Laura Bush $10 Million to Recruit New Librarians

Gillian Davis was kind enough to pass along Laura Bush Addresses Nation\'s Critical Shortage of Librarians -- From the IMLS Press Release.
You may recall Laura Bush announced a proposed $10 million initiative for 2003 to recruit a new generation of librarians.
Now if we can just get some of that to go to current librarians...


OCLC purchase of netLibrary assets approved

Lee Hadden writes: \"OCLC announced that plans continue for the purchase of netlibrary, a
collection of e-books available to academic, public and special libraries.
Read more about it at the OCLC webpages.
Final closing on the sale of netLibrary assets to OCLC Online Computer Library Center has been set for later this month, based upon approval granted today by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado.\"


Millions, Dilemma Left to Library

Bob Cox and Gary Price both passed along This One on a library in MA that was left $3 million from the estate of a retired letter carrier.

The will stipulated that the remaining money should go to the libraries in Hopkinton and Boston to buy books. Trouble is they are out of room.


Octogenarian filched $26,000 from Library

mary writes \"The video \"Liberace Live\" and 3,100 other library materials were found in the house of 84-year-old Simi Valley resident Ernest Aloise Heyneman...

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They say he allegedly removed security strips from books, tapes and later stole them. Investigators removed 134 boxes with roughly $26,000 in stolen materials from the Simi Valley home.
If He is convicted, prosecutors will not ask for jail time, given his age and that he has no prior criminal convictions, however, prosecutors might request that he be banished from libraries in the county.


Signing on the Dotted Line: Licensing Essentials for Library Professionals

There is a new, free, educational service from ALA\'s Office for Information Technology Policy.

\"Signing on the Dotted Line: Licensing Essentials for Library

Beginning February 25th through April 5th, OITP will host an online e-mail tutorial on licensing. Similar in format to the successful copyright and UCITA tutorials offered in 2000 and 2001, the licensing tutorial will cover licensing basics in 25-30 brief, but informative messages written by Lesley Ellen Harris, a recognized expert in copyright law and the author of Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians.


Baker & Taylor Agree to Reimburse Ohio Libraries

The following is a press release from the Ohio State Attorney General\'s Office regarding the lawsuit brought against Baker & Taylor on behalf of Ohio libraries.

\"In 1999, the Ohio Attorney General\'s Office brought a lawsuit against book distributor and publisher Baker & Taylor, Inc., alleging misrepresentation of discounts to public, school, and university libraries throughout Ohio. While claims against co-defendants WR Gracve remain pending, B&T entered into a settlement agreement with the Attorney General\'s Office in October 2001. The company agreed to provide credits to libraries, schools, and universities involved in the action, with which boks may be purchased.


Bodleian to honour eminent librarians

Charles Davis writes \"Four distinguished men and women with close connections with the
library world will be awarded honorary degrees at a special
ceremony to mark the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the
Bodleian Library on 8 November 2002 (subject to approval by
Congregation). They are:
James Billington, Lynne Brindley, Professor Sir Brian Follett and Paul LeClerc.
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Philosophy of Information

John Castledine writes \"
You are cordially invited to join a new Yahoo Group
called Philosophy-of-Information. The purpose of the
group is to facilitate scholarly discussion about the nature and
meaning of information. At this time, it is open to
anyone who wants to think seriously and deeply
about information. That includes professional philosophers,
as well as information scientists and librarians.

Group Information

John Castledine

War Between the Sexes is Over!

Lee Hadden writes:\" In a rare example of cooperation between magazines from different
publishers, Cosmopolitan (Hearst Corp) and Maxim (Dennis Publishing), got
together to create a new publishing alliance. They both have decided to run
articles in their March issues declaring the war between the sexes is over.
The two magazines hope the peace treaty, may also push the boundaries of
magazine publishing.
We will see if the media is the message.
Maxim, often called \"The Cosmo for Men,\" and Cosmopolitan (which is
not known as the \"Maxim for Women\"), both tend to place the opposite sex on
a pedestal, yet as an object of mystery to be figured out, rather than
simply ogled. Both are also renowned for their R-rated, come-hither cover
Read more about it in today\'s Wall Street Journal. \"Hey Babe, Your
Pages of Mine? How the First Encounter Unfolded: In Curious Editorial
Coupling, Cosmo, Maxim Magazines Declare War of the Sexes Over.\" By Matthew
Rose. Monday, January 14, pages B1 and B3.
See you at the front lines...\"

New 3M Marketing Award

SomeOne writes \"New Marketing Award offered by IFLA/3M to all libraries worldwide that promotes library services. Application forms available on or 3M.

