eBook Quickies

SO what\'s new in the world of eBooks you ask? Well, it seems they are still not sure What Ebook Readers Want (but they have an idea, cheap cheap), of course they may be The Internet\'s Latest Premature Undertaking, since every major New York book publisher is building an e-book, and no one buys the darn things.
Of course that hasn\'t stopped Steven King, he has a DreamCatcher preview online.
One publisher, so far, says No new e-fiction The Future of e-books expected to be in education, information. And the LawSuits are probably just begining!

Librarians reign as speediest spellers

Bob Cox never Stops!

He sent in this Story on the
eighth annual Spelling Bee for Literacy held at the
Airport Hilton in Grand Rapids, MI.
Guess who won?
\"Thursday\'s winners were -- go figure -- a team
from the Kent District Library. \"

And the secret to winning?
\"All I did was just keep reading, which is really
the
best way to learn how to spell,\"

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UCITA Fight ON in TX

The fight is on in TX over the proposed new Uniform
Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA). The
law got passed easily last year in Virginia and
Maryland, but now people have smartened up, and are
fighting it as hard as they can.

InfoWorld
has the Full Story.

\"Long before the bill was filed, members in
both houses had already received a barrage of e-mails
and letters expressing opposition,\"

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Address by Boucher re Fair Use Doctrine and Digital Media

TechLawJournal has an interesting Speech Transcript given by Rep. Rick Boucher.

He starts the speech by saying:\"I want to spend a few minutes this afternoon talking about the importance of fair use rights -- not just to equipment manufacturers -- but to all consumers of information of in our society\"Sounds like he is someone in politics who is on our side.

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The Role of Canadian Libraries in the Canadian Way

Cabot passed along this PDF File. It was passed around the Canadian Govt. on Government Advocacy Day.
They cover all the good reasons why Canada needs a new National Library [even more than they need Krispy Kreme\'s], and how the folks in Canada will win big with a new library. The old one sounds like it\'s quite a mess.

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75% of Kids Willing to Share Parents Personal Info On the Web

Not that people wouldn\'t have already thought about this..., but it\'s still a little disturbing to think that while most parents warn their children about divulging personal information about themselves in order to keep their kids safe, Junior may not know that he shouldn\'t give out mom and dad\'s personal information.

According to emarketer, who claims to be the leading provider of Internet statistics, \"younger Americans and veteran Internet users are among the least concerned with online privacy.\" They found that 75 percent of children are willing to share personal information online about themselves and their family in exchange for goods and services.

\"Many parents with Internet connections at home fear that their children will share personal information over the net,\" said Rob Janes, an eMarketer analyst. \"Offerings of free gifts and such from Internet companies often lure these unassuming children into a trap.\" [more...]

Libraries Behind Bars

A couple of prison library stories.
News-Press.com has a Story on Boy Scout Brian Stewart to help establish an entire library at the Lee County Jail in FL. Working hard for that Eagle badge!
“The inmates read extensively because they don’t have a lot to do,” Scruggs said. “Sometimes the jail is a place where people learn to love to read.”


inlandempireonline has a Story on the new library in The California Institution for Women near Chino. The law library, established more than 15 years ago, is one of the most complete and largest in the state\'s prison system.

But do they have The Prisoners Dictionary?

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Schools, Libraries, Others Connect to Abilene, Internet2

Martin Stone writes... \"Abilene, a high-speed nationwide Internet2 network, said today that state education networks in Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Virginia and Washington will connect to the backbone under a new policy allowing expanded access.

Partnerships with Internet2 universities and regional networking organizations will provide institutions such as elementary schools, secondary schools, community colleges, museums and libraries access to the national high-performance network...\" [more...] from NewsBytes

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Libraries Need Not Screen Net

Dr. John Ellison sent in thisLA Times Story that covers a state of CA Court of Appeal\'s decision. The judges ruled that libraries cannot be held liable when youngsters peruse pornographic material on Internet sites. A woman had brought the case after her 12-year-old son downloaded sexually explicit photographs at the library in Livermore. They say the judges based thier decision on a federal law that protects Internet providers from liability for failing to edit or restrict offensive material.

\"A public library is in a \'damned if you do, damned if you don\'t\' situation in deciding whether to restrict access to the Internet from its computers to prevent harm to minors,\" Justice Daniel Hanlon wrote\"

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Bookshops are closing. Hurrah

I know someone who will not like This Story from The Gaurdian on small bookshops in Britain. The author says the reason so many of them are closing is they can\'t provide the service big stores can, and they deserve to go out of business. Independent book retailers in Britain has fallen from 1,894 to 1,699 since 1995.

