Google... The Super Backer Upper

Some of you may have noticed, at some point yesterday LISNews bit the dust. I\'m not sure what happened, but being on a large shared server is always an adventure, and this is just one reason why.

Apparently MySQL (the SQL Db this site runs on) crashed, and had to be brought back up from back ups, which meant we lost some data. Now, I ain’t no dummy, so I do back the site up several times a day, but since the SQL server crashed, the backups got written over, and I had to bring it back up from a file that was about 12 hours old, which meant we lost about a dozen or so stories.

This didn’t seem like a big deal, so, I restored everything, and sat down to watch “The Great Outdoors” (I’m on vacation, after all). Now most John Candy movies aren’t exactly intellectually stimulating, so I got to thinking… there must be a copy of those lost stories out there somewhere.
That’s when I noticed a little voice whispering in the back of my head… gooooogle…. It whispered.

Just then it occurred to me I had once read a story of someone who had to rebuild years worth of material from their site from The Mighty Google Cache. Quickly, I put 2 and 2 together (Though I originally came up with 5, I corrected my mistake, and came up with 4), and rushed to Google, and low and behold, Google had actually crawled LISNews between the time it crashed, and the time I had backups from.
What Luck!
So, I was able to rescue Most of the lost stories. I know I missed 3, “Iraq hails Saddam\'s Second Novel”, “Harry Potter, Hidden Dragon”, and “Fed Court Asked To Revoke Remaining Net Obscenity Provision”. Anyone have time to hunt those down?
The comments anyone may have left are lost forever, as far as I can tell, but I’ve become even more attentive to my back up schedule, with little harm done, and a good lesson learned.


Schools Tepid on More Net Filtering

Dee Axelrod writes...

\"Student access to Internet sites with militant/extremist content should be prevented, the Bainbridge School Board decided last week. But access to sites that deal with drugs and cults is still okay, after the board voted to filter just one of eight categories recommended by a parental advisory group. “We should establish filters only where we have problems, or where there is a safety issue.\" More


12-Year-Old to Read 120 Books by September 2002

Someone writes...

\"In less than two months, 12-year-old Christopher Williams plans to read 30 books. By September, he\'s expected to read 120 books. What\'s he trying to prove? Is he looking to set a record? Does he want to become a scholastic jock?
Actually, Christopher loves to read. And that passion has led him to become one of the first two youths in the state of Connecticut to serve on the Nutmeg Children\'s Book Award selection committee. The selection committee\'s job is to narrow the initial list of 120 books to 10. The committee chair said she feels that \'it\'s a great thing to include kids\' opinions, rather than having a bunch of adults sitting around deciding what kids should read.\'\" More


Two Academics Share British Academy Book Prize

For The Guardian, Donald MacLeod writes...

\"An acclaimed biography of Hitler and an account of the medieval English \"empire\" shared the first British Academy book prize, announced yesterday.
The judges said both Ian Kershaw\'s second volume on the Nazi leader, Hitler: 1936-1945, Nemesis, and The First English Empire: Power and Identities in the British Isles 1093-1343, by Rees Davies, fully deserved the prize as works of impeccable scholarship which were accessible to the general public.\" More


Best Selling Self-Help Author Jailed on Drug & Sexual Assualt Charges

According to The San Diego Union-Tribune,
Dr. Harold Bloomfield, known for his best selling books on self-help and emotional healing, and who has also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, has been arrested on seven counts of unlawful drugging and three counts of sexual battery. The investigation against the author began in September after seven of his patients came forward. More 


Sklyarov Defends Decision to Testify Against His Employer

Dmitry Sklyarov is agreeing to help authorities in the U.S. in the case against his employer, ElComSoft Co. Ltd, who sold the software that cracked Adobe E-book codes. According to Sklyarov, \"I am extremely disappointed in any implication that I am cooperating with the government. I am a man of integrity and as such am doing nothing more than telling the truth, not for or against anyone.\" More from the Orlando Sentinel.


Google Offers Beta Catalog Search

The always excellent Research Buzz reports in this week\'s news that: Google is offering both a catalog search and a subject index of catalogs at (It\'s in beta.) Catalogs include Dell, LL Bean, PC Connection, Harry & David, Ikea, etc. (You can get an unadorned list at the whole story for more details. Hopefully librarians won\'t be forced into becoming partons\' personal bargain shoppers.


Library discusses breast-feeding issue

Just in case you wonder why the story icon for the librarian topic is a nut....

Someone sent in This Story from, Normal, IL, where in an animated 1 1/2-hour meeting Wednesday, the Normal library board voted 5-1 to form a committee to develop suggestions in the wake of a dispute over a board member breast-feeding her toddler at the library during story time.
The worlds funniest librarian joke is surely in this somewhere, I\'m not even sure where to start....

For the Legions of Angling Bibliophiles

Bob Cox passed along this Times UK Story on \"of the most fascinating works of research in a century\".

The most distinguished angling historian writing in Britain has delivered, in two collectors’ editions, a book of essays and an investigation into the authorship of the first work on angling ever printed in English. They say is an utterly fascinating book, crammed with information and insights, as likely to be of as much interest to students of early literature at large as it will be to anglers.


eBooks Live on After The Fall

Bob Cox passed along this Wired Story that says all is well in eBook land.

Even though several e-book-only imprints have closed up shop, book reading and sales are stronger than ever.

In the past year, 1,600 titles were downloaded more than 3.1 million times at the Etext Library at the University of Virginia. That\'s 8,715 free e-books per day.

Blessed be the ties that bind...

