U.S. Ties to Death Squads Accidently Leaked to Libraries

The Times reports that the U.S. Government Printing Office has mistakenly issued to libraries a report linking the U.S. to anti-Communist death squads in Indonesia:

The American Government is trying to claw back copies of a book that reveals US links to Sixties anti-communist death squads in Indonesia. Copies of the declassified history were prematurely distributed to libraries around the world. It contains details of how the US Embassy in Indonesia supplied names of members of the Communist PKI party which backed President Sukarno, the founding father of the republic, to the Indonesian security forces. Those forces massacred more than 100,000 people.(More)

The report can be found here. Thanks to New Breed Librarian.

Libraries are for socialist welfare scum

I was browsing around Google Groups, and I came across this rant, which concludes, "The simple truth is that Libraries are nothing more than an immoral and illegal form of welfare."

I\'m not sure whether this is genuine looney libertarian extremism, or a parody of same.

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British Library closing Indian library

Matt Eberle
writes \"The British Council library in Patna, India is
closing. The library is reportedly being closed because
it has only 1,400 members. Members say this is
because the library has only 8,000 books and only 80
people can occupy the reading room at once.

Full Story

Membership (bclindia.o
rg
) appears to be 400
Rupees annually \"

More School Librarian Job Shifting...

Tanya writes \"I found this story
while catching up on the news from my former
stomping grounds. The Jeff Parish School System, of
which I\'m a product, is considering cutting librarian
positions in the elementary schools due to budget
problems. Supposedly the culprit is rising health care
costs. Also on the cutting block are athletic programs
and custodial and clerical positions. Just as in Salt
Lake a few weeks ago, the librarians will be moved to
teaching positions. The article contains some great
quotes from people who oppose the move such as this
one:

\"Of all the proposals, Roberts said he is most opposed
to cutting librarians
because of their influence on academics.\"

And this one:

\"Losing the librarians and sports would have the most
negative impact on
children, said Sally Falcone...\"


Read the story HERE
\"

City Library, County Library

Sheez baaaack!

Wow, it looks like libraryland has been quite a happenin place lately. Where do I begin? I\'ll spare you all the details of my great vacation and just get down to business. I\'ve reported a few times on the woes at the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore. Today the numbers were released. One branch only circulated 15,261 items in the last fiscal year. It doesn\'t stop there. According to the article, \"in 1993 the county library system was in the Top 5 nationwide and had the largest use per capita. Today, it doesn\'t even have the highest per-capita usage in the state.\" more... from SunSpot News.

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Baker\'s book front-page news

The front page of today\'s Chicago Tribune (at least the suburban print edition I get) includes an article headlined Libraries in lurch as microfilm flaws surface. It focuses on Double Fold, but the reporter also appears to have talked to some librarians. The acting head of the Center for Research Libraries is quoted as saying that "Baker\'s book is the new Silent Spring."

Of course, looking at the story on the Web, you don\'t know that it\'s front-page news.

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Looking For Latino Librarians

Library showing the good and the bad in vodka

The Vodka Library is situated 200 miles north of Moscow in the Russian town of Uglich on the Volga, hometown of Pyotr Arseneyevich Smirnov, founder of the Smirnoff brand. No books, just thousands of bottles of vodka encased in glass. It aims to celebrate the national drink but also to educate on the problems its consumption can cause.
\"Vodka has never done anything good, but without it, Russia would not exist\"
So you can get a taste test but also a lecture on responsible drinking. The full shot glass from The Boston Globe.

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The changing role of libraries

The face of public libraries in the US is changing, according to this story from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. New library buildings are designed for this new role.
\"People view libraries today more as \"information brokers,\" he said. Visitors expect a wider range of services, which includes access to computers, educational programs for children and places to meet and exchange ideas.\"

Librarians, Librarians Everywhere

Indian state campaigns to keep British library

The decision of the British government to close the British Council library in the Indian state of Bihar has led to widespread protests and the creation of an Association to Save the British Library. Bihar has the lowest literary rate of all Indian states (47.53 per cent) and the library\'s supporters feel the loss of the library would only make things worse. However, the British government argue that the library is not viable. The the full story from the Khaleej Times.

E-Books and their Future in Academic Libraries

A technically detailed assessment from someone in the trenches:

The University of California\'s California Digital Library (CDL) formed an Ebook Task Force in August 2000 to evaluate academic libraries\' experiences with electronic books (e-books), investigate the e-book market, and develop operating guidelines, principles and potential strategies for further exploration of the use of e-books at the University of California (UC). This article, based on the findings and recommendations of the Task Force Report [1], briefly summarizes task force findings, and outlines issues and recommendations for making e-books viable over the long term in the academic environment, based on the long-term goals of building strong research collections and providing high level services and collections to its users.

(More from D-Lib.)

