Oprah Makes a Correction

Nashville Public Sees Growth Explosion Since Last Year

It would appear, that when it comes to satisfying the masses, the Nashville (TN) Public Library System has discovered the secret formula. Since the realization of the $115 million building project, which resulted in a new main branch, trhe renovation of three smaller branches, as well as the addition of five new branches, the libraries have seen a huge increase in their circulation, up 41% from last year. In the new main branch alone, the number skyrocketed to 95%. More from The Tennessean.

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2001 Ezine-Tips Online Publishing Awards

ezine-tips.com has the 2001 Ezine-Tips Online Publishing Awards posted.

These are the main guidelines they used to judge newsletters:
Writing quality, originality, sources and timeliness.
.Format and design that enhance the content.
.Value for readers.
.Mission clarity.

They range from Bent on Waterfowl, about waterfowl hunting, to, Neat Net Tricks, a collection of site, software and search-engine reviews.
These newsletters all have great content, well-written, timely and essential for the target audience. Cool niche stuff for all!

Library Patron Jailed in Child Porn Case

An Illinois man has plead guilty to charges of child pornography after downloading pictures, on a library computer, of children engaging in sexual acts. His wife alerted the police after discovering the photos. more from The Chicago Tribune.

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Clinton Gets His Library

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled in favor of the city of Little Rock in the case against Eugene Pfeifer III. The city siezed Pfeifer\'s land after he refused their $400,000 offer to purchase it in order to build the Clinton \"residential\" Library. According to the article, as a result of the city\'s inability to legally claim eminent domain, they simply condemned the property in order to acquire it. more...

Voters Love Libraries

Owing a debt of gratitude to local voters, Cleveland (OH) Area libraries will see a generous increase in funding as the result of a 6-0 vote for a proposed $25 million bond issue for improvement of libraries. Other agencies weren\'t so fortunate. more from The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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UNM Library Dean Placed on Leave Amid Controversy

After the September 11 terror attacks, Richard Berthold, a professor at the University of New Mexico made an inflammatory remark in which he stated, \"Anyone who can blow up the Pentagon has my vote.\" It seems, however, that his remark about the attack on the Pentagon isn\'t the only one that\'s gotten him into trouble. It would appear that he\'s made similar and also threatening remarks toward his colleagues well before 9/11. In an unrelated incident last February, Berthold made a statement about the Dean of the Library, in which he said the Library Dean \"should be shot for the way he was running the library system.\" After the Library Dean threatened to go public with information on how the University was handling the situation with Berthold, the Dean was placed on leave. more from The ABQ Tribune.

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BookShare Answers Your Questions

The Fine folks over at BookShare have provided answers to all the questions provided by the ever inquisitive LISNews audience.

Read on below to see how they do things, and why. This is an interesting project, one that could have some impact on some libraries in the future.

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Lots O\' Harry Stuff

I seem to have collected a bucket full o\' Harry Potter stories here.

A Small NYTimes Editorial pointed the way to SaveHarry.com, a site to Save Harry from profiteering marketers.

Sexist, satanist, classist on Harry finding himself held responsible for the moral health of the nation\'s children.

SciFi.com has a Small Interview with Robbie Coltrane, who plays Hogwarts groundskeeper Hagrid. He says the film is \"quite shockingly good\".

Movie pirates cash in on Harry Potter mania has details on counterfeit DVDs.

Magic by the books is a general movie story.

And, Ananova tells us fifth book \'shouldn\'t be too long, in which, JK Rowling says the fifth Harry Potter novel should be finished soon.
Ananova also has special Harry Potter and JK Rowling news sections.

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Project Aims to Make Cuneiform Collections Available

jen writes \"Assyriology going hi-tech -
The Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative, a joint venture of
the University of California at Los Angeles and the Max Planck
Institute for the History of Science, in Berlin, will provide scholars
with access to an enormous database of cuneiform inscriptions.
With more than 200,000 tablets scattered throughout museums in
several countries (not counting the steady flow of black-market
items trickling out of Iraq and onto eBay), the world\'s 400
professional Assyriologists have been struggling to keep from being
buried alive by primary documents. The online library promises to
be the single-largest, most organized, and best cataloged repository
of cuneiform inscriptions in the world, according to its director,
Robert K. Englund, a professor of Near Eastern languages and
culture at UCLA.
Full Story from The Chronicle of Higher Ed\"

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Welcome to the Knowledge Revolution

Peter Drucker has an interesting story, Beyond The Information Revolution the appeared in The Atlantic awhile back.

The steam engine was to the Industrial Revolution as the Computer is to the “Information revolution” (if you’ve ever read Stoll you know why I put that in quotes, I\'m still not entirely sold on the knowledge revolution idea). Both the computer and the steam engine were not just the triggers, but as he puts it “above all, it’s symbol”. Now, just as then, products caught up in this revolution are seeing dramatic price decreases (Moores law being just one example). Now computers prices drop each year, then it was clothing, paper, and metal.

