Submitted by Blake on June 22, 2001 - 1:30pm
USA Today has a Story on how more and more writers are trying to generate sales by connecting with reading groups either by phone or in person. It\'s great for the authors to connect with their fans and get feedback, cheers and jeers.
\"If I can talk to you for 400 pages, you should have the right to talk back to me for a paragraph,\" says Harlan Coben. The author of seven previous mysteries, his new thriller, Tell No One, hit stores Tuesday. \"It\'s easy to pretend you\'re jaded but I really get a kick out of hearing from readers.\"
Submitted by Brian on June 22, 2001 - 11:27am
The L.A. Times reports that an artificial intelligence system called Cyc (short for "encyclopedia") will make its public debut later this summer. Cyc has been in development for 17 years, and it seems to be able to conduct reference interviews of sorts.
The full story also summarizes A.I. history. By the way, the developers have taught Cyc that killing is worse than lying, so we won\'t have a HAL on our hands.
Submitted by Blake on June 22, 2001 - 10:50am
Rory writes: \"The protest at the Marriott on Tuesday afternoon was a joyous event. It felt good to be there on the picket lines with the union members, supporting them. The words by President-elect Mitch Freedman, Michael Gorman, Pat Schuman and others were inspiring and made me very glad to be a part of it (rather than on the other side of the picket line, at the Inaugural event).
I put some photos on the web which I think capture the spirit of that afternoon. There are thirteen photos in all. They may take while to load if you have a dial-up connection. You can view them at:libr.org/Juice/pics/4.23/Marriott.html
Submitted by Blake on June 22, 2001 - 10:47am
janet clark writes \"\"Don\'t bug me...I\'m reading! Ne m\'embete pas..je lis!\" is the theme for this year\'s summer reading programme for young people in Nova Scotia. The province\'s nine regional public libraries encourage children to read during the summer months with a variety of activities related to a common theme. Last year\'s theme: \"Sail away with books/Cap sur la lecture\" (tied in with the visit of Tall Ships).library.ns.ca and click on Children and Youth Services for more info. \"
Submitted by Blake on June 22, 2001 - 10:44am
Charles Davis writes \"BRITAIN\'s oldest subscription library, established in the 18th century to educate lead miners and their families, is to close after being unused for three
They seem to blame the influence of television and the internet for the steady decline in numbers.
Submitted by Blake on June 21, 2001 - 6:18pm
The Christian Science Monitor has a story on ever growing university-corporate partnerships. There is no doubt corporate cash is undermining the credibility of research results.
They say the long-term risk ia a loss of public confidence that could permanently undermine support for universities.
I say it\'s something far worse.
Submitted by Steven on June 21, 2001 - 3:38pm
Wired reports that the .info domain will be ready to live by the end of this year. I think that libraries should get first shot at the domain names. I mean, .info is the perfect domain for what we do.\"On Wednesday, officials at Afilias, the registry charged with overseeing the rollout of dot-info, said they intend to take the domain live on Sept. 19. Although the tentative launch date is later than originally anticipated, it is earlier than the debut of the second new top-level domain, dot-biz, which is slated for October.\"
Submitted by Ieleen on June 21, 2001 - 3:34pm
I remember when I went to library school, one of my professors said how much easier it would be to find a position in the school media branch of our profession than anywhere else, and how much more secure those positions were. It seems, however, that lately we\'re reading an awful lot to contradict that. Here\'s another one.
Submitted by Ieleen on June 21, 2001 - 3:12pm
James Carooll writes...
\"We live in a time in which the act of reading is undergoing a major shift, the book yielding to the electronic screen as a main medium of the written word. The efficiencies of screen-based information conveyance are wondrous, but it is not clear yet what the effect of this shift will be on consciousness or on contemplative reading itself. That state of mind, not the object that enables it, is what humans have treasured for centuries.\" [more...] from The Boston Globe.
Submitted by Blake on June 21, 2001 - 2:15pm
Hoser Yahoo was one place with a story on This Study that isn\'t exactly library related, but I can\'t resist.
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology ran a study called \"The Heritability of Attitudes: A Study of Twins\". They studied the genetic basis of individual differences in attitudes in twins. The study found that genetic factors accounted for 35 percent of the variation in attitudes, while environmental factors accounted for 65 percent.
And, yes, this included reading.
