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Most Borrowed in the UK

With Harry Potter Weaving his spell in libraries, it\'s good to see Scotland is hungry for love in the library, meanwhile Cookson is queen of the library shelves in the UK, that makes her the most popular author among library users for the 15th year. They say the top ten non-fiction titles reflected preoccupations with relationships, cooking and driving tests.

Thanks to Sarah Ormes for this one!

This @!*# Computer!

Lois Fundis writes \"In the March issue of Consumer Reports is an article \"This @!*# Computer!\" which gives 10 tips for solving common computer problems.

(There are also reviews of new computers -- both Apple and PC -- in this issue but you need to subscribe to their website to access that article online. This costs $3.95 a month or $24 a year.)

The Consumer Reports article on filtering is now online, this article is aimed at parents considering using filters on their home computers, although it does have a sidebar specifically on the issue \"Should the government require filtering?\" (also Online ) dealing with the use of filters in schools and libraries. Between the two articles, CR points out many of the problems with filtering. They found that filters block as many as one of five \"harmless\" (in CR\'s own word) sites, but fail to block one of five sites that were objectionable. \"

The USA Today also covered this.

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Other shades of purple

In the Chicago Sun-Times there is an article about an author and her daughter.

\"Rebecca Walker\'s memoir of her unorthodox childhood shows her mother, Alice, celebrated author of The Color Purple, in a very different hue.\"

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E-books attract literary superstars

In USA Today.Com there is an article telling how Stephen King made e-books a go last year and will be remembered.

\"In the brave, new world of e-books, 2000 will be remembered as year of Stephen King. Stephen King\'s online novel was downloaded by some 500,000 readers.\"

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Study Says Internet Filters Fail to Block 1 Out of 5 Objectionable Sites

This one comes to from CNet News via Consumer Reports Online . The research group said filters haven\'t improved since it last tested them four years ago.

According to Senior Editor, Jeff Fox, \"Many parents continue to buy these products possibly under the impression that their children are perfectly safe. Our results suggest they should not rely solely on filtering software to be a baby-sitter.\" The problem is that even though the filters are significantly less than perfect at doing their job, schools and libraries are required to install them as a condition of their funding.

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Interesting approaches to library fund-raising

\"The feathers on the hot pink and blue boas draped around Jack Bentley\'s neck shook as he laughed during a lively serenade from the Library Sisters\". Dressed in hot pink, cherry red and royal blue, the Library Sisters strut their stuff to raise money for the local library . Read all about it in this story from the San Angelo Standard-Times.

Meanwhile, over in Boulder, Colorado: the library foundation, faced with a huge influx of quality donations to the library, successful quarterly book sales, and enthusiastic volunteers, shows its appreciation by
suspending
the book sale program and dismissing volunteers.

\"We are gone,\" said volunteer Lisa Lee. \"And we won\'t be back.\"

Maybe the consultant hired to review the book sales could give the board a few pointers on volunteer and public relations...

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Your Patrons Can\'t Search for Sex

According to this article from Cyber Atlas, a tremendous number of web users still do not know how to search. Also, the most popular search term is \"sex\". I think that the cartoon from the other day says it all. Librarians NEED to be the search engines.\"The study also found that the most popular term people search for online is \"sex.\" Alexa\'s findings are based on an examination of more than 42 million search pages viewed in aggregate by users of the Alexa toolbar at 10 of the Internet\'s leading portals and search engines -- altavista.com, aol.com, excite.com, go.com, google.com, goto.com, lycos.com, msn.com, netscape.com, and yahoo.com -- between March 1999 and January 2001.\"
Read the study here

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Cites and Insights

\'Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large\' continues and expands \'Crawford\'s
Corner,\' a newsletter-within-a- newsletter published in Library Hi Tech
News through December 2000.

Written & prepared by Walt Crawford, the informal newsletter mentions
articles worth reading, articles deserving pointed commentary, and group
reviews within the areas of personal computing, media, libraries, and
related technologies. It also includes feature essays and insights in
those areas.

The New Economy and the Amazon.com unionization effort

This article by by Jonathan Cohn in the New Republic is an entertaining look at a serious topic - the nature of the New Economy, particularly at Amazon.com, where the workers are attempting to unionize in response to a changing corporate culture, and attempting to return the company to the cooperative atmosphere that the workers there enjoyed in the first years.

\"As an employee,\" Alan Barclay writes, \"any illusions I might have had about the nobility of Amazon.com have been shattered.\"

Church Library Makeover

Here\'s a great Story from christianitytoday.com on the often over looked Church Library. They say the church libray can be a vital resource for the congregation. Lois Ward, president of the Church & Synagogue Library Association in Portland, Oregon, recommends that a committee of two or three people from your church work together, with the endorsement of the pastor and education board, to establish or upgrade a library.

