Submitted by Blake on August 7, 2001 - 10:52am
The LATimes is running an interesting Story on the troubles with eBooks.
Flaccid sales, legal battles, technology, and slow consumer sales all seem to be trouble for the companies trying to make a buck.
It seems like they are becoming more popular in libraries now, are they being checked out?
\"There\'s only one place e-books are popular: the courtroom,\" said publishing consultant Lorraine Shanley\"
Submitted by Blake on August 7, 2001 - 10:46am
Brian writes \"For a good review of the case, and a great discussion of \"fair use\" for electronic information, check out the US vs. Sklyarov at FAX the Electronic Frontier Foundation Web Site\"
Other interesting stories include:
When misguided plans go from bad to worse, from CNET. \"That plan never looked more misguided than now, when prosecutors want to close those loopholes around a man\'s neck.\".
Wired has Sklyarov: A Huge Sigh of Release, \"\"We made ourselves heard, so the fact that he was able to get himself free at least shows that the public\'s efforts worked,\" she said.\"
Submitted by Ryan on August 6, 2001 - 11:22pm
Jailed Russian programmer and international cause célèbre Dmitri Sklyarov was released this afternoon:
Russian software programmer Dimitry Sklyarov, whose July 16 arrest on U.S. copyright charges provoked a firestorm of debate over Internet free speech, was released on $50,000 bail on Monday by a California court. Sklyarov, 26, was released into the custody of Sergei Osokine of nearby Cupertino, Calif., after his Moscow-based company, ElcomSoft Co., put up the $50,000 bond, court officials said. Sklyarov appeared in court for the bail hearing, looking tired and wearing orange prison-issued clothing. Outside the court, a small group of protesters demonstrated, saying his arrest was a violation of free speech rights. [More from Yahoo News.]
Scooped again by Slashdot.
Submitted by Blake on August 6, 2001 - 5:34pm
Bob Cox sent along news of another library cat stiring up trouble. This time it\'s Madeline a former stray cat who called the Loutit District Library in Michigan home until complaints from some patrons prompted her removal in late July.
The problem with Madeline is the allergic reactions some patrons say she has caused.
I just can\'t believe this doesn\'t happen more often.
\"I certainly think the cat has been a benefit to the library,\" Library Director Char Zoet told the Grand Haven Daily Tribune. \"I feel badly about it if it has caused a problem for some people.\"
Submitted by Blake on August 6, 2001 - 2:53pm
uible writes \"The good news is that the end of the summer reading program was well attended. Unfortunately the bad news is that the program was TOO well attended. You couldn\'t even cry into your free punch - promised refreshments never materialized. The culmination of the Columbus Metro Library\'s summer reading program (an ice skating party) was expected to have about 600 attendees - 1200 showed up. Twelve hours of books (reading or listening) were required to go to the Adventure Readers Summer Reading Club party.
Full Story \"
\"This sucks,\'\' mumbled 8-year-old Joshua Sparrow of Dublin, who had read the 12 hours of books required to go to the Adventure Readers Summer Reading Club party.
Submitted by Blake on August 6, 2001 - 2:51pm
Anne Gometz writes \"This two part article in NARA\'s Prologue magazine recounts the history of the first Presidential Library including why it is called a \"library\" rather than an archives. \"
Until Roosevelt, Presidents leaving office routinely took their papers with them. George Washington set the precedent in 1797 when he took his files home with him to Mount Vernon, with the hope—never fulfilled—of building a library to house them.
Submitted by Blake on August 6, 2001 - 2:49pm
Tanya writes \"There is a happy ending to this story I sent in earlier in the week. School librarians in Jeff Parish will not be shifted to new jobs after all. Read about it here:
The items adopted would increase the student/teacher ratio in classrooms to 28-1 and eliminate some overstaffed clerical positions. The possibility of having their jobs cut brought several librarians to the meeting. Most said they were ecstatic with the outcome.
Submitted by Blake on August 6, 2001 - 2:47pm
jen writes \"Later in the story, his eyes light up while looking at a rare book.
Kim Jong Il, the leader of North Korea, wound up a two-day visit to this dusty Siberian metropolis today, enlivening a historic state visit to Russia with an eclectic and energetic sampling of musical theater, tank manufacture, pig farming and library science. \"
They go on to say...
\"Not since President Boris N. Yeltsin slept through a meeting with Ireland\'s prime minister in 1994, sawing logs in his airplane on the tarmac at Shannon Airport, has a head of state been so invisible.\"
Submitted by Blake on August 6, 2001 - 2:45pm
Charles Davis writes \"From
A first edition of Charles Darwin\'s Origin of the Species
stolen from a library at least 88 years ago has been
The book, published in 1859, could be worth around
£15,000. It was taken back to Boston Public Library by Julie
Geissler, who was left it by her great aunt Hester Hastings.
Submitted by Ryan on August 6, 2001 - 10:26am
A nice piece on the acquisition by Harvard\'s Houghton Library of the collection of Boston bibliophile and Longfellow fanatic Victor Gulotta:
Victor Gulotta\'s collection once filled his upstairs library. It included first-edition books, manuscripts, letters, photographs, and other objects associated with American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) - about 1,000 items, amassed over 14 years. Possibly the largest Longfellow collection in private hands, it spilled into Gulotta\'s hallway, where parts of it adorned the walls above the stairs. . .
