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The on-line bookshop Amazon.com publishes an ongoing bestseller list of the books most in demand by its readers at any given moment. It makes fascinating reading, listing as it does hundreds of thousands of books in order of their popularity. At present, number one on the list, narrowly beating Delia Smith and Frank McCourt, is one of J.K. Rowling\'s Harry Potter books. It is the fourth volume in the series. There\'s only one thing about this that might cause the eyebrows to raise a little. The fourth volume of Harry Potter hasn\'t been published yet, and won\'t be until July. Amazon\'s bestseller, in short, is a book that doesn\'t exist.
But the world of these books is thin and unsatisfactory, their imagery is derivative, their characterisation automatic, and their structure deeply flawed. -- Read More
Robert Kent sent this press release in from The Friends of Cuban Libraries.
On February 3, as foreign publishers made travel plans to attend the
Havana International Book Fair (February 9-15), the Friends of Cuban
Libraries released an Open Letter to the publishers signed by more than
thirty authors. The letter, entitled \"Book Fair or Carnival of
Persecution?,\" urges publishers at the Fair to make protests to government
officials against the \"scandalous\" repression of Cuba\'s independent
librarians, whom the authors describe as \"the only librarians in the world
who are being subjected to systematic persecution.\" -- Read More
A group representing University of Pittsburgh librarians is calling on the university to begin extending health insurance to domestic partners of its gay and lesbian employees. -- Read More
Summarizes an article from PEDIATRICS about a study done in Italy on the accuracy of medical information on pediatric health sites.
Kind of scary!
\"Of the 19 Web pages that contained information on cough in children, 10 pages received a negative score for the quality of health information supplied because they contained more incorrect than correct information. None of the pages fulfilled all the criteria, five pages didn\'t show the name of the author, and only two pages revealed the date the information was last updated, which is important to include because rapid changes in health care recommendations make frequent updates necessary.\"
Looking for a spot to find publishers on the web?
Peter Scott writes
\"I\'m currently in the process of updating my Publishers\'
Catalogues Home Page at:
It is now database-driven, and has access to publishers via
city, state, country, and subject
Shirl Kennedy writes
\"\"Four years after the new, larger Dunedin Library
opened, it is still getting by with same staffing level.\"
\"The staff of 18 full-time and 18 part-time and temporary
employees is stretched thin and suffering from job stress,
as employees are asked to do ever more work with no more
help. Supervisors do the jobs of lower-level employees,
forsaking their own responsibilities.\"
Check out the story
Here from the SPTimes
LISnews has been following the filtering debate in MI, now
the over opinionated Dr. Laura has jumped in. Michigan
Live has the story HERE. The list of nationaly
known people pushing for filtering is growing by the
\"It is another individual from outside this
community that isn\'t aware of what is or isn\'t going on in
the Herrick District Library,\" said Gary Pullano, library
Dr. Laura has pointed her moral compass to Holland.
Laura Schlessinger, syndicated radio talk show host and
advice guru to millions, is jumping into the local Internet
She is encouraging Holland residents to vote yes on a local
ballot measure to force Herrick District Library to install
Internet filters to block pornography.
She posted a message on her Web site, drlaura.com
\"One Feb. 22nd ballot measure in Michigan gives Dr. Laura
\"Warriors\" a chance to stand up for families,\" -- Read More
A Story on how a
science exhibit in St. Joseph County Public Library,
Indiana, was a huge hit with the kids.
This year, for the first time, all of the area\'s
higher-education institutions were exhibitors. They include
the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University South Bend,
Saint Mary\'s College, Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ivy Tech
State College, and the Purdue University School of
Technology at South Bend -- Read More
Library Director Ginnie Cooper finds herself in an
interesting position because the five county commissioners,
her bosses, have made it a priority for departments to
consider building mixed-use facilities. The idea is to
increase density in neighborhoods by putting county
facilities on the ground floor and housing or office space
above. A portion of the housing at each branch will have
carry cheaper rents for people in lower econom -- Read More
After 183 days in a Beijing detention cell and 36
sleepless hours since his release, Yongyi Song arrived in
Philadelphia yesterday and told an awaiting crowd at the
airport, \"I\'m home now.\"
The usually mild-mannered librarian from Dickinson College
was animated, angry and unbowed as he steadfastly refuted
charges by the Chinese government that he was a confessed
Song denied statements made by the Chinese Embassy in
Washington on Friday that he was released because he had
admitted stealing sensitive documents. He also denied that
he had turned over to Chinese police the names of
A federal law designed to make sure that poor and rural children don\'t suffer technological discrimination because of the high cost of Internet service has created red tape, controversy and higher phone bills for millions of Americans. Post-Gazette staff writers Ann McFeatters, Karen MacPherson, Jack Torry and Eleanor Chute examine the issues in a four-part series. -- Read More
The next few years may be some of the most challenging, and exciting, that libraries have ever faced.
