Rapper\'s riches benefit library to tune of $10,000

Bessie Barnes passed along
This one on a donation by Afeni Shakur, mother of slain rapper and \"Thug Immortal\" Tupac Shakur.
The $10,000 donation is the largest unsolicited donation in the library system\'s history.

\"Basically, she came in to use the library, looked around, then came to the circulation desk and told them that she wanted to make a donation to the library,\" says Fisher, who grudgingly allows that he enjoys The Beatles, folk singers like Pete Seeger - and the symphony.\"

That Darn Cat

Bob Cox sent along 2 stories (One and Two) on that guy whose assistance dog was attacked last year by a library cat that served as the Escondido library\'s mascot filed a $1.5 million lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Escondido.

He alleges the city violated state civil rights laws, including laws designed specifically to protect the rights of the disabled, by denying him full access to the library with his assistance dog. He also alleges that a library administrator and a patron chastised him for ignoring the sign and bringing Kimba into the library and that police did not promptly respond to his call for assistance.
Charles Davis added One More Story, as well.


United Through Reading Program Lets Sailors Read to Their Children from Far Away

Washington Post author, Carol Morello, writing from aboard the USS Roosevelt, shares a story about sailors reading bedtime stories to their children at home. The ship\'s library contains a collection of children\'s books that parents can read aloud on videotape and send home to their families. The activity is part of the United Through Reading Program, launched some years ago, in order to keep parents stationed offshore connected with their children. More


Cleaned-Up Version of Joyce\'s \'Ulysses\' Banned

stuart yeates writes \"
Yahoo is carrying a story about a modernised, sanitised version of Ulysses being banned for copyright resaons.

A High Court judge in London, ordered that undistributed copies of a ``Reader\'s Edition\'\' of the book published by Picador under the Macmillan imprint be handed over to the trustees of Joyce\'s estate.

He said it breached copyright because it contained words not published in Joyce\'s lifetime


Story Book Christmas Project Gives the Gift of Reading, Clifford Style

Clifford the Big Red Dog will be visiting the home of every first-grader in Baytown, Texas this Christmas. In an effort to get kids reading, librarians and school teachers, with the help of community members, have purchased thousands of Clifford books to be given away to the kids as gifts. The program is in its second year. More


Freeport Library to Become Safe Haven for Domestic Violence Victims

The Freeport Public Library (IL) is in the news again, but this time it\'s not about their new library building woes. The library is going to serve as a safe haven for victims of domestic violence. Librarians, along with law enforcement officials, will be trained in how to \"establish community libraries as central repositories and safe environments where victims of violent crimes can get information about local assistance and shelters, as well as how to apply for crime victim\'s compensation.\" More

Author Pushes Own Books for Community Read...Sort Of

For The Palm Beach Post, Frank Cerabino writes...

\"In March we\'re all supposed to be reading the same book. It\'s a fad: Seattle did it. Chicago did it. Now, Palm Beach County is going to do it. What book? We don\'t know yet. Of course, March is when the new Shady Palms story will run -- the serialized third installment of my novels set in a fictitious Boynton Beach condominium. But it would be graceless for me to pitch my own stuff.\" More


Newspaper Center Turns a New Page

From The Toronto Star...

\"With the help of a $2.5 million donation from the Toronto Star, North America\'s busiest library system unveiled its revamped newspaper centre yesterday. It brings together two natural allies, both committed to the most basic tool of any civilization — the written word; both wedded to the simple yet profound principle of equality of access for all citizens.\" More


Library Of Congress To Stage Opera

Pulitzer prize-winner Roger Reynold\'s new opera will premiere at the Library of Congress as part of their bicentennial celebration. The Library\'s famous Bibles, the Gutenberg and the Bible of Mainz are going to be stored in a vault during performance- not because they might go missing, but because the noise of the air conditioners keeping the Bibles in good condition would interfere with the sound of the opera. Story from The Guardian.

Sklyarov Update

An update on Dmitri Sklyarov\'s case from Politech:

This is an update from the status conference for Dmitry and Elcomsoft today. As expected, the only issue discussed was the setting of dates for pre-trial motions. The issues were divided into two categories:

DMCA (possible claims are unconstitutionality including vagueness, First Amendment and lack of constitutional authority), and non-DMCA issues (possible issues are jurisdiction, a bill of particulars, and the conspiracy charge).

The non-DMCA dates are:
Jan. 14, 2002 - the opening brief is due,
Feb. 11 - the opposition (govt.) brief is due,
Feb. 25 - the Dmitry reply brief is due, with the
March 4, 2002 - hearing.

Thanks to Library Juice.


