OCLC Makes Offer for Netlibrary

Subject to the approval of the bankruptcy court, OCLC Online Computer Library Center announces that it has made an offer to purchase substantially all the assets of netLibrary and assume certain netLibrary liabilities. netLibrary is a leading provider of eBooks, eTextbooks and Internet-based content/collection management services.


Concurrently, netLibrary announced that it has voluntarily filed a petition with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The transaction includes a loan from OCLC, to be repaid upon the consummation of the asset sale, to fund netLibrary\'s on-going operations through the transition period. OCLC\'s purchase of netLibrary\'s assets and its operating-funds loan to netLibrary are both subject to approval of the bankruptcy court.

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World\'s Largest Intranet Belongs to the U.S. Army

It has a whopping 70 Terabytes of storage and it\'s called the ArmyKnowledge Online Portal. (You can\'t log-in unless you qualify for an account). According to the article, at Wired News, \"it\'s a total aggregation of all the information the Army has. Whether it\'s a general at his desk in Washington or an infantryman in the deserts of Tajikistan, every one of the Army\'s active or retired personnel will have access to all of the army\'s online resources through the site. All soldiers on active duty have already been ordered to sign up and they are subscribing to the AKO at a rate of between 10,000 and 30,000 a day. More

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Dead Sea Scrolls Ready for Publication

The New York Times is reporting that the Dead Sea Scrolls are ready for publication. The announcement is supposed to be made today at the New York Public Library. According to the article, they don\'t prove, or negate, the existence of Christ. They do, however, provide insight into Jewish history. More

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Authors Warn that Male-Bashing Could have Disasterous Effects on Society

In the book \"Spreading Misandry: The Teaching of Contempt for Men in Popular Culture,\" the authors, Katherine Young and Paul Nathanson discuss the negative effects that could occur as a result of the level of male-bashing that is so widely accepted today. They refer to the negative stereotyping of men and boys, as found in books, art, greeting cards, comic strips, movies, television shows, and commercials. According to the authors, \"men are laughed at, denigrated or demonized, receiving treatment that would never be acceptable if directed at women.\" The problem could result in a hostile backlash toward women in general. More

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Life As A House House Has New Life As A Library

First a library was giving away a house, now this; Always quick with the quirkies, Ananova has this story on the new life of the house used in the movie Life As A House. The movie-set house was dismantled and moved to the Kenyon Elementary School in LA, where it will be used as the new library. The school only had to pay moving costs.

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Free Public Library Rates High in Importance

I\'ve got Good News, and Bad News.
Good News: Business First says the Louisville Free Public Library was ranked by 92.2% as \"very important\". The Study was conducted by Bruce Gale, director of the Urban Studies Institute at the University of Louisville.
Bad News: However, \"the library ranks behind home-delivered papers and local bookstores as the leading source of reading material and information.\"

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Arrest Made in Document Thefts

Charles Davis writes The following article appeared in the November 2001 issue of American
Libraries, p. 32.

Arrest Made in Document Thefts

A University of Wisconsin/Madison student has been arrested on charges he stole signatures of
early American figures while he was working at a Yale University library over the summer.
Benjamin W. Johnson, 21, allegedly stole and sold about 70 documents bearing the signatures
of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other historical figures.

Conference on the Public Domain: Papers Online

/. pointed me to The Conference on the Public Domain papers online. There are some excellent resources here.

A Very Large PDF is available, or This Page has some short summaries. Interesting titles include, \"the cultural public domain: fair use and appropriation\", and \"the history and theory of the public domain\".

\"This conference, the first major meeting to focus squarely on the topic of the public domain, will try to answer some of these questions in areas ranging from the human genome to appropriationist art, from the production of scientific data to the architecture of our communications networks.\"

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The Trouble With Harry Potter

Wired has a Story on a new WebSite that teaches kids about censorship and fighting for freedom of expression, using the fictional boy wizard as a case study.

Check out kidspeakonline.org

\"You couldn\'t ask for a better poster child against censorship than Harry Potter,\" said Chris Finan, the president of American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression

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Latest On NetLibrary

The DailyCamera.com reports that NetLibrary has a buyout offer, and An announcement of a possible sale could come as soon as a day or two.

RockyMountainNews says they are being sued by a venture capital partner for allegedly cooking company books with inflated sales figures. They are saying that the company had overstated annual revenues by more than 30 percent.

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Canadian Author is Double Prize Winner

Richard B. Wright\'s novel Clara Callan has won big. Today the Canada Council announced that Clara Callan is the winner of the Governor General\'s Literary Award in the English fiction category. Earlier this month Clara Callan was awarded the Giller Prize.

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Publishers\' Page Of Shame

Publishers\' Page Of Shame.This is a collaborative list of new books purchased by Libraries in the United States that have fallen apart almost immediately upon release into circulation. It is my intent to collect data from as many libraries as are willing to create something tangible to show the publishing industry. Paying between $20-$30 for a book that is poorly manufactured is unacceptable and borders on fraud.
They say publishers and others in the book industry ARE checking it and it is having an impact.

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Online Academic Libraries Colloquy Tomorrow

\"Are College Libraries Too Empty?\"

The Chronicle of Higher Education will be holding an online colloquy on this subject tomorrow (Thursday, November 15) at 2 p.m. U.S. Eastern time. The guests will be Council on Library and Information Resources president Deanna B. Marcum and Association of College and Research Libraries president Mary Reichel.

Click here to submit a question to be answered during the online session.

The 2001 National Book Award Winners Tonite

The 2001 National Book Awards are awarded tonite, Wednesday, November 14, 2001, the National Book Awards Ceremony and Dinner is at the New York Marriott Marquis. Steve Martin will serve as Master of Ceremonies.


Anyone want to pay for my ticket?

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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.

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