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Britannica Does Britney

Wired has a Story on britannica.com and the \"spicy\" content designed to appeal to the young-and-bookish set.

\"Interestingly, we seem to be attracting more single people in their 20s than in the past,\" said Jocelyn Turpin, executive producer at Britannica.com. \"The shift is partially the result of the more grownup features we\'ve developed.\"

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Libraries becoming battlefield over Internet pornography

A Story from the Washington Times talks about
what they call the \"cultural war raging inside America\'s
libraries\", piting Conservative groups that watn
unrestricted access to Internet indecency in the nation\'s
public schools and libraries threatens to create virtual
sanctuaries of smut across the land against the
American Library Association and others who say
patrons have a right to view pornographic material.

\"There is no constitutional right to view this kind of
obscenity in public places like our towns\' libraries,\"
says Janet LaRue, senior legal studies director at the
Family Research Council (FRC).\"

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Frequently Asked Questions about ebooks

Here\'
s an incredible
site dedicated to eBooks, from the
Windsor Public Library. It\'s a great Frequently Asked
Questions about ebooks for both patrons and
librarians. They cover everthying from the books
themselves, to the ePubs industry. If you\'re library is
thinking of going \"E\", this is a nice place to start.

Douglas Coupland Interview

One of my Favorite NPR shows, The
Connection
, has an Audio Interview with my favorite
fiction writer,
Douglas Coupland
. I\'ve heard a few interviews with
Coupland over the years, and they are always very
interesting. His books:
Shampoo Planet, Life After God, Microserfs, Polaroids
From The Dead, and Girfriend in a Coma and now Miss
Wyoming, which I have not read.

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law would erase free Web users anonymity

Freep.com has an Article on new legislation that would require
free Internet service providers to collect more
information about subscribers, eliminating anonymity.
They use the excuse that child pornographers are
hiding behind untraceable free Internet e-mail
accounts.

\"What they\'re proposing to do verges on being
unconstitutional. There is a right to free speech and to
be anonymous in this country and law enforcement is
way out of line in trying to force the collection of
identifiable information because of a perceived
problem with a miniscule part of the online
population.\"

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New targets for libraries

The BBC in Reporting that libraries are
being given new standards to meet as part of a drive to
improve services across England.

\"My hope is that the publication of these
standards and the pressure they will bring to bear on
library authorities will help to reverse the drift towards
reduced opening hours.\"

Shake the Stacks


Tabletnewspaper.com
has an Interview with Jeff Katz the
founder of \"Shake the Stacks\" all-ages rock-n-roll
shows at the downtown Seattle Public Library.

\"
Libraries are just becoming more and more important
and I think that people are gradually coming to the
understanding that libraries are the places to go for just
about anything and that the library is really the heart &
soul of the community.\"

Another article on New Grove 2nd

Brian writes \"Business Week Takes A Look at the Web version of the new New Grove Dictionary of Music.

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They say The online version of the 125-year-old music reference is much more accessible, fun, and relevant than its fusty print counterpart. Why do people write a story and not link to the site?

Librarians Not Required

I was floored after reading the first two paragraphs of this article from The Tennessean. Apparently, some schools, under law, don\'t have to have school librarians.
\"At the Dodson Branch Elementary School in Jackson County, pupils can surf the World Wide Web but can\'t go to a school librarian to check out a library book.

The school does not have a full-fledged library, nor a librarian, and it\'s not alone. In Tennessee, elementary schools with fewer than 400 students are not required to hire librarians or acquire as many books for students.\"

Libraries for the Future

Libraries for the Future
LFF\'s Vision
Libraries for the Future is a national organization dedicated to information equity, literacy and the preservation and renewal of libraries as essential tools for a democratic society.

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Filtering Quickies

These links have been sitting around on my computer for too long now....

nofilters.org is the website for a new grassroots campaign by library workers and patrons to keep filtering out of libraries and to remove censorware from libraries that have been forced to install it.

Family Friendly Libraries which is is now under the management of Citizens for Community Values. Pro-Filtering.

