A New Atmosphere At Flagship Library

From the Washington Post, all about the newly remodeled
Central
library in Howard County, Maryland.
\"You\'ll smell it in the aroma wafting from the coffee bar. You\'ll feel it
as you settle onto sleek sofas, browse the DVD and CD collections, hook
your laptop into the wired desks. This is not your grandmother\'s
library.\"

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First Amendment Advocates Lament halting of Internet access to criminal filings

This story from AP reports on the recent court decision about online
access to some government docs. Federal criminal filings are no longer
available online.
\"Though court records remain publicly available on paper at
courthouses, they were deemed too public when it came to the Internet.
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USC Library Reopens After \"Seismic Retrofitting\"

The University of Southern California\'s Edward L. Doheny Memorial Library has been outfitted to withstand earthquakes:

The 650,000-volume library, a focus of research in the humanities and social sciences, has been a striking example of Italian Romanesque architecture on the campus since it opened in 1932 . . .

The library was damaged like so many other Los Angeles buildings in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. USC used funds granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover most of the costs of building 17 shear walls to strengthen the structure against lateral movement from earthquakes.

More from the Los Angeles Times.

Librarians face new competitor

As if it weren\'t bad enough that folks think the Web has all the answers, now it looks like we\'ve got a talking coconut to compete with.

BTW, Weekly World News is one of the tabloids published by American Media, site of the anthrax incidents.

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Perth Library to Become Pub

The Evening Telegraph reports that the historic Sandeman Library is slated to become a Theme Pub. Councillors apparently decided not to contest this, having lost a former bid to stop the old education department building from becoming a nightclub.

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Library shelves it\'s books

Sarah Hepworth writes \"A Cornish library is restocking its shelves after borrowers complained that they had read all the books.
Full Story at the Beeb \"


They have now swapped with other libraries or put into a book sale more than 90% of hardback fiction, crime, westerns and large print books, along with paperbacks!

Shakespeare plays sell for £4.9m at auction

Charles Davis writes \"One of the earliest printed copies of Shakespeare\'s plays
has sold at a New York auction for £4.1m.
An anonymous private buyer bought the First Folio of the
Comedies, Histories and Tragedies, dated 1623.
It was expected to fetch £2.1m.
Story at
ananova.com \"

The £4.9m paid for the Four Folios is the highest price ever paid for a Shakespeare work.

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Sample pages at Amazon

Jenny Levine writes: \"Amazon has made some changes to the books section of their Web site that
allow you to view sample pages of titles. The home page highlights the new
\"Look Inside\" feature that is available for \"thousands of books\", including
childrens titles. For example, if you go to
Olivia Saves the Circus, you can view the back cover, an excerpt from
the book, the front & back flaps, and the intro pages (8 sample pages
total). Other titles let you view the table of contents, the index, and
more. The title \"Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World\'s Wildlife\" includes 112 sample pages, and
this item hasn\'t even been published yet.
From a precursory glance, it looks like they are scanning in each page
and displaying them as standard images in the browser, which essentially
means they have their own digitizing project. At the top of each image is
the phrase \"Copyrighted material\", which is just another version of the
signs we put on our photocopy machines.


Looks like they scooped libraries again and are offering another service
that we should be integrating into our catalogs. How would we pull this
off?\"

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Board Votes to Limit Access to Controversial Sex Book

Access to the book, \"It\'s Perfectly Normal\" has been restricted at the Anchorage School District. After listening to several hours worth of testimony by those both for and against such action, the board voted 6-1 to restrict the book. Elementary schoolchildren will only be able to check out the book with parental permission. Those who support the book feel that it provides a candid and honest look at sexual health.\" Others feel that because it contains drawings of people having sex and masturbating, it\'s too explicit for young readers. The meeting drew 100 attendees both from the school and the community. more... from The Anchorage Daily News.

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Library Draws World Attention

The world\'s map-lovers are heading to Illinois to visit the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library. The library is home to approximately 300,000 maps. Some of the maps date back to the 1400s. more... from The Chicago tribune.

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OCLC Links Catalog with Rare Books Database

In order to assist individuals in locating rare and/or out of print material, OCLC is linking up with Alibris, Inc., a California based rare book database firm. Customers of Alibris will be able to use OCLC\'s World Cat to search for material in libraries. more...

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Human chain opens $3M library branch

Phillyburbs.com has This Story on how to spend your Friday.

