lost during the summer. He\'s included some pretty cool links that are definitely worth checking out. [more...]

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Annoucement Comes - EPFL Branches Will Close on September 1

As has been reported here, the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD has been forced to close five of its branches. The announcement came yesterday on which five are to get the axe on September 1 of this year. The collections from each branch will be divided up among local schools and other community organizations. [more...] from SunSpot.

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New Library Promps Hopes for Intellectual Revival in Egypt

Doesn\'t sound too bloody likely, however:

[As] the new library\'s credentials grew -- and $200 million poured in from Persian Gulf states, the United Nations and other international donors to finish the building -- the book collection expanded slowly but with no guiding principle. There is no set budget for acquisitions, and the previous director was criticized for his willingness to accept any donated tome that came through the door. His policy, detractors warned, threatened to create an 8 million volume attic of castoffs instead of the \"lighthouse for thought\" spoken of by its chief patron, Egyptian first lady Suzanne Mubarak. As of now about 200,000 \"so-so\" volumes are in hand, Serageldin said, including outdated travel and investment guides and old copies of the Guinness Book of World Records.

[More from the Washington Post .]

Anchorage Library Lawsuit Settled

For The Anchorage Daily News, Tim Pryor writes...

\"Anchorage Mayor George Wuerch on Tuesday reached a legal settlement with exhibitors of a gay pride display at the Z.J. Loussac Library, cutting short a court battle and agreeing to pay $10,000 of the exhibitors\' attorney\'s fees. The agreement brings to an end a more than month-long struggle over a gay pride exhibit at the library, but it doesn\'t resolve a larger question of what kind of displays from outside the library will be held there in the future. A temporary city ban on exhibits from outside the library will continue for now, Wuerch said. That means a six-city exhibit of Appalachian photographs and other arts and crafts will remain unassembled. It was supposed to be on display for about two months, beginning Monday. I\'m convinced we did what was right for the citizens of Anchorage, Wuerch said from his home Tuesday evening. The judge has made his ruling, and we\'ll comply with the judge\'s ruling. There\'s no debate. [more...]

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Paying Double for Library Service

For years, residents of Joliet, IL have been paying double library taxes because of some geographical issues. Now, in proper American fashion, a lawsuit is filed. According to The Chicago Tribune, \"Because both libraries belong to the Heritage Trail Library System, users of either library have full borrowing privileges at the other. By double-taxing residents for the same service, the lawsuit alleges, both the City of Joliet and the Plainfield Public Library District are violating the Illinois Local Library Act.\" [more...]

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Another New Library Proposal Shot Down

Is it me or does this seem to be happening quite a bit lately? The Chicago Tribune is reporting that \"In an informal poll of the City Council on Monday, aldermen voted 8-4 to reject the Library Board\'s recommendation that an $18 million, 80,000-square-foot facility be built on the site of the current library.\" They won\'t be talking about a new facility for awhile. [more...]

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D-Day for EP Library Branches

Some might call today a sad day that the Enoch Pratt Free Library as the announcement is made about which five branches will get the axe. Library advocates aren\'t giving up. They\'ve vowed to fight the battle royal if necessary.[more...] from SunSpot.

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