Library Of Congress To Stage Opera

Pulitzer prize-winner Roger Reynold\'s new opera will premiere at the Library of Congress as part of their bicentennial celebration. The Library\'s famous Bibles, the Gutenberg and the Bible of Mainz are going to be stored in a vault during performance- not because they might go missing, but because the noise of the air conditioners keeping the Bibles in good condition would interfere with the sound of the opera. Story from The Guardian.

Sklyarov Update

An update on Dmitri Sklyarov\'s case from Politech:

This is an update from the status conference for Dmitry and Elcomsoft today. As expected, the only issue discussed was the setting of dates for pre-trial motions. The issues were divided into two categories:

DMCA (possible claims are unconstitutionality including vagueness, First Amendment and lack of constitutional authority), and non-DMCA issues (possible issues are jurisdiction, a bill of particulars, and the conspiracy charge).

The non-DMCA dates are:
Jan. 14, 2002 - the opening brief is due,
Feb. 11 - the opposition (govt.) brief is due,
Feb. 25 - the Dmitry reply brief is due, with the
March 4, 2002 - hearing.

Thanks to Library Juice.

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Bringing the Library to Baby

If this new program of the Singapore National Library Board(NLB) works out, there could be a big demand for \"Born To Read\" tattoos. The new program provides reading materials for newborns: \"Up to 50,000 newborns at 9 hospitals will each receive a starter kit, containing booklets on nursery rhymes, parenting tips and more.\" The NLB also plans to start offering library cards to three year-olds. Story from Channel News Asia.

School Districts Ban HP

Just in case anyone isn\'t sick of hearing about Harry, here comes anutha... School libraries all over the country are struggling with the issue of what to do about Harry. While Harry haters are trying to force the removal of the books, Harry advocates are encouraging school boards to leave Harry alone. With Harry\'s creator planning three more books in the series, it looks like Harry will be in the limelight for quite awhile longer. More

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Barnes & Noble to Try to Squeeze Better Publisher Deals

For The New York Times, David Kirkpatrick writes...

\"Even though Barnes & Noble is the biggest bookstore chain in the country, company chairman, Leonard Riggio has recently complained that publishers offer better wholesale deals to other kinds of retailers, like warehouse or specialty stores. In a recent conference call with Wall Street analysts, Mr. Riggio made what sounded like a threat: that Barnes & Noble might take unspecified \'decisive actions\' to \'persuade our suppliers to be fair to us,\' possibly as soon as early next year.\" More Free subscription required. Get yours Here.

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Online Information 2001

Anjlee writes \"Online Information 2001
4-6 December 2001
The Grand Hall, Olypmia, London, UK

Yet again Online promises to be the biggest and best event in the Information Industry calendar, with more than 200 international speakers, 340 exhibitors and 15,600 visitors expected.

Well worth a look if you are in London, next week. Tickets to the exhibition are FREE if you pre-register online.
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Holding esoterica so you don\'t have to

Today\'s Chicago Tribune has a nice profile of the Center for Research Libraries. A CRL officer says, "I don\'t want to say it\'s a hodge-podge, but it\'s an amalgamation of materials."

Appended to the Web version of the article is a top-ten list of the center\'s most interesting collections.

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Virtual Reference Panel Discussion Webcast

Virtual reference guru Bernie Sloan writes:

There will be a live webcast panel discussion on virtual reference services tomorrow, Wednesday, 11/28, at 1:00PM, EST. It\'s the first webcast in \"LearningWeek Libraries\", a series of weekly programs that\'s supposed to
\"focus on current issues facing libraries and the successful use of technology for library services.\" (Requires free registration).

Participants in Wednesday\'s discussion include:

Anne Lipow (Library Solutions Institute and Press),
Steve Coffman (Library Systems and Services LLC),
Brian Mikesell (St. John\'s University),
Stephen Cohen (Rivkin Radler LLP).

Click here for details.

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Archives Site Captures Web\'s Growing Pains

\"As a tool for archiving information, the Internet is a wonder, especially in its ability to make a variety of materials, from magazine articles to video clips, accessible to people around the world. But the Internet hasn\'t always been up to the job of archiving itself. That\'s changing, with the launch of the Wayback Machine, a repository of Web pages from the Internet Archive (www.archive.org), a nonprofit based in San Francisco. With the Wayback Machine, you can surf the Web as it was. Which means, in practical terms, the chance for researchers, historians and others to gaze back in time at snapshots of Web sites such as ESPN.com, Lycos or even out-of-business companies like Webvan.com. \'Wayback,\' it should be noted, means way back to 1996.\" More

Historians Ready for Fight Over Release of Presidential Papers

Some historians fear that President Bush\'s recent act which limits access to the papers of former presidents is going to hinder historical research. A group of history professors are considering filing a lawsuit against the government in order to challenge the act. More

Serving Sci-Tech Library Users with Disabilities

From the most recent issue of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship:

Service to library users with disabilities has been the subject of numerous books, articles, and presentations, but it is useful to consider this issue specifically in the context of science libraries for several reasons. In the United States we acknowledge an established need for scientists, but have long overlooked the pool of scientific interest and talent among individuals with disabilities. Sci-tech librarians can play a significant role in the encouragement of scientific talent among library users with disabilities by making the library environment accessible and ensuring as much as possible the independent access to information that is so critical to scientific endeavor. Some of the specific ways librarians in sci-tech libraries can contribute to an accessible electronic library environment include developing basic familiarity with relevant assistive technologies, creating accessible web pages, monitoring accessibility of electronic databases purchased for the library, and by preparing accessible bibliographic instructional activities.

