AAP Funnies

Jason writes: \"I was looking for something over on the AAP site, and ran across a funny in the Press Archive.
The two latest stories they have posted are titled, DMCA Essential to the Future of E-commerce AND
New Threats to Your Freedom of Speech.
Someone at the AAP missed the irony.\"

Yes, it turns out the DMCA is essential to the future, but doesn\'t threaten free speech. . The full text of Mrs. Schroeder\'s remarks can be found here, she has some interesting thoughts on fair use.
As for the threats to your freedom of speech? They include libel, invasion of privacy, confidentiality of sources and the limits of First Amendment protection.

Funny how different my ideas for freedom of speech are from corporate ideas.

A Look at Questia The Online Library

Adam Wright writes \"
This story
is very interesting about the owner of Questia.com, an online library. I believe it is worth a read because it shows how persistance can really pay off. It is also interesting because of its library angle. \"

Williams says he will survive because he has a pure online product. He has no inventory to worry about.

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Union Says Free Speech Threatened on College Campuses

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is worried that academicians are being forced to quell their opinions since the 9/11 terror attacks. According to the organization, \"numerous academics across the country have had their academic freedom jeopardized since the terror attacks.\" Another group agrees with the AAUP that that academic freedom has been jeopardized, but believes that those who express patriotic sentiments are the ones being targeted. more...

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Government Responses to 9/11

Lee Hadden writes : \"The OMB Watch, which helps promote accountability in government, has
listed some of the actions different federal agencies have taken after the
terrorist incidents of September 11th. For example, many digital maps have
been pulled from the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, and interactive
websites maintained by the International Nuclear Safety Regulatory Center
that showed the locations of nuclear reactors have been removed.
Read more about it.\"

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The Challenges of D.I.Y. Circulation

From today\'s New York Times:

On a recent weekday evening, scores of work-weary people waited to check out materials at the Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library while, a few yards away, two self-service checkout machines stood idle.

Michael Dong of the Bronx approached one, but his attempt at do- it-yourself library clerking ended in an error message. \"Of all the times I\'ve tried it, it\'s worked once,\" said Mr. Dong of the machine as he abandoned it in exasperation.

He is not alone. For the past eight years, many libraries in the United States have invited people to step out of line and check out materials themselves. But library patrons have been less than enthusiastic about the devices, which have yet to live up to their manufacturers\' promise of becoming the book borrower\'s version of the automated teller.

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Librarian as Shh-er GIF

Robert writes \"The October 24th \"Free Animated GIF of the Day\" e-mailing from the Andover Update Newsletter (http://www.osdn.com/newsletters/) is a GIF of a librarian complete with hairbun and goggle-sized glasses hovering over a booktruck and throwing a shh at some unseen patrons. For a copy, go to the Animation Factory (http://www.animationfactory.com) and search \"librarian\". Other versions are for sale. \"

A search at animationfactory turns up a few more as well. WEB4LIB turned up a few more interesting librarian images around the web. A Fun One from the Camden County Library, an Inspiring One from Europe, and some funny ones from the Australian Library and Information Association Here, Here, and Here, and of course the classic librarianavengers.com.

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Glasgow University fire destroys Darwin manuscript

Charles Davis writes \"A fire at Glasgow University has destroyed first edition
works of Charles Darwin.
The fire caused £8m of damage, and university officials
describe the losses of original manuscripts as \'tragic\'.
It\'s thought the fire started in roof space used for storage in the 100-year-old Bower building.
Professor John Coggins has told The Daily Telegraph
about the lost documents.
\"Some of these would have included works by Darwin but
what is more irreplaceable is the loss of original
manuscripts, \" he said.
More at
The Telegraph


\"Although we may have duplicates of these in the university\'s library, it is tragic that we have lost the originals.\"

Library Juice Manifesto

I\'ve given Library
Juice
something it should have had years ago: a manifesto.
Actually it\'s an adaptation of the statement I gave New Breed
Librarian
when they interviewed me for their inaugural
issue. It expresses what I think are a large number of
librarians motivations for being librarians and expresses
what is known as the \"library spirit\" from a certain
angle. It is titled \"The Ideology of Librarianship: A
Libertarian Socialism of Information,\" and it is inside,
here:

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The instant book that wasn\'t

Salon has an Interesting look at \"9/11 8:48\", the first book published about the terrorist attacks it was a print-on-demand book. The book is a collection of writings on the 9/11 attacks, and was the first out of the gate, but ran into more than a few problems getting sold.

\"I don\'t want this book confused with instant history,\" Rosen said. \"It\'s not an attempt to provide the first rough draft of history -- it\'s not summarizing the O.J. Simpson trial a week later. It\'s voices speaking in the moment.\"

E-resource Pricing Models and Consortial Issues

Bernie Sloan has put together E-resource Pricing Models and Consortial Issues A Bibliography he put together for a presentation to a reference class at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

These items were intended to provide an overview of issues dealing with e-resource negotiations (both terms and conditions, and pricing), as well as issues centering on consortial brokering of e-resources.

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Filter Plan Leaks Like a Sieve

Wired Says that new filter thing touted by Microsoft, AOL Time Warner and Yahoo as a way to protect children may be far less useful than its backers have claimed.

