Pro-filtering site gets a taste of its own medicine

If you go to the SafeSurf website, you\'ll see a link to Breaking News: SafeSurf warns of Stealth Censorship. Click through, and you\'ll see a press release about how Mail Abuse Prevention System, LLC, unfairly included SafeSurf on a list of spammers, thus preventing some netizens from gaining access to its site.

Excuse me, but isn\'t that one of the strongest arguments against filtering in the first place?

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Ask The Bookshare Folks

The fine folks from Bookshare have agreed to an LISNews interview. Share is a service that helps Stanford students coordinate sharing their books, movies, and music across campus.

Seems like a nifty idea, which may or may not be Reinventing the Wheel, but I\'d like to see what kinds of questions the LISNews audience has for them.
This is the first interview we\'ve run in awhile, so I\'ll expalin how it works. I gather your questions, and send them along, the answers come back, and I post a new story, with the questions and answers.

SO if you have questions, ideas or comments on BookShare, you can email them to me[], or use the Contact Us form, or just post them below. I\'ll send the question collection along to BookShare on Friday, and post the answers as soon as I get them.

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Dispute over land planned for Clinton Library Complex

The Nando Times among others has this story on the dispute between the City of Little Rock and the owner of the land slated to be leased for the Clinton Library. The landowner\'s lawyer charges that the current plans for the library, including a private residence, are outside the bounds of the stated plan for a public park. If the Supreme Court of Arkansas decides in favor of the landowner, the library could be \"delayed indefinitely.\" The Clinton Foundations\' plans for the land include an amphitheater and \"urban fishing grounds.\"

Scotland\'s National Library Overbooked

Scotland\'s National Library, unlike the Library of Congress, collects all the books and magazines published in the UK. So, it\'s no surprise that it is already outgrowing the extension built in 1984. Among the unusual items preserved at the library are an ancient Buddhist text and some of Robert Burns\' manuscripts. The Edinburgh Evening News Online has the full story.

Valuable books recovered from university fire

Charles Davis passed along This One on some valuable books and scientific equipment feared lost when fire swept through an historic university building have been saved.
Glasgow University had quite a fire, but recovered materials worth thousands of pounds, some of the materials recovered are damp and are being frozen at the university library.
Booksicles!

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Looking at weblogs

Over at LLRX there is an interesting feature by Cindy Curling, A Closer Look at Weblogs. It includes some background to the \'blog phenomenon, a look at different types of weblog as well as tips on creating your own. There is a list of recommended library-related weblogs (LISNews is not there but many of my other favourites are).

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Re-inventing the wheel

I\'ve been meaning to post this story for a while as it annoyed me so much when I first read it, I even contemplated writing a letter to the editor. In this recent story, The Stanford Daily describes Bookshare, an initiative set up by students last year. The students relate how they came up with the idea;
\"[we] were sitting in our room, staring at our full bookshelves and feeling depressed over the amount of money we had spent on textbooks for one quarter\"
So, they came up with a radical solution: create an alternative to buying books at the campus bookstore by setting up an online database of books available for students to loan out to one another for a fixed period of time.
Apparently other University campuses are interested in the system, which is described as being \"based on Napster\". The system is being expanded to Movieshare, Gameshare and CDshare. Sound familiar? Can anyone say \"library\"? Argh! Anyone else feeling this frustration? Don\'t they realise what libraries are there for?

Harry Goes Long

Yahoo
News
is reporting
some details on the new Harry Potter movie.
It\'s 152-minute 13-seconds long, the bad news is
Chris Columbus directed it, you may know him from
such crappy films as, Bicentennial Man, Nine Months
and
Adventures in Babysitting.
The studio has spent more than $125 million
making the film, already has two sequels in the
pipeline and has rights to Rowling\'s planned
seven-book series. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s
Stone makes it world premiere in London on Sunday
under Rowling\'s original British title, \"Harry Potter and
the Philosopher\'s Stone\". Meanwhile, the studio has
already begun preproduction work on bringing
Rowling\'s second novel to the big screen. In fact, Harry
Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is due to start
shooting on November 18 on the same soundstages
as the original.

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The World Of Dot.com Libraries

This Article by Philippa Dolphin, investigates the
world of dot com libraries, one of which claims to
transport students to a ‘place where confusion
becomes understanding’ for a price, of course.

Librarians can learn a thing or two from the for-profit
libraries about marketing, I think.

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Penny-Arcade on the Book(Is it Broken?)

Penny-Arcade, the gamer\'s gamer\'s comic strip, has their own take on the enduring value of the book.

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Going Way Back

Cliff writes \"I tried using it, but it\'s way popular, and so I couldn\'t get in...Here\'s the news realease on it:


INTERNET ARCHIVE LAUNCHES WAYBACK MACHINE


Free Service Enables Users to Access Archived Versions of Web Sites Dating from 1996.
\"


They did archive LISNews from back a year or so, though not the Original Version of our site.

