Oprah Goes E

E Booknet has a piece on Oprah giving away 350 of RCA\'s new REB1100. This is the woman who moves HUGE numbers of real books everytime she chooses a new book to read, imagine what this is going to do for the entire eBook market! Will this be like Stephen King going online with his book?

Presidential Inaugurations Online

The Library of Congress has made available at its American Memory Web
site an online collection of selected materials to celebrate the
inaugurations of the presidents of the United States. \"I Do Solemnly
Swear\" Presidential Inaugurations consists of approximately four
hundred items from each of sixty-two inaugurations, from George
Washington in 1789 to William Jefferson Clinton in 1997, and will
include items relating to the sixty-third inauguration of 2001. Check it out at: memory.loc.gov/ammem/pihtml/

The SLIS UNDERGROUND

SLIS Undergroundsent in a link to their site, rather intersting for those fighting the powers that be:


The medium, SLIS UNDERGROUND, was created with the intention of providing SLIS students enrolled at the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a forum in which to express their opinions about library and information science and their educational/professional experiences within the field.

geocities.com/slis_underground/mainpage.htm

Realizing that much of what we are being taught is subjective.
Realizing that information itself is subjective; everything is changed, greatly or subtly, by the filter through which it passes.
Understanding that as future librarians, archivists, catalogers, indexers, school media specialists, editors, censors, and free-thinking students of human nature we have a right to comment upon and question all information.
To bring to ideas to the forefront and provide a media through which comments can be made for which there was no time in class.
To encourage critical thinking within the SLIS student body.
To show the SLIS faculty that we care enough about library and information science to go to the trouble of establishing an entity beyond the academic establishment through which we can further discuss what we are being taught, what we are reading, and how the information is being presented

Anatomy of a book controversy

Bob Cox sent in In Depth look on some book challenges in GA. The Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Board of Education initially voted 4-3 not to allow the use of \"In Cold Blood,\" \"A Lesson Before Dying,\" \"Stones from the River,\" \"Lords of Discipline\" and \"Catcher in the Rye.\", then re-voted after they said to make sure that summer reading lists for AP English students contain at least 10 choices and are given out one month before school ends. The books ended up NOT being banned.

\"As far as we are concerned, you are still stonewalling the concept of parental/citizen involvement. This whole process has been disgusting and demeaning. The endorsement of putting trash in the minds of children by a school system is horrifying to think of and it is dangerous to the social stability of this great country.\"

Textbook case of self-censorship

Lois Aleta Fundis sent in This almost funny story from Freedomforum.org on some silly censorship down in TX. The State Board of Education approved a reading textbook for 5th that was \"revised\" after two Republican state legislators complained about a picture of Vice President Al Gore and a brief accompanying article.

\"\"The bottom line is the publisher self-censored this book under implicit threat that the far-right contingent on the State Board of Education would grandstand and bully [the publisher], because that\'s been their behavior for the last six years,\" Smoot told The Freedom Forum Online. \"These members of the state board have a long and rich tradition of going after textbooks for such absurd things as disliking a photograph of a woman carrying a briefcase, decrying the number of pages devoted to (farmworker organizer) Cesar Chavez and even saying one history book depicted slavery in too negative a fashion.\"

Internet Search FAQ

Here\'s a really cool site sent in by Bob Cox. The Internet Search FAQ covers all the bases, \"how can I find\", \"how can I find it faster?\", \"should I pay?\", and \"where can I get help?\", are all covered.

\"Although this website was compiled originally for writers, it has become increasingly clear that this FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) list is of use to anyone who wants to find their way around the Net. \"

How to Get Books in the Library With No Money

Greenville News has this story on the creative ideas that school librarians have to get books on the shelves.\"In addition to holding the usual book fairs and cranking out applications for grants, they\'ve cashed in aluminum cans, sold candy and school supplies, urged parents to shop at certain grocery stores and use certain credit cards and accepted hand-me-downs from college and university libraries updating their collections.\" -- Read More

No More Banned Books

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has this piece on a school board that decided not to ban 5 books from an advanced placement english class...if the students are provided alternatives.\"Dr. James Moore and his wife, Minnie, the parents of a former Windsor Forest High School student who now attends college, challenged the books because they contain sex, violence and profanity.\" -- Read More

Everybody is Getting Library Cards

The Star-Telegram has this story on kids getting everyone and their grandmother to sign up for a library card.

