Can LOC Preserve its 35 terabytes?

Luis Acosta writes \"Short article in MIT\'s Technology Review on the Library of Congress\'s effort to figure out how to preserve digital information:\"

Congress recently gave the library $100 million to figure out what to do with all that stuff.

\"With that money we\'ll be able to gather the technical people and the archivists and start to develop a prototype,\"

People Won\'t Pay For Content

The Guardian is running a Story on A report from Forrester Research that says rather than pay for something, users will simply switch to alternative, free services. There\'s a Press Release on, I couldn\'t seem to find the report, maybe someone else can.

\"Consumers access content when and where they need it, not when providers want to give it to them, and they won\'t pay for new media content since it doesn\'t eliminate their need for paid-for offline sources.\"


Electronic publishers vie with paper at book fair

The New Zeland Herald has a Story on this year\'s Frankfurt Book Fair.

It seems people are more realistic about eBooks this year, In contrast with the \"euphoria\" of last year. Last year some of the marketing Geniuses predicted paper books would become museum pieces within a generation.

\"The electronic book has not fulfilled expectations. It has come back down to earth. The technology still needs working on and we need to consider which titles and which content is suited,\" said Sabine Kaldonek, a spokeswoman.\"

What? You mean the people in marketing were wrong? What a shock, marketing people over hyping something... well at least TV will never do that.

Library job hunt includes wrinkle

Here\'s a Funny One from The Chicago Tribune on Gov. George Ryan and his big ideas for the state\'s new Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum.

Ryan has publicly declared his own controversial chief of staff \"eminently qualified\" for the job of head o\' the library. He said the library \"will produce world-class scholarship if and only if it is run like a world-class institution. The director of a library or research center such as this will not have much time to engage in scholarly pursuits.\"

And you thought politicians in this country were all a bunch of crooks still...

Progressive Librarians Around the World

Librarians Around the World
, originally created by
Raimund Dehmlow of Germany and off the web for a few
months, is now on
and being updated and maintained by Rory Litwin.

What it is is a directory of progressive, library-related
organizations and publications in different countries (or
individuals in cases where we don\'t know about a group in
that country).

The site also contains a \"Preliminary Statement of
Unifying Principles\" which some of you may find

Warrior Librarian Weekly

Aaron Tunn pointed us to the Warrior
Librarian Weekly

Recent additions include:

What Librarians can learn from Kids: The
learning curve continues to climb.

Flame Wars: Caution,
all listserve could be next!

: Find out how library decisions are


Answering Machine Messages
for Libraries
: Cut down on some unnecessary
interruptions to your workday...


The LISNews Crew @ Work

I just noticed (yes, I am a few days behind on my reading) that Ryan has gone off and started his own Blog “infolibre”, which got me to thinking, the LISNewsterz are a busy bunch. Steve runs LibraryStuff, and Rory has always done Library Juice and a bunch of other things over on his domain.
Occaissional contributor Thomas Hennen writes his Hennen\'s American Public Library Ratings. Andrew Runs and Jessamyn has still rarin after all these years.
Brian runs The Laughing Librarian, filteReality, and

The rest of the Authors are busy being busy in ways they like to keep themselves busy, and are out there making their mark on the world as well.
As always, If you\'d like join to join our crew, we can always use a new perspective, please let me know.
As we creep up on year 2 here at LISNews, I\'d love to add a new voice or two.


Public Comments on Canadian DMCA Available

The Canadian government is making select public comments on proposed modifications to the Copyright Act available - and the response appears to be overwhelmingly critical. A sample:

I am a student of Computer Science . . . a programmer, designer and user. I have been following the legal developments in our neighbour countries with respect to technological measures for preventing copyright infringement and I am dismayed to see our liberal country considering the adoption of such extreme concepts of copyright \"protection\" reinforcement.

I protest the planned legal reinforcement of such technological measures. As noted in the \'Consultation Paper on Digital Copyright Issues\', technological measures have failed in the past and are often a serious hindrance for legitimate users. Reinforcing technological measures with the law encourages corporations to ineffectively attempt to stall infringement at the expense of legitimate users. These users become forced to endure odious constraints and limitations on the private use of media they have legally purchased and copyrighted information they have licensed.



Doubt Is Raised On Done Gone

Bob Cox sent along Another Story on the lawsuit that never seems to die, over \"The Wind Done Gone\".

A court in Atlanta sent a copyright-infringement lawsuit filed against the publisher of \"The Wind Done Gone\" back to a lower court yesterday but expressed doubts about its eventual success.

\"We reject the district court\'s conclusion that SunTrust has established its likelihood of success on the merits,\" the court said in its opinion.


Colleges provide chilly climate for free speech since attacks

FreedomForum has This One on all the college faculty and staff getting in trouble for expressing opinions on the terrorist attacks.

They call it an erosion of free academic expression that existed before Sept. 11.

