Harry Potter Hateline Launched in UK

From The Guardian...

\"A Harry Potter \"hateline\" phone service set up in Austria has been extended to the UK, Ananova reports. Callers pay a minimum of 75p to vent their anger at the boy wizard.
The books may be bestsellers and the film has been a smash hit, but it seems not everyone is Harry Potter mad. The phoneline has been extended to Britain, Germany and Switzerland \"by popular demand.\" More

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Local Places Global Connections

This Report [Local Places Global Connections: Libraries in the Digital Age] focuses on how libraries are coping with the use of new technologies to maintain their role as society\'s primary information providers, what challenges they are facing, and who is doing a good job.

\"The question, \"What will happen to libraries?\" has a larger context, for we as a nation find ourselves asking the same of universities, of public media, of religious institutions, and of government\'s social mandate. Each of these questions, in turn, derives from an even more basic question: \"How will Americans live their lives as citizens, as economic actors, and as social beings?\" These, after all, are the great questions of the twenty-first century, and they constitute our challenge. It is my fervent hope that when our distant descendants read the literature of the twenty-first century they will find references to libraries of the power of Shakespeare\'s and Jefferson\'s. Whether they will or not depends on our efforts today.\"

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It\'s a smaller World Wide Web after all

Bob Cox passed along A Story on The Web Server Survey from Netcraft that found that the number of Web sites dropped by 182,142 from November to December last year. That decline marks only the second time the company\'s survey, first released in 1995, has found fewer sites online in a monthly period.

The BBC has a story as well.

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Library of Congress to Deacidify One Million Books

The Library of Congress has recently signed a five-year,
multi-million dollar contract, with a Pittsburgh, PA preservation company, to remove the acid from one million books. The project is focusing on books dealing with the United States. More

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Palm reads rise in e-book sales

ZDNet reports that Palm\'s eBook sales rose more than 40%
last year. They sold 180,000 eBooks in 2001. Palm also released
lists
of top-selling eBooks.

Full Story

96-year-old author of Nancy Drew series still writing columns

This story from the Columbus Dispatch is about Millie Benson,
author of most of the Nancy Drew books. She wrote under the
pseudonym Carolyn Keene (she is my favorite ND author),
beginning a childhood favorite that still is in print and has sold
more than 200 million books. Then she went into journalism.....

Full Story

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Gather Round The Book Fire

James Nimmo passed along Another Story with more details on the big book burning in NM.

800 protesters showed up against the fire, which lasted little over half an hour, focused primarily on the book burning - referencing biblical uses of fire as a tool of cleansing, the \"evil\" influence of witchcraft, and the righteousness of ridding oneself of so-called spiritual hindrances.

J.R.R. Tolkein, \"Star Wars\" material and \"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare\", Popular fashion magazines such as \"Cosmopolitan\" and \"Young Miss,\" and various adult magazines, were also burned. Even a ouiji board was tossed on the fire.

One protester displayed a Stephen King novel she allegedly rescued from destruction.

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CD/DVD Impermanence and Expensive Solutions

Optical discs such as CDs and DVDs have a lifetime far too short for anything like \'permanent\' storage. While some folks are taking things to extremes with \'a micro-etched nickel disk with 2,000 year life expectancy\', archival libraries (and other interested folks) might want to look at Century Discs.

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IT & Global Ecological Crises: Soul and the Sustainability of Librarians

Cate Gable writes...

\"If we can read pages of text at will on little electronic devices-Will books survive?
If we can read news literally up-to-the-minute online-Will newspapers survive?
If we can buy whatever we want at the lowest possible price online-Will stores survive?
If we can get information from Google anytime of the day or night-Will libraries survive?
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Library\'s Walls will Remain Bare Until City Approves Display Policy

After a gay pride display caused a ruckus in Anchorage, AK last year, the library is no longer able to display anything until a display policy is drafted. The city is responsible for reviewing and legalizing the display. It was submitted for their approval six months ago. Politics anyone? More

Rules of Information are an Easy Reach

ExLibris editor, Marylaine Block, has written an article on what separates information seekers from information professionals, and how the secret to information seeking success is a matter of knowing where to look. More

Online Journalist\'s Legal Protections Increased Substantially.

