Art In Libraries

Charles Davis passed along this Ananova Story on Ten Leonardo da Vinci drawings from the Royal Library at Windsor Castle that are going on show to mark the Queen\'s Golden Jubilee.

In other art/library news, A boy of 10 discovered a long-lost Victorian painting worth up to £600,000 hanging above a bookcase in his school library.

The work, The Fate Of Persephone, was by leading British painter Walter Crane and had last been heard of in Germany in 1923 and is estimated at between £400,000 and £600,000.It will be put up for auction at Christie\'s in London on June 12th, just in case you have a few hundred thousand pounds in your fines jar you don\'t know what to do with.
That\'s about 856,850 US Dollars now.

More Harry Potter Hysteria

steven bell writes \"I\'m not a fan of Harry Potter, but I am amused by the sillyness that results from the hysteria about the book. This story was reported in Sunday\'s Phila. Inquirer - about a Lancaster County police/fire squad that would not support an event at a local YMCA because (this is from the story):

The conflict is set not at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry but in a wee Central Pennsylvania town 10 miles north of Lancaster. There, a squad of eight volunteers who direct traffic at fires, accidents, and special events has refused to work the annual Lancaster YMCA triathlon this fall. Their reason: They claim the Y promotes witchcraft by reading the Potter tales in children\'s story hours.

In a letter to Y officials in December, Penryn Fire Police Capt. Robert Fichthorn wrote that he was \"horrified\" that a group that \"professes to hold Christian beliefs would hold classes for young and receptive minds on the subject of witchcraft.\"

See the story. \"


The Shores of Oceana

From the New York Times (registration required):

Surveillance is in the saddle. Responding to the latest Justice Department terror alert, Washington police opened the Joint Operation Command Center of the Synchronized Operations Command Complex (S.O.C.C.). In it, 50 officials monitor a wall of 40 video screens showing images of travelers, drivers, residents and pedestrians.

These used to be . . . free people conducting their private lives; now they are under close surveillance by hundreds of hidden cameras . . .

When your government, employer, landlord, merchant, banker and local sports team gang up to picture, digitize and permanently record your every activity, you are placed under unprecedented control. This is not some alarmist Orwellian scenario; it is here, now, financed by $20 billion last year and $15 billion more this year of federal money appropriated out of sheer fear.



Why Your Digital Data Could One Day Disappear

HBS Working Knowledge
has an Interesting
that says data stored on discs and other
forms of
computer storage are anything but permanent. Worse,
companies that don\'t work to preserve digital data now
might face a dark future, says Harvard Medical School
professor Bryan Bergeron in this excerpt from
Dark Ages II: When the Digital Data Die.


State legislative history research

LLRX writes \"
Jan Bisset and Margi Heinen provide a range of Web
resources to assist you with the challenging task of
researching the legislative history of a state statute.
State Legislative History
from \"


Read A Book In A Minute

Tim writes \"
Here\'s a fun site!

\"Book-A-Minute SF/F have taken several great
speculative fiction novels and extracted the important
stuff, cutting out all the filler. (You\'d be surprised how
much filler there is sometimes.) With our
ultra-condensed versions of your favorite speculative
fiction, you can read entire books -- entire series, even
-- in just one minute! You can have your books and read
them too! And it costs nothing!

\"That\'s nice,\" you say, \"but I don\'t believe you.\" Yah hah,
skeptical soul! We\'ve got our collection of
ultra-condensed books right here! We\'ve got everything
from Tolkien to Dragonlance! See for yourself!\"


Texas Archives Release Chummy Bush / Lay Correspondence

The Texas state archives have released documents suggesting that Bush\'s ties to Enron\'s Kenneth Lay are much closer than he\'d have us believe. He appears to be trying hard to bury any additional evidence. Thanks to Metafilter.

Why Don\'t You Carry Playboy??

Len writes: \"This Story, and Comments on This One
lead me to believe it is uncommon, if not unheard of, for
libraries, both public and academic, to circulate
Playboy, Hustler and other pornographic magazines.

I see, as a common argument for filtering, \"well,
libraries don\'t carry playboy, why should they provide
access to it on the internet?\". I am not asking for
reasons for or against this argument.
Why don\'t libraries carry Playboy? Certainly some
must, the exception is not what I am after here, it is the
average library I wonder about, I know I\'ve never seen

I have no good answer for Len, but it seems like a
simple question for You:
Why doesn\'t your library circulate Playboy or


More On NY Librarian Murder Trial

The NYPost Is Covering that murder trial, as only
the post can.

\"Louis Hubrecht, 67, admits to pumping six bullets
into Barbara Kenna, 69, a beloved teacher-librarian
from PS 2 in Manhattan.

With respect to the defense and their argument of
self-defense, it is about as credible as saying
Canadians can\'t skate. \"


How Should Reading Be Taught?

