Childrens Books, Especially Harry Potter, Miscast Women

From The Times (UK), Elizabeth Judge writes...

\"WOMEN characters in children’s storybooks fit 1940s stereotypes, being meek, gentle, ineffectual, rarely employed, and wholly dependent on their men, an American study has concluded.
The only feisty women with roles that extend beyond baking cakes or washing clothes are evil, usually witches, the researchers say.

One of the worst offenders was the Harry Potter series, in which two of the most admired female characters exhibit nurturing, humble, emotional traits. “Mrs Weasley and Harry’s mother are known for their feminine traits, where family and children come first,” said Claire Etaugh, from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, who led the research. “Only one of Harry’s friends, Hermione, is tomboyish, clever and smart and able to get the boys out of scrapes.” [more...]

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Everyone Can Contribute to Building a Library

From The Journal Standard (Freeport, IL)

The folks in Freeport are putting their heads and their money together to held fund the building of a new library. Some are using their federal income tax cut money. Even the kids are getting involved, as one class at the local high school takes up the cause as part of a class. Isn\'t it great when commuinities really pull together to meet a common goal? [more...]

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Library Accused of Censorship for Editing Kids’ Coupon

From The Freedom Forum, someone at the Associated Press writes...

\"A local public library director is under fire for removing a biblical reference from a goodie bag for children in a summer reading program. Linda Mielke, director of the Carroll County Public Library (Westminster, MD), said she decided the Bible verse on a discount coupon for a Pennsylvania corn maze was inappropriate for the library to hand out. So she had library volunteers use markers to delete the verse on the 13,000 coupons.\" [more...] from

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Too Much Email!

Carrie writes \"This New York Times Story describes the problems associated with corporate users not organizing and deleting their mail.\"

I, for one, delete almost everything, and only save my sent messages. With all the lists we can subscribe to, it\'s hard to keep up sometimes!

\"\"There is an excitement to reading and replying, but filing takes cognitive effort without an immediate reward,\" he explained. \"So despite its being important in the long run to be organized, it is human nature to avoid it.\"

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What Should Be Allowed on Library Walls?

From The Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News Lisa Deemer writes...

\"The furious debate in Anchorage over a gay pride exhibit banned from Z.J. Loussac Public Library has at its core this question: Just what should be allowed on library walls? To First Amendment experts and the American Library Association, the answer is clear. If a library lets any group hang a display, it has created a public forum and must open the door to virtually all others, said Bob O\'Neil, director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression in Virginia.\" [more...]

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Wanted: a DLS that is professional, not research

Elizabeth Christian Passed along the results of the survey she ran the other day on a different type of DLS, you can read them below.


Wanted: a DLS that is professional, not research
based, here are the results from this group so far.
Please read and add your opinion.

freeonlinesurveys.com/rendersurvey.asp?id=940

Retired Collection Agent Returns 70-Year Overdue Book

From The San Francisco Chronicle - Steve Rubenstein writes...

\"It took 70 years, but the Enea family finally returned its overdue book to the San Francisco library. Librarians, who rarely get excited, said yesterday that they were very excited to have it. \"This,\" said librarian Dennis Maness, cradling the slim brown volume, \"is a resource that belongs to the people.\" It was in 1931 that \"Vale and Other Poems,\" by George Russell, was checked out from the library. Since then, the collection of two dozen poems has resided on the bookshelf of Vincent Enea, a 78-year-old retired collection agent.\" At least he was honest...[more...]

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Congress Stalls Library Disclosure Bill on Account of It Includes Them

From The Roll Call (Washington, DC) -
As if there\'s any surprise here... It seems that members of Congress were chomping at the bit to pass a bill requiring disclosure of financial donors to Presidential libraries until someone proposed an amendment to that bill which would include all non-profits named or controlled by Congress to be bound by the same law. Now, because it could cause everyone else\'s activities, besides the President\'s, to come under scrutiny, support for the bill has declined. Gives new meaning to the term \"double standard,\" if\'n ya\' ask me. [more...]

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E-Book Ink 2

The Washington Post reports on the challenges faced by public libraries around the United States in their effort to provide e-books to their patrons:

Joseph Sigurani used to have to trek 10 miles to borrow a verse of Shakespeare or the latest true-crime novel. These days, he simply reaches for his computer.
Through an e-book lending program being rolled out at hundreds of public libraries across the country, Sigurani can access practically any work he desires, at any hour of day, from the comfort of his home just northeast of Silicon Valley. And all for free. . . The services may be every bibliophile\'s dream, but publishing houses worry that the lending programs will cannibalize their revenue and destroy financial incentives for popular writers. The fear isn\'t so much about the demise of old-fashioned paper books - after all, no one\'s quite figured out how to make a digital book as enchanting as fresh print. It\'s more about whether free electronic libraries unfairly compete with the digital initiatives of booksellers, effectively devaluing their copyrights.

