Study Says Bad Days Ahead for Newspapers

Someone call Nicholson Baker. The Internet is killing newspapers too. [more...] from NewsBytes.


Bringing Teens and Libraries Together

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.


Prison Cuts Library Budget - Inmates Learn to Do Things the Old-Fashioned Way

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.

Library Funding Effort Rejected: EP Will Likely Close Branches

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.


\"We\'re getting killed by price increases\"

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]

New Nature Articles

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


Hurray For SLMS\'s 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?\"

Ottawa to Modernize Copyright Legislation

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.\"

Jailbird vs. Bookworm

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?\"


The Empire that was Russia - Exhibition

The Library of Congress has used digital imaging technology to restore to their former glory the photographs taken at the turn of the century by Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky. The newly restored color photographs form the exhibition The Empire That Was Russia: the Prokudin-Gorsky Photographic Record Recreated. For more on this fascinating collection and work undertaken to restore it, see the full story from the International Herald Tribue.


Library honored for defending freedom of speech

Wallingford Public Library has received an award from the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information for allowing white supremacist, Matt Hale, to speak there earlier this year. The leader of the World Church of the Creator attracted a crowd of protestors, and the library came in for some criticism but they maintained he had a \"constitutional right to be heard\". The full story from
Defending the rights of those you don\'t agree with can be the hardest thing about freedom of speech but it\'s nice to see a library\'s effort rewarded rather than criticized for once.


New US Poet Laureate named

The Libarian of Congress has announced that the new Poet Laureate will be Billy Collins, professor of English at Lehman College, City University of New York. More from the International Herald Tribune.


From Persia to Brooklyn

The New York Times review of the exhibit \"Precious Possessions: Treasures from the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary.\"

The library [houses] 375,000 volumes, including the largest collection of Hebraica and Judaica in the Western Hemisphere. . . they date from the 11th to the 20th century and come from all over the map: Persia, Italy, Egypt, Brooklyn. Almost every item has a story to tell or a name to drop. Want to see Maimonides\'s signature? Sigmund Freud\'s bookplate? A score written by Leonard Bernstein? They\'re here. And, of course, fragility is part of their allure: books and manuscripts are sensitive to light, which means they should not be on view for long.

Read the book, then discuss with author

USA Today has a Story on how more and more writers are trying to generate sales by connecting with reading groups either by phone or in person. It\'s great for the authors to connect with their fans and get feedback, cheers and jeers.

\"If I can talk to you for 400 pages, you should have the right to talk back to me for a paragraph,\" says Harlan Coben. The author of seven previous mysteries, his new thriller, Tell No One, hit stores Tuesday. \"It\'s easy to pretend you\'re jaded but I really get a kick out of hearing from readers.\"


Computer ready to Cyc people out

The L.A. Times reports that an artificial intelligence system called Cyc (short for "encyclopedia") will make its public debut later this summer. Cyc has been in development for 17 years, and it seems to be able to conduct reference interviews of sorts.

The full story also summarizes A.I. history. By the way, the developers have taught Cyc that killing is worse than lying, so we won\'t have a HAL on our hands.


The protest at the Marriott on Tuesday

Rory writes: \"The protest at the Marriott on Tuesday afternoon was a joyous event. It felt good to be there on the picket lines with the union members, supporting them. The words by President-elect Mitch Freedman, Michael Gorman, Pat Schuman and others were inspiring and made me very glad to be a part of it (rather than on the other side of the picket line, at the Inaugural event).

I put some photos on the web which I think capture the spirit of that afternoon. There are thirteen photos in all. They may take while to load if you have a dial-up connection. You can view them


Children\'s Summer Reading Programs

janet clark writes \"\"Don\'t bug me...I\'m reading! Ne m\'embete lis!\" is the theme for this year\'s summer reading programme for young people in Nova Scotia. The province\'s nine regional public libraries encourage children to read during the summer months with a variety of activities related to a common theme. Last year\'s theme: \"Sail away with books/Cap sur la lecture\" (tied in with the visit of Tall Ships) and click on Children and Youth Services for more info. \"

Britain\'s oldest subscription library to close

Charles Davis writes \"BRITAIN\'s oldest subscription library, established in the 18th century to educate lead miners and their families, is to close after being unused for three
years. See
Ananova \"

They seem to blame the influence of television and the internet for the steady decline in numbers.


Corporate Cash & Campus Labs

The Christian Science Monitor has a story on ever growing university-corporate partnerships. There is no doubt corporate cash is undermining the credibility of research results.

They say the long-term risk ia a loss of public confidence that could permanently undermine support for universities.

I say it\'s something far worse.

.info will arrive by end of year

Wired reports that the .info domain will be ready to live by the end of this year. I think that libraries should get first shot at the domain names. I mean, .info is the perfect domain for what we do.\"On Wednesday, officials at Afilias, the registry charged with overseeing the rollout of dot-info, said they intend to take the domain live on Sept. 19. Although the tentative launch date is later than originally anticipated, it is earlier than the debut of the second new top-level domain, dot-biz, which is slated for October.\"



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