Baker & Taylor Agree to Reimburse Ohio Libraries

The following is a press release from the Ohio State Attorney General\'s Office regarding the lawsuit brought against Baker & Taylor on behalf of Ohio libraries.

\"In 1999, the Ohio Attorney General\'s Office brought a lawsuit against book distributor and publisher Baker & Taylor, Inc., alleging misrepresentation of discounts to public, school, and university libraries throughout Ohio. While claims against co-defendants WR Gracve remain pending, B&T entered into a settlement agreement with the Attorney General\'s Office in October 2001. The company agreed to provide credits to libraries, schools, and universities involved in the action, with which boks may be purchased.


Bodleian to honour eminent librarians

Charles Davis writes \"Four distinguished men and women with close connections with the
library world will be awarded honorary degrees at a special
ceremony to mark the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the
Bodleian Library on 8 November 2002 (subject to approval by
Congregation). They are:
James Billington, Lynne Brindley, Professor Sir Brian Follett and Paul LeClerc.
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Philosophy of Information

John Castledine writes \"
You are cordially invited to join a new Yahoo Group
called Philosophy-of-Information. The purpose of the
group is to facilitate scholarly discussion about the nature and
meaning of information. At this time, it is open to
anyone who wants to think seriously and deeply
about information. That includes professional philosophers,
as well as information scientists and librarians.

Group Information

John Castledine

War Between the Sexes is Over!

Lee Hadden writes:\" In a rare example of cooperation between magazines from different
publishers, Cosmopolitan (Hearst Corp) and Maxim (Dennis Publishing), got
together to create a new publishing alliance. They both have decided to run
articles in their March issues declaring the war between the sexes is over.
The two magazines hope the peace treaty, may also push the boundaries of
magazine publishing.
We will see if the media is the message.
Maxim, often called \"The Cosmo for Men,\" and Cosmopolitan (which is
not known as the \"Maxim for Women\"), both tend to place the opposite sex on
a pedestal, yet as an object of mystery to be figured out, rather than
simply ogled. Both are also renowned for their R-rated, come-hither cover
Read more about it in today\'s Wall Street Journal. \"Hey Babe, Your
Pages of Mine? How the First Encounter Unfolded: In Curious Editorial
Coupling, Cosmo, Maxim Magazines Declare War of the Sexes Over.\" By Matthew
Rose. Monday, January 14, pages B1 and B3.
See you at the front lines...\"

New 3M Marketing Award

SomeOne writes \"New Marketing Award offered by IFLA/3M to all libraries worldwide that promotes library services. Application forms available on or 3M.

ALA Announcement \"

Police arrest men for library sex

Colleen writes \"Eeeww gross.
In London, Ontario (just outside of Toronto) police arrested two men for having sex in the library\'s washroom, located in the children\'s section.
Good lord, get a hotel! Full Icky Story \"

The Gutenberg Purge

Aaron writes \"
The Online has a chat with Nicholson Baker
about his new book \"Double Fold: Libraries and the
Assault on Paper\".

Makes for an interesting read about the role of libraries
and the speed of information in today\'s age. \"


NC Library May Add KKK Tape to Collection

From the Raleigh, NC News & Observer:

The city library may add a videotape produced by the Ku Klux Klan to its collection if the tape doesn\'t violate copyright law. Klan members also mailed the tape to libraries in High Point, Winston-Salem and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, saying it was a protest against the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Skip Alston, the president of the state NAACP and a Guilford County commissioner, said adding the tape to any collection would insult blacks . . .

\"It\'s our whole mission to provide free and equal access to information,\" Library Director Sandy Neerman said. The city\'s policy on library materials says that items shouldn\'t be banned just because they might be unpopular or controversial.


Scholarly Work in the Humanities & the Evolving Info Environment

A December 2001 publication of the Council on Library and Information Resources:

As the scholarly information environment changes, so do the needs, expectations, and behaviors of users. Assessing and responding to those changes is essential for the academic library so that it may continue in support of the scholarly mission. The authors of this report have formally examined how humanities scholars conduct and collate their research. The study was based on a small sample of scholars; nonetheless, the results are powerfully suggestive of ways in which academic libraries can adapt to and develop in a rapidly changing environment. In particular, the findings emphasize how important it is for libraries to chart their evolutionary course in close consultation with scholarly user communities.

This study results from the fruitful cross-fertilization between the scholar concerned with aspects of information science and the librarian concerned with delivering operational information services.

More, with thanks to wood s lot.

Commynisst Cruption In Libarries!

