Submitted by Ieleen on November 14, 2001 - 4:03pm
Fans are supposedly gobbling up tickets to this weekend\'s release of the Harry Potter film. After reviewing the film, Roger Ebert is comparing it to the Wizard of Oz. Critics David Ansen (Newsweek) and Kirk Honeycutt (Hollywood Reporter) both praise the film\'s special effects, but believe it offers little else. Will Harry\'s big screen debut be all it\'s conjured up to be? More
Submitted by Brian on November 14, 2001 - 2:02pm
Here\'s a fun item that uses the similar rags-to-riches histories as a jumping-off point for examining other parallels between Harry Potter\'s creator and the teen pop star.
Submitted by Matt on November 14, 2001 - 1:57pm
Paul A. Greenberg of the E-Commerce Times reports that publishers continue to push e-books, even though the public isn\'t all that interested:\"Do we need e-books? Do we want them? Can we curl up at night with a digital book the way we do with some of our favorite traditional books?
No, no and no.\"
Why are publishers continuing with e-books? Because they are a, \"low-risk venture with low overhead.\"
Submitted by Matt on November 14, 2001 - 1:50pm
ABC News reports that a health interest group is protesting Coke\'s Harry Potter campaign, charging that Coke is marketing junk food to kids. Part of the campaign includes $18 million to go to literacy efforts, and Coke says it is promoting reading, not junk food. Coke doesn\'t argue that Coca-Cola is nutritious, however.
Submitted by Brian on November 14, 2001 - 1:45pm
Today\'s Chicago Tribune has a nice article about U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins.
"Eighty-three percent of American poetry is not worth reading," according to Collins, who says he couldn\'t live without the other 17 percent.
Submitted by Ieleen on November 14, 2001 - 1:45pm
In an effort to promote art and libraries, the Natrona County Public Library in Casper, WY, in partnership with schools recently placed some 12,000 works of art, created by kids, on display in the library. The article includes tips for others who may be interested in such a project. More from Today\'s Librarian.
Submitted by Ieleen on November 14, 2001 - 1:34pm
Librarians in North Carolina have developed a portal just for kids. The introduction reads; \"StartSquad.org is the very best place to start for children, parents, librarians, and teachers seeking age-appropriate Web sites selected and organized by professionally trained librarians. This site has been developed as part of the very best place to start marketing and communications initiative, made possible by a partnership of the State Library of North Carolina and the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA). This project is 100% supported with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Sites included in this portal are reviewed and evaluated by the Portal Collection Development Team, a group of professional librarians from libraries across North Carolina.\" To visit the site, Click Here. There is both an HTML, as well as a Flash version.
Submitted by Matt on November 14, 2001 - 1:26pm
Submitted by Blake on November 14, 2001 - 1:21pm
News.com is Saying Yahoo! plans to integrate Overture\'s [you may know them as GoTo.com] paid listings, or \"sponsor matches,\" with its directory pages by Thursday.
I\'m not sure what to think of this, but I\'m sure I don\'t like it. Is this going to taint my search results?
\"Yahoo Sponsor Matches is consistent with our strategy to leverage our core strengths in order to build growing and diverse revenues,\" Yahoo CEO Terry Semel said in a statement. \"Millions of Internet searches conducted on Yahoo each day are commercial in nature, giving businesses tremendous opportunity to market their products and services through enhanced placement in our search results.\"
Submitted by Matt on November 14, 2001 - 1:19pm
Submitted by Ieleen on November 14, 2001 - 12:42pm
A library cart drill team took top honors at a parade in Lake County Florida. The team performs a routine, in which some 15 library staff members, dressed in uniform, roll the carts around in formation, to music. More
Submitted by Cornelia on November 14, 2001 - 12:41pm
Check out the new issue of The Marginal Librarian, written and put together by McGill library students. It includes poetry, a book review, a photo essay, and more.
Submitted by Ieleen on November 14, 2001 - 11:28am
The Clearwater, FL libary friends have decided to conduct a different kind of fundraiser in order to raise money to build a new library. With the help of local residents, they have produced a cookbook and are selling it to the public. The title reads \'Recipe for a Great Library.\' Ingredients include a city commitment to family, education and quality of life; and an enlightened community, giving generously of their time, talents and resources. Directions are to gently stir until fall 2003, when the new library will open. Then cut ribbon and enjoy. Yield: 90,000-square-foot, $20.2-million library. Serves: A community of 109,000.\" More
Submitted by Ieleen on November 14, 2001 - 11:17am
With an excitement that seems matched only by the arrival of Kris Kringle himself this time of year, this holiday season is bringing with it, Harry Potter, the live version. Friday marks the arrival of the controversial kid. Theaters will likely be flooded over the weekend by kids, parents, grandparents, and anyone else who is a Potter maniac. Educators and librarians are excited about the most basic aspect of the series of books, which is that kids are interested in reading again. More.
Submitted by Blake on November 14, 2001 - 11:15am
Salon has a Review of \"The Future of Ideas\" by Lawrence Lessig.
This book is on efforts to increase copyright protection, he says they are a threat to freedom and prosperity.
This is a sequel to the depressing, \"Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace\". He sees dominant players exercising control through the law, technical standards and political might to resist the change that might otherwise take place.
He recommends that there is a place for some regulation, if we want to preserve liberty.
Submitted by Blake on November 14, 2001 - 11:11am
Adam Wright has set up a Special Librarian Job Board, a free resource for libraries and librarians.
If you\'re a special library in need of a librarian, or a special librarian in need of a library, check it out.So far, not many jobs, but keep in mind it\'s just getting started.
Submitted by Ieleen on November 14, 2001 - 11:00am
For The Mercury News, someone writes...
\"Of all the gifts I will buy this holiday season, none will be as rewarding as the gift of reading: a book for an underprivileged child. I\'ll never meet the kid who receives it. I won\'t be there when he turns the first page. And someone else will see him smile. But I know this much: I\'ll be smiling anyway. When you give a book to Gift of Reading, it doesn\'t just go under the Christmas tree with the toys. They go to reading programs at libraries, schools, homeless shelters and other social service agencies. These groups distribute the books to children. They also teach parents, some of whom barely can read themselves, how to read to their children. When you give the gift of reading, you also are helping to end the cycle of illiteracy.\" More
Submitted by Blake on November 14, 2001 - 9:18am
The Chronicle of Higher Ed. has A Story on the large investment that American education has made in computers and technology -- and the reasons that those innovations have been underutilized in the classroom.
Oversold and Underused is the book by Larry Cuban they discuss.
See Also: small story on Clifford Stoll and a speech he gave up in Buffalo.
Submitted by Blake on November 14, 2001 - 9:13am
Submitted by Blake on November 14, 2001 - 9:08am
The Chronicle of Higher Ed. is reporting on a new site called faculty of 1000 that has 1,400 biologists who volunteered to rates the quality of scientific papers in the life sciences by essentially allowing them to vote on which papers they think are most interesting.
Full Story, and also check out The Faculty of 1000 Site.