Submitted by Blake on January 8, 2002 - 11:22am
Bob Cox sent along This Salon.com Story on Google\'s restoration of digital history and how some packrat mentality [you may think of that as librarianship] and a mountain of decaying mag tapes brought back some old messages.
Oreillynet has another story, as seen on slashdot.
There seems to be no shortage of Other USENT History info out there as well.
Submitted by Blake on January 8, 2002 - 9:33am
Bob Cox pointed out Book Forager, they say \"Book Forager offers an easy way to find the kind of read you are looking for\".
It\'s a kind of wizard [not the D&D kind, but the install kind], that leeds you through choices, and finds a book based on what you entered.
You can choose things like, happy, sad, short, long, and so on.
Submitted by Blake on January 8, 2002 - 9:28am
Brynn passed along The Latest Word on the WA State library.
Gov. Gary Locke wants to shut it down in October as part of his plan to balance the state budget, which faces a $1.25 billion shortfall. And if the Legislature goes along with that proposal, as many as 134 full-time or part-time librarians could lose their jobs in a move that would save $5.5 million.
Submitted by Blake on January 7, 2002 - 8:19pm
Here\'s A Nice Little Story on all the nice things \"Friends\" do for libraries.
\"Libraries are so important to a community,\" Brown said. \"They give people a chance to read so many more books than they\'d be able to buy.\"
Submitted by Ryan on January 7, 2002 - 1:12pm
From the Washington Post:
Kids adore libraries. Where else can you find endless shelves filled with stories about curious monkeys, giant peaches, beanstalks and hungry caterpillars? The plastic library card and the responsibility of returning books on time is a rite of passage, one of many marking our entrance into the adult world.
Most adults, on the other hand, tend to favor the crisp, sanitized environs of chain book retailers, where one can flip through the latest John Grisham bestseller or fresh copies of Oprah-worthy selections while nursing coffee and biscotti.
I used to be among those latte-drinking, magazine-flipping masses, snubbing my modest neighborhood library until just a few months ago. Visions of musty stacks, an archaic Dewey Decimal System and intimidating librarians kept me from going, even though it\'s just half a block from my apartment . . .
Submitted by Blake on January 7, 2002 - 12:12pm
Marylaine passed along word that Rory got a mention in a Salon Story on Michael Moore\'s new book. Ann Sparanese, a librarian at Englewood Library in New Jersey gets the credit for starting the ball rolling.
\"When Michael Moore\'s publisher insisted he rewrite his new book to be less critical of President Bush, it took an outraged librarian to get it back in the stores.\"
Submitted by Blake on January 7, 2002 - 8:54am
americanpressinstitute and CNET both have year-end collections of stories on the dot.com bust, and how it has changed what we read for free on the web.
CNET notes To keep their businesses afloat, a number of dot.coms turned on the charm by giving advertisers just about anything they wanted, not a good sign.
Submitted by Blake on January 6, 2002 - 3:59pm
BusinessToday.com has a Sad Story on an unemployed librarian who is unable to find a job in her field with a salary to match what she had been earning previously, after being laid off. She made $65,000 a year at her previous job, and her husband just got laid off as well. She has taken a job as a field investigator for a company that performs background checks. She will begin earning $25,000 a year when she starts the job in February.
A fininacial planner provides some advice.
Submitted by Blake on January 6, 2002 - 2:58pm
ZWire is running This Story on the \"Series of Unfortunate Events\" series by author Lemony Snicket.
They say Snicket\'s \"Series of Unfortunate Events\" and Rowling\'s \"Harry Potter\" are becoming a tag-team of sorts as children go back and forth, reading and rereading the series. Both are accomplishing what few others could since Dr. Seuss - they\'re making reading cool.
Submitted by Blake on January 6, 2002 - 2:44pm
Here\'s a nifty site.
stopyourekillingme.com by Bonnie Brown, is a resource for the lovers of mystery, intrigue and suspense books. Stop! has hundreds of authors, with complete, chronological lists of their books in this sub-genre. This site has a straightforward format. The books are arranged by author, series character, and by date written.
Submitted by Ryan on January 5, 2002 - 11:47pm
. . . or so reports The Times\' Derwent May:
When it opened in November 1997, the exterior seemed rather disappointing. There were long, bare, pink brick walls, very dull, variegated only by pointless blank portholes and plum-jam- coloured surrounds. I do not think they have improved much with time. The real beneficiary of these outer walls has been St Pancras station, whose pinnacles loom up behind them, far more romantic for the contrast.
But the grandiose courtyard that is flanked by these walls has begun to work its magic . . .
