Noise in the Lincoln Center Library

My Girlfriend pointed out this NY Times Story on
The Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, a branch of the New York Public Library, and it\'s Thirty-eight million dollar restoration project that made it no longer a pleasurable place in which to read a book or listen to a recording.

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Scots Weigh In On Public Library Hours

From The Scotsman:

Restrictive opening times of Edinburgh’s public libraries have been slated in a comprehensive survey.
Current rules which see most libraries closed in the evenings and only open for Saturday mornings at the weekends mean thousands of workers don’t have enough opportunity to use them, residents believe.

A majority of library users in the Capital who took part in a questionnaire are now calling for all-day opening on Saturday and restricted Sunday opening to take more account of the pace of modern life . . .

But council members and officials have warned any increase in opening hours would mean stretching already constrained budgets . . .

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More on Giuliani Papers Debate

More on Giuliani\'s plan to place the records of his administration in the hands of private organization rather than with NYC:

\'\'He\'s removed his papers so that nobody can go down there and look at them. I think that\'s dead wrong,\'\' said former mayor Ed Koch, who said he viewed everything he did during his tenure as part of his public record.

Representatives for Giuliani referred calls to Saul Cohen, president of the center. \'\'The whole purpose is to create a repository for scholars and journalists,\'\' Cohen said, adding that the records - or copies, if the city prefers - would eventually be stored in a library or at a university in the city. Cohen noted that the organization is paying the cost of the archival work and that its work would actually speed public access . . .

From the Boston Globe. Still more from the Village Voice.

The Toll of War on Afghanistan\'s Libraries

From Islamic Republic News Agency:

The director of Afghanistan\'s National Library, Fazlollah Qodsi, said that no new Persian books have been added to the library for the past 20 years. Qodsi told IRNA that despite being in position to add new specialized books to the library, it is unfortunately short of any training facilities and that the entire number of its medical books is just limited to 19 volumes.

He added that around 80,000 books have been lost in the course of Afghanistan\'s civil war under the Taliban rule. According to Qodsi, a great number of the library\'s books are missing as a consequence of the ideological approaches of various governments ruling Afghanistan in the past, such as setting fire on anti-Marxist books by communists and burning books on marxism by the Mujahedin.

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UCLA Purchases Sontag Papers

From the Chicago Tribune:

The University of California, Los Angeles Library has purchased the literary archive of Susan Sontag, one of the best-known and most influential American intellectuals of the late 20th Century. Sources close to the sale say the library paid $1.1 million for the materials, $440,000 of which is for her personal library. Funds were donated by an anonymous UCLA alumna.

Sontag, 69, was reared in Tucson, Ariz., and Los Angeles but has lived in New York for more than four decades. She said her first choice for placement of her archive would have been the New York Public Library, but added \"it is a source of great pleasure to me that it is going to a place I had a connection with. Southern California has been part of my life.\"

A bit more. Even more from the Las Vegas Sun.

Statement From Blacks in Government Library of Congress Chapter

Someone passed along a USNewsWire release, Statement From Blacks in Government Library of Congress Chapter, from William W. Ellis of Blacks in Government, says:


\"The Library of Congress (LC) has descended from its on-going
blatant racism into the abyss of the segregation outlawed by the
Civil Rights Act of 1964. Under the leadership of Librarian James
H. Billington, LC managers have segregated procurement officers in
the Contracts and Logistics Division (C&L) into two teams. An
all-white all-female team now handles major contracts, and an
all-black team of men and women is left to handle the dregs.\"

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Redesigning Library Services: A Manifesto

An oldie but a goodie, Redesigning Library Services: A Manifesto, by Michael K. Buckland.

From the foreword:

\"There is knowledge and information in this book that is of immediate use to librarians, administrators of libraries of all kinds, university administrators, faculty, boards of trustees, and all others interested in the future of library service. It is in this utility, and in the fact that this book is pitched in the medium term, that its strengths and value can be found.

One of the most telling points made by the author is that, like it or not, libraries will have to deal with the provision of access to electronic documents.

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New Filtering Lawsuits?

James Nimmo passed along word on This Lawsuit, being prepared by a group called The Traditional Values Coalition, they are looking for librarians and parents who are willing to add their names to these lawsuits.

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Bodleian Library inspires Award-winning Novel\'s Imaginary

Charles Davis writes \"The Bodleian bookstacks helped inspire the imaginary Oxford devised by Philip Pullman in his novel \"The Amber Spyglass\" which has just won the
WHITBREAD BOOK OF THE YEAR
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Current NEWS Search Engines: Daypop, Moreover... Enron Preset Searches.

Resolution Reaffirming the Principles of Intellectual Freedom

Jim Kuhn writes \"Adopted by unanimous consent by the ALA Council, January 23, 2002:

\"Resolution Reaffirming the Principles of Intellectual Freedom in the Aftermath of Terrorist Attacks\"

Resolution Site \"

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Bibliometrics of electronic journals in information science

Bibliometrics of electronic journals in information science, by Donald T. Hawkins
Editor-in-Chief, Information Science Abstracts.

