Other Than Visual Effects, Will Harry Disappoint?

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

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J.K. Spears? Britney Rowling?

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.

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Will We Ever Want E-Books?

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.\"

Coke Targeted for Harry Potter Campaign

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.

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There once was a Yank poet laureate ...

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.

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Library Kids Art Display is Wall-to-Wall

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.

NC Librarians Develop Start Squad Portal for Kids

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.

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Librarians Urged to Promote Open Archives

Professor Jean-Claude Guédon proposes a new alliance between research scientists and librarians to combat the \"serial publishing crisis\" He is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Montreal. Guédon wants librarians to, \"throw all of their weight––and it is considerable––behind the Open Archive Initiative.\" Read his paper, In Oldenburg’s Long Shadow: Librarians, Research Scientists, Publishers, and the Control of Scientific Publishing

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Yahoo adopts paid search listings

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.\"

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Libraries Get Art from Taxes

The Nando Times reports that libraries and museums in Britain are the beneficiaries of art and books given in lie of estate taxes. So if you had a dirty book from the 1520\'s, you could hand it over as an $85,800 estate tax payment.

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Library Cart Drill Team Wins Top Honors for Routine

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

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Marginal Librarian 9.1

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.

Cookin\' Up a New Library

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

Santa Potter Coming to a Theater Near You

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.

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Internet liberation theology

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.

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Special Librarian Job Board

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.

Give the Gift of Reading

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

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Computers Have Had Little Impact in College Classrooms

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.

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Linux Lass To The Rescue

JoyOfTech ran a Funny Little Cartoon that brings together my 2 joys in life, Librarianship, and Open Source.

It\'s called Linux Lass, Super Linux Evangelist, Defender of GNU and the Open Source Way.

Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

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Democracy and Scientific Publishing

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.

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