Fonts- The Mood Enhancers

has an Interesting Story on Fonts, or

I know, you\'re thinking, So? Well, according to this story,
there is alot of thought put into what font is used for
what. They even say typeface begins as a work of art!

\"The ideal typeface for a book is like the perfect
narrator for a film: It draws the audience in and helps
set the tone and style. \"Every typeface has a
personality,\" says Lisa Clark, a book designer\"


Libraries and the Assault on Paper

Two stories on \"Doublefold: Libraries and the Assault
on Paper\", a book that has some harsh words for some
library practices. The NY Times Story includes words from
James Billington, the librarian of Congress.

also has a Book Review and further
comments on the book.

Jeffrey Zeldman on NewBreed

If you haven\'t checked out this months NewBreedLibrarian you missed an Interview with Jeffrey Zeldman, and and Cool Report from the ACRL conference in Denver.

There\'s also a neat Interview were they asked three students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign why they chose to pursue an MLS.
I got my MLS to meet more women, live the Rock-N-Roll Lifestyle, and make millions so I can retire at 25.Things haven\'t worked out so well for me....


Web Reference Via XRefer

Newsbytes has this article about Xrefer providing reference service to content providers, for a fee (about $1500).\"Daryl Rayner,\'s marketing director, said that since the Web portal has been running for some time, many content providers have approached the company with information that is suitable for publishing on the Web. The problem has been that their information has been highly specialized, as well as having a higher value that our standard service,\" she said.\"


New Legislation Would Force Disclosure of Presidential Library Donors

Congressional lawmakers are considering legislation that would make donors and donation amounts to presidential libraries public. As if we didn\'t know this was coming. Better make sure you get a receipt. [more...] from CNS News.


Care of AV Materials For Broadcasting

Here\'s An Article I found on a part of librarianship
I\'m not sure I even knew exsisted.

They say content preservation is the main problem in
the management of audio-visual archives, and present
various options for taking care of your archives. Lots of
nice fancy charts and graphs in this one.

Why Not .lib

Ever wonder why We don\'t have our own TLD?That is, why there is no LISNews.lib, or loc.lib.
Well, Searcher Magazine has a Story to answer your questions!

One reason was it cost $50,000 to apply for, another, who would run it? I\'m sure we\'re all looking forward to those exciting new .aero\'s!


A Look at Changes On Questia

T. G. McFadden Writes:

\"Questia has recently made changes to its search-and-retrieval interface (in response to suggestions from users, according to the marketing side) that represent a pretty fair misunderstanding of how the typical undergraduate will want (or need) to use the database.

Prior to this change, the initial search screen (“Quick Search”) presented the standard author, title-word, and subject options. More advanced variations on these basic themes were available in the “Power Search” mode. Now, however, the initial search screen (still “Quick Search”) combines by default all of these search types into a single search statement. This has the following result, when the search concept is the rationalist philosopher Descartes.

Much More


Hardware Stores in Montclair, New Jersey

I saw this story in the New York Times today. A company has created a new top level domain, .geo, which would allow people to search geographically via the web. Pretty cool idea, but ICANN hasn\'t approved it...yet.\"It is possible to find local services like movie theaters and car dealers on the Internet by typing your ZIP code into a search box on many Web sites. But the success of these searches depends on the indexing capabilities of the particular search engine, in addition to how well the site has been registered, two factors that can vary a great deal. It may be easy to find Web sites for museums in Florence, Italy, but shouldn\'t it be just as easy to find out what time the hardware store down the street closes?\"


More Filtering Quickies

The CBC has an audio interview with Judith Krug the Director of Intellectual Freedom At the ALA.

You can hear the hearings HERE (E-Rate and Filtering: a Review of the Children’s Internet Protection Act.
Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet)

Blocking XXX on the WWW takes a look at both sides of filtering.

Mona Charen\'s conservative views on filtering.

A Look at where some of your filtering money went (hint: adult novelty and drug paraphernalia)


Court Date Looms for ALA, ACLU, CIPA

Ryan Sager writes...
\"With the Children\'s Internet Protection Act having safely passed Congress last year, its supporters are working hard to make sure that it sticks around longer than its predecessors did.

A looming court challenge seemed to be the main purpose of a hearing Wednesday by the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet: to create a record that a member of the committee will use to defend CIPA in court.\" [more...] from Wired News.