More.

Why Copyright Laws Hurt Culture

Wired has a Story by Karlin Lillington on American copyright laws, and how crazy they have gotten.

The laws are causing the death of culture and the loss of the world\'s intellectual history. Lawrence Lessig says copyright has grown from providing 14 years of protection a century ago to 70 years beyond the creator\'s death, and has become a tool of large corporations eager to indefinitely prolong their control of a market.

The web isn\'t going to kill libraries, the laws are.

The U\'s Gopher system was the early way around the Net

The Star Tribune has a Look At the history of \"Gopher\" through the eyes of the folks that created it.

\"The user-friendly Gopher made the Internet a neat and orderly place, like a library. Soon other technologies were built to enhance Gopher.\"

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Quirky Yes, Al Qaeda No

James Nimmo passed along This Houston Press story on two agents dispatched to sniff out supposed anti-American activity at the tiny Art Car Museum last week.

Agents said they were following up on complaints they received about anti-American activity at the museum.
After spending about an hour touring and taking notes, the agents helped themselves to free museum literature and said good-bye.
Museum docent Donna Huanca was reportedly \"freaked out\"

Are There Turkeys in Your Library Bureaucracy?

This rather
odd website
is a \"proposal to change the county
library annual performance evaluation management policy
and appraisal of promotability rating procedures\". It includes a
detailed proposal, proposed new evaluation forms, leadership
concepts, bibliographies,
Inside a Librarian\'s Amazing Brain
, and more.
Someone sure must have been annoyed with library
management.

Google, Others Dig Deep -- Maybe Too Deep

From CNET:

Search-engine spiders crawling the Web are increasingly stumbling upon passwords, credit card numbers, classified documents and even computer vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers.

The problem is not new, security analysts say: Ever since search robots began indexing the Web years ago, Web site administrators have found pages not meant for public consumption exposed in search results.

But a new tool built into the Google search engine to find a variety of file types in addition to traditional Web documents is highlighting and in some cases exacerbating the problem. With Google\'s new file-type search tool, a wide array of files formerly overlooked by basic search engine queries are now just a few clicks from the average surfer--or the novice hacker . . .

More with thanks to Metafilter. Here\'s the MeFi thread.

LearningWeek Libraries Live Online

Wednesday November 28th @ 1:00 PM EST, the premier episode of \"LearningWeek Libraries\" takes off.
This is a new monthly interactive webcast
centered on libraries and technology. This program is a spin off of the successful and highly informative LearningWeek Live show which focuses on the news and people of learning and technology.
You may check out the show\'s website and register for free at learningweek.com.

The show will begin an ongoing discussion about virtual reference. The entire webcast lasts 1 hour (commercial free!) and is highly interactive, which means that you can ask questions and offer comments throughout the program.

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Human Embryos Have Been Cloned

Hermit ;-) writes \"Oh, diffusion of knowledge what shall we do with thee... The WashingtonPost takes a swipe at the \"media savvy\", selective dissemination of the research results of the human cloning experiment, ending with a criticism from ethics professor Glen McGee who, according to the article, \"has criticized ACT\'s [the company that did the cloning research] selectively releasing details of its work through the media. \"That\'s not the way to do science, and everyone in science who works on sensitive issues says so,\" McGee said.\" At the same time the WP doesn\'t link into the abstract or the full text pdf of the online journal that published the work. On the other hand, the NBC science correspondent, Robert Bazell, during the \'Meet the Press\' interview Sunday, seemed to take issue that the authors of the study are \"going to publish it in the open literature so that everybody else--anybody else who wanted to do it, could do it [clone].\" The LAtimes also mentions that \"As the company continues to publish its research, these critics say, someone could eventually use it to create a cloned embryo and grow it to term in a surrogate mother.\" ... Sigh. Cloning, obsession du jour. \"

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eBooks From The Inside

Scott Adams has written a very interesting look at eBook publishing. His e-book, \"God\'s Debris,\" is the No. 1 best-selling e-book in the world this year, it sold only 4,500 copies.

He says E-books are impervious to analogy, will never enjoy more than 5 percent of the market for pleasure reading, and the most compelling reason for e-books comes from the publisher\'s point of view.
His Full Story from IHT.com, Read the introduction, or now Buy the hardcover.

10 Reasons Why the Internet Is No Substitute for a Library

AlaOnline has an Older Story that gives us 10 reasons why the Internet is no substitute for a library.

The Internet Is Ubiquitous but Books Are Portable, and Not Everything Is on the Internet, are just 2.
This article originally appeared in American Libraries, April 2001, p. 76–78.

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