Submitted by Ieleen on August 2, 2001 - 9:48am
From the junk e-mail goddess...
\"A rare first-edition copy of Charles Darwin\'s seminal work on natural selection has been returned to the Boston Public Library after disappearing at least eight decades ago.
An 1859 copy of Darwin\'s \"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection\" was returned last week after a woman found the book while cleaning out a relative\'s home, Roberta Zonghi, the library\'s keeper of rare books, said on Wednesday. The library received the book in the 1860s as a gift, Zonghi said. The library noted that the book was missing in 1933, but it could have vanished a decade earlier.\" more...
The folks at ABCNews have this one
Submitted by Ieleen on August 2, 2001 - 9:43am
For The Washington Post, Jonathan Krim writes...
\"Three companies bidding for the right to manage \".us\" Internet addresses have agreed to let a coalition of nonprofit and quasi-governmental groups help set policy for the little-used domain-name suffix. The .us domain is used primarily by state and local agencies and quasi-public organizations, including government departments, schools, libraries and museums. But with \".com\" and \".net\" addresses reaching saturation, and with domain-name registration becoming big business, the Commerce Department is seeking new management to make greater commercial use of the domain.\" more...
Submitted by Ben on August 2, 2001 - 12:00am
Submitted by Ryan on August 1, 2001 - 10:36am
ALA Councilor at large Mark Rosenzweig has called for libraries to refuse to cooperate with the U.S. Government\'s attempts to recall an accidently released report that reveals its long-denied connections to Indonesian death squads:
My question is: will libraries which have received or ordered this book allow themselves to be complicit in the UNTELLING of the story of the US responsibility for the Indonesian massacre and military dictatorship,because the State Department has decided the release of the book was
\"ill-timed\"(something to do with the fact that the new President of Indonesia is the daughter of the US deposed George Wahington of Indonesia, Sukarno)?
Would it be possible for the Excecutive Board, the Executive Director, the President of ALA, the OIF, to issue a recommendation that American libraries NOt cooperate with any program for the removal of this book from libraries, the return of these volumes, the cancellation of orders, and more positively issue a statement that libraries are not in thebusiness of controlling information by government dictat, nor in the supression of a document which finaly makes accessible the proof of long-alleged US State
Department, CIA, Armed Forces etc involvement in one of the great debacles of the late 2Oth Century? (More from Library Juice .)
More from an earlier article posted here.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 1, 2001 - 10:27am
From the Plattsburg, (NY) Press Republican, Diane Petryck Bloom writes...
\"When a flood burst through the doors of the little library in Lincoln, VT, three generations of the townsfolk, ages 8 to 80, lined up old-fashioned bucket-brigade style to save what books they could. \'Despite the water in their own basements,\' said author Chris Bohjalian, who lives in the 1,000-resident town, \'the people thought that was the most important thing to be doing.\' Bohjalian, in Plattsburgh recently to address a gathering of the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System staff and friends, used the story to promote his belief that no mere e-text of any kind will supplant the traditional book.\" more...
Submitted by Ieleen on August 1, 2001 - 10:18am
For The Anchorage Daily News, Tim Pryor writes...
\"The city\'s Library Advisory Board endorsed a new policy for library exhibits on Tuesday that its chairwoman called tighter and less ambiguous than the previous policy. But it doesn\'t address a suggestion by Anchorage Mayor George Wuerch. The board\'s new policy, which the library would use to review exhibits of materials from outside the library, says exhibitors should describe displays specifically. It also prevents the city from excluding exhibits for being promotional.\" more...
Submitted by Ieleen on August 1, 2001 - 10:14am
For The Times Record, Elizabeth Caldwell writes...
\"Former President Clinton will speak Thursday at the Aerospace Education Center, where he will give his first major speech regarding his plans and vision for the Clinton Presidential Library and Center.\" Geez, um, I feel privileged, don\'t you all? I wonder if he\'ll include a collection of memoirs, including a grouping of portraits, entitled, \"To all the Girls I\'ve Loved Before...\" with Monica at the head. more...
Submitted by Blake on August 1, 2001 - 12:10am
Price sent along This Story on the San
Diego Union-Tribune blocking access to all of the
archive\'s contents created prior to Jan. 1, 2000 in
response To the \'Tasini\' Decision.
They cited the logistical nightmare of sorting through
thousands of electronically archived free-lance stories
dating back to 1983, limited economic gain, and a
class-action suit brought by the National Writers Union
(NWU) that includes the Union-Tribune as a defendant.
Submitted by Blake on July 31, 2001 - 5:50pm
Sometimes ya find the Darndest things trolling around
your friends Sites.
Rory has put
together something he calls The Dusty
Bookshelf. It\'s a collection of ancient library
oriented articles from Library Journal and other places.
Most are from the very early 1900\'s and late 1800\'s and
cover some very interesting topics.
The Telegraph in The Library, The Library as a Social
Centre, and Remarks on the Art of Using a Library, are
just a few. His introduction:
\"To know where we\'re going (or decide where
we\'re going) it helps to take a look at the past. What has
changed and what has stayed the same? What is really
new and what is really old? What works? I compiled
this collection of fourteen out-of-copyright articles about
libraries and librarianship for LISSweb, the website for
the SJSU SLIS Student Organization (LISS). I think the
articles can help in the process of reflection on
librarianship, and are entertaining and thought
provoking as well.\"
Submitted by Blake on July 31, 2001 - 3:53pm
Submitted by Blake on July 31, 2001 - 3:40pm
HoustonChronicle.com has a Funny Little List of ways to make time disappear while you\'re waiting for the Nov. 16 release of the film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s Stone.
