UCSD\'s BURN server shut down

Rory Litwin
writes \"After seven years online, the UCSD
Communication department chair Carol
Padden has censored the project hosted at
burn.ucsd.edu. She has made
her decision against the wishes of the majority of
department faculty
and graduate students and without consulting or even
informing any of
the department faculty or students involved with the
project, reportedly
under pressures from the UC president Richard
Atkinson. No explanation
or justification for the shutdown was given, nor was any
opportunity
for a hearing or reconsideration of the decision. Host
records were
simultaneously removed from campus DNS servers,
rendering burn.ucsd.edu
nonexistent. Only a few hours advance warning was
given to BURN! project
representatives, leaving them no way to even contact
most system users
to inform them of what had happened or to arrange for
moving to another
address.


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Uneasey over E-books

The Chicago Tribune has this rather intresting article about the future of e-books. Eric Goss, the group product manager for amazon.com, has his own opinion on the matter.\"This is great technology,\" Goss said, holding higher not the e-book device, but the plain, old, ordinary paperback. \"Nothing has come along to supersede the printed book in 400 years. Right now, this is a superior technology.\" -- Read More

24 Hour Public Libraries

Brian writes \"Here\'s one of the most insulting and sad things I\'ve read in a while. An economist is quoted in a Chicago Tribune column on the need for a \"family-friendly economy\" as saying:

\"If a 7-Eleven can be open 24 hours, why not a public library?\"

Check out
chicagotribune.com for the complete story. I did read it, and I don\'t quite understand why having 24 hour libraries equals family friendly living. Certainly not friendly for the librarians families!

Library Checkout Policy Irritates Parent

SF Gate has a great Story for the image obsessed librarian. A woman says she wanted to know what books her daughter had out so she could return them on time, and the librarian got \"huffy\" with her.

\"``We\'re talking about children here,\'\' said Shurtleff. ``And the librarians were so huffy with me, like they were really looking out for my daughter. It made me feel really defensive.\'\' -- Read More

Limits on books in prison upheld

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal published this article about the amount of books that inmates in segregation are allowed to have with them at one time. The inmates said that the rule (which said that they can only have three) violated their first amendment rights. They won the case, but the appeals court disagreed, and it was over-ruled.
\"The center\'s inmates, who are segregated for violating prison disciplinary rules, can only have three state-issued paperback books in addition to their own religious book, such as a Bible or Qur\'an.\" -- Read More

Judge OKs smaller board for library

The Post-gazette has a follow up Story on that trouble at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library.

\"Yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Walter R. Little granted a motion reducing the size of the board of trustees of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library from 17 to 12 members and eliminating the position of lifetime trustee.\" -- Read More

Pay Off Gone Bad

Yahoo! News has a rather depressing Story on a mac cover-up at Harvard. Intel forced the school to cover and shut off all the iMacs when they were in the Science Center doing an exhibit.

\"We like to maintain the facilities for students ... [but we were] asked in a way that we couldn\'t say no.\" Steen said he brought down the curtain on the iMacs \"only after multiple requests and great reluctance.\"

So Why does this matter? -- Read More

Barney has Been a Bad Dinosaur

Librarians and Parents beware. As this article from the New York Post states, Barney the Dinosaur books have been found in New York which contain hidden pornography.
\"The discoveries in Putnam County and on Staten Island are similar to that of a Long Island tot who found a picture of a topless woman and steamy massage instructions in French underneath an electronic music box glued to the book.\" -- Read More

Who will organize the data closet

This Article from The McKinsey Quarterly takes a look at data storage. Though they focus on the corporate world, most of the good info could easily be used in a large library. How many records will your OPAC have in a year...2...3?

\"Storage represented only 25 percent of the price of a typical server system in 1997, but it now accounts for more than half; the peripheral storage component of a server system costs more than the server itself. -- Read More

How does Information Science Fit In?

watinee nilngam writes \"
I would like to ask you about my problem and I hope that you can help and solve my problem certainly.I have the hard assignment about finding the meaning of information science and the relation between information science and many field (politic,culture or economy).All of these must appear in update articles.\"

Tuff question...anyone out there have a good anwer? How do we in this area fit in to \"the big picture\"?

