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\"Preselection is one of those organizing principles -- like Oedipal conflict or right-wing conspiracy -- that seem, the minute you hear them, to make disparate phenomena fall into an understandable pattern. Oprah\'s Book Club, for instance, has had more influence on American literature than Lionel Trilling and Ralph Waldo Emerson combined. It\'s so popular because Winfrey is saying, \"This is a good book. Go and read it.\" \"
A couple of eBook stories-
One from Techweb.com that says the future is looking eBook-less.
\"My feeling now is that unless they improve their platforms, nobody\'s going to be reading these damn books,\"
Wired has a Story on how the new administration here in the USA will be handling the internet. Check out the National Academy of Sciences report -
Tools and Strategies for Protecting Kids from Pornography and
Their Applicability to Other Inappropriate Internet Content. Dubbya is likely to come down on internet free speech.
\"If you\'re a child, have a computer and know how to type, you can access anything you want on the Internet,\" Donnerstein said. \"The question is, what does this material do? What effects does it have?\"
The Friday updates for this week include industrial action down under, tower collapse, Internet book lending, books about books, University cuts resources, library visions, outdaded books, and much, much, much more. Have a nice weekend. -- Read More
Search Engine Guide has this really strange article about a man who was having a heart attack, jumped on Dogpile did a boolean search, and saved his own life. Who said that Internet was bad for you.\"While doing homework for a class at Sinclair Community College, Mr. Russell found himself facing an adversary even more dangerous than Simon Bar Sinister; chest pains. As the pains quickly became severe and a terrible pressure grew in his chest, Mr. Russell became concerned. He decided to launch a search on Dogpile to help him track down a list of heart attack symptoms to see if they matched what he was feeling. Relying on Dogpile\'s ability to handle Boolean search commands, Mr. Russell typed \'symptoms and \"heart attack\"\' to help him pinpoint the life saving information he needed fast.\" -- Read More
Just in case you needed another reason not to use Amazon, here is an article in the New York Times about their efforts to prevent their workers from unionizing. (You may have to register to read the article, but that\'s free.) The article is a couple of weeks old, and newer stories are probably available, but I liked this one. If you want to get your books from a union shop, the place to go is Powell\'s, a great bookstore with a huge physical presence in Portland, OR. (Largest used book store west of the Mississippi, with lots of new books too.) You can get most things there. It\'s always my first stop when I\'m looking for a book.
Teri Ross Embrey writes \"It is becoming an increasingly wireless nation with recent reports predicting wireless growth to be significant for 14-25 years olds. So it is no suprise that for an article on wireless for IT Executives Information Week that the highlighted IT executive came from an Orland Park high school. Are libraries next? \"
December 13, 2000 (That\'s TODAY!)
1:00-4:00 p.m. EST
UCITA, the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act, is a proposed
state law that seeks to create a unified approach to the licensing of
software and information. Two states--Maryland and Virginia--have passed
UCITA, and it will be under consideration in many other states in the near
future. Several aspects of UCITA pose problems for higher education and
If anyone else is going, and would like to report in the conference, please let us know!
I would love to hear what people think of this! -- Read More
Here is an interesting little tidbit by Ananova about a public library in Tennessee publishing the names of patrons who have overdue materials in the local paper. Now, I have always wanted to see my name in the newspaper, but not this way. I hope they are not printing the names of the books that these delinquents have out\"The Lawrence County Public Library, in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, published a notice containing more than 100 names of people who have failed to bring their books back.
And the strategy appears to be working, because some books which had been out of circulation for up to two years, have been returned.\" -- Read More
COLLIB-L, the listserv of the ACRL College Libraries Section, is giving us a lot of good material here at LISNews. As a sort of a sequel to my article in Library Juice 3:27, Questioning Questia, I published (with permission) a thread of discussion on that listserv about Questia, the virtual library product that will bypass academic libraries themselves and go straight to the student. (You don\'t need a musty, crusty old institution, fork over your beer money and get your books in e-form, all set for cutting and pasting!) I\'m worried about Questia and I hope they change their business plan and become a vendor to libraries.
What do you think?
COLLIB had an interesting discussion recently that was set off by a simple job announcement. Someone was having a bad day and responded to the announcement with a rather spirited series of questions that set off the usual \"librarians are underpaid\" thread that we\'ve all seen about a million times now, but this one was interesting because people started to discuss not the lack of pay, but the lack of candidates for job openings. With articles like Where have all the Librarians gone shedding some light into the new world of the MLS, it seems obvious we are in the midst of a change in our profession, or at the very least, we are faced with an increase in career options. I started to think, are library schools spitting out too many librarians? With fewer graduates wouldn\'t salaries go up?
Librarians are underpaid, we all know that, is this causing graduates to move into other areas of work with an MLS?
More... -- Read More
Here is a summary of a speech given by Clifford Lynch entitled \"Internet2: What does it mean for Libraries and Librarians?\". If you don\'t know what the I2 is, this is a good place to start to learn about it. You can also learn more at Whatis.com
\"Internet2 is a collaboration among more than 100 U.S. universities to develop networking and advanced applications for learning and research. Since much teaching, learning, and collaborative research may require real-time multimedia and high-bandwidth interconnection, a major aspect of Internet2 is adding sufficient network infrastructure to support such applications.\"
I\'m not sure of the source on this one, but I found a Librarians Job Information page. It may be useful for someone. Includes the following:
There is no date on This article at ProLifeInfo but at some point in the past the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library rejected the book \"Killer Angel\" on the grounds it is \"Too Political\". They say the ALA stood behind this decision.
\"When told of the ALA\'s stand on the controversy, Grant responded, \"Their position is simply Orwellian. In the name of intellectual freedom, they man the barricades anytime someone suggests the removal of child pornography from a library, but if anything conflicts with their political agenda, then censorship imposed by the library hierarchy is completely acceptable. They\'re encouraging libraries to set up their own Politburo to test books for political correctness.\"
Another google find is Librarians and Gifted Readers by Debbie Abilock.
\"Gifted readers comprise a unique population whose advocates should be librarians. Influenced to some extent by both biology and culture, gifted readers display a complex understanding of written language, knowledge of one or more subjects, and masterful control of a number of skills that allow them to navigate effectively through various texts. While gifted readers always show linguistic intelligence, other intelligences are invoked in response to the demands of particular texts. The cognitive characteristics associated with gifted children interact with specific aptitudes, intelligences, and strategies to create a \"final, integrated performance,\" much like that of a gifted violinist, that can bestow life-long pleasure and rewards to both the performer and our society.\"
I was Googling this morning, looking for Librarian Gifts and I stumbled upon Librarians as Enemies of Books by Randolph G. Adams. It\'s an old \"Library Quarterly\" article on a number of issues in librarianship. It\'s worth the read just for the style of writing.
\"There is no need to view with alarm the evolution of the modern librarian.\"
New on the SRRT International Responsibilities Task Force web site, a Resolution on the Draft ALA International Relations Agenda from the 2000 annual conference. ALA released its proposed international relations agenda, and SRRT members, being the conscience of ALA (and I don\'t mean that ironically), responded with a very thoughtful resolution which said the things that needed to be said. Will the right people listen? I hope so.
What do you think?
\"As we wire America\'s children to the Internet, we are inviting these dirt bags to prey upon our children in every classroom and library in America,\" he says. \"Parents, taxpayers, deserve to have a realistic faith that this trust will not be betrayed.\"
Time.com has An Article from Stephen King. He is quite frank about what he did wrong, and the lessons he learned from his great experiment. He makes several interesting points, the most interesting was how very few media analysts bothered to talk about the story itself.
\"My mamma didn\'t raise no fools.