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University buries 10,000 books to save cash

Charles Davis sent in this Rather Strange Story on
The University of Western Sydney.
They just dumped 10,000 books
because it could not afford to store
them. Rare and antique
books were among those buried.

Vice Chancellor Janice Reid says
the university receives up
to 50% less funds than older

Official government figures show
UWS\'s income per
student is the third lowest in the


Queen to meet Potter\'s creator

Charles Davis sent in this one,
it seems that Rowling has some friends in high places.

The Queen (of England, not the U.S.) is going to meet
JK Rowling, you may have heard Harry is already a
favourite of the Prince of Wales.
During the so-called royal \"theme
day\", the Queen and
Duke of Edinburgh are to see
various aspects of the book
industry. Other visits included a
bookstore, school and

Full Story


CIPA Round Up

The CIPA submissions are flowing like wine here.

The ALA Press Release

[It\'s a PDF]

ACLU\'s Announcement

Text of the Motion
[It\'s a PDF]
CNN Story, they
also had a \"Quick Vote\" poll on this, but it seems to be
gone. President Nancy C. Kranich
was on Fox
yesterday, and got grilled pretty hard, anyone
else catch that?

Last but not least, Salon has This Story on the big hoo haa.
This Wired Story is also very


Drop and give me 20 pages, soldier!

US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki has put together reading lists for soldiers from raw recruits (Tom Brokaw\'s The Greatest Generation) all the way up to generals (Clausewitz, Kissinger and Thucydides).

Gen. Shinseki says, \"There is no better way to develop the sure knowledge and confidence required of our calling than a disciplined, focused commitment to a personal course of reading and study.\"

I don\'t often agree with warmongers, but -- right on, Brother!


What\'s More important, Freedom of Speech or the Need to Protect Kids from Porn?

I have never researched how many times in history the ALA has taken an issue to the Supreme Court, but [this one...] according to ABC News, may well be headed that way.

It is expected that if the ruling is handed down that libraries must comply or lose federal funds, some libraries will ultimately decide to give up the funding in order to prove their point. Is this the common sense approach?


Update: Bodleian rethinks visitor centre

Charles Davis writes \"From

Controversial plans to turn part of Oxford\'s
Bodleian Library into a pay-as-you-enter visitor
centre have been withdrawn.
After much opposition, the University has
decided to withdraw temporarily its planning
application for more consultation with city council
planning officers. \"


Librarians Square-Off Over Filtering Law

David Plotnikoff [writes...]

Libraries bracing for CIPA\'s arrival have almost no idea how it will affect them and when. The law, the latest in a long set of Internet filtering proposals championed by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., doesn\'t contain specific details on the mechanics of compliance. The FCC is drawing up regulations and time lines for its implementation. [more...] from the Silicon Valley


Online Reference in S.F.

Soneome passed along This Story from about how Bay Area libraries have banded together to do online reference.

About 80 reference librarians from 25 libraries are linked up to staff and
Note: San Fran residents only


SIRS Launches Free Interactive Resource Guide

SIRS Mandarin, Inc. has announced the launch of the SIRS Resource Center, an evolving collection of educational Internet resources for students, teachers and librarians. Lesson plans, online reference tools and library resources
can be found in this free, interactive resource guide.


Smarter Searching: AltaVista Debuts Online Newsstand

Michael Liedtke [writes...]
AltaVista will add an online newsstand to its main index Monday to make its results more topical and useful to surfers looking for up-to-the-minute information.

With the new service, Palo Alto-based AltaVista will automatically produce the top stories related to search requests. Clicking on a news center at the top search page will provide a complete index of all the latest online stories about the requested topic.

The new feature, licensed from San Francisco-based Moreover, addresses a glaring shortcoming for even the most powerful search engines. [more...]

Doings at the Oxford library

Charles Davis sent in a couple stories on the libraries at Oxford.

