Black History Month Showdown at D.C.\'s M.L.K. Library

From the Washington Times:

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will mount an exhibit of art works by local black artists and devote an entire division to black history, art and culture starting Monday.

Librarians are still upset that the tradition of using the entire library to celebrate National Black History Month, which begins today, was not followed this year. \"We are trying to make the best of what we have, but it is not what we really wanted,\" said Alice Robinson, head of the library\'s black studies division, who has worked at the library for 31 years . . .

[Librarians] said [the exhibit coordinator] informed them that the library\'s policy is not to give special consideration to race in scheduling exhibits, sparking a tense situation between the executive staff and black librarians . . .

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UK Public Libraries\' Greatest Hits

From The Times:

The popularity of Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton is waning as they have slipped from the list of authors who are clocking up more than one million library loans a year.
Nationwide library figures published today show that Catherine Cookson, the doyenne of traditional romance, has maintained her position as the most borrowed author for the 19th year running. She achieved more than three million loans, with The Thursday Friend, her story of a longstanding friendship threatened by jealousy, topping the adult fiction list.

A decade ago, Dahl, author of irreverent children’s books, and Blyton, whose prolific output included Noddy and the Famous Five, were in sixth and seventh places respectively on the top 12 list . . .

More. Still more on the report from the London Evening Standard.

The House Newspaper Built

Lee Hadden writes: \"Annanova has an article about a house made from old newspapers.
Literally. The house and furniture is made from 100,000 newspapers, and was
constructed between 1922 and 1941.


Perhaps this is a solution to the problem Nicholson Baker described in
his recent attack on libraries, \"Double Fold.\" Because public libraries
weren\'t keeping old newspapers because of problems of staff, space and
money, Mr. Baker bought some old runs of newspapers up and started his own
private library. This is certainly one way to handle the library problems
of staff, space and money. Make the library collection _into_ the library,
so to speak!\"

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Celebrating Audiobook Narrators

The New York Times is carrying an article on audiobook narrators. \"A spoken book. There can be tremendous pleasure in hearing a book, if the voice of the narrator is right. Those authors who don\'t narrate their own books have in a sense ceded to an actor the direct connection to the listener-reader that is part of the power of authorship, in much the same way a playwright does. But if the whisper or the rumble resonating from an audiobook has the right complexity of tones, it can be as satisfying as theater.\" More

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Ireland\'s 2nd Oldest Public Library Expands

From The Sligo Champion:

As the second oldest public library service in the country, Sligo County Library has had a long history of development and service delivery to the people of Sligo. Currently, Sligo County Library service is embarking on an impressive project of library development, which will include new branch libraries, additional services, extended opening hours and computerisation which aims to marry the best in library traditions with modern technology . . .

For the past fifty years, Sligo City branch has operated from its Stephen Street premises. At one time a church, the 150-year-old building has served the library well, but now faces retirement, due to increased user numbers and the expansion in the levels of services being delivered . . .

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Atlanta-Fulton Central Library: Weeding or Clear-Cutting?

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Hundreds of books and periodicals are being removed from shelves at the Atlanta-Fulton Central Library downtown. The items are going as part of a $3.1 million renovation of the library that calls for adding materials and computers, according to library officials.

Some folks, however, are angry at the change. They say the removal is butchery of the library\'s collection by a tyrannical administration . . .

The transformation is painfully obvious, said former librarian Lynne Pickens, who was shocked to discover hundreds of books gone from the children\'s section she managed for three decades before retiring 18 months ago. \"Those books are gone. There\'s nothing that can be done. The children\'s department has been decimated,\" said Pickens, who remembers having about 60,000 books during her tenure . . .

More. Meanwhile over in Peachtree City, GA, Oak Grove Elementary School\'s library recently held a \"media purge party\".

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The Great Giveaway

/. pointed out this New Scientist story on open source. The article is also Copylefted.

They say open source has come to embody a political stand--one that values freedom of expression, mistrusts corporate power, and is uncomfortable with private ownership of knowledge. It\'s \"a broadly libertarian view of the proper relationship between individuals and institutions\".

To The Shredder

Lee Hadden writes: \"Michael Orey has an article in yesterday\'s (January 30, 2002) Wall Street
Journal front page, \"Why We Need a National Association for Data
Destruction: Paper-Shredding Firms Thrive as Businesses Guard Secrets;
Enron isn\'t the Half of It.\"
As a federal librarian, I have had to oversee and witness the
destruction of classified documents (dusty and noisy); as a state employee
I had to witness the actual burying of documents at a trash pit (smelly) by
a bulldozer; as a public librarian, I have had people dig things out of the
library\'s trash bin and come back to me with \"Why are you throwing away
this valuable twenty-year old Japanese language encyclopedia? I can\'t read
Japanese, but I\'m sure it must be to valuable to throw away!\"
So librarians see the need for destruction of documents. This article
discusses the industry that supplies that need, and how the machinery for
destruction has improved over the years.
Read more about it at: WSJ.com or your local library.
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USA Patriot Act and Libraries

The USA PATRIOT Act and Patron Privacy on Library Internet Terminals by Mary Minow tells us What the USA PATRIOT Act means for libraries.