Ever since humans first invented them some 5,000 years ago, libraries have been repositories of manuscripts and books. The advent of the Internet and the near-certain likelihood that most of the written word will soon be available on electronic, not paper media, raise questions about the role of libraries in our new, connected world. -- Read More
Perhaps the Minneapolis Public Library should consult with an attorney; I did. The First Amendment does not extend to obscene and indecent material. The question then becomes what is defined as obscene and indecent. I believe most people would agree with me. Displaying graphic photographs of a woman\'s genitalia on a computer monitor located in a high-traffic area where patrons (including children) must walk through is obscene and indecent. -- Read More
A Story on a crack down on cell phone use in SC.
There\'s less talk in Lexington County\'s nine libraries these days, and officials are happy about it.
A two-month effort to curtail mobile telephone conversations among the bookshelves is working well, members of the County Library Board were told Tuesday.
Signs put up asking that such calls be made in hallways or outside are reducing the talk that annoys others users, library Executive Director Daniel MacNeill said.
\"I would say at this point this is all we need to do,\" he said.
A Story from Sacbee.com on a quiet first night of operations.
After months of planning and anticipation, the Central Library stayed open at night for the first time Wednesday.
It was, well, quiet as a library.
With the exception of nearly constant activity at eight Internet-access computers, patronage was sparse in almost every corner of the downtown library.
After a brief, post-work rush, there were few children on the children\'s floor, study carrels were mostly empty, photocopy rooms were dark and but a few eyes peered at periodicals. -- Read More
An Article from Reason Magazine outlines how copywright laws are causing problems for the online community.
There is an inherent conflict between intellectual property rights and freedom of speech, a tension between your right to control a story you\'ve written and my right to use it as raw material for my own work. Thanks to two trends, that tension is turning rapidly into a collision... -- Read More
For many Usenet denizens, this low-tech meeting place is an effective resource for person-to-person advice. \"My main use of Usenet . . . is consumer research,\" e-mailed Maria Post Rublee, a doctoral student at George Washington University and a regular in the misc.consumers.frugal-living, dc.dining, rec.food.cooking and rec.birds newsgroups. \"What Usenet adds is the real-life \'scoop\' that you won\'t get in books or magazines.\"
A Story from MN on how to use the internet as a bookmobile.
Northern Wisconsin library system linking books, patrons.
Members don\'t need to make long drives or lots of long-distance calls in search of a book located in a distant library. Materials in Presque Isle, for example, can be accessed from a terminal in the Superior Public Library.
Through interlibrary loan, materials can be delivered to people\'s home libraries. Through the mail-a-book program, they can even be sent to patrons\' homes. -- Read More
The House Public Utilities and Technology Committee has unanimously approved a bill that would block state funding to any public library that does not restrict minors from accessing obscene material.
The sponsor, Rep. Marlon Snow, R-Orem, said the bill is intended to ensure that children are not viewing obscene material, intentionally or unintentionally, at the public library. -- Read More
The writer of the popular \"Harry Potter\" children\'s books has been named author of the year in the British Book Awards after being beaten by \"Beowulf\" in two other recent prestigious literary competitions.
J. K. Rowling, whose books about the adventures of a child wizard enrolled in a witchcraft school have been the focus of controversy in the United States, beat five other contenders, including horror writer Stephen King, to take the prize Thursday night.
Her latest tale, \"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,\" had twice come second this year to Irish poet Seamus Heaney\'s translation of the Anglo Saxon epic poem \"Beowulf,\" which won the top prizes at both the Whitbread Book Awards and the South Bank Show Awards.