Bookmobiles Fading in Japan

From the Japan Times:

Thirty-nine local governments in Japan stopped providing \"mobile library\" services in the three-year period up to fiscal 2000, according to a study released by the Japan Library Association.
Their demise was caused by declining use of the mobile libraries and hard financial times at local governments, said the study, made available to Kyodo News on Saturday.

The public borrowed about 15 million books from mobile libraries across the country last year, down from 21 million books 10 years ago, it said . . .


Uganda Library Association Calls for National Information Center


Uganda Library Association Chairman, Elisam Magara, has called for the development of a national information and documentation centre.

Magara, who is also a senior lecturer at the East African School of Library and Information Science, Makerere University said Dec. 7, that information is a necessary ingredient for business development.

He was presenting a paper, towards a national information system for Uganda: An information gateway to export during the Makerere University Business School (MUBS) 8th international management conference at Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel, Entebbe . . .


Court further strengthens the right to hyperlink

2600 has won a case that seems to be good news for the right to link.

\"The court further strengthens the right to hyperlink by stating that \"Trademark law does not permit Plaintiff to enjoin persons from linking to its homepage simply because it does not like the domain name or other content of the linking webpage.\" Finally the court held that given the lack of \"connection with goods or services,\" the standards for unfair competition are \"not satisfied simply because a prospective user of the Internet may face some difficulty in finding the home page he is seeking.\"

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Quotable Cuss Words has a Fun Little Story on Fred Shapiro associate librarian for public services and lecturer in legal research at Yale Law School.

He is editing the forthcoming Yale Dictionary of Quotations and previously edited the Oxford Dictionary of American Legal Quotations. He\'s found some interesting uses of many interesting words back to the 1700\'s.


In Search of the World\'s Worst Writers

jen writes \"My favorite quote: Joining this pantheon is the likes of Nancy Luce, the \'Chicken Poet\' of Martha\'s Vineyard, who devoted herself to her hens and free range verse. She sold fowl
poetry at her front gate, where Victorian tourists could also purchase eggs, each inscribed with the particular mother-hen\'s name and date the egg had been laid.

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In Search of the World\'s Worst Writers by Nick Page
Nick Page has done signal service by reading through mounds of undeserving crap deserving memorialization for their awfulness. The book is an amusing read and Page maintains a good sense of humor in his dog-work. He chooses to describe and cite selectively, rather than undertake the unappealing job of straight anthologizing. This is a humorous guide through the sewers of English and American literature, with the odd non-anglophone tossed in for multiculturalism. \"


Year-End Google Zeitgeist

What was hot and what was not in the year 2001? Our Year-End Google Zeitgeist feature provides a glimpse at what captivated the world over the past 12 months, based on the most popular search terms on the world\'s most popular search engine.

Track the course of the past 12 months on the timeline and graphs plotting the most popular search terms as they occurred throughout 2001. Check out the year\'s top gaining and declining search terms as well as the most popular brands, music, movies and women on the web as seen by Google users.

Year-End Google Zeitgeist


Google... The Super Backer Upper

Some of you may have noticed, at some point yesterday LISNews bit the dust. I\'m not sure what happened, but being on a large shared server is always an adventure, and this is just one reason why.

Apparently MySQL (the SQL Db this site runs on) crashed, and had to be brought back up from back ups, which meant we lost some data. Now, I ain’t no dummy, so I do back the site up several times a day, but since the SQL server crashed, the backups got written over, and I had to bring it back up from a file that was about 12 hours old, which meant we lost about a dozen or so stories.

This didn’t seem like a big deal, so, I restored everything, and sat down to watch “The Great Outdoors” (I’m on vacation, after all). Now most John Candy movies aren’t exactly intellectually stimulating, so I got to thinking… there must be a copy of those lost stories out there somewhere.
That’s when I noticed a little voice whispering in the back of my head… gooooogle…. It whispered.

Just then it occurred to me I had once read a story of someone who had to rebuild years worth of material from their site from The Mighty Google Cache. Quickly, I put 2 and 2 together (Though I originally came up with 5, I corrected my mistake, and came up with 4), and rushed to Google, and low and behold, Google had actually crawled LISNews between the time it crashed, and the time I had backups from.
What Luck!
So, I was able to rescue Most of the lost stories. I know I missed 3, “Iraq hails Saddam\'s Second Novel”, “Harry Potter, Hidden Dragon”, and “Fed Court Asked To Revoke Remaining Net Obscenity Provision”. Anyone have time to hunt those down?
The comments anyone may have left are lost forever, as far as I can tell, but I’ve become even more attentive to my back up schedule, with little harm done, and a good lesson learned.


Schools Tepid on More Net Filtering

Dee Axelrod writes...

\"Student access to Internet sites with militant/extremist content should be prevented, the Bainbridge School Board decided last week. But access to sites that deal with drugs and cults is still okay, after the board voted to filter just one of eight categories recommended by a parental advisory group. “We should establish filters only where we have problems, or where there is a safety issue.\" More


12-Year-Old to Read 120 Books by September 2002

Someone writes...

\"In less than two months, 12-year-old Christopher Williams plans to read 30 books. By September, he\'s expected to read 120 books. What\'s he trying to prove? Is he looking to set a record? Does he want to become a scholastic jock?
Actually, Christopher loves to read. And that passion has led him to become one of the first two youths in the state of Connecticut to serve on the Nutmeg Children\'s Book Award selection committee. The selection committee\'s job is to narrow the initial list of 120 books to 10. The committee chair said she feels that \'it\'s a great thing to include kids\' opinions, rather than having a bunch of adults sitting around deciding what kids should read.\'\" More


Two Academics Share British Academy Book Prize

For The Guardian, Donald MacLeod writes...