Lee Hadden writes: \"The Georgia State University library is undergoing repairs for
brickwork that was done only fifteen years ago. The repair work will cost
the state about 7 million dollars, compared to the $10 million it took to
build the library in the first place. Metal ties, used to keep brickwork
attached to the frame of the building, were unaccountably left out during
construction. Without them, some bricks and other debris have fallen from
the building. Blessed be the ties that bind...

The latest repair estimate for the 15-year-old building, which cost $10
million to build, is $7 million. Of that, $5.8 million has been set aside,
while the regents, GSU and the Georgia State Financing and Investment
Commission continue to try to find the rest.
Full Story

Without My Library

The winners of the An Chomhairle Leabharlanna The Library Council\'s fifth annual essay contest have been announced. The topic of this year\'s essay was \"Without my library...\" Young people in two age categories (under 14 and under 18) shared their ideas on life without libraries.

Here\'s a sample of the winning essay in the under 14 category:
The bus grinding to a halt, and a young woman stepping smartly off and moving toward the glass doors of the library. A bitter wind tugs at her hair as she crosses the busy street. Reaching the swing doors she grasps the handle firmly and pulls hard. The door stays put, not budging in the slightest. She pulls again, harder this time, but again to no avail. Peering through the glass, she can see oaken shelves empty, greying computers dormant in the corner. She turns bitterly and heads back to the bus stop and begins her laborious wait for the next bus.

JAKE In The House

Gary Price of the most excellent Virtual Acquisition Shelf and News Desk writes: \"Do you need to know what full-text database a particular journal is located?
If so, give jake a spin. From the site, \"jake is a reference source which
makes finding, managing, and linking online journals and journal articles
easier for students, researchers, and librarians. Jake does this by managing
metadata about online resources with a database union list, title authority
control, and linking tools, as well as making it easy to customize for a
specific library\'s holdings.\" Currently the database holds contents info for
195 databases. Btw, you can also download the complete holdings of a
particular database directly into MARC or delimited text formats. In fact,
most of jake can be modified as it\'s freeware. Btw, for those of you who are
jake regulars the new official url is: Finally, you
can find a beta of an alternative interface to jake from Simon Fraser


Fed Court Asked To Revoke Remaining Net Obscenity Provision

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) is trying to force a NY Federal court to overturn the remaining provisions of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) that prohibit Web sites from displaying obscene material on the internet. More


U.S. Librarians and Publishers Confront Joseph McCarthy

Check Out \"The Overseas Libraries Controversy and the Freedom to Read:
U.S. Librarians and Publishers Confront Joseph McCarthy\"
from Libraries and Culture.

\"Abstract: In the early Cold War years, censorship pressures on libraries led in 1948 to the adoption of a strengthened Library Bill of Rights by the American Library Association (ALA). In 1953 pressures intensified when Senator Joseph McCarthy opened an investigation of the United States Department of State\'s Overseas Libraries. This essay explores the response of the ALA and the American Book Publishers Council to McCarthy\'s attacks. Through adoption of The Freedom to Read and the Overseas Libraries Statement, librarians and publishers identified librarians as defenders of intellectual freedom. In addition, they helped to restore balance to book selection for U.S. information services abroad and affected the role of books and libraries in cultural diplomacy.\"

Note: Link may not work for everyone, subscription required. Big ups to Rory for pointing that out.


Can e-books improve libraries?

Can e-books improve libraries?, by Chris Rippel @ The
Central Kansas Library System, takes a very detailed look at how eBooks are fitting into libraries.

He begins by discussing three roles for e-books in libraries.
Role 1\'s focus on e-book hardware does an admirable job introducing current e-book technology to patrons, Role 2\'s focus on e-book titles better integrates e-book technology into traditional library work, Role 3 does motivate patrons and librarians to try e-books because role 3 improves the ability of libraries to provide books to patrons.

Historical \"ephemeral films\" archive - free .avi downloads.
This site is just plain cool, it\'s a quirky historical archive of 
short, old movies and films (ads, educational, propaganda films, and others)
available in two different formats: .mpg (mpeg-2) and DivX
.avi\'s (mpeg-4).

From\'s description:
\"This collection contains movies that the Prelinger
has digitized (about 956 now online) and donated to the Internet
Archive. The films focus mainly on everyday life, culture, industry, and
institutions in North America in the 20th century.\"

Browse through the looong title
or read \"About
This Collection
\". I especially enjoyed the article
by Bart Eisenberg where
the archivist, Rick Prelinger, \"calls himself a \"media archaeologist.\"

LISNews searches: movie
-|- film

-Hermit ;-)

Edward N. MacConomy Obit

Lee Hadden writes: \"Edward N. MacConomy, 85, who joined the Library of Congress in 1940 as a
messenger and retired in 1985 as chief of the National Referral Center, a
subdivision that refers inquiries to appropriate private organizations and
trade associations, died on Dec. 17th


World\'s Funniest Joke Revealed

Yahoo! Tells Me The British Association for the Advancement of Science has unveiled The world\'s funniest joke after an experiment lasting three months.

It\'s not a librarian joke, but a Sherlock Holmes joke instead.


Washington State Library To Close

Paula McMillen passed along word that Washington State Governor Gary Locke is responding to a billion-dollar budget hole created by war and recession by expanded gambling and new sin taxes, and closing the Washington State Library.

Locke proposes eliminating 30 state programs, including state supplemental checks for federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) clients, closure of the state Library and three hatcheries, and mothballing the Mission Creek Youth Camp.

One Story, or Another has all the sad details.

\"Nancy Zussy, state librarian for the past 15 years, said her agency won\'t go away quietly. \"If this were to occur, we\'d be the only state in the country without a state library,\" said Zussy, who plans to take her case to the Legislature.\"


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