Submitted by Ieleen on June 26, 2001 - 10:01am
This one comes by way of The Fairfax Journal. Ken Follet\'s book \"Pillars of the Earth\" has been banned from Fairfax libraries serving kids below the tenth grade because it contains \"graphic descriptions of sex and violence.\" Sounds kind of like the evening news or MTV to me.
Submitted by Celine on June 26, 2001 - 1:22am
A troupe of Australian performance artists have made their name by spending weeks living in full public view in department store windows in London, Montreal and Chicago. This is reality television but in real life. Next, they\'re moving to a public library in Ireland. Much more from Yahoo News.
Submitted by Celine on June 25, 2001 - 7:35pm
The BBC News reports on rumors that Google may go public before the end of the year.
Meanwhile, Salon.com has an interesting interview with Google\'s director of research on how they find those 45,283 hits for your search and what they might be doing in the future.
Submitted by Celine on June 25, 2001 - 6:29pm
I just loved this story from the San Jose Mercury News, about Eve Bates, a young children\'s librarian from California, who spent a year working in Palo, on the island of Leyte in the Philippines. She enjoyed it so much that she\'s now going back to visit as she is \"homesick\" for the kids she got to know there.
Submitted by Celine on June 25, 2001 - 6:16pm
If you ever wondered what happened to the money won by the already-rich and famous on Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, then you might be pleased to find out that Drew Carey set up a library fund with his winnings. See the full heart-warming story on Cleveland.com.
On the same theme, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin has this story on a San Francisco millionaire who has left half his estate ($1.5 million) to two libraries in Hawaii.
Submitted by Blake on June 25, 2001 - 4:52pm
Cooler than wheresgeorge.com, memepool pointed me to bookcrossing.com.
The \"3 Rs\" of BookCrossing.com, Read a good book, Register it, then Release it for someone else to read. tregoweth does it again!
\"You know the feeling you get after reading a book that speaks to you, that touches your life, a feeling that you want to share it with someone else? BookCrossing.com gives you a simple way to share your books with the world, and follow their paths forever more.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 25, 2001 - 4:37pm
Gillian writes \"New study indicates Canadian parents are not fully aware of how their children are
View release online
Canadian youth are ahead of their parents - and on their
own - in their
explorations of the Internet, according to research findings released today by the
Young Canadians in a Wired World, the most comprehensive and wide-ranging
survey of its kind
conducted in Canada, heard from 5,682 students between the ages of 9 and 17 in
Submitted by Blake on June 25, 2001 - 4:34pm
Ursula writes \"Last Friday, NPR\'s Science Friday radio show covered the issue of access to scientific journals. Information about the show is here:
And here\'s a link to the archived show (RealAudio):
Submitted by Blake on June 25, 2001 - 2:56pm
Someone writes \"The Supreme Court ruled today that database vendors such as LEXIS need the consent of freelance journalists to reproduce their articles and photographs.
Full Story from CNN\"
The court ruled 7-2 that compilation in an electronic database is different from other kinds of archival or library storage of material that once appeared in print. So now companies need writers permission before stories go online. The case is New York Times v. Tasini, 00-201
Submitted by Ieleen on June 25, 2001 - 2:51pm
Submitted by Ryan on June 25, 2001 - 1:19pm
The movement to boycott journal publishers requiring restrictive copyright agreements of their authors is in full swing, as
evidenced by this open letter signed by
an impressive array of scientists and scholars.
We support the establishment of an online public library that would provide the full contents of the published record of research and scholarly discourse in medicine and the life sciences in a freely accessible, fully searchable, interlinked form. . . To encourage the publishers of our journals to support this endeavor, we pledge that, beginning in September, 2001, we will publish in, edit or review for, and personally subscribe to, only those scholarly and scientific journals that have agreed to grant unrestricted free distribution rights to any and all original research reports that they have published . . .
[via New Breed Librarian and The Free Online Scholarship Newsletter]
Submitted by Ieleen on June 25, 2001 - 1:15pm
Someone call Nicholson Baker. The Internet is killing newspapers too. [more...] from NewsBytes.