Tom Regan over at CSMonitor.com reports that online
journalist\'s legal protections have increased
: \"in a court decision
that was largely overlooked by the mainstream media, a New York Supreme
Court judge [Paula Omansky] has issued a ruling in a libel case
that extends the same speech protections to online journalists that their
print, radio, and TV colleagues have enjoyed since the famous Sullivan
v. New York Times decision of 1964.\"

The defendant--editor, publisher, and journalist for NarcoNews.com--had
reported that a president of a Mexican bank (the bank, Banamex, was bought
by Citigroup during the trial) was connected with drug traffickers. 
After Banamex had lost (repeatedly) their claim of libel in Mexican courts
they moved their complaint to a New York, USA court.  Tom Regan reports
that the judge\'s decision is the first time that the protections provided
by the Sullivan
v. New York Times
decision have been extended to online journalists
.

EFF.org, who helped the defendant with an Amicus
Curiae Brief
, has a copy of the court\'s
decision
.  See also the EFF
press release
, and the EFF
archive
about the case, as well as an extensive list of articles
about the case
compiled at NarcoNews.com.

Banamex may appeal the decision.

-Hermit ;-)

A Heroine for Today\'s Youth

I have a feeling This One from the Nevada Appeal is a repeat, but it\'s a nice read.

\"Some people think the School Librarian is a tame and innocuous creature. But behind the bun, the tweed and the glasses lurks a fiery defender of Children\'s Right to Know. By fostering the inquiring minds of our youth, regardless of race, sex or attention deficit disorder, she symbolizes one of our most cherished freedoms -- the freedom to learn.\"

\'This late in history,\' what shall we choose to read?

The National Post has A Story on reading mortality, something that just got worse with all the books we just got for Christmas.

They say there\'s only so much time. And there are so many great books. And every year more books are published, some of which will be great. Reluctantly, the reader begins to acknowledge the appalling necessity of choosing to read certain good things and not other good things.

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Commercialization May Limit Internet

Here\'s An AP Story that says big corporations have a significant and growing presence on the Internet. In March, just 14 companies controlled 60 percent of users\' online time, down from 110 companies two years earlier.


\"There is a role for commercialism The concern is how the commercial interests might want to change the features of the Internet to better protect themselves.\"

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Sex Ed Book Challenged

Shaleen Culbert writes \"Patron objects to a second children\'s sex education book at Hudson Public Library in Hudson, Wisconsin. The board previous moved another book by the same author(It\'s Perfectly Normal) out of the children\'s library and into the young adult section and purchased an additional copy for the adult section. Read all about it online at the Hudson Star Observer\'s site. The board meets January 14, 2002. This should be interesting.
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Harry Potter Hotter Than Ever

There\'s a CNN Story and one at ITV.com as well on the anti-Potter sermon at the Christ Community Church in Alamogordo in southern New Mexico.

Jack Brock, the Christ Community Church founder and pastor, said the books burned Sunday were \"a masterpiece of satanic deception.\"

Across the street, protesters chanting \"Stop burning books\" stretched in a line a quarter of a mile long.

CNN also points out inside the Alamogordo Public Library was a display highlighting the books.
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\"These books teach children how they can get into witchcraft and become a witch, wizard or warlock,\"

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Good Googling To You

Google\'s Press Area has added a Nifty Timeline that shows how events in the real world influenced what people searched for on Google.

I love these year in review things, anyone know of any more good ones out there?

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The Year in Internet Law

\"What happened in cyberlaw during the past year that was significant and enduring -- or at least interesting? That\'s the question Cyber Law Journal put to several well-regarded law professors and legal practitioners.

Their answers ran the gamut from the government\'s legal response to the Sept. 11 attacks to Hollywood\'s impressive victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the DeCSS copyright case.\"

Full Story from NY Times

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Museum of Picture Book Art to Open

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will be opening in Northampton, MA in 2002:

\"In this college town known for its young people, many of whom sport multiple body piercings and vacant stares, an elfin 72-year-old man with a Lincoln-style white beard has become a source of local pride. His name is Eric Carle and he wrote and illustrated such mega-bestsellers as \"The Very Hungry Caterpillar\" and \"The Very Quiet Cricket,\" picture books about usually unlovable creatures that overcome obstacles to find meaning in life.

Carle\'s studio is right on Main Street here. And five miles away, on the campus of Hampshire College, he is building a museum that promises not only to spread his own reputation beyond his fan base of preschoolers and their parents but also to enhance the reputation of a long-unrecognized art genre. Next fall the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a sprawling contemporary structure, will open in a former apple orchard . . .

More from the Washington Post.

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