Lost Worlds of Science Fiction

jen writes \"An article from the Chronicle about two monographics series which re-release early science fiction novels with commentary and correct translations.

\"

\"In a period of accelerated change, people may be looking back, at a subconscious level, to stories about inventions that were a lot less complicated,\" says Arthur B. Evans, an editor of the journal Science Fiction Studies

Topic: 

Music Industry Out of Sync with Consumers

Who hasn\'t made a copy of his or her favorite recordings to take keep in the car or take to work? It\'s been an acceptable practice since consumer recording devices came into existence. The music industry wants to change all that. In the aftermath of Napster, and as part of the recording industry\'s incessant greed, they want to take their copyright battle to new levels, going from virtual downloads into bricks and mortar stores. As with major software companies, the music industry wants to force consumers to buy more than one copy of a single recording. Not do they want it to be illegal, they want it to also be technologically impossible for the average consumer to record copies of their own purchased music for their own personal use in their own alternate devices. More

Library of Congress adds \'Jaws,\' \'Apes\' & \'Animal House\' to Film Registry

Librarian of Congress James Billington has selected 25 films to be added to the National Film Registry. \"Each year Billington chooses 25 that are culturally, historically or aesthetically significant for inclusion in the Registry. For each title named to the Registry, the Library of Congress works to ensure that the film is preserved for all time.\" According to Billington, \"Our film heritage is America\'s living past. It celebrates the creativity and inventiveness of diverse communities and our nation as a whole. By preserving American films, we safeguard our history and build toward the future.\" Click below for the list of this year\'s movie titles.

Penguin Classics Inks Deal With Ebrary

Someone writes...
\"ebrary, a provider of information distribution and retrieval services, announced that Penguin Classics will distribute its library to new online markets via ebrary\'s software, ebrarian. According to ebrary\'s CEO, \"This new deal with Penguin Classics is a breakthrough for both ebrary and the publishing industry, as together we will bring some of history\'s most important works into a format preferred by many readers worldwide. I believe that the authors of these great works would be pleased to see their texts brought into the most modern publishing medium in history, and we look forward to working with Penguin Classics in that pursuit.\" More

Topic: 

3 Quirkie Stories on Censorship

Lee Hadden writes: \"Three quirkie stories about censorship come from Annanova.com.

In One Story, a Swedish man was banned from travel to fourteen other
EU countries because he put up a poster in Belgium that was opposed to the
European Union. For expressing his non-politically correct beliefs, he is
banned from travel or transit throughout the rest of the EU, and must stay
home in Sweden from now on. A more modern take on \"The Man Without a
Country,\" or in this case, \"The Man Without a Union.\"

In a second story, a senior wanted her pet rat to be included in her
yearbook photograph. The principal denied the request, and the girl is
suing. This is surprising to me, since my high school yearbook was filled
with pictures of rats. And jerks. And...

Finally, a German tabloid was officially censored by the German
Federal Press Council for calling the English \"Tommy Sods,\" smelling like
\"dead sheep\" and having \"BSE pot bellies.\" The hapless Brits were also
accused of having both stale beer (a deadly insult in Germany!) and stale
brains, after they trounced Germany 5-1 in soccer. I guess the Germans
should either love the Brits or shut up.

Topic: 

Author Compares Some U.S. Parents to Taliban

USA Today is carrying a piece in which the author compares the Taliban to groups of parents in the US. He criticizes parents who attempt to ban books from libraries and schools, based on their content, because he feels that their actions attempt to undermine independent thinking. More

Topic: 

Australian Volunteers Make Massive Film Library Available

From The Age:

Victorians can now access Australia\'s largest and most comprehensive film collection, after a dedicated army of volunteers recently sifted through the last of tens of thousands of rare feature films, newsreels and documentaries during an ambitious six-year project . . .

Ian Line, who started as a volunteer in 1995 and is now one of three full-time supervisors, says the project has been a labour of love for more than 120 volunteers . . .\"You probably can\'t see some of these films anywhere else in the world,\" he says. \"It\'s an international collection of all types of cinema, and one of the biggest 16-millimetre historical records of the 20th century.\"

More. The collection contains an amazing array of films, from 1939\'s Experiments in the Revival of Organisms, (which documents a Russian experiment to resurrect dead animals) to 1969\'s One Hundred Odd Years from Now, an infomercial \"set in a strange, . . . world where women control things by using huge, colourful computers.\"

Topic: 

Magazines For Sale... Literally

Lee Hadden writes: \" Primemedia wants to reduce its large debt obligation, so is planing to
sell the popular magazine, \"Modern Bride,\" for about $50 million. The title
has attracted interest from several publishers, including some competitors.
Also on the block are several other titles in the hunting and photography
titles. Many of these are very popular titles in public libraries.
Read more about it in today\'s Wall Street Journal, December 18, 2001,
page B6.
\"

Protect the Innocent?

Gerry writes \"Editorial in CSMonitor about society (in general) and libraries (in particular) treatment of children as \"mini-adults\". Just something to chew on...\"
They say Don\'t treat children like mini-adults.