More from today\'s Boston Globe.
Submitted by AnnaKh on August 5, 2001 - 6:28pm
In a landmark deal, the Alternative Press Center, publishers of the Alternative Press Index has joined OCLC and negotiated for the Index to be served up by Firstsearch and for many journals indexed there to enter OCLC\'s Electronic Collections Online in full-text. This is a great development for supporters of the alternative press and believers in the necessity of turning to the Alternative Press to supplement near-monopoly publishing in order to fulfill the Library Bill of Rights.
Press release from OCLC inside:
Submitted by AnnaKh on August 4, 2001 - 5:27pm
Submitted by Brian on August 3, 2001 - 3:47pm
Submitted by Ieleen on August 3, 2001 - 12:39pm
Junk e-mail goddess strikes again...
\"From the Associated Press (Northern Ireland)- A prized first edition of Jonathan Swift\'s \"Gulliver\'s Travels\" was returned Thursday to Armagh Public Library nearly two years after armed robbers stole the 273-year-old volume.\" more... from Excite News.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 3, 2001 - 12:21pm
For The Star Tribune, James Lileks writes...
\"When it comes to column topics, surveys show that there\'s nothing like \"library design\" to send casual readers running to the obituary page for comic relief. Sorry, but since the topic of a new Minneapolis library is in the news, I\'m bound by duty to run your letters and hammer my points home with my patented blend of tendentious exaggeration and high-handed disdain. Ready? Take a seat, do not fidget, and let\'s begin.\" more...
Submitted by Ieleen on August 3, 2001 - 12:09pm
From the Law Library Resource Exchange, Roger Skalback writes...
\"In today\'s world, technology gadgets are everywhere: the workplace, home, stores, churches, schools and government. Gadgets can make our lives easier, or as others have said, give us anxiety of gadget overload. At a panel presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries, four speakers picked their favorite gadgets to share with attending librarians and information managers. Granted, as time goes by, some of these gadgets will be outdated but still usable, just the same as gadgets in a kitchen. For the panel presentation, four people were asked to each select fifteen gadgets to display and discuss. Each speaker had one minute to display a specific gadget, highlighting aspects of each gadget that could be useful in a legal or library setting. The members of this panel presentation were as follows:\" Check it out.
Submitted by Ryan on August 3, 2001 - 11:26am
The Public Library of Science-organized boycott of journals not allowing free distribution after six months of the articles they\'ve published begins September 1. Here\'s a useful round-up of those pushing for freer, cheaper distribution of scientific information:
Out of old bookes, in good faithe,
Cometh al this new science that men lere.
--Geoffrey Chaucer, The Assembly of Fowles
As Chaucer\'s \"old bookes\" give way to the Information Age, I\'ve been asking myself whether or not these books -- and today, principally journals -- have morphed into something else entirely. Scientific communication is increasingly driven by factors that have little to do with researchers and more to do with commercial publishers\' profits. Even amid talk of the Internet-driven rise of scientific publishing, the researcher and the lab -- where scientific communication originates -- seem to be forgotten entirely. Restoring the researcher in research publishing requires long-term, cultural shifts to right the balance in favor of the scientist.
(More from the Journal of Electronic Publishing. Thanks again to New Breed.)
Submitted by Ieleen on August 3, 2001 - 10:58am
Under intense scrutiny and controversy over how it\'s being funded and also the fact that they are literally stealing some guy\'s land in order to build it, it looks like construction will definitely begin on Willy\'s library. Some people can fall into it and come out smelling like a rose every time. more... from The Nando Times. and here\'s still more from The New York Times. but don\'t forget your free subscription.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 3, 2001 - 10:44am
Junk e-mail goddess strikes again...
Yomiuri Shimbun writing for The Daily Yomiuri reports that pacemakers could malfunction as a result of anti-theft devices in libraries. I didn\'t think this was new news, but it may be to some. I guess a would-be library thief wearing a pacemaker could literally be stopped dead in his tracks. more...
Submitted by Ryan on August 2, 2001 - 11:42am
A short piece from the Canadian Health Network on their effort to increase access to health information in the wake of Canada\'s connection of all of its schools and public libraries to the Web:
In 1999, Canada became the first country in the world to have all its public libraries and schools connected to the Internet . Public libraries have always been leaders at providing information to Canadians. To librarians the Internet is just another form of information and culture, along with books, videos, CDs, microfilm and magazines. So it\'s natural that they wanted to make the Internet available to Canadians. What does this have to do with CHN (the Canadian Health Network)? Plenty. The aim of CHN is to help everyone find reliable Canadian health information. The decision at CHN was to provide health information only via the Internet to begin with. This would be a problem if not all Canadians were connected! But by 1999, when the CHN was up and running, many people in Canada now had access to the Internet through their public library.
More from the Canadian Health Network. Thanks again to wood s lot.