Submitted by Ryan on October 14, 2001 - 12:45pm
Illinois Governor George Ryan, that is. He\'s involved in a ballooning controversy regarding an appointment at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum:
Earlier this month, a remarkable story broke in the newspapers about the $115 million Abraham Lincoln library and museum complex now being built in Springfield. The stories suggested that Gov. George Ryan was leaving open the possibility of awarding the directorship of the complex as a political spoil to his own chief of staff, Robert Newtson . . .
That\'s not just rhetoric. Typical Illinois politicking already had discouraged one of the nation\'s most gifted presidential scholars from considering the job of overseeing the greatest Lincoln collection anywhere.
Ah, the Illinois culture of sleaze. We had managed to drive off a superb candidate so we could consider handing the job to a loyal Ryan factotum . . .
More from the Chicago Tribune. While we\'re on the subject of shameless self-promotion, I\'d like to plug my new \'blog ;).
Submitted by AnnaKh on October 14, 2001 - 2:52am
\"Librarians Against War,\" at http://libr.org/peace/,
is a small new website collecting statements by librarians
opposed to war.
It is the new home of the Emergency Declaration written by
and signed by 280 people, as well as similar letters
written over the past
few years, and the Peace Telegram, sent to President
Roosevelt by the
Progressive Librarians Council in 1940.
Submitted by Ryan on October 13, 2001 - 7:09pm
netLibrary, who once claimed to offer \"the only comprehensive approach to eBooks that integrates with the time-honored missions and methods of libraries and librarians\", is up for sale:
Boulder technology firm netLibrary . . . [failed] to raise needed funds in an extremely tough investment environment.
The 230 employees, who were paid through Friday, were told Friday that they are welcome to return on Monday to help the company through its transition, but at in many cases a drastically cut pay rate. Each employee from receptionist to president will be paid $360 a week, roughly the equivalent of unemployment benefits . . .
NetLibrary was founded in 1998. The company had employed about 400 at its peak and had in raised $109.8 million in venture backing from Houghton Mifflin, McGraw-Hill, Liberty Digital and others.
More from the The Daily Camera, with thanks to Gary Price.
Submitted by Ieleen on October 12, 2001 - 4:30pm
3M, using a component developed by Texas instruments, has created a new technology that will enable busy librarians
to weed their collections on the fly. Once programmed with items to be weeded, the new device will alert librarians directly from the stacks, when a scanner is moved over the book. Books that practically weed themselves. What a concept. more...
Submitted by Ryan on October 12, 2001 - 2:37pm
The indefatigable Bernie Sloan has begun compiling a bibliography on the digital reference interview.
Submitted by Jill on October 11, 2001 - 9:12pm
Those who like GIS and mapping technology will want to read this
story from the New York Times. There is information about
satellite imaging and photography. Lots of links!
After the terrorist attacks \"...Space Imaging had taken the unusual
step of making images of the disaster sites available free on its Web
site, and some competitors had done likewise. \"We had so many
emergency groups calling that we decided to just put it out there so
they could use it as quickly as possible,\" said John Copple, chief
executive at Space Imaging, based in the Denver suburb of Thornton,
Submitted by Jill on October 11, 2001 - 8:36pm
From the Washington Post, all about the newly remodeled
library in Howard County, Maryland.
\"You\'ll smell it in the aroma wafting from the coffee bar. You\'ll feel it
as you settle onto sleek sofas, browse the DVD and CD collections, hook
your laptop into the wired desks. This is not your grandmother\'s
Submitted by Jill on October 11, 2001 - 8:28pm
This story from AP reports on the recent court decision about online
access to some government docs. Federal criminal filings are no longer
\"Though court records remain publicly available on paper at
courthouses, they were deemed too public when it came to the Internet.
Submitted by Ryan on October 11, 2001 - 10:05am
The University of Southern California\'s Edward L. Doheny Memorial Library has been outfitted to withstand earthquakes:
The 650,000-volume library, a focus of research in the humanities and social sciences, has been a striking example of Italian Romanesque architecture on the campus since it opened in 1932 . . .
The library was damaged like so many other Los Angeles buildings in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. USC used funds granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover most of the costs of building 17 shear walls to strengthen the structure against lateral movement from earthquakes.
More from the Los Angeles Times.
Submitted by Brian on October 10, 2001 - 10:37pm
As if it weren\'t bad enough that folks think the Web has all the answers, now it looks like we\'ve got a talking coconut to compete with.
BTW, Weekly World News is one of the tabloids published by American Media, site of the anthrax incidents.
Submitted by Matt on October 10, 2001 - 5:41pm
The Evening Telegraph reports that the historic Sandeman Library is slated to become a Theme Pub. Councillors apparently decided not to contest this, having lost a former bid to stop the old education department building from becoming a nightclub.
