Alta Vista Gets New CEO - Axes 160 Employees

If a person didn\'t know better, one might make the assumption that Alta Vista\'s days are numbered. They\'re revamping, cutting costs, laying people off, and closing up shop in one location, but they\'ve got a new CEO. Will he be able to jump start the failing engine? more... from NewsBytes.


Library? Students prefer using Web to do research has This One that says for many of today\'s students, the Dewey Decimal System is ancient history.

They are talking about The Study by Pew Internet & American Life Project. Seventy-three percent of the 12- to 17-year-olds who were interviewed said they used the Internet. And of the 754 Internet users surveyed, 94 percent said they used it for academic research.I haven\'t gone through the study myself, but the results don\'t look good as reported.

\"You can find stuff about basically anything on the Internet,\" said Brittany Pittman, a high school sophomore, who used the Internet for a paper on Princess Diana last year. \"It\'s so much easier than finding something in the library.\"


Sex book getting close look

This One is worth it just for that headline.

17 members of the Anchorage School District\'s Controversial Issues Review Committee (sounds like a fun bunch), have reviewed the book \"It\'s Perfectly Normal\" and will hear testimony from two parents who want the book off school library shelves.

\"I need to operate in the best interest of all of my students,\" Oliver said. \"Librarians respect the parents\' right to be the ultimate authority in what (their children) are exposed to. That\'s one of our unbendable laws. But that right to control what their child is exposed to only extends to their child. And there are as many parents out there as there are opinions, and I need to serve all of them.\"


FBI tracks Internet role in helping terrorists

Debby Auchter writes \"From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel ( comes this interesting story about the anonymity of Internet communications and how someone can get away with murder...literally.

The men suspected of masterminding last week’s terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington may have found a perfect hiding place to develop their plot — the virtual anonymity of public computers to tap the Internet. U.S. intelligence agencies have known for years that e-mail, chat rooms and instant messages are a common mode for communication among terrorists. But the volume of Internet discussions and a lack of foreign-language specialists have thwarted the ability of authorities to effectively monitor online traffic.
Full Story \"


Book Worms Feasting on Historic Collections at British Library Cause for Concern

The problem of insects and parasites gorging themselves on rare manuscripts and historical texts is such a problem in the UK that the British Library has decided to organize a conference on the issue in order to find a solution. more... from The Times.

Archives of History of American Psychology Provide Insight Into Terrorist Mind

Anyone who\'s studied psychology is familar with the shock boxes of the mid 1900s. A volunteer, sitting on one side of the curtain, despite written warnings, would flip a switch emmitting a direct, high voltage jolt to someone on the other side, as indicated by agonizing screams. It was fake, but the person pushing the button didn\'t know that. From the Holocaust to modern day terrorism, the Archives of the History of American Psychology, in Akron, Ohio, according to director David Baker, \"is bigger and more important than any general psychology archive in the world. Imagine studying the history of art without museums and galleries, or of literature without libraries and bookstores. That\'s what it was like to study psychology before the archives opened in 1965.\" more... from The Plain Dealer.

Libraries May Be Winners in State Lottery

If a West Virginia legislator has his way, libraries in that state will soon be reaping the rewards of a lottery. According to the lawmaker, \"It\'s the wave of the future in funding public projects.\" The scratch-off tickets would fund libraries in the same manner they are used in other states to pay for services for senior citizens, veterans and other human services programs. more... from The Daily News.


Library of Congress Site Selling Ad Space?

I\'m not sure what to make of this: the LOC is featuring several scalable maps of 9/11 attack areas on their site - the maps were not taken from the LOC collection, but from that of a vendor - a shill for whom is featured on the page itself:

All rights reserved. No portion of this map may be electronically stored or reproduced in any manner without written permission from the publisher. For a copy of this poster, Downtown Manhattan - An Axonometric View of the Big Apple , contact / Ludington, Ltd. -- beautiful maps blending art and cartography, 1 North St. 2W, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 10706. tel: 914.478.7010 fax: 914.479.5569.

