Submitted by Blake on March 8, 2001 - 11:23am
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.\"
Submitted by AnnaKh on March 7, 2001 - 6:50pm
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:
Submitted by Blake on March 7, 2001 - 6:02pm
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.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 7, 2001 - 5:59pm
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.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 7, 2001 - 4:21pm
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!
Submitted by Ieleen on March 7, 2001 - 3:06pm
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
Submitted by Blake on March 7, 2001 - 1:39pm
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
Submitted by Blake on March 7, 2001 - 1:33pm
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
-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
Submitted by Blake on March 7, 2001 - 1:31pm
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.\"
parallels for libraries from the study and offers some solutions to our
Submitted by Blake on March 7, 2001 - 10:44am
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.\"
Submitted by Steven on March 7, 2001 - 10:38am
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.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 7, 2001 - 10:24am
Bob cox pointed out The Follow Up Story on Martin Davis (aka \"The Dirty Book Guy). It seems he was thrown out of a Mecklenburg County commissioners\' meeting on Tuesday. He was about to read a passage from a book called \"Women on Top\" police officer stationed at the meeting twisted Davis\' left arm behind his back as he stood at the podium.
The Original Story, in case you missed it.
Submitted by Blake on March 7, 2001 - 10:17am
Bill Drew writes \"I have started a new discussion group using Yahoo!Groups. The group is
Wireless and Libraries (LibWireless).
The purpose of this group is to discuss libraries and all types of wireless
technologies. This includes but is not limited to wireless LANs in
libraries, accessing library resources via wireless devices, and related
issues such as WLANs, wireless bookmobiles, etc. .\"
Read on for instructions......
Submitted by Blake on March 7, 2001 - 9:31am
Someone pointed out Salon has picked up This Stoy about the fire saftey troubles at LOC.
They say the Library of Congress will not be able to fix all fire safety violations for another two years, and there seem to be more than a few problems. They were issued seven citations for violations.
\"The Library is strongly committed to correcting all these deficiencies and already corrected 76 percent of those that are the Library\'s responsibility,\"
Submitted by Blake on March 7, 2001 - 9:26am
Gerry Vogel writes \"Hello, just reading a story from the Globe and Mail (national Canadian newspaper) breathlessly predicting the end of paper -- AGAIN.
Bring that elusive \"tablet\" computer down in price to $100 and then I may believe....
Cate McNeely also pointed out This Related Story on reading, and the problems with reading on a regular computer screen. Some interesting points on how we read in this one.
Submitted by Blake on March 7, 2001 - 9:20am
Cabot writes \"Speech on the Occasion of the Opening Plenary Session of the Ontario Library Association\'s Super Conference is
\"I\'m here also to salute all of you librarians – individuals who have created and sustained this organization over the years, through good times and through bad, and who persevere. And who are \"reaching forward\" now into the next century with the same commitment, creativity and excellence.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 7, 2001 - 9:18am
Charles Davis writes \"From
a Story on a rare piece of music that popped up in The Bodleian Library. It\'ll now be performed for the first time since 1637!How\'s that for an encore?\"
Submitted by Ieleen on March 6, 2001 - 5:21pm
Even in our fast-paced digital age with its emphasis on technology and computer skills, young people still recognize that turning their attention to the printed page is vital to success in work and life [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on March 6, 2001 - 2:53pm
Mary Ellen Bates writes...
\"In an industry that seems to completely mutate at least once a year, the Perfect Library School Graduate will have to ride the wave of change that goes beyond the reference interview...\" [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on March 6, 2001 - 11:57am