Lee Hadden writes:\"
A new article in Scientific American may be of interest to librarians.
Although this article discusses the various methods of teaching reading,
many librarians are interested in literacy education, and have to answer
reference questions about different methods of teaching, hyped by
television commercials aimed at anxious parents and grandparents.
One interesting example is that people are asked if the following
words refer to a flower. Then a series of words on flash cards are shown.
While \"rose\" is often chosen, surprisingly, also the homophone \"rows\" is
chosen as well.
Red [sic] more about it at:

Scientific American, March 2002, page 85 et seq. \"How Should Reading Be Taught?\"
AND MARK S. SEIDENBERG Also of interest are some articles on the teaching of Creationism in
schools on page 30, and a brief historical note on page 16 from their March
1952 issue, on the introduction of logic machines. \"First formulated in the
19th century by the English mathematician George Boole [of Boolean logic
fame], symbolic logic has been developed into a powerful tool for dealing
with complex problems in mathematics and business...\" and libraries, I
might add.


Network World Germany on censorware blinder-box

Seth Finkelstein
writes \" Network World Germany has run an
article about my work exposing how censorware is
impelled to ban anonymity, privacy, and
language-translation sites, because these represent
escapes from control.

The Full Story is in German, so
ironically, for English-speakers,
better viewed through a
language-translation site.

Title translates as: \"The worst pages in the Internet\"

If your site was using censorware, likely you
couldn\'t use this :-(


USA Patriot Act and Privacy of Library Patrons

LLRX writes \"T
he USA PATRIOT Act and Patron Privacy on Library
Internet Terminals .

Mary Minow answers important questions about how
this act impacts libraries providing Internet access to
the public. Mary also provides a valuable bibiliography
of related materials. Published on February
15, 2002 \"


Man charged over smelly feet

writes \"A man with smelly feet has been
charged with disturbing the
peace for taking his shoes off in a Dutch library.
He has already been banned from the library at the
University in Delft.
The librarian says people leave the building because
smell so bad.

Full Story \"


Stories From Around The World

Cavan McCarthy writes \"Nigeria has the distinction of being one of just 11 African nations to have more than 20,000 internet subscribers. South Africa has by far the highest proportion of surfers with Algeria, Egypt and Kenya also in the group.Home internet access is for the well off. The average cost of dial-up access is about £40 per month and cyber cafes, internet access is between 30p and 60p hour.Full Story

Lee Hadden writes: \"The Saudi News has an article about the banning of St. Valentine\'s Day
cards, toys, candy, etc., in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Red more about it at ArabNews.
While, The Scottish Episcopal Church is marking Valentine\'s Day by launching a book about sex. Read more about it at

Digital age turned librarians into information scientists

Mr. Stuff sent over This Story that says The Internet has made things a little more complicated for us.

\"We used to be able to tell people, \'We don\'t have that,\' \" she said. \"We can\'t do that anymore.\"

They say the Web has transformed the lives of traditional librarians, and we now now find ourselves seeking answers to questions on electronic databases, intranets and the less-than-organized World Wide Web.
Seems to be a bit of a \"we\'re overwhelmed\" tone to this one.


A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Rick writes \"
Playboy was selected because of its articles being referenced in certain academic topic searches, he said.

Full Story \"

Partly funded by student fees, Playboy magazine is available to students and any member of the community who purchases Sterling C. Evans Library cards for themselves and their children.
Sorry, no pictures in this one.

Budapest Open Access Initiative

Charles W. Bailey, Jr. writes \"The Open Society Institute (OSI) held a meeting on December 1-2 of last year that resulted in the creation of the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI). Self-archiving
and alternative journals are the two major strategies recommended by the BOAI. The
Open Society Institute has donated one million dollars per year for a three-year
period to support open access initiatives. See the BOAI Web Site\".

We also got advanced word of this from Steve Cisler.


Elementary and Secondary Schools: The Role, Challenges

Cabot writes \"Statistics Canada has prepared, for the National Library of Canada, an overview of school libraries in Canada.

\"Specifically, this report will examine information (both qualitative and quantitative), on library-related issues and concerns, elementary and secondary schools, school libraries, government spending, trends in enrolment and library finances. It will also provide an analysis of the availability and quality of current data sources for school libraries.\"

Full Report \"

At Last . . . An Understanding Look at Weeding

From the Victoria Times Colonist:

Judith Reid isn\'t surprised to hear from me. God knows, the district\'s head teacher-librarian has been hearing from a lot of people these days during her visits to Greater Victoria school libraries, all of them asking the same questions I\'m asking.

Such as: What\'s going on with all these books? How come you\'re throwing away thousands of them? Aren\'t there desperate children somewhere in the Third World who\'d give anything to get their hands on some of these?

Reid and many of her 51 fellow teacher-librarians in the district are in the midst of a major cull, weeding out any books deemed to be outdated, shabby, incorrect, racist, sexist, ageist or just plain neglected . . .


Why Computers Don\'t Belong in the Classroom has An Interview with Clifford Stoll.

He\'s an astronomer and pioneer Internet user. He expresses his doubts in a volume entitled High Tech Heretic: Why Computers Don\'t Belong in the Classroom and Other Reflections by a Computer Contrarian. He argues that instead of spending time in front of computers, youngsters need interaction with their peers and with their teachers. He argues that computing offers instant gratification instead of solving the real problems in American education which require interaction with teachers and improved discipline. In this interview the author talks about some of what he sees as the negative impacts of the high-tech revolution.



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