Submitted by Steven on January 16, 2001 - 9:05am
Whoa!! Two humor pieces in a row! A friend (thanks Denise) sent me this story from Yahoo a few days ago, but I forgot to post it here. It seems that a library in the UK had to close for a bit while they changed some 300 lightbulbs. I guess we now know the answer to that long asked question.\"The answer is five days and a team of electricians if the bulbs that need changing happen to be in Peckham Library.
The question which has amused generations of schoolchildren and adults alike has finally been answered by Southwark council. It has closed the £4.5 million library - which opened last May - while its 300 light bulbs are replaced by a team of four workers.\"
Submitted by Steven on January 16, 2001 - 8:55am
I put this one from the National Post in the humor category, because it put a smile on my face. There is a bar in Toronto called the Munster Hall Pub where talking is not allowed for two hours on Sundays because they watch a British Soap Opera. It\'s pretty ironic that libraries are getting more and more loud and pubs/bars are getting quiet.\"No one does talk, or even whispers, during the show. It\'s like being in a library. \'\'It is strange,\'\' says Mr. Hamilton. \'\'But in my family -- there\'s eight of us -- you just know not to call during Coronation Street.\"
Submitted by Blake on January 11, 2001 - 7:01pm
From member station WHYY, Martin Wells reports Philadelphia schools are making an effort to get rid of library books that are tattered, inappropriate, or just plain wrong. Some decades old books talk about how man may one day land on the moon, another wrongly says that South African leader Nelson Mandela was executed.
You can listen to the Real Audio report on The NPR Site.
Submitted by Blake on January 11, 2001 - 6:20pm
The NY Times has a Story on The Commission on Web-based Education. They had
identified seven key points in its report on harnessing the learning power of the Internet.
\"If you throw a rock in Washington, D.C., you\'re bound to hit someone in favor of wide expansion of broadband -- there are lots of people pulling for it,\"
Submitted by Blake on January 11, 2001 - 6:16pm
Library of Congress has 5 million U.S. history items online. The 5 million images belong to a project called \"American Memory,\" available at loc.gov.
Meanwhile, USC has nearly $2 million worth of Ernest Hemingway\'s letters. Now the USC where students and researchers can study how authors develop their ideas and their works. \"I\'m still giddy about it,\" professor Matthew Bruccoli said. Denver Post Story
Also, More than 150 copies of the complete legal papers of Abraham Lincoln will soon be going out to law schools across the country, thanks to a grant received recently by The Lincoln Legal Papers research project. Full Story.
Thanks to Bob Cox for most of these.
Submitted by Blake on January 11, 2001 - 4:36pm
Bob Cox sent this one in.
I can\'t remember for sure if This Story started it, but there has been a very spirited discussion on LM_NET about Laura Bush, and her \"Librarian Like\" appearance.
\"Mrs. Bush\'s look is pretty, practical and proper, but it lacks the flair to spark any major fashion following - except perhaps, in those parts of the South where fashion seems stuck in the 1980s,\" one reporter wrote in an article for the Orlando Sentinel.
Submitted by Blake on January 11, 2001 - 3:57pm
This Story from Wired takes more than a little of the wind out of the eBook hype. They say some are forecasting the death of e-books, already. A recent study says textbooks and print-on-demand publishing will do well. With sites like Baen Free Library giving them away, I wonder how strong sales will be.
\"Forecasts may vary, but everything points to a very attractive and growing market that\'s a mix of print and electronic formats existing with each other,\" Sadler said. \"Over time, e-books will be a great value proposition.\"
Submitted by Blake on January 11, 2001 - 1:11pm
Some colleges are creating free-speech zones and allowing students to protest only in \"the zone\". No more rights to post a flier on the wall of the student union or anywhere else. Speech policies have been adopted at GWU and KSU, the UC at Berkeley, and the U of Mississippi and discussed at Oklahoma State U. and Notre Dame.
The Chronicle has the Full Story.
Submitted by Blake on January 11, 2001 - 10:51am
I found a couple interesting book links on Memepool this morning.
The is a Yahoo! Club called Book Hell, \"It\'s Where Bad Books Go When they DIE!!!\", devoted to the collecting of obscure, esoteric and otherwise weird books.
Then there is the BOOK HAPPY World of Weird Books (the former site of the Kooks Museum).
Submitted by Blake on January 11, 2001 - 10:44am
A couple months ago we ran This Story on the Peckham Library in London. It won the Stirling Prize for architecture.
Well, today I ran across This Story on the library. Now they say they need to close the building for five days and have a team of electricians change 300 light bulbs. The new bulbs are a \"gargantuan exercise\", they need to set up platforms, and even move books around to change the bulbs.
