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 FAS.org 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 The article reports that \"while documents have been pulled before because they contained mistakes or were outdated, this was the first time in memory that documents were destroyed because of security concerns, said Francis Buckley, superintendent of documents for the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. \"

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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 ...

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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 . . .

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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.\"

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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

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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

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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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Want to Get Your Kids to Read? Get Them a Dog

There\'s a new library program that\'s being promoted across the country. It involves children, books and dogs. The program is designed to strengthen children\'s reading skills by having them read aloud to man\'s best friend. More

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Libraries May be Going Out of Business

Two Indiana libraries may be forced to shut their doors due to a loss of funding. Tax money collected from a local steel mill has provided about half of the libraries\' operating funds, up until now. Attempts are being made to secure emergency funds through the state. Apprently, cutting staff, hours and programs isn\'t enough. \"The library froze hiring, ceased purchasing new materials and cancelled a number of standing orders. Officials have resorted to making copies on the back sides of already used copy paper.\" More

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The Invisible Web

This one comes by way of LLRX. It\'s a book review by Donna Cavallini, Manager of Competitive Knowledge with the law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton. She discusses in her review, a book entitled \"The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can’t See.\" by Chris Sherman (search engine watch) and Gary Price (virtual acquisition shelf & news desk). The book talks about the vast amount of information on the web that can\'t be retrieved via search engine spiders, for various reasons, ranging from business matters to technological ones. According to the review, the book is intended to \"empower searchers to surmount these obstacles, in part by explaining the technical reasons why search engines otherwise inexplicably fail to return relevant results, and in part by providing a directory of selected subject-specific tools for accessing this valuable hidden web content.\" More

\'Harry Potter\' Movie Debuts Across U.S.

So the big Harry Potter movie opened today, not like you need me to tell you that. If you haven\'t had enough, I\'d recommend Yahoo! Movies for all the Hot Harry Action you can stand.

They have News, Reviews and much More than I can handle.

If you saw it, or are seeing it this weekend, and would like to contribute a review, please let us know.

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netLibrary Saga So Far

The Chronicle of Higher Education\'s unofficial liason to the library world, Jeff Young, provides a helpful summary of the netLibrary saga so far:

The struggling e-book provider netLibrary filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Wednesday, and the nonprofit library organization OCLC immediately announced that it had offered to purchase all of the company\'s assets.

The company\'s fiscal implosion came just five days after one of its investors had filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that netLibrary had overstated its earnings to attract venture capital . . .

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We\'re the Jesus Party, and Harry\'s not invited!

Val writes \"A Christian group in Lewiston, Maine, celebrates the release of the Harry Potter movie with an old-timey, feel-good book-cutting...\"

Yep, that\'s right, they cut the books instead of burning them, seems... I dunno, anti-climatic. There is something about a preacher screaming about the devil in front of a fire that is so much more inspiring than watching a man cut a book apart with his little scissors.
An English teacher at the protest called it (the book cutting) child abuse. Sounds like a good time was had by all.


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Freeport\'s New Library Saga Continues

Our friends in Freeport (IL) are in the news again. They\'ve been experiencing some difficulties over the design for the new library. First, they were criticized for the building plans. Then, there was an an appeal to the public to contribute funds from tax refunds and other personal means. Then, the citizens forced the town council to reject the funding. Then it looked as though they would get about 1/2 of their proposed funding.
Then, the public ranted more. Then, it was decided that landfill money would be used to fund the new library. Then, it looked as though they were gaining ground. Now, they\'ve hired a marketing firm to conduct a publicity campaign. An interesting facet of the situation is that the board of trustees has been \"working\" on the issue for ten years, and, still no resolution. More

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