Librarian And Information Science News

E-Books Out of Print Already?

M.J. Rose writes...
On Friday, Palm Digital VP Mike Segroves showed off a mini e-book disk the size of a postage stamp. \"This holds 750 e-books and is practically weightless,\" Segroves said. As if on cue, a woman (we\'ll assume she was a librarian) weighted down with five shopping bags full of books, shuffled by. [more...] from Wired News.

E-Rate Head Resigns

Katie Dean writes...
\"The woman in charge of managing the e-rate -- the program credited with connecting America\'s classrooms to the Internet -- has resigned from her post.\" [more...] from Wired News.

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Winner of the 21st Century Librarian Award

Gillian Davis writes \"The winner of the 21st Century Librarian Award is Richard Chabran:

Announcement \"

Richard is Librarian and Director of Communities for Virtual Research at the University of California at Riverside.

Congrats Richard!

Knowledge Management—Emerging Perspectives

I forget how I found This One, but, Gene Bellinger has written an extensive and well cited look at Knowledge Management.

\"The question is: what is this activity called knowledge management, and why is it so important to each and every one of us? The following writings, articles, and links offer some emerging perspectives in response to these questions. As you read on, you can determine whether it all makes any sense or not.\"

Phone system offers help on social services

Kathleene sent along This Story from The St. Petersburg Times on a new way to contact social service agencies in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties (That\'s FL).

Just dial 211 and it\'ll connect you to someone who knows the network of agencies in the counties. They don\'t mention libraries in the article, but I would imagine you could get reffered to a library, maybe for some BiblioTherapy? At a cost of about $65,000 could a library set something like this up for itself? Maybe an academic library could set up an on-campus number?

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Sizing Up The Competition

I was working on rewriting the \"See Also\": page here at LISNews, and it occured to me that this would make a nice little story.

LISNews isn\'t the only place on the internet for L.I.S. oriented news. Now, I know you\'re thinking, \"But Blake, it\'s my favorite, and I\'m sure it\'s the best!\". Well... you\'re probably right, but, let\'s just give the others a chance, they are worth a read now and then...Read on to see what else the WWW has to offer!

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The Center for Studying Plagiarism

The Center for Studying PlagiarismThe goal of this web site is to help reduce the impact of plagiarism on education and educational institutions. At present, it distributes free software
to detect plagiarism and is gathering information on peoples’ experiences with plagiarism. The site’s author is Lou Bloomfield, Professor of Physics,
University of Virginia

Part One: Anonymous Survey of Personal Experiences with Plagiarism

Part Two: Software to detect plagiarism

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Filtering issue featured in CQ Researcher

Lois Fundis writes \"Our library just began a trial subscription to CQ Researcher and CQ Weekly\'s online databases, and just in time, too, apparently! The June 1, 2001, issue of CQ Researcher is on the topic \"Libraries and the Internet\" and discusses both sides of this issue in the balanced, evenhanded way CQ is known for.

And, in a section called \"Are Computers the Answer . . . To Libraries Preservation Problems?\", it touches on Nicholson Baker\'s favorite issue, that using technology to make information widely accessible now does not mean that it will be preserved for the future, though it also discusses librarians\' criticisms of Baker. \"

They have a WebSite, but it ain\'t free.

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NewBreed Librarian up for June.

There\'s a new issue of NewBreed Librarian up for June.

FEATURE: Somebody\'s lit a light under Sandy Berman\'s bushel!
INTERVIEW: Hector Escobar, Jr. talks about the Spectrum Initiative
TECHTALK: Open source software for libraries
PEOPLE: A librarian discusses his double life

And Much more, check it out!

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Nat\'l Book Awards to treat e-books as books (well... sort of)

The National Book Foundation has announced that e-books will be treated the same as other books in deciding the winners of the National Book Awards. Sounds wise, yes? So far, so good.

The rules also state that \"all e-books must be published in the United States.\" What does that mean, exactly? If a novelist sits in an Internet cafe in the United States while uploading her book to a web server, does that count? What if the author is a naturalized American citizen, born in Elbonia -- and the web server is also in Elbonia, but there\'s a mirror in the US?

Of course, there\'s another catch...

Tolerance? In a library?

There\'s a follow up Editorial (by a man who looks quite a bit like Santa) on that \"Christian Fiction\" section in Florida. Santa makes an interesting point when he points out labeling a group of books by subject is just as much help to those who don\'t want to read them as to those who do.

