Harry Banned Again

Harry Potter has been Banned from the library at 60 Seventh-Day Adventist Schools in Australia. The book is said to not meet the criteria for acquisition. The school\'s policy existed long before Harry Potter. According to the school\'s director, the Tolkien\'s \"Lord of the Rings\" will likely be allowed in the library. More from The Daily News.


Letters of Support for U.S. Troops Can be Sent Online

From the web site of \"Any Service Member...\" \"Concerns about mail delivery have prompted the military to suspend this year\'s letter-writing campaign for troops abroad. However, the United States Department of the Navy\'s LIFELines Services Network is providing this private and secure online resource that will allow you to send a Sailor, Marine, Soldier, Airman or Coast Guardsman a holiday greeting.\"
Visit the site at http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/


Librarian Arrested as Terror Suspect

\"Italian authorities arrested two people early Thursday and raided several Islamic centers in northern Italy as part of an investigation into an alleged terrorist cell linked to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida terrorist network. One of the men arrested was a librarian at the Islamic Cultural Center.\" More from MSNBC.

Federal Judge Donates Rare Lincoln Docs to State Collection

Someone writes...
\"A federal judge from Missouri has donated a document signed by Abraham Lincoln to the Illinois State Historical Library to be displayed in the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Senior U.S. Judge Edward Filippine donated the document on Wednesday to the state’s Henry Horner Lincoln Collection. The document is dated Nov. 5, 1864, three days before Lincoln’s re-election.\" More


Internet Child Porn Ring Bust

Police from several countries have broken yet another Internet child pornography ring. Some of those involved are from the United States. \"Police said thousands of new images of child abuse had been discovered and more than 10,000 people were found to have visited the Internet sites in a two-week period.\" More from Wired News.


Campaign for Canada\'s Libraries

The Canadian Library Association has begun a Campaign for Canada\'s Libraries.
The purpose of this campaign is to \"educate government
decision-makers and the public on the importance
of libraries in the government’s new innovation
agenda and to the emphasize the need for a
Canadian Council of Libraries, a new National
Library building and the continuance of the Library
Book Rate\".
Unfortunately, detailed information is only available on the members only section of the CLA website.

Sampling The Circle Of Gifts

I\'m not sure Walt Crawford ever sleeps, or, he may actually write in his sleep....
This month in Econtent Magazine [The story isn\'t online] he has a story about what\'s working on the web today.

He says it\'s OK that not everything on the internet isn\'t about making money, unlike what we see on TV all the time, and in fact, the internet got started by an informal circle of gifts. Everyone chipped in a little, and things worked pretty well. He covers several internet based media types that are working well (Weblogs like this being one) and says being in the current circle of gifts is just fun.
He\'s right, it really is fun!


Need more bad news? Try schools without books

Donna Marentette sent This Story on from The Globe and Mail on budgets and library staff in Canadian schools.

But hey, everything we need is on the internet now, right?

\"Across Canada, teacher-librarians are a vanishing breed. Their acquisition budgets have nearly vanished, too. Public libraries have cut back on hours and staff who know what children like to read. And instead of buying new library books, schools are pouring millions into computers and Internet connections.\"

Porsche returns Kafka\'s Library to Prague

BBC News reports that Kafka\'s library is returning to Prague. The library includes around 1,000 books and first editions of Kafka\'s work.


Time to Get the Numbers on Digital Reference

From Library Journal:

After studying seven libraries that provide digital reference services, a team of researchers has concluded that, to improve future projects, better evaluation and assessment methods must be found and implemented. The conclusions were reported this month at the third annual Virtual Reference Desk (VRD) Conference, held in Orlando, FL. Charles McClure, director of the Information Use Management and Policy Institute at the School of Information Studies, Florida State University, Tallahassee and one of the study team, told LJ that the team will \"draft a procedures manual for how to collect this data and analyze it.\" He said that, as traditional statistics for circulation and in-house reference decline, libraries underreport their electronic activity \"because they can’t count effectively what they do in the networked environment.\"



Reisman bans Mein Kampf from Chapters and Indigo

Cabot writes \"Heather Reisman, chairwoman and CEO of Indigo Books and Music Inc., has ordered all copies of Mein Kampf pulled from the shelves of Chapters and Indigo bookstores and deleted from the company\'s on-line ordering service.

Full Story \"

\"We consider it hate literature,\" she said. \"With freedom of expression, the line is drawn on hate literature. It\'s a corporate decision. It\'s what we stand for. It\'s our point of view.\"


Systems Librarians Needed

Rachel writes \"For a forthcoming book on \"accidental systems librarians,\" I am seeking a number of people willing to take some time to answer a short survey on their experiences with systems librarianship. Thanks in advance for your time!

