Submitted by Ieleen on July 19, 2001 - 10:00am
As has been reported here, the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD has been forced to close five of its branches. The announcement came yesterday on which five are to get the axe on September 1 of this year. The collections from each branch will be divided up among local schools and other community organizations. [more...] from SunSpot.
Submitted by Ryan on July 19, 2001 - 8:51am
Doesn\'t sound too bloody likely, however:
[As] the new library\'s credentials grew -- and $200 million poured in from Persian Gulf states, the United Nations and other international donors to finish the building -- the book collection expanded slowly but with no guiding principle. There is no set budget for acquisitions, and the previous director was criticized for his willingness to accept any donated tome that came through the door. His policy, detractors warned, threatened to create an 8 million volume attic of castoffs instead of the \"lighthouse for thought\" spoken of by its chief patron, Egyptian first lady Suzanne Mubarak. As of now about 200,000 \"so-so\" volumes are in hand, Serageldin said, including outdated travel and investment guides and old copies of the Guinness Book of World Records.
[More from the Washington Post .]
Submitted by Ieleen on July 18, 2001 - 4:26pm
For The Anchorage Daily News, Tim Pryor writes...
\"Anchorage Mayor George Wuerch on Tuesday reached a legal settlement with exhibitors of a gay pride display at the Z.J. Loussac Library, cutting short a court battle and agreeing to pay $10,000 of the exhibitors\' attorney\'s fees. The agreement brings to an end a more than month-long struggle over a gay pride exhibit at the library, but it doesn\'t resolve a larger question of what kind of displays from outside the library will be held there in the future. A temporary city ban on exhibits from outside the library will continue for now, Wuerch said. That means a six-city exhibit of Appalachian photographs and other arts and crafts will remain unassembled. It was supposed to be on display for about two months, beginning Monday. I\'m convinced we did what was right for the citizens of Anchorage, Wuerch said from his home Tuesday evening. The judge has made his ruling, and we\'ll comply with the judge\'s ruling. There\'s no debate. [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on July 18, 2001 - 4:21pm
For years, residents of Joliet, IL have been paying double library taxes because of some geographical issues. Now, in proper American fashion, a lawsuit is filed. According to The Chicago Tribune, \"Because both libraries belong to the Heritage Trail Library System, users of either library have full borrowing privileges at the other. By double-taxing residents for the same service, the lawsuit alleges, both the City of Joliet and the Plainfield Public Library District are violating the Illinois Local Library Act.\" [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on July 18, 2001 - 4:12pm
Is it me or does this seem to be happening quite a bit lately? The Chicago Tribune is reporting that \"In an informal poll of the City Council on Monday, aldermen voted 8-4 to reject the Library Board\'s recommendation that an $18 million, 80,000-square-foot facility be built on the site of the current library.\" They won\'t be talking about a new facility for awhile. [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on July 18, 2001 - 4:09pm
Some might call today a sad day that the Enoch Pratt Free Library as the announcement is made about which five branches will get the axe. Library advocates aren\'t giving up. They\'ve vowed to fight the battle royal if necessary.[more...] from SunSpot.
Submitted by Celine on July 18, 2001 - 2:59pm
Cementing my reputation as the tabloid editor of library news, here\'s a story from Ananova about a couple who got caught in flagrante in the men\'s toilets at the British Library. This story includes some classic quotes from the library spokesperson:
\"A couple were apprehended in what could be described as a high state of excitation in a cubicle of the men\'s toilets... [They] were already in the throes of an exchange about philosophical matters, judging by the cries emanating from the cubicle.\"
Submitted by Celine on July 18, 2001 - 1:38pm
This thoughtful opinion piece from Sunspot takes a look at all the problems the Harry Potter books have faced with censorship because of their connection to \"witchcraft\".
We all know that\'s ridiculous, I mean he doesn\'t even know how to ride his broomstick the right way round.
Submitted by Celine on July 18, 2001 - 1:30pm
The ruling Taliban in Afghanistan have implemented a country-wide ban on using the Internet as it seeks to control \"those things that are wrong, obscene, immoral and against Islam\". The full, sad story from Newsfactor.
Submitted by Blake on July 18, 2001 - 12:10pm
Slashdot just posted a follow up on the big eBook Arrest
In one of the first cases of criminal prosecution under a 1998 federal digital copyright law [The DMCA], a 27-year-old Russian cryptographer was arrested at a Las Vegas hotel on Monday morning, a day after giving a presentation to a large convention of computer hackers on decrypting the software used to protect electronic books.
Dmitri Sklyarov, who was being held in Las Vegas without bail, is being charged with one count of trafficking in software to circumvent copyrightable materials and one count of aiding and abetting such trafficking.
What he did wrong seems to read like what librarians do every day.
