ILA RTSF Technology Users Group Web Logger

IALARTSFTECH writes: Want to try a library technology web blog? If so,
take a look at This is
new betatest of a multi-purpose library technology
blog. Many library blogs or web logs are great
of news from an individual or collection of
individuals, or up-to-date information on a topic
collection of topics, but the purpose of this
technology web blog is to theoretically provide a
portal/blog all in one which is collaborative and
interactive, but it is also dependent upon its
and participants for the reporting of late
news, ideas, and applications. It is also a place
ask questions about library technology in general,
with specific blogs for popular library technology
What is the difference between this and electronic
mailing lists that archive their postings? Since
is a betatest, we want to see. For instance in
yahoogroups, you have to be a member to post and
view the archive. With this, you have to be a
to post, but not to view the site. If you are
interested in trialing this, we have a general
technology blog, one for live reference, e-books,
and libraries, and library web blogs.\"


Listening to the web on the radio

The very helpful Cavan McCarthy sent along this BBC Story on a nifty program in Sri Lanka.

Every day for an hour, presenters in the studio translate and read out web pages on topics suggested by the listeners, to provide access to the web to villagers who do not have computers and may not be able to speak English.

\"This digital divide we talk of is not something artificial or only academic in Sri Lanka. It\'s a real problem,\" said M J R David who helped to set up the project.\"


Apocalyptic Science Fiction Series Becomes Smash Hit

ABCNews has A Story, pointed out by Bob Cox, on series of suspense books where everybody already knows the outcome, Christian potboiler novels about the Rapture, the Antichrist, and the Second Coming , they\'ve sold more than 50 million copies.

\"The race is going to be between Desecration and Grisham for the top fiction hardcover [title] of 2001,\" says Daisy Maryles, executive editor of Publishers Weekly, which publishes its annual best seller list in March.\"


The last refuge - The library

Gary Price was kind enough to pass along a Nice Irish Times Story on all the great things happening at the Blanchardstown Library. I don\'t think I\'ve seen such praise for a library before.

\"Children\'s librarian handing out carnations? Surely some mistake: librarians are scary creatures in hand-knitted cardigans who say shush a lot and turn children who haven\'t paid their library fines into mice. They\'re not flower-wielding, skate-pants-wearing women in their 20s.\"

Six Canadian Universities to create giant online database is Reporting The Canadian federal government has given $2.6-million to six Canadian university libraries to create one of the world\'s largest online databases of old texts and archives. They say it\'s believed to be the largest single grant to a humanities project.

Called the Text Analysis Portal for Research, the libraries will combine their electronic databases, which include legal documents, stories in aboriginal languages, rare poetry, oral statements and Old English texts. The schools are University of Victoria, University of Alberta, McMaster University, Université de Montréal, University of Toronto and UNB.


Schools Remove Donated Korans

Michael Nellis writes \"In what appears to be a reprise of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica issue, some 300 copies of the Koran, donated to schools by an Islamic foundation, have been pulled from the library shelves. This 1934 translation includes some footnotes explaining portions of the text, in which the Jewish faith is criticized. This edition is being called anti-semitic.

From the little information I\'ve been able to glean from the article, the reaction might not be censorship, but it sure skirts the edge.

Full LATimes Story \"

From the article:

\"It\'s not an issue of whether the Koran should be available in the library,\" Konantz said. \"It\'s like any other research volume. But these interpretations are certainly in question.\"


Books Returned, 100 Years Overdue

Harold Bugbee found books of speeches by the Hon. Henry Clay
in his basement that had been checked out from library formed in Montpelier, VT in 1886.

They happily waived the late fees, which, if calculated for 100 years at 10 cents a day, six days a week, would exceed $3,000 in fines.

Full Story passed on By Bob Cox.


El Bandito redux

Someone passed on this one.Phallus thief says he is a patriot.
The fellow that removed a string of 21 ceramic penises from the Boulder Public Library\'s art museum in November says was acting in a patriotic manner.

People with a higher degree of sanity, however, disagree and have charged Rowan, 49, with second-degree criminal trespassing.

He showed up in court wearing a sweatshirt that said \"Love Our Flag or Leave Our Country\", saying he took the art because it was obscene and inappropriate for visitors, especially children.

See Also:The Legend of El Dildo Bandido

(lyrics) the tune of \"El Paso\"
by Marty Robbins, 1959



A Sticky Situation

Bob Cox passed along This One on a person who has destroyed nearly $10,000 worth of library books, videotapes and CDs by pouring sticky syrup down book drops in Tacoma.
Three Pierce County branches and several branches in Seattle also have reported similar incidents and they think it\'s the same guy.


Medical research Being Twisited?

Cavan McCarthy writes \"A Story from a \'Ghostwritten\' research claims There are fears that research is being twisted because doctors allow pharmaceutical firms to write biased academic papers in their names.
The problem may even affect scientific papers submitted to prestigious international journals.

