Harry Trailer Hits The Web

There is a three-minute trailer for the upcoming \"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s Stone\" movie online now at harrypotter.co.uk, if you can get through. The movie comes out Nov. 16.

You can also find the trailer Here or here.


Happy Birthday Theodor Geisel!

The National Education Association (NEA) has designated today as \"Read Across America\" day.

There was a funny story on NPR this morning on the crazy things school principals are doing to get their kids to read. They are kissing Llamma\'s, snakes, and being duct taped to the wall, if the kids read enough books.


The Napster Public Library

The Chicago Tribune has this piece on the difference between Napster and the public library.
\"A library checks books out one at a time, and while one is reading the book, it is not available to others. It does not distribute thousands of copies at once.

A library does not let you keep the book. It sets terms and limits on how long you can keep it, and fines you if you are late in returning it.\"

Patent This!

ABA Network has a Story on all the stupid patents the the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been issuing. 1-Click ordering is of course the most famous example. People like NoWebPatents.org try to talk some sense, but it seems to fall on deaf ears.

\"Law professor Pamela Samuelson of the University of California, Berkeley, charges that the PTO \"simply can’t be competent in issuing [business-method] patents\" because of examiners’ insufficient training and \"woefully inadequate prior art\"—the legal term for previously published descriptions of a patented invention. \"Besides,\" she says, \"the Constitution was intended to allow patents for technology. And business methods aren’t that.\"


ACLU v. Copa v. Aschcroft

If you speak leagalease, Tim says there is a copy of the DOJ \"Petition for Writ of Certiorari\" that went to the Supreme Court
about going after the
the Child Online Protection Act (COPA). This
proceeding is now titled Ashcroft v. ACLU.
HTML Version and the PDF Version

The original on the case is here:Third Circuit\'s opinion.


Science and Technology Sources on the Internet

Mary Musgrave sent along This One from Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. The story covers databases that produce a list of citations to scientific literature.
It\'s a great list if you are are the hunt for good science info.


News Librarians At Work

News librarians have been a big part of computer-assisted journalism projects in news papers. This Story from a cool site ibiblio.org is about how The News & Observer in NC came to undertake computer-assisted investigative reporting projects.

\". News research librarians, alert to their potential role in CAJ
are exploring techniques and resources beyond database journalism. While
most news librarians are not centrally involved in this area of
investigative reporting, they are keeping current with development by
attending workshops and seminars as well as by keeping up to date with the
growing literature on CAJ.\"


Literary gems languish in library

Bob Cox sent along This Story on the Wilmington Institute Free Library\'s basement.
They have issues of Time dating from 1924 and Scientific American from 1846 and a full 20-volume original set of The North American Indian. They just don\'t have the money to properly maintain the archives.

\"Attics and basements are the worst places to keep your materials,\" Dimunation said. \"When you have extended spikes in either temperature or humidity, it subjects the paper and bindings to expansion and contraction. Those are the extremes we try to avoid when we store books in a rare book vault.\"

Indie Book Sellers Are Back

Wired has an Audio Story that says Independent booksellers are regaining ground on the mega-retailers both in stores and online, with a stong and devoted following.


Bad Laws Down In Australia

So you thought the US was the only one passing stupid laws? (UCITA), well Here\'s A Story on one in Australia. This one may be even worse for libraries than the UCITA.

\"Libraries will have exemptions similar to the ones they already hold for distributing information but they will not be able to build up searchable collections, or provide material in competition with commercial providers.\"


The Web is a brain

Brian writes \"Transforming information retrieval on the Web: a new direction\" is a KM World article which discusses a couple models of Web organization and suggests an AI approach to information retrieval. The Web Version of the article doesn\'t include the print edition\'s diagrams, which could have been done better anyway.\"


Speling Eerorr

The web is full of spelling errors, and now there is a site that catches them. Human Spell Check is watching, so you better check, double check, and triple check your spelling.


Hold on to your E-Rate

In today\'s New York Times, Rebecca S. Weiner writes...

Advocates for the E-rate, a program that subsidizes Internet connections for the country\'s schools and libraries, are worried that President George W. Bush\'s proposal to consolidate federal education technology programs into a single block grant could stifle its success.


How Do You Motivate Your Staff

Linda Mbonambi writes:\"
I am researching on staff recognition to other insitutions. I want to find out how do they do it, and what kind of rewards do they give to their staff and what criteria do they use to recognise a staff member in a library setting. We as staff recognition team would like to apply some methods to our staff as a way of motivating them.\"

eMail her and let her know how you do it.


Homeless Man Finds Home on the Web at the Library

From the Cincinnati Enquirer...
For six years, Mark Pierce lived under a piece of canvas near the Ohio River. He slept on a foam mattress retrieved from a Dumpster. He kept clean with jugs of water. In his own words, he was “tired, depressed, resentful and hateful” - just one of the region\'s estimated 1,400 homeless. Then Mr. Pierce found the Internet, and everything changed. He became a man with a home page, if not a home. [more...]


Another article on New Grove 2nd

Brian from over at writes librarism.com \"Business Week takes a look at the Web version of the new New Grove Dictionary of Music Here \"

In case you missed it, you can Check It Out and use it free for a short time.

This article Says:

\"The Grove used to be a stodgy tome dedicated to long, turgid essays on classical composers and the esoterica of operatic arias. That\'s all still there. But this updated edition also has an incredible profusion of information about rock, jazz, folk, blues, country, and other musical styles -- quite a change.\"

Aligning Against UCITA

Slashdot told me Infoworld is running This Story on UCITA.

There\'s a new coalition called Americans for Fair
Electronic Commerce Transactions (AFFECT), formed by merging several anti-UCITA groups. If you are in the states of California, Delaware, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, Arizona or Texas you need to be aware of this law.

AFFECT\'s website is at http://affect.ucita.com, check it out.


Group issues standards for bigger Web ads

Here\'s a Sad Story from Yahoo! on web advertising. The Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB)says we need bigger ads on web pages!I guess since Consumers Want Online Content for Free, what else are they to do?
It\'s funny that they think if they make the ad bigger I\'ll pay attention to it!The ads are already so disgusting on News.com stories I don\'t even go there any more. I really do not mind small ads, but they took it way to far. It just stinks they can track so much of your movements on the web.

\"There\'s a widespread understanding in the industry that we need bigger sizes to help the advertisers, clients and marketers get a better message across and use the capability of interactivity in the medium,\" said Richy Glassberg, vice chairman of the IAB and chief executive of Phase2Media.


The traditional school library obsolete?

There\'s a story
here, about school libraries in California that have been forced into the hall,
the auditorium, and other odd places.
They say due to booming enrollment and state-mandated class-size reduction,
there is just no room for the library any more. They go so far as to say
\"The traditional school library is obsolete in Simi Valley\"!
The article says \"Library-media center facilities at every one of the
district\'s 20 elementary campuses fail to meet the state recommendation of
2,250 square feet for every 650 students.\" This is in Simi Valley, CA.

Is this common else where? It\'s the first I\'ve heard of it.

Gutenberg Not The First

Could it be that Gutenberg was not the first to market with the printing press?

Paul Needham and Blaise Aguera y Arcas (library folks at Princeton University) think he may not have been the first.

It seems like more of a technicality to me, but Read The Full Story from National Geographic and decide for yourself.



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