netLibrary for Sale

netLibrary, who once claimed to offer \"the only comprehensive approach to eBooks that integrates with the time-honored missions and methods of libraries and librarians\", is up for sale:

Boulder technology firm netLibrary . . . [failed] to raise needed funds in an extremely tough investment environment.

The 230 employees, who were paid through Friday, were told Friday that they are welcome to return on Monday to help the company through its transition, but at in many cases a drastically cut pay rate. Each employee from receptionist to president will be paid $360 a week, roughly the equivalent of unemployment benefits . . .

NetLibrary was founded in 1998. The company had employed about 400 at its peak and had in raised $109.8 million in venture backing from Houghton Mifflin, McGraw-Hill, Liberty Digital and others.

More from the The Daily Camera, with thanks to Gary Price.

Weeding Made Easy as 1, 2, 3M

3M, using a component developed by Texas instruments, has created a new technology that will enable busy librarians
to weed their collections on the fly. Once programmed with items to be weeded, the new device will alert librarians directly from the stacks, when a scanner is moved over the book. Books that practically weed themselves. What a concept. more...

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Digital Reference Interview Bibliography Available

The indefatigable Bernie Sloan has begun compiling a bibliography on the digital reference interview.

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Bird\'s-Eye Views, Made to Order

Those who like GIS and mapping technology will want to read this
story from the New York Times. There is information about
satellite imaging and photography. Lots of links!
After the terrorist attacks \"...Space Imaging had taken the unusual
step of making images of the disaster sites available free on its Web
site, and some competitors had done likewise. \"We had so many
emergency groups calling that we decided to just put it out there so
they could use it as quickly as possible,\" said John Copple, chief
executive at Space Imaging, based in the Denver suburb of Thornton,
Colo.\"

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A New Atmosphere At Flagship Library

From the Washington Post, all about the newly remodeled
Central
library in Howard County, Maryland.
\"You\'ll smell it in the aroma wafting from the coffee bar. You\'ll feel it
as you settle onto sleek sofas, browse the DVD and CD collections, hook
your laptop into the wired desks. This is not your grandmother\'s
library.\"

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First Amendment Advocates Lament halting of Internet access to criminal filings

This story from AP reports on the recent court decision about online
access to some government docs. Federal criminal filings are no longer
available online.
\"Though court records remain publicly available on paper at
courthouses, they were deemed too public when it came to the Internet.
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USC Library Reopens After \"Seismic Retrofitting\"

The University of Southern California\'s Edward L. Doheny Memorial Library has been outfitted to withstand earthquakes:

The 650,000-volume library, a focus of research in the humanities and social sciences, has been a striking example of Italian Romanesque architecture on the campus since it opened in 1932 . . .

The library was damaged like so many other Los Angeles buildings in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. USC used funds granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover most of the costs of building 17 shear walls to strengthen the structure against lateral movement from earthquakes.

More from the Los Angeles Times.

Librarians face new competitor

As if it weren\'t bad enough that folks think the Web has all the answers, now it looks like we\'ve got a talking coconut to compete with.

BTW, Weekly World News is one of the tabloids published by American Media, site of the anthrax incidents.

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Perth Library to Become Pub

The Evening Telegraph reports that the historic Sandeman Library is slated to become a Theme Pub. Councillors apparently decided not to contest this, having lost a former bid to stop the old education department building from becoming a nightclub.

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Library shelves it\'s books

Sarah Hepworth writes \"A Cornish library is restocking its shelves after borrowers complained that they had read all the books.
Full Story at the Beeb \"


They have now swapped with other libraries or put into a book sale more than 90% of hardback fiction, crime, westerns and large print books, along with paperbacks!

Shakespeare plays sell for £4.9m at auction

Charles Davis writes \"One of the earliest printed copies of Shakespeare\'s plays
has sold at a New York auction for £4.1m.
An anonymous private buyer bought the First Folio of the
Comedies, Histories and Tragedies, dated 1623.
It was expected to fetch £2.1m.
Story at
ananova.com \"

The £4.9m paid for the Four Folios is the highest price ever paid for a Shakespeare work.