Submitted by Blake on October 10, 2001 - 2:02pm
Sarah Hepworth writes \"A Cornish library is restocking its shelves after borrowers complained that they had read all the books.
Full Story at the Beeb \"
They have now swapped with other libraries or put into a book sale more than 90% of hardback fiction, crime, westerns and large print books, along with paperbacks!
Submitted by Blake on October 10, 2001 - 1:56pm
Charles Davis writes \"One of the earliest printed copies of Shakespeare\'s plays
has sold at a New York auction for £4.1m.
An anonymous private buyer bought the First Folio of the
Comedies, Histories and Tragedies, dated 1623.
It was expected to fetch £2.1m.
The £4.9m paid for the Four Folios is the highest price ever paid for a Shakespeare work.
Submitted by Blake on October 10, 2001 - 12:14pm
Jenny Levine writes: \"Amazon has made some changes to the books section of their Web site that
allow you to view sample pages of titles. The home page highlights the new
\"Look Inside\" feature that is available for \"thousands of books\", including
childrens titles. For example, if you go to
Olivia Saves the Circus, you can view the back cover, an excerpt from
the book, the front & back flaps, and the intro pages (8 sample pages
total). Other titles let you view the table of contents, the index, and
more. The title \"Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World\'s Wildlife\" includes 112 sample pages, and
this item hasn\'t even been published yet.
From a precursory glance, it looks like they are scanning in each page
and displaying them as standard images in the browser, which essentially
means they have their own digitizing project. At the top of each image is
the phrase \"Copyrighted material\", which is just another version of the
signs we put on our photocopy machines.
Looks like they scooped libraries again and are offering another service
that we should be integrating into our catalogs. How would we pull this
Submitted by Ieleen on October 10, 2001 - 11:47am
Access to the book, \"It\'s Perfectly Normal\" has been restricted at the Anchorage School District. After listening to several hours worth of testimony by those both for and against such action, the board voted 6-1 to restrict the book. Elementary schoolchildren will only be able to check out the book with parental permission. Those who support the book feel that it provides a candid and honest look at sexual health.\" Others feel that because it contains drawings of people having sex and masturbating, it\'s too explicit for young readers. The meeting drew 100 attendees both from the school and the community. more... from The Anchorage Daily News.
Submitted by Ieleen on October 10, 2001 - 11:30am
The world\'s map-lovers are heading to Illinois to visit the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library. The library is home to approximately 300,000 maps. Some of the maps date back to the 1400s. more... from The Chicago tribune.
Submitted by Ieleen on October 10, 2001 - 11:10am
In order to assist individuals in locating rare and/or out of print material, OCLC is linking up with Alibris, Inc., a California based rare book database firm. Customers of Alibris will be able to use OCLC\'s World Cat to search for material in libraries. more...
Submitted by Blake on October 10, 2001 - 9:29am
Phillyburbs.com has This Story on how to spend your Friday.
Head on down to Pemberton, and join in the fun Friday, Oct. 19, when the $3 million library officially opens during a 10 a.m. dedication ceremony. The celebration will feature a human chain of students and residents that will pass books from the nearby Little Red Schoolhouse on Trenton Road into the new building.
Take one down, pass it along, 98 books in the library...
\"We\'re hoping to have as many families as possible participate in the book pass because this will really be a family library,\" Kay said. \"I can\'t wait for everyone in Pemberton to see it.\"
Submitted by Ryan on October 9, 2001 - 11:19pm
Library Journal reports (briefly) on the 10/1 Forum on Publishing Alternatives in Science at Johns Hopkins:
\"We gave our intellectual property away to private firms and scholarly societies,\" said David E. Shulenburger, provost of the University of Kansas . . . \"They have found they can sell it back to us at prices that will produce profits and/or support the cost of other activities.\" Shulenburger had the figures to back up the assertions. From 1986 to 1999, the number of journals grew from 103,700 to 161,000 (55 percent). While the Consumer Price Index increased 49 percent in that period and the price of healthcare went up 111 percent, the cost of scholarly journals increased 175 percent.
More (registration required).
Submitted by Ryan on October 9, 2001 - 12:47pm
The war is having a significant impact on the publishing world:
The international rights market — the engine that drives [the fair] — is usually booming this time of year. But book submissions, which ground to a halt Sept. 11, have only recently begun to regain momentum, with much of the focus now on books about international affairs, terrorism, spirituality and heroic rescues.
Add heightened flying jitters and inconvenience, and many publishing insiders have concluded that the fair’s business prospects aren’t compelling enough to lure them overseas.
“I’d spent the past three to four months setting up back-to-back meetings over five days,” said agent Rafe Sagalyn, who canceled his trip to the fair. “My family asked me to stay close, a wish that I didn’t have a hard time heeding.”
More from MSNBC.