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.

NC Librarians Develop Start Squad Portal for Kids

Librarians in North Carolina have developed a portal just for kids. The introduction reads; \"StartSquad.org is the very best place to start for children, parents, librarians, and teachers seeking age-appropriate Web sites selected and organized by professionally trained librarians. This site has been developed as part of the very best place to start marketing and communications initiative, made possible by a partnership of the State Library of North Carolina and the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA). This project is 100% supported with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Sites included in this portal are reviewed and evaluated by the Portal Collection Development Team, a group of professional librarians from libraries across North Carolina.\" To visit the site, Click Here. There is both an HTML, as well as a Flash version.

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Librarians Urged to Promote Open Archives

Professor Jean-Claude Guédon proposes a new alliance between research scientists and librarians to combat the \"serial publishing crisis\" He is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Montreal. Guédon wants librarians to, \"throw all of their weight––and it is considerable––behind the Open Archive Initiative.\" Read his paper, In Oldenburg’s Long Shadow: Librarians, Research Scientists, Publishers, and the Control of Scientific Publishing

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Yahoo adopts paid search listings

News.com is Saying Yahoo! plans to integrate Overture\'s [you may know them as GoTo.com] paid listings, or \"sponsor matches,\" with its directory pages by Thursday.

I\'m not sure what to think of this, but I\'m sure I don\'t like it. Is this going to taint my search results?

\"Yahoo Sponsor Matches is consistent with our strategy to leverage our core strengths in order to build growing and diverse revenues,\" Yahoo CEO Terry Semel said in a statement. \"Millions of Internet searches conducted on Yahoo each day are commercial in nature, giving businesses tremendous opportunity to market their products and services through enhanced placement in our search results.\"

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Libraries Get Art from Taxes

The Nando Times reports that libraries and museums in Britain are the beneficiaries of art and books given in lie of estate taxes. So if you had a dirty book from the 1520\'s, you could hand it over as an $85,800 estate tax payment.

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Library Cart Drill Team Wins Top Honors for Routine

A library cart drill team took top honors at a parade in Lake County Florida. The team performs a routine, in which some 15 library staff members, dressed in uniform, roll the carts around in formation, to music. More

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Marginal Librarian 9.1

Check out the new issue of The Marginal Librarian, written and put together by McGill library students. It includes poetry, a book review, a photo essay, and more.

Cookin\' Up a New Library

The Clearwater, FL libary friends have decided to conduct a different kind of fundraiser in order to raise money to build a new library. With the help of local residents, they have produced a cookbook and are selling it to the public. The title reads \'Recipe for a Great Library.\' Ingredients include a city commitment to family, education and quality of life; and an enlightened community, giving generously of their time, talents and resources. Directions are to gently stir until fall 2003, when the new library will open. Then cut ribbon and enjoy. Yield: 90,000-square-foot, $20.2-million library. Serves: A community of 109,000.\" More

Santa Potter Coming to a Theater Near You

With an excitement that seems matched only by the arrival of Kris Kringle himself this time of year, this holiday season is bringing with it, Harry Potter, the live version. Friday marks the arrival of the controversial kid. Theaters will likely be flooded over the weekend by kids, parents, grandparents, and anyone else who is a Potter maniac. Educators and librarians are excited about the most basic aspect of the series of books, which is that kids are interested in reading again. More.

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Internet liberation theology

Salon has a Review of \"The Future of Ideas\" by Lawrence Lessig.
This book is on efforts to increase copyright protection, he says they are a threat to freedom and prosperity.

This is a sequel to the depressing, \"Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace\". He sees dominant players exercising control through the law, technical standards and political might to resist the change that might otherwise take place.
He recommends that there is a place for some regulation, if we want to preserve liberty.

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Special Librarian Job Board

Adam Wright has set up a Special Librarian Job Board, a free resource for libraries and librarians.
If you\'re a special library in need of a librarian, or a special librarian in need of a library, check it out.So far, not many jobs, but keep in mind it\'s just getting started.

