The Post-September 11 Environment

ombwatch.org is maintaining A List of changes in public access to government information since the September 11 terrorist attacks. This list is updated on an ongoing basis. New additions will be posted to the top of the list.

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Student book offers twisted history \'coarse\'

Hermit ;-) writes \"Hilarious excerpts from a college professor\'s compilation of \"students\' most egregious mistakes.\" [ _Non Campus Mentis: World History According to College Students_ compiled by Anders Henriksson. Workman Publishing] \"


History, after all, is nothing more than \"the behind of the present,\" according to one student, who aptly added: \"This gives incites from the anals of the past.\"

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Harry Potter and the Curse of Junk Science

For The Nando Times, Richard Berman has written an article about how the Center for Science is attacking Coca-Cola for sponsoring the recently released Harry Potter movie. According to Berman, \"Michael Jacobson has clearly never read a Harry Potter novel. If he had, he would know it\'s not wise to pick a fight with Harry.\" The Center for Science has also created a web site at www.saveharry.com. The purpose of the site is to save the boy wizard from the \"grasp\" of the soft drink giant. More

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For the Oversized shelves

Business Week\'s round-up of holiday gift suggestions includes a list of coffee-table books on topics ranging from financial markets and the end of the Soviet Union to Tiger Woods and teddy bears.

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Women in Canadian Librarianship and Bibliography

The National Library of Canada has a website called Celebrating Women\'s Achievements. In the Women in Canadian Librarianship and Bibliography section, the National Library highlights \"10 women who have made significant contributions to the development of library services and bibliographical research in Canada\".
One of these women was Newfoundland librarian Jessie Mifflen.
Jessie Mifflen\'s mandate was to visit and establish public libraries in various parts of the province. In the early days, her visits were made by dogteam, bush plane, small boat and coastal steamer. Many of her trips took days and, in some cases, weeks. However, when she retired in 1972 more than 50 new libriares had been established throughout the province.
You can read about all ten of these librarians here.

Extreme Distance Learning

Hermit ;-) writes \"The LAtimes.com has
a story on Chinese
students getting their degrees through distance education programs offered by colleges here in the states. The programs face considerable but surmountable challenges, one of which is the poor resources available to the students in China, \"\"The libraries are pathetic,\" one professor lamented.\" What\'s amazing is the comparatively staggering costs these students are willing/able to incur for a U.S. education. One of the students \"spent about $12,000 on her education, in a country where households are lucky to make a tenth of that amount in a year.\" Ouch. \"

Questia again cuts its workforce 50% on low growth rate

The Houston Chronicle is Reporting Questia Media cut its workforce in half last week, reducing the number of employees to just 68, down from almost 300, because of lower than expected demand for its online library and research service.

\"We\'re seeing good week-over-week growth but not at an aggressive rate as we anticipated,\" said spokeswoman Ann Brimberry \"Our priorities now are to make the service work as well as we can for subscribers.\"

Props to Gary Price for this one.

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First Phalluses Now Female Torso Taken

A sculpture of a female torso has been taken from the same library once displaying the \"phallic art.\" It\'s not known if the two thefts are connected, although in this case the theft was not discovered until 5:30pm, whereas \"El Dildo Bandito,\" was witnessed by other library patrons. Read the story from the Denver Channel.

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Fargo, ND Kids Didn\'t Get to See Harry Potter Film

There\'s a controversy brewing in Fargo, ND, and as a result, school students were prevented from attending the Harry Potter movie preview, even though they had parental permission. According to the article, \"the fact that some consider witchcraft a religion, meant that the school-led trip to the movie theater would constitute a violation of the separation of church and state and possibly lead to legal action.\" Rather than be caught in the middle of the controversy, the school canceled the field trip. More

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Atwood\'s Blind Assassin Most Popular Nominee for Literary Award

Nominations have closed for the 2002 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The winner will be announced in May, 2002. Of the 123 nominees, 39 were writers from the U.S. The nominations are made by libraries throughout the world. Participating libraries can nominate up to three novels each year. Last year, the prize was won by Canadian author Alistair McLeod for \"No Great Mischief.\" This year\'s most popular nominee is Margaret Atwood\'s \"The Blind Assassin.\" More
To visit the IMPAC site, Click Here.

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U.S. Hearing on Intellectual Property Due Soon

Thanks to Cryptome:

The Federal Trade Commission announces public hearings beginning in January 2002 on ``Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy.\'\' The hearings will focus primarily on the implications of
antitrust and patent law and policy for innovation and other aspects of consumer welfare. Copyright and trademark issues as they arise in particular high-tech contexts also may be considered . . .

The knowledge-based economy has grown in economic significance over the past few decades. It is increasingly important that competition and intellectual property law and policy work in tandem to support and encourage ongoing innovation underlying that economy. Policies for both
competition and intellectual property raise legal and economic questions that are substantially interlinked . . .

