Library Quickies

A small collection of unrelated but useful links I\'ve been meaning to post:

Helen writes \"Check out a recent ad by HP Labs, featuring librarian Eugenie Prime. Not sure if this is a step forward or a step back . . .
Ad PDF \"

Bob Cox sent along
\"The Classic Text: Traditions and Interpretations\", an interesting exhibition of over 130 books, manuscripts, and prints, that offers insight into the question of what becomes a classic most, and why.

The Invisible Library is a collection of books that only appear in other books.

Strategies for addressing and preventing plagiarism in the digital age by Karen Michaelsen.


Surfing by Degrees

[Here...] comes still another Internet study, as if we need one, which attempts to herd users into categories based on \"occasionalization\" (their word not mine or Webster\'s). I wonder how much they charged for that anyway? Try to win that one on Wheel...Vanna, I would like an \"E\" please.
So, which group do you fall under?


Using Library School Skills at a Dot-Com

Michael Angeles writes \"

Information Today is running This Article about Paul Blake, a Librarian turned Dot Commer who confesses that in his most recent job in the Web space, \"I used the skills I learned at library school more than I had for the preceding 15 years.\" Blake describes how professionals with information retrieval skills -- experience with classification and information structure -- add value to the Internet.\"

As another librarian working in a I\'ll second that!

Urban Blight- Public libraries to the Rescue!

Lee Hadden passed this along:
\"National Public Radio\'s Cheryl Corley
reports on a program in Chicago that\'s using public libraries to unite
divided communities and bring economic growth to forgotten neighborhoods.
Several other cities are now following suit, strategically planting new
libraries to help revitalize struggling areas.
This was broadcast on April 2 on the public radio show \"Morning Edition.\"
Hear the broadcast on your computer HERE

Palaces Of the People

The Washington Post has an OP-ED piece from US First Lady and Ex-librarian Laura Bush.

She has some mighty nice things to say about libraries.

\"School libraries -- all libraries, for that matter -- are more than warehouses for books. They are gathering places, literally community centers, and have been since 1638, when John Harvard donated money and books to create one of our nation\'s first libraries in Cambridge, Mass. \"


The Seven Most Critical Challenges That Face SLMS\'s

Doug Johnson has written a great article Seven Most Critical Challenges That Face Our Profession.
He suggests seven areas where every library media specialist can and should take action.

They include, Remaining experts in helping others make meaning out of technology, Keeping our core values, Staying connected and more.

\"A person recently commented to me that one must be mad to go into school librarianship. He’s right, of course, on a number of levels. You have to mad (passionate) for stories, computers, and especially work with kids.\"

Fear, Intimidation Cloud Internet Filtering Issue

In an effort to assuage the legal concerns of local officials who want to keep pornography away from kids in public libraries, a New York City-based public interest legal group is offering its services for free to libraries that want to install anti-pornography Internet filtering systems on public computer terminals. [more...] from CNS News.


Misspelling Words to Avoid the Filters

Someone passed along This One from The NY Times on ways to keep from being blocked. I was way ahead of the curve on this one, I\'ve been misspelling words for a year and a half now! Now I finally have a good excuse.

It\'s a sad day for journalism — and for the American public — when a news organization has to resort to consciously misspelling words in order to reach its readers,\" said Judith F. Krug, a journal subscriber and director of the American Library Association\'s Office for Intellectual Freedom, in an interview via e-mail.



Video killed the radio star

Someone writes \"Dr. Laura\" TV show got canceled

Salon has a Story \"

If you ever saw the show, this shouldn\'t be a suprise. She was boring and offensive at the same time.


EFF Plans Nationwide Protest Of Blocking Law

Web-issue lobby group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said today it is organizing a nationwide protest slated for Friday, April 20, opposing implementation of congressionally mandated Internet blocking in schools and libraries [more...] from NewsBytes


More Bad News for Ohio Libraries

Ohio\'s Governor Taft has proposed eliminating a $12 million allotment in the general revenue fund for the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN). His plan would fund the network solely through general library funding. A preliminary study by the Ohio Library Council (OLC)estimates the state\'s public libraries could lose $84 million if the proposal is enacted.
[more...] from The Columbus Dispatch


3rd-grade class sees porn, not dinosaurs

UW-Milwaukee Student writes \"This happens in a public school and people are worried about pornography on the internet at the library? Story On a 3rd-grade class who thought they were watching a video about dinosaurs w an X-rated tape inadvertently left in the VCR by a janitor. \"

It\'s funny because it happened to someone else.