Topic: 

Prophets of The Computer Age

Part of the Flash Backs Archive at The Atlantic Monthly, Prophets Of The Computer Age highlights 2 excellent articles.

\"As We May Think\", is generally regarded by digerati as, if not the literal blueprint for the Net and the World Wide Web, then one of its germinal seeds.

\"The Computers of Tomorrow\" posits the possibility of an \"information utility,\" and raises the question of how government regulation might or might not play a role in this new market.

See Also: A Little History of the World Wide Web

Topic: 

Examining the negative aspects of the social dynamics of science

Close Minded Science is a collection of links that aims to \"to take a middle road between total close-mindedness and total gullibility. Practice pragmatism, pursue humility, and maintain a clear, honest, and continuing view of ourselves and the less noble of our own behaviors.\"
See also: Against Excessive Skepticism: Collected Quotes.

Topic: 

Man, 97, bequeaths gay porn collection

A 97-year-old man is giving a vast collection of gay porn films, videos and magazines to his local town library.

The man, who lives in Rovereto in the north of Italy, began collecting gay erotica in the 1930s. According to the Italian publication Supereva, the pensioner says the collection includes \"all the masterpieces of the best gay porn directors.\"

Full Story

Copyright Copy Well

Two useful Web/Copyright articles:Copyright Implications: Using Images in Educational Collections, by Jenni Rodda says Librarians and archivists have a responsibility, both to their patrons and to the artists, authors and creators whose works they preserve, to keep current with how copyright regulations should be applied in educational settings.


Brian Wassom has written Copyright Implications of Reproducing Published Materials on Law School Course Web Sites where he gives some recommendations on guidelines for placing copyrighted materials on law school Course World Wide Web sites, and provides pleanty of background reading as well.

Topic: 

Librarian Guide To Feline Law

Presenting the LLRX guide, The Domestic Cat and the Law: A Guide to Available Resources

Stephen Young (A reference librarian at The Catholic University of America) has written a comprehensive document on legislation, regulations, landmark cases, texts, secondary sources, organizations and groups, and related web sites, all of which focus on the 73 million felines that share the lives of Americans.

And since all librarians have a cat at home, or in the libary, this will be especially useful. Maybe they could use this in Escondido?

Topic: 

Rights v. Rights - when copying is not copying

Rights v. Rights may be slightly dated, but it\'s still worth a read. From the 64th IFLA General Conference, in 1998, \"This paper highlights the copyright barriers that can arise for visually impaired readers in the context of the \"Information Society\". It starts by enunciating certain basic rights which set the backcloth for the ensuing discussion. The historical setting of the pre-electronic era is briefly described. Recent ground-breaking legislation is then summarised. The author then details some of the new copyright issues posed as a result of the opportunities opened up by information technology. Finally, the paper reviews some of the ways in which legislators have begun to address these new questions.

An Essay on Professional Ethics

This Essay, by Ralph L. Sanderson,
briefy examines the topic of professional ethics. He examines both the broad concepts and issues involved before focusing on ethics and the library and information management profession. He says As \'professionals\', librarians have adopted, through their governing associations, their own ethics or \'rules of correct and honorable conduct\'. The respective library associations of the United States, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand have all adopted similar (if not identical) ethics.

Topic: 

XreferPlus Digital Reference Service Launched for Libraries

Paula Hane writes...

\"For the past 2 years, searchers have had Web access to about 50 ready-reference sources from xrefer.com. Now, the company has officially announced the launch of xreferplus, its new subscription reference service for libraries www.xreferplus.com. The free site is still available www.xrefer.com. It offers general reference works—encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and books of quotations—and a range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy and literature to law. There are over 1 million entries. The cross-referencing technology connects related information across all the works and has generated an additional network of over 5 million xreferences.\" More

Topic: 

The Library - Coming to a Mall Near You

There\'s a new library in town and it\'s at the mall. The city of Bellevue, WA has opened The Library Connection in order to better serve an increasingly diverse population. People view this new fangled approach to the library as positive. The Library COnnection at the mall is even credited with bringing down the local crime rate. More

Topic: 

Enid Blyton Goes Politically Correct

Michael Owen Brown writes...

\"Political correctness has led to ethnic cleansing in the Enchanted Wood. In new Australian editions of Enid Blyton\'s famous children\'s books, golliwogs no longer inhabit the world of The Magic Faraway Tree.
They have been replaced by teddy bears, with computer art programs used to change the faces from the original illustrations. Another famous Blyton character, Dame Slap, has had to curb her penchant for violence against children.
She is now known as Dame Snap and administers discipline with caustic comments rather than corporal punishment. The changes were forced upon Australian publisher Hinkler Books by Chorion Intellectual Property, owner of the rights to Blyton\'s works since 1996.\" More from The Advertiser.

Topic: 

ACLU censorware follow-up Export Report

Seth Finkelstein writes \"The ACLU has released a [PDF] Follow Up Report concerning the
flaws of censorware.
This has further censorware criticisms and is a rebuttal to some pro-censorware material.
\"

This is the expert witness rebuttal report of Benjamin Edelman from the Multnomah County Public Library V. United States of America.

Topic: 

Pages

Subscribe to LISNews: RSS Subscribe to LISNews: - All comments