Rights v. Rights - when copying is not copying

Rights v. Rights may be slightly dated, but it\'s still worth a read. From the 64th IFLA General Conference, in 1998, \"This paper highlights the copyright barriers that can arise for visually impaired readers in the context of the \"Information Society\". It starts by enunciating certain basic rights which set the backcloth for the ensuing discussion. The historical setting of the pre-electronic era is briefly described. Recent ground-breaking legislation is then summarised. The author then details some of the new copyright issues posed as a result of the opportunities opened up by information technology. Finally, the paper reviews some of the ways in which legislators have begun to address these new questions.

An Essay on Professional Ethics

This Essay, by Ralph L. Sanderson,
briefy examines the topic of professional ethics. He examines both the broad concepts and issues involved before focusing on ethics and the library and information management profession. He says As \'professionals\', librarians have adopted, through their governing associations, their own ethics or \'rules of correct and honorable conduct\'. The respective library associations of the United States, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand have all adopted similar (if not identical) ethics.


XreferPlus Digital Reference Service Launched for Libraries

Paula Hane writes...

\"For the past 2 years, searchers have had Web access to about 50 ready-reference sources from xrefer.com. Now, the company has officially announced the launch of xreferplus, its new subscription reference service for libraries www.xreferplus.com. The free site is still available www.xrefer.com. It offers general reference works—encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and books of quotations—and a range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy and literature to law. There are over 1 million entries. The cross-referencing technology connects related information across all the works and has generated an additional network of over 5 million xreferences.\" More


The Library - Coming to a Mall Near You

There\'s a new library in town and it\'s at the mall. The city of Bellevue, WA has opened The Library Connection in order to better serve an increasingly diverse population. People view this new fangled approach to the library as positive. The Library COnnection at the mall is even credited with bringing down the local crime rate. More


Enid Blyton Goes Politically Correct

Michael Owen Brown writes...

\"Political correctness has led to ethnic cleansing in the Enchanted Wood. In new Australian editions of Enid Blyton\'s famous children\'s books, golliwogs no longer inhabit the world of The Magic Faraway Tree.
They have been replaced by teddy bears, with computer art programs used to change the faces from the original illustrations. Another famous Blyton character, Dame Slap, has had to curb her penchant for violence against children.
She is now known as Dame Snap and administers discipline with caustic comments rather than corporal punishment. The changes were forced upon Australian publisher Hinkler Books by Chorion Intellectual Property, owner of the rights to Blyton\'s works since 1996.\" More from The Advertiser.


ACLU censorware follow-up Export Report

Seth Finkelstein writes \"The ACLU has released a [PDF] Follow Up Report concerning the
flaws of censorware.
This has further censorware criticisms and is a rebuttal to some pro-censorware material.

This is the expert witness rebuttal report of Benjamin Edelman from the Multnomah County Public Library V. United States of America.


DCMA and Libraries

K. Matthew Dames is the Resident Librarian at Georgetown University Law Center’s has written \"Court Decisions Tilt DMCA Balance Away From Libraries, Users
\" over at LLRX.

He says that there is an advancing trend in which Congress, copyright owners and the courts narrow consumers\' speech and copyright rights in the digital age.


A History of Books and Those Who Love Them

Henry Wessells writes...

\"Patience & Fortitude is a new journey into the world of rare books and book collecting by the author of A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books. This time Basbanes gives an account of his meetings with a broad spectrum of librarians, booksellers and private collectors in travels throughout the United States and Europe.\" More from The Miami Herald.


Red Cross and Library Team Up for Troops

For the Herald Mail (MD) Kimberly Yalowski writes...

\"U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia will receive a piece of home thanks to employees of the Washington County library system and the local branch of the American Red Cross.
Library and Red Cross employees stuffed care packages with water bottles, squeezable stress relievers, toothpaste, shower gel, soap, pens, snacks, gum and paperbacks.\" More


Geoffrey Bill Obituary

Lee Hadden writes: \"Geoffrey Bill was librarian and archivist of Lambeth Palace Library from
1958 to 1991. The most notable and successful of modern Lambeth
Librarians, he was, as he liked to recall, only the fourth to hold that
office in a century and a quarter.

