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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The End of the Net

MSNBC has an Interview with Lawrence Lessig who argues huge corporations are ruining the Internet.
In “The Future of Ideas” he warns that the Net is in danger of being controlled by special interests who will not only take our dollars but limit our speech and our ability to produce creative works.

\"What’s surprising to me is that there’s been very little reflection on the importance of maintaining balance, and the dangers of this very strong protection, where dinosaurs get to protect themselves against innovation.\"

Seems like a funny place to have an interview on this topic, eh? They mention AOL Time Warner, but not MSFT.

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Creating a Welcoming Atmosphere in the Library is Important

It\'s always nice to read about people in the library profession who go the extra distance to make a lasting impression, especially on kids. According to Noni St. Amand, school media specialist, \"Kids should be excited about reading\" During the course of her career, she has stressed the importance of promoting reading among children. One of the ways she\'s chosen to accomplish this is making sure she reads every book, that comes into her library, before it\'s shelved. More

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Images of the Librarian

I\'ve collected a few links on librarian stereotypes, and images to share with ya\'ll...

Stereotypes is part of IMAGE AND THE LIBRARIAN

THE LIBRARIAN STEREOTYPE AND THE MOVIES

The Image of the Librarian in Fiction

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Simon & Schuster helps kill publishing deal

Charlotte.com is running This AP Story on Simon & Schuster killing a deal between RosettaBooks, a start-up e-book publisher, and iBooks.
They sued Rosetta for copyright infringement for gaining electronic rights and offering versions of Kurt Vonnegut\'s \"Slaughterhouse-Five\" and seven other works the publisher had issued in paper form.

\"It hurts the authors and it hurts the reading public\'s opportunity to enjoy these books,\" Klebanoff said.

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Book Hunting Made Easier

Here\'s another article listing web sites for hard-to-find books. Some of the links are familiar, but there are a couple that I hadn\'t heard of before. More from The International Herald Tribune.

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Flap Over Phalluses Has Library In Limelight

Bob Cox sent along This One on Boulder\'s self-proclaimed \"dildo bandito\", took responsibility for removing 21 colorful ceramic penis sculptures that, prior to Saturday, hung in the library art gallery.

This Story also has a some pictures of the display, sponsored by the library and the Boulder County Safehouse, a non-profit group for battered women and children.

\"I would say that people should be more angry about the statistics that have been placed on the wall,\" a library patron told 7NEWS.\"

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