Chicagoans Get Together To Talk About Mockingbird

Val writes \"Chicago became one big book-club when the city initiated it\'s \"One book, one Chicago\" program, with Harper Lee\'s classic _To Kill a Mockingbird_ as the centerpiece.
The _Chicago Sun-Times_ brought together 6 artists and intellectuals to give their takes on the book. They reveal how the events of Sept. 11th have colored their reading and thinking about the novel.

Full Story \"


After a light dinner and some wine, the discussion began. What follows is an edited transcript of the conversation.

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Anti-war free speech challenged in West Virginia

Val writes \"A West Virginia high school student was told by school officials and the court system she couldn\'t wear anti-war themed t-shirts to school, nor would she be allowed to form an \"anarchy club.\" Girl and her mother expect to pursue case.
Read more: At Salon \"

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Bush Clamping Down On Presidential Papers

From yesterday\'s Washington Post:

The Bush White House has drafted an executive order that would usher in a new era of secrecy for presidential records and allow an incumbent president to withhold a former president\'s papers even if the former president wanted to make them public.

The five-page draft would also require members of the public seeking particular documents to show \"at least a \'demonstrated, specific need\' \" for them before they would be considered for release . . .

\"The executive branch is moving heavily into the nether world of dirty tricks, very likely including directed assassinations overseas and other violations of American norms and the U.N. charter,\" said Vanderbilt University historian Hugh Graham. \"There is going to be so much to hide.\"

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On Digital Library Standards: From Yours and Mine to Ours

From the new issue of CLIR Issues:

If you ask people in research libraries to identify the most significant digital library challenge facing them, it is likely that most will respond with the same answer: the absence of standards. These people are not referring to the formal standards emerging from the International Standards Organization (ISO) or the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Such standards are plentiful. Instead, they are bemoaning the lack of a consensus about when and how to apply those formal standards in a digital library.

More with thanks to the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog.

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LISNews Celebrates 2 Years!



Happy Birthday to LISNews!
What follows are some thoughts on LISNews, now 2 years old. In the 2 years since I started the ball rolling, LISNews has grown and blossomed into a vibrant and fun little site. I thought I would compile some thoughts and ideas on the past, present and future of the site, as I see it. It’s up to you all to show me what’s good and what’s bad. More importantly, it’s up to you to tell me if what we are doing is right or wrong, good or bad.


How do we grow, keep ahead and change over the next 2 years? How can we encourage more users, more visitors, and get more authors? How do I stop paying for this damn thing, and how can I stop it from sucking up all my time?

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FBI investigates e-mail

Interesting Story.

Here\'s what we know, The FBI is investigating suspicious e-mails sent from the Weldon Public Library in NC. Weldon Police Chief Tim Byers said the FBI informed him the transmissions seemed \"a little bit out of the ordinary\".

They don\'t know whether e-mails were intercepted or whether FBI agents received a tip.
The word intercepted really caught my eye. No one in the story knows what they found or how they found it.

WA Library shun federal money for Internet access

The Spokesman Review is Reporting that The Pend Oreille County Library District will shun federal money for Internet access because it comes with too many strings, including a demand for pornography filters on all the district\'s computers.

District directors estimated they would have to spend $1,300 a year on Internet filtering software to gain about $6,000 a year from the federal \"E-Rate\" program.

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Gale Group: Breaking Through Content Barriers

Bob Cox passed along This Interview with the CEO and the executive vice president of The Gale Group from eContent Magazine.

They talk about the Internet\'s impact on information aggregation and distribution, the importance of quality indexing, and maintaining a tight grip on the content you put out there.

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National Library of Scotland to close science reading room

Charles Davis writes \"The National Library of Scotland today announced plans to develop an
electronically-based general information service for scientific and business
researchers. As a consequence, the Library will close its specialist science
reading room and reduce its binding operations.
The full text of this press release is available
Here \"

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Google makes more of the web visible

Search Engine Watch report in today\'s edition of the newsletter SearchDay that Google is making even greater inroads into the invisible web. Google is now indexing a number of file formats that most other search engines ignore, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Rich Text Format and PostScript files. This is in addition to PDF files, which Google started indexing earlier this year. Read the full story for more details. I couldn\'t find details on Google\'s own site yet, but no doubt they will be appearing soon.

