Are graphic novels next?

Someone passed along
This
one
on a [not the largest] public library in
Quebec being forced by the city council to remove 180
comic books from the regular stacks in Hull\'s library.
They are stored in a separate room accessible only by
employees. Hull\'s city council passed the motion in
response to public complaints that the library carried
pornographic material, that was accessible by children.

\"The books were originally on shelves right next
to the main desk, in the direct line of vision from the
counter. They were always visible to us. We would
know if children were taking books from those
particular shelves.\"

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Don\'t Let Microsoft Claim the Classroom

This Business Week editorial takes quite a swipe at MS and it\'s position in the educaion market, I wonder how or if it would extend to libraries?

\"Microsoft\'s education proposal is a ham-fisted attempt by his often-overzealous lieutenants to settle with state prosecutors. Otherwise, it confirms the darkest view of how Gates sees Apple: A vassal state, tolerable as long as it poses no real threat and can serve Microsoft\'s strategic interests.\"

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Comics in the Library Class

jen writes \"From The Chronicle of Higher Education :
AN ONLINE COURSE offered by the University of Alberta teaches
library and public-school professionals how to build and
maintain comic-book collections, and how to use them as
educational tools.
\"


\"What I\'m interested in is to have the graphic-novel format accepted,\" says the teacher. See Also: Class Site

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Louisiana Librarians Urge State to Require Librarians in All Schools

For The Leesville Daily Leader (LA), someone writes...

\"Armed with a stack of recent studies and statistics, Louisiana librarians on Tuesday urged the state school board to require a librarian in every Louisiana elementary and middle school. Board of Elementary and Secondary Education regulations require only high schools to have librarians. Citing recent studies of student achievement in other states, a University of New Orleans professor told board members that students at schools with librarians and well-equipped libraries earn higher scores on reading tests as well as on other types of standardized tests. More

Ebooks & the Internet: How are They Changing Librarianship?

For Bella Online, Paula Lurita writes...

\"I love the Internet. I love the World Wide Web. I enjoy surfing and searching. I also worry about the impact that they will have on my profession. This anxiety is only compounded with the purported uses for the Information Superhighway in libraries and education. Several years ago, then Vice President, Al Gore touted the Superhighway as a means for the US economy to be competitive. \"I think it will enable this country to leapfrog the Japanese,\" proclaimed Gore. Of course things were not so simple. At the time no one foresaw the recession of the Asian economy. No one saw the rapid rise and fall of dot-com companies in the United States. The Superhighway was seen as a means of keeping the competitive edge sharp in the techno-economic world. It was seen as the cure for our educational woes. Should that cause anxiety? Yes. Our service economy seems to have an insatiable appetite for communications capacity. The appreciation for the art form can be lost with the mass consumption of information.\" More

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A Unique Way to Get Kids to Learn to Read

For the Jacksonville Business Journal, Cindy Barth writes...

\"By day, Colonial High School teacher Richard de Montebello is a mild-mannered biology teacher. After hours, though, de Montebello is a comic book author, penning a family-oriented, five-comic book series. A 7-year-old Native American boy named Sequoia and his pet baby saber-tooth tiger, Saber, are the main characters of The Adventures of Browser and Sequoia. Browser is a woolly mammoth. Now, after distributing more than 75,000 copies, de Montebello is ready to take the comic book series into the graphic novel market -- and into libraries across the country.\" More

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Rowling Doing Today What Ingalls Wilder & Cleary Did for Readers Long Ago

Jamie Schmidt, for The Carroll County (MD) Times, writes...

\"With Rowling works gracing billboards and commercials, Stacey Freedman, at the Carroll County Public Library, said an increased number of children have been asking for the fantasy books.\" More

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Clinton Dedicates Library at Groundbreaking

Yesterday, Bill Clinton, with golden shovel in hand, broke ground for his new library in Little Rock, AR. He told the crowd that the library was being \"devoted to the future.\" The library is scheduled to open in 2004. His wife, who was supposed to attend the event, was \"stuck in Washington on business.\" Go figure. More

Librarian May Have Stolen More Than Originally Thought

The librarian at the Du Quoin Public Library who surrendered last month after being charged with stealing $10,000 from the library over the past year, may have actually begun stealing library property,and funds, several years ago. The total may be more than was originally thought by investigators. More from The Du Quoin Evening Call.

Web Fact-Finding Affecting the Art of Conversation

SomeOne writes \"This article from the New York Times talks about how fact-finding on the Web is affecting the art of social debate and conversation.

