Bad Sex In Fiction Award

SomeOne passed along This ananova.com story on The winner of the Literary Review\'s Bad Sex In Fiction Award will be announced tonight.

The award is presented to the author who has written the year\'s worst fictional description of the sexual act.
This year\'s nominees include Jonathan Franzen, Simon Armitage and Adele Parks.

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Journal of Electronic Publishing

Someone passed along Journal of Electronic Publishing, a new journal [ok, so it\'s new to me, but it ain\'t so new] I wasn\'t aware of.

\"The Journal of Electronic Publishing is for the thoughtful forward-thinking publisher, librarian, scholar, or author -- in fact, anyone in this new business -- facing those challenges. We aim to range widely in our coverage, but the emphasis will be on the broader issues that should shape policy, and on professional, scientific or academic publishing, both books and journals.

JEP faces the same problems as any electronic publication, and we intend to make a virtue of that by using the Journal as a testbed to try ideas and to show to you, our readers, what happens when we do. We hope for successes, of course, but we will report on our failures, too.\"

I am the Very Model of Computerized Librarian

I am the Very Model of Computerized Librarian, Lyrics by Diane M. O’Keefe, M.S.L.S.
Based on the song \"I Am The Very Model of a Modern Major-General\" from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance.

\"I am the very model of computerized Librarian,
I seek out information zoologic to agrarian,
I know each subject that is found in an encyclopedia...\"

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Review of SurfWax - A Web Research Tool

LLRX writes \"Kathy Biehl evaluates a tool called SurfWax that makes it easier to locate and organize online information and research into a more efficient, manageable process. The article is published in the December 3, 2001 issue of LLRX.com \"


I\'m not sure what to make of Surfwax myself, Kathy has written an excellent review, Check it out , and then check out Surfwax, could be the shape of search engines to come.

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Student Employee, Professor\'s Son, Steals $2 Million in Rare Books from Yale

The son of a Yale University professor, and summer employee of one of the University libraries has admitted to stealing items form the archives and selling them. Libraries whose collections contain rare materials are often an easy target for thieves, even though the libraries themselves take extensive precautionary measures to guard against theft. Since many libraries don\'t report the theft of materials, there is no way of knowing exactly how costly the problem really is, overall. More

How to Build a Digital Librarian

Kirk Hastings and Roy Tennant wrote How to Build a Digital Librarian on dlib way back in \'97.


\"Digital librarians are required to select, acquire, organize, make accessible, and preserve digital collections. Digital services must be planned, implemented, and supported. Unfortunately, there are presently very few opportunities for librarians to receive training in the new tasks and responsibilities that digital libraries demand.\"

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The End User XP Gets Explained

For The International Herald Tribune, Lee Dembart takes \"end users\" on a tour of Windows XP. \"Once upon a time - 10 years ago, say - everyone in the know believed that computers would replace paper altogether. Not for the first time, everyone in the know turned out to be wrong. We have more paper now than ever. For example, if you go into a well-stocked bookstore, you will find an enormous section of computer books, row after row of them, many of which offer to explain how to use the computers that were supposed to make things simpler. Windows XP, the latest operating system from Microsoft Corp., has been out for just over a month, and, true to form, the shelves are groaning with volumes, thick and thin (mostly thick), that guide us through the ins and outs of it. Herewith, a guide to the guides. More

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NetLibrary sale plans move forward

A judge approved a loan to netLibrary going and granted its sales procedure, which in effect allows the sale to go forward, and opens the door to competitive bids, if any.

The remaining workers worked for the equivalent of unemployment benefits — $9 an hour — in the weeks following netLibrary\'s decision to put itself on the block. They are back to normal pay now, the company states, but are owed about $500,000 in back pay.

Full Story from thedailycamera.com

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Melvil Dewey vs. the Library Labyrinth

The story of the DDC in too short, very simplistic, but cute cartoon form, courtesy of Brooklyn Expedition.

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Missourians Unite to Read a Painted House

They\'re doing it again, this time in Missouri. Residents in the city of Cape Girardeau will all be reading John Grisham\'s book, \"A Painted House.\" The program is called United We Read. Discussions are to begin on February 1, 2002.More

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BecomeALibrarian.com

becomealibrarian.com is a nifty site put together by the Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative.

