Powells Bookstore

Lee Hadden writes: \" Yesterday\'s Wall Street Journal had an article by Susan Hauser, \"Out
of Print? Not Walter Powell: Some Say the Bookseller\'s Ghost Still
Circulates in the Stacks of the Store He Founded\" January 24, 2002, page
A16, that discusses the haunting of the Portland, Oregon, bookstore. This
is the world\'s largest independent new and used bookstore, and the founder,
Walter Powell, died in 1985.
\"A few marriages have been celebrated in the stacks, and at least one
loyal customer lies dead there, though well out of reach. His ashes are
interred, at his request, in the stylized pillar that graces the northwest
entrance to the store... On the four sides of the base of the pillar is
written in Latin the philosophy that drives Powell\'s: coeme librum, lege
librum, carpe librum, vende librum (Buy the book, read the book, enjoy the
book, sell the book).\"
Ghosts in the library or bookstore are a frequent topic of discussion
in hotel bars late at night at library conventions. I also tell my
non-library friends that we pre-dated the \"slasher\" movies. We have
\"Cutter\" stories. What\'s your Cutter number? Boo.

See: powells.com or WSJ.\"


\'Harry Potter\' Prompts Police Boycott

If this is true it is about the stupidest thing I have ever read.

The police department in Penryn, PA has refused to direct traffic at a YMCA triathlon because it says the club promotes witchcraft by reading Harry Potter books to children.

``I don\'t feel right taking our children\'s minds and teaching them (witchcraft),\'\' Fichthorn said. ``As long as we don\'t stand up, it won\'t stop. It\'s unfortunate that this is the way it has to be.\'\'

Yahoo News says it\'s a A volunteer group that directs traffic at fire scenes.


Enron Investigation Primary Source Documents

A useful collection of primary source documents re: the Enron investigation from FindLaw Legal News.

Thanks to wood s lot.


Studying Digital Library Users Over Time: A Follow-up Survey of <i>Early Canadia

I hope this isn\'t a re-post:

This paper reports the findings of a second user survey of a digital library collection of Early Canadiana materials. The main purpose of the study was to investigate whether the user group or the nature of use had changed since the first survey conducted a year earlier. As in the first survey we also wanted to gather feedback on satisfaction levels and suggestions for improvements to the Early Canadiana Online (ECO) site. A new section was added to the second survey to explore the use of ECO in teaching and research. Overall, findings showed that the user group and nature of use of the materials were remarkably similar to the first survey. Enthusiasm for ECO remained high but many of the requests for changes to existing features and the suggestions for enhancements to the site were the same as those in the first survey. The survey revealed that respondents who used ECO for teaching and research differed from other respondents in a number of ways. We close by discussing the implications of these findings for digital libraries in general and the value of studying digital library users over time.

More from InformationR.net.


Cincinnati Area Library Use at Record Levels

From the Cincinnati Post:

People in Greater Cincinnati are using the library in unprecedented numbers. They checked out a record 13.8 million items from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County last year, up 3.6 percent from 2000, which also was a new high.

A third of those were something besides traditional books - videos, CDs, DVDs, or books on tape.

That doesn\'t count the 28 million hits on the Hamilton County library\'s Web site or research done on the library\'s 201 computer terminals, a number that will triple this year . . .


Book lovers fail to click with e-pages

Gerry writes \"More ebook stuff from Christian Science Monitor..... so are ebooks the future, a bad idea, or a not-yet-and-not-like-this phenom? Depends who you talk to, what you read..... also addresses the idea of electronic and print on demand publishing -- freedom from the corporate editor-agent establishment or a flood tide of unmitaged crap? You decide (if you have the time).....

Full Story \"

Big Ten +2 Team up on Ebooks

The Chronicle of Higher Ed Says The CIC Schools have teamed up in an e-publishing venture that aims to put hundreds of scholarly books in electronic form. They\'ve each committed from $50,000 to $100,000 to develop a prototype for the joint e-publishing venture, that seems light on details.

They hope to one day offer all of their books in electronic form in a version that could be linked to a joint online library catalog. The university presses publish about 1,000 new books each year.

Taking a Peek at Potter II

From The New York Post via Fox News, Bill Hoffman writes...

\"Here\'s a peek at the next Harry Potter film, and it shows that the boy wizard is going to have a little competition in the love department. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets features a dashing new character named Professor Gilderoy Lockhart. The golden-haired Lockhart comes to the Hogwarts School to teach a class in \"Defense Against the Dark Arts.\" And Harry\'s pal Hermione promptly develops a crush on Lockhart, much to the teen\'s chagrin. The professor will be played by handsome Shakespearean actor Kenneth Branagh, 41, whose past loves include Helena Bonham Carter and ex-wife Emma Thompson. The next film, which reportedly is due out Nov. 15. Potter No. 2 is a darker tale of good versus evil in which Harry returns for his second year at Hogwarts to find pupils mysteriously turning to stone.\" More


How the Wayback Machine Works

oreillynet.com tells us how How the Wayback Machine Works.