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Sample pages at Amazon

Jenny Levine writes: \"Amazon has made some changes to the books section of their Web site that
allow you to view sample pages of titles. The home page highlights the new
\"Look Inside\" feature that is available for \"thousands of books\", including
childrens titles. For example, if you go to
Olivia Saves the Circus, you can view the back cover, an excerpt from
the book, the front & back flaps, and the intro pages (8 sample pages
total). Other titles let you view the table of contents, the index, and
more. The title \"Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World\'s Wildlife\" includes 112 sample pages, and
this item hasn\'t even been published yet.
From a precursory glance, it looks like they are scanning in each page
and displaying them as standard images in the browser, which essentially
means they have their own digitizing project. At the top of each image is
the phrase \"Copyrighted material\", which is just another version of the
signs we put on our photocopy machines.


Looks like they scooped libraries again and are offering another service
that we should be integrating into our catalogs. How would we pull this
off?\"

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Board Votes to Limit Access to Controversial Sex Book

Access to the book, \"It\'s Perfectly Normal\" has been restricted at the Anchorage School District. After listening to several hours worth of testimony by those both for and against such action, the board voted 6-1 to restrict the book. Elementary schoolchildren will only be able to check out the book with parental permission. Those who support the book feel that it provides a candid and honest look at sexual health.\" Others feel that because it contains drawings of people having sex and masturbating, it\'s too explicit for young readers. The meeting drew 100 attendees both from the school and the community. more... from The Anchorage Daily News.

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Library Draws World Attention

The world\'s map-lovers are heading to Illinois to visit the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library. The library is home to approximately 300,000 maps. Some of the maps date back to the 1400s. more... from The Chicago tribune.

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OCLC Links Catalog with Rare Books Database

In order to assist individuals in locating rare and/or out of print material, OCLC is linking up with Alibris, Inc., a California based rare book database firm. Customers of Alibris will be able to use OCLC\'s World Cat to search for material in libraries. more...

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Human chain opens $3M library branch

Phillyburbs.com has This Story on how to spend your Friday.

Head on down to Pemberton, and join in the fun Friday, Oct. 19, when the $3 million library officially opens during a 10 a.m. dedication ceremony. The celebration will feature a human chain of students and residents that will pass books from the nearby Little Red Schoolhouse on Trenton Road into the new building.

Take one down, pass it along, 98 books in the library...


\"We\'re hoping to have as many families as possible participate in the book pass because this will really be a family library,\" Kay said. \"I can\'t wait for everyone in Pemberton to see it.\"

Forum Finds Hope Beyond the Journals Crisis

Library Journal reports (briefly) on the 10/1 Forum on Publishing Alternatives in Science at Johns Hopkins:

\"We gave our intellectual property away to private firms and scholarly societies,\" said David E. Shulenburger, provost of the University of Kansas . . . \"They have found they can sell it back to us at prices that will produce profits and/or support the cost of other activities.\" Shulenburger had the figures to back up the assertions. From 1986 to 1999, the number of journals grew from 103,700 to 161,000 (55 percent). While the Consumer Price Index increased 49 percent in that period and the price of healthcare went up 111 percent, the cost of scholarly journals increased 175 percent.

More (registration required).

Publishers Desert Frankfurt Book Fair

The war is having a significant impact on the publishing world:

The international rights market — the engine that drives [the fair] — is usually booming this time of year. But book submissions, which ground to a halt Sept. 11, have only recently begun to regain momentum, with much of the focus now on books about international affairs, terrorism, spirituality and heroic rescues.

Add heightened flying jitters and inconvenience, and many publishing insiders have concluded that the fair’s business prospects aren’t compelling enough to lure them overseas.

“I’d spent the past three to four months setting up back-to-back meetings over five days,” said agent Rafe Sagalyn, who canceled his trip to the fair. “My family asked me to stay close, a wish that I didn’t have a hard time heeding.”

More from MSNBC.

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UCLA Librarian punished for political mass e-mail

Connie from Indiana passed along This One from The Daily Bruin
at UCLA on a librarian punished for a political mass e-mail.


The librarians e-mail was cited as being in violation of university library policy, which prohibits unsolicited messages containing political, religious or patriotic messages to be sent to library department lists. They said \"Your recent e-mail, which was distributed to the entire unit, demonstrated a lack of sensitivity that went beyond incivility and became harassment,\" and that if he did not improve his behavior, \"further disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, will result.\"

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Coca-Cola Launching Harry Potter Campaign

Coca-Cola will be featuring Harry Potter\'s mug on 850 million Coke, Hi-C, and Minute Maid products as part of a campaign intended to boost literacy, as well as sales. Prizes will be awarded to consumers, which include movie tickets and trips to England. more...

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