\"If Citrus folks ever get their underwear in a bunch the way some people from the Christian right in Spring Hill did a few years back over a gay-pride display in a local library, the current Christian Fiction display will be a fine tool for pointing out to them that the sword of diversity cuts both ways and that a library that encourages multiple points of view is a good thing.\"

More On Minneapolis Public Library Ruling

The MPL saga has been submitted by more than a few folks this week. It seems this NYTimes Story has the most information on the subject.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s ruled that the library, by exposing its staff to sexually explicit images on unrestricted computer terminals, may have allowed for a hostile work environment after 12 librarians filed a complaint.

\"Our downtown library became a club for a large number of men who were viewing pornography all day,\" Adamson, who has been a librarian for over 30 years, said in an interview. \"I\'d see these men at the door at 9 a.m. and some of them would still be there at 9 at night.\"

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A Moving Experience @ Your Library

I think we rean a story Like This One long ago.
Schoolchildren formed a chain three blocks long and passed book after book from the Thornville, OH old library to its new one yesterday morning. The 310 students hand-delivered about 800 books to the new library.

Next time I move into a new apartment I want to move this way! Any volunteers?

Book Thief Nabbed

Bob Cox forwarded this along from Jimmy D. McKee, Director, Caldwell County Public Library\"
\"Colleagues, Just wanted to let you know that the lady we suspect of purloining our books has been nabbed according to our local detective who was working the case. She had more than 2,000 books some of which she claims were purchased at yard sales. The detective says that they did find records on her computer where items had been sold. Most of the books are being held by the Hickory Police department and the lead detective there, Danny Stewart, said that they would be inventorying the books and contacting the libraries involved to see about getting your materials back and to see if you want to file a warrant. We did get an editorial in our local paper this morning chiding us for checking out so many books to one individual. It is evident that most of our policies are directed toward the honest users of our libraries and perhaps this was a warning for all of us to reassess our policies and procedures in some areas. With relative ease this lady checked out close to $50,000 worth of materials!\"

Confessions of a library scofflaw

Prague Post has an interesting Story written by a library scofflaw.

Just a fun look at how people feel about returning books late. I\'d also like to admit that I am a library scofflaw too. I always whip out my ALA card to avoid the fines (\"It\'s OK, I\'m a librarian\" I say), but it never seems to help. I\'m also a video rental scofflaw.

\"But, licking their chops, the clerks at the Municipal Library of Prague are not interested in discussing the fine points of overdue-book morality. Rules are rules. I am in need of reform, and the clerks at the return desk are ready to do the job.\"

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Christian books raise eyebrows

Florida\'s Lakes Region Library set up a display of
books titled \"Christian Fiction\" sitting near the check-out
desk with about 100 books. A patron raised a ruckos,
so they changed the name of the display to
\"Inspirational Fiction\". They even talk about how The
Library of Congress classifies \"Christian fiction\" books,
but, there is not an equivalent category for Buddhist
fiction or other types of religious fiction. She plans to file
a complaint in U.S. District Court against the county.
Full Story

\"We try to provide a broad diversity of viewpoints
and many types of subject matter,\" Rogers said. \"That
does not mean the library endorses those ideas. We
are a neutral provider of information, so you can come
in and select what you choose.\"

Library Stories Galore

A google of library stories from around the country all
sent in by the great Bob Cox!What about right to
stink?
from Idaho.

C
arnegie Library marks 100th birthday
in Pittsburg.
Related story, Three Carnegie libraries to get
makeovers

A horticulture library unlike any other in
Seattle. If you\'ve ever been to The Arboretum, you know
how nice it is! Miller
Library\'s
Web site

Resourceful library from a few miles down the
Thruway in Rochester, is a nice story on the public
libary that serves so well.

Rare books are city\'s quiet
treasure
in Cleveland.

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Academic Libraries Offer Live Web-Based Reference

Bernie Sloan has released his Preliminary Report on \"The Ready for Reference service\", a collaborative 24x7 live reference service being piloted by eight college and university libraries in the Alliance Library System in Illinois.

If you\'re interested in web-based reference work, this is a must read.

More information on the Ready for Reference project is available from the project Web site.

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Science world in revolt

Gaurdian Story on the ever growing journal boycott.

More than 800 British researchers have joined 22,000 others from 161 countries in a campaign to boycott publishers of scientific journals who refuse to make research papers freely available on the internet after six months.

\"Science depends on knowledge and technology being in the public domain,\" said Michael Ashburner

Librarians Claim Sexual Harassment, Hostile Work Environment Due to Net Porn

Michael Bartlett writes, \"Reaction is mixed on a preliminary finding by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that a group of Minneapolis librarians was exposed to a sexually hostile work environment because of pornography downloaded on library computers.\" [more...] from NewsBytes.

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