Submitted by Ryan on January 5, 2002 - 11:32pm
An editorial on this week\'s unveiling of the few Reagan era records not suppressed by the Bush administration:
Suppose they gave a document drop and nobody came? Well, that almost happened here on Thursday when the Reagan Presidential Library, operating under the heavy thumb of the White House, with some fanfare released 8,000 documents from the Reagan years to show how open they intend to be in letting historians work with the raw material of their craft.
One journalist came. An Associated Press reporter scanned the 12 boxes that constituted the \"Inventory of Restricted Materials\" released a year late, because the new Bush White House has ordered that documents will not be seen if there are objections by the current president, the former president, or their relatives and lawyers . . .
Last week\'s document drop, probably put together hastily because of the bad publicity surrounding President Bush\'s locking up of public archives, was advertised as proof that historians and scholars would be \"pleasantly surprised\" by the importance of the papers and the liberal attitudes toward truth of our current leaders.
It turned out to be a joke . . .
More via Yahoo. A more optimistic assessment is, of course, available at Fox News.
Submitted by Ryan on January 5, 2002 - 11:22pm
Or tried to, anyhow - a flood of genealogists has swamped the servers of the UK\'s Public Records Office, which unveiled the online version of the census this week:
The growing fascination with family history came to the fore this week when an estimated 20m people attempted to access the newly launched online version of the 1901 census.
Designed to cope with just 1.2m visitors a day, the site effectively seized up with a couple of hours and within 24 hours had been withdrawn for a quick overhaul that the Public Records Office said would allow more people to log on.
Plans to put all Victorian census records online are also to be speeded up to meet the obvious demand from a public fascinated with when their relatives were born, married and died and how they lived their lives . . .
More from the Guardian.
Submitted by Ryan on January 5, 2002 - 11:14pm
From the Arabic News:
Egypt\'s First Lady Suzanne Mubarak on Thursday stressed that child culture no longer depended solely on books, but on other vehicles of knowledge in today\'s changing world.
The statements came in Mrs. Mubarak\'s word at the inauguration of the 18th Cairo International Children\'s Book Fair. . .
Mrs. Mubarak called on caring for child books and developing them and to focus on scientific books and simplified books that meet the needs of children.
Submitted by Blake on January 5, 2002 - 5:36pm
Submitted by Blake on January 5, 2002 - 3:16pm
SFGate and CNET both have stories on the California appeals court thatupheld the state\'s anti-spam law, ruling that it does not violate a clause of the U.S. Constitution.
California\'s anti-spam law requires unsolicited messages to include a viable return address or a toll-free phone number that recipients can use to tell the sender to stop sending documents. The statute also requires unsolicited e-mail to include \"ADV:,\" for advertisement, in the subject line of the message--or in cases where the advertisements relate to adult material, \"ADV:ADLT.\" Violating the law is a misdemeanor.
Submitted by Blake on January 5, 2002 - 2:18pm
Marilyn Geller writes: \"Please join us for this meeting which will take place on Sunday, January 20
from 4:30-6:00 @ ALA Midwinter in the Hotel Monteleone, Iberville Room.
Dale Flecker, Associate Director for Planning and Systems, Harvard
University Library will present an overview of work done on Harvard
University\'s planning grant sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to
study archiving electronic journals.\"
Submitted by Blake on January 5, 2002 - 2:15pm
Bill Drew writes \"The Department of the interior has been \" ... ORDERED that defendants shall immediately disconnect from the Internet all information technology systems that house or provide access to individual Indian trust data; and it is...\", the rest from Bill is below.
Lee Hadden Writes: \"The Los Angeles Times has an article about the impact of the closing
of most of the US Department of the Interior websites due to the order of a
trial judge in a civil case.
The article by Deborah Schoch.\"
Submitted by Blake on January 5, 2002 - 2:12pm
Bessie passed along an interesting looking story that I have been unable to find.
It originally appeared in the December 3, 2001 Information World Review, but is not to be found on the site.
They conducted a small survey to find out what some folks thought of the name \'Librarian\'. Was it good or bad, would a change of image help? The responses are more than a little interesting.
I\'ll post some of the story below, maybe someone can find it in the print version?
Submitted by Ryan on January 4, 2002 - 11:15am
An editorial from the London Evening Standard:
The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. Or so LP Hartley told us in the opening sentence of his novel The Go-Between, published in 1953. But we\'re now keener than mustard to catch hold of all our yesterdays.
Two days ago, the Kewbased Public Record Office was stunned by the overwhelmingly avid response to its decision to put the 1901 census on line (the most recent census released under the 100-year rule that protects individuals\' privacy). I\'m surprised at its surprise. The Public Record Office should have known that, these days, everyone wants to be a DIY historian . . .
More. The 1901 census data can be examined here, although as Ananova recently reported, heavy demand is making it difficult to use the site.