Ex-US President Clinton will visit Oxford on May 25th to open the Rothermere American Institute, within which the
Vere Harmsworth Library sits.
The Full Story

Another Story On the radical plan to turn the university library into a pay-as-you-enter visitor centre is provoking a fierce war of words. They call it the \"theme park proposal\", \'sacrilegious\' and \'a desecration\'.

Are there any other libraries that charge to enter?


Filter me this...

The New York Times has an article on filtering. The fight is ready to begin and the ACLU and ALA are poised.
\"hen Jeffery Pollock ran for Congress last year, he posted his forceful opinions on more than a dozen topics on his Web site, pollock4congress .com, including his support for the federally mandated use of Internet \"filtering\" software to block pornography in schools and libraries. Then he discovered that his own site was blocked by one of those filtering programs, Cyber Patrol.\"


Librarian convicted of chopper jailbreak

Who says librarians are boring?
Bob Cox sent along This Story on Lucy Dudko, a softly spoken mother and librarian was arrested after a crazy jail break attempt. She hijacked a helicopter at gunpoint in 1999 and forced the pilot to land in the exercise yard of a prison, where her boy friend was waiting for her to bust him out.


Dirty Book Guy Loses

One More Story on the Dirty-Book
Guy. This time the Charlotte Public Library trustees say
they will not change their policy for selecting library
books to accomodate his tempor tantrums.

The nine-page policy says the library offers
collections to meet the demographics of all its citizens
and on all points of view.
That includes items \"which reflect controversial,
unorthodox or even unpopular ideas.\"



Jud writes \"The egregious Nicholson \"automation-is-a-money-pit\" Baker burps and gets into mass market at The New Yorker, while correctives to his hysteria, like the fine one in First Monday by Richard J. Cox (, languish in relative online obscurity.

Nicholson still doesn\'t realize that automation is the key to his dream: guaranteeing preservation of last copies. For a much earlier-- and tongue-in-cheek--reply to Baker (I submitted it to the New Yorker, but for some reason they didn\'t run it) see \"Malodorous Catalog\" at \"


Disaster and Destruction Along the Information Superhighway

This one comes from The Nando Times. It seems that all over the U.S. crews are destroying city streets, homes and businesses in order to make room for high speed Internet access. The problem isn\'t so much what they\'re doing, but what they\'re leaving behind. [more...]


Can Application Service Provider Solve Libraries Problems?

In this month\'s Computers in Libraries, Fred R. Reenstjerna [writes...]

\"So what\'s the real story on ASPs? Do they work? Are they viable options for purchasing applications? Just as you may be surprised by the silly advice you\'d get from a Magic 8 Ball, you may be surprised to discover that you\'re probably using an ASP right now. If you have an Internet based e-mail account on Hotmail, AOL, or any similar service, you\'re an ASP user.\"


Censorship at US Geological Service

Welcome to the World Wide Web - Passport, Please?

In today\'s New York Times, Lisa Guernsey [writes...]

\"Last fall, a French judge named Jean-Jacques Gomez made Internet history, and attracted a flock of critics, when he ordered the Yahoo Web site to prevent French residents from viewing Nazi memorabilia in its online auctions.

To Yahoo, the appearance of Nazi uniforms and other objects was simply an unintended byproduct of the borderless Internet: the items, which were being offered by sellers all over the world, happened to be on French computer screens.\"


Publish, Perish or Pay Up

Wired is running a Story about the reaction to high journal prices.

Since journal costs have skyrocketed to the point where they are just unaffordable to researchers, someone is attempting to reclaim control by creating alternatives to leading commercial publications that have gotten so stupidly over priced.
A new, nonprofit, online venture, The Electronic Society for Social Scientists (ELSSS), is offering journals that are at least 50 percent cheaper than major commercial academic publishers.
This is some very cool stuff, good ideas from smart people that change the market. Rather than just complaining about things, someone did something about it.

\"\"In the next three months decisions will be taken that will change significantly academic journal publishing in economics,\" -Manfredi La Manna creator of ELSSS.



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