Library rage over floppy disk

I\'m sorry to lower the tone after today\'s important stories, but here\'s one I couldn\'t resist - an assistant librarian from Belfast Free Library (Maine) has been charged with assault for punching a patron. The patron had tried to use a floppy disk in a library computer and the two had to be pulled apart. The full story from the Bangor Daily News.
I particularly like the sentence \"Police said that use of floppy disks is not allowed\", as though that explains everything!

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Judith Platt Responds

Judith Platt has responded on her radical librarian remarks below.

\"The last thing that I intended was to anger or alienate the library
community. I value them as friends, colleagues and allies in the fight for
free expression and literacy. If publishers and librarians don\'t always see
eye-to-eye on copyright issues, we\'ve been able to seek workable compromises
in the past, and we have every expectation of doing so in the digital
environment.

I was quoted completely out of context ZDNet news article.


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Library radicals targeted in latest copyright battles

News.com Is Reporting on the copyright controversy that casts us as villains simply for doing our job.

And you thought Pat Schroeder was bad a few months ago?

\"They\'ve got their radical factions, like the Ruby Ridge or Waco types, who want to share all content for free, said Judith Platt, a spokeswoman for the Association of American Publishers.\"


They say Publishing houses primary targets are now the public library.
You go ahead and worry about filters, or hotels, me, I\'ll be worrying about The DMCA and The AAP. We\'ll see what impacts libraries more.

\"I don\'t see the doomsday of libraries not existing,\" said Wayne Overbeck, a professor of communications at California State University at Fullerton, who\'s been closely watching the digital copyright debates. \"But I do see libraries having a smaller collection. It\'s going to cost a lot more money than ever for libraries to be up to date.\"

Promise Keepers Seek to Purify Cyberspace

For CNS News, Michael Betsch writes...

\"Promise Keepers, a group that rallies men to be better husbands and fathers, is taking its family-values mission to cyberspace, offering a new Internet Provider Service that will help members \"guard their hearts and minds. Promise Keepers said the service, called pkFamily.com, is \"for any person or family who is concerned about filtering out negative content and allowing only positive resources of the Internet through.\" Inspired by the organization\'s Third Promise, which says \"a Promise Keeper is committed to practicing spiritual, moral, ethical, and sexual purity,\" pkFamily.com will automatically filter out websites containing pornography, hate speech, violence, and other content that presents an obstacle to the fulfillment of this promise. [more...]

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More Head Butting Over Gay Pride Display

This time it comes from Alamogordo, NM. It seems there\'s more brouhaha over another gay pride display. I think everyone should just be allowed to display everything ... on second thought... [more...] from The Alamogordo Daily News.

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Digital Book Rights

Carrie McNerney writes \"A federal judge in Manhattan ruled yesterday that the term \"book\" in book contracts does
not automatically include electronic books. The decision goes to the heart of a battle over who controls the right to sell digital editions of the great majority of work published the last century. They say the decision will be good for authors and agents from reselling the digital rights to previously published work. \"


Full Story from The NY Times

Not Your Average Summer Reading Program

I love reading about library summer programs for kids, especially the ones where the program goes way beyond the reading part. This program allowed children to study nature and included letting them dissect owl pellets. Librarianship is such a learning profession, and librarians are so creative. I had no idea what an owl pellet was until I read this. It wasn\'t what I would have thought... [read more...] from The St. Petersburg, (FL) Times.

Librarian Finds WWII Soldier\'s Kin

From The Detroit, (MI) News, Scott Neinas writes...
\"Hiram Wilkinson left Petersburg about 60 years ago to fight in World War II. Soon his remains may be coming back, thanks in part to a librarian at the Summerfield Petersburg Branch Library.\" [more...]

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Librarianship is Second Most Headache Prone Profession

The makers of Excedrin recently sponsored a study to determine the profession that causes the most headaches. According to the study, librarians are the second most likely group to suffer headaches, followed by truck drivers and construction workers. Accountants are more likely than all the others to suffer headaches. The article provides a link to a headache quiz as well as a treatment quiz. read more here from Cleveland, Ohio\'s NewsNet5.

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B & T Joins Gaylord to Allow Libraries to Check-Out Digital Text

I came across this while doing one of those library things ... It seems that B & T and Gaylord have joined forces to develop a means of allowing libraries to download and circulate electronic text. This is what Katherine Blauer, the prez of Gaylord has to say: \"Truly efficient workflows for ordering, order acknowledgement and invoicing have been elusive in the world of acquisitions processing. Our close collaboration with Baker & Taylor will streamline the acquisitions process and reduce the amount of time it takes to get materials into the hands of library users.\" Yeah, but what\'s it gonna cost? [more...]