\"An acclaimed biography of Hitler and an account of the medieval English \"empire\" shared the first British Academy book prize, announced yesterday.
The judges said both Ian Kershaw\'s second volume on the Nazi leader, Hitler: 1936-1945, Nemesis, and The First English Empire: Power and Identities in the British Isles 1093-1343, by Rees Davies, fully deserved the prize as works of impeccable scholarship which were accessible to the general public.\" More


Best Selling Self-Help Author Jailed on Drug & Sexual Assualt Charges

According to The San Diego Union-Tribune,
Dr. Harold Bloomfield, known for his best selling books on self-help and emotional healing, and who has also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, has been arrested on seven counts of unlawful drugging and three counts of sexual battery. The investigation against the author began in September after seven of his patients came forward. More 


Sklyarov Defends Decision to Testify Against His Employer

Dmitry Sklyarov is agreeing to help authorities in the U.S. in the case against his employer, ElComSoft Co. Ltd, who sold the software that cracked Adobe E-book codes. According to Sklyarov, \"I am extremely disappointed in any implication that I am cooperating with the government. I am a man of integrity and as such am doing nothing more than telling the truth, not for or against anyone.\" More from the Orlando Sentinel.


Google Offers Beta Catalog Search

The always excellent Research Buzz reports in this week\'s news that: Google is offering both a catalog search and a subject index of catalogs at (It\'s in beta.) Catalogs include Dell, LL Bean, PC Connection, Harry & David, Ikea, etc. (You can get an unadorned list at the whole story for more details. Hopefully librarians won\'t be forced into becoming partons\' personal bargain shoppers.


Library discusses breast-feeding issue

Just in case you wonder why the story icon for the librarian topic is a nut....

Someone sent in This Story from, Normal, IL, where in an animated 1 1/2-hour meeting Wednesday, the Normal library board voted 5-1 to form a committee to develop suggestions in the wake of a dispute over a board member breast-feeding her toddler at the library during story time.
The worlds funniest librarian joke is surely in this somewhere, I\'m not even sure where to start....

For the Legions of Angling Bibliophiles

Bob Cox passed along this Times UK Story on \"of the most fascinating works of research in a century\".

The most distinguished angling historian writing in Britain has delivered, in two collectors’ editions, a book of essays and an investigation into the authorship of the first work on angling ever printed in English. They say is an utterly fascinating book, crammed with information and insights, as likely to be of as much interest to students of early literature at large as it will be to anglers.


eBooks Live on After The Fall

Bob Cox passed along this Wired Story that says all is well in eBook land.

Even though several e-book-only imprints have closed up shop, book reading and sales are stronger than ever.

In the past year, 1,600 titles were downloaded more than 3.1 million times at the Etext Library at the University of Virginia. That\'s 8,715 free e-books per day.

Blessed be the ties that bind...

Lee Hadden writes: \"The Georgia State University library is undergoing repairs for
brickwork that was done only fifteen years ago. The repair work will cost
the state about 7 million dollars, compared to the $10 million it took to
build the library in the first place. Metal ties, used to keep brickwork
attached to the frame of the building, were unaccountably left out during
construction. Without them, some bricks and other debris have fallen from
the building. Blessed be the ties that bind...

The latest repair estimate for the 15-year-old building, which cost $10
million to build, is $7 million. Of that, $5.8 million has been set aside,
while the regents, GSU and the Georgia State Financing and Investment
Commission continue to try to find the rest.
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Without My Library

The winners of the An Chomhairle Leabharlanna The Library Council\'s fifth annual essay contest have been announced. The topic of this year\'s essay was \"Without my library...\" Young people in two age categories (under 14 and under 18) shared their ideas on life without libraries.

Here\'s a sample of the winning essay in the under 14 category:
The bus grinding to a halt, and a young woman stepping smartly off and moving toward the glass doors of the library. A bitter wind tugs at her hair as she crosses the busy street. Reaching the swing doors she grasps the handle firmly and pulls hard. The door stays put, not budging in the slightest. She pulls again, harder this time, but again to no avail. Peering through the glass, she can see oaken shelves empty, greying computers dormant in the corner. She turns bitterly and heads back to the bus stop and begins her laborious wait for the next bus.

JAKE In The House

Gary Price of the most excellent Virtual Acquisition Shelf and News Desk writes: \"Do you need to know what full-text database a particular journal is located?
If so, give jake a spin. From the site, \"jake is a reference source which
makes finding, managing, and linking online journals and journal articles
easier for students, researchers, and librarians. Jake does this by managing
metadata about online resources with a database union list, title authority
control, and linking tools, as well as making it easy to customize for a
specific library\'s holdings.\" Currently the database holds contents info for
195 databases. Btw, you can also download the complete holdings of a
particular database directly into MARC or delimited text formats. In fact,
most of jake can be modified as it\'s freeware. Btw, for those of you who are
jake regulars the new official url is: Finally, you
can find a beta of an alternative interface to jake from Simon Fraser


Fed Court Asked To Revoke Remaining Net Obscenity Provision

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) is trying to force a NY Federal court to overturn the remaining provisions of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) that prohibit Web sites from displaying obscene material on the internet. More



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