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Charles Davis writes \"In August 1850 the Public Libraries Act received Royal Assent, allowing ordinary people to enjoy free access to books and laying the foundations of today\'s national UK network of public libraries.
To mark the 150th anniversary of the Act, which brought knowledge and literature within the reach of every member of society, a commemorative 50p coin has been produced by the Royal Mint.
Questia Media is hoping to entice students to pay as much as
$360 a year for online access to searchable books and
journals. The Chronicle
has the Full
says it will have more than 50,000 scholarly books and
journals by January, then they\'ll sell subscriptions for $20
or $30 a month, it allows the students to copy and \"paste\"
....the service\'s search-and-copy features
respond to the way students really do their papers. \"They\'re
not reading the books,\" says Troy Williams. -- Read More
\"\"What\'s exciting for readers is that we are just
scratching the surface today with the technology and the
content, and the potential for both is amazing,\" said Lyn
Blake, Amazon Books general manager.\"
I just like her
\"\"In a crowd of librarians, I stand out,\" he
said. \"The old ideas about librarians is slowly changing.
[People of color] are less than 3 percent in the
Someone suggested this rather odd story from
Police say a man accused of exposing his private parts at the library used his own library card to take out books at Chardon Public Library.
The man pleaded innocent Monday to a charge of public indecency, he says he only lifted his shirt to show the librarians his stomach and did not expose his genitals.
Note to self: Use someone else\'s library card next time!
Charles Davis writes \"RIBA Awards 2000
Peckham Library, London wins the
You really need to take a peek at this library, there are three different pics on Internettrash.com
Need a good definition for \"Knowledge\"? Don\'t understand hieracrchical browsing? Want to impress your friends by using the word \"Bucket\" when describing content?
Brian writes \"thestandard.com is one place reporting on ICANN\'s plans for the new TLDs.
\"staff of ICANN recommended Friday that no new top-level domains distinguishing between kid-friendly and kid-unfriendly material be added to the Internet at this time.\" \"
They got 44 proposals on new names, and say only 17 of those are being considered.
\"Because of the inadequacies in the proposed technical and business measures to actually promote kid-friendly content, the evaluation team does not recommend selecting a dot-kids domain in the current phase of the TLD program,\" the staff report said. \"In addition, because of the controversy surrounding, and poor definition of the hoped-for benefits of dot-xxx, we also recommend against its selection at this time.\"
Here\'s an interesting story from Newscientist.com on internet searching. The idea here is the strategies you use when you surf the Web are exactly the same as the ones hunter-gatherers used to find food. They say we are plugged into the information superhighway, but deep down we\'re still a caveman. It\'s called \"foraging theory\", very interesting stuff.
Charles Davis writes \"The image of a Bodleian Library, Oxford manuscript appears in the penultimate set of Royal Mail millennium stamps which double up as this year’s UK Christmas stamps.
Each of the four stamps in the set is designed to illustrate a millennium project with a Christian theme.
The 45p stamp marks the opening of a centre devoted to the story of St Patrick in Downpatrick, Co. Down, where the saint is reputed to be buried.
The stamp shows the opening of the Mass of Christmas Day, with a decorated initial P (opening the text, ‘Puer natus est’) and musical notation for plainsong, from a late-twelfth-century Gradual (MS. Rawl. C. 892, fol. 9r), the book containing the variable and fixed parts of the Mass to be sung by a choir or soloist.
The origin of the manuscript is in fact uncertain, but some of its liturgical features make a connection with the monastic cathedral of Downpatrick a possibility.
It was bequeathed to Oxford by Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755).
The photograph for the stamp was taken by Jacky Merralls and Nick Cistone in the Bodleian Photographic Studio.
This mercurycenter.com Story has some nice things to say about the libraries in the Silicon Valley Area. The future maybe home delivery of library books!
\"There\'s truly a renaissance going on with libraries, particularly in California,\" said Linda Crowe, president of the California Library Association, one of the conference\'s sponsors. \"Just five years ago, we didn\'t know much about the World Wide Web.\"
Rochester is just down the road from LISNews headquarters, so I thought I\'d post Post This Story on a sad little law library that no one seems to like, yet.
3 months ago The Monroe County Hall opened a law libary and it just doesn\'t get the traffic they had hoped for. There are only actually 15 or so people a day. Don\'t you wish you\'re library was like that sometimes?
\"\"This has nothing to do with freedom of expression, nor does it have anything to do with literature or culture,\"
stephanie davidson writes:
\"The U.S. Supreme Court granted cert on Monday in the case of York Times v. Tasini, a case that concerns the copyrights of freelance writers with respect to electronic distribution of the papers they write for. The case specifically involves writers who write for newspapers and other general-interest works, rather than scholarly journals, but the implications of a decision in favor of the authors could have implications for libraries who purchase electronic database subscriptions. Libraries are staying out of it at this point, but you can be sure they\'re following with rapt attention.
Charles Davis writes \"The Bodleian Library and Divinity School, Oxford will feature in the new Harry Potter
film following filming by Warner Brothers earlier this week.
The film is based on Harry Potter and the Philosopher\'s Stone, the first in the hugely popular series by novelist J K Rowling.
Duke Humfrey\'s Library will feature as the library in Hogwarts School,
while the Divinity School will be transformed into the school hospital.
Wired has some News on e-publisher MightyWords, and it\'s not good news. It seems MightyWords emailed more than 5,000 authors that have stuff with MightyWords, half of them were told to hit the road, the other half got their royalties cut from 50 percent to 70 percent of what they\'re contracted for now.
\"We are interested in building a company that is here for the long term,\" said Judy Kirkpatrick, executive VP and general manager of MightyWords. \"What we are doing is fine-tuning a sustainable business model.\"
Searcher has a Story on Preprint Servers. The term \"preprint\" most often refers to a manuscript that has gone through a peer-review process and now awaits publication in a traditional journal. They say there is a \"critical mass\" of great information available here that cannot be ignored. There are pros and cons to this that make it quite interesting. Remember the \"Cold Fusion\" story from a few years ago? That was a Preprint story that didn\'t work out so well.
Bill Tucker recommended this Story on CNN about Margaret Atwood. She just won the Booker Prize for Fiction for \"The Blind Assassin.\" Winning the Booker Prize will often double a books sales. \"The Handmaid\'s Tale\" was a good book, but a bad movie, I hope that doesn\'t happen to \"The Blind Assassin\".
\"By the time the women\'s movement came along I was pretty much wondering where they had been all that time,\" she said. \"(But) I was happy to see them. ... They were an audience who began understanding what I was writing about.\" The women\'s movement validated her writing, she said.
It\'s that old story, once again:
Guy gets publisher for book version of website.
Guy gets publisher\'s competitor to sponsor website.
Guy gets taken to court by publisher.
Website gets taken down.
Will there be a happy ending? \"
Newsbytes.com is reporting New Hampshire court granted the father of a public school student access to obtain records of all students who used a computer in the school. The interenet records could not be considered as having the same legal protection as \"library user\" files, because the records could be produced with confidential information redacted.
So if library records can be produced without confidential information are they open too?