Tiny Library Thrives by Being Independent

The Sun Sentinel has this article about a library that stayed out of its county system, saved its taxpayers money, and is very content.
\"Some might say that 10 donated books and $100 wouldn\'t amount to much. But in Highland Beach, that combination equaled a nifty way to dodge taxes that later laid the foundation for a sophisticated library.\" -- Read More

Censorship of Cuban Libraries

Steven
Williams
of Global Learning Outreach fame (http://www.glo.org).
sent in this News Bulletin from the Friends of Cuban
Libaries

MORE ARRESTS FAIL TO STOP LIBRARY
EXPANSION

Despite a flurry of repressive actions by the Cuban
government in recent months, it appears likely that the
fiftieth independent library will soon open its doors in
the island nation. -- Read More

Stephen King, the E-Publisher

Wired News has this interesting article on Stephen King\'s new adventure. He is asking his readers if he should place a book on his web site. Read King\'s letter and vote on his web site.
\"King explains that he has been intrigued by the success of Riding the Bullet -- his e-book novella released early this spring which sold over 500,000 copies.\" -- Read More

Book brigade transfers library

A really cool Story from The Dailyherald in Chicago, on moving the Des Plaines Public Library. They had an old-fashioned bucket brigade with 1,000 people, and just handed the books down the line. Sounds like fun to me!

\"In all, 1,000 books were passed from resident to resident, in slightly more than 40 minutes. Mayor Tony Arredia passed the first book, \"Baby\'s First Book\" by Sam Williams, to start the brigade.\" -- Read More

Novel Service May Draw Library Patrons

The Chicago Sun Times has this article about a small library attached to a main one, which gives customers quick access to new books.
\"Called CPL Express, it\'s a ground-floor room with its own door onto State Street that offers the growing Loop and South Loop residential population and people who work and shop nearby quick access to the latest fiction and nonfiction.\" -- Read More

Who lynched Leo Frank?

RHadden sent in this strong story:

According to
the headlines of the Wall Street Journal,
Stephen
Goldfarb, a reference librarian in an Atlanta public
library, has posted a
site that names, perhaps, some of the residents of
Cobb County who were
involved in a 1915 lynching of Leo Frank. See his web
site at: leofranklynchers.c
om
.
It is a courageous stand, since many of the names
are well known in
today\'s Marietta community, and their descendents are
uneasy at this
spotlight on their county\'s past.
For news information about this historic incident in
Georgia, see the
Cobb Online news at: cobbo
nline.com
.
The Wall Street Journal requires an account to see
their article
online. The printed news story is by Carrick
Mollenkamp, \"An Internet
Posting Raises the Ghosts of a Notorious Crime: A
Librarian Names Names in
the Leo Frank Murder; The List in a Family Bible.\"
Friday, June 9, 2000,
page A1 and A12. -- Read More

Fighting with Father

The Pittsburg
Post Gazette
has a Story on the Andrew Carnegie
Free Library in Carnegie. Andrew made it clear he
wanted the library run a certain way, and now they want
to change that.

\"\"If he would have left us some
money to do it, we would have followed his rules,\" said
Carnegie Mayor Bob Heinrich, an ex-officio member of
the library board. -- Read More

Books on Tape - Mind Candy or Enrichment?

The Los Angeles Times has this interesting article on books on tape. Its critics say that they are \"mind-candy\" which does not assist in making better readers.
\"That\'s the feeling of Willy Ackerman, an English teacher at Kennedy High School in Granada Hills. Although she may read a few passages of a book out loud to her students, Ackerman said the best way to master reading is to read. \"Difficult reading helps us to become better readers,\" she said. \"Easy reading helps us to become faster readers. That\'s how you improve.\"
The article also discusses audio books in schools. -- Read More

NJ School Libraries Falling Behind

It\'s sad how often this same Story pops up
here on LISNews. This time NJ.com tells us how
crappy the Trenton School Libraries are
doing.

\"Some books on space travel in the city
school libraries pre-date the 1969 historic Apollo 11
mission by a decade, More than half of the schools lack
certified librarians, and those who run the so-called
learning centers have been hesitant to get rid of
outdated books.\"

Last time I think this
same story came from Philly. -- Read More

Cardinal Directional Rule of the Library

The Chicago Sun Times has an Almost funny Story on some unfair seating troubles at The Wheeling High School Library. The librarians are really cracking down, and some of the students are none to happy.

\"It\'s ridiculous,\" said Chris Schiel, 17, of Wheeling, who\'s on Wheeling\'s track and cross-country teams. \"I\'ve been kicked out for discussing that day\'s classwork.\" Student athletes who are allowed to study in the library instead of attending gym class are required to sit facing south, in the direction of the circulation desk. -- Read More

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