Libraries focus on new technology

MSNBC is running This One on how high tech new public libraries are.

They say now that we all have coffee, there is a new emphasis on upgrading technology at the nation’s 16,000 public libraries.

“Computers have always been one of the most popular things at the library,” says Liz Lancaster, director of Howard County Central Library in Columbia, Md. “Everyone was afraid when the Internet was introduced that people would stop coming to the library, but that hasn’t happened.”

Support for Librarian Recruitment

The American Library Association has a short story on their website about the announcement yesterday by First Lady Laura Bush that the President\'s 2003 budget will contain a request for $10 million to assist in the recruitment and training of librarians.

\"The President\'s initiative would provide scholarships to graduate students in library and information science, support distance learning technology for training programs in underserved areas, and recruit librarians with diverse language skills.\"


Welcome To Googleplex

USAToday has a Fun Story on Googleplex, the headquarters of Google, in Mountain View.

They say Google is is used by millions of viewers of \"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire\" and the statistics show spikes in usage after each question.

\"Scooters lean against walls. Big exercise balls are everywhere. Walk around and you\'ll see piles of roller hockey equipment, random toys, a bin offering 13 kinds of cereal including Lucky Charms, a wall mural of the company\'s history done in crayon, a spalike room marked by a sign that says \'\'Googlers massaged here\'\' and a cafeteria where gourmet meals are served by the former chef for the Grateful Dead.\"

Sure beats my office!


Science Fiction Citations for the Oxford English Dictionary

Researchers Mike Christie and Sue Surova are searching for citations of SF terms for the OED. You can contribute, too: if you have old SF stuff, be on the lookout for the word \'humanoid\' before 1940, or \'parallel universe\' before 1960, or \'UFO\' before 1953, or...

I\'m particularly curious to know if anyone other than Alfred Bester has ever used the term \'jaunt\' to describe self-teleportation. It doesn\'t have to be fiction -- just about any written source would do. Anyone have a citation?


57 Year Late Rare Book Return Better Then Never.

The daughter of a Penn State patron returned a rare book borrowed by
her father in 1944.  The library graciously waived the late fee. picked up the
AP story


Dhaka Book Fair Spotlights International Publishing

The lively Dhaka (Bangladesh) Book Fair is entering it\'s second week:

School debate, recitation, musical soiree and seminars on various aspects of reading among the public [has] made the festival one of superior standard . . . January 9 till 11 will feature three seminars on book reading at 4:30 in the evening. Entitled \'Hundred years\' library\', a discussion-based event would be held at 3:30 pm on January 12 where representatives of 14 different ancient libraries of the country are to attend.

The fair venue has simply become a wonder spot both for readers and authors as well for the publishing houses. Over the past few days any regular visitor could observe a massive cross-section of people swarming in with a wide variety of demand on books and literary publications, on a diverse range of topics and themes . . .

Stalls from Iran, India and Japan have pulled a major section every day and especially, the Iranian pavilion sponsored by the Embassy in Bangladesh could be regarded as a star attraction in the middle of the festive venue. Inclusion of multi-media based audio-visual unit seemed to bring elation in the whole atmosphere . . .

More from the Daily Star News.


Charity print-on-demand books

Wired Says
Cathi Stevenson is going to be offering nonprofit, or \"good cause,\" Canadian organizations such as schools, churches and sports teams a viable way to raise money through print-on-demand books. Once the concept catches on she will offer her services to organizations in the United States.
The story is a little light on the deails, but it seems like something with applications in the library world.
This may or may not be the company, I\'m not sure.


A Librarian\'s Alphabet

A Librarian\'s Alphabet is a fun little list of what letters go with what in the LIS world, by Denise Plourde.

A is for Access, a large part of our creed.
Z is for Libraries. (In LC classification!)

It goes from A to Z, though L is for Library instead of LISNews.


Libraries of the Future

\"Even though forecasting change is a highly questionable enterprise, this chapter is devoted to imaginations regarding possible futures of a smokestack information system (McKenzie, 1993) we once called \"libraries.\" What are we going to find when we visit in 2005? Will we still have library media specialists working in schools? Will they still work in spaces which students visit once each week in order to provide prep time for classroom teachers? Will there be even more feet of shelving to hold books? Will there still be books?\"

Libraries of the Future is a neat look forward from November, 1993, by Jamie McKenzie.