\"This means every six to seven months the building will be forced to close whilst staff remove the books, workmen move the shelves and erect the tower platforms and electricians come in to unscrew and replace the light bulbs.\"
Submitted by Blake on January 10, 2001 - 6:04pm
Online has a nice Feature on UCITA and what it means for you as a librarian.
\"Copyright laws have always provided for fair use exceptions for nonprofit educational and research use, and criticism, to name just a few exceptional areas. Opponents of UCITA fear the effective extinction of such fair use rights under UCITA. Librarians also fear they will have imposed on them contract clauses that prohibit lending materials or that prohibit activities or uses that libraries may make in carrying out their preservation efforts.\"
Submitted by Blake on January 10, 2001 - 6:00pm
Online has an Interview with Dan Chudnov, from OSS4LIB.org, a cool site that highlights free software you can use in you library. It\'s a good interview for all you librarian geeks out there, way to go Dan!
I guess there are a few of us that can write code and site at the reference desk out there.
Submitted by Blake on January 10, 2001 - 5:54pm
Bob Cox sent in This Editorial from Prospect.org that says the real scandal of the filtering controversy is the filters themselves don\'t--and can\'t--work as promised. Another Story says more and more schools are using filters.
The remedy for the abuse of digital technology is more digital technology.\"
Submitted by Blake on January 10, 2001 - 9:47am
Lee Hadden writes :\"
The price increases for academic journals to libraries has finally
made the Wall Street Journal. The Monday, Jan. 8, 2001 copy, page A26, has
an article by Charles Goldsmith, \"Publish or Perish, But At What Cost to
Academia? World\'s Research Libraries Balk at High Price of Journal
Seems like we are seeing these stories more often these days. This story likens the journal arena to \"a restaurant that makes you bring your own food and cook it yourself, then presents you with an outragous check and a cover charge.\". The libraries are being queezed by high prices, and with competetion shrinking, don\'t expect the double digit price increases to ease up. They say the median amount spent on journals at research libraries is now over $4 Million!
Submitted by Blake on January 10, 2001 - 9:39am
CHILDREN\'S INTERNET PROTECTION ACT
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Prepared by Jenner & Block, ALA Legal Counsel, January 2001
IS EVERY PUBLIC LIBRARY AND SCHOOL REQUIRED TO USE FILTERING OR BLOCKING
SOFTWARE ON COMPUTERS THAT ACCESS THE INTERNET?
No. Only libraries that receive Universal Service Discounts or funds
available under the Library Services and Technology Act or Title III of
the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 must certify
compliance with the Act.
Submitted by Blake on January 10, 2001 - 8:50am
The Guardian has an Interesting Story on how folks in the UK love to steal books. While most folks wouldn\'t \"misappropriate my neighbour\'s ox or ass\", they seem to have no problem taking books from the library, or a books store.
\"As students we walked out of libraries with books up our jumpers, not with larcenous intent, but because check-out was such a hassle. The libraries turned a blind eye. Most of the books came back. We trusted one another. But, sometimes, one forgot.\"
Submitted by Blake on January 10, 2001 - 8:46am
Here\'s a Story from Yahoo! (and Another from Wired)The U.S. Supreme Court said that a free-speech challenge by six professors to a VA law that bars public employees from using state computers to access porn on the Internet.
The profs argued the law violated their 1st Amendment \"academic freedom rights\" and would stop legitimate, work-related, intellectual inquiries.
So do this include Lego Porn?
Submitted by Blake on January 9, 2001 - 5:39pm
Washington Post has Story on all those free newspapers and directories you see all over the place. They are gaining in popularity, street boxes are piling up, and so are the stacks of newspapers in libraries, recreation centers and in local businesses.
People are starting to complain the things are just a waste of space and an eye sore.
Submitted by Blake on January 9, 2001 - 3:51pm
J.K. Rowling says she plans to publish two Harry Potter specials to bring in up to $33 million for deprived children. Suppliers, printers, distributors and booksellers are all waiving their profits, fees and payments on the books. Three dollars from each sale will go to Comic Relief.
``You should buy them because they will save lives,\'\'
Submitted by Blake on January 9, 2001 - 8:29am
The NY Times has a Story on Yahoo!\'s decision to drop the Nazi auctions. This could lead to other litigants and governments in other countries to go after U.S. service providers and auctions. Yahoo! had originally said they could not control access to thier site based on geography (which was the excuse they used to not stop the auctions), but now they say They Are Trying to Target ads based on where you are.
\"We are not going to acquiesce in the notion that foreign countries have unlimited jurisdiction to regulate the content of U.S.-based sites.\"