Bringing the Library to Baby

If this new program of the Singapore National Library Board(NLB) works out, there could be a big demand for \"Born To Read\" tattoos. The new program provides reading materials for newborns: \"Up to 50,000 newborns at 9 hospitals will each receive a starter kit, containing booklets on nursery rhymes, parenting tips and more.\" The NLB also plans to start offering library cards to three year-olds. Story from Channel News Asia.

School Districts Ban HP

Just in case anyone isn\'t sick of hearing about Harry, here comes anutha... School libraries all over the country are struggling with the issue of what to do about Harry. While Harry haters are trying to force the removal of the books, Harry advocates are encouraging school boards to leave Harry alone. With Harry\'s creator planning three more books in the series, it looks like Harry will be in the limelight for quite awhile longer. More


Barnes & Noble to Try to Squeeze Better Publisher Deals

For The New York Times, David Kirkpatrick writes...

\"Even though Barnes & Noble is the biggest bookstore chain in the country, company chairman, Leonard Riggio has recently complained that publishers offer better wholesale deals to other kinds of retailers, like warehouse or specialty stores. In a recent conference call with Wall Street analysts, Mr. Riggio made what sounded like a threat: that Barnes & Noble might take unspecified \'decisive actions\' to \'persuade our suppliers to be fair to us,\' possibly as soon as early next year.\" More Free subscription required. Get yours Here.


Online Information 2001

Anjlee writes \"Online Information 2001
4-6 December 2001
The Grand Hall, Olypmia, London, UK

Yet again Online promises to be the biggest and best event in the Information Industry calendar, with more than 200 international speakers, 340 exhibitors and 15,600 visitors expected.

Well worth a look if you are in London, next week. Tickets to the exhibition are FREE if you pre-register online.


Holding esoterica so you don\'t have to

Today\'s Chicago Tribune has a nice profile of the Center for Research Libraries. A CRL officer says, "I don\'t want to say it\'s a hodge-podge, but it\'s an amalgamation of materials."

Appended to the Web version of the article is a top-ten list of the center\'s most interesting collections.


Virtual Reference Panel Discussion Webcast

Virtual reference guru Bernie Sloan writes:

There will be a live webcast panel discussion on virtual reference services tomorrow, Wednesday, 11/28, at 1:00PM, EST. It\'s the first webcast in \"LearningWeek Libraries\", a series of weekly programs that\'s supposed to
\"focus on current issues facing libraries and the successful use of technology for library services.\" (Requires free registration).

Participants in Wednesday\'s discussion include:

Anne Lipow (Library Solutions Institute and Press),
Steve Coffman (Library Systems and Services LLC),
Brian Mikesell (St. John\'s University),
Stephen Cohen (Rivkin Radler LLP).

Click here for details.


Archives Site Captures Web\'s Growing Pains

\"As a tool for archiving information, the Internet is a wonder, especially in its ability to make a variety of materials, from magazine articles to video clips, accessible to people around the world. But the Internet hasn\'t always been up to the job of archiving itself. That\'s changing, with the launch of the Wayback Machine, a repository of Web pages from the Internet Archive (www.archive.org), a nonprofit based in San Francisco. With the Wayback Machine, you can surf the Web as it was. Which means, in practical terms, the chance for researchers, historians and others to gaze back in time at snapshots of Web sites such as ESPN.com, Lycos or even out-of-business companies like Webvan.com. \'Wayback,\' it should be noted, means way back to 1996.\" More

Historians Ready for Fight Over Release of Presidential Papers

Some historians fear that President Bush\'s recent act which limits access to the papers of former presidents is going to hinder historical research. A group of history professors are considering filing a lawsuit against the government in order to challenge the act. More

Serving Sci-Tech Library Users with Disabilities

From the most recent issue of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship:

Service to library users with disabilities has been the subject of numerous books, articles, and presentations, but it is useful to consider this issue specifically in the context of science libraries for several reasons. In the United States we acknowledge an established need for scientists, but have long overlooked the pool of scientific interest and talent among individuals with disabilities. Sci-tech librarians can play a significant role in the encouragement of scientific talent among library users with disabilities by making the library environment accessible and ensuring as much as possible the independent access to information that is so critical to scientific endeavor. Some of the specific ways librarians in sci-tech libraries can contribute to an accessible electronic library environment include developing basic familiarity with relevant assistive technologies, creating accessible web pages, monitoring accessibility of electronic databases purchased for the library, and by preparing accessible bibliographic instructional activities.


Why Copyright Laws Hurt Culture

Wired has a Story by Karlin Lillington on American copyright laws, and how crazy they have gotten.

The laws are causing the death of culture and the loss of the world\'s intellectual history. Lawrence Lessig says copyright has grown from providing 14 years of protection a century ago to 70 years beyond the creator\'s death, and has become a tool of large corporations eager to indefinitely prolong their control of a market.

The web isn\'t going to kill libraries, the laws are.


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