An Assessment of the Impact of the General Agreement

Cabot writes \"The Canadian Library Association, in partnership with the British Columbia Library Association, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, the Canadian Association of University Teachers, the Library Association of Alberta, the National Library of Canada, the Ontario Library Association, the Saskatchewan Library Association, and Industry Canada, has completed an Assessment of the impact of the General Agreement on Trade and Services (GATS) on policy, programs and law concering public sector libraries.

The Study , written by Steven Shrybman, a well-known expert on international trade agreements, gives clear indication that libraries need to be concerned about the impact that GATS can have on them in the future.

Look Around The Public Library

A bunch of unrelated, but interesting stories, most sent in by Bob Cox.

The Post-Intelligencer has a Story on the King County library system, which is The third busiest in U.S. They say the only way to get a study table at King County\'s main library on a Sunday is to race in the door when it opens at 1 p.m.

San Antonio\'s public library fines are the highest at 20 cents a day.
\"We give people three weeks to return a book, a week to return a video or a CD,\" Graham said. \"After that, they are stealing from the taxpayers. We\'re just providing incentive for people to bring the material back.\" Story on that woman who had 900 books after she was arrested for stealing from the library.
This is a lesson,\" said Jim McKee, director of the Caldwell County library. \"Most of our policies have been geared toward honest people.\"

The latest chapter in book sales: 3.3% drop

USAToday has A Story on the drop in book sales last year.

They credit Rowling for a rise in childrens books sales of 10.1% between 1999 and 2000. Adult Hardcover sales dropped 12.9% and trade paperbacks declined 14.2%, while cheaper, rack-sized mass-market paperbacks fell 2.8%.

Pat Schroeder blames it on the uncertainty about the outcome of the presidential election.

More likely are the price increases by publishers and smaller discounts from booksellers, consumers spent more while buying fewer books, spending $14.14 billion last year, up from $13.24 billion in 1999. They say previous industry studies have warned of a limited number of people willing to spend $25 on a book.

Duh. Someone needs to go back to college and take an economics class.


Fireflies in the Shadow of the Sun

Just received this one via e-mail from J. Wyatt Ehrenfels:

\"Fireflies in the Shadow of the Sun exposes the moral/methodological inadequacy of academic psychology to address authentic psychological phenomena. It is a novel based largely on factual accounts and would be a suitable acquisition for librarians.\" The mission -- public service to the human spirit...\" To visit the web site, Click Here.


Filter or Forfeit

To some public libraries, loss of e-rate funds isn\'t an issue when it comes to filtering, but further complications resulting in loss of substantial technology dollars may make some libraries think again. [more...] from Pantagraph.


Literature Junkie

Lee Hadden writes: \"Yahoo! has an interesting site about the problems of literature junkies, aka \"literature abusers\" or \"Bookaholics.\" While this humorous outlook is aimed mostly at English majors, it can also apply to librarians
and library users. The joke of the day for May 31, 2001.\"

Are you a literature junkie? Take This Test and find out! How many of these apply to you?


Special Library Closes

This Story From The New York Times was recommeded by Kerry and Stephen.

AOL Time Warner closed Time Inc.\'s editorial research library, described as \"a huge collection of volumes and archived clippings that occupies a floor and a half at the Time-Life Building, plus extensive warehouse space — employed three dozen librarians and staff.\"

\"Peter Costiglio, a spokesman for Time Inc., said that closing the library should be seen not as dissolution but as an act of decentralization.\"

Hurray, a new word for FIRED!

A column of conservative claptrap

Dennis Byrne, a regular commentator on the Chicago Tribune\'s editorial pages, commentates today on "A library of liberal lunacy."

In short, he says: Oh, those left-wing liberals! They want kids to surf porn in libraries, but they also won\'t allow naughty pictures to be displayed in the workplace. Now that librarians are filing sexual harassment complaints in big public libraries that don\'t filter, it\'s a clash of liberal dogmas!


E-Books Out of Print Already?

M.J. Rose writes...
On Friday, Palm Digital VP Mike Segroves showed off a mini e-book disk the size of a postage stamp. \"This holds 750 e-books and is practically weightless,\" Segroves said. As if on cue, a woman (we\'ll assume she was a librarian) weighted down with five shopping bags full of books, shuffled by. [more...] from Wired News.

E-Rate Head Resigns

Katie Dean writes...
\"The woman in charge of managing the e-rate -- the program credited with connecting America\'s classrooms to the Internet -- has resigned from her post.\" [more...] from Wired News.