\"The bibliometric characteristics of electronic journals (e-journals) covering the field of information science have been studied. Twenty-eight e-journals were identified and ranked by number of articles on the subject they published. A Bradford plot revealed that the core is not well developed yet, but it will likely contain six journals. The publication of information science articles in e-journals began about 1990. In 1995 (the starting date for this study), a modest 26 articles appeared, but publication has now risen to approximately 250 articles per year. The most prolific authors are identified. The vast majority of them are located in the United States or United Kingdom.\"

Draft Information Bill from Australia

Australia\'s Northern Territory has released a draft version of an information bill covering freedom of information, privacy and records management. It claims to be unique as it was not developed for a \"paper-based economy\" but in the context of \"an information based economy\". It is currently available for public comment.
This story came to me via the excellent NewsAgent.

MARC21 fever hits the UK!

The British Library has released a number of proposals for the switch from UKMARC to MARC21 in UK cataloguing. The change is due to take place towards the end of 2003 and the document dicusses the issues raised. See the full document here.
I found it interesting, and not only because I\'m hoping my knowledge of MARC21 will get me job on my return to the UK later this year!

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Googlewhacking: The Search for \'The One\'

Mefi pointed me to Googlewhacking: The Search for \'The One\'.

Your goal is to find that elusive query (ideally two words) with a single, solitary result.

eg. \"hellkite flamingo\", \"cuneiform meatspace\", and one I just found, \"cohen stinks\", in honor of Steven.

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Challenged book to remain in children\'s library

Shaleen Culbert writes \"In a rather amazing turn of events, the Hudson Public Library board, on a vote of 4-3, decided to allow \"It\'s So Amazing\" by Robie Harris remain in the children\'s library. Having agreed to remove \"It\'s Perfectly Normal\" from the children\'s library in a previous action,it was assumed by those issuing the challenge that \"It\'s So Amazing\" would suffer the same fate. Score one for the right to read!

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Giuliani Papers Go to Private Group Rather Than NYC

From the New York Times (registration required.):

For most former mayors of New York City, the trip into the dusty files of history began with hundreds of boxes of mayoral papers and artifacts being carted from City Hall across Chambers Street to the Municipal Archives in the old Surrogate\'s Court. There, city archivists undertake a long, slow process of sorting and indexing.

Aides and friends of Rudolph W. Giuliani, however, decided that he deserved better. So, on Dec. 24, just a week before leaving office, Mr. Giuliani\'s staff hammered out an unusual agreement with the city\'s Department of Records and Information Services, giving custody of all of his mayoral papers and artifacts to a private nonprofit group that Mr. Giuliani will control . . .

But the transfer of these items, which remain city property, into the custody of the nonprofit group, the Rudolph W. Giuliani Center for Urban Affairs Inc., has drawn the ire of some archivists and historians, who fear that Mr. Giuliani will try to filter history to bolster his image . . .

\"It\'s particularly a terrible idea, because the Giuliani administration had a very dismal record on making information accessible to the public,\" said Michael Wallace, a historian and co-author of \"Gotham: a History of New York to 1898.\"

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Powells Bookstore

Lee Hadden writes: \" Yesterday\'s Wall Street Journal had an article by Susan Hauser, \"Out
of Print? Not Walter Powell: Some Say the Bookseller\'s Ghost Still
Circulates in the Stacks of the Store He Founded\" January 24, 2002, page
A16, that discusses the haunting of the Portland, Oregon, bookstore. This
is the world\'s largest independent new and used bookstore, and the founder,
Walter Powell, died in 1985.
\"A few marriages have been celebrated in the stacks, and at least one
loyal customer lies dead there, though well out of reach. His ashes are
interred, at his request, in the stylized pillar that graces the northwest
entrance to the store... On the four sides of the base of the pillar is
written in Latin the philosophy that drives Powell\'s: coeme librum, lege
librum, carpe librum, vende librum (Buy the book, read the book, enjoy the
book, sell the book).\"
Ghosts in the library or bookstore are a frequent topic of discussion
in hotel bars late at night at library conventions. I also tell my
non-library friends that we pre-dated the \"slasher\" movies. We have
\"Cutter\" stories. What\'s your Cutter number? Boo.

See: powells.com or WSJ.\"

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\'Harry Potter\' Prompts Police Boycott

If this is true it is about the stupidest thing I have ever read.

The police department in Penryn, PA has refused to direct traffic at a YMCA triathlon because it says the club promotes witchcraft by reading Harry Potter books to children.

``I don\'t feel right taking our children\'s minds and teaching them (witchcraft),\'\' Fichthorn said. ``As long as we don\'t stand up, it won\'t stop. It\'s unfortunate that this is the way it has to be.\'\'

Yahoo News says it\'s a A volunteer group that directs traffic at fire scenes.

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Enron Investigation Primary Source Documents

A useful collection of primary source documents re: the Enron investigation from FindLaw Legal News.

Thanks to wood s lot.

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