Civil servants oppose library pay raise

Jacksonville Civil Service Board approves pay hike for librarians and other staff. Pay raises range from an additional 25 cents and hour to $2.12 more an hour. Library pay rate hikes were apparently approved when other area library pay rates were lower and Jacksonville didn\'t provide cost-of-living increases for other city employees for 2002. The Mayor however approved saying that, \"the library is long overdue.\" (An unintentional pun?) From the Anniston Star


Student Fakes Hate Crime in University Library

A Junior at the University of Arizona faked his own attack and told authorities that it was a hate crime. According to Ahmad Saad Nasim, he was beaten, pelted with eggs while his assailants shouted racial slurs at him. He finally confessed after being caught attempting to fake a second attack. After receiving cards and letters from numerous well-wishers form the first hoax, he even sent a letter to the school newspaper which stated, \"Many of you e-mailed to show your support, gave online get well cards and many kind messages that made me burst into tears,\" he wrote. \"My physical injuries will take time to wither away. But you Sun Devils have certainly taken care of the emotional pains I had.\" The DIstrict Attorney\'s Office, and the University are still deciding on whether to take disciplinary action. more... from The Arizona Republic.


Man Convicted of Molesting 6-year-old in Library

An Idaho man was convicted of child molestation after crawling under the table in the children\'s room at the library and reaching up under the skirt of a 6-year-old girl. In Idaho, such a conviction could result in a life sentence, especially for a repeat offender. more... from The Spokesman Review.


Libraries in Wisconsin are a Booming Business

It\'s growing season for libraries in Wisconsin. An increase in population has resulted in a library building boom as communities decide to expand facilities on a larger scale than they have in the past. According to the article, \"libraries are no longer traditional learning centers of bygone days, they are now community gathering places complete with tech labs, coffee shops, fireside reading areas and large multifunctional meeting areas.\" more... from The Milwaukee Business Journal.


These Books Will Never Be Overdue

The Nashville Public Library is experimenting with an idea. They\'re offering free e-books via their web site for research purposes. You can download such items as The Complete Idiot\'s Guide to Geography\" or \"The Mathematical Handbook of Formulas and Tables,\" along with other titles,
and it will be your\'s to use at your leisure... For 24-hours that is, then, *poof* just like that, the book disappears. Better read fast. more... from The Tennessean.

Libraries Look for Niche in Electronic Publishing World

A look at the factors affecting library adoption of e-books:

Like rolling earthquakes, new technology continues to rumble along the length and breadth of the publishing value chain . . . Curiously, however, in some cases, the earth actually moves, while in others, the perception that the earth might one day tremble is all that has happened. The latter, at least as far as trade publishing is concerned, is the situation with e-books on hand-held readers. As Henry Yuen, CEO of Gemstar, feared it might be—and as the general media have now affirmed to be the case—the e-reader marketplace appears \"dead on arrival,\" except for a small band of early adopters.

This is true in library circles as well. \"We are not lending e-books,\" noted Susan Kent, director of the Los Angeles Public Library. \"They are unwieldy and unreadable.\" In a very different environment, Lori Barkema, library director in Albert Lea, Minn., said, \"E-books are just not catching on. Not here, and not in the larger cities. And Minnesotans are big readers. It will be at least five years.\"

More from Publishers Weekly (registration required). This article was prepared for presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair\'s \"Big Questions\" conference being held on 10/8/01.

Calling it Blackmail, Library Board Agrees to Net Filtering

The Board of Trustees of the Charleston County Library System have decided that although they disagree with Web Filtering, referring to it as \"government blackmail,\" \"state sponsored censorship\" and \"the new Victorianism,\" it is much more lucrative to install filters rather than lose $250,000 in funds. more... from The Freedom Forum.


3,000 Stories and Still Going Strong

This is story #3,000 here at!
I am happy to say, LISNews is almost 2 years old, and we now have 3,000 stories. I have never been happier with the site, and the stories I get to read. Everyday the LISNews Authors impress me with the stories they find, and the things they write.
For me, the site has become such a joy to read and keep running because of them, we all owe them a hearty handshake and a big hug to show our appreciation!

Ieleen has been the most prolific author, with 326 stories posted, Ryan, Celine, Ben, Jill and Matt round out our exceptional team of the most active authors. Steven and Rory both manage to find time and take a take a break from their sites to contribute at They help widen the variety and increase the number of stories you read here. Andrew, Bonnie, BrianS, Helga, and Thomas also contribute to round out our complete gang of dedicated authors.

None of us make anything on the site, I still don\'t know what motivates us, but I hopefully speak for everyone when I say, the next 3,000 stories will be even better than the first 3,000. Thanks you guys!


