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Publisher\'s Weekly is running a Story on the Bertelsmann(BMG) / Napster thing. BMG owns Random House, who, I\'m sure you know makes more than a few books. This raises the question, will they turn napster into a Docster like system for all the E-Books Random puts out? Random says they have had no real discussions on this, yet.
\"we always look forward to exploring mutual interests with any company that can guarantee both the security and sanctity of the copyrights of our authors as well as their opportunity to receive fair compensation for their writing\"
Here\'s an interesting story from the
sent in by alert reader Irene Wood. The story is about
libraries cutting their serials and book buying just to
meet the sharply rising cost of scholarly journals. They
cover the big publisher Reed Elsevier, and the $3.5
billion buy out of Harcourt General. Librarians say
consolidation in the industry is causing prices to sky
rocket, while the publishers say it\'s due to big
increases in demand.
Now that strikes me as odd,
I have yet to read a single story about any increase in
journal holdings at any library anywhere. What about
your library? Are you increasing or decreasing
Publishers Weekly has a Story on how the E Book industry is nowhere near establishing a common format that will allow folks to read any e-book on any device they happen to own. Gemstar, Micrososft and Adobe are the big 3 in this arena, and they are fighting it out to see which one will make it.
\"When you look at Beta/VHS, or Apple vs. IBM, the winner was the one that was more open and allowed more access to what people wanted,\"--Tim Oreily
John S. Rhodes has written an interesting story \"Trouble in Paradise: Problems Facing the Usability Community\" on Webword.com about how tough things are on the usablity side of the net.
\"There are problems with usability and the usability community. This article is my attempt to raise some of the most important and interesting issues. In my opinion, usability as we know it is dying. It is outdated, misunderstood, and it faces very serious challenges in web and software development circles.\"
Boozhoo (Ojibwe for greetings),
Anishaabe poet, Professor Denise Sweet, speaking at the Wisconsin Library Association noted that a tribal elder had once told a European American librarian that they had \"GOOD LIBRARIES but POOR MEMORIES while the opposite was true for his people.\" Oral cultures have both advantages and disadvantages as compared to print and now media cultures.
This put me in mind of my article, The Catalog as Community,\" to be published in the magazine Library Computing and posted on my web site at the HAPLR web site indicated below.
10 people went to prison Thursday for illegally printing and selling books. One defendant received a life term, after they were convicted of illegal business activities and producing obscene materials! So far this year party censors temporarily shut down at least 13 publishers and closed another.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has released a proposed new set of standards for accreditation for colleges in their region. The proposed standards are alarmingly weak concerning libraries, where the previous standards were quite good and expected a high level of professionalism in library services. Academic librarians in the region are up in arms, trying to get the proposed standards changed. They may turn out to be successful, and they may not. It is a scary reminder that the place of librarianship and libraries is anything but secure, regardless of how you conceive of libraries and library service. The latest Library Juice has an article from TEXLINE, a newsletter of the Texas Library Association, on the issue, with links to relevant SACS documents, followed by some discussion from COLLIB-L, the listserv of the ACRL college libraries section, which give some insight into what is happening and what can be done about it.
Someone suggested The Librarian\'s Lao Tzu by Andy Barnett.
\"The Tao te Ching is an ancient book of wisdom, the well spring of a great religion, Taoism. It has been translated many times, by such literary luminaries as Ursula K. LeGuin, Stephen Mitchell and Alan Watts. I do no possess even a modicum of their literary talent, poetic ability or knowledge of Eastern religions. I do have one advantage that they do not. Lao Tzu, the reputed author of the work, was a librarian. This is the first attempt by a fellow librarian to translate the Tao te Ching.\"
Here\'s a nifty and detailed explanation of just what an information architect is, from Steven Downes.
\"From my own experience, I would say that the practitioners are professionals, versed in every aspect of web design, adept communicators, and gifted visualizers - they are people who eat, sleep and dream web design and structure. But you can\'t put that on the job description.\"
Happy Birthday to LISNews.com
Happy Birthday to LISNews.com
Happy Birthday dear LISNews.com
Happy Birthday to Us.
Reg Aubry was kind enough to send along a card.
It was one year ago today I launched LISNews.com
One year and almost 1,000 stories later, it seems like a good
time to take a step back and reflect. -- Read More
The Daily Star has a story on the national library, that after years of war and neglect, is having somethings restored. Plans are going ahead with the renovation of a building to house what has made it throgh the war. The new national library will be the present School of Law at the Lebanese University in Sanayeh.
