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Ever Helpful R. Hadden Writes:\"
A new public library in Howard County is borrowing a page
from the corporate booksellers\' manual: Give the customers
convenience, comfy furniture and cappuccino.
\"Even those who hate mega-bookstores can see their formula is working. People flock to the stores, where they can linger for hours, catch a poetry reading, browse racks of magazines and newspapers and fill up on latte and scones.\"
I am NOT jealous of the woman who writes the Harry Potter books. It does
NOT bother me that her most recent book, Harry Potter and the Enormous
Royalty Check, has already become the best-selling book in world
history, beating out her previous book, Harry Potter Purchases
david writes \"mildly interesting. But B&N is ahead of amazon, i think...
Software giant Microsoft Corp. and top online retailer Amazon.com Inc. on Monday said they are teaming up to sell digital books in the latest boost to the electronic alternative to paper and ink.
Amazon would use a customized version of Microsoft\'s Reader software for downloading and displaying digital text on a computer screen or handheld computer, the companies said.
Brian writes \"Often-clueless columnist Bob Greene of the Chicago Tribune is encouraging people to donate their used books to needy libraries in Chicago Public Schools. I have a feeling this will end badly, with the school system deluged with unusable crap.
Wired has a Story on The Seybold SF conference that covers all things publishing, including a big focus on Ebooks. The conference web site has a nifty
Digital Library that has some useful information on technology.
\"E-book vendors will take over 11,000 square feet on the show floor to showcase their technologies and security solutions.
Microsoft (MSFT) will demonstrate its recently announced Digital Asset Server, a digital rights management (DRM) solution, and Windows-based PC Reader. \" -- Read More
Sometimes it\'s not just the selection of books that brings kids into the library. As this article from the Tampa Tribune explains, it may be the appearance of the library itself.\"But it wasn\'t the books that added the sparkle - it was the bright, welcoming lighting. And the shiny new shelves, the spotless circulation desk, the chairs with nary a pencil gouge nor wad of gum stuck underneath.\" -- Read More
Zzzzzzzz... Yo, it\'s Monday, and today\'s highlights include an expected increase in book sales, what the California energy crisis is doing to bookstores, and selling used books for fun and profit (mostly profit). Get thee the buzz! Or at least the highlights.... -- Read More
Progressive Librarians Guild, an affiliate organization of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association, was formed in January 1990 by a group of librarians concerned with our profession\'s rapid drift into dubious alliances with business and the information industry, and into complacent acceptance of service to the political, economic and cultural status quo.
The development of public libraries was spurred by popular sentiment which held that real democracy requires an enlightened citizenry, and that society should provide all people with the means for free intellectual development. Current trends in librarianship assert that the library is merely a neutral mediator in the information marketplace and a facilitator of a value-neutral information society.
Members of PLG do not accept this notion of neutrality, and we strongly oppose the commodification of information. We will help to dissect the implications of these powerful trends, and fight their anti-democratic tendency. -- Read More
\"Students say it\'s easier to do research on the
Internet than in the library, where they say they have to
struggle with confusing reference cards and outdated
books. Parents also don\'t have to worry about taking
their kids to the library. \" -- Read More
\"During a library meeting March 1, Davis told
employee Cynthia Wray, who was eight-months
pregnant: “I just can’t stand looking at you ... with your
hands like that you look like you’re stuffed.” He then
turned his back on her. Davis later apologized after
being told to do so. \"
In the interview he
says:Has it been difficult for you to
communicate with the employees?
\"Not to my knowledge it hasn’t. It’s show time. My
mother raised me to be a gentleman … and my wife
expects me to be a gentleman, too. Besides, I’ve found
in life I don’t hold grudges. That’s just not a Dave Davis
personality. \" -- Read More
\"\"All we wanted was to use a public library that
our parents worked hard to help pay for,\" said Margaree
Crosby, who was among the eight arrested, handcuffed
and taken to the city jail for holding a sit-in at the
whites-only library on North Main Street 40 years
ago.\" -- Read More
The Final Story in the
librarian strike saga (Hopefully).
of District 925 of the Service Employees International
Union had approved the three-year tentative agreement,
89-3. “Oh my goodness, that makes me really happy,”
said Library Director Nan Johnston, who was notified of
the tally by telephone.\"
Back to work at last.
“This could be the ‘Dewey beats Truman’
headline of the day,” assistant Library Director Marge
Baker said early Friday afternoon, referring to the
infamous Chicago Tribune headline that appeared after
the 1948 presidential election.\" -- Read More
I couldn\'t resist posting this article from the Digital Freedom Network. Does your name contain a vulgarity? If so, read on...\"Babcock and Engineer are not the only ones who have been blocked by online filters. People named Dickinson, Sussex, Cummings, and Assisi have also been blocked.\" -- Read More
``Our goal is to build the ultimate search engine,\'\' said Larry Page, Google\'s chief executive and co-founder. ``We think that we can make search engines better every month, and I don\'t see that ending anytime soon.\'\' -- Read More
Someone writes \"I would like to suggest a link to a 40-page article on Internet filtering from the April 2000 issue of the Texas Law Review:
\"The First Amendment\'s Limitations on the Use of Internet Filtering in
Public and School Libraries: What Content Can Librarians Exclude?\"
The article concludes that the First Amendment permits filters to be used
by a library if the supervising librarian would have the same degree of
control over the filter that it would have over a library employee with
respect to correcting improper content selection decisions to prevent
unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination -- Read More
\"You may have had some very young skate board toting library patron ask you, \"Do you have any Guyver?\" or a student requesting the seven tape set of the Hakkenden, subtitled, or had a club ask to use your meeting room to show anime. Have you wondered what all of this was about?
Given the increasing popularity of anime and manga in the English speaking world I feel that it is perhaps time that a resource be created to help librarians understand what this is all about and to aid in the selection of items for their collections.\"
That\'s the introduction to The Librarian\'s Guide to Anime and Manga, by Gilles Poitras. It\'s an interesting discussion that has got me interested in this pop-cultural art form.
\"Striking workers and the board of the Stark County District Library reached a tentative contract agreement last night, according to a union representative.
Anne Hill, executive director of Service Employees International Union 925, which represents the striking library workers, said a tentative contract was reached about 7:30 p.m. She said she could not provide specifics about the proposal, which would end a nearly four-week walkout.\" -- Read More
Bill writes \"I found an article in The Chronicle last week you may be interested in. It Talks about a number of issues that may affect libraries in the future. The article is an interview with William Y. Arms who runs dlib magazine. He says that the quality and quantity of free information is growing. \"
The friday updates for this week include reference books over the Internet, bigger libraries in Ottowa, the purpose of the Library of Congress, Yad Vashem\'s library, new technology, e-mail protests, more thefts, more extortion, and much, much more....plus the Quote of the Week. Have a great weekend!! -- Read More