U.S. Greatly Increases Budget for Copyright Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Justice\'s new budget includes greatly expanded funding for enforcement of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act:

The Senate has earmarked $10 million for copyright prosecutions, enough money for 155 agents and attorneys in the fiscal year starting in October. That\'s up from a current $4 million allocated for 75 positions. . . \"We are very pleased with the amount. It\'s going to be used to prevent a whole lot of Internet piracy and mischief,\" said Patricia Schroeder, president of the Association of American Publishers. \"If someone crashed the international banking community, it wouldn\'t be too funny,\" Schroeder said. \"The Department of Justice wants to send the message that this is not a joke. You really could put someone out of business.\" (More from Wired.)

Search Engines and Editorial Integrity

More on the growing trend toward search engines ranking query results based on payments made by advertisors:

Many of us in the new media industry have watched in despair during the past few months as several major search engines have abandoned all pretense at editorial integrity by adopting deceptive, misleading advertising practices at the expense of their users.Finally, someone has stood up and said, Enough is enough. And now it\'s time for the rest of us to join the battle as well. (More from the Online Journalism Review.)

Thanks to the always valuable Wood s Lot.

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U.S. Will Not Free Sklyarov

The U.S. Attorney\'s office has indicated that it will not drop charges against Dmitri Sklyarov:

Representatives of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) met with representatives of the U.S. Attorney\'s office in San Francisco today. There was a productive dialog, however the U.S. Attorney\'s office gave no indication of dropping the prosecution against Dmitry Sklyarov. Having explored good faith negotiations, the Electronic Frontier Foundation rejoins the call for nonviolent protests worldwide to secure the immediate release of Dmitry Sklyarov and dropping of all criminal charges against him. A protest is already scheduled in San Francisco for 11:30am this Monday, July 30, at the Federal Courthouse at 450 Golden Gate Ave. Additional protests will occur in 25 or more cities worldwide in coming weeks.

( More from FreeSklyarov.org. Thanks to Slashdot.)

PLUS: Public Libraries Using Spanish

Bruce Jensen has put together PLUS: Public Libraries Using Spanish.


\"Many public libraries find it difficult to fully serve their multicultural communities because of the time and expertise needed to perform translation and outreach work.

PLUS seeks to lend a hand by gathering useful documents that can help you make your library a more welcoming place for Spanish speakers. Card applications, brochures, programming suggestions, signage, press releases and news articles--many in Spanish with a side-by-side English translation--are collected here and are yours to use as you wish.\"

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What\'s Doing With The Web

A gaggle of web related stories I\'ve collected and not used so far this week.

The digital divide: Ignore it at our own risk is a CNet story by who says the web is not a luxury item but is the key that opens the door to the knowledge economy, if we fail to provide access we essentially deny them an opportunity to participate in the new economy of the 21st century.

The NYTimes reports Government Sites for Children Aren\'t the Coolest, they basically stink.

Taming the Wild, Wild Web is a pathetic LA Times story that says corporations contend the Internet\'s freewheeling design kills moneymaking opportunities, so some idiots want more control so they can make more money, because they can\'t seem to figure out how to now.

Reps Warn Parents About Porn and Mom: ISP Should Pay for Kid Porn are two Wired stories on the web/porn thing.

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Grants Boost Library Technology in Massachusetts

Massachusetts libraries are getting more than $2.4 million in federal funds to upgrade their IT and improve accessibility:

The state Board of Library Commissioners is dispensing the federal money to more than 80 public, academic, school, regional and special libraries across the state. The money will fund such projects as digitizing historical resources, upgrading network systems and increasing access for people with disabilities. The money comes from the national Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is mandated under the 1996 Federal Library Services and Technology Act to promote access to learning and information resources for all types of libraries and for people of all ages.

(More from Federal Computer Week.)

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An ATM for books

I\'m not sure if it has an application in the library world, but, the \'ATM for books\' is eight feet long, 38 inches wide, it can produce a book in 12 minutes, and costs $82,000. The MTI PerfectBook-080 machine could change book stores as we know them. Instead of allowing books to go out of print, you can store them as digital files and publish them \"on demand\" in bookstores, while customers wait, using self-contained book printers.

Does something like this have a place in a library?

Digital Mass Has The Story

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DMCA Stories Galor

I seem to have collected quite a few DMCA related stories.

The Copyright Cops Go Too Far from Business 2.0 says the DMCA still has some big problems, but handcuffs aren\'t the answer. Wired Says The DMCA continues to enjoy remarkably broad support on Capitol Hill. No bill has yet been introduced in Congress to amend the DMCA for one simple reason: Official Washington loves the law precisely as much as hackers and programmers despise it. A Small Glimmer of Hope seems to be Rep. Rick Boucher, his office will draft a bill to be introduced later this year.

Linux Planet is calling it Digital Millennium Rape Act.

If you aren\'t familiar with the DMCA, read it and weep.

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