Jailbird vs. Bookworm

Someone passed along This Story on a man that got arrested for overdue library books from a Marshall library.

Two romance novels he\'d checked out were due in February of 1999. They told him he had to post $100 bail immediately or go to jail. Mapleton Police Chief Richard Swartz confirmed that. Perhaps this took things a little too far?

\"I told that judge this was a joke and he agreed with me,\" Anderson said. \"How much did it cost to send those cops to my house, to have me come to court and to waste that judge\'s time listening to my case? Sure, the library got their $69 back, but how much did the taxpayers have to pay for it?\"

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The Empire that was Russia - Exhibition

The Library of Congress has used digital imaging technology to restore to their former glory the photographs taken at the turn of the century by Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky. The newly restored color photographs form the exhibition The Empire That Was Russia: the Prokudin-Gorsky Photographic Record Recreated. For more on this fascinating collection and work undertaken to restore it, see the full story from the International Herald Tribue.

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Library honored for defending freedom of speech

Wallingford Public Library has received an award from the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information for allowing white supremacist, Matt Hale, to speak there earlier this year. The leader of the World Church of the Creator attracted a crowd of protestors, and the library came in for some criticism but they maintained he had a \"constitutional right to be heard\". The full story from Bristolpress.com
Defending the rights of those you don\'t agree with can be the hardest thing about freedom of speech but it\'s nice to see a library\'s effort rewarded rather than criticized for once.

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New US Poet Laureate named

The Libarian of Congress has announced that the new Poet Laureate will be Billy Collins, professor of English at Lehman College, City University of New York. More from the International Herald Tribune.

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From Persia to Brooklyn

The New York Times review of the exhibit \"Precious Possessions: Treasures from the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary.\"

The library [houses] 375,000 volumes, including the largest collection of Hebraica and Judaica in the Western Hemisphere. . . they date from the 11th to the 20th century and come from all over the map: Persia, Italy, Egypt, Brooklyn. Almost every item has a story to tell or a name to drop. Want to see Maimonides\'s signature? Sigmund Freud\'s bookplate? A score written by Leonard Bernstein? They\'re here. And, of course, fragility is part of their allure: books and manuscripts are sensitive to light, which means they should not be on view for long.

Read the book, then discuss with author

USA Today has a Story on how more and more writers are trying to generate sales by connecting with reading groups either by phone or in person. It\'s great for the authors to connect with their fans and get feedback, cheers and jeers.

\"If I can talk to you for 400 pages, you should have the right to talk back to me for a paragraph,\" says Harlan Coben. The author of seven previous mysteries, his new thriller, Tell No One, hit stores Tuesday. \"It\'s easy to pretend you\'re jaded but I really get a kick out of hearing from readers.\"

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Computer ready to Cyc people out

The L.A. Times reports that an artificial intelligence system called Cyc (short for "encyclopedia") will make its public debut later this summer. Cyc has been in development for 17 years, and it seems to be able to conduct reference interviews of sorts.

The full story also summarizes A.I. history. By the way, the developers have taught Cyc that killing is worse than lying, so we won\'t have a HAL on our hands.

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The protest at the Marriott on Tuesday

Rory writes: \"The protest at the Marriott on Tuesday afternoon was a joyous event. It felt good to be there on the picket lines with the union members, supporting them. The words by President-elect Mitch Freedman, Michael Gorman, Pat Schuman and others were inspiring and made me very glad to be a part of it (rather than on the other side of the picket line, at the Inaugural event).

I put some photos on the web which I think capture the spirit of that afternoon. There are thirteen photos in all. They may take while to load if you have a dial-up connection. You can view them at:libr.org/Juice/pics/4.23/Marriott.html

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Children\'s Summer Reading Programs

janet clark writes \"\"Don\'t bug me...I\'m reading! Ne m\'embete pas..je lis!\" is the theme for this year\'s summer reading programme for young people in Nova Scotia. The province\'s nine regional public libraries encourage children to read during the summer months with a variety of activities related to a common theme. Last year\'s theme: \"Sail away with books/Cap sur la lecture\" (tied in with the visit of Tall Ships).library.ns.ca and click on Children and Youth Services for more info. \"

Britain\'s oldest subscription library to close

Charles Davis writes \"BRITAIN\'s oldest subscription library, established in the 18th century to educate lead miners and their families, is to close after being unused for three
years. See
Ananova \"

They seem to blame the influence of television and the internet for the steady decline in numbers.

