We Want a Library

Jennifer Lin writes...

\"The complaint from Center City neighbors on the east side of town was loud and persistent: We want a library.

Ever since the Free Library of Philadelphia closed the Mercantile Branch at 11th and Chestnut Streets in 1989, the swath of neighborhoods to the east of City Hall had had no library to call its own.\" [more...] from The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Web Access Poses Dilemma to Librarians

A convicted child molester allegedly downloaded child pornography from an Internet-connected computer in a public library not equipped with filtering software designed to prevent access to pornographic Web sites. The library director said she doesn\'t regret not having filtered the computers. [more...] from The Providence Journal.

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Plug yourself in to the internet

The Globe and Mail reports that major technology companies have made a breakthrough in work on using power lines to transmit data.

\"As early as October, consumers in Canada and the United States will be able to use any plug in their house to connect computers to each other and to the Web. No extra wiring will be required. Instead, a small, $99 (U.S.) device will connect a home\'s electrical system to the existing cable or telephone Internet feed.\"

More in the full story. This sounds like a great idea in theory but, as someone currently living in California, I\'m not looking to buy into this system in any hurry!

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A history of the National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia is celebrating its first 100 years with this beautifully designed site, Our Nation\'s Album. It chronicles the whole development of the library over the last century and has a nifty little timeline of major events running along the bottom of the screen. Worth a look.

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Librarians Receive Drug Training

As part of a special drug awareness program, librarians in Australia are being trained in drug-related issues. [more...] from The Australian.

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Book Shipments Confiscated

Robert Kent sends this one via e-mail:
\"Two shipments of books sent to independent libraries in Cuba have been confiscated in recent days, according to a report by Alida Viso Bello in the June 20 issue of CubaNet (www.cubanet.org). As reported by Havana librarian
Ricardo Gonzalez, a package of books sent to the Jorge Manach Library from Italy was recently intercepted by Cuban customs agents, who confiscated some of the books after declaring them to be \"counterrevolutionary\" and \"against
the interests of the nation.\" Mr. Gonzalez denounced this act as a violation of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which grants everyone the right to \"seek, receive and impart information and ideas
through any media and regardless of frontiers.\"

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Hi-tech manuscript preserves Middle Ages treasure

Charles Davis writes \"from
Ananova

Classical chart-toppers the Mediaeval Baebes have
unveiled a new digital version of one of the UK\'s most
important 15th century texts.
The Sherborne Missal, which is worth £15 million, is one of
the most important treasures from the late Middle Ages and
has been saved for the nation by the British Library.
Following a £1.45 million fund-raising drive, the British Library has successfully digitised part of the manuscript, making a large touch-screen version available to all visitors. \"

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The Case for Micropayments

Scott McCloud\'s smart and beautifully presented defense of file-sharing technology, and how it can benefit both artists and consumers, in two parts [Part 1 and Part 2]

\"When there\'s a direct exchange between creators of art and their audiences . . .small charges could earn those creators a decent living - while the army of middlemen . . .could go back to selling detergent, real estate, and two-by-fours.\"

[via Rebecca\'s Pocket]

Are We Headed Toward the Bookless Campus?

The Chronicle of Higher Education has put together a series of stories that examines the question of eBooks on college campuses.

The Chronicle is not free, but in short, the answer is, no one knows.

They interview Nicholson Baker, \"The job of the research library is to keep the stuff that people read.\", cover University of Virginia and it\'s bold experiment, go over the Key Players in Academic E-Publishing, and report on how hard it has been thus far for companies trying to make money in this market.

Filtering in Oklahoma City

James Nimmo writes: \"The Oklahoma County library (of Tin Drum fame), Metropolitan Library System
(MLS), has voted to impose censoring filters on adult terminals. Filters
were always in place for youth cards, while adults were offered a choice
between filtered and unfiltered internet access, but that choice has been
nixed.

The vote was not unanimous--three stalwart commissioners stood up for
intellectual freedom or at least they are trying to squelch the First
Amendment law suit that will be filed.\"

More....

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Boys Life Turns 90

Every library I\'ve ever visited carries this. I always like reading about how these things get started and how they evolve with the times. It has an interesting little history...for a boy... I never realized the publication was that old. Live long and prosper. read more here. from The Northwestern.

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More on the Freelance Front

NewsBytes has this one today. After winning the Supreme Court case against big media, it seems that Jonathan Tasini wants to extend an \"olive branch\" to the New York Times, et. al. The NYT doesn\'t appear to be interested. Read more here.

Clinton Presidential Library News

While Eugene Pfeifer III goes to the Arkansas Supreme Court to try to stop the city of Little Rock from seizing his land to build the Clinton Presidential Liebrary, WJC himself is reviewing building plans. [more...] from The Nando Times. from the [still more...] from The LA Times. For a humorous, opinionated, biased, yet satirical look at the situation, Click on this one(may be offensive to some).

Blake adds, See Also story on Richard Nixon\'s presidential library in Yorba Linda, CA.

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Sir James Gobbo to Head National Library of Australia

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that former Victoria governor Sir James Gobbo has been picked to head the National Library of Australia:

The man often called the \"father of multiculturalism\", Sir James Gobbo has been named the new chairman of the National Library of Australia. The Carlton, Melbourne-born son of Italian migrants is the former governor of Victoria and a retired judge.

Feline Finds Sanctuary Among the Stacks

What a cool story. I love these. This cat\'s got it made. Someone at a library in Michigan rescued a cat from some obnoxious kids and a plastic bag. He\'s been adopted by the library. They\'ve named him Andy..as in Carnegie. Folks have really taken to the furry, four-legged feline. They\'ve received donations and a lifetime supply of kitty chow. Read more from The Jackson Citizen Patriot.

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Pillars of the Earth Banned from School Libraries

This one comes by way of The Fairfax Journal. Ken Follet\'s book \"Pillars of the Earth\" has been banned from Fairfax libraries serving kids below the tenth grade because it contains \"graphic descriptions of sex and violence.\" Sounds kind of like the evening news or MTV to me.

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Not your average library display

A troupe of Australian performance artists have made their name by spending weeks living in full public view in department store windows in London, Montreal and Chicago. This is reality television but in real life. Next, they\'re moving to a public library in Ireland. Much more from Yahoo News.

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Google to go public?

The BBC News reports on rumors that Google may go public before the end of the year.
Meanwhile, Salon.com has an interesting interview with Google\'s director of research on how they find those 45,283 hits for your search and what they might be doing in the future.

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Children\'s librarian travels to Philippines

I just loved this story from the San Jose Mercury News, about Eve Bates, a young children\'s librarian from California, who spent a year working in Palo, on the island of Leyte in the Philippines. She enjoyed it so much that she\'s now going back to visit as she is \"homesick\" for the kids she got to know there.

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Millionaires love libraries!

If you ever wondered what happened to the money won by the already-rich and famous on Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, then you might be pleased to find out that Drew Carey set up a library fund with his winnings. See the full heart-warming story on Cleveland.com.
On the same theme, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin has this story on a San Francisco millionaire who has left half his estate ($1.5 million) to two libraries in Hawaii.

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