ALA Announcement \"

Police arrest men for library sex

Colleen writes \"Eeeww gross.
In London, Ontario (just outside of Toronto) police arrested two men for having sex in the library\'s washroom, located in the children\'s section.
Good lord, get a hotel! Full Icky Story \"

The Gutenberg Purge

Aaron writes \"
The Online has a chat with Nicholson Baker
about his new book \"Double Fold: Libraries and the
Assault on Paper\".

Makes for an interesting read about the role of libraries
and the speed of information in today\'s age. \"


NC Library May Add KKK Tape to Collection

From the Raleigh, NC News & Observer:

The city library may add a videotape produced by the Ku Klux Klan to its collection if the tape doesn\'t violate copyright law. Klan members also mailed the tape to libraries in High Point, Winston-Salem and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, saying it was a protest against the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Skip Alston, the president of the state NAACP and a Guilford County commissioner, said adding the tape to any collection would insult blacks . . .

\"It\'s our whole mission to provide free and equal access to information,\" Library Director Sandy Neerman said. The city\'s policy on library materials says that items shouldn\'t be banned just because they might be unpopular or controversial.


Scholarly Work in the Humanities & the Evolving Info Environment

A December 2001 publication of the Council on Library and Information Resources:

As the scholarly information environment changes, so do the needs, expectations, and behaviors of users. Assessing and responding to those changes is essential for the academic library so that it may continue in support of the scholarly mission. The authors of this report have formally examined how humanities scholars conduct and collate their research. The study was based on a small sample of scholars; nonetheless, the results are powerfully suggestive of ways in which academic libraries can adapt to and develop in a rapidly changing environment. In particular, the findings emphasize how important it is for libraries to chart their evolutionary course in close consultation with scholarly user communities.

This study results from the fruitful cross-fertilization between the scholar concerned with aspects of information science and the librarian concerned with delivering operational information services.

More, with thanks to wood s lot.

Commynisst Cruption In Libarries!

Gerry writes \"More on the
Memphis PL furore. A reminder that not only do
libarries have stuff on communism, we\'ve got Harry
Potter, Satan and drugs, too!


(as found on, adapted from the Memphis
Flyer) \"

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The Promise of Software Libre (Open Source)

This week\'s Library
has a relatively long webliography on the Free
Software Movement
, with brief annotations. It\'s less
about the software itself and more about the
social/economic implications of the movement. I think
there\'s a natural match between librarians (\"content\") and
Free Software proponents (techne) for a way of doing
things in the information age that forms a viable
alternative to capitalist information practices.


Ten Things You Didn\'t Know about Your Books

Someone passed along Adrian Johns\' Ten Things You Didn\'t Know about Your Books.

Like, Who invented printing? Typography wanted to be a science as well as an art. In the eighteenth century, \"lascivious\" or \"obscene\" books were among the most profitable of all.

And seven more gems.


Typographical Errors in Library Databases

Terry Ballard has written Typographical Errors in Library Databases.

This list started as a byproduct of a keyword inspection of the online catalog of Adelphi University in 1991. It\'s a huge a list of misspellings that are likely to be found in your OPAC. More recently, the whole subject was given a boost thanks to Phalbe Henriksen, library director of the Bradford County Public Library in Florida.

There is even a discussion list for librarians interested in this problem, Here.


Reading online libraries

CNET has a Commentary by Marti Harris on Ebrary and the other for-profit online libraries.

They say an e-library is one of those ideas too good to argue with and they believe that success in distributing to students content normally published by university and academic publishers--and the large-scale penetration of the e-learner market--requires a formal, contractual relationship with libraries.

There is a Spotlight Report from Gartner as well. The Key Issue covered: \"What information technologies will be effective in the delivery of academic services, and how will faculty use these technologies?\"


Fun for Bookworms

Here\'s a place where we librarians can have some fun, Fun for Bookworms, a compilation of librarian jokes put together by Linda Kay, it\'s even broken down by category.

And much more!



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