U.S. Hearing on Intellectual Property Due Soon

Thanks to Cryptome:

The Federal Trade Commission announces public hearings beginning in January 2002 on ``Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy.\'\' The hearings will focus primarily on the implications of
antitrust and patent law and policy for innovation and other aspects of consumer welfare. Copyright and trademark issues as they arise in particular high-tech contexts also may be considered . . .

The knowledge-based economy has grown in economic significance over the past few decades. It is increasingly important that competition and intellectual property law and policy work in tandem to support and encourage ongoing innovation underlying that economy. Policies for both
competition and intellectual property raise legal and economic questions that are substantially interlinked . . .

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One Argument Against Offering Coffee: Lawsuits

As if spillage wasn\'t enough . . .

An Owings Mills (MD) coffee company is suing the Howard County Library and the county government for picking the Daily Grind to manage its two library cafes, alleging that the Grind falsified information in its bid proposal and library officials didn\'t properly check into the business.

Straight From Seattle Espresso Inc., which operates 10 sites in Washington and Baltimore, wants the library system to start the bidding over again.

\"You have to play by the rules, and you have to disclose all that\'s asked for,\" said Matthew McCauley, who owns the company with his wife, Ashley . . .

More from the Baltimore Sun.

Comic Relief

Lubbockonline has a Story on how libraries across the country are beginning to build graphic novel collections because of their popularity and high circulation rates.
Is this a case of building circ numbers at any cost? Is a librarians job to circulate more stuff, give people what they want, or take the high road and stick with educational materials only that will enrich and improve peoples lives?

\"But you want to talk about do they circulate? Yes, they do. Every day people check out the display. I have people say to me, \'I wish we had this in my library when I was a kid,\' and that\'s the most gratifying thing for me to hear.\"

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A Challenging Future Awaits Libraries Able to Change

Dlib has This One.

\"The future for academic and research libraries can be an exciting and challenging one, at least for those libraries that are both able and open to change. This article presents highlights from the sixth International Summer School on the Digital Library held in 2001. Two of the three courses that comprised this year\'s summer school focused on roles for libraries in education and electronic publishing. The other course focused on managing the actual change process towards a new kind of library.\"

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Recent books praised by Salon[.com]\'s critics

Hermit ;-) writes \" Salon\'s recommended book list is culled from the salon.com/books section from the last year.
A subsection, their special Sept. 11 book list is primarily brief reviews but includes some in depth reviews as well as interviews with authors.
For academics looking for an immediate textual fix, NAP.edu has 26 full text books on \"Terrorism and Security Collection about the science and policy issues surrounding terrorism and security\" that can be read online. \"

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The Evolution of Media Librarianship: A Tangled History

From Studies in Media & Information Literacy Education:

In the past 75 years, media librarians have witnessed and dealt with a steady and often bewildering progression of new media forms and formats, as well as a rapidly expanding content universe. Media collections and services in libraries have therefore evolved at a rapid pace. Media librarianship has undergone a significant transformation, buffeted by changing perceptions of the field, changing expectations, new roles, and new demands. As a framework for looking toward the future of the profession, this article provides an overview of the birth and evolution of media librarianship in the United States, including a snapshot of the current state of the profession, the organization and staffing of media operations, and professional training for media librarianship.

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Giving Patrons The Biz

Aaron writes
\"For some levity, read \"TheBiz.\"
I started an alt.librarian webring. Visit TheBiz if you care
to join. Email me with queries,
ponyboy1955(at)aol.com .\"

I\'m not quite sure how to describe it, though it\'s
some funny stuff, take a look for
yourself....

\"We really do care about serving our patrons...
it\'s just that sometimes we can\'t believe what happens
in the biz...\"

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Alert: USA PATRIOT Act

Bob Cox pointed us to this ALA Alert on the USA PATRIOT Act.

The new legislation amends the laws governing the
Federal Bureau of Investigation’s access to business
records. One provision orders any person or institution
served with a search warrant not to disclose that such a
warrant has been served or that records have been
produced pursuant to the warrant.


The existence of this provision does not mean that
libraries and librarians served with such a search
warrant cannot ask to consult with their legal counsel
concerning the warrant. A library and its employees can
still seek legal advice concerning the warrant and
request that the library’s legal counsel be present
during the actual search and execution of the warrant.

EPIC has more as well.