\"Write an operations manual for the Nimbus 2000 and save Harry from the broomstick police! A British White Witches high priest in Sussex, England, told Reuters our boy wizard is riding his Nimbus backward in the trailer for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s Stone.\"
Submitted by Blake on July 31, 2001 - 3:34pm
This one isn\'t exactly the type of story I normally post, but it has some interesting details.
A 20-year-old man sat at a public access Internet computer above the West Side branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library and e-mailed nude photos of himself to a 14-year-old Cedar Springs girl.
On May 9, Mullin used a Media Center computer to create a \"Fans of John Mullin\" Yahoo Club site. The free home page contains an archive of photos and a profile of Mullin that lists his occupation as \"giving women foot massages for free.\"
Thanks to the great and powerful Bob Cox for this one.
Submitted by Blake on July 31, 2001 - 3:28pm
I think I may have posted this before, but James Nimmo passed along This Findlaw story on the lawsuits challenging the Children\'s Internet Protection Act that makes federal funding for library technology contingent upon Internet filtering will move forward to trial.
The Justice Department asked to have the lawsuits thrown out, but a two-paragraph order issued Thursday rejected the government\'s argument that the challengers had no valid First Amendment claim.
Submitted by Ryan on July 31, 2001 - 10:48am
The Dmitri Sklyarov debacle has made e-book copyright issues a focus of this year\'s BookTech West Expo:
\"For those who are convinced that e-books can never be properly encrypted and that publishers are about to deliver their intellectual property to a horde of maleficent pirates, the Adobe case proves that anything can be hacked,\" said Richard Nash, director of acquisitions for eBookagent.net. . . Copyright will be among the major topics of discussion at this book and technology publishing conference, which runs through Wednesday and is expected to draw more than 1,400 book-publishing professionals. (More from Wired.)
Submitted by Ieleen on July 31, 2001 - 10:09am
Someone from the Associated Press writes...
\"The first National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress, will be held Sept. 8, first lady Laura Bush said Monday. The event, whose hosts will include Mrs. Bush and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, will be modeled after similar events she sponsored as first lady in Texas. \'I believe that every American should have the sense of adventure and satisfaction that comes from reading a good book -- and, I might add, a good newspaper article,\' she said.\" more... from NewsFlash.
Here\'s still more from CNN.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 31, 2001 - 9:57am
For The Houston Chronicle, Tom Fowler writes...
\"Questia Media continues to adjust its marketing strategy this summer with a plan to offer universities the ability to buy subscriptions for its online library and research service in bulk. The bulk purchase is something of a departure for Questia, which in the past was emphatic that it would only sell its $19.95 per month service to individuals. According to Michael Bell, VP of Academic Affairs at Elmhurst College \"Keeping the library staff involved in the use of Questia is important since the service had a tendency to raise the hackles of librarians initially. Questia has been seen by some as a replacement for the library, but it can\'t do that. For us it serves as an answer to a very tough challenge of trying to meet a variety of needs with a limited budget.\" more...
Submitted by Ieleen on July 31, 2001 - 9:48am
It\'s not uncommon knowledge that the reading skills of U.S. school kids lags behind. The tendency is usually to point the finger at a failing educational system, lazy parents, or alien life form, but President Bush says he\'s not going to do any of those. The President has proposed a $5 billion national literacy campaign to boost the reading level of kids to their appropriate grade level. more... from The Orlando Sentinel.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 31, 2001 - 9:32am
The Library police in Texas are issuing arrest warrants for people who refuse to return overdue library books. Perpetrators get four chances, which seems pretty lenient considering there was a time when the norm was three strikes and you\'re out. Anyway, the maximum sentence - 6 months in the slammer and $2000. more... from Anorak.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 31, 2001 - 9:22am
From The Chicago Sun Times, Jason Straziuso writes...
\"Eudora Welty, who died last week at age 92, published no new fiction after 1973. But she spent years typing away, raising the tantalizing possibility that there is unpublished work sitting in her attic. Welty was one of the 20th century\'s most beloved authors and the first living writer to be given her own volume in the prestigious Library of America series. Any posthumous work would attract widespread interest.\" more...
Submitted by Ryan on July 30, 2001 - 11:42pm
Copyright scholar (and Electronic Frontier Foundation board member) Lawrence Lessing neatly skewers the DMCA:
The D.M.C.A. outlaws technologies designed to circumvent other technologies that protect copyrighted material. It is law protecting software code protecting copyright. The trouble, however, is that technologies that protect copyrighted material are never as subtle as the law of copyright. Copyright law permits fair use of copyrighted material; technologies that protect copyrighted material need not. Copyright law protects for a limited time; technologies have no such limit. Thus when the D.M.C.A. protects technology that in turn protects copyrighted material, it often protects much more broadly than copyright law does. It makes criminal what copyright law would forgive. (More from the New York Times.)
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