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James is in town (Java MARC events that is)

Thanks to the ever interesting Internet Scout Weblog, details of James (Java MARC events):
\"a Java package that provides an event model for MARC records through Java callbacks [...] Using James you can write programs that involve MARC records without knowing the details of the MARC record structure\"
It\'s a bit beyond my technical understanding but sounds intriguing. Find out more.

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What Degrees Do Directors Hold?

Adam wrote: \"I too was recently laid off from a
corporate position
where
I did web work and now find myself working in a
traditional library setting again.
Anyway, I read the MBA poll.

I am considering entering the Professional MBA
program here my University (one of the perks of this
academic setting is a free tuition) and was curious how
many directors of large libraries actually
have their MBAs and library degrees? What degrees
do directors hold?\"

I\'ve worked for MLS\'s personally, but with more and
more libraries being run as businesses (for better or
worse), are there more MBA\'s in charge now?

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Is It Cornstarch, or is it Anthrax?

Lee Hadden writes: \"An article by Matthew Rose, \"Cornstarch Dries Ink, but Terrifies
Magazine Buyers,\" is in today\'s Wall Street Journal, October 31, 2001, on
pages B1 and B4. Cornstarch is used in the publishing business to dry ink,
and to prevent static electricity so pages won\'t stick together when
binding or mailing. It is used in many popular publications, such as Vogue
or Reader\'s Digest or Vanity Fair. However, the white powder residue can be
terrifying to those who aren\'t familiar with the magazine publishing
business, and many people think it may be anthrax spores. \"Before we sell a
magazine, we have to convince consumers it isn\'t going to kill them,\" one
publisher said. Read more about it in the Wall Street Journal.\"

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Library Considers Conservation of Materials a Luxury - Cuts Preservation Staff

The State Library of Victoria (AU) is cutting its conservaton staff because, according to a report by senior management \"the systemic conservation of library collections is becoming a luxury.\" more...

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Road Rage on the Information Superhighway

Aaron Tunn sent along
This Transcript of an excellent interview with from Radio National down in Australia.

I\'m not even sure how to summarize this one. It\'s about copyright, control of information, the information services industry, the publishing industry, libraries, and who owns what.

It really is worth a read.

\"So in that process there are a whole series of players, and how this will all shake out ultimately electronically, is going to be one of the fascinating questions. Either it will increase to a few very small, dominant, very great profit-making multinationals, or there\'ll be a deconstruction of the vast majority of the literature back to the authors for self-archiving and distributing in the old electronic college way.\"

The Invisible Library

The Cutest Dog In The World sent along a link to The Invisible Library, which I think we linked already, but I can\'t find it.

The Invisible Library is a collection of books that only appear in other books. Within the library\'s catalog you will find imaginary books, pseudobiblia, artifictions, fabled tomes, libris phantastica, and all manner of books unwritten, unread, unpublished, and unfound.

Check out The Catalog of books and The Librarian\'s Office

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Supreme Court zaps violent game law

Andrew Mutch writes \"A precursor to the Filtering legislation\'s fate before the Court?

Full Story \"


The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a decision by a lower appeals court to block the enforcement of an Indianapolis law that required children to have parental consent and/or supervision when playing arcade games that are deemed too violent.

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Filtering Deadline Passes

I came across this one at Geek.com. Not that anyone necessarily wantd to read more about filtering and its affect on federal funding, but editorials are always worth a perusal, or three. be sure to scroll down for the opinions of Bob, et. al.

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Libraries are a Whole New Business

Once viewed as cold edifices, where equally cold, bun-laden librarians shushed everyone, including the mouse in the corner, libraries have evolved into hi-tech businesses which successfully mix and match tradition with trend, creating a hub of community services and a fun gathering place for all. more...

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Amazon Dumps Windows, Saves Millions with Linux

In a move that could potentially spell disaster for the folks at Microsoft, online retail giant, Amazon.com has dumped the Windows operating system for Linux. In all of its open sourceness, could Linux possibly become the new kinder, gentler wizard of OS? more...

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