\"These are real conflicts,\" he said, between \"what universities feel is civilized behavior and free speech that they feel we must protect. I think we still haven\'t sorted it out yet.\"


UCLA Librarian Appeals Suspension has more News on A UCLA librarian, who was suspended without pay last month for sending a mass e-mail criticizing U.S. foreign policy. Jonnie Hargis has filed a grievance with the university administration. He says this is like \"the thought police—this is something out of Orwell\". They say his email \"demonstrated a lack of sensitivity that went beyond incivility and became harassment.\"

In the meantime, Hargis has gained fame through his appearances on several radio talk shows and two articles in the student newspaper.


Terrorism spurs book sales

The Advocate has This Story sent in by Cavan McCarthy on bookstores all over the United States reporting that works on terrorism, religion and the Middle East are flying off the shelves.

They also say when it first happened, Bible sales increased 10 or 15 percent.


Donation debate continues

Bob Cox sent along This One on the big hub-bub over the naming of the new Clarence Thomas wing of the historically black Carnegie Library after Savannah native. The library system accepted a $150,000, from a then secret person, donation in exchange for that name.
A Library Board member took offense to the notion of putting the conservative judge\'s name on a library that was built by resourceful blacks during segregation.


Novels become \'pulped fiction\'

Sarah Hepworth writes \"Hundreds of novels published end up in recycling bins, where they are destined to be shredded, according to The Times newspaper.

Full BBC Story \"

They say it\'s the publishers fault, publishing too many books that no one wants to read.
\"That\'s a terrific amount of wastage. It\'s a crying shame,\" Brian Oldfield from Paper Hub told The Times.


NetLibrary On The Ropes

Lee Hadden writes: \"netLibrary (NetLibrary) of Boulder, Colorado, is going broke
and is looking for a buyer. With the recent market problems since late last
year, and especially since September 11th, their cash flow has been
insufficient to keep the company afloat. netLibrary provides digital
textbooks and other reading matter as a service for public, corporate and
academic libraries.
For now, netLibrary has asked that current employees return to work at
drastically reduced pay. Everybody will be paid the same- about $360.00 a
week, which is about what they would get on unemployment benefits. Since
everyone is getting the same pay, everyone is working at executive levels
claim one employee.
Sigh. Will they have a virtual remainder sale for unsold e-books?
Read more about it.
This may be your last chance to see my e-book Reliving The Civil War\"


Seattle Telephone Reference

Ron Force writes \"Eric Lactis has a column on the questions asked of the Seattle Public Library\'s trelephone reference:
\"Librarians hold answers to life\'s little questions
Three-hundred-fifty to 400 times a day, your fellow Seattleites dial 206-386-4636 and prove the value of books.

Three-hundred-fifty to 400 times a day, one of your fellow Seattleites starts thinking about something, and soon figures out that ... he\'s clueless. He needs information, and he needs it now... \"

Full Story

Librarians are Valued

Hats off to Erik Lacitis who wrote this fine piece on the value of librarians in Seattle. Nice job.
\"That Seattleite suddenly wondered, \"How many Muslims live in the United States?\" And, of course, he had no clue.

That is when he ended up talking to someone such as Joanne Clemmons, a librarian at the downtown Seattle Public Library, who was sitting in a room containing a Lazy Susan with four tiers holding some 500 reference books at her fingertips, plus computers accessing the Internet.

Clemmons pulled out the 2001 World Almanac and there was the answer ? 5,780,000 Muslims.\"


The Land of Ryan

Illinois Governor George Ryan, that is. He\'s involved in a ballooning controversy regarding an appointment at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum:

Earlier this month, a remarkable story broke in the newspapers about the $115 million Abraham Lincoln library and museum complex now being built in Springfield. The stories suggested that Gov. George Ryan was leaving open the possibility of awarding the directorship of the complex as a political spoil to his own chief of staff, Robert Newtson . . .

That\'s not just rhetoric. Typical Illinois politicking already had discouraged one of the nation\'s most gifted presidential scholars from considering the job of overseeing the greatest Lincoln collection anywhere.

Ah, the Illinois culture of sleaze. We had managed to drive off a superb candidate so we could consider handing the job to a loyal Ryan factotum . . .

More from the Chicago Tribune. While we\'re on the subject of shameless self-promotion, I\'d like to plug my new \'blog ;).

Librarians Against War

\"Librarians Against War,\" at,
is a small new website collecting statements by librarians
opposed to war.
It is the new home of the Emergency Declaration written by
Mark Rosenzweig
and signed by 280 people, as well as similar letters
written over the past
few years, and the Peace Telegram, sent to President
Roosevelt by the
Progressive Librarians Council in 1940.

netLibrary for Sale

netLibrary, who once claimed to offer \"the only comprehensive approach to eBooks that integrates with the time-honored missions and methods of libraries and librarians\", is up for sale:

Boulder technology firm netLibrary . . . [failed] to raise needed funds in an extremely tough investment environment.

The 230 employees, who were paid through Friday, were told Friday that they are welcome to return on Monday to help the company through its transition, but at in many cases a drastically cut pay rate. Each employee from receptionist to president will be paid $360 a week, roughly the equivalent of unemployment benefits . . .

NetLibrary was founded in 1998. The company had employed about 400 at its peak and had in raised $109.8 million in venture backing from Houghton Mifflin, McGraw-Hill, Liberty Digital and others.

More from the The Daily Camera, with thanks to Gary Price.


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