They have everything you may need to lure someone into librarianship.... Scholarship Links, Profiles of librarians, ALA’s Guide to Choosing a School, and more.

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Dead Books

Daniel Traister has written an interesting Look At Books, specifically, preservation and collection. He says his effort is to think about a set of interrelated questions:
what libraries collect;
what libraries don\'t collect;
why libraries make the decisions about what to collect they make;
and why libraries are (and, obviously, whether they should be) so devoted to impossible ideals of universal preservation (the goal of universal acquisition having been effectively, although not intellectually, abandoned long ago).

\"I think we need realistically to come to grips with limits. I think we need to come realistically to grips with mortality. I think we may even need to admit that, counterintuitive as it may seem to \"us,\" there are not only some books that will die, but also some that should. And then start choosing.\"

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Creating a Personal Online Reference Desk

LLRX writes \"The
December 3rd issue of LLRX.com has an article
on creating a Web page to collect and access research
links. Just follow Diana Botluk\'s efficient step-by-step
guide, and what once may have seemed an
intimidating process will become a straight-forward
and easily accomplished task.
See ll
rx.com/features/onlinerefdesk.htm
for the article.
\"

The Web Never Forgets

The LATimes
has an Interesting Story on US
government agencies that tried to remove sensitive
information, only to discover that copies have
proliferated and they\'re virtually impossible to eradicate.

\"The Internet is not like a faucet you can turn off
and on. It\'s like a leaky faucet that keeps dripping long
after it\'s turned off,\" said Gary Bass, executive director of
OMB Watch

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In Troubled Times, Kids Go for the Feary Tales

From The Washington Post.

\"For adults who think the national anxiety about terrorism and war have driven children to seek comfort in cheery stories with upbeat endings, a popular eight-volume series of stories with titles like \"The Vile Village\" and the \"Miserable Mill\" may come as a shock.\" More

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Diversity Integrated Into Kids\' Books

From The Chicago Tribune...

\"More and more children\'s books appear to be incorporating different ethnic races into their stories. From one page to the next, black kids interact with Hispanics, hold hands with white kids or play together with Asians. \"It is self-evident that the need is there because the country is getting more diverse,\" explained Philip Lee, co-founder and publisher of Lee & Low Books, an independent children\'s book publisher in New York specializing in multicultural themes. Lee said schools and libraries make up more than half his clientele. \"We get a lot of requests because bookstores are not necessarily located in communities of color, but obviously schools and libraries are everywhere.\" More

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OCLC Creates Digital Division

From Business First-Columbus...

\"The Online Computer Library Center has created a new division to help its member libraries catalog and preserve their digital resources. The division will be responsible for helping libraries create, access and preserve existing digital collections; collaborate to build new digital collections; and learn about digitization and preservation issues. It will house the OCLC\'s Digital Archive, the Digital and Preservation Co-op and the Digital and Preservation Resources Centers.\" From More

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Library Amnesty Purchased for a Dollar

From The Monroe Evening News.

\"Children younger than 12 with overdue books at the Monroe (MI)County Library System can now buy amnesty for $1.
The library system, through its circulation task force, has initiated the Kids Care Program, which allows anyone younger than 12 to return overdue books and materials for a $1 donation to America\'s Fund for Afghan Children.\" More

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Ex-Soviet Films and Photos on the Web

Carol Reed writes \"Newsday.com has an article on a Texas business man who is arranging to have the films and photos from several ex-Soviet Archives cataloged and put up on the Web.It looks like a very interesting project. It\'s still a work in progress, but the archives in Russia have a nearly complete collection of newsreels from 1919-1985, and the earliest film is of the coronation of Czar Nicholas II in 1896. Here\'s a link to the archives web page -- the link at the end of the Newsday.com story is somewhat messed up.\"

ACLU Assails Internet Anti-Smut Law

A lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union told the Supreme Court yesterday that the main federal law aimed at keeping children from viewing pornography on the Internet would cripple free speech for adults in cyberspace.

Full Story from washingtonpost.com

\"Congress was saying that those who pollute the stream from which we all drink have some responsibility to reduce the harm\"-Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson

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