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One Argument Against Offering Coffee: Lawsuits

As if spillage wasn\'t enough . . .

An Owings Mills (MD) coffee company is suing the Howard County Library and the county government for picking the Daily Grind to manage its two library cafes, alleging that the Grind falsified information in its bid proposal and library officials didn\'t properly check into the business.

Straight From Seattle Espresso Inc., which operates 10 sites in Washington and Baltimore, wants the library system to start the bidding over again.

\"You have to play by the rules, and you have to disclose all that\'s asked for,\" said Matthew McCauley, who owns the company with his wife, Ashley . . .

More from the Baltimore Sun.

Comic Relief

Lubbockonline has a Story on how libraries across the country are beginning to build graphic novel collections because of their popularity and high circulation rates.
Is this a case of building circ numbers at any cost? Is a librarians job to circulate more stuff, give people what they want, or take the high road and stick with educational materials only that will enrich and improve peoples lives?

\"But you want to talk about do they circulate? Yes, they do. Every day people check out the display. I have people say to me, \'I wish we had this in my library when I was a kid,\' and that\'s the most gratifying thing for me to hear.\"

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A Challenging Future Awaits Libraries Able to Change

Dlib has This One.

\"The future for academic and research libraries can be an exciting and challenging one, at least for those libraries that are both able and open to change. This article presents highlights from the sixth International Summer School on the Digital Library held in 2001. Two of the three courses that comprised this year\'s summer school focused on roles for libraries in education and electronic publishing. The other course focused on managing the actual change process towards a new kind of library.\"

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Recent books praised by Salon[.com]\'s critics

Hermit ;-) writes \" Salon\'s recommended book list is culled from the salon.com/books section from the last year.
A subsection, their special Sept. 11 book list is primarily brief reviews but includes some in depth reviews as well as interviews with authors.
For academics looking for an immediate textual fix, NAP.edu has 26 full text books on \"Terrorism and Security Collection about the science and policy issues surrounding terrorism and security\" that can be read online. \"

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The Evolution of Media Librarianship: A Tangled History

From Studies in Media & Information Literacy Education:

In the past 75 years, media librarians have witnessed and dealt with a steady and often bewildering progression of new media forms and formats, as well as a rapidly expanding content universe. Media collections and services in libraries have therefore evolved at a rapid pace. Media librarianship has undergone a significant transformation, buffeted by changing perceptions of the field, changing expectations, new roles, and new demands. As a framework for looking toward the future of the profession, this article provides an overview of the birth and evolution of media librarianship in the United States, including a snapshot of the current state of the profession, the organization and staffing of media operations, and professional training for media librarianship.

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Giving Patrons The Biz

Aaron writes
\"For some levity, read \"TheBiz.\"
I started an alt.librarian webring. Visit TheBiz if you care
to join. Email me with queries,
ponyboy1955(at)aol.com .\"

I\'m not quite sure how to describe it, though it\'s
some funny stuff, take a look for
yourself....

\"We really do care about serving our patrons...
it\'s just that sometimes we can\'t believe what happens
in the biz...\"

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Alert: USA PATRIOT Act

Bob Cox pointed us to this ALA Alert on the USA PATRIOT Act.

The new legislation amends the laws governing the
Federal Bureau of Investigation’s access to business
records. One provision orders any person or institution
served with a search warrant not to disclose that such a
warrant has been served or that records have been
produced pursuant to the warrant.


The existence of this provision does not mean that
libraries and librarians served with such a search
warrant cannot ask to consult with their legal counsel
concerning the warrant. A library and its employees can
still seek legal advice concerning the warrant and
request that the library’s legal counsel be present
during the actual search and execution of the warrant.

EPIC has more as well.

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Library Outsourcing as Campaign Issue

\"Breaking news\" via Library Journal:

The new city administration in Jersey City, NJ has terminated the city’s $1.6 million contract with Maryland-based Library Systems Services Inc. (LSSI). The city’s new mayor, Glenn Cunningham, was elected this spring after Bret Schundler resigned to run for governor. In contrast to Schundler, Cunningham opposes privatization and campaigned against the library contract. LSSI’s contract had been renewed by the library board in May, for two years, for the same fee—$1.6 million over two years—since the first contract was signed in May 1999. However, Cunningham has since replaced several board members and named his wife to the board.

According to the Jersey City Reporter, librarians were among LSSI\'s most vocal critics.

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CO Students Break Reading Record - Share Prize with Schools Near WTC

Some Colorado school students have broken a record by reading. The program, Focus on Reading, pays students for each page they read. The money goes toward school libraries. This year, the students want part of the money to go toward replacing books for some schools near the WTC. More

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