Winner of the 21st Century Librarian Award

Gillian Davis writes \"The winner of the 21st Century Librarian Award is Richard Chabran:

Announcement \"

Richard is Librarian and Director of Communities for Virtual Research at the University of California at Riverside.

Congrats Richard!

Knowledge Management—Emerging Perspectives

I forget how I found This One, but, Gene Bellinger has written an extensive and well cited look at Knowledge Management.

\"The question is: what is this activity called knowledge management, and why is it so important to each and every one of us? The following writings, articles, and links offer some emerging perspectives in response to these questions. As you read on, you can determine whether it all makes any sense or not.\"

Phone system offers help on social services

Kathleene sent along This Story from The St. Petersburg Times on a new way to contact social service agencies in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties (That\'s FL).

Just dial 211 and it\'ll connect you to someone who knows the network of agencies in the counties. They don\'t mention libraries in the article, but I would imagine you could get reffered to a library, maybe for some BiblioTherapy? At a cost of about $65,000 could a library set something like this up for itself? Maybe an academic library could set up an on-campus number?


Sizing Up The Competition

I was working on rewriting the \"See Also\": page here at LISNews, and it occured to me that this would make a nice little story.

LISNews isn\'t the only place on the internet for L.I.S. oriented news. Now, I know you\'re thinking, \"But Blake, it\'s my favorite, and I\'m sure it\'s the best!\". Well... you\'re probably right, but, let\'s just give the others a chance, they are worth a read now and then...Read on to see what else the WWW has to offer!


The Center for Studying Plagiarism

The Center for Studying PlagiarismThe goal of this web site is to help reduce the impact of plagiarism on education and educational institutions. At present, it distributes free software
to detect plagiarism and is gathering information on peoples’ experiences with plagiarism. The site’s author is Lou Bloomfield, Professor of Physics,
University of Virginia

Part One: Anonymous Survey of Personal Experiences with Plagiarism

Part Two: Software to detect plagiarism


Filtering issue featured in CQ Researcher

Lois Fundis writes \"Our library just began a trial subscription to CQ Researcher and CQ Weekly\'s online databases, and just in time, too, apparently! The June 1, 2001, issue of CQ Researcher is on the topic \"Libraries and the Internet\" and discusses both sides of this issue in the balanced, evenhanded way CQ is known for.

And, in a section called \"Are Computers the Answer . . . To Libraries Preservation Problems?\", it touches on Nicholson Baker\'s favorite issue, that using technology to make information widely accessible now does not mean that it will be preserved for the future, though it also discusses librarians\' criticisms of Baker. \"

They have a WebSite, but it ain\'t free.


NewBreed Librarian up for June.

There\'s a new issue of NewBreed Librarian up for June.

FEATURE: Somebody\'s lit a light under Sandy Berman\'s bushel!
INTERVIEW: Hector Escobar, Jr. talks about the Spectrum Initiative
TECHTALK: Open source software for libraries
PEOPLE: A librarian discusses his double life

And Much more, check it out!


Nat\'l Book Awards to treat e-books as books (well... sort of)

The National Book Foundation has announced that e-books will be treated the same as other books in deciding the winners of the National Book Awards. Sounds wise, yes? So far, so good.

The rules also state that \"all e-books must be published in the United States.\" What does that mean, exactly? If a novelist sits in an Internet cafe in the United States while uploading her book to a web server, does that count? What if the author is a naturalized American citizen, born in Elbonia -- and the web server is also in Elbonia, but there\'s a mirror in the US?

Of course, there\'s another catch...

Tolerance? In a library?

There\'s a follow up Editorial (by a man who looks quite a bit like Santa) on that \"Christian Fiction\" section in Florida. Santa makes an interesting point when he points out labeling a group of books by subject is just as much help to those who don\'t want to read them as to those who do.

\"If Citrus folks ever get their underwear in a bunch the way some people from the Christian right in Spring Hill did a few years back over a gay-pride display in a local library, the current Christian Fiction display will be a fine tool for pointing out to them that the sword of diversity cuts both ways and that a library that encourages multiple points of view is a good thing.\"

More On Minneapolis Public Library Ruling

The MPL saga has been submitted by more than a few folks this week. It seems this NYTimes Story has the most information on the subject.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s ruled that the library, by exposing its staff to sexually explicit images on unrestricted computer terminals, may have allowed for a hostile work environment after 12 librarians filed a complaint.

\"Our downtown library became a club for a large number of men who were viewing pornography all day,\" Adamson, who has been a librarian for over 30 years, said in an interview. \"I\'d see these men at the door at 9 a.m. and some of them would still be there at 9 at night.\"



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