OCLC Closes on netLibrary Sale

Cavan McCarthy writes \"The sale of netLibrary assets to OCLC was finalized at 5 p.m. Jan. 24 in Boulder, Colorado. The sale includes both the eBook Division, which will become a division of OCLC, and the MetaText eTextbook Division, which will become a for-profit subsidiary. Both operations will remain in Boulder.

Press Release \"


They giveth, and they taketh away...

rick sent in
This Story on The federal depository library program and how libraries are being ordered to pull materials from their collections.

\"It\'s really hard,\" the head librarian of the Government Documents Library at the University of Illinois said recently. \"We\'re librarians. We don\'t want to prevent access to information. We feel very strongly about that. That\'s why we\'re in the business.\"

Refereed Science Articles

Lee Hadden writes: \"Today\'s Wall Street Journal, January 28, 2002, has an article on page
B1 by Gautam Naik, \"BioTech Firm Bypass Journals to Make News.\"
The article discusses the increasingly common trend of announcing the
results of experiments, not in refereed science journals, but in press
releases. The end result is the public is exposed to claims which may be
exaggerated or worse, undermining the authority of the rest of the
scientific community.
\"It used to be that a scientific breakthrough was taken seriously only
if it first appeared in a peer-reviewed journal. But in the race to grab
the spotlight, some companies are rushing to release information via
esoteric publications that have less-stringent criteria or in news
Read more about it at: wsj.com\"

Pippi Longstocking creator dies

Bob Cox sent along the Salon Story on the death of Astrid Lindgren, creator of the braided, freethinking Pippi Longstocking, died Monday. She was 94.

\"I write to amuse the child within me and can only hope that other children may have some fun that way too,\" Lindgren once wrote.


Reading the Washington State Library Last Rites?

Someon writes \"The Seattle Times has a story

about the Governor\'s plan to close and disband the Washington State Library because of budget problems. It seems that the library has many fewer visitors than the local public library. The library was moved from its building on the Capitol grounds so that its building could be used to house legislators... \"

Here\'s Another that says In saving $9 million in library operating costs, local and county libraries lose $3 million in federal grants and will individually have to replace other services costing more than $8.3 million. Add the capital cost of replacing the State Library by a subsequent administration and the proposal adds up to bad arithmetic.

Conservative Group Preparing to Sue Non-Filtering Libraries

A bit of rhetoric, plus a petition and (possibly) some lawyers, and we\'re off to the races!

The American Library Association doesn\'t want any libraries to have filtering systems on their computers, yet librarians are seeing rising levels of child abuse occurring and must deal with trench-coated pedophiles who loiter around libraries to view pornographic materials--or to sexually molest children . . .

The Traditional Values Coalition has recently launched an effort to challenge every public library that refuses to install filtering systems on their computers. TVC will be filing a series of class-action lawsuits against libraries refusing to filter pornography from their computers.

Given the wording of the petition itself, I can only imagine this page is being filtered as we speak :)

Thanks to Politech.


Marginal Librarian 9.2

The new issue of the Marginal Librarian, put out by McGill library school students, is now available.
Is Amélie Poulain an MLIS Student? - Michelle Atkin
How I Became a Mail Artist - Francesca Maniaci
Panslav - Donald Prochera
The Database Culture of the Postmodern - Robert Kelly
Copyright and Book Piracy - Eric Anctil
Profiles of 1st Year Students - Carolyn Littlejohns


Masculinization of librarianship?

Mike Winter writes \"Most of us learned in library school, or on our own, that librarianship became \"feminized\" in the US in the latter part of the 19th and the early part of the 20th centuries.The sources are writers like Dee Garrison, who wrote Apostles of Culture (1979) but there are many others.

I wonder if in fact this long-established trend is now in the process of being reversed. In a recent book by Christine Williams (Still a Man\'s World), the numbers from the census bureau suggest that this trend probably peaked about 1930 and has been falling slowly since then. According to these figures librarianship went from being about 90% male, in the period before 1870, to being about 90% female, in the period ending about 1930. But since that time, the mix has been shifting, and it seems like at present the only subfields where this historic trend still holds is in public and school librarianship.

If this is accurate (and partly this depends on whether or not the census numbers are valid)I suspect it is because in the postwar period a number of subfields developed more rapidly than the earlier ones (academic, research, and special librarianship, for example) where there are far more males.

But maybe even more important than this historic shift of numbers, if that is what it is, is a cultural shift in which librarianship is being increasingly defined in terms much more favorable to males than to females. This is very clear from Williams\' book, where it is very convincingly argued that being male is a great advantage in librarianship and other female-intensive occupations. Much of this has to do with automation, networking, and other male-dominated technical fields. What do others think about this?\"


One of the world\'s largest photo archive, work for Librarians?

Elizaabeth Christian writes \"Is the death of Photopoint an Archives, Library issue ?

Started as a dot com venture capital business by one intrepid visionary, providing unlimited storage in albums for photographs from everywhere, by the time it closed this month it was the repository of an amazing photographic archive, well organized, with editing options, and most important online data for the photographs.

Some people are just finding out their precious photos are gone..they trusted, later paid.

Some links on Photopoints recent demise.In my opinion, this is an in credible international archive of photos, especially US photos, and some nonprofit should step in to preserve the archive, and then sell discs of albums back to the users....assumng the archive still exists.

Warning about \"free\" on the net. People just will not pay if it was once \"free\" it seems.

News.com Story

Actionguild Story

A July 2001 post, showing the story up to that point, explaining how paid memberships did not materilaize



Cido Blog

Comparative stats on uses when it closed.

Do We Want to Keep Our Newspapers?

The free online version of a forthcoming book from the Research Centre in the History of the Book:

The papers in this volume represent the core of a conference that took place in the University of London on 12-13 March 2001 under the auspices of the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of United States Studies and the Institute of Historical Research. The question, and title of the conference, \'Do we want to keep our newspapers?\', had suddenly become one of urgent and open public concern when it was widely realised for the first time that collections of original newspapers in major research libraries were being managed by policies of deaccessioning and destruction.

Apologies if this is a re-post.


Daily papers don\'t have nearly the impact they used to

Shift has a story by Neil Morton, who says daily papers don\'t have nearly the impact and influence they used to. He says a new generation of news seekers are growing up on the net and for them, the print papers aren\'t even an option, they tend to end up on the online version.

\"Many 12- to 35-year-olds now view Salon and Slashdot as seminal news sources, news sources their parents likely haven\'t even heard of. With the net, now we go and find the news; the news doesn\'t get selected for us by editors and writers. We go out and discuss various viewpoints on political events in threads and discussion boards rather than having them dictated to us by op-ed pages with their own agenda.


Author pays `tribute,\' without attribution

First it was Stephen Ambrose, and now, Olaf Olafsson has been caught paying \"a little bit of tribute\" in his book \"The Journey Home\".

Seems like I\'ve been seeing more and more Plagiarism Stories.

\"If you knowingly use somebody else\'s words, and those words are covered by a valid copyright, you are infringing the copyright,\" says Jeffrey Craig Miller, a New York attorney who specializes in publishing and intellectual property.\"


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.


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 . . .


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.



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.\"


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.


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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