Head on down to Pemberton, and join in the fun Friday, Oct. 19, when the $3 million library officially opens during a 10 a.m. dedication ceremony. The celebration will feature a human chain of students and residents that will pass books from the nearby Little Red Schoolhouse on Trenton Road into the new building.

Take one down, pass it along, 98 books in the library...


\"We\'re hoping to have as many families as possible participate in the book pass because this will really be a family library,\" Kay said. \"I can\'t wait for everyone in Pemberton to see it.\"

Forum Finds Hope Beyond the Journals Crisis

Library Journal reports (briefly) on the 10/1 Forum on Publishing Alternatives in Science at Johns Hopkins:

\"We gave our intellectual property away to private firms and scholarly societies,\" said David E. Shulenburger, provost of the University of Kansas . . . \"They have found they can sell it back to us at prices that will produce profits and/or support the cost of other activities.\" Shulenburger had the figures to back up the assertions. From 1986 to 1999, the number of journals grew from 103,700 to 161,000 (55 percent). While the Consumer Price Index increased 49 percent in that period and the price of healthcare went up 111 percent, the cost of scholarly journals increased 175 percent.

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Publishers Desert Frankfurt Book Fair

The war is having a significant impact on the publishing world:

The international rights market — the engine that drives [the fair] — is usually booming this time of year. But book submissions, which ground to a halt Sept. 11, have only recently begun to regain momentum, with much of the focus now on books about international affairs, terrorism, spirituality and heroic rescues.

Add heightened flying jitters and inconvenience, and many publishing insiders have concluded that the fair’s business prospects aren’t compelling enough to lure them overseas.

“I’d spent the past three to four months setting up back-to-back meetings over five days,” said agent Rafe Sagalyn, who canceled his trip to the fair. “My family asked me to stay close, a wish that I didn’t have a hard time heeding.”

More from MSNBC.

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UCLA Librarian punished for political mass e-mail

Connie from Indiana passed along This One from The Daily Bruin
at UCLA on a librarian punished for a political mass e-mail.


The librarians e-mail was cited as being in violation of university library policy, which prohibits unsolicited messages containing political, religious or patriotic messages to be sent to library department lists. They said \"Your recent e-mail, which was distributed to the entire unit, demonstrated a lack of sensitivity that went beyond incivility and became harassment,\" and that if he did not improve his behavior, \"further disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, will result.\"

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Coca-Cola Launching Harry Potter Campaign

Coca-Cola will be featuring Harry Potter\'s mug on 850 million Coke, Hi-C, and Minute Maid products as part of a campaign intended to boost literacy, as well as sales. Prizes will be awarded to consumers, which include movie tickets and trips to England. more...

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Editorial Board of the Machine Learning Journal Steps Down

Slashdot pointed the way to this most excellent letter of resignation from Machine Learning journal Editorial Board. Forty people have resigned from the Editorial Board of the Machine Learning Journal (MLJ). They say when the journal started fifteen years ago research papers did not circulate easily, but now, articles circulate easily via the Internet. They gone on to say MLJ publications are under restricted access, because universities and research centers pay a yearly fee of $1050. This works to limit contact between the current machine learning community and the potentially much larger community of researchers. They also point out none of the revenue stream from the journal makes its way back to
authors. They see little benefit for a mechanism that ensures revenue for a third party by restricting the communication channel between authors and readers.

Great to see this, I only hope we see it more often!

Remembering The Book Ban Case of 76

Newsday.com has A Story on the 1976 book-banning that became the basis for a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding students\' rights.

In 1982, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court limited public school officials\' authority to remove books they find offensive from school libraries.

\"There\'s always going to be censorship,\" said Steven Pico, who as a 17-year-old
junior at Island Trees High School became the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit. \"That\'s
why there always needs to be people to resist the pressure.\"

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Librarian Recognized for Inspiring Others

The librarian at the Golden Valley High School in California is receiving the prestigious President\'s Award from the California School Library Association for her outstanding contribution and dedication to the field, as well as her ability to inspire others. Her philosophy is to do whatever it takes to get kids into the library. Even if it means delivering their books to them. more... from The Modesto Bee.

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Library Collects Nearly $20,000 in Late Fees

As long as there are libraries, there will be overdue books.
The Muscle Shoals Library District in Alabama has accumulated nearly $20K in late fees this year. That\'s more than some libraries have in their entire book budget. I like the statement in the article about patrons setting their own due dates. I realize this might not be big news to everyone, but sheesh, my first professional library job only paid that much! more... from the Times Daily.

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