Esquire Suspends \'Dubious\' Awards

Taking a break from the norm, the editor of Esquire has put the big 40-something anniversary issue on ice until further notice. It doesn\'t have anything to do with the September 11 attacks, per se, but, there seems to be some level of belief that harsh tones and crude innuendos may not be exactly what folks are in the mood for right now. More from the New York Times.


The Speed of Information Architecture has an Article by Peter Morville on \"The Infinite Loop of Destructive Creation\", The web site development process and what a waste it all can be.

\"As we slow down, hopefully we can leverage the concepts of facets and layers to break the infinite loop of destructive creation, designing information architectures that are both enduring and adaptive at the same time.\"

Well-connected library chief insists she\'s not really a big-time player

The Chicago Sun-Times has this interview with Mary Dempsey, commissioner of the Chicago Public Library. Formerly an attorney with no library administration background, she was selected after a 19 month search. Dempsey on weeding: \"Well, first of all, it\'s emotional for about three people in the world.\"

Librarians Are Poets, Too

Fear and Self-loathing in the Library

\"Keep it quiet, this is a library\" says Deyan Sudjic for The Observer. Sudjic blames, \"A generation of book-hating, self-loathing librarians, nervous of literature and hypnotised by technology,\" for libraries\' decline. \"Libraries have struggled to face up to the threat to their survival, usually by pretending to be something else.\" The new Norwich library has a Pizza Express, tourist information, and houses local BBC studios. Strangely, he seems to approve of the pizza joint and the new library design as a whole. Read the full story


Library Reopens with Health Club

So after you visit the Library with a Pub, come to Singapore\'s newly reopened library with a health corner, including exercise bikes, and telephones linked to a help line for free health advice. The Bedok Community Library was closed since January. Story from the Straits Times.


Library\'s booze bid for book buffs

Charles Davis writes \" Visitors to one of Scotland\'s most prestigious libraries
could soon be able to buy alcohol under plans being drawn
up by council bosses.

Glasgow City Council wants to install a bar and cafe inside
the Mitchell Library to modernise the 19th century building.\"

We only get coffee here in the States.

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Rising Fears That What We Do Know Can Hurt Us

Another great submission from Hermit.Hermit ;-) writes \" The LAtimes is reporting Reporting on the GPO\'s order to have government records destroyed at Federal Depository Libraries. The article also mentions the removal of info from fed and websites and the reduction of F.O.I.A. requests granted. The article reports that \"while documents have been pulled before because they contained mistakes or were outdated, this was the first time in memory that documents were destroyed because of security concerns, said Francis Buckley, superintendent of documents for the printing office.\"
Lively discussion Slashdot.\"

Fiona points to discussions on Kuro5in as well, and adds \"It is incredibly disturbing that a government agency has the power to order libraries to do this. \"


Faculty of 1000

Faculty of 1000, a \"new online research service that will comprehensively and systematically highlight and review the most interesting papers published in the biological sciences, based on the recommendations of a faculty of well over 1000 selected leading researchers\" is available for a free trial until 12/31/01.

Thanks to the Free Online Scholarship Newsletter. The Faculty was recently written up in the Chronicle of Higher Education.


What Web Would You Pay For?

So I keep reading News On Yahoo!, Mostly Bad News.

I Put that together with Paid Search Results, Calls for the End of the \"free\" web, and MicroPayments, and I got thinking...

What happens if the web crawls into a pay-per-view, micropayment, or some other kind of non-free model in the future? What if Microsoft or AOL get their way and we (we as in endusers) pay for everything. I can think of 4 sites I\'d pay for Slashdot, Metafilter, Yahoo!, and Google. Add a few maybes to that list, Wired, Moreover, Camworld,and CNET. But I think my list is Atypical for a librarian.

So what sites would you pay for if you had to pay for the privilege of viewing? What sites are so useful you wouldn\'t mind paying for? What sites can\'t you live without?


The battle of the book: the research library today

The New Criterion has an Interesting Story on the \"war\" between Books and Computers
The author, Eric Ormsby, says that each format has come to stand for something in the minds of its adherents: if not a style, then a stance.
The full story isn\'t online.

\"The zealous computer fanatic sees the book lover as troglodytic; the staunch book lover regards the computer fanatic as barbaric. As you might suspect, both sides are right and both sides are wrong.\"

Cardless Libaray

Carrie writes \"Buffalonians no longer need libary cards to borrow books.