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Library Outsourcing as Campaign Issue

\"Breaking news\" via Library Journal:

The new city administration in Jersey City, NJ has terminated the city’s $1.6 million contract with Maryland-based Library Systems Services Inc. (LSSI). The city’s new mayor, Glenn Cunningham, was elected this spring after Bret Schundler resigned to run for governor. In contrast to Schundler, Cunningham opposes privatization and campaigned against the library contract. LSSI’s contract had been renewed by the library board in May, for two years, for the same fee—$1.6 million over two years—since the first contract was signed in May 1999. However, Cunningham has since replaced several board members and named his wife to the board.

According to the Jersey City Reporter, librarians were among LSSI\'s most vocal critics.

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CO Students Break Reading Record - Share Prize with Schools Near WTC

Some Colorado school students have broken a record by reading. The program, Focus on Reading, pays students for each page they read. The money goes toward school libraries. This year, the students want part of the money to go toward replacing books for some schools near the WTC. More

Laura Bush\'s Presidential Address

Never having been one attracted to the limelight, Laura Bush is drawing a great deal of attention to herself through her Presidential radio address. Her focus is the plight of Afghanistan\'s most vulnerable citizens. Prior to the Afghanistan controlled by the Taliban, women were able to work, and also hold political offices. The hope is that post Taliban Afghanistan will renew and preserve the rights of women. More

Greatest Danger Comes from Within

Jeff Milchen writes...

\"My home of Boulder, Colorado made national headlines recently over conflicting interpretations of a powerful icon, the U.S. flag. It seems that the meaning of a symbol—even one over 200 years old—can be changed in a matter of weeks by the way it’s employed. For me the U.S. flag always stood for freedom above all else. After all, every country on earth has a flag, but none have a Constitution with a Bill of Rights that, despite some failures along the way, has protected the liberty of so many citizens so well, and for so long. I embraced that symbolism so thoroughly that I founded a non-profit organization with the flag in its logo, so I was curious to find myself sympathizing with those in my community who found the idea of the giant flag unsettling.\" More

Detriot PL to Lose $2.9 Million in Funding

Like library systems in a number of other states, Michigan libraries are feeling the pains of a severe budget crunch. The librarians, however, aren\'t taking the situation lightly. According to the article, \"Librarians, a class of professionals not usually prone to fighting words, say enough is enough. Their goal is a new constitutional amendment that would significantly boost state aid and distribute that aid more fairly among libraries across the state.\" When looking at per capita spending for libraries, Michigan is close to the national average. More

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Ebrary Confident that It Can Survive

As the article\'s headline states, Ebrary is \"bulking up\" for the big one. Having secured some backing, the company intends to forge ahead in its offerings of academic e-publications. They feel confident that they\'ll survive the problems that have befallen Questia and NetLibrary.
More from CNETNews.

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Esquire Suspends \'Dubious\' Awards

Taking a break from the norm, the editor of Esquire has put the big 40-something anniversary issue on ice until further notice. It doesn\'t have anything to do with the September 11 attacks, per se, but, there seems to be some level of belief that harsh tones and crude innuendos may not be exactly what folks are in the mood for right now. More from the New York Times.

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The Speed of Information Architecture

semanticstudios.com has an Article by Peter Morville on \"The Infinite Loop of Destructive Creation\", The web site development process and what a waste it all can be.

\"As we slow down, hopefully we can leverage the concepts of facets and layers to break the infinite loop of destructive creation, designing information architectures that are both enduring and adaptive at the same time.\"

Well-connected library chief insists she\'s not really a big-time player

The Chicago Sun-Times has this interview with Mary Dempsey, commissioner of the Chicago Public Library. Formerly an attorney with no library administration background, she was selected after a 19 month search. Dempsey on weeding: \"Well, first of all, it\'s emotional for about three people in the world.\"

Librarians Are Poets, Too

Fear and Self-loathing in the Library

\"Keep it quiet, this is a library\" says Deyan Sudjic for The Observer. Sudjic blames, \"A generation of book-hating, self-loathing librarians, nervous of literature and hypnotised by technology,\" for libraries\' decline. \"Libraries have struggled to face up to the threat to their survival, usually by pretending to be something else.\" The new Norwich library has a Pizza Express, tourist information, and houses local BBC studios. Strangely, he seems to approve of the pizza joint and the new library design as a whole. Read the full story

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Library Reopens with Health Club

So after you visit the Library with a Pub, come to Singapore\'s newly reopened library with a health corner, including exercise bikes, and telephones linked to a help line for free health advice. The Bedok Community Library was closed since January. Story from the Straits Times.

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