Submitted by Ieleen on June 25, 2001 - 1:00pm
A youth services librarian dedicates himself to bringing teens and books together through special programs at public libraries. Some of the programs are unique and seem to create quite an attraction.[more...] from The Reno-Gazette Journal.
Submitted by Ieleen on June 25, 2001 - 12:40pm
Rich Tucker writes...
State corrections officials are removing typewriters and word processors from prison law libraries, making it necessary for Florida inmates without attorneys to produce their legal briefs the really old-fashioned way. [more...] from The Florida Times Union.
Submitted by Ieleen on June 25, 2001 - 12:25pm
Jamie Stiehm writes
\"A last-minute budget amendment aimed at keeping all 26 city library branches open for another year crumbled this week when Enoch Pratt Free Library\'s director, Carla D. Hayden, rebuffed a City Council member\'s offer to find $1.1 million for that purpose, 5th District Councilwoman Helen L. Holton said.\" [more...] from The Baltimore Sun.
Submitted by Ryan on June 25, 2001 - 11:36am
The Minnesota Daily
reports on the impact of journal subscription price increases on the University of Minnesota\'s libraries:
\"We\'re getting killed by price increases\" across all scientific and engineering fields, said University of Minnesota librarian Tom Shaughnessy. The gap between technical journal price increases of 10 percent each year and inflationary budget increases of only 3 percent leads to cutbacks in the number of journals, he said. Since 1995-96, University libraries have cut nearly 450 technical journals -- nearly one in five -- to keep up.
[via New Pages and Excite News]
Submitted by Blake on June 25, 2001 - 9:16am
Lee Hadden writes: \"There are two interesting items in June 14, 2001 issue of Nature.
The first is a letter by William J. Sutherland, \"A New Approach to
Global Book Distribution\" on page 738 which outlines a method to increase
the diffusion of science books. The author should request that in lieu of
royalties, there be an extra run in the publication of the book, and that
he be paid in extra copies of his work. These extra copies can then be
distributed to individuals and libraries who would not ordinarily be
otherwise able to afford them. A sort of expansion upon the old idea of
having extra journal article prints made, then distributed to colleagues
around the world.
The second item is a news feature by Rex Dalton, \"The History Man,\" on
page 732-733. The article describes the collection and archive on molecular
biology that has been acquired by Jeremy Norman. He has collected books,
manuscripts, laboratory notebooks and other materials that trace the
development of this branch of biology. Some of the ethical issues about
individuals collecting this type of material instead of institutions is
Submitted by Blake on June 25, 2001 - 8:28am
NewsPress.com has a nice Story that says school librarians indispensable.
There was talk about possibly eliminating librarians from the elementary schools in the Santa Barbara area.
This story was written by Derek Maraszek, 13, who attends Goleta Valley Junior High School. And you thought none of your students even knew what you did...
How would you like to walk into a library and not be greeted with that friendly, \"Hello!\" Or, the very warm, helpful attitude and spirit, \"How can I help you?\"
Submitted by Blake on June 23, 2001 - 6:34pm
Cabot writes:The Canadian federal government is taking a look at copyright issues to ensure legislation is keeping pace with the digital revolution.\" There\'s
This Story And This One on how the Canadian Govt. is moving to change copyright laws in the great white north. They are starting with two consultation papers related to Internet
issues. One outlines possible solutions to digital copyright issues, while the other addresses the rules by which radio and television signals may be retransmitted over the Internet. The Canadian Association of Broadcasters seems to like it, which is probably a bad sign.
\'\'Canada needs a copyright framework that continuously adapts to a fast-changing digital environment,\'\' Industry Minister Brian Tobin said.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 23, 2001 - 3:29pm
Someone passed along This Story on a man that got arrested for overdue library books from a Marshall library.
Two romance novels he\'d checked out were due in February of 1999. They told him he had to post $100 bail immediately or go to jail. Mapleton Police Chief Richard Swartz confirmed that. Perhaps this took things a little too far?
\"I told that judge this was a joke and he agreed with me,\" Anderson said. \"How much did it cost to send those cops to my house, to have me come to court and to waste that judge\'s time listening to my case? Sure, the library got their $69 back, but how much did the taxpayers have to pay for it?\"