All About Librarea

There\'s an Interview with librarian Jack Colbert over on (or if you\'re from Canada).
Jack Colbert is the creator of Librarea, \"a destination, a world, within the ActiveWorlds Universe, where individual librarians build virtual (3-D) environments, with objects that can be linked to web-based resources\".

Jack Colbert will be joining the website\'s Chat on Tuesday, April 10th, for an online discussion of Librarea and the future of libraries.


Prison and Law Libraries

A few law(ish) library related stories The Rocky Mountain News has
Books from the cellblock on the library district\'s \"Begin with Books\", an umbrella for a variety of programs that encourage parents to read to their children.

Online won\'t replace real law books says 67 percent of attorneys anticipate the libraries in their firms will decrease in size but only 3 percent expect them to be eliminated entirely within the next 10 years.

\"Ask ERL\", an ever-evolving database of electronic resources that everyone at Day Berry (A Law Firm) can access through our intranet, set up to catalog good websites.


Medici Family Library and Archives

Lee Hadden Writes:
\"Today on Morning Edition from National Public Radio was an account of
the Medici Family Library and Archives, and their work to catalog this
unique and enormous collection of Italian history.\"

The archive is a collection of virtually
every letter sent or received by the Medici court and covers alot of Italian art and European history. They Hope to have the project complete by 2012, it takes up over a Kilometer of shelf space!

Medici Archive Project has a website:

Library Thefts Raise Concerns Over Security

The videos, DVDs and compact discs on the shelves are making public libraries a target for thieves, who can sell recently released music and movies on the street for a tidy sum. The thefts have raised the issue of whether libraries should offer recently released videos and CDs to their patrons and whether they should cut back on the number they buy. \"Short of not buying these kinds of releases, the best thing libraries can do is wait until the releases are no longer new releases,\'\' said Pete Sepp, spokesman for the National Taxpayer\'s Union. Sepp said another option would be to prohibit the checkout of videos and CDs and to instead require patrons to view or listen to them at the library. But some librarians bristle at the idea of cutbacks or restrictions. [more...] from The Columbus Dispatch.

Attention Library School Students!!!

Hey everyone!! I was wondering if my fellow library school students can help me out. I am in the midst of putting together some data for my Master\'s thesis on methods that library school students use to keep up to date in the field. I have put a questionnaire online ( It takes a few minutes to fill out and would a great help to me. Please, students enrolled in library school only. Thanks. Steven M. Cohen.


Library Quickies

A small collection of unrelated but useful links I\'ve been meaning to post:

Helen writes \"Check out a recent ad by HP Labs, featuring librarian Eugenie Prime. Not sure if this is a step forward or a step back . . .
Ad PDF \"

Bob Cox sent along
\"The Classic Text: Traditions and Interpretations\", an interesting exhibition of over 130 books, manuscripts, and prints, that offers insight into the question of what becomes a classic most, and why.

The Invisible Library is a collection of books that only appear in other books.

Strategies for addressing and preventing plagiarism in the digital age by Karen Michaelsen.


Surfing by Degrees

[Here...] comes still another Internet study, as if we need one, which attempts to herd users into categories based on \"occasionalization\" (their word not mine or Webster\'s). I wonder how much they charged for that anyway? Try to win that one on Wheel...Vanna, I would like an \"E\" please.
So, which group do you fall under?


Using Library School Skills at a Dot-Com

Michael Angeles writes \"

Information Today is running This Article about Paul Blake, a Librarian turned Dot Commer who confesses that in his most recent job in the Web space, \"I used the skills I learned at library school more than I had for the preceding 15 years.\" Blake describes how professionals with information retrieval skills -- experience with classification and information structure -- add value to the Internet.\"

As another librarian working in a I\'ll second that!

Urban Blight- Public libraries to the Rescue!

Lee Hadden passed this along:
\"National Public Radio\'s Cheryl Corley
reports on a program in Chicago that\'s using public libraries to unite
divided communities and bring economic growth to forgotten neighborhoods.
Several other cities are now following suit, strategically planting new
libraries to help revitalize struggling areas.
This was broadcast on April 2 on the public radio show \"Morning Edition.\"
Hear the broadcast on your computer HERE


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