The survey can be found online at:


It is available both as an online form and as plain-text for those who would prefer to respond via e-mail. Thanks!


Justices Revisit Child Online Protection Act

NYtimes Story and a News.com Story on the Supreme Court hearings yesterday on the Child Online Protection Act.Many More Stories on this.

\"Doesn\'t any jury necessarily apply the standards of its own community?\" Justice Antonin Scalia asked, adding: \"What does a juror who has spent his whole life in North Carolina know about Las Vegas?\"


Development of Electronic Reserves at the University of Calgary

From the November issue of D-lib:

This article will lay out the issues surrounding the in-house development of a fully featured electronic reserve platform known as Allectra at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. It will move through every issue surrounding digitization in general, with the added topics of authentication and copyright management. To show the scale of this pilot project, during the winter 2001 term, the 85 documents on Allectra for 22 courses at the University of Calgary were accessed more than 5,000 times.


Un-depositing material

Mary Minow passed along This Story on a recent government order that caught some local librarians by surprise and made the people who spend their professional lives providing information to others a bit uneasy.

The Government Printing Office ordered the libraries to destroy public information — specifically, a CD-ROM on reservoirs and dams prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey. The reason for the order: national security

\"“In some cases, removal of information may be justified,” he said. “The problem is it’s happening on an ad hoc basis with no criteria of what should be removed. In some cases, the agencies [are] forgetting the reasons the information was disclosed in the first place.”


University Libraries Embrace Information Technology

Steven Bell writes \"Here\'s a nice article about the library at Penn State University that appeared in one of their campus publications. I\'m providing the Link that appeared in Distance-Educator.com.\"

\"Where does anyone looking for information
go? For 150 years, people have gone to the
public library for books, reference materials,
periodicals, research and peace. There is no
other institution so accessible to the public.
It costs its patrons next to nothing. Its boundaries
are completely colorblind and bias-free,
ageless. It is almost always open. And it is changing.\"

Bodleian Library is one of Mick Jagger\'s favourite

Charles Davis writes \"from
The guardian.uk

A new website, mickjagger.com, has been dressed up to
resemble a teenage site. There are music videos, chat rooms
and handy biographical details (\'Over the years, Mick Jagger has
been many things... rock superstar, sex symbol, cultural
revolutionary, musical poet, tabloid subject and all-around pop
culture provocateur\'), titbits of personal interests (his favourite
websites are devoted to cricket, Bhutan and the Bodleian Library) and, of course, Jagger himself in a black shirt, unbuttoned to the waist. \"


LIS Job Title Generator

The traditional job title \"librarian\" has become surprisingly controversial--and possibly outdated. Is \"librarian\" still an accurate reflection of our jobs? If many of us will not be called \"librarians\" when we graduate, what kind of job titles will we have?

Click here to find out - so far I\'ve come up with \"Information Services Manager\" and \"Automation Coordinator\"

Thanks to Blisspix.


UCLA / Mellon Foundation E-Journal Study

Via the Free Online Scholarship Newsletter:

During 2001 and 2002, the University of California libraries will be participating in a research project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The goal of this project is to determine user responses to relying on digital access to selected journals, print holdings of which will be relocated to remote storage during the project. The study will test the hypothesis that effectively shared digital resources can begin to relieve the pressures on physical facilities and capital budgets to house and manage print materials.

For more information about this initiative, click here. The project is expected to be of critical importance to all of UC’s libraries as we develop strategies, policies, and programs for managing research library collections of print and digital materials. In addition, we expect that the project’s outcomes will also be of considerable interest to academic and research library communities nationwide.


LOC & Preservation Technologies Announce Contract

From Excite News:

Pittsburgh-based Preservation Technologies, L.P., signed a new five-year contract with the Library of Congress (LC) to preserve over a million books and 5 to 7.5 million manuscript pages using its Bookkeeper process. This is the first step toward the LC\'s goal of preserving 8.5 million retrospective and new books over the next 30 years.

With strong support from Congress, LC has worked with Preservation Technologies since the mid-1990s to preserve hundreds of thousands of books. As the national library and the official library of the U.S. Congress, LC\'s mass deacidification efforts have focused primarily on its collection of \"Americana.\"

After rigorous research and review, the successful treatment of more than 300,000 books and the successful completion of a four-year contract, the new contract ensures that the Library of Congress and Preservation Technologies will continue to work together to preserve endangered volumes.




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