Security System of Death

Genie, Web Manager at The Virtual Chase, passed along This One about a woman, whose pacemaker was reset by a library\'s anti-theft device, in Japan.

A doctor accompanied the woman to the library and confirmed her pacemaker was reset when she passed through the entrance.

They the system works like this:
\"Electromagnetic waves in anti-theft devices pick up the
small metal plates attached to the goods as would-be
shoplifters pass through the gates and an alarm is set off.\"
I always wondered what was in those tatle strips.


Translate into Eight Different Languages.

  into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese,
Korean, Portuguese, or Spanish.  --> Pick the language from BabelFish\'s
pull down menu.  Try the \"World
\" a new feature AltaVista
has added since last I checked the site.

-Hermit ;-)

A True Case of Library Pornography

Joe Cadieux, editor of The Shy Librarian passed along this True Case of Library Pornography , By Gerry Molyneaux, Media Librarian, West Hartford Public Library, West Hartford, Connecticut.

\"In reality what I was watching in my office was no Jewel—or American Civil War—nor did the leather and thong feature come close to the magical touch of Ang Lee. I leaped from my seat, spilled my coffee, and scalded my lap: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, this was not the video I intended to buy—-why, this was certainly... pornography!\"


LIS Students\' Best Work

At the University of Alberta, graduating MLIS students must
produce a \"capping exercise\", a web page that contains one of
their best term papers or other work. The topics range from
Information Needs and the Studio Arts
to Harry
Potter Tuesday Fun
Library Systems and On-line Services in China

Here are the listings:
Capping Exercises
(only one so far)
Capping Exercises

Capping Exercises

Capping Exercises

Fulton County must pay librarians $25 million

Bob Cox sent along This One on a ruling that Fulton County, GA, must pay nearly $25 million for discriminating against eight white librarians.

The librarians contended they were demoted to smaller branch libraries from jobs in the more desirable central branch because of a concentrated effort to reduce the number of white employees working downtown.

\"It appeared there was a cover-up,\" Hughes said. \"They were managers who all were demoted. They were demeaned and humiliated. . . . They weren\'t treated how professional employees of the Atlanta-Fulton Library System should be treated.\"


Library Rejects KKK Tape Citing Lack of Educational Content

A promotional videotape for the Ku Klux Klan won\'t be added to a North Carolina public library\'s collection because, officials say, it was \"poorly produced and lacks educational content.\" The likelihood that this tape would have even lasted long is slim. Someone would have undoubtedly stolen it, just because of where it came from. More
Ryan posted an earlier story Here.

Catch Up On Your Classic Novels

Classic Novels In 5 Minutes A Day, brings you the Classic Novels, delivered in daily five minute installments to your e-mail. They have several novels running concurrently, and you can Vote for the next novel.


The Internet Under Siege

The Internet Under Siege, an article at

\"Who owns the Internet? Until recently, nobody. That\'s because, although the Internet was \"Made in the U.S.A.,\" its unique design transformed it into a resource for innovation that anyone in the world could use. Today, however, courts and corporations are attempting to wall off portions of cyberspace. In so doing, they are destroying the Internet\'s potential to foster democracy and economic growth worldwide.\"


`Google Effect\' reduces need for many domains has an Interesting Story on what the author calls the \'Google Effect\'.

He says search tools are so good now the need for a highly specific domain names has practically disappeared. Google is so good at finding stuff, a good domain name, or site, is no longer needed.

Any implications here for libraries and librarians?


Bedtime Reading Week (March 11-17)

Bedtime Reading Week is coming, March 11-17 2002 in the UK (though that doesn\'t mean it can\'t be observed elsewhere). Established by William Sieghart, who also founded National Poetry Day, and backed by various national initiatives, it was first celebrated last year and aims to \"encourage everyone to enjoy reading together\". There is a page of ideas for teachers and librarians.


Woman stabbed in kids\' section of Denver library

From the Denver Post, a patron was stabbed by another patron, apparently a random attack.

Full Story


Collecting Bibliomysteries

Bibliomysteries was created by academic librarian Marsha McCurley, using her own collection of bibliomysteries as the starting point. Bibliomysteries are mysteries that haves settings, plots, or characters in them related to the world of books, writers, archives and libraries.


January 2002 issue of D-Lib

The January 2002 issue of D-Lib Magazine is out with some great articles on interoperability and digital preservation. The opinion piece on the role of the library in text encoding is close to my heart (or, more accurately, the heart of my library school thesis work!). I will be reading it over a cup of tea today.

Project Mobilivre-Bookmobile

The projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project is a traveling exhibition of artist\' book works, zines, and independent publications. Traveling by way of a vintage Airstream, the BOOKMOBILE aims to make its way to community centers, schools, festivals, artist run centers, libraries, prisons, and remote regions where independent publications are hard to come by.

Spotted at Mefi


Updates on Blogs, Training and Legal Portals

LLRX writes \"Cindy Curling suggests some additional Weblogs for your consideration; shares written feedback from Web trainers about how research should not be conducted; and details additional legal portals that are well worth a look. Published in the January 15, 2002 issue of\"

She missed LISNews again, but it\'s still a good read.


Library Lovers Month

The Friends and Foundations of California Libraries has created a cool page to celebrate libraries. \"Library Lovers Month is a month-long celebration of school, public, and private libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone, especially library support groups, to recognize the value of libraries and to work to assure that the Nation\'s libraries will continue to serve.\" The site includes a How To Love Your Library Page, a Promotional Calendar of Ideas a Valentine for your library and more. Check it out at


Grammar Freaks

Fiona writes \"Strange things abound in Australian country towns. A Grammar freak has been changing the word \"got\" in library books -

\"Please respect the right of others to use an undamaged book. Would the grammar \"expert\" who objects to \"got\" please stop!\"

Full Story \"


UGA Mentor Program

This was posted to the newlib-l discussion list today and seems a very interesting idea that other institutions may want to look into:
\"The UGA Libraries’ Committee on Research and Professional Development is proud to announce the launch of The Mentor Program. Mentoring at the UGA Libraries encompasses counseling and guidance, collaboration,
research assistance, professional development needs and much more.
Feel free to look around and let us know what you think. We hope to have a well established and successful program in the near future.\"

Here\'s the link to the University of Georgia Libraries Mentor Program.

Is the Sun Setting on E-Bookstores?

eCommerce Times has a Business Oriented Story that says Wall Street seems to be looking for Net booksellers to have an exterior safety net, such as additional product categories or offline partners, and they may have little margin for error to remain in business.

\"Overall online retail sales still represent 1 percent or less of all retail sales in the U.S., so there\'s still a lot of growth opportunity, but we\'re certainly seeing a flattening of the curve for books because it\'s one of the most mature online industries.\"


Reference Encounters

Laura Kortz put together a group of interesting Reference encouters.What follows are several pages representing several days worth of reference encounters at the desk of a medium-sized branch of a major public library system in a large city.



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