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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Government Responses to 9/11

Lee Hadden writes : \"The OMB Watch, which helps promote accountability in government, has
listed some of the actions different federal agencies have taken after the
terrorist incidents of September 11th. For example, many digital maps have
been pulled from the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, and interactive
websites maintained by the International Nuclear Safety Regulatory Center
that showed the locations of nuclear reactors have been removed.
Read more about it.\"

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The Challenges of D.I.Y. Circulation

From today\'s New York Times:

On a recent weekday evening, scores of work-weary people waited to check out materials at the Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library while, a few yards away, two self-service checkout machines stood idle.

Michael Dong of the Bronx approached one, but his attempt at do- it-yourself library clerking ended in an error message. \"Of all the times I\'ve tried it, it\'s worked once,\" said Mr. Dong of the machine as he abandoned it in exasperation.

He is not alone. For the past eight years, many libraries in the United States have invited people to step out of line and check out materials themselves. But library patrons have been less than enthusiastic about the devices, which have yet to live up to their manufacturers\' promise of becoming the book borrower\'s version of the automated teller.

More (registration required).

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Librarian as Shh-er GIF

Robert writes \"The October 24th \"Free Animated GIF of the Day\" e-mailing from the Andover Update Newsletter (http://www.osdn.com/newsletters/) is a GIF of a librarian complete with hairbun and goggle-sized glasses hovering over a booktruck and throwing a shh at some unseen patrons. For a copy, go to the Animation Factory (http://www.animationfactory.com) and search \"librarian\". Other versions are for sale. \"

A search at animationfactory turns up a few more as well. WEB4LIB turned up a few more interesting librarian images around the web. A Fun One from the Camden County Library, an Inspiring One from Europe, and some funny ones from the Australian Library and Information Association Here, Here, and Here, and of course the classic librarianavengers.com.

Got More??

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Glasgow University fire destroys Darwin manuscript

Charles Davis writes \"A fire at Glasgow University has destroyed first edition
works of Charles Darwin.
The fire caused £8m of damage, and university officials
describe the losses of original manuscripts as \'tragic\'.
It\'s thought the fire started in roof space used for storage in the 100-year-old Bower building.
Professor John Coggins has told The Daily Telegraph
about the lost documents.
\"Some of these would have included works by Darwin but
what is more irreplaceable is the loss of original
manuscripts, \" he said.
More at
The Telegraph


\"Although we may have duplicates of these in the university\'s library, it is tragic that we have lost the originals.\"

Library Juice Manifesto

I\'ve given Library
Juice
something it should have had years ago: a manifesto.
Actually it\'s an adaptation of the statement I gave New Breed
Librarian
when they interviewed me for their inaugural
issue. It expresses what I think are a large number of
librarians motivations for being librarians and expresses
what is known as the \"library spirit\" from a certain
angle. It is titled \"The Ideology of Librarianship: A
Libertarian Socialism of Information,\" and it is inside,
here:

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The instant book that wasn\'t

Salon has an Interesting look at \"9/11 8:48\", the first book published about the terrorist attacks it was a print-on-demand book. The book is a collection of writings on the 9/11 attacks, and was the first out of the gate, but ran into more than a few problems getting sold.

\"I don\'t want this book confused with instant history,\" Rosen said. \"It\'s not an attempt to provide the first rough draft of history -- it\'s not summarizing the O.J. Simpson trial a week later. It\'s voices speaking in the moment.\"

E-resource Pricing Models and Consortial Issues

Bernie Sloan has put together E-resource Pricing Models and Consortial Issues A Bibliography he put together for a presentation to a reference class at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

These items were intended to provide an overview of issues dealing with e-resource negotiations (both terms and conditions, and pricing), as well as issues centering on consortial brokering of e-resources.

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Filter Plan Leaks Like a Sieve

Wired Says that new filter thing touted by Microsoft, AOL Time Warner and Yahoo as a way to protect children may be far less useful than its backers have claimed.

Check Out what they (the big 3) said at the big announcement. Wired Says a closer look at the company\'s media properties illustrates the perils of trying to glue the Internet Content Rating Association\'s [ICA]tags on all of the domains owned by a corporate organism as complex as AOL Time Warner. They provide and interesting example:

AOL.com\'s bland homepage is rated as innocuous, reasonably enough, but HBO.com -- which uses the meta tag \"g-string divas\" in its Web page description and touts the racy Sex and the City series -- lacks any ICRA tags. WarnerBros.com highlights violent horror movies that children are barred from viewing in theaters, but has zero ICRA ratings that could ward off wayward youths.\"

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