He says \"The amazing fact is not that 10% have closed, but that 90% have stayed open.\"

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Interview with Mitch Freedman, ALA Presidential Candidate

I interviewed ALA Presidential Candidate Mitch Freedman for Library Juice and published it this week. It\'s fairly long, and worth reading if you are trying to decide whom to vote for. I am supporting Mitch, and I hope it is not an abuse of my posting privileges to publicize an essentially supportive interview. It is informative though - by reading it you may decide you like him or don\'t like him (though I think you will like him). I have no plans to interview the other candidates. The interview is here:

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Reading Is Cool

Bob Cox sent along This Story from SF Gate on Adobe Books in San Fransico. Sounds like quite a place.

\"Used bookstores, like cockfights, tend to attract a rather motley crowd of gawkers and hucksters, those seeking to broaden their own horizons by latching onto the matted feathers of someone else\'s life experience.\"

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Star salaries creeping into book business

CNN has an Interesting Look at some of the incredible money a few authors are making. Michael Crichton signed a two-book deal for $40 million, Stephen Carter sold his first and second novels for $4 million, Mary Higgins Clark got 5 books for $64 million, and of course there is Hillary Clinton\'s $8 million deal.

\"It\'s easy to blame the agents,\" says Farrar Straus & Giroux publisher Jonathan Galassi. \"But it\'s the publishers who throw these offers in the ring.\"

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Shake Rattle and Roll

Pat Liao sent along an interesting page from The U-Dub Engineering Library. They got all shaken up in the big earthquake in Seattle last week.


Check out the Earthquake Damage to the Engineering Library page, to see how things look.
Like Pat said, Some of them will
make you feel like you\'re in slanted room in a circus funhouse!

I hope no one had any books fall on them!

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Senator Calls for Digital Copyright Hearing

Brian Krebs reports...
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on Monday called for hearings into the recent legal maelstrom created as a result of the clash between copyright law and digital file-sharing technologies...[more...] from NewsBytes

The Virtual Acquisition Shelf & News Desk

Gary Price writes:\"
Over the past few days, I have been posting daily updates with new tools,
resources and other net accessible goodies to LM_NET and several other
library and researcher lists.

*To save you from e-mail overflow
*To allow me to quickly and easily post new material as I find it
*To create an easily accessible archive of older posts

I have decided to CONTINUE these updates in the weblog or \"blog\" format. As I
find or learn about useful \"stuff\" it will be posted. An acquisition shelf
specializing in quality web resources and news is the basic concept.

Say hello to: The Virtual Acquisition Shelf & News Desk

A couple of times a week, especially in the early stages, I will post brief
updates to the list with a few highlights.

I WELCOME your comments and suggestions. Remember, this is the beginning stage
of a work in progress. (:

Please SHARE the url with others. I hope that the page will appeal to a
variety of info professionals and other people who use the net as a research
tool.

URL:
resourceshelf.blogspot.com

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Cites & Insights: Crawford At Large March 2001

Cites & Insights: Crawford At Large, vol. 1 no. 3 (March 2001), is
available now at: cical.home.att.net.

This issue is 16 pages and includes:
-Living with Contradictions
-PC Values for March 2001
-MusicMaker RIP
-Press Watch I: Articles Worth Reading--three citations
-Stories Between the Ads
-The Convergence Chronicles--seven items
-Press Watch II: Commentary--one citation
-Product Watch--eleven items
-Trends and Quick Takes--three commentaries
-Review Watch--eight reviews in six categories

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Go Read

Diane Writes:\"Feb. 2001\'s Against the Grain has an
interesting article by Anthony W. Ferguson. He recommends that libarians
read Blown to bits by Phillip Evans and Thomas S. Wurster (Harvard
Business School Press, 2000) for the lessons offered.

\"They use the
near-collapse of Britannica as a case study in the perils of being the
established leader in any given sector of society.\"

Ferguson draws
parallels for libraries from the study and offers some solutions to our
digital dilemmas.

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Moving Beyond \'Shh\' (and Books) at Libraries

It\'s funny how often the \'Shh\' shows up in story titles.

Eileen and Abbey were the first one\'s to send in This Story from the NY Times.

They say the busiest library in the country(Queens) is successful becuase it has moved beyond books and the \"age-old dictum of silence\", and many other libraries are following, due to the competion we are feeling from all over.
This is a great story full of good examples of how libraries are doing things right. Great PR for us all!

\"\"When I started working here, I couldn\'t believe the noise level, It was like Macy\'s on a sale day. If people are hollering or talking on their cell phones, we will say something, but otherwise there is very little you can do about it.\"

Bill Does It Again

Here is an interesting article from Globe Technology on the new device called the PC Tablet that Microsoft is putting out. It\'s like a high powered Etcha-a-Sketch. Will it change the way we read and write?\"The makers of the Tablet believe the technology contained within its casing will radically change the way we read and write, moving us beyond paper to the electronic screen. There is more at stake, however, than just the physical substitution of one medium for another; it will require a huge cultural shift as society struggles to give up its addiction to paper and embrace the ethereal nature of electronics. It also has far-reaching implications for books, magazines and newspapers, not to mention libraries and museums. Ours, after all, is a well paper-trained world.\"

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