\"Students at Carter Park Elementary surpassed themselves in a drive to put Fort Worth Public Library cards in the hands of more students.

A whopping 104 percent of the student body now has library privileges. The school has 775 students but was responsible for adding 818 library cards by also signing up parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends.\" -- Read More

Bookstore has records subpoenaed

For the third time in the past month, another bookstore\'s records have been subpoenaed by law enforcement officials. Libraries are bound to be next. The story is available from Lawrence Journal-World.
\"The subpoena, involving a Borders store in Johnson County, came to light this week when a bookseller industry newsletter reported that several groups had filed court papers on Borders\' behalf. -- Read More

Intel inside... the library.

Anonymous Patron writes "Another interesting portrayal of a librarian in the popular culture. This time it's an Intel ad featuring Lucy Liu."

Intel inside... the library.

Anonymous Patron writes "Another interesting portrayal of a librarian in the popular culture. This time it's an Intel ad featuring Lucy Liu."

New Domains a Step Closer

Wired is reporting The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has narrowed the field down to 10 finalists in the race to become the new DOT-COM! Check out the final TLD\'s and the folks sponsoring them.

  • Dot-biz by JVTeam, LLC, which is comprised of Neustar and Melbourn IT.
  • Dot-i Sarnoff Corporation and JVTeam, LLC.
  • Dot-name, dot-nom, dot-san, dot-xing by the Global Name Registry, Limited.
  • Dot-pro by RegistryPro, Ltd, which is comprised of register.com, Virtual Internet and Baltimore Tech.
  • Dot-co-op by the Cooperative League of the USA.
  • Dot-museum by the Museum Domain Management Association.
  • Dot-Air by the Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques.
  • Dot-geo by SRI International.
  • Dot-coop by Cooperative League of the USA.
  • The National Book Award winners

    Publishers Weekly has the The National Book Award winners.

    They include
    In America by Susan Sontag
    and In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick.

    Harry Potter first edition

    Charles Davis sent in This Story from Ananova.com on a copy of the first edition of the first Harry Potter that sold for more than £6,000 at auction. They only pressed 500 copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher\'s Stone when it was published three years ago. An 1885 first edition illustrated copy of Robert Louis Stevenson\'s Treasure Island went for just £100.

    Clinton Can\'t Catch a Break

    Arkansas Online has a Story on the trouble brewing over the new Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. A man there won\'t give up his land so they can build the library because his is mad at Little Rock officials for spending more than $12 million on the land for the library.

    \"The city of Little Rock can ill afford this huge expenditure, which has never been approved by the voters,\" Pfeifer said. \"The past two years have proved the ruinous effects the financing scheme has had on our city finances and public confidence.\"

    $12 Million does seem like alot of money for this thing.

    Mom Wants say in Reading

    Freedomforum.org has a Report on some Harry trouble in NH. A woman there is requesting that parents have more say in what teachers read to pupils. She wants teachers to give parents reading lists so they can decide whether their child should leave classrooms when certain books are read aloud.

    She said Harry Potter teaches about killing, reincarnation and the occult. To prove her point, she read a segment of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer\'s Stone aloud to the board, and it speaks of drinking blood and damaging the mind and body of a witch.

    Is this an unreasable request?

    A Misguided Pornography Bill

    The NY Times has a short opinion on mandating filtering in libraries that get federal funding. They call is an \"an ill-conceived rider\", absurd and unconstitutional. They say a better way to approach this problem is schools and libraries monitor student use of the Internet while teaching each student how to avoid inappropriate sites.

    Video News Report on Public Libraries

    NewsNet5 has a video report on libraries that focuses on the typical problems. This story is quite a slam on public libraries.

    Check it out here, you\'ll need real player.

    This story does not paint a very pretty picture of todays public libraries. If I didn\'t know any better I\'d think the AFA wrote this one.

    Your neighborhood library is less like a church and more like a bus station...\"

    .health the TLD for quality health information

    Al writes \"

    Not really a scoop as its ongoing but a nice article on the bbc site about the discussions around the .health TLD:
    news.bbc.co.uk/

    and the coverage on Slashdot

    slashdot.org


    As always the odd insightful comment worth reading \"

    This raises some interesting questions on quality control of web sites, especially medical web sites. Should a government be given control over certain sites to ensure they are reliable? Should anyone really be getting medical advice from a web site to begin with?

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