What he points out that is so interesting has to do with the amount of time that elapsed before the industrial revolution began to break out of it’s 19th century thinking. During the first 50 years of the revolution people had only managed to mechanize stuff that had been around, they just made more of it, and it cost less.

Just as the railroad worked to shrink “mental geography”, the internet eliminates it. We can now buys books from Amazon in Seattle, or catalogs from isim in Sweden, they both get delivered in the same way. Now we only have one economy, and one market, barriers have fallen world wide.

He calls this the Knowledge revolution because the key to our current revolution lies not in the computers themselves, but in cognitive science, that is in our minds, in the minds of the people leading this revolution.

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Information for Social Change

Rory passed along word on the new Information for Social Change [No. 13, Summer 2001].

Contents include:

- Book review: Glenn Rikowski\'s The Battle in Seattle: Its Significance for
Education. Review: John Pateman

-Resources. Martyn Lowe Some recent developments. Martyn Lowe

- Librarians protest murder in Genoa! Open letter from librarians against
the murder of people exercising the right to protest against corporate
globalization at the Genoa conference, July 2001.

- Classic and neo-information (editorial). Rory Litwin

- Libraries in Cuba: Report of a visit to \"independent,\" national and
public libraries in Cuba, 2000. John Pateman

And more...

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Keeping Papers Sealed

Lee Hadden writes: \"In an article in the Washington Post, President Bush has signed an
executive order that keeps President Reagan\'s papers secret longer than the
12 years now under the current 1978 law. Historians have asked that some
68,000 pages of Ronald Reagan\'s papers be made public, and this has been
blocked by George Bush. There is some speculation that this action is made
to protect the policy advisors around President Bush, who made be
embarrassed by revelations from the previous Bush or Reagan administrations
that are now sealed. Also, it is speculated that this action will give
President Bush more control over his papers in the future.
Particularly in a time when the president may have to act unethically
and even illegally in the war on terrorism, future revelations may lead to
embarrassment or prosecution for the president.\"

Yes you may have seen this here before.
See Also a story on Secrecy as Policy .

Amazon losing ground in core area

It seems amazon has lost some ground in the book sales war.

CNET Says Amazon is losing ground in the business that the company was created for: selling books.

Amazon has lost significant market share to archenemy Barnes&Noble.com.

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Book & Bread Mobile in Davis California

The Davis Enterprise reports that a \"mobile health/literacy resource van\" and a \"Bread and Books/Pan y Libros\" bus are taking to the streets to deliver food and information. The programs were sponsored by a $297,165 grant from the Yolo County Proposition 10 commission. Full story

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South Carolina Reads

This Story is on the new program down south called \"South Carolina Reads\", similiar to all the other \"read the same book things\" you\'ve seen in the states of Arkansas, Georgia, Virginia, Mississippi and Oklahoma and the cities of Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Denver, Boise, Philadelphia, Providence, R.I., and Buffalo, N.Y.
So far they just have a list in mind for SC, what makes a good book for this type of thing?

, “It has to be more than a good book; it has to be a good discussion. It has to be a book that is character-driven, not plot-driven. And a character has to be making a difficult decision or going through a difficult time.”

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Teachers warn dangers in Potter movie magic

Remember that one scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the one with the witch? This story just made me think of that for some reason.

One of Britain\'s biggest teaching unions has issued a stern warning to parents and teachers that J.K. Rowling\'s phenomenally successful creation could lead schoolchildren into the sinister world of the occult.

Full Story from The Observer sent in by Bob Cox.

\"The premiere of Harry Potter the movie will lead to a whole new generation of youngsters discovering witchcraft and wizardry. We welcome the values this will ingrain, focusing on good triumphing over evil. Though it is important not to over-react to this entertaining phenomenon, the risks are clear.\"

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Best Sites for vintage newspapers

IHT has a Nice Little Story by Liz Alderman, on the best sites for those who like the old newspapers.

They include,
lagalcante.com,
historic-newspapers.co.uk,
historybuff.com, and
rarenewspapers.com.

Thanks to Bob Cox for this story.

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SSSCA Down for the Count?

The Electronic Frontier Foundation reports:

Senate Commerce Committee hearings relating to the Security Systems Standards and Certification Act (SSSCA), originally set for October 25, have been postponed in the face of mounting opposition from the technology community.

The SSSCA would require that all future digital technologies include federally-mandated \"digital rights management\" (DRM) technologies that will enable Hollywood to restrict how consumers can use digital content. Response to the draft bill, which was authored by Senator Fritz Hollings (D-SC), has been largely negative. EFF announced its opposition to the bill several weeks ago and encouraged its members to express their concerns to Senator Hollings. IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and others have since announced their opposition, as well.

Senator Hollings has not re-scheduled the hearings, and has indicated that he would consider modifying the bill.

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Mitch Freedman presents pay equity, etc. to state

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"Mitch Freedman on privacy, defending intellectual freedom, combating the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act,
budget projections, promoting library advocacy, diversity, and better salaries and pay equity by overcome the stereotype of
pittance for pay and promote a better understanding of what librarians do.


Read The Full Speech \"

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