Best Books Of 2000

One of my favorite things at the end of the year is all the lists. This One comes from the The LA Times and is made up of their best books of the year.

The list includes The Best Children\'s Books of 2000 and the The Best Nonfiction of 2000

Don\'t worry, Harry Potter is on there.

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Shylibriarian.com

Rebecca writes \"Check out shylibrarian.com


Sounds like it\'s going to be a lot of fun.\"

\"The mission of THE SHY LIBRARIAN is to never let an opportunity pass for maximizing the promotion of libraries, librarianship, and the librarian.
THE SHY LIBRARIAN will build a community of librarians and library supporters who will strive to fully promote the exceptional work being done in libraries around the world.
THE SHY LIBRARIAN will create a working environment filled with positive energy, understanding, creativity, good humor, and optimism.
THE SHY LIBRARIAN will strive to weave proven marketing, community relations, and public relations practices into the fabric of librarianship.

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I\'m taking my Censorware Project and going home!

Brian writes \"Censorware.org has rolled up the mat. Why? If you like \"Rashomon,\" you\'ll enjoy this CYBERIA-L exchange, reported on cryptome.org\"

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A $6.8 million thank-you

Boston.com has this Story sent in by Cameron Hall & Reginald Aubry. Thomas R. Drey Jr. used all the financial information at the Kirstein Business Branch of the Boston Public Library to make himself a fortune. When he died he left all the money to the library, $6.8 million!

\'\'This was a simple individual who wanted to say thank you to a system that allowed him to be successful in life,\'\' said Menino. \'\'He is making sure that the next generation can invest in that knowlege and be successful like him.\'\'

Friday Updates

Back by popular demand (actually, I asked Blake if he wanted me to start it up again, and he said sure), I give to you the Friday updates for this week. They include digital libarries, law libraries, map collecting, library funding, patent records, and latte. Enjoy!!

E-Journals: advantages, disadvantages and criteria for selection

Azadeh Mirzadeh has written an excellent look at ePubs in the library:

The Web, along with electronic publishing, has changed
accessibility of serials and periodicals. In the past, scholars
and researchers wrote their articles and published them in
journals. Traditionally, library patrons and researchers came to
the library to read or to make copies of these articles. To some
extent publishers and vendors competed to receive orders from
libraries. The Web and on-line electronic publishing, however,
have changed the way of accessing information for scholars and
researchers. With the emergence of the Web and electronic
publishing, scholars and researchers are able to publish articles
on-line without going through a publisher or a vendor and users
can access information without going to the library. Technology
has brought an easier way of accessing information for librarians
and researchers. Consequently, it has become very important issue
for libraries regarding how and when to replace printed journals
with electronic ones.

Loss of originals; libraries and preservation

Randall B. Kemp writes \"In response to the ruckus caused by Nicholson Baker\'s New Yorker article on the destruction of newspapers in libraries, Richard J. Cox writes in First Monday on the need for preservation in the digital age. While Cox finds fault with Baker\'s arguments, he supports the ensuing public discussion. \"

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Who Decides What Books to Ban

Who has the final word about challenged books in your library? The director? The Board of Trustees? This article from the Star Banner is about a library advisory board (made up of private citizens) that, through appeal, can be the final arbiter on any questionable book.\"The unanimous decision to change library policy came after four hours of rancorous public comment in front of hundreds of people packing the commission auditorium. Most of them spoke about \"It\'s Perfectly Normal,\" a sex education book by Robie H. Harris, which some have characterized as pornographic and want permanently removed from the library shelves.\"

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That Guy Who Hit Stephen King OD\'d on Painkillers

You will have scroll down a bit to find this story from the Mount Washington Valley about the man who mysteriously died after hitting the king of horror. It turnd out that he might have overdosed on painkillers. This freaky story takes another odd turn when we find out that the guy may have died on Stephen King\'s birthday.\"The motorist who gained notoriety when he struck Stephen King with his van died of an accidental overdose of a painkiller, according to the state medical examiner’s office.
Bryan Smith, 43, of Fryeburg, died from an overdose of fentanyl, according to toxicology reports. He was found dead in his home on Sept. 22, three days after he was last seen by family members.\". Further down on the page, read about a book that was taken off a required reading list, but not out of the library...and the appeals that will be forthcoming.