Submitted by Ryan on June 21, 2001 - 2:11pm
Nicholson Baker was interviewed about Doublefold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper this afternoon on the inimitable KCRW\'s show \"Bookworm.\" The show should be available as a Real Audio file from the \"Bookworm\" site sometime in the next few days.
Submitted by Blake on June 21, 2001 - 12:20pm
janet clark writes \"In case you missed this (as I did) when the book was first published: Public libraries, ladybugs, pad Thai, and the clothesline are among \'Seven Wonders\' written about by John C. Ryan in _Seven wonders: everyday things for a healthier planet_, Sierra Club, c1999, 1-57805-038-3. \"Nobody ever built a library to save an endangered species, but that\'s one of things libraries do best,\" says Ryan in his essay in praise of public libraries. The essay includes several useful (citable) statistics and provides another angle on the value of libraries.
You can find out about the book at northwestwatch.org, though the public library essay doesn\'t seem to be there.
Submitted by Blake on June 21, 2001 - 11:41am
Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large v. 1 no. 7 (July 2001) is now
available, ready to be retrieved from the CI:CAL home page.
This issue is 18 pages and includes:
* ALA in San Francisco: A Few Quick Notes
* PC Values: July 2001
* Where I Stand: For the Children
* Trends and Quick Takes: five items
* Press Watch I: 17 items!
* Feedback and Following Up
* Ebook Watch: Catching Up, Part Two
* Bibs & Blather
* Press Watch II: four items.
Review Watch will definitely appear in the next issue...
Submitted by Ryan on June 21, 2001 - 10:33am
The Boston Globe\'s review of the Boston Public Library\'s new branch in Allston:
The paucity of books is an index of the way libraries are changing. They are, increasingly, community centers. Art galleries, children\'s storytelling areas, gardens, and meeting rooms become as important as book stacks. The meeting rooms are venues for the kind of healthy community activism that influenced the design of the Allston library in the first place. And of course, libraries now are centers for other kinds of information, with free computer work stations. I still think they should have a lot more books. But as a building, Allston is a triumph of what you might call the architecture of democracy.
Submitted by Blake on June 20, 2001 - 7:10pm
jen writes \"Full Story
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced that it has joined several other literary groups supporting Captain America creator Joseph H. Simon\'s effort to reclaim his copyright from Marvel Comics. The SFWA joined the Authors Guild Inc., the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the National Writers Union, Novelists Inc., the Society of Children\'s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Text and Academic Authors Association in an amicus curiae brief supporting Simon\'s claim. \"
Submitted by Blake on June 20, 2001 - 2:28pm
Here\'s A Short story on a fungus that eats compact discs.
Nicholson Baker may have a bigger point than many had thought. They discovered a fungus in Belize that was steadily eating through the supposedly indestructible disc. The fungus had burrowed into the CD from the outer edge, then devoured the thin aluminium layer and some of the data-storing polycarbonate resin.
Submitted by Ieleen on June 20, 2001 - 12:23pm
Guess I better think twice next time I decide to use the word \"@#^&\" in public. I might get bleeped. Want More? from CNS News.
Submitted by Ieleen on June 20, 2001 - 11:47am
John Fleming writes...
\"Library patrons won\'t have their Internet use filtered anytime soon, but the U.S. Supreme Court might have a say in that policy. The Leon County Commission on Tuesday unanimously decided not to automatically filter the pages that library users try to access, choosing to trust users not to view inappropriate material in a public setting.
The commission decided to wait and see what the U.S. Supreme Court says about a 1998 federal law called the Child Online Protection Act, which would make it illegal to make obscene materials available to people under 17. A challenge of the law is set to go before the high court later this year.\" [more...] from The Tallahassee Democrat.
Submitted by Blake on June 20, 2001 - 11:38am
Bob Cox sent along This Story from Citypages.com on the big mess at the Minneapolis Public Library. This is a lengthy article with interviews from both sides. They ran a story on this back in May too.
\"When I signed up to work at the library, I didn\'t sign up to work in a porn-shop-type atmosphere,\" explains Will, who\'s 46. \"The line was crossed. And I wasn\'t going to take it anymore.\"
Submitted by Ieleen on June 20, 2001 - 11:12am
Received this press release via e-mail from Fred Lambert...
\"American University Library will receive $5,000 for its winning entry in the fifth-annual Check-It-Out-Yourself Day. It is one of eight U.S. libraries that has been selected to receive a total of $15,000 from 3M Library Systems.\" Check It Out Yourself Here.