Gerry writes \"More on the
Memphis PL furore. A reminder that not only do
libarries have stuff on communism, we\'ve got Harry
Potter, Satan and drugs, too!


(as found on, adapted from the Memphis
Flyer) \"

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The Promise of Software Libre (Open Source)

This week\'s Library
has a relatively long webliography on the Free
Software Movement
, with brief annotations. It\'s less
about the software itself and more about the
social/economic implications of the movement. I think
there\'s a natural match between librarians (\"content\") and
Free Software proponents (techne) for a way of doing
things in the information age that forms a viable
alternative to capitalist information practices.


Ten Things You Didn\'t Know about Your Books

Someone passed along Adrian Johns\' Ten Things You Didn\'t Know about Your Books.

Like, Who invented printing? Typography wanted to be a science as well as an art. In the eighteenth century, \"lascivious\" or \"obscene\" books were among the most profitable of all.

And seven more gems.


Typographical Errors in Library Databases

Terry Ballard has written Typographical Errors in Library Databases.

This list started as a byproduct of a keyword inspection of the online catalog of Adelphi University in 1991. It\'s a huge a list of misspellings that are likely to be found in your OPAC. More recently, the whole subject was given a boost thanks to Phalbe Henriksen, library director of the Bradford County Public Library in Florida.

There is even a discussion list for librarians interested in this problem, Here.


Reading online libraries

CNET has a Commentary by Marti Harris on Ebrary and the other for-profit online libraries.

They say an e-library is one of those ideas too good to argue with and they believe that success in distributing to students content normally published by university and academic publishers--and the large-scale penetration of the e-learner market--requires a formal, contractual relationship with libraries.

There is a Spotlight Report from Gartner as well. The Key Issue covered: \"What information technologies will be effective in the delivery of academic services, and how will faculty use these technologies?\"


Fun for Bookworms

Here\'s a place where we librarians can have some fun, Fun for Bookworms, a compilation of librarian jokes put together by Linda Kay, it\'s even broken down by category.

And much more!


Net filter use jumps in libraries

CNET Says Library Journal, reported this week that 43 percent of libraries had filtering software on their Internet-connected computers in 2001, a jump from just 31 percent a year earlier. The increase coincides with the passage of the Children\'s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), which requires federally funded schools and libraries to begin blocking Web material deemed inappropriate for minors or risk losing money.

On a separate note, the study said that Internet-related spending among libraries has nearly doubled in the past four years, to 4.2 percent of budgets from 2.2 percent in 1998.

LJ doesn\'t seem to have the report online.


Libraries focus on new technology

MSNBC is running This One on how high tech new public libraries are.

They say now that we all have coffee, there is a new emphasis on upgrading technology at the nation’s 16,000 public libraries.

“Computers have always been one of the most popular things at the library,” says Liz Lancaster, director of Howard County Central Library in Columbia, Md. “Everyone was afraid when the Internet was introduced that people would stop coming to the library, but that hasn’t happened.”

Support for Librarian Recruitment

The American Library Association has a short story on their website about the announcement yesterday by First Lady Laura Bush that the President\'s 2003 budget will contain a request for $10 million to assist in the recruitment and training of librarians.

\"The President\'s initiative would provide scholarships to graduate students in library and information science, support distance learning technology for training programs in underserved areas, and recruit librarians with diverse language skills.\"


Welcome To Googleplex

USAToday has a Fun Story on Googleplex, the headquarters of Google, in Mountain View.

They say Google is is used by millions of viewers of \"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire\" and the statistics show spikes in usage after each question.

\"Scooters lean against walls. Big exercise balls are everywhere. Walk around and you\'ll see piles of roller hockey equipment, random toys, a bin offering 13 kinds of cereal including Lucky Charms, a wall mural of the company\'s history done in crayon, a spalike room marked by a sign that says \'\'Googlers massaged here\'\' and a cafeteria where gourmet meals are served by the former chef for the Grateful Dead.\"

Sure beats my office!


Science Fiction Citations for the Oxford English Dictionary

Researchers Mike Christie and Sue Surova are searching for citations of SF terms for the OED. You can contribute, too: if you have old SF stuff, be on the lookout for the word \'humanoid\' before 1940, or \'parallel universe\' before 1960, or \'UFO\' before 1953, or...

I\'m particularly curious to know if anyone other than Alfred Bester has ever used the term \'jaunt\' to describe self-teleportation. It doesn\'t have to be fiction -- just about any written source would do. Anyone have a citation?



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