There are 10 billion Web pages, collected over five years, they say a book is a megabyte, and the Library of Congress has 20 million books, that\'s 20 terabytes. The total gathering speed when everything is moving is about 10 terabytes a month, or half a Library of Congress a month.

\"How big is 100 terabytes? Kahle, who serves as archive director and president of Alexa Internet, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon.com, says it\'s about five times as large as the Library of Congress, with its 20 million books.\"


Forever Returns to Library Shelves Amid Controversy

An Illinois school district has voted to reinstate \"Forever\" onto its library shelves. The popular novel by Judy Bloom was banned for its sexual content. The reinstatement comes at the dismay of some. One woman, who disagrees with the move, is quoted as saying, \"I think we\'ve given to our children Satan in a handbasket with a ribbon tied to it.\" No word on whether those opposed to the book intend to pursue its removal. More


Kid\'s Tale Takes Both Book of the Year & Children\'s Book of the Year Awards

A Children\'s book has made history in London, UK. The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman, a children\'s fantasy book, went up against the mainstream adult market and emerged as the judges choice, winning both the \"Book of the Year Award\" and \"Children\'s Book of the Year Award\" at the same time. More from This London.
There is also another story Here.


Questia lays off more

steven bell writes \"

This comes from Library Stuff.
Full Story
- Questia Media down to 28 workers. - \"Another round of layoffs at online library and academic research firm Questia Media has reduced the company to a skeleton crew of about 28 workers, just enough to maintain its Web site. About 40 workers were laid off last week without severance pay, sources say, when it became clear plans for another round of investment cash wouldn\'t materialize. The company previously raised more than $135 million and at one time employed over 300 workers, but has had several rounds of layoffs beginning last spring.\"


Best of chi-web & sigia-l

Scott Berkun has cobbled together a Best of chi-web & sigia-l page.

The chi-web and sig-ia mailing lists are two email based discussion groups on the topics of web usability, design and human computer interaction (the later with a heavier emphasis on information architecture).

Using the archives for each mailing list, he\'s compiled a list of the summary postings from useful threads, and a few personally selected favorite postings. The list is not an exhaustive list of summary postings. Just the ones he found most salient and valuable for reference.

Has anyone done this for any librarian lists?

Oprah, Bill Gates and the Future of Books

MSNBC has a Story on two troubling aspects of modern book publishing. The first is that many contemporary writers are perpetually insecure about who is actually reading them. The second and more disturbing fact is that Oprah Winfrey can control the fate of so many copies of a book.
It\'s an interesting look at how things work in the industry.


Collection letter sent to a 9-year-old

Bob Cox points out, A nine year old got a letter from a collection agency saying her account had been turned over to it and she was expected to pay the fine immediately. Her mother refused to pay the fine or to let her daughter pay it with her own money.

She said she is outraged that the Bethel Park library would sic a collection agency on a child and she believes the fine - based on Bethel Park\'s $2-per-day late fee on audio visual material - is excessive. She said she told library officials the only way she would pay the fine was if she got to keep the CD, an offer they refused.

Full Story

\"People think that taking library books and not returning them is no big deal. But libraries are paid for with taxpayer money. They belong to the taxpayers,\" said Marilyn Jenkins, director of the Allegheny County Library Association.

The Quiet In The Library

The CSMonitor says competition from the Internet and electronic databases, have thrown the quiet world of the college library into a state of flux.

They say Legislators and even college administrators are looking for proof that libraries still matter to students, who would rather use a search engine than hike to the library for a book.

Does anything outside of Beer and Football matter to most students?

Yahoo to put price on searches

CNET Says Yahoo! plans to unveil a pay-per-view search product tomorrow.

Dubbed \"Yahoo Premium Document Search,\" the service is designed to expand on an existing agreement with search technology provider Northern Light, which last year created a premium search engine for Yahoo\'s corporate clients.

I\'m not sure if they knew Northern Light Was Bought or not when they annouced this.


Once-Trustworthy Newspaper Databases Have Become Unreliable and Frustrating

Chronicle.com has a Story that says The New York Times Company v. Jonathan Tasini and related cases have perhaps permanently changed electronic databases.

Almost 20 years\' worth of newspaper history, a vital source of information for those studying history, politics, society, the media, and other subjects, is shot through with more holes than a block of Swiss cheese.


Happy Birthday Weekly Reader

jen writes \"
The Weekley Reader turns 100.

100 years since its debut in an earlier guise, Weekly Reader has reached and shaped
children who went on to shape the world. To help celebrate its centennial, several famous names have responded to the Reader\'s request for testimonials on its impact on them as children. \"

Full Story

ALA Announces Award-Winners

ALA has just announced the winners of the Newbery Medal and
the Caldecott Medal, as well as other book awards for children and
young adults.
The Newbery goes to A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park, and the
Caldecott was won by David Wiesner\'s The Three Pigs.
You can read the press release here.



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