Battling Over Records of Bush\'s Governorship

From the New York Times (registration required):

The stacks of the Texas State Library and Archives groan with boxes of carefully preserved papers dating back to James Pinckney Henderson, the first governor, who served from 1846 to 1847. But anyone trawling for insights into the most recent former governor, George W. Bush, or say, his ties to Enron in the years he ran Texas, would have to travel 118 miles east to College Station. Even then, it might be months, maybe even years, before many of the records are available. The papers . . . are at the center of a tug of war between Mr. Bush and the director of the Texas state archives. By placing them at his father\'s presidential library at Texas A&M University, Mr. Bush is putting them in the hands of a federal institution that is not ordinarily bound by the state\'s tough Public Information Act . . .

\"Who needs a shredder when you have Daddy\'s presidential library?\" said James Newcomb, an official with the Better Government Association in Chicago, which relies heavily on freedom-of-information requests . . .


Michael Moore\'s Uncensored Book Release Planned.

Presuming all goes as planned, folks holding their breath for Moore\'s Stupid
book can exhale February 19th.  Michael

\"Word began to leak out about Stupid White Men being \"banned.\"
Articles appeared in Publishers Weekly and
I was trying to remain quiet about [the] whole affair, but once a number
of reporters found out (not from me), and a group of librarians organized
a letter-writing campaign, HarperCollins [owned by Murdoch\'s
after weighing all their options (and the potential reaction to those options),
decided finally to release the book AS IS -- unchanged and uncensored,
on Tuesday, February 19th.\"

Earlier articles about
Moore picked up by LISNews.

;-) -> Citations+Updates


NYT Remembers Old Astor Library Building

Ryan writes:\"Here\'s a great article from the NYT about the original Astor library building in New York, now housing the Public Theater, in the bowels of which I\'ve heard that Christopher Walken can be seen gliding from light to cone of dusty light during the summer months.

The writer includes some wonderful recounting of the crochety library staff, who complained about the patrons, who \"read excellent books,\" said the original librarian, Joseph Green Cogswell, who went on: \"except the young fry, who employ all the hours they are out of school in reading the trashy, as Scott, Cooper, Dickens, Punch and The Illustrated News.\"

I\'d love to see something like this, perhaps in more detail, about the Cooper Union and its library, which are right up the street. Anyone know of something?


The Female Text

This Gaurdian Story tells us The Women\'s Library opened last week, a warm, welcoming, well-appointed space. As a result of a £4.2 million lottery grant, the UK\'s biggest collection of books, periodicals and artefacts relating to women\'s literature and history is housed in the kind of place you generally see featured in the lifestyle pages of glossy magazines.

Independent Cuban libraries are gaining momentum has a Story on independent lending libraries, one of the fastest-growing sectors of Cuba\'s limited civil society.

They say Fidel Castro unwittingly inspired the independent library movement when he declared at a Havana book fair in February 1998 that there were no censored books in Cuba, only limited funds for public libraries.

\"The revolution has given us a high level of education, but it also censors a lot and determines what people read.\"

Gary Price also pointed to Private libraries turn page in Cuba over at The Chicago Tribune, a strangely similar story.


Florida Libraries Short on Spanish Language Material

From the Orlando Sentinal:

Vivian Irizarry visits the Buenaventura Lakes branch library in Osceola County every week. She devours Spanish translations of Danielle Steele, John Grisham and Mario Puzo, as well as books by Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Her choice of reading material is skimpy. Although Osceola is nearly 30 percent Hispanic, Spanish-language materials account for slightly more than 1 percent of the total collection . . .


A new chapter for libraries

SFGate is running A Detailed Story on the New Breed of Academic libraries.

They say librarians are urgently looking for ways to keep students coming through their doors. They also talk about
the cost of online information, which they point out is significantly more than their printed counterparts. An example is the Oxford English Dictionary, which cost about $1,000 for the 20-volume set and had two editions in the 20th century. The online version costs about $10,000 a year -- but it is searchable and includes words as they stream into the language.

\"I think everybody on campus is worried about the new generation -- that they won\'t get what they think are the most important things in their field. And in the library field, (that) is the habit of acquiring information that has a good chance of being reliable,\" said Thomas Leonard, university librarian at the University of California at Berkeley. \"If we can\'t pass on that habit, then the library fails, even if it looks like a great temple.\"

Librarian shortage looms

Another Story on the big \"Shortage of Librarians\"

This one finally adresses the salray issue. They say the average starting salary of Simmons College graduates with a master\'s degree in library science was $36,000 last year, and the director earns $64,834 annually after 20 years on the job.This is longest story on this issue I\'ve seen in the popular press.

Money is the number-one reason more men and women are not going into the field, said Charles Michaud, director of the Turner Free Library in Randolph and the only male library director in the region.\"

Authors, publishers say book \'em — online

USAToday has An Interesting Story on the rather new practice of posting excerpts of new books online to help stoke sales. They say it\'s become normal practice to put a sample online, and it helps sell more books.

\"I would say both publishers and authors feel that putting a percentage of the book online for people to read and get a taste of it is a great promotion for the book and really helps sales,\" said Jessica Carter, an executive in charge of online promotions at the publisher Alfred A. Knopf in New York.\"


Sticky Bandit Busted

Tacoma Police arrested a 56-year-old man Friday in a series of incidents in which syrup was poured into library book drops, destroying nearly $10,000 worth of books, videotapes and compact discs. They think he\'s hit 21 times since October, and, King County libraries in 1997, The man spent two months at Western State Hospital after the King County library incidents.

Here\'s A Story at

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.



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