\"According to some linguists, what is more interesting than the trivia [found on the Web] itself is the effect that its online availability is having on modern conversation.\"

Unfortunately, the article only briefly mentions the issue of reliability of information on the Web. \"

They also say With the Web providing easy access to information, stupid trivia questions are now easily and definitively answered with the help of the Web and its ability to house a billion or so facts. You don\'t need an MLS to find out how much \"The Blair Witch Project\" cost to make.

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U of Phoenix is going bookless

The University of Phoenix is going bookless. Detroit Free Press says within a year the school\'s 95,000 students will stop buying traditional textbooks. Instead, required reading materials, workbooks, syllabi and part of a reference library will be available online for a $70-per-course fee.

\"I don\'t think this is a complete substitution for textbooks but an enhancement,\" Ward said. \"Many people think one will replace the other, but I think the two will coexist side by side, like online classes and brick-and-mortar institutions.\"

More on Australian exhibition

Charles Davis writes \"The Bodleian has contributed at least two items to this
which make curator Margaret Dent\'s top 10 items she would like to take home !
They are St Margaret\'s Gospel Lectionary and the original design for the dust jacket of \"The Hobbit\"
see
Full Story.
Note incorrect spelling of \"Tolkien\" in this article as \"Tolkein\".
Google has produced 591,000 pages with Tolkien and 16,700 with Tolkein ! \"

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New Video Screen Is Like Paper

Steve passed along This One on a device, described in Thursday\'s issue of the journal Nature, that is fired by plastic transistors that are flexible, potentially inexpensive to make and work well enough to constantly refresh a screen to create moving images. The tiny display uses active matrix technology, the kind used in good quality laptop computer displays.

Yahoo!\'s eBooks news section has more stories, and there\'s also a Story @ BBC.

Deck the Halls with Books!

In case your library is looking for some Christmas decorating
ideas, how about a Book Tree? This one
was built by the Teen Advisory Board at the Coshocton Public
Library
and entered in the community\'s Festival of Trees.
Here\'s how to build
a
book tree of your own
.

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National Library of Australia borrows from friends

The British Library is lending rare items, including manuscripts by Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, to the National Library of Australia in Canberra. They will form part of an exhibition of literary treasures contributed by libraries from all over the world, the first of its kind. The full story from BBC News.

I\'m currently trying to plan a trip to Oz for next year but if I don\'t get there before February 24th, it looks like I\'ll miss out on this exhibition.

Raise literacy level to achieve citizen empowerment

This just in from Botswana!!....
\"Accepting 300 books donated by Books Abroad, a British
charitable organisation, at the Gaborone National Library last
week, labour and home affairs deputy permanent secretary Lillian
Mpotokwane said the government \"continues to develop libraries
to provide relevant information and resources to facilitate the
development of an educated and informed nation as envisaged in
Vision 2016\".\"

Full Story

Research library top collections include Black press

From Black
Voices
:

\"We asked Bernard Reilly, president of The Center
for Research Libraries, to list his facility\'s 10 most
interesting collections. Here is the list, and his
comments.\"

The list includes The African-American Press
Collection, Khmer Rouge Top Secret Documents,
Civilian Conservation Corps Newspapers, 1934-1942,
The Ethnic Press in the United States and more....

See the Full Story

Raise Literacy Level to Achieve Citizen Empowerment

\"Citizen empowerment can not be achieved without raising literacy levels among the people and ensuring the provision of relevant information where it is needed.\" More from Botswana Daily News.

What Every Librarian Should Know about the Americans with Disabilities Act

\"Reprinted from American Libraries, September 1991, This Article by Michael Gunde discusses some of the legal facets of providing library access to patrons with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act has made many librarians aware of a group of people who libraries have failed to serve. Some see the Americans with Disabilities Act as a newly imposed burden and seek only to find how to fulfill its minimum requirements with as little effort and cost as possible. Others see it as an exciting challenge to include entirely new populations of patrons into their service. What the law means and how to apply it is still in flux. Many specific items will only be defined through case law. In order to avoid the expense and unpleasant publicity of legal action, this article suggests that a pro-active policy can keep a library out of court and at the same time provide the satisfaction of giving meaningful access to previously under-served library users.\"

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A Daring Expose on Harry Potter Fans

Children, Creepy Middle-Aged Weirdoes Caught Up in Harry Potter Craze from The Onion

HOLLYWOOD, CA—Harry Potter And The Sorcerer\'s Stone, the hit film about an orphaned boy and his pals at Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry, continues to break box-office records, casting its magic spell over children and creepy middle-aged weirdos alike.

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