Librarian Honored

From The Courier Times (Bucks County, PA) - Gwen Shrift writes...

\"As a kid, Lih-Yun Lin led genteel raids on her local library, at the head of a line of curious classmates. This was 50 or so years ago in Taiwan, not then a place where libraries catered to children. But Lih-Yun was hooked. Lih-Yun, now known as Betty Tsai, is still fascinated by libraries and works on behalf of Asian-Americans in her profession and operators of small Chinese restaurants, among others. Those who know her say she quickly identifies needs and works tirelessly to meet them. Over a career spanning nearly 40 years in this country, Tsai has also impressed her fellow librarians. The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, which she helped found in 1980, honored her last month with its first Ching-chih Chen Leadership Award.\" [more...]

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E-Book Ink

Barnes and Noble teams up with Adobe to fight Russian pirates while Fathom\'s partnership with OverDrive promises free access to a mountain of scholarly content: a roundup of e-book news from Wired.

Computer passwords reveal secrets

ZDNet is running A Story on what our passwords say about us.

A recent study, run by CentralNic in The UK, questioned 1,200 office workers. About half of the people surveyed used a password that had to do with their family, a third of office workers used something they are a fan of.
How many of you have \"dewey\" or \"book\"?

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When In-House Research Isn\'t Enough

HBSWK has a Story on corporate research and development and how much it is changing.

There\'s a new paradigm to consider that takes into account both internal and external research and development efforts to create what they call a \"company innovation system.\"

Biblia, the Warrior Librarian

Amanda Credaro writes
\"This may possibly be the only website in existance
devoted to *school library* humor.
www.geocities.com/bibliophist/


(There\'s also a smattering of serious stuff too)
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\"People under the age of 18 years should be
warned:
This school librarian will not tolerate abuse of
books,
bullying, resistance to learning, or unnecessary
noise.
Enter the library at your own risk, and prepare for
battle.
You WILL study, you WILL read, you WILL enjoy
it.\"

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Questioning the Necessity of Newspapers

In the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Victor Greto writes...
\"If newspapers are the first draft of history, does it matter if we have the actual draft, or just the information contained in the draft?\" Now there\'s a thought. What he\'s talking about here has to do with the brouhaha over Nick Baker\'s Book Double Fold. You know, that scathing report about librarians as thoughtless destroyers of history. [more...]

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A Reluctant Father of the Digital Age

MIT\'s Technology Review profiles the pioneering information theorist Claude Shannon:

The entire science of information theory grew out of one electrifying paper that Shannon published in 1948, when he was a 32-year-old researcher at Bell Laboratories. Shannon showed how the once-vague notion of information could be defined and quantified with absolute precision. He demonstrated the essential unity of all information media, pointing out that text, telephone signals, radio waves, pictures, film and every other mode of communication could be encoded in the universal language of binary digits, or bits—a term that his article was the first to use in print. Shannon laid forth the idea that once information became digital, it could be transmitted without error. This was a breathtaking conceptual leap that led directly to such familiar and robust objects as CDs. Shannon had written \"a blueprint for the digital age,\" says MIT information theorist Robert Gallager, who is still awed by the 1948 paper.

A statue of Claude Shannon was erected in his hometown of Gaylord, Michigan on October 6, 2000.

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The automated cataloger is here

The \"digital librarian\" referred to in this story from the Jerusalem Post is actually Gammasite, automated cataloging software which apparently learns to \"work like the human mind\". The notion is a little misleading as it \"catalogs\" only digital material (word-processed documents, intranet pages, web pages etc.), but it has a number of major clients who use it as a knowledge management tool.

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Town gets its first library

The town of Washington, La. will soon have its first library, thanks to donated books, town government initiative and a former librarian alderwoman, reports this story from The Advocate (which - following the recent comments on difficult-to-identify local newspapers - has a helpful page with its full postal address in Baton Rouge, La. and area codes in the contact numbers).

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Library turf war in Michigan

The governor of Michigan is creating a Department of Arts, History and Libraries, which sounds lovely, but apparently the plan includes placing the Library of Michigan under the governor\'s control rather than the Legislature and this is causing a bit of a ruckus, according to this story from the Detroit Free Press.
The governor has made certain concessions to get the bill through, including the requirement that the state librarian be \"degreed\" (what a strange word) and the Michigan Library Association is no longer opposing the change.
I\'m thinking of getting the quote \"you don\'t mess with libraries on the Capitol\" printed onto t-shirts.

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Project to digitize early English texts

A number of academic libraries, in partnership with ProQuest, are working on a fully-searchable database containing 25,000 early English texts. The full story from The Chronicle of Higher Education.
\"The unusual project -- making business partners out of parties that are sometimes at odds with each other over pricing and access issues -- could eventually be a model for future collaborations between libraries and other content companies.\"

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