Is this a new development? Are there no similar maps of these areas in the LOC collection? If not, why?


Internet users give \'not-coms\' the cold shoulder

The Buffalo News is running This AP Story on the new \"not-coms\", .aero. biz, .coop, .info, .museum, .name, and .pro (why is there no .lib in this list?).

They say many individuals, companies and groups are passing on the new domains. \".info\" is scheduled to become active Wednesday, \".biz\" on Oct. 1 and \".name\" on Dec. 13. Of the 50,000 \".info\" names registered through Aug. 27, about 60 percent came from outside the United States, 60% of .com\'s are in the US.

\"I\'ve thought about these, but I can use only so many domain names,\" Bell said. \"I do think \".com\' will for a long time be the first thought of.\"


Teacher charged in video case

Bob Cox passed along This Story from JSOnline on a High School teacher that was arrested after allegedly asking a school librarian to copy a videotape of two students having sex. The teacher was charged Thursday with possession of child pornography.
He told the school librarian he needed a favor and asked him to copy a videotape. The librarian agreed and discovered that the tape featured two Vincent students engaged in sex.


Library PCs yield clues

Two stories that follow up on the public library / terrorist connections.

One From The Sun Sentinel and One From They both say more or less the same thing, it looks like several of the hijackers suspected in last week\'s terrorist attacks used Broward County public libraries web terminals to buy tickets, check the weather, and do some other things.

\"The hijack suspects\' familiarity with the workings of e-mail and the Internet suggests they were sufficiently proficient to communicate with one another without leaving an electronic trail that could draw the scrutiny of law enforcement\"


Harry Potter not blamed for September 11 yet

Terrorism experts today confirmed that the popular Harry Potter fantasy novels by J.K. Rowling are not currently under suspicion for causing the tragic events of September 11. The novels, in which a boy discovers that he is a talented wizard, have not yet been accused of hijacking jumbo jets or piloting them into office buildings.

The books\' complicity in everything else that\'s wrong with the world, however, remains to be seen.


Help build a Web Archive of the Sept 11 Attack is working with The Internet Archive in collaboration with the Library of Congress to identify and archive pages and sites related to the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington on September 11, 2001. They want to be sure that there is a solid historical record of this time.

They are asking for volunteers to help them identify any web sites or pages that have information or content about the Sep11 Attack. They are especially interested in finding sites by individuals -- that record their feelings, experiences or opinions. They are also especially interested in finding non-American sites.

Go to: for all the details.

Terrorism, Religion... Amazon\'s Top 100 a sign of the times

A quick browse through Amazon\'s Top 100 bestselling books clearly shows the state of nation. High on the list are books on terrorism and Islam. Number 5 is a not yet published book on bin Laden. Several Nostradamus titles are in the list as is Sun Tzu\'s the Art of War and Hagakure : The Book of the Samurai.


Shortage of Librarians Threatens Service in Illinois

Nothing earthshattering here:

A shortage of professional librarians throughout Illinois is expected to get worse in the next five years as a wave of librarians retires, state and regional officials say. And while libraries have been able to withstand the shortage so far, some fear that the number could drop so low that libraries would have to cut back on services.

The shortage, which mirrors one nationwide, is blamed mainly on relatively low pay for the education required, leading fewer people to enter the profession, state library officials say. For those who do, librarians can make more money in private-sector research jobs . . . Entry-level pay for librarians is about $30,000 a year, said Bob Doyle, executive director of the Illinois Library Association. \"Generally speaking, librarians receive less than teachers,\" he said. \"And you need a college and master\'s degree for an entry-level position.\"

More from the Chicago Tribune.

Public Libraries a Contact Point for 9/11 Conspirators?

A certain wire service is reporting that suspects in the NYC/DC attacks may have communicated with one another using computers at public libraries:

WITH increasing evidence that nearly all of the terrorists named in Tuesday\'s attacks had connections to South Florida, investigators are looking into the possibility that some of the conspirators communicated with each other through computers at local libraries.

