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Reg On Harry Haters

If we ban Harry Potter, is Macbeth next? is a story on, you guessed it, the ol\' banning of Harry trick.

Reg has written a nice response to the story.

He writes:

I think the people who ban Harry Potter are twits.

But if one is going to argue against them, one must understand the point of their assertions.

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Saint of the \'Net

Brian writes \"globetechnology.com is one of a number of sites with This Story:

The Pope is reportedly going to name Isidore of Seville as the patron saint of computer programmers and the Internet. Isidore wrote a 20-volume encyclopedia in the 7th century.

One guy jokes, \"If we\'re talking about Silicon Valley, I had always assumed that San Jose was the patron saint of the Internet.\"

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No phony birthday parties for \'Catcher in the Rye\'

The Buffalo News has a little article about the \"Catcher in the Rye\"turning 50!

NEW YORK - This year marks the 50th anniversary of J.D. Salinger\'s \"The Catcher in the Rye.\" But don\'t expect to hear that from his publisher.\"

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Google takes Deja

It seems that Google has taken over the rest of Deja. The beta site can be found here and the press release can be read here. On a related note, look for old dot com buddies at Dotcomdropout.

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Meet your honey at the library

Just in time for Valentines Day, A survey was conducted to rate the importance of different character traits in a potential mate. The answers seem to point at meeting the right guy at the library (that\'s apparently where the smart guys hang out) and the right girl at the gym! \"Women who are looking for long-term relationships place
an extremely high premium on intelligence,\" says Luci Richards, a long time
counselor at The Allied Network. The dating service has interviewed over 8,000
women over the last ten years. As for the men surveyed - attractiveness and
being physical fit were ranked highest.\"

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Children\'s Safe Harbor Coming to a Living Room Near You

With the barrage of information surrounding filtering issues in libraries in an effort to protect children from the dangers of surfing the Internet, comes a different perspective in relation to accomplishing the same level of protection in the television viewing arena. It seems that the concept of a \"Safe Harbor,\" which we now know as the Children\'s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) extends to the Children\'s Protection from Violent Programming Act, (someone gimme an acronym puh-leeeeze).

The measure would require the Federal Communications Commission to \"prohibit the distribution of violent television programming,\" during times when kids are most prone to watch TV, according to Rep. Ronnie Shows (D-Miss.), the chief patron of the House bill, which he said he\'ll introduce this week.

To view this story,Click Here. ---- For more from CNS News, Click Here

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Ohio Governor Freezes Library Funds, While PA\'s Governor Ridge Gives \'em Boost

From Library Journal .

The state of Ohio has historically been very strong in its support of public libraries, ranking somewhere near the top in funding. The state of Pennsylvania, however, has notoriously been at the opposite end of the library funding universe, suffering from barely-existent book budgets, low salaries and often inadequate facilities.

Last week, it was reported that beginning in 2001, Ohio public schools are no longer required to house libraries or employ degreed librarians. According to This one, it looks as though there\'s more bad news ahead for libraries in the state of Ohio, only this time it affects public libraries. Ohio\'s Governor Taft has frozen library funding, while Pennsylvania gets another big funding boost from Governor Ridge. Way to go Govs.

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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.\"

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