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Corporate Cash & Campus Labs

The Christian Science Monitor has a story on ever growing university-corporate partnerships. There is no doubt corporate cash is undermining the credibility of research results.

They say the long-term risk ia a loss of public confidence that could permanently undermine support for universities.

I say it\'s something far worse.

.info will arrive by end of year

Wired reports that the .info domain will be ready to live by the end of this year. I think that libraries should get first shot at the domain names. I mean, .info is the perfect domain for what we do.\"On Wednesday, officials at Afilias, the registry charged with overseeing the rollout of dot-info, said they intend to take the domain live on Sept. 19. Although the tentative launch date is later than originally anticipated, it is earlier than the debut of the second new top-level domain, dot-biz, which is slated for October.\"

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More School Librarian Jobs on the Chopping Block

I remember when I went to library school, one of my professors said how much easier it would be to find a position in the school media branch of our profession than anywhere else, and how much more secure those positions were. It seems, however, that lately we\'re reading an awful lot to contradict that. Here\'s another one.

Libraries, as Sanctuaries of the Written Word in Various Forms

James Carooll writes...
\"We live in a time in which the act of reading is undergoing a major shift, the book yielding to the electronic screen as a main medium of the written word. The efficiencies of screen-based information conveyance are wondrous, but it is not clear yet what the effect of this shift will be on consciousness or on contemplative reading itself. That state of mind, not the object that enables it, is what humans have treasured for centuries.\" [more...] from The Boston Globe.

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Hate Reading Books? It\'s in the Genes

Hoser Yahoo was one place with a story on This Study that isn\'t exactly library related, but I can\'t resist.

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology ran a study called \"The Heritability of Attitudes: A Study of Twins\". They studied the genetic basis of individual differences in attitudes in twins. The study found that genetic factors accounted for 35 percent of the variation in attitudes, while environmental factors accounted for 65 percent.
And, yes, this included reading.

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Nicholson Baker on the Air

Nicholson Baker was interviewed about Doublefold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper this afternoon on the inimitable KCRW\'s show \"Bookworm.\" The show should be available as a Real Audio file from the \"Bookworm\" site sometime in the next few days.

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Wonderful Us

janet clark writes \"In case you missed this (as I did) when the book was first published: Public libraries, ladybugs, pad Thai, and the clothesline are among \'Seven Wonders\' written about by John C. Ryan in _Seven wonders: everyday things for a healthier planet_, Sierra Club, c1999, 1-57805-038-3. \"Nobody ever built a library to save an endangered species, but that\'s one of things libraries do best,\" says Ryan in his essay in praise of public libraries. The essay includes several useful (citable) statistics and provides another angle on the value of libraries.

You can find out about the book at northwestwatch.org, though the public library essay doesn\'t seem to be there.
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New Cites & Insights Ready To Roll

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large v. 1 no. 7 (July 2001) is now
available, ready to be retrieved from the CI:CAL home page.

This issue is 18 pages and includes:

* ALA in San Francisco: A Few Quick Notes
* PC Values: July 2001
* Where I Stand: For the Children
* Trends and Quick Takes: five items
* Press Watch I: 17 items!
* Feedback and Following Up
* Ebook Watch: Catching Up, Part Two
* Bibs & Blather
* Press Watch II: four items.

Review Watch will definitely appear in the next issue...

\"The Architecture of Democracy\"

The Boston Globe\'s review of the Boston Public Library\'s new branch in Allston:

The paucity of books is an index of the way libraries are changing. They are, increasingly, community centers. Art galleries, children\'s storytelling areas, gardens, and meeting rooms become as important as book stacks. The meeting rooms are venues for the kind of healthy community activism that influenced the design of the Allston library in the first place. And of course, libraries now are centers for other kinds of information, with free computer work stations. I still think they should have a lot more books. But as a building, Allston is a triumph of what you might call the architecture of democracy.

SF&F Writers Back Captain America Claim

jen writes \"Full Story

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced that it has joined several other literary groups supporting Captain America creator Joseph H. Simon\'s effort to reclaim his copyright from Marvel Comics. The SFWA joined the Authors Guild Inc., the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the National Writers Union, Novelists Inc., the Society of Children\'s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Text and Academic Authors Association in an amicus curiae brief supporting Simon\'s claim. \"

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