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Librarian..(aka Chief Information Officer)

Here is a story out of the Wall Street Journal about the opportunities available for librarians. It\'s nice to know that we are wanted.\"Senior-level corporate librarians, now often known as chief information officers (CIO) and directors of information research, are in high demand in nearly every industry research specialty, executive recruiters say.\"

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Librarian Gift List

Dave Thomson
writes \"Hello - My sister in law is a librarian and I\'m
looking
for appropriate \"librarian\" merchandise for her for
Christmas.
In a way I thought it was nice that I didn\'t find you
selling mugs and t-shirts but thought you might know
of a source for a sweat shirt covered with a book
design or some such.\"

Good question! What is on your
list, or what are you getting your favorite librarian for
the Holidays.More importantly, where are you getting it?

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Cyber-library dedicated to researchers

Bonnie Petersen was kind enough to send in This Story from The Denver Post about the new JonesKnowledge.com site. They says the site will have research guidance, reference assistance, links to periodicals, government documents, scholarly works and almost anything else needed to complete a master\'s thesis or other research project. Now here is the cool part, A group of 40 librarians will be on hand 14 hours a day to help with research

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New Bible, and Logophilia Stories

The everhelpful Lee Hadden writes :


\"The ever popular Smithsonian Magazine has two articles of interest to
librarians this month (Volume 31, no. 9, December 2000).


The first article is about the new manuscript copy of the Holy Bible
being inscribed with calligraphy at St. John\'s College, Collegeville,
Minnesota. This is the first hand inscribed copy of the Bible (in the
English language New Revised Standard Version instead of in Latin) to be
completed by the authentic methods and techniques from the Middle Ages in
the last five hundred years. The article by Per Ola et al, \"Inscribing the
Word,\" is on pages 79-83.

A second article on logophilia (a love of words) discusses a popular
a-word-a-day service and website that presents new words, their meanings
and etymology. \"Warning: Logophilia is Addictive\" is by Rudolph Chelminski,
and this article can be found on pages 66-74.\"

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Knowledge Management Meets the Portal

Earthweb has a story A story,with the longest URL I\'ve even seen, on how to use portals to your advantage.

\"Those people are always asking the question, looking for more information that will make their jobs more efficient.\"

Stephen King\'s Net Horror Story

Slashdot has a interesting look at eBooks, \"The Plant\" in particular. He says that King has demonstrated that the Net is a powerful new tool for selling books rather than a technology that replaces them. He goes on to say that the web site is a lesson in how not to sell and market a novel, and the web is a good way to distribute textbooks.

Ebrary Signs Major Publishing Deal

CNET has this story on Ebrary closing a deal that would allow them to offer lots of research titles to many people. It looks that they will try to secure the academic market in the narrowing e-book business.\"The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company is building a virtual library that will allow students, teachers or other researchers to search for and read digital books online for free. Researchers also will have the option to buy materials, offered online as .pdf (portable document format) files, in print form for a fee.\"

Should R-Rated Movies Be Allowed to Be Checked Out to Kids?

Should a 12 year old be allowed to check out an R-Rated video? Is it censorship if we do not allow them to do so? In this opinion piece from the Spokesman Review, the writers state that it may be in the best interests of the library to abide by the rules that the movie theaters have. This may be easier to enforce in the public library setting: There are less people there, and it would be harder for the kiddies to get access to the films. What do y\'all think?\"The library can calm this tempest in a teapot by abiding by the rating label on the video cover. In the movie industry an R rating means children 17 and under are not to be allowed to see a movie unless accompanied by an adult. The library should adopt a similar policy: No one under age 18 should be allowed to check out one of its R-rated videos.\"

Paying Through the Mouth

Here is a pretty neat story from the Charlston Gazette. A library has decided to take cans of food as payment for overdue library materials. The food is then distributed to homeless shelters.\"Your momentary joy at recovering the long-lost book probably has faded fast amid thoughts of the fine that has accrued over the months.

But fear not. With a can of creamed corn or a box of wild rice, you can return Harry to his home without straining your pocketbook - and help feed people in need at the same time.\"

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A New Library!! (with nothing in it)

No, this is not a repeat from a few weeks ago. Yet another library has opened it\'s doors without really being complete. My mother always told me that first impressions were very important. Head and Shoulders has also made it clear that you only get one shot to make a good first impression. However, despite the fact that the library is slightly bare, the residents love the new place. The full story is a available from the Binghamton Press.\"Although Wednesday marks the one-month anniversary of Broome County Library opening its doors at its new $7.8-million location on Court Street, the building is still not fully operational.\"

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ZapMe to schools: Pay for your free computers

MSNBC is reporting that ZapMe! has zapped public schools with an ultimatum: pay for your free computers or we\'re taking them back.

According to the article, the company is blaming Ralph Nader (a popular pastime these days) because the notion of advertising to a captive audience didn\'t sit well with some folks.

This is an important warning sign to public libraries, too: if your partnership with a corporation sours, you may find yourself worse off than before you started.

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