Congratulations Canada on the BeerBrary!

Congratulations Canada on completion of the first
National BeerBrary.

Canada, home of the Canadian Penguin, North
America\'s first black Prime Minister (Jean Chrétien),
and the 20 hour metric clock, has just announced the
Canadian National BeerBrary has been completed.
Tim Horton (Canadian King for some 35 years)
was on hand at the celebration in the Canadian capital,
Construction took over 12 years, and cost over
$356 Million Canadian \"Loonies\" (That\'s about
US). It is estimated almost 100 Canadians lost their
lives transporting the huge 12 ton ice blocks that make
up the 125 Meter (That\'s about 10 US floors) structure
that is
now the tallest structure in Canada. Ice was used to
ensure the 25,000 different Canadian Beers would stay
chilled in the BeerBrary. Since the average temperature
in Toronto never gets above freezing (That\'s -13 C) the
ice building is expected to last until global warming
causes the ice sheet Canada was built on to melt into
the sea.

\"This is a great day for all 23 Canadian States\", said
The Head of the BeerBrary , Don Cherry, \"It moves
Canada ahead of all other countries in alcohol
preservation, ahead of even New Orleans, and

Anti-filter editorial filtered

The Censorware Project has an interesting

Story on a Column from The Chicago Tribune that criticized blocking software and the laws requiring its use.The column was then blocked by CYBERsitter, beacuse \"\"he used the words \"porno[graphy]\", \"Internet porn[ography]\" and \"Peacefire\".\"


Web Sites for Kids Not Following Privacy Rules

The Federal Trade Commission has established a set of rules for developers of child-oriented web sites. According to a recent investigation, over half of the 162 sites tested failed to adhere to them. [more...] from the Nando Times

Rights for Writers in E-Major

How do you apply a decades-old copyright law in an era where Napster, Google and Lexis-Nexis reign over desktops?

That is just one of the dilemmas that Supreme Court judges hashed out in a hearing on Wednesday for a case that could set a legal standard for copyright in the electronic age.
[more...] from Wired News.

Libraries for Looters

Gerry sent along This One from on the recovery of about $2,500 worth of stolen CDs, DVDs, videos and books taken from local libraries in OH.

Meanwhile, the Wapakoneta News has This One on the Auglaize County library.
They say all these thefts raise the question of whether libraries even should offer to their patrons recently released videos and CDs — or whether they should at least cut back on the ones they buy.

A Look At Publishing

E-Rights for E-Writers is a story on the Supreme Court judges hearing a case that could set a legal standard for copyright in the electronic age.

Bob Cox sent along This Story that says the route to literary success is to be young and gifted but most of all be gorgeous! They accuse literary agents of touting talent to publishers like a \' beauty pageant\'

And The Chicago Times Says Margaret Mitchell\'s estate has filed suit in Atlanta to block publication of a novel that tells the late writer\'s \"Gone With the Wind\" story from the perspective of a former slave who is an illegitimate half-sister of Mitchell\'s heroine, Scarlett O\'Hara.

And, last but not least, A Librarian to help pick Newbery award


Diverse Collections

Private Passions, Public Legacy is the first full-scale display of a collection of 447 rare books, manuscripts, and maps from the estate of Paul Mellon.

The Tiny Rosenbach Museum at 2010 Delancey Place in Philadelphia, that sounds like a neat place. They\'ve staging exhibitions of some relevance to its collections

Studying Malcolm X A Columbia Universtiy project delves into black leader\'s life and papers.

\'\'Very few historical figures are more powerful in death than in life, but Malcolm is one of them,\'\' Marable said, sitting in his book-lined office. \'\'How do you explain it? How does a man go from Public Enemy No. 1 to white America - to having his image engraved on a US postage stamp?\'\'

Another Look at Laura Bush

Bob Cox sent along This Story from the
Washington Post on Laura Bush.

It has a few more details on her \"library days\". She got
her MLS at the University of Texas (did you know she
and Hillary are the only 1st ladies with grad degrees?)
.She first worked as a public librarian.

\"And then I moved back to Austin and was a school
librarian\". After that she quit for him to do his
political thing.


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