The rest of the release follows, for those who missed it before.

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A Cathedral of Comfort for Nonbelievers

Bob Cox says The LA Times has a Story on the role of the library in a religion-free life.
The author can\'t turn to god, so he turned to the library for help.

\"When it comes to the library, I\'m orthodox. I relish its quiet and contemplative spaces. Other of its precincts, however, vibrate with a noisy sense of mission--the cultivation of young people, the encouragement of community mindedness--much in keeping, as chief librarian Susan Kent puts it, with a young, teeming city\'s need for \"an energetic place of possibilities.\"

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What\'s A hapax legomenon?

Have I ever told you how much I love Metafilter?

This Metafilter Post is a great discussion on
typing random words into Google to see what comes
back. It turns out there is a name for only getting one
result from a search engine (I know, it doesn\'t happen
much), hapax legomenon, is a word or
phrase of which there is only one recorded use.

They point out it\'s also being used in the context of
search engines, and that makes perfect sense to me.
They also point out an interesting web-only thing:

\"The beauty thing about a hapax legomenon is
that once you talk about it, it no longer exists. Once
google indexes this page, \"i am joe\'s spleen\" will return two
hits, and the hapax legomenon is no longer.\"

So, once google crawls this, and mefi, this will no
longer be a Hapax Legomenon!

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Will Franzen Be Crushed by Oprah\'s Big Cold Shoulder

Val writes \"
Salon\'s Laura Miller reports on the rift between \"The
Corrections\" author Jonathan Franzen and Oprah.
From the story...


\"He told the Oregonian that he had considered turning
down the show. \"She\'s picked some good books,\"
Franzen said in an interview posted on Powells.com,
\"but she\'s picked enough schmaltzy, one-dimensional
ones that I cringe, myself ...\"

Read more.

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Early English Book

Lee Hadden writes: \"Annanova has a story where an Early English comic verse is offered to the British archives in lieu of inheritance taxes. \"The
Widow Edyth\" was written by Walter Smith, a servant in the house of Sir Thomas More (1478-1535) in 1525, and part of the action of the story takes place at More\'s home in Chelsea. It has ribald humor that compares to
Chaucer\'s \"The Wife of Bath,\" and is one of the rarest of early English tomes. Almost all the characters in the book, with the exception of the Widow Edyth, can be identified as real people who lived in Tudor England,
and gives insights into \"the social manners and mores (sic) of the period.\"
Sir Thomas More was executed by King Henry VIII in 1535, and subsequently beatified in 1886, and canonized by the Catholic Church as a saint by Pope Pius XI in 1935.
Read more about it.\"

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A Librarian as a Sleuth in Hot Pursuit

Susan Benning was king enough to pass along This Review of \"Underneath the Lintel\", a monologue by Glen Berger that opened at the SoHo Playhouse yesterday, from The NYTimes.

It\'s about \"a Dutch librarian, a fussbudget with the personality tics of the shy, small-minded and eccentric, a man whose life\'s focus is making sure no one tries to get away with leaving overdue books in the library\'s overnight return bin.\"

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Georgian Books

Lee Hadden writes: \"Georgia\'s Center for the Book will release today a list of the 25
books that every Georgian should read. These are either books by Georgian
authors, or set in Georgia. Culled for 1,500 entries and over 200 titles
(an interesting bibliography in itself!), these books are promoted in
colleges, schools and public libraries around the state. Similar programs
in other states were very successful in promoting reading, especially among
adults. Read more about it at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
\"

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AAP Funnies

Jason writes: \"I was looking for something over on the AAP site, and ran across a funny in the Press Archive.
The two latest stories they have posted are titled, DMCA Essential to the Future of E-commerce AND
New Threats to Your Freedom of Speech.
Someone at the AAP missed the irony.\"

Yes, it turns out the DMCA is essential to the future, but doesn\'t threaten free speech. . The full text of Mrs. Schroeder\'s remarks can be found here, she has some interesting thoughts on fair use.
As for the threats to your freedom of speech? They include libel, invasion of privacy, confidentiality of sources and the limits of First Amendment protection.

Funny how different my ideas for freedom of speech are from corporate ideas.

A Look at Questia The Online Library

Adam Wright writes \"
This story
is very interesting about the owner of Questia.com, an online library. I believe it is worth a read because it shows how persistance can really pay off. It is also interesting because of its library angle. \"

Williams says he will survive because he has a pure online product. He has no inventory to worry about.

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Union Says Free Speech Threatened on College Campuses

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is worried that academicians are being forced to quell their opinions since the 9/11 terror attacks. According to the organization, \"numerous academics across the country have had their academic freedom jeopardized since the terror attacks.\" Another group agrees with the AAUP that that academic freedom has been jeopardized, but believes that those who express patriotic sentiments are the ones being targeted. more...

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