Arrest Made in Document Thefts

Charles Davis writes The following article appeared in the November 2001 issue of American
Libraries, p. 32.

Arrest Made in Document Thefts

A University of Wisconsin/Madison student has been arrested on charges he stole signatures of
early American figures while he was working at a Yale University library over the summer.
Benjamin W. Johnson, 21, allegedly stole and sold about 70 documents bearing the signatures
of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other historical figures.

Conference on the Public Domain: Papers Online

/. pointed me to The Conference on the Public Domain papers online. There are some excellent resources here.

A Very Large PDF is available, or This Page has some short summaries. Interesting titles include, \"the cultural public domain: fair use and appropriation\", and \"the history and theory of the public domain\".

\"This conference, the first major meeting to focus squarely on the topic of the public domain, will try to answer some of these questions in areas ranging from the human genome to appropriationist art, from the production of scientific data to the architecture of our communications networks.\"

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The Trouble With Harry Potter

Wired has a Story on a new WebSite that teaches kids about censorship and fighting for freedom of expression, using the fictional boy wizard as a case study.

Check out kidspeakonline.org

\"You couldn\'t ask for a better poster child against censorship than Harry Potter,\" said Chris Finan, the president of American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression

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Latest On NetLibrary

The DailyCamera.com reports that NetLibrary has a buyout offer, and An announcement of a possible sale could come as soon as a day or two.

RockyMountainNews says they are being sued by a venture capital partner for allegedly cooking company books with inflated sales figures. They are saying that the company had overstated annual revenues by more than 30 percent.

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Canadian Author is Double Prize Winner

Richard B. Wright\'s novel Clara Callan has won big. Today the Canada Council announced that Clara Callan is the winner of the Governor General\'s Literary Award in the English fiction category. Earlier this month Clara Callan was awarded the Giller Prize.

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Publishers\' Page Of Shame

Publishers\' Page Of Shame.This is a collaborative list of new books purchased by Libraries in the United States that have fallen apart almost immediately upon release into circulation. It is my intent to collect data from as many libraries as are willing to create something tangible to show the publishing industry. Paying between $20-$30 for a book that is poorly manufactured is unacceptable and borders on fraud.
They say publishers and others in the book industry ARE checking it and it is having an impact.

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Online Academic Libraries Colloquy Tomorrow

\"Are College Libraries Too Empty?\"

The Chronicle of Higher Education will be holding an online colloquy on this subject tomorrow (Thursday, November 15) at 2 p.m. U.S. Eastern time. The guests will be Council on Library and Information Resources president Deanna B. Marcum and Association of College and Research Libraries president Mary Reichel.

Click here to submit a question to be answered during the online session.

The 2001 National Book Award Winners Tonite

The 2001 National Book Awards are awarded tonite, Wednesday, November 14, 2001, the National Book Awards Ceremony and Dinner is at the New York Marriott Marquis. Steve Martin will serve as Master of Ceremonies.


Anyone want to pay for my ticket?

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Other Than Visual Effects, Will Harry Disappoint?

Fans are supposedly gobbling up tickets to this weekend\'s release of the Harry Potter film. After reviewing the film, Roger Ebert is comparing it to the Wizard of Oz. Critics David Ansen (Newsweek) and Kirk Honeycutt (Hollywood Reporter) both praise the film\'s special effects, but believe it offers little else. Will Harry\'s big screen debut be all it\'s conjured up to be? More

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J.K. Spears? Britney Rowling?

Here\'s a fun item that uses the similar rags-to-riches histories as a jumping-off point for examining other parallels between Harry Potter\'s creator and the teen pop star.

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Will We Ever Want E-Books?

Paul A. Greenberg of the E-Commerce Times reports that publishers continue to push e-books, even though the public isn\'t all that interested:\"Do we need e-books? Do we want them? Can we curl up at night with a digital book the way we do with some of our favorite traditional books?
No, no and no.\"
Why are publishers continuing with e-books? Because they are a, \"low-risk venture with low overhead.\"

Coke Targeted for Harry Potter Campaign

ABC News reports that a health interest group is protesting Coke\'s Harry Potter campaign, charging that Coke is marketing junk food to kids. Part of the campaign includes $18 million to go to literacy efforts, and Coke says it is promoting reading, not junk food. Coke doesn\'t argue that Coca-Cola is nutritious, however.

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There once was a Yank poet laureate ...

Today\'s Chicago Tribune has a nice article about U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins.

"Eighty-three percent of American poetry is not worth reading," according to Collins, who says he couldn\'t live without the other 17 percent.

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Library Kids Art Display is Wall-to-Wall

In an effort to promote art and libraries, the Natrona County Public Library in Casper, WY, in partnership with schools recently placed some 12,000 works of art, created by kids, on display in the library. The article includes tips for others who may be interested in such a project. More from Today\'s Librarian.

NC Librarians Develop Start Squad Portal for Kids

Librarians in North Carolina have developed a portal just for kids. The introduction reads; \"StartSquad.org is the very best place to start for children, parents, librarians, and teachers seeking age-appropriate Web sites selected and organized by professionally trained librarians. This site has been developed as part of the very best place to start marketing and communications initiative, made possible by a partnership of the State Library of North Carolina and the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA). This project is 100% supported with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Sites included in this portal are reviewed and evaluated by the Portal Collection Development Team, a group of professional librarians from libraries across North Carolina.\" To visit the site, Click Here. There is both an HTML, as well as a Flash version.

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Librarians Urged to Promote Open Archives

Professor Jean-Claude Guédon proposes a new alliance between research scientists and librarians to combat the \"serial publishing crisis\" He is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Montreal. Guédon wants librarians to, \"throw all of their weight––and it is considerable––behind the Open Archive Initiative.\" Read his paper, In Oldenburg’s Long Shadow: Librarians, Research Scientists, Publishers, and the Control of Scientific Publishing

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Yahoo adopts paid search listings

News.com is Saying Yahoo! plans to integrate Overture\'s [you may know them as GoTo.com] paid listings, or \"sponsor matches,\" with its directory pages by Thursday.

I\'m not sure what to think of this, but I\'m sure I don\'t like it. Is this going to taint my search results?

\"Yahoo Sponsor Matches is consistent with our strategy to leverage our core strengths in order to build growing and diverse revenues,\" Yahoo CEO Terry Semel said in a statement. \"Millions of Internet searches conducted on Yahoo each day are commercial in nature, giving businesses tremendous opportunity to market their products and services through enhanced placement in our search results.\"

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Libraries Get Art from Taxes

The Nando Times reports that libraries and museums in Britain are the beneficiaries of art and books given in lie of estate taxes. So if you had a dirty book from the 1520\'s, you could hand it over as an $85,800 estate tax payment.

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Library Cart Drill Team Wins Top Honors for Routine

A library cart drill team took top honors at a parade in Lake County Florida. The team performs a routine, in which some 15 library staff members, dressed in uniform, roll the carts around in formation, to music. More

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Marginal Librarian 9.1

Check out the new issue of The Marginal Librarian, written and put together by McGill library students. It includes poetry, a book review, a photo essay, and more.

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