\"It is a huge waste to have a room called a library with a whole lot of extremely good stuff with nice labels that will stay on the shelves forever,\" says Carolyn Hardin Engelhardt, director of the Vieth Resource Center at the Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. \"If you don\'t do publicity, hospitality, and outreach, you can waste your time.\"

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What, Me Worry?

So, now that even book clubs are Going Online, it seems Privacy is even more important than ever
But really, what do we need to worry about, many school libraries are in a state of neglect, Filters and the First Amendment, Electric Paper or maybe eBooks putting us out of a job, our Children\'s Online Lives, or Charging Our Patrons Trillions of dollars in late fees?Maybe we should just see What\'s in the stacks and stop worrying all together.

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Biblio-biculture

Brian writes \"The Allentown Morning Call has a Story on the demand for library books about bicultural Latino children.\"

From the story:

\"\"This is the kind of book I want my daughter to read,\" Rodriguez, who lives in Allentown, said. \"It\'s hard to find books where my children can read about children who look just like them and speak English.\"

Internet Pornography Use Common in many Libraries

Bob Cox sent in This Story from christianitytoday.com. It talks about a nationwide survey done by librarian David Burt, which found the viewing of pornography on the Internet by adults and minors is common in many of the country\'s public libraries. It\'s kind of an old story, seems worth a look though.
No kind words about the ALA.

\"Not only has it failed to acknowledge the extent of the problem, but it has established a party line which categorically discourages consideration of any kind or extent of filtering as a solution. Rather than facilitating an open and inclusive forum for discussion, the ALA has circled the wagons, thus disenfranchising thousands of librarians who do not agree with the official stance.\"

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The ABCs of a profession on the rise.

Andrew Dillon has written a very cool Look at the IA Field.
He says making others aware of just what we do as professionals has always proved more difficult than it would appear. Sounds like librarianship, eh?
He talks about how IA related to the ballot troubles of the elections.

The ToyBrary

CNN has a short transcript on toy library in Los Angeles where kids can check out toys. An auction is being planned for later this year of a Shirley Temple Red Cross doll, it could bring in a million dollars.Can you just imagine how much fun it would be to be a ToyBrarian?

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Contenders for the Crown: Six E-Libraries

eduventures.com has what looks like An Interesting Report on what the call eLibraries.

\"E-libraries are poised to become an important component of the e-learning industry, particularly in the higher education market. A major impetus for the e-library industry\'s growth is its acceptance by publishers and other content providers. Virtually every major publisher - including Pearson, McGraw Hill, and Houghton Mifflin - has signed agreements to distribute works via e-libraries.

The six leading e-library firms profiled in the report are Questia, XanEdu, ebrary, Britannica.com, Jones e-global Library, and NetLibrary. Within the next year, e-library businesses will seek to prove the merits of their business models by gaining market acceptance. However, the long-term success factors for e-libraries will be content, channels to end-users, and connection to curriculum.\"

You Download a free overview of the report Here, it\'s a PDF. The full report is not free, you can only read the overview for free.

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Cold War thinking at the Library of Congress

Mark C. Rosenzweig writes:Here\'s an Associated
Press Story
of residual Cold War thinking at the
Library of Congress.

My Response:

Open Letter to James Billington, Librarian of Congress

Dear Mr. Billington,

As the Chief Librarian and Archivist of the Reference
Center for Marxist Studies in New York City, an
independent educational institution with custodianship
of the library, documentation and records of the
Communist Party USA, it is of great interest to me how
the historical papers of the CPUSA, sent to the USSR
for safe-keeping during a turbulent period, have
become the property of the principals involved in the
recent announcement from your office \"Library of
Congress Opens to Researchers the Records of the
Communist Party, USA\".

Much More....

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Pat Schroeder Answers a Few Questions

Pat Schroeder was nice enough to quickly answer my
request for an interview. She had just a few minutes to
answer a few
questions before she had to leave for an important
event. I am hoping to catch her again in a few weeks to
answer a few more questions.
You may be suprised on some of her answers.

If you don\'t know who she is, Read This before you read
her answers.

The questions and answers follow....

eBooks Rough Road

A couple not so encouraging eBook stories.
E-Books Barely a Blip on Publishing Radar says E-book sales barely show up in the $96 billion U.S. consumer electronics or publishing markets.
\"\"Reading an e-book is just like reading a book ... but it\'s just less fun, more expensive and heavier,\" said Robert Hertzberg, an analyst with Jupiter Research. \"That\'s not much of a marketing motto.\"

While Wired asks What if E-Books Cost Less?, one publisher is lowering prices to sell more books.

A new title for the ref desk?

Janet Clark was nice enough to point out Speed Bump ran a Funny Little Librarian Cartoon.

It\'s a funny on so many levels.

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