He was active too in the Friends of the National Libraries and on the
Gladstone Diaries committee, and was responsible for founding the Church
of England Record Society, on whose activities he kept a benevolent eye.
His achievements were publicly recognised in 1983 by his Lambeth DLitt and
his fellowship of the Royal Historical Society, and in 1984 by his
election as a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He was appointed OBE
in 1991.

Read more about this interesting British librarian in the December 14, 2001 issue of the Times.\"


Homeless problems at Seattle Public Library

Someone writes \"The Seattle Weekly
has A Story
on the problems caused by large numbers of homeless using the temporary downtown library. \"

\"On some days, you can walk through the place and 80 or 90 percent of the people will be homeless,\"

See Also: Homeless Troubles in Boston, sent in by Don Warner Saklad

Censorship in France?

Eric Fenster sent this via email:

\"A small (96 pages) book, and not just any book, is in danger of being censured in France. The title is: \'Vos papiers! Que faire face à la police?\' (Your
papers! What to do when confronted by the police?) - It was recently published by the French magistrates\' union (Syndicat de la magistrature). The book simply tells citizens (and others) what their rights are
when there is an ID check, arrest, and so on.

Authorities Drop Charges Against Sklyarov in Exchange for Testimony

Many librarians and opponents of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) are rejoicing at the news that charges have been dropped against Russian hacker Dmitry Sklyarov for violation of copyright laws. If convicted, he could have spent 5 years in prison and been fined $500,000.More from Wired News.

Most Inflammatory Issues are the Library\'s Greatest Strength

Susan Fuller has written a lecture on the changing face of librarianship, and how libraries are perceived by the public. More


Out of the Mouths of Babes: Libraries of the Future from the Kids\' Perspective

Everyone always asks librarians, students, and library staff how they perceive the future of libraries? Someone has decided to ask the kids, who are truly the future of the library. The answers are creative, some are entertaining, but they are all honest. See what kids from around the world have to say Here


An OK Christmas for books

An article in today\'s Chicago Tribune says that strong sales after Thanksgiving have dissipated a lot of economic gloom from the book industry.

AAP President Patricia "Snidely Whiplash" Schroeder is quoted as saying that books are like lipstick. But we librarians have known that for a while.


Live Tarantula Found in the Stacks at ISU

Imagine going into the stacks and discovering a tarantula. It happened at the Indiana State University. According to the American Tarantula Society (you knew there had to be one), Tarantula\'s are not dangerous to humans. The library is, however, still concerned that there may be \"hatchlings\" lurking somewhere.

The Librarian and the Monster Cat

The Librarian and the Monster Cat: A True Story of Sailing Adventure (the July 2001 editorial in Sailnet) is about a \"50-year-old female librarian at a middle school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, [who] sails across the Atlantic Ocean on one of the monster catamarans that competed in The Race, as a crewmember on one of the biggest, fastest, most complex and dangerous sailboats in the world!\"


Picture Book Librarians

Matthew Heintzelman\'s article Children\'s Picture Books with Librarians and Libaries: An Annotated Bibliography investigates the images and stereotypes of librarians as found in picture books.

He discovers that
\"librarians are often judged on the basis of their ability to connect with their respective communities. Perceptions of the librarian as aloof, shy, bookish, authoritarian, fragile, etc., are so ingrained into the popular psyche that their image--and that of libraries--in popular culture is rarely varied\".

Here\'s the story of Library Lil:
\"A small-town librarian converts the residents to reading books. When confronted by a hostile motorcycle gang, she turns out to be physically strong enough to defend her library. In the process, she converts the motorcycle gang into readers, and develops a special relationship with the gang\'s leader.\"
(This comes under the heading \"Librarians and Control\", of course.)


Does British Government\'s New Library Standards Axe the Root of Their Culture?

According to an article in The Spectator,The British government has issued a new Public Library Standard, which requires libraries to completely purge their stacks over the next 8.5 years. According to Julia Lewis, \"The government is forcing libraries to sell, and sometimes pulp, great works of literature in the name of vibrancy and multiculturalism. Among the books being thrown out are those that represent the best of English and American writing, as well as translations of European classics and works by contemporary authors. The government’s policy is well-meaning but misguided.\" More


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