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They say The Touch & Go! system uses technology that identifies a person by imaging a finger and looking at unique characteristics, thus eliminating the need for library cards.


Harry Potter and the Snore-cerer\'s Stone

I just got back from seeing the Harry Potter movie. The audience at the matinee consisted mainly of moms with kids, senior citizens, and lone geeky men with glasses and beards. Guess I\'m in that last category.

There was a really ejoyable special trailer for Monsters, Inc. that ran before the HP flick. And an upcoming movie with the kid from \"Malcolm in the Middle\" looks promising.

Anyway, it seems that director Chris Columbus and/or Warner Brothers put a lot of effort into making the HP movie boring. You probably shouldn\'t read any more if you don\'t want me to ruin things for you ...


Bibliometrics of Electronic Journals in Information Science

From Information Science Abstracts editor Donald T. Hawkins:

The bibliometric characteristics of electronic journals (e-journals) covering the field of information science have been studied. Twenty-eight e-journals were identified and ranked by number of articles on the subject they published. A Bradford plot revealed that the core is not well developed yet, but it will likely contain six journals. The publication of information science articles in e-journals began about 1990. In 1995 (the starting date for this study), a modest 26 articles appeared, but publication has now risen to approximately 250 articles per year. The most prolific authors are identified. The vast majority of them are located in the United States or United Kingdom. Only 26 articles have authors from more than one country, showing that electronic technology has not yet strongly influenced international collaboration . . .


Tired of Books for Dummies & Idiots, Author Creates Beleagured Novice Journal

Al Winchell may be onto something. After deciding he\'d had it with overpriced computer books \"written in computerese with 95 percent of its information relevant only to the beanie with spinner crowd, and so techie that much of the information was a potential intro to the Windows Blue Screen of Death,\" he decided to develop The GoodBoot Computing Journal,\" an ongoing publication for real computer users. According to the author, \"the Journal provides computer information written in King’s English. It has graphics that correspond with what one will actually see on their monitor. Each tutorial is presented in short bursts allowing one to master a technique quickly without having to miss a single golf outing.\" He provides more description in the article as well as subscription information. More

Who Owns Academic Work

The Chronicl has an Interview with Corynne McSherry on her new book, \"Who Owns Academic Work: Battling for Control of Intellectual Property\".

She says profs who are fighting to claim copyright for their lectures and other course materials may be helping to promote a notion that courses are commodities and that professors are just like workers in other sectors.

Why the Internet Doesn\'t Change Everything

HBS Working Knowledge has an interesting Story by Debora L. Spar on the changes the internet has brought, and why they aren\'t entirely different from other changes we\'ve seen in the past.

This was Excerpted from her book, Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Discovery, Chaos, and Wealth from the Compass to the Internet.

\"The one thing that I think will be most dramatic, though, is the ability of the Internet to sneak information around the governments who would be most likely to try to stop its flow.\"


Auburn, NY Citizens to Read Same Book

In a wave that seems to be sweeping the country, citizens of Auburn, NY have been asked to read the same book. The chosen title is, \"A Lesson Before Dying\" by Ernest Gaines. The objective of the program, according to the chairwoman is \"to get people talking about a common experience. This will bring individuals, who might not have ever had the opportunity to meet each other, together to share their feelings and come to know each other in a relatively neutral setting while talking about the same topic.\" Some other cities around the country who have started this type of program include Chicago, Seattle, Rochester, Buffalo, Cleveland, Toledo, and more. More


Librarian Surrenders to Authorities

An Illinois librarian has surrendered to authorities after a warrant was issued for her arrest for allegedly stealing money from the library. She submitted a letter of resignation to her board of trustees in September, but after an investigation into the alleged theft, she was removed from her post prior to the date her resignation was to become effective. More


Library District Disappears, Like Magic

In hopes that support for the Magic Sage Library District project would come to fruition, an Idaho organization, through a federal grant created a \"demonstration\" organization in order to expand library services to some communities outside the cities of Burley and Rupert. When it came to securing precious tax dollars to provide ongoing support for the District, the measure was defeated. The board dissolved the district and is returning the unused portion of the federal funds. Residents outside the city limits, who were able to use free library cards as part of the \"demonstration,\" will have to purchase
non-resident library cards. More



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