The Slippery Slope of Filtering

The October 6th. 1997 First Monday ran
Filtering the Internet in American Public Libraries: Sliding Down the Slippery Slope, by Jeannette Allis Bastian.
The use of filters to block those Internet sites that some public libraries and/or communities deem undesirable has caused an uproar within the profession as various viewpoints vie for ascendancy. The author examines positions taken by the American Library Association and others and reviews the choices and consequences of various filtering products. She concludes that libraries must retain responsibility for their offerings but also protect First Amendment rights


Merchandising @ Your Library

jen writes \"In Conversation with: Schlafly Library Regional Branch Manager Judy Bruce

This rebuilt library is supposed to be more like a bookstore - coffee shop, faced out books, lots of bestsellers, etc.

Judy Bruce says:\"We\'re doing a thing that we call \'merchandising\'. The appearance of the branch is much like you would see in Barnes and Noble or Borders. We have a lot of face-out displays. You\'ll notice all around the library there is a big window or a face out display; we don\'t have any just plain wall space. Even on the shelving and the ends of the bookcases were trying to display books, so people can see the covers, it\'s more attractive. If people pick up [a book], they take it. We really put a focus on displays. We try to make it all more visually appealing. There\'s also a focus on providing popular best sellers.\"

Good idea, or evil corporate influences sneaking into our libraries?


Information Literacy Roundtable Webcast Today

Learning Week will Webcast a roundtable discussion on information literacy today at 1:00 PM U.S. EST. Participants will be:

Karen Schneider, Coordinator of the Librarians\' Index to the Internet, and American Libraries Columnist

Ilene Rockman, Manager of the Information Competence Initiative for the Office of the Chancellor, The California State University

Nancy Hammeke, Executive Director, Abington Township Public Libraries, PA

Janice McNally, Lead Consultant for Colorado State Library sponsored LSTA Grant Project to revise the
Colorado Information Power Handbook

This \'cast will be available after the fact (along with previous ones) via the Learning Week archive.


Image of Female librarians

Bill Drew writes \"The image of the typical female librarian is changing. Baccardi has an ad in the Jan 31 issue of Rolling Stone opposite page 23. It says \"Librarian by Day - Baccardi by Night.\" It is good for a chuckle. \"

See also, Digital Image: the stereotype of the
female librarian and images of and by
librarians on the Internet, over at Warrior Librarian Weekly. This dissertation aims to look at the stereotype of the female librarian and images of librarians on the Internet.


A surprising lesson in digital content

Someone writes \"ZDNET Story on a company named NewsStand that delivers a digital version of the NYTimes and other, advertisements, classified ads, stock market listings and TV programs and all.
They say this could even have some far-reaching second-level impact on the content market and It shows us that we still have a lot to learn from printed publications, and that \"pure\" information isn\'t everything.



Collection Management Initiative

Laura Fosbender writes \"From October 2001 through September 2002, about 300 print journals, for which electronic access and publisher data are available, have been temporarily removed from the shelves of the nine campuses of the UC system.

During the course of the experiment, faculty and students will rely on the digital versions of these titles to meet their information needs.

The loss of NY\'s bookstores

Fiona writes \"Village Voice has an interesting article
on the death of independent bookstores in New York City at -
Rising rent seems to be the main reason for the closure of several stores.

\"Whatever the factors—rent spikes, chain domination, reading-allergic citizenry, publishers\' high price tags—it was hard for a bookstore lover not to notice all the closings in 2001. \"


The big get bigger: Reed expected to merge with Wolters

Geoff Harder writes \"According to the Sunday January 6, 2002
edition of The Observer: \"Reed Elsevier, the Anglo-Dutch publisher, and Amsterdam-based rival Wolters Kluwer are expected to merge by the end of the year, according to investment bankers.\" A lot of power in the hands of a very few... The full story can be found Here.\"

Kids and Civil Liberties

Val writes \"The Village Voice\'s Nat Hentoff waxes nostalgic off about Joe McCarthy and his John Ashcroft, and that pesky ol\' Bill of Rights.
Full Story \"

See also, On the Public\'s Right to Know , The day Ashcroft censored Freedom of Information.


The top ten reasons why the Internet still will not replace the public library

The top ten reasons why the Internet still will not replace the public library by Andy Barnett says don’t plan on closing your doors anytime soon. He gives ten reasons why the public library is here to stay.

The business of the Internet is entertainment, Increasingly, quality content will cost, and Text on paper has some widely ignored advantages are just a few.

UK 1901 Census Goes Offline

This story from BBC News is reporting that the Public Record Office has had to take the England and Wales 1901 Census offline for a week while they try to improve the computer systems in order to cope with the huge demand.
As this earlier story reported, it went live last week and promptly got an average of about 30 million hits per day while they had only designed the site for a \"generous estimate\" of 1 million per day. It\'ll be back in a week, hopefully sleeker and ready to face its users but until then, it\'s probably more helpful not to provide a link to it here!



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