Check Out what they (the big 3) said at the big announcement. Wired Says a closer look at the company\'s media properties illustrates the perils of trying to glue the Internet Content Rating Association\'s [ICA]tags on all of the domains owned by a corporate organism as complex as AOL Time Warner. They provide and interesting example:

AOL.com\'s bland homepage is rated as innocuous, reasonably enough, but HBO.com -- which uses the meta tag \"g-string divas\" in its Web page description and touts the racy Sex and the City series -- lacks any ICRA tags. WarnerBros.com highlights violent horror movies that children are barred from viewing in theaters, but has zero ICRA ratings that could ward off wayward youths.\"

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Tech Heavyweights Condemn SSSCA

The Security Systems Standards and Certification Act\'s prospects just got a bit dimmer:

After weeks of conference calls and quiet rallying of the troops, technology companies including Intel, IBM, Microsoft and Compaq Computer held a coming-out press conference Monday to oppose a broad copyright protection proposal being backed by Walt Disney and Sen. Ernest Hollings.

The plan has yet to be introduced as a bill, but it has been the source of intense debate since August, when drafts first began reaching the public. The technology companies\' event appeared to be aimed at pre-empting a Senate hearing on the issue scheduled for later this week.

\"This legislation would be an unwarranted intrusion by the government into the commercial marketplace,\" said Ken Kay, executive director of the Computer Systems Policy Project, a trade group that includes IBM, Intel, Dell Computer, Motorola and others as members. \"This would freeze technology...(and) force government to pick winners and losers.\"

More with thanks to Slashdot.

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The Library as Cornerstone of a National Identity

. . . in this case the new library at Addis Ababa University\'s Institute of Ethiopian Studies:

Ethiopian studies today, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, faces one of its greatest challenges, and one in which we appeal for help from all readers. Since its establishment in 1963, the Institute has made itself central to the study of Ethiopia, in all areas of scholarship. Ethiopia has an age-old tradition of indigenous learning, in which its people can feel proud.

However, as far as the modern study of the country is concerned, most scholars of Ethiopia, prior to the founding of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, lived outside the country; virtually all works on Ethiopia, including scholarly periodicals, were published abroad; academic gatherings on the country were held almost exclusively in other countries, indeed continents . . .

The major problem - and challenge - for today relates to the Institute Library, which, as far as possible, collects all works produced inside or outside Ethiopia . . . The [present] building . . . was planned for State Receptions, not for the storage of millions of books, manuscripts, pamphlets, and newspapers, and is, we believe, groaning under the weight of so much scholarly material. (It groans, but it wants more).

The Society, and the Institute, is appealing to all individuals and institutions of good-will to assist in the noble endeavour of building the New Library: we appeal to Ethiopian intellectuals, and to the media, to help with creating awareness of the importance of the Library and Museum project; to the Ethiopian business community at home and abroad . . . to Ethiopian and foreign corporations and foundations; to the diplomatic community . . . and to the ordinary man, woman or child in the street.

More from allAfrica.

Trinidad & Tobago National Library Named for Naipaul

From the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Herald:

Who said a prophet is not honoured in his own country, even if he has has lived away from home for nearly 40 years?

The Trinidad and Tobago Government has announced plans to name the soon-to-be-opened National Library Complex in the capital after its famous son Sir Vidia S (VS) Naipaul, who recently won the Nobel prize for literature.

The complex which is nearing completion will be named the \" Sir Vidia S Naipaul National Library Complex of Trinidad and Tobago,\" the Sunday Guardian quoted Education Minister Ganga Singh as saying. \"There is no better way to encourage our children to read, and our scholars to excel, with this icon of achievement held up before them,\" Singh said.

More via World News.

Internet archive, the world\'s largest library

From the San Francisco Business Times comes this interview with Brewster Kahle, co-founder of San Francisco-based Internet Archive. The project, described as the world\'s largest library, goes live tomorrow.

\"Users will be able to type in the http://www.archive.org url into their browser and access 10 billion web pages dating back to 1996 when project leaders began their mission of preserving digerati.\"

Kahle admits, though, that the first thing people will probably search for will be their own corporate or personal web pages since \"people are always interested in themselves.\"

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Freedom Forum International News Libraries

Find out more about the life of a librarian at Freedom Forum International News Library in Budapest, Hungary in this interesting article. There are other articles about Freedom Forum Libraries in other countries.
The Freedom Forum is a \"nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people\". It\'s sad to note, then, that they will be closing all international operations at the end of 2001 and discontinuing all international programs. I don\'t know the reasons, but it seems a shame.

AOL, MSN, Yahoo Adopt Voluntary Web-Rating System

The Big-3 in Internet Land are going to allow voluntary ratings in order to give users the option to screen out objectionable content. Web site owners can submit information about their site\'s content and the Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA) will embed tags into the HTML code to ensure rating accuracy...that is, so long as the site owner is honest. more...

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Kids Wait Two Days Before Reporting Dead Body to Library Staff

After finding a dead body in the bushes outside the front doors of a public library in Shoreline, WA, kids weren\'t sure if it was real or a hoax, so they pondered the idea for two days. After having made several trips, bringing along friends to stare at the remains, they finally reported the body to library staff. A 13-year-old boy has been arrested for the shooting death of the teenager. more... from CNN.com

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Library Giving Away House

Here\'s one library that\'s giving away a house for free to the first person who can move it off their newly acquired property. more...

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Residents Honor Firefighters by Supporting Their Local Library

Maryville, TN residents are honoring firefighters while supporting their local library. For a $25 donation, the library will purchase a memorial book and in each new book will be a one-page biography of one of the firefighters who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on 9/11. more... from The Daily Times.

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