Police and FBI agents have received tips that some suspects used computers at libraries in Delray Beach and Hollywood, where most of them stayed during the months leading up to Tuesday. Visitors and library employees at three locations said they remember seeing some of the men whose images and names have been made public through television and newspaper reports and on the Internet.

More via The Australian, still more from the Washington Post, and even more from the Miami Herald.

Managing Scientific Journals in an Academic Library: A Case Study

A case study from the most recent Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship:

Proliferation of online access to primary literature has provided great opportunities for science libraries. Merging these resources with previously held formats, and negotiating with vendors for this access, remains a challenge at many institutions, regardless of size. This article highlights Haverford College\'s attempts to integrate these resources in an effort to enhance accessibility and to reduce costs inherent in this duplication of formats. Areas addressed include material formats, faculty and department cultures, consortial arrangements, users\' habits, implications for the online catalog, financial imperatives and communication patterns between our main and branch libraries. Initiatives currently underway are highlighted, as well as indications of how they will shape our future behaviors.


Electronic Records May Have Survived Twin Towers’ Collapse

More from the Los Angeles Times’ look at the records management implications of Tuesday’s attack:

The destroyed World Trade Center was the repository of countless reams of financial information on companies and individuals. But disaster-recovery experts said Tuesday that most of the largest financial services firms routinely back up data and store it in remote locations, ensuring that the bulk survived the attack . . .

Most firms back up their data on an hourly, daily or weekly basis. Virtually all financial firms, at a minimum, back up the most critical information about who owns what, said Mary Moster, spokeswoman for disaster-recovery firm Comdisco Inc.

John Jackson, a Comdisco executive in charge of data backup, said most banking and brokerage customers shouldn\'t be concerned about information loss. The largest companies are the most likely to have the most sophisticated backup, and their customers will suffer from the least confusion. Worldwide, 80 of Comdisco\'s 3,000 clients have instant backup, and \"they tend to be the larger financial services companies,\" Moster said.

More. The Chicago Tribune is also running a related article.


Destroyed Documents May Leave an Information Void

The drifts of office paper littering the streets of lower Manhattan may represent a massive loss of information for several corporations and government agencies:

The destruction of the World Trade Center, a repository of countless reams of information on companies and individuals, has left some organizations reeling from the potential loss of vast quantities of data. Disaster-recovery experts said Tuesday that most of the largest financial services firms routinely back up data and store it in remote locations, ensuring that the bulk of it survived the attack.

But organizations that heavily rely on paper documents and smaller companies that do not routinely back up their information are vulnerable to significant losses. Among those that depend on paper records are attorneys and insurers, both categories that had substantial operations in the twin towers. . .

The Securities and Exchange Commission\'s New York office disappeared in flames in the collapse of Tower 7, adjacent to the taller towers, jeopardizing the agency\'s probes of initial public offerings and other cases. Wayne Carlin, who heads that office, told Bloomberg News that all 320 employees escaped but that he is concerned about evidence destroyed in the fire.

The SEC can ask companies that are under investigation, or have been charged with securities violations, to produce copies of documents they already have given to the SEC, said Carmen Lawrence, who from 1995 to June 2000 led the New York operation. But she added, \"They\'ll have to scrap many cases and start from scratch on others.\"

More from the Los Angeles Times and a related piece from the New York Times.


EU Donates $50,000 to Rwandan Library

The European Union has become the third largest contributor to a library construction project in Kigali:

The European Union has contributed US $50,000 towards the building of the Kigali Public Library, Rwanda News Agency (RNA) reported on Monday. Citing a press release from the Rotary Club of Kigali-Virunga, the organisation responsible for mobilising resources for the project, RNA noted that this donation makes the EU the third largest donor to the library and entitles the EU to a permanent seat on the library governing board and the right to name one of the library\'s special collections.

More from The Kigali Public Library\'s website is here.


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