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Library Project is a Model for Cooperation

From The South Idaho Press, Renee Wells writes,

\"What the Rupert DeMary Library and the Burley Municipal Library (Heyburn, ID) have combined to create is what library leaders would like to see happen nationwide. Robin Cabot, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in Washington, D.C., visited with committee members about their efforts in promoting the proposed Magic Sage Library District. Cabot praised the committee for its promotion efforts, but his real excitement was generated by the efforts the committee has put forth in writing an exemplary grant and administering it in such a way as to become a pattern for libraries nationwide to follow. Asked by Committee Chairperson Kathleen Hedberg why Congress was so willing to appropriate money for such a project, Cabot said the Mini-Cassia effort is a excellent example of how library districts should operate.\"
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Vancouver Library Plans Hearing on Child Internet Act

From The Columbian, (Vancouver, WA), Tom Vogt writes...

\"Children\'s Internet access and Web filtering in local libraries will be the topic of a hearing Aug. 6 at Vancouver Community Library ... The regional library receives about $30,000 a year in telecommunications money for a wide range of telephone, data and Web services...\"[more...]

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Judge Rules Against Random House

Random House has lost its bid to have electronic publishing rights implicitly included in traditional contracts, though the ruling is likely to have limited impact on publishers:

Denying a request from Random House for a preliminary injunction, a federal judge ruled today that an online publisher could sell electronic versions of books by authors who had signed book contracts with Random House.

The judge concluded that Random House did not own the rights to publish the eight works in question as electronic books.

The ruling in a federal district court in Manhattan was based on principles of contract law. It dealt only with four contracts signed long before electronic books became technologically possible. But it was a setback for conventional publishers because it further established that they must separately negotiate electronic publishing rights. . . Still, it was a limited victory [for authors] because most publishers\' contracts now deal with electronic rights.
[More from the New York Times.]

Religious books: Divine popularity

CNN has This Story on sales of religious books being up more than 4 percent.
They say it\'s not just Christian-oriented books that are selling so well, but any religious books tend to be doing well.
Does anyone keep circulation numbers on this type of book, are they up as well?

\"The more suspicious people are of their local church, then the more apt they are to just assemble their own books, to assemble their own spiritual life,\"

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Teachers choose raises over librarians in Salt Lake

Tanya writes \"This is a follow-up to an earlier story. The Granite School District has opted to move librarians to teacher positions and staff the media centers with library-aides after the teachers union rejected a 1.4% raise as being too low. The story will be available at the Salt Lake Tribune website for the next week\"

Utah seems to hate school librarians. They say few of Utah\'s 40 districts have full-time librarians working in elementary schools, and this district only requires one librarian for every two or three schools.

America\'s Library Site Registers More Than 100 Million Hits

I found this one while visiting The Library of Congress.

\"America\'s Library (www.americaslibrary.gov), the Library\'s Web site for children and families, has handled more than 100 million \"hits\" since its April 2000 debut. \"This milestone is a testimony to the Web site\'s appeal to both children and families,\" said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. \"With its colorful, interactive elements, America\'s Library has been instrumental in making the Library\'s collections more accessible to people of all ages.\" To visit the site, Click Here.

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New Invention Could Drastically Alter Publishing Industry

For Business2, John McCloskey writes...

\"A machine that may be the publishing equivalent of a car that runs on water. Working from a digital file, it can print, bind, and trim a book of any size in a matter of minutes. Having finished with one title, it can proceed to another and another, as long as the machine is kept supplied with ink, toner, and paper-the same regular copy paper you might buy at Staples. \"When I first saw it, I knew it would be as important as Gutenberg,\" says Epstein, who emerged as something of a digital prophet last year with the publication of a work of his own, Book Business: Past Present and Future. \"The whole world changes,\" he says, \"because of that machine.\" [more...]

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It Ain\'t Your Average Bookmobile, but These Books Are on a Roll Just the Same

Another great story about dedication to reading. A retired schoolteacher has decided to create a mobile library. Once a week, she loads her car with donated books and heads out in search of kids with a hunger for reading. [more...] from The Palatka (FL) Daily News.

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... And the truth shall make shipping free

Why did a 49-cent booklet of Bible verses become a temporary bestseller on Amazon.com? Because people took Amazon up on its offer of free shipping on purchases of two or more items. Word got around that The Book of Hope was one of the least expensive items to add to the shopping cart for item number two. Story in the Chicago Tribune.

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Dead Authors Get No Respect

Robin Finn writes...

\"This country does a crummy job as guardian of great books by its dead authors. Or it used to. Edmund Wilson voiced that criticism 40 years ago, crankily and accurately.\" [more...] from the New York Times (don\'t have your free subscription? get it Here.

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