“The process of rehabilitating the library has been divided into two general phases. During the first phase, which will take between three and four years, the books will be cleaned, sorted and organized in their current temporary location at the Science Library of the Lebanese University’s Hadath campus.” -Maud Stephan, the director of the National Library Rehabilitation Project
The online e-book race is heating up. Frederick Forsyth will release a series of five short stories, collectively titled \"Quintet.\" The stories are being released on Onlineoriginals.com His quote on the site says this:
\"Online publishing will be a large part of the future. It creates a simple and above all fast and direct linkage between original producer (author) and ultimate consumer (reader), with very few intermediaries. It is exciting to be going down this road.
I am a techno-peasant. I have never seen an eBook. But I have never seen a Formula One racing engine either. I nevertheless accept that they really can shift.\"
I ran out of time yesterday to post this one, but since it\'s only one day past Halloween...
A high school in OK City suspended a 15-year-old student after she cast a magic spell that caused a teacher to become sick. She had read a library book about Wicca beliefs, and admitted she \"Might\" be a wiccan, and that was good enough for the principal to suspend her for \"a disruption of the education process\". The ACLU is all over this one. Just in case you\'re missing the funny part here, she read a book that allowed her to cast a spell that made a teacher sick, so they suspended her. Can they possibly, honeslty, really, actually believe this girl is a Witch with the ability to make people sick after reading ONE book?? It took me years before I could do that!
Tomorrow marks the 1st birthday of LISNews, I have posted 964 stories, nothing even comes close to this one.
Read on for the full press release from the ACLU. -- Read More
Lee Hadden Writes:
An author, friend of libraries
and a hero in the war against
censorship has died in New York. Charles Rember
challenged the government
censoring of many works of literature that were
considered obscene during
the 1960\'s, including Henry Miller\'s \"Tropic of Cancer,\"
\"Fanny Hill\" and D. H. Lawrence\'s \"Lady Chatterly\'s
Lover\". Books published
overseas could not be purchased and mailed to
citizens in the US, or
otherwise made available to either adults or children.
Books written in the
US that were considered obscene were open to
confiscation and destruction.
Mr. Rembar was noted for his wit and his ability
to explain rather
simply complex legal arguments, and to strike to the
heart of a legal
question. My favorite quote of his was \"Pornography is
in the groin of the
beholder.\" -- Read More
I remember when the Bibliotheca Alexandrina had
somewhere between 200,000 and 700,000 scrolls. It
was a sad, sad day when the library burned down way
48BC. Well now things are all better. National
Geographic has a Story (sent in by Bob
Cox) on the $200 million renovations. When it is
opened, early next year, there will be room for 8 million
\"I think it\'s an inspiring building,\" the
library\'s director, Professor Mohsen Zahran, says. \"It
has a great deal of symbolism and meaning, and it
carries a message to future generations.\"
The Urban Libraries Council, together with the School
of Information Studies
at SUNY at Buffalo (Got my MLS there), has released
the results of a 3000+ household national
telephone survey of Internet use and public library use.
research report, and the questionnaire are available on
The good news is we found some
astoundingly positive numbers. Forty percent
of the respondents indicate they use both the Internet
and the library.
Even better, three out of four Internet users tell us they
have used the
library in the past year. Sixty percent of the library users
Internet users. -- Read More
\"So it doesn\'t really
matter that filters can\'t do either of those things
effectively. Since so many people want to believe they
do, it makes good political sense for members of
Congress to play along.\"
A while back we posted a report published by the
Alliance for Childhood questioning
computer use by young children For those interested in
need of support regarding appropriate computer use
by young children,
David Thornburg has a response on PBS.org.
\"What I DO have a problem with is the assertion
that computer use in school is designed to take the
place of these other activities. I have never visited a
school where children were not engaged in physical
play, art, and adult contact, even when these schools
are loaded to the gills with high-tech! Properly used,
technology just becomes another powerful tool for
learning. But the assertion of these authors is that we
have abandoned human contact for virtual worlds. \"
Interested in E-Pubs? Gary Klein
written a lengthy critique.
One of the problems with netLibrary is a problem
that is common to
many other publisher & distributor driven systems for
access to journal articles.
When was the last time you heard a faculty member
say \"I\'ve been out
of the loop on research in a growing field of my
discipline, and I would
like to catch up... Can you show me how I can read
some new articles
online from Oxford University Press?\"
After all, Oxford University Press publishes 170
titles, many of which are highly esteemed, and they are
right? -- Read More
Heraldnet.com has this Spoooky Story on a library ghost in Snohomish\'s Carnegie Building library. Miss Catharine McMurchy, who was a librarian there in the 20\'s and 30\'s still makes her rounds to keep the books \" neatly arranged according to the Dewey Decimal System\".
\"At one point, her chair began to shake. A gust of wind rattled a windowpane; the chair shook harder, \"As if a heavy-footed person walked beside me,\" she said.\"
Any ghosts in your library you\'d like to share?