It is suspected that some doctors are being paid many thousands of pounds to lend their reputation to articles with which they have had little involvement.

Sometimes a high-profile named \"author\" may not even have seen much of the data from which the study draws its conclusions.


The Don Saklad Tribute Pages

The Don Saklad Tribute Pages:

. . . If you\'ve encountered Don at all, you\'ve probably got some unanswered questions about him that nag at you just a little bit. Who is he? What exactly is he going on about in his posts? Why does he continually post things in newsgroups and on mailing lists that nobody wants to read? What makes this man tick?

This site will try and give you some information that may just answer some of those nagging questions . . .


Archivists Demand NYC Reclaim Giuliani Papers

From the New York Times (registration required):

A group of archivists and historians yesterday angrily denounced the transfer of Rudolph W. Giuliani\'s mayoral papers out of city custody and said that they intended to hold Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg responsible for retrieving the documents, which are being stored at a warehouse in Queens.

The group also held out the possibility of a lawsuit or other legal action should Mr. Bloomberg and his corporation counsel, Michael A. Cardozo, fail to address their concerns . . .


Researching Airline Ticket Prices on the Web

LLRX writes \"The Fare Is Not Always Law: A Guide to Researching Airline Ticket Prices.
This extensive guide to determining the most competitive pricing for airline fares, by Stephen Young, includes a comparative analysis of 26 travel websites, as well as information on discounters, Internet-only fares, frequent flyer tickets, and more. In the February 1, 2002 issue of at: \"

With conference season upon us, you may be able to save a few bucks on your next flight.


The crisis in Canadian school libraries

janet clark writes \"Cover story, February 2002 issue of _Quill & Quire_ (Canadian book industry paper)
\"The crisis in school libraries\"
The January issue is on the web at, February doesn\'t appear to be there yet, but story gives a sad picture of school libraries across Canada.

\"Last year, two of the five finalists in a national essay-writing contest competition were students from St. Andrew\'s High School in Victoria, B.C. and perhaps it\'s no coincidence that their English teacher is also the school librarian.\"...\" \'The state of our nation\'s school libraries can only be described as desperate in almost every province,\' says writer Roch Carrier, now the National Librarian of Canada.\"

Best American non-required reading series

jen writes \"But will they have Cliff Notes?

Dave Eggers to edit \'\'Best Non-Required Reading\'\' -- Houghton Mifflin hired the \'\'Staggering Genius\'\' to oversee the teen-focused anthology,
Full Story.

Young people who buy books -- a demographic bright spot for publishers -- are about to get their very own best-of series: \'\'The Best American Non-Required Reading,\'\' featuring literary bad boy/po-mo geek Dave Eggers as the first guest editor. \'\'We were looking for somebody who could speak directly to that readership,\'\' says Janet Silver, editor in chief of Houghton Mifflin. Due in October, the new series, aimed at 15- to 20-year-olds, will carry fiction, reviews, humor, comics, and pop-culture profiles.\"


New Women\'s Library in London

Women\'s Library
opened on Monday in its
redesigned London building. It is the \"largest collection
of women\'s history in the UK\". It began as part of the
London Society for Women\'s Suffrage in 1926 and was
previously known as the Fawcett Library. The redesign
started just before I left the UK so I\'ll be visiting the new
library when I return in a couple of months. The BBC and The Guardian both have features
articles on it.


Lord of the Rings by other authors

This is slightly off-topic (but related to literature and
books so therefore loosely to libraries) but I found it
Alternative authors\' versions of Lord of the Rings


Informational Value of Museum Web Sites

stuart yeates writes \"First Monday (a peer-reviewed electronic journal covering internet issues) has a story entitled Informational Value of Museum Web Sites. Based on surveys of different museum virtual visitors they examine what features (video/audio etc) visitors have an what information they are need from a museum web site (exhibitions, events, gifts, etc).



Information Architecture The Discipline and the Role

Jesse James Garrett is running a nice series called ia/recon.

Part 1 of 6 is The Discipline and the Role,
Part 2 is Tribal Customs and 3 is coming on Tuesday, February 12.

\"There is a discipline, known as information architecture; and there is a role, known as the information architect. They have developed more or less hand in hand, and up to now any discussion of one has involved discussion of the other. But now that may have to change.\"

Information Architecture in LIS Curricula

From the ASIS Bulletin:

The term information architecture (IA) is among the latest buzzwords in the library and information science (LIS)/usability/human-computer interaction (HCI) community. It is attractive to the LIS community for a number of reasons, as we will see. IA is also somewhat controversial because it is a new term for skills and knowledge already in existence. In this paper, I will discuss how IA is being handled in some LIS programs, and then I will suggest some mappings between traditional LIS curricula and the marketplace for information architects . . .




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