She says the upshot is that there will be a great many more surveillance orders, everywhere in the country, and in turn there will be more requests for library records, including Internet use records. Think of law enforcement as needing to enter two doors to apprehend a suspect.

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Top 309 Signs That Your Job is Pointless

Dilbert.com has a list of the day today, Top 309 Signs That Your Job is Pointless, currently number 2 is:

\"i work at a library where i have to count all the pages in the new books we get to see if they are all there. I found 1 missing page and my boss said, We\'ll put it on the shelf anyways, we can\'t take any books back
-- librarian with a flame thrower\"

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the OSSNLibraries Portal

Presenting the OSSNLibraries Portal
The portal is \"a prototype of an open source software (OSS) in libraries portal -- a combination directory/webliography of OSS projects and information resources designed for and useful in library settings.
The Software section is a directory of OSS software browsable by a number of characteristics. The Webliography lists themes pertaining to OSS in libraries and zero or more links to Internet resources elaborating on the theme.\"

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Reviews that reveal the appeal

The Reader\'s Robot, is a nifty site run by Kevin Kierans, Manager of Library and Support Services, over in B.C.

They say there is nothing magical about these databases. They are like friends talking about things they enjoyed (and why and when), and you deciding whether you would enjoy them too.

You can find a new book, and recommend one you like.

Spotted at The Stuff.

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Hong Kong\'s Paddyfield.com and libraries

Lee Hadden writes: \"The Wall Street Journal has an article today (January 30, 2002), on
page B5D by Bruce Knecht, \"Hong Kong Bookseller Paddyfield.com Breaks Even
by Cutting Costs, Reaching Out.\"
\"In the US, library supply companies provide schools with information
about the best new titles, but schools in Hong Kong generally have had to
rely on long-distance relationships with individual publishers. Filling the
void, Mrs. Leung, a 40 year old mother of two young children, meets with
librarians as well as teachers and other parents to tell them about the
latest books.\"
The on-line bookstore competitor to Amazon.com now has over 700,000
titles available for their customers, and has been profitable for some
time. See: paddyfield.com.\"

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Stephen King ready to close book as writer?

CNN Says Stephen King will only publish five more books, and a limited series for ABC, and then, he\'s ending his career in publishing.

Most people could hope to do that much in a life time.

\"You get to a point where you get to the edges of a room, and you can go back and go where you\'ve been and basically recycle stuff,\"

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ThisIsPush

PUSH is dedicated to new authors and new voices.
They say... \"These writers tell it like it really is. No preaching. No false endings. No stereotypes or contrivance. Just an honest dose of reality. These books are funny, observant, heartbreaking, and heartstopping.\"


The Tm & © says Scholastic Inc, but there is little in the way of any more info.

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Giuliani Seeking $20 Million to Fund His Library

From The New York Post...

\"Former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, wants to raise a hefty $20 million to fund an extensive library and urban center at a \"leading\" city university, an aide revealed yesterday. In addition to the money Giuliani raises, the schools may also contribute. The $20 million price tag would dwarf that of any living mayor\'s legacy.\" More

School Librarians Get Web Savvy

\"The demands of technology and higher academic standards are changing the roles of librarians, creating a new breed of educators who can shift gears from \"Hamlet\" to HTML, from Gogol to Google. Even their new title - \"media specialist\" - gives them a high-tech aura.\" More

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Studies On The Web

A couple of interesting studies have been making the rounds that ya\'ll might be interested in.

Nature.com has Prosperity through punishment, where they learned Cooperation can flourish if the public-spirited majority can punish freeloaders.

The Small World Research Project seeks to answer the question, Can anyone in the world reach anyone else through a chain of only 6 friends?

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Marketing Electronic and POD Books

WritersWeekly.com has This Story by Cathi Stevenson, on how to promote ebooks and print-on-demand books.

One of the biggest problems facing self-publishers and small publishers of ebooks and print-on-demand books is the perceived lack of quality control. Editors are expensive, but necessary.

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Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Site

fairuse.stanford.edu is a super collection of \"stuff\" on fair use.

It includes Primary Materials, Current Legislation, Cases and Issues, Resources on the Internet, and Overview of Copyright Law.

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