\"Nathanson told me that the real damage done by the AEBPR program is that it creates a \"naked file\" that enables anyone to read the eBook on any computer without paying the feed to the bookseller. Only one legitimate copy of the encrypted eBook needs to be purchased originally and after the protections are stripped through the usage of the Elcomsoft program, there are no restrictions and the eBook can be duplicated freely and made available for usage on any computer.\"
Read The Complaint and see what you think.
Submitted by Ryan on July 18, 2001 - 12:10pm
Submitted by Ieleen on July 18, 2001 - 11:24am
For The Industry Standard, Jill Bahar writes...
\"The consumer market for digital books has turned out to be a no-show, but America\'s public libraries still think folks should be checking them out. Ever since March 1999, when the Denver Public Library system kicked off the first virtual branch of digital books available for free to library-card holders, 1,900 of the nation\'s nearly 9,000 public libraries have quietly added thousands of digital titles to their collections. The problem? Their efforts have been so understated that most library patrons have yet to learn about, let alone use, the libraries\' online collections of reference works and how-to guides.\" [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on July 18, 2001 - 10:27am
Everyone likes free stuff. The National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources (NAEIR), collects excess inventory from corporations and donates over $120 million per year in new supplies and equipment to 5,500
non-profit organizations, including libraries. \"Donors include American Geetings, 3M, Microsoft, Stanley Tools, Reader\'s Digest and Rubbermaid, who receive federal income tax deductions for their contributions. Recipient organizations pay membership dues ranging from $475 to $575 to cover overhead costs, as well as shipping and handling fees for all orders received. All catalog items are free.\" [more...] from The Star Telegram (Dallas-Fort Worth, TX).
For information on NAEIR call Dianna Wolter at (866) 292-3524
Submitted by Ieleen on July 18, 2001 - 10:04am
There is clearly a rift between residents in Freeport, IL over funding a new library. The mayor of Freeport openly supports the building of a new library, while it seems a large number of residents are questioning the need. So far, it looks as though they might get about 1/2 of the original funding request, and possibly less if some residents get their way. The first part of the project to disappear would be the building\'s planned second story. Proponents of the new facility feel that the community needs to show support. The community has other ideas about how the money should be spent. [more...] from The Journal Standard.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 18, 2001 - 4:55am
From The Ames, (NV) Tribune, Marlys Barker writes...
\"Reading and the local library were so much a part of my childhood that I can\'t imagine what my childhood would have been if I hadn\'t enjoyed reading or been able to read.\" [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on July 18, 2001 - 4:35am
Juan P. Dayang, President of the Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. and governor of the National Book Development Board, recently posed a challenge to the Filipano nation to increase a love of reading. With well over a 97% literacy rate, a high percentage of those people just don\'t want to read. \"Sadly, we say that we have today a deteriorating habit of book reading which has resulted in lesser quality of education ... The relevance of books and, of course, readership, could not perhaps be equated with anything else in the making of civilized societies. Books are the fundamental tools of man in acquiring new and wider experiences to enrich his existence.\" [more...] from Manila Bulletin.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 18, 2001 - 4:25am
From Maine Today, Dan McGillvray writes...
\"New telephone subscriber surcharges that took effect July 1 will supply the necessary funds to keep Maine\'s libraries and schools connected to the Internet. For the past six years, those Internet Service Provider fees and associated local and toll telephone charges have been paid through a fund established by NYNEX after state regulators determined the utility\'s profits were too high in the mid-1990s.\" [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on July 18, 2001 - 4:16am
A Gladstone, Missouri man found guilty of stealing some 58 books valued at about $800 has been forced to pay back $2,118 in damages and has been put on probation for one-year. He stole the books from a number of libraries and then attempted to sell them on E-Bay. Two online bidders contacted the library after purchasing the stolen books. More proof that crime doesn\'t pay, especially on E-Bay. [more...] from The Liberty Sun News.
Submitted by Blake on July 17, 2001 - 4:58pm
The National Library of Australia is celebrating 100 years down under. They\'ve set up a Nifty Website [The Text Version is nice too], that details the full history.
No Worries Mate!
Submitted by Blake on July 17, 2001 - 4:54pm
Three Tasini related stories that have most likely passed through LISNews in the past weeks, but you may have missed them, I apparently did, it\'s hard to keep up sometimes.
Freelancers Fear Blacklisting, a group of freelance writers are claiming that they are the next victims to be blacklisted.
Tasini Takes on The New York Times Again, Jonathan Tasini threatened another suit over what he sees as strong-arm tactics to subvert a ruling on freelancers\' rights.
Stop the Trash Trucks: A Tasini Case Damage-Control Proposal, considers an alternative that would protect the ultimate consumer as well as the future interests of all the creators and handlers of the material.