Library Rejects KKK Tape Citing Lack of Educational Content

A promotional videotape for the Ku Klux Klan won\'t be added to a North Carolina public library\'s collection because, officials say, it was \"poorly produced and lacks educational content.\" The likelihood that this tape would have even lasted long is slim. Someone would have undoubtedly stolen it, just because of where it came from. More
Ryan posted an earlier story Here.

Catch Up On Your Classic Novels

Classic Novels In 5 Minutes A Day, brings you the Classic Novels, delivered in daily five minute installments to your e-mail. They have several novels running concurrently, and you can Vote for the next novel.

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The Internet Under Siege

The Internet Under Siege, an article at foreignpolicy.com

\"Who owns the Internet? Until recently, nobody. That\'s because, although the Internet was \"Made in the U.S.A.,\" its unique design transformed it into a resource for innovation that anyone in the world could use. Today, however, courts and corporations are attempting to wall off portions of cyberspace. In so doing, they are destroying the Internet\'s potential to foster democracy and economic growth worldwide.\"

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`Google Effect\' reduces need for many domains

siliconvalley.com has an Interesting Story on what the author calls the \'Google Effect\'.

He says search tools are so good now the need for a highly specific domain names has practically disappeared. Google is so good at finding stuff, a good domain name, or site, is no longer needed.

Any implications here for libraries and librarians?

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Bedtime Reading Week (March 11-17)

Bedtime Reading Week is coming, March 11-17 2002 in the UK (though that doesn\'t mean it can\'t be observed elsewhere). Established by William Sieghart, who also founded National Poetry Day, and backed by various national initiatives, it was first celebrated last year and aims to \"encourage everyone to enjoy reading together\". There is a page of ideas for teachers and librarians.

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Woman stabbed in kids\' section of Denver library

From the Denver Post, a patron was stabbed by another patron, apparently a random attack.

Full Story

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Collecting Bibliomysteries

Bibliomysteries was created by academic librarian Marsha McCurley, using her own collection of bibliomysteries as the starting point. Bibliomysteries are mysteries that haves settings, plots, or characters in them related to the world of books, writers, archives and libraries.

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January 2002 issue of D-Lib

The January 2002 issue of D-Lib Magazine is out with some great articles on interoperability and digital preservation. The opinion piece on the role of the library in text encoding is close to my heart (or, more accurately, the heart of my library school thesis work!). I will be reading it over a cup of tea today.

Project Mobilivre-Bookmobile

The projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project is a traveling exhibition of artist\' book works, zines, and independent publications. Traveling by way of a vintage Airstream, the BOOKMOBILE aims to make its way to community centers, schools, festivals, artist run centers, libraries, prisons, and remote regions where independent publications are hard to come by.

Spotted at Mefi

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Updates on Blogs, Training and Legal Portals

LLRX writes \"Cindy Curling suggests some additional Weblogs for your consideration; shares written feedback from Web trainers about how research should not be conducted; and details additional legal portals that are well worth a look. Published in the January 15, 2002 issue of LLRX.com\"

She missed LISNews again, but it\'s still a good read.

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Library Lovers Month

The Friends and Foundations of California Libraries has created a cool page to celebrate libraries. \"Library Lovers Month is a month-long celebration of school, public, and private libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone, especially library support groups, to recognize the value of libraries and to work to assure that the Nation\'s libraries will continue to serve.\" The site includes a How To Love Your Library Page, a Promotional Calendar of Ideas a Valentine for your library and more. Check it out at http://www.librarysupport.net/librarylovers

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Grammar Freaks

Fiona writes \"Strange things abound in Australian country towns. A Grammar freak has been changing the word \"got\" in library books -

\"Please respect the right of others to use an undamaged book. Would the grammar \"expert\" who objects to \"got\" please stop!\"

Full Story \"

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UGA Mentor Program

This was posted to the newlib-l discussion list today and seems a very interesting idea that other institutions may want to look into:
\"The UGA Libraries’ Committee on Research and Professional Development is proud to announce the launch of The Mentor Program. Mentoring at the UGA Libraries encompasses counseling and guidance, collaboration,
research assistance, professional development needs and much more.
Feel free to look around and let us know what you think. We hope to have a well established and successful program in the near future.\"

Here\'s the link to the University of Georgia Libraries Mentor Program.

Is the Sun Setting on E-Bookstores?

eCommerce Times has a Business Oriented Story that says Wall Street seems to be looking for Net booksellers to have an exterior safety net, such as additional product categories or offline partners, and they may have little margin for error to remain in business.

\"Overall online retail sales still represent 1 percent or less of all retail sales in the U.S., so there\'s still a lot of growth opportunity, but we\'re certainly seeing a flattening of the curve for books because it\'s one of the most mature online industries.\"

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Reference Encounters

Laura Kortz put together a group of interesting Reference encouters.What follows are several pages representing several days worth of reference encounters at the desk of a medium-sized branch of a major public library system in a large city.

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BANaRAMA: A Registry of Library Promotional Banner Pages

Gerry McKiernan writes: \"I am greatly interested in learning of candidates for inclusion in
BANaRAMA, my registry established to serve as a resource for libraries who seek examples of banner \'ads\' or scrawling or scrolling text ro promote library services, resources, or collection.

Current banner \'ads\', scrolling text, refresh rotation, etc. in BANaRAMa(sm) range from the subtle to the sublime [:->].

I remain interested in multimedia banner \'ads\' that include streaming audio and/or video .

[Think about the possibilities of streaming audio/video *library* banner \'ads\'!]\"

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NISO Establishes Networked Reference Services Committee

Marilyn Geller writes: \"NISO, the National Information
Standards Organization, has announced that a new standards committee is now
being organized to develop standards that will enable interoperable,
networked reference services. Digital reference services are a rapidly
growing extension of the traditional \"behind the desk\" reference service
offered by virtually all libraries. Digital reference, whether delivered via
real-time chat or asynchronous e-mail, allows library patrons to submit
questions and receive answers via electronic means.

Price Cutting and Oversupply Imperil Art Book Houses

Bob Cox passed along This NYTimes Story on whether so much low- price competition may have squeezed the market for high-quality illustrated art books out of the national chains and back to the more esoteric world of museum shops and boutiques, a serious challenge to the established publishers that had come to depend on a mass market.

\"Without the chains you can only be so successful, even for high-end books,\" said Sharon Gallagher, founder of D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, which distributes other publishers\' illustrated books and a few of its own. \"But they may not be the best place to sell some very high- end art book any more.\"

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Spike in Filtering Numbers a Concern to Some

David McGuire writes...

\"A reported spike in the number of U.S. libraries using filtering software has rekindled concerns among some civil liberties advocates that library administrators may be bowing under federal pressure to limit access to adult materials on their computers. In a survey published by Library Journal, 43 percent of libraries polled said that they electronically filtered Internet access in 2001, up from 31 percent the previous year. More

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Librarians Lobby to Save Electronic Library

Rozella Hardin writes...
\"If you can surf the Internet or find your way to a Tennessee public library, you\'re only a few keystrokes away from an $11,000 information windfall known as the Tennessee Electronic Library. For no charge, you can dig into virtual mountains of reference materials, magazines, almanacs, encyclopedias, academic journals, and directories. Since 10/1999, the electronic library has provided access to nearly 4.7 million documents on topics ranging from business to literature to current events to health and wellness. Librarians report using it for purposes as serious as aiding in cancer research at St. Jude Children\'s Hospital and as frivolous as answering an office trivia quiz about why a Fig Newton is so named.\" More

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