Safeguarding the Wired Schoolhouse says Each school, school district or educational network is best equipped to evaluate its own needs, and the site helps school leaders understand the issues involved in managing Internet content.

And last but not least is Filtereality a site that is intended to be used as a tool by librarians, library board members, and others who seek reliable information about the constitutional implications of using Internet filtering software in public libraries.

Deputy mayor sacked over net porn. One man who wishes he had used filters.

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Nude Library in Australia

Laurie writes \"Check out this library in Australia
weeklyworldnews.com has the Story \"

Seems almost impossible, but they say it was started by a billionaire nudest who loved \"great literature and romping through life with no clothes on\".

\"And in his will, he set aside 5 percent of his estate to establish the Sawyer Franzline Library - - his only condition being that anyone who works in the library or uses the library be stone-cold naked. In his mind, he was doing people a favor by setting them free of their clothes.\"

Five Days at your desk

Lee Hadden writes:\"A 30 year veteran proofreader for a publisher was known for his
dedication to work. He came in first each morning, and stayed late each
night. Sadly, George Turklebaum died at his desk at a New York publisher,
and it was five days before anyone noticed that he was dead in his cubicle.
It was the cleaning staff who first noticed he hadn\'t moved, and not his
co-workers of many years.
The Guardian in England has picked up the story.

Certainly, this lonely death could never happen to dedicated
librarians. Could it?\"

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These Emerging Technologies Will Change Public Libraries

John Guscott, Editor of Library Futures Quarterly has written a Feature on crucial technologies that public library administrators, trustees, managers and professionals should be watching. He covers technologies like Information Devices, Language and Translation Software, Wireless Networking, and Information Management, to name just a few.

\"These new technologies will challenge libraries to address essential transformational issues including enhancing convenience and expediency, providing varying and overlapping information formats, extending operating hours and points-of-service, addressing permanency of materials, serving broader constituencies, managing costs of services and even testing the essential right to loan materials.\"

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Share Your Library Dreams Win Gold

The Shylibrarian is having a Library Dream Contest.

Report your LIBRARY DREAM or NIGHTMARE to THE SHY LIBRARIAN and The BEST LIBRARY DREAM or NIGHTMARE, as judged by The Shy Librarian staff,
will be awarded a 14-karat gold coin commemorating the 125th anniversary
of the Canadian Library of Parliament.Not a bad deal.

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Extending to the Internet

A Nice Story from Infotoday on how libraries need to use and improve their Internet presence. Your libraries web site can be used as a portal to guide your patrons to the information they need, and that makes a good first impression, and brings your patrons back for more!

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No more Prison Libraries in WA?

Holly Blosser writes \"Washington Gov. Gary Locke is proposing abolishing law libraries in correction facilities to save money. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has this article
about it. This would place all the burden on the Washington State Law Library, and they definitely don\'t have the resources to handle these requests. Doesn\'t make much sense to me, and I think there will be much opposition to this plan (or I hope so, at least).
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Maine special collections in the news

Deb Rollins writes \"

\"Digging Through Maine\'s Closet\", starting with Edna St. Vincent Millay\'s nightgown! Focuses on some special collections in southern Maine, from the Maine Times weekly newspaper... \"

They cover Collections of historic records and other materials all over the great state of Maine.

Filter law a trial for libraries

MY SA.com has a Story that I would imagine speaks for most libraries being affected by CIPA.

\"\"There are a lot of gray areas that have yet to be resolved about this law,\" said Laura Isenstein, director of the San Antonio Library. \"From what we understand there are several organizations that say they will be filing lawsuits about it. We don\'t know what\'s going to happen with those suits, and it\'s a possibility it could affect how the law will be enacted. Right now, it\'s too early to say.\"

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Library skills in transition

Gordon Dunsire has written a Nice Piece that appears in Impact. Here\'s the intro....

\"This article will present some personal observations of the impact of information technology on the traditional skills of librarians, drawn from experiences in the higher education sector and tainted by an obsessive interest in cataloguing. I believe that the development of information processing and communication technologies has had, is having, and will continue to have, such a profound influence on library and information services that all other factors such as finance and costs, politics, social expectations and management styles pale into insignificance.\"

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