Move Over Harry Potter, There\'s a New Kid in Town

His name is Artemis Fowl, and this 12-year-old kids\' book character has already made a mint — and literary history — for his creator, Irish author Eoin Colfer. [more...]

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Fraudulent borrowers cost libraries $10,000

Here\'s yet another story on
public library thefts. Detectives are investigating a
library theft ring whose members took at least $10,000
worth of materials from at least 16 libraries in several
OH counties over five months.

They used at least five fraudulent names to take out
About $10,000 worth of DVDs, CDs, videos and books.
Overdue notices sent to the fraudulent addresses were
returned by the postal service in December, and the
libraries then knew they had been ripped off.

It\'s so sad how often I see this now.

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US Presidential Libraries

The
Chicago Tribune
has a Story on
the Presidential Libraries in the US.

They say presidential libraries have become elaborate
and expensive and are aimed at staking a president\'s
claim to greatness, and are so expensive you could run
a presidential campaign on what they cost. President
Bill Clinton\'s library in Little Rock, Ark., has been
estimated at $100 million to $125 million.

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Epublishing News

What Can Publishers Learn from
Librarians?
is an interesting story from Publishers
Weekly
on e-books. They say libraries and
technology vendors are working at a higher level of
sophistication than most print publishers in terms of
integrating content assets, and publishers can learn a
thing or two from us.

Bob Cox sent in This Story from Freep.com on E-Ink, a flexible,
paper-like display made of plastic, with paper-white
backgrounds and ink that continues to display even
after you turn the gadget off. They say it could help
digital books account for annual revenues of $7.8
billion in five years (18 percent of all publishing sales)

Net News

Charles Davis shares This Story on the ever humble Tim
Berners-Lee. He will receive an honorary degree
\"Doctor of Science (honoris causa)\" from the University
of Oxford at Encaenia. We all owe him a big thanks for
what he did.

In other \'net-news, Bob Cox sent along This NY Post Story on a Brooklyn busboy
who pulled off the largest identity-theft in Internet
history, stealing from more than 200 of the \"Richest
People in America\" listed in Forbes magazine, and he
did it all with the computers in a local library!Here\'s another Story too.

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Noisy Libraries Speak Volumes About Us

Someone sent along This Story from The Washington
Post
on the Arlington Road branch library in
Bethesda. Not the quiet library you would expect, and
just too loud for this author.

\"No, thanks.\" I wanted to say. \"I\'ll just head on
over to someplace where I can concentrate, like Chuck
E. Cheese.\"

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University buries 10,000 books to save cash

Charles Davis sent in this Rather Strange Story on
The University of Western Sydney.
They just dumped 10,000 books
because it could not afford to store
them. Rare and antique
books were among those buried.

Vice Chancellor Janice Reid says
the university receives up
to 50% less funds than older
universities.

Official government figures show
UWS\'s income per
student is the third lowest in the
country.

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Queen to meet Potter\'s creator

Charles Davis sent in this one,
it seems that Rowling has some friends in high places.

The Queen (of England, not the U.S.) is going to meet
JK Rowling, you may have heard Harry is already a
favourite of the Prince of Wales.
During the so-called royal \"theme
day\", the Queen and
Duke of Edinburgh are to see
various aspects of the book
industry. Other visits included a
bookstore, school and
library.

Full Story

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CIPA Round Up

The CIPA submissions are flowing like wine here.


The ALA Press Release

ALA
Complaint
[It\'s a PDF]


ACLU\'s Announcement

Full
Text of the Motion
[It\'s a PDF]
CNN Story, they
also had a \"Quick Vote\" poll on this, but it seems to be
gone. President Nancy C. Kranich
was on Fox
News
yesterday, and got grilled pretty hard, anyone
else catch that?

Last but not least, Salon has This Story on the big hoo haa.
This Wired Story is also very
interesting.

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Drop and give me 20 pages, soldier!

US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki has put together reading lists for soldiers from raw recruits (Tom Brokaw\'s The Greatest Generation) all the way up to generals (Clausewitz, Kissinger and Thucydides).