Give the Gift of Reading

For The Mercury News, someone writes...
\"Of all the gifts I will buy this holiday season, none will be as rewarding as the gift of reading: a book for an underprivileged child. I\'ll never meet the kid who receives it. I won\'t be there when he turns the first page. And someone else will see him smile. But I know this much: I\'ll be smiling anyway. When you give a book to Gift of Reading, it doesn\'t just go under the Christmas tree with the toys. They go to reading programs at libraries, schools, homeless shelters and other social service agencies. These groups distribute the books to children. They also teach parents, some of whom barely can read themselves, how to read to their children. When you give the gift of reading, you also are helping to end the cycle of illiteracy.\" More

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Computers Have Had Little Impact in College Classrooms

The Chronicle of Higher Ed. has A Story on the large investment that American education has made in computers and technology -- and the reasons that those innovations have been underutilized in the classroom.

Oversold and Underused is the book by Larry Cuban they discuss.

See Also: small story on Clifford Stoll and a speech he gave up in Buffalo.

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Linux Lass To The Rescue

JoyOfTech ran a Funny Little Cartoon that brings together my 2 joys in life, Librarianship, and Open Source.

It\'s called Linux Lass, Super Linux Evangelist, Defender of GNU and the Open Source Way.

Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

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Democracy and Scientific Publishing

The Chronicle of Higher Ed. is reporting on a new site called faculty of 1000 that has 1,400 biologists who volunteered to rates the quality of scientific papers in the life sciences by essentially allowing them to vote on which papers they think are most interesting.
Full Story, and also check out The Faculty of 1000 Site.

Preservation: Clean & Restore

SmartRat writes \"They are piecing together history at Cleveland Public Library, not to
mention slicing, gluing and bathing it.\" Thus begins a story Story
about the CPL Preservation Dept., housed in a former high school girl\'s locker room.
Apparently, they go more for the \"clean and restore\" option here in Cleveland rather then
the \"slash and film\" technique so condemned by Nicholas Baker, although mention is made of microfilming periodicals. However, there are many interesting details to be fround here on preservation techniques used in the CPL Preservation Dept. The story is from the
Nov. 13, 2001 Cleveland Plain Dealer, and their online verion at cleveland.com/plaindealer (story archive available for 14 days). \"

Half Price Tix For Librarians

Cris Buchner writes: \"The producers of the Off-Broadway play, \"Underneath the Lintel,\" are offering 1/2 price tickets for librarians. Call 212-691-1555 to order.
\"Underneath the Lintel\" is a play like no other: a tantalizing mystery, a clever fable, a captivating tale...all packed into a magical show by Glen Berger. T. Ryder Smith stars as a Dutch librarian who has discovered a book in the overnight slot 113 years overdue. He traces the unusual history of the book, a travel guide that has had some phenomenal travels of its own in its years away from the library. Come join the journey and discover what the New York Times calls \"a wonderful metaphor for life\'s elusive but inextinguishable meaning.\"
lintel.info for more info.
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History\'s Challenge to Laura Bush

Will Laura Bush become to our generation the icon that Eleanor Roosevelt was to hers? After the September terrorist attacks, she emerged on the scene as a gentle figure of motherhood to embrace and comfort a grieving nation. When asked how she perceives her role as First Lady in relation to the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Mamie Eisenhower, or Hilarry Clinton, her response was \"I view my role as first lady as Laura Bush.\" When it comes to favorite first ladies, it seems that her place in history has already been written. More

Security and Privacy May No Longer be Compatible Concepts

The sense that citizens can no longer expect a climate of both security and privacy in the U.S. is becoming a great concern for some. In October, President Bush signed into law the USA Patriot Act, which allows law enforcement authorities unfettered access to search educational, library, medical, travel, credit, and immigration records of individuals. Opponents of the measure feel that this is just the beginning of a society in which personal liberties will become a thing of the past. More from ISP World.

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