Cheating graduates a level

This Story from The Washington Times talks about how the age of the Internet has woven a host of new twists on the perennial problem of plagiarism. They say a 1998 poll of top U.S. high school students revealed that 80 percent had cheated — and 95 percent of those said they had escaped detection.

\"The only way to stop digital plagiarism,\" he says, \"is to create a centralized database of intellectual property that term papers can be checked against.\"


A detective story without a detective

The Chicago Tribune has a cool Book Review of \"The Grand Complication\" By Allen Kurzweill. Check It Out, sounds like a book a librarian could really enjoy.

\"It takes us inside the mind of a librarian to see the world according to the Dewey Decimal System.
Alexander Short, the protagonist-narrator, lives to categorize. His impulse is to reduce experience to a series of lists.\"


eMail Turns 30

Props to Slashdot for telling us eMail is now 30 years old!

Yahoo News has a nice Little Story, and has Another One. Check out for a history of the Web or for another look at some interesting web history. Hobbes\' Internet Timeline covers the entire Internet, not just the webbie side of things.


ACLU Condemns Revised Anti-Terrorism Legislation

Existing surveillance measures are sufficient, the American Civil Liberties Union contends. Here is an excerpt from their statement that relates to patron confidentiality:

Under current law, a law enforcement agent can get a pen register or trap and trace order requiring the telephone company to reveal the numbers dialed to and from a particular phone. It must simply certify that the information to be obtained is \"relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation.\" This is a very low level of proof, far less than probable cause. The judge must grant the order upon receiving the certification. The new bill would extend this low threshold of proof to Internet communications that are far more revealing than numbers dialed on a phone. For example, it would apparently apply to law enforcement efforts to determine what websites a person had visited. This is like giving law enforcement the power - based only on its own certification -- to require the librarian to report on the books you had perused while visiting the public library. This is extending a low standard of proof -- far less than probable cause -- to \"content\" information (emphasis added.)



Salon Begins to Charge for News, Political Coverage

Reuters reports that will make you pay for
access to much of its content.
\" had started charging for some of its stories and
features on its sites, but now \"virtually all\" its news and politics
items -- two areas the publisher has gained prominence for --
will be for a fee. A one-year subscription costs $30. \"

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FTC Shuts Thousands of Deceptive Web Sites

From Reuters - The FTC shut down more than 5,500 sites and
domain names that grab you and won\'t let you go. But...they haven\'t
found the known suspect yet and he starts new sites as fast the FTC
them down.

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What of Childrens Library Cards

The great and mysterious Ender writes :\"I was watching
Hearts in Atlantis, and it appears they used
to have children\'s/adult\'s library cards. What ever
happened to this
neat ability? It was apparently not limited by age, but
minors had to get parent\'s permission. Which puts parents
in control of which class
of books their kids could check out (but the kids could
probably read
anything *at* the library).

Seems like this would be a great help, instead of banning
books, parents could choose when and how to give access to


Egypt Opens $230 Million Library

From ALEXANDRIA, Egypt the AP has this story about the trial
opening of the Biblioteca Alexandrina. Photo

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No Plague of Banned Books is running a Story that says never have more books by more authors on more subjects been more readily available to more people, and Banned Books Week is ALA hype.

\"In short, the fanatics and book-burners against whom Banned Books Week is meant to keep us vigilant are mostly parents who raise questions about their kids\' reading material. In the world according to the American Library Association, moms and dads are the enemy.\"


More than 2,800 books miscataloged by school librarian

I\'m not sure what to make of This One. A Hamilton County, IL, librarian doesn\'t seem to be able to catalog, so they hired her an assistant. The librarian is the wife of a superintendent and the assistant is the wife of a local mayor.

\"So far I have found 2800 books that have either been miscataloged or have incomplete card sets,\" said McKinnis. \"I haven\'t been through every one yet, but most new books that have been cataloged are not consistent with our senior high library or even most college libraries.\"


Near a library now vacant, a sports complex will rise has a Sad Story on a decision to spend $250,000 to build a family sports complex on in Baltimore, MD. The sports complex will be located three blocks from the old Pimlico branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. That library branch was shut down just weeks ago. The city said it did not have the $290,000 budgeted to keep it open.

\"A library branch that was a community bulwark for 40 years is shut down for lack of money; and, just three blocks away, similar money is approved for a sports center to keep kids\' bodies occupied while their minds are regarded as afterthoughts.\"


Focus on the Family attacks ALA\'s banned books week

stuart yeates writes \"
CNS news is carrying an article about how Focus on the Family is calling the ALA\'s Banned books week hypocrisy. There\'s also an article on the Focus on the Family web site. \"

From the story:
\"The issue, however, is really just a matter of who gets to choose the books. When librarians or the American Library Association, for example, decide what is appropriate for library shelves, it is called selection. \"



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