Librarian And Information Science News

Spurned by wife, man gives up pulp fiction library

The Times of India has this article about a man who had to choose between his laundry and his 25,000 Pulp Fiction book collection.
\"My wife gave me an ultimatum,\" he recalls. \"She said, \'I can\'t get to the washer and dryer. You have to make a decision between the books and clean clothes.\" The books are now at the University at Buffalo\'s Lockwood Library. Five years after Kelley donated them to his alma mater, librarians have catalogued each volume.\"


Reading for fun might be a lost art

A Story from
pines about the good old days, when teenagers read
for fun, and swiped what they wanted from the library.
An interesting take on how the internet is influencing
school libraries.

\"That\'s because teen-agers no
longer are reading for fun. In libraries, computer labs
and at home, most youths today are more apt to spend
an hour chatting with friends on the Internet than spend
an hour reading a good book.\"

When the tree falls, when the phone rings...

The title sounds like a latter day parody of Sound of Music, but the related question is serious. Aquinas asked: If a tree falls in forest with none to hear, is there a sound? Today that question is a cliche where once it was profound, but if a phone STOPS ringing in the desert because of the Net, is there silence?

Tom Brokaw reported on the NBC Nightly News recently as follows:
Remember earlier this spring, when we introduced you to a telephone booth in the middle of nowhere in California\'s Mojave Desert? Its number had gotten onto the Internet and people called in from around the world. Well, the line now is officially dead. But the legend lives on. Here\'s NBC\'s Roger O\'Neill.

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Talk with a Search Engine

I just came across this search engine currently in beta. Basically, it asks you questions to help you find what you want, just like a reference interview (from a not-so-savvy librarian). I thought it was pretty stupid at first, but I got the hang of it after a few minutes. It worked ok after that, and its a little bit addictive. Let me know what you think.


Friday Updates

Throughout the week I run across stories that are too short, too boring, or for whatever reason don\'t make the final cut. Once a week I\'ll try to put them together in a single weekly all in one update.
Click below to read my first attempt.

Two views on the effects of E-books on traditional books

CNET carried two columns on the effects of E-books on traditional books. One says that \"After marshaling their forces against the growing threat of Internet booksellers, old-fashioned book clubs now face a new challenge: electronic publishing.\" and the other says \"The ability to download and read books on portable devices will likely not reduce sales of traditional books to any great extent.\"

Microsoft turns the page from books to bytes

Read Herring.comhas a Story on MSFT\'s move into the E Publishing market, this could really change the publishing world.

\"With help from Michael Crichton and Star Trek, the Redmond, Washington, company plans this summer to distribute, via free downloads, new software that lets standard PCs display electronic books as crisp text and pictures. The technology may finally give the big publishers, such as Bertelsmann\'s Random House and Viacom (NYSE: VIA)\'s Simon & Schuster, reason to abandon paper in favor of bytes, at least for some types of work.\"

Information Overload
has a nice little Story entitled \"Digiglut\". The Author says
\"there is just too much stuff out there. \", and says that
people are overwhelmed, and it\'s getting worse. He
never suggests letting librarians rule the WWW........ But
wouldn\'t it great if we did?


Global Library Grovels for Books

Deseret News has this article about a new library in Egypt that has it all....except books.
\"Surrounded by a reflecting waterpool, the library has 17 elevators, self-cleaning windows and a safety system so advanced it can extinguish fires without leaving so much as a drop of water on a rare text.
The library is short on one crucial element. Books.\"


Booknotes Weblog

Ya\'ll should go over to Booknotes Weblog ( ) done by a man they call Craig Jensen. His log covers Books, Libraries, Preservation and other librarian type stuff. Looks like he puts some serious time in over there, not unlike Jessamyn and Rory, who\'ve been at it a while longer.Keep up the good work!Now if I could just get them all writing at LISNews as well...


Kosovo\'s Libraries Cleansed Of Albanian Books

Radio Free Europe has this sad article about the fate of Albanian language books in Kosovo\'s libraries.
\"Kosovo\'s libraries lost almost half their books over the last decade to ethnic cleansing. RFE/RL correspondent Jolyon Naegele reports that a new study says many of the libraries were purged of Albanian-language books even before hostilities erupted in 1998.\"


A Gnu Kind of Search has this neat article on a possible new type of search engine based on file swapping software.
\" The loose group of open-source programmers responsible for the controversial Gnutella file-swapping software have turned their technology into what they say is a powerful new Web search tool.\"

Library Offers Book Selections Over Internet

This is an interesting concept. A library in Texas has started its own online book club. Access Waco has the article.
\"The service provides readers with about five minutes worth of reading per day through a free e-mail account. All readings in a week are from a single book, for a total of about two or three chapters posted online by week\'s end.\"

E-Books a Focus of Annual Book Industry Meet

This Story from Reuters will
give you a good idea of how the book publishing world
is acting and reacting to the E-Book market. Big
changes are coming in publishing, and books.

\"``We are experiencing a revolution in publishing
and bookselling and we still don\'t know how the dust
will settle, who will be the winners, or who will be the
losers,\'\' said Mark Dressler, president of the Crystal
River Publishing Group.\"

Blind to truly free expression

Jon Katz worte a great Story at Freedom
on how people can over react when
faced with a new technology. He does a great job
explaining how the web has made free speach
possible for so many people.

\"The architecture of
the Internet, as it is right now,\" writes Lawrence Lessig,
a constitutional scholar at Harvard University, \"is
perhaps the most important model of free speech
since the founding [of the American republic].


Librarian pay

Phil sent in this story from The faculty and staff newspaper of the University of Pittsburgh has a rather interesting story on the pay difference between librarians at Pitt and Penn State main campuses. It seems average pay at PSU is about $5,300 higher than that paid to Pitt Librarians.

Audio books are turning new leaf

The Chicago Tribune has another Story on the increaing popularity of Audio Books. Audio Books have become the fastest-growing segment of the book industry.Are they being offered in your library?
Are they being Used?


Its Bibliography Lives in Cyberspace

The NY Times has a neat little Story on web based bibliographies.Publishing companines and authors are finding the web a nice place for bibliographies to live, leaving them out of books all together. The advantage, the publishers say, is a smaller, cheaper, more accessible book.


Taking aim at online anonymity had this on Saturday May 27, but today CNET picked up on it as well.Seagram Chairman Edward Bronfman made a silly little Speech at The Real Conference San Jose, California on May 26, 2000, in which he said that you should not be allowed to have online anonymity.\"As citizens, we have a right to privacy. We have no such right to anonymity.\" Is there a difference online? If this line of thinking catches on, we could be in trouble.

Library An Amazing Deal.

You never know where you\'ll find a good story.
Steven Bell found one on
This story isn\'t exactly about libraries, but it does give a nice vote of confidence to libraries, and librarians. The author seems almost suprised that a library would have something so useful!

\"I\'ve saved the best for last: The public libraries in virtually every city and in many towns now offer internet access via desktop systems available to the public for free. Usually, you don\'t even need a library card, although the librarian may hold your driver\'s license hostage while you use the system for the allotted time.\"



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