Gen. Shinseki says, \"There is no better way to develop the sure knowledge and confidence required of our calling than a disciplined, focused commitment to a personal course of reading and study.\"

I don\'t often agree with warmongers, but -- right on, Brother!

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What\'s More important, Freedom of Speech or the Need to Protect Kids from Porn?

I have never researched how many times in history the ALA has taken an issue to the Supreme Court, but [this one...] according to ABC News, may well be headed that way.

It is expected that if the ruling is handed down that libraries must comply or lose federal funds, some libraries will ultimately decide to give up the funding in order to prove their point. Is this the common sense approach?
[more...]

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Update: Bodleian rethinks visitor centre

Charles Davis writes \"From
newsquest.co.uk

Controversial plans to turn part of Oxford\'s
Bodleian Library into a pay-as-you-enter visitor
centre have been withdrawn.
After much opposition, the University has
decided to withdraw temporarily its planning
application for more consultation with city council
planning officers. \"

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Librarians Square-Off Over Filtering Law

David Plotnikoff [writes...]

Libraries bracing for CIPA\'s arrival have almost no idea how it will affect them and when. The law, the latest in a long set of Internet filtering proposals championed by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., doesn\'t contain specific details on the mechanics of compliance. The FCC is drawing up regulations and time lines for its implementation. [more...] from the Silicon Valley

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Online Reference in S.F.

Soneome passed along This Story from mercurycenter.com about how Bay Area libraries have banded together to do online reference.

About 80 reference librarians from 25 libraries are linked up to staff qandacafe.org and qandacafe.com.
Note: San Fran residents only

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SIRS Launches Free Interactive Resource Guide

SIRS Mandarin, Inc. has announced the launch of the SIRS Resource Center, an evolving collection of educational Internet resources for students, teachers and librarians. Lesson plans, online reference tools and library resources
can be found in this free, interactive resource guide.

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Smarter Searching: AltaVista Debuts Online Newsstand

Michael Liedtke [writes...]
AltaVista will add an online newsstand to its main index Monday to make its results more topical and useful to surfers looking for up-to-the-minute information.

With the new service, Palo Alto-based AltaVista will automatically produce the top stories related to search requests. Clicking on a news center at the top search page will provide a complete index of all the latest online stories about the requested topic.

The new feature, licensed from San Francisco-based Moreover, addresses a glaring shortcoming for even the most powerful search engines. [more...]

Doings at the Oxford library

Charles Davis sent in a couple stories on the libraries at Oxford.

Ex-US President Clinton will visit Oxford on May 25th to open the Rothermere American Institute, within which the
Vere Harmsworth Library sits.
The Full Story

Another Story On the radical plan to turn the university library into a pay-as-you-enter visitor centre is provoking a fierce war of words. They call it the \"theme park proposal\", \'sacrilegious\' and \'a desecration\'.

Are there any other libraries that charge to enter?

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Filter me this...

The New York Times has an article on filtering. The fight is ready to begin and the ACLU and ALA are poised.
\"hen Jeffery Pollock ran for Congress last year, he posted his forceful opinions on more than a dozen topics on his Web site, pollock4congress .com, including his support for the federally mandated use of Internet \"filtering\" software to block pornography in schools and libraries. Then he discovered that his own site was blocked by one of those filtering programs, Cyber Patrol.\"

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Librarian convicted of chopper jailbreak

Who says librarians are boring?
Bob Cox sent along This Story on Lucy Dudko, a softly spoken mother and librarian was arrested after a crazy jail break attempt. She hijacked a helicopter at gunpoint in 1999 and forced the pilot to land in the exercise yard of a prison, where her boy friend was waiting for her to bust him out.

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Dirty Book Guy Loses

One More Story on the Dirty-Book
Guy. This time the Charlotte Public Library trustees say
they will not change their policy for selecting library
books to accomodate his tempor tantrums.

The nine-page policy says the library offers
collections to meet the demographics of all its citizens
and on all points of view.
That includes items \"which reflect controversial,
unorthodox or even unpopular ideas.\"

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