Book Shipments Confiscated

Robert Kent sends this one via e-mail:
\"Two shipments of books sent to independent libraries in Cuba have been confiscated in recent days, according to a report by Alida Viso Bello in the June 20 issue of CubaNet ( As reported by Havana librarian
Ricardo Gonzalez, a package of books sent to the Jorge Manach Library from Italy was recently intercepted by Cuban customs agents, who confiscated some of the books after declaring them to be \"counterrevolutionary\" and \"against
the interests of the nation.\" Mr. Gonzalez denounced this act as a violation of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which grants everyone the right to \"seek, receive and impart information and ideas
through any media and regardless of frontiers.\"


Hi-tech manuscript preserves Middle Ages treasure

Charles Davis writes \"from

Classical chart-toppers the Mediaeval Baebes have
unveiled a new digital version of one of the UK\'s most
important 15th century texts.
The Sherborne Missal, which is worth £15 million, is one of
the most important treasures from the late Middle Ages and
has been saved for the nation by the British Library.
Following a £1.45 million fund-raising drive, the British Library has successfully digitised part of the manuscript, making a large touch-screen version available to all visitors. \"


The Case for Micropayments

Scott McCloud\'s smart and beautifully presented defense of file-sharing technology, and how it can benefit both artists and consumers, in two parts [Part 1 and Part 2]

\"When there\'s a direct exchange between creators of art and their audiences . . .small charges could earn those creators a decent living - while the army of middlemen . . .could go back to selling detergent, real estate, and two-by-fours.\"

[via Rebecca\'s Pocket]

Are We Headed Toward the Bookless Campus?

The Chronicle of Higher Education has put together a series of stories that examines the question of eBooks on college campuses.

The Chronicle is not free, but in short, the answer is, no one knows.

They interview Nicholson Baker, \"The job of the research library is to keep the stuff that people read.\", cover University of Virginia and it\'s bold experiment, go over the Key Players in Academic E-Publishing, and report on how hard it has been thus far for companies trying to make money in this market.

Filtering in Oklahoma City

James Nimmo writes: \"The Oklahoma County library (of Tin Drum fame), Metropolitan Library System
(MLS), has voted to impose censoring filters on adult terminals. Filters
were always in place for youth cards, while adults were offered a choice
between filtered and unfiltered internet access, but that choice has been

The vote was not unanimous--three stalwart commissioners stood up for
intellectual freedom or at least they are trying to squelch the First
Amendment law suit that will be filed.\"



Boys Life Turns 90

Every library I\'ve ever visited carries this. I always like reading about how these things get started and how they evolve with the times. It has an interesting little history...for a boy... I never realized the publication was that old. Live long and prosper. read more here. from The Northwestern.


More on the Freelance Front

NewsBytes has this one today. After winning the Supreme Court case against big media, it seems that Jonathan Tasini wants to extend an \"olive branch\" to the New York Times, et. al. The NYT doesn\'t appear to be interested. Read more here.

Clinton Presidential Library News

While Eugene Pfeifer III goes to the Arkansas Supreme Court to try to stop the city of Little Rock from seizing his land to build the Clinton Presidential Liebrary, WJC himself is reviewing building plans. [more...] from The Nando Times. from the [still more...] from The LA Times. For a humorous, opinionated, biased, yet satirical look at the situation, Click on this one(may be offensive to some).

Blake adds, See Also story on Richard Nixon\'s presidential library in Yorba Linda, CA.


Sir James Gobbo to Head National Library of Australia

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that former Victoria governor Sir James Gobbo has been picked to head the National Library of Australia:

The man often called the \"father of multiculturalism\", Sir James Gobbo has been named the new chairman of the National Library of Australia. The Carlton, Melbourne-born son of Italian migrants is the former governor of Victoria and a retired judge.

Feline Finds Sanctuary Among the Stacks

What a cool story. I love these. This cat\'s got it made. Someone at a library in Michigan rescued a cat from some obnoxious kids and a plastic bag. He\'s been adopted by the library. They\'ve named him in Carnegie. Folks have really taken to the furry, four-legged feline. They\'ve received donations and a lifetime supply of kitty chow. Read more from The Jackson Citizen Patriot.


Pillars of the Earth Banned from School Libraries

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.


Not your average library display

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.


Google to go public?

The BBC News reports on rumors that Google may go public before the end of the year.
Meanwhile, 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.


Children\'s librarian travels to Philippines

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.


Millionaires love libraries!

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
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.


When A Book Meets A Book

Cooler than, memepool pointed me to
The \"3 Rs\" of, 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? gives you a simple way to share your books with the world, and follow their paths forever more.\"


New study indicates Canadian parents UnAware

Gillian writes \"New study indicates Canadian parents are not fully aware of how their children are
using the

View release online
See Also)


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
Awareness Network.

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
schools across


Science Friday discusses scientific journal access

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): \"

US Supreme Court rules in freelance writers case

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


Another Gay Display Stirs Library Debate

Jill Varney sends the link to [this one] my way...It seems another gay display in the library, this time in Salt Lake City, is causing quite a stir.
[more...] from The Salt Lake Tribune.



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