The Fight For Copyright

USA Today had this story on the copyright wars. Reduced to its roots, we have been dealing with this for a very long time, and it may never end. How many of us have seen someone make a photocopy of an entire book, thus breaking copyright, but never say anything.\" Internet sites want users to be able to swap songs and discuss content online the same way they share compact discs and books. But record companies and publishers say widespread dissemination of works they own would cut into the $40 billion a year music business and $7 billion in annual movie ticket sales, and would discourage artists from creating new works.\"

E-Commerce effects libraries

Here is an interesting article from about the effect of e-commerce on tax supported entities, such as the public library and the schools.\"New figures showing roaring online retail sales spell trouble ahead for the sales tax revenues that help fund vital local services like police, firefighters, and school teachers, advocates for U.S. state and local governments say.\"

Feminist Thinking and Librarianship in the 90s

Feminist Thinking and Librarianship in the 1990s: Issues and Challenges is an article by Sarah Pritchard, head librarian at UC Santa Barbara. Here is something from the intro:

Have we really progressed to a post-feminist era? Who is \"we\" and what is \"progress?\" Is there a feminist analysis of librarianship, and how can the profession be sexist when it is female-dominated? Are these merely \"social issues\" that distract from proper library service? I\'d like to sketch some frameworks for thinking about these questions; I can\'t give you all the answers, but I hope we can enlarge our understanding and our willingness to work together for change.


History of a Female Intensive Profession

Hope Olson, a professor at the University of Alberta, has a neat web page summarizing the History of a Female Profession. It contains internal links to numerous (of her own) summaries of important works in the area of women in librarianship. She introduces the issue as follows:


Coke Ads, Instant Books and Canadian Publishing

Lee Hadden writes:

There are several articles of interest in the Marketplace or \"B
Section\" of today\'s Wall Street Journal (11/29/00). An article on page
B1 by Erin White is \"Election Drama Prompts and Passel of Instant Books.\"
It discusses the number of books to come out soon about the presidential
election mess, and also discusses the \"quickie books\" market that
flourished with the O.J. Simpson trial and the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

A second article beginning on page B3 by Elena Cherney, \"Planned
Takeover Would Give Investors up to 50% of Canada\'s Book Trade\" discusses
Canadian takeover artists Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman and their
plans that could give them control of 30-50% of Canada\'s retail book trade
if they are successful. Their bookstore chain, Indigo Books Music and More,
have launched an unsolicited offer for Canada\'s largest bookseller,
Chapters Inc.

And finally, on page B11, an article \"Coke Plans to Donate 50 Years of
TV Spots to Library of Congress\" discusses the plan to donate 20,000 world
wide TV advertisements by the Coca-Cola Company. These ads date from over
the last fifty years. These include the famous \"Mean Joe Green\" commercial,
as well as the popular \"Hilltop\" commercial where a young chorus sings \"I\'d
Like to Buy the World a Coke...\" The ads will be catalogued, digitized and
turned over to the Library of Congress during the next three to five years.
Drink it all in at the library!


Librarians and Librarianship on CNN

Beth Ten Have writes \"Don\'t miss
This Story at CNN \"

There seem to be two main types of stories in the major press, this is one of the good kinds.

It says that librarians, and libraries will be just fine, and people are finding them more important than ever with the internet being so overwhelming for so many folks.

One very interesting stat, 2,634 reference librarians were employed by public libraries in 1995 now the number is 4,100. It includes a little \"Library Trivia\" are that is pretty cool as well. Of the 1053 stories I have posted, this is probably the nicest.

DMCA Hearings Today

CNET and Wired both have stories on todays mandatory hearings on the The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). James G. Neal and Rodney Peterson reps for the American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, Medical Library Association, and Special Libraries Association have a Summary of Intended Testimony posted, it is a PDF, so you\'ll need acrobat. They say the DMCA undermines libraries abilities to provide access to materials for people and the law gives too much control to publishers.


Coke deal at LC

David Suggested This Story from CNN. I\'m not sure if this is another example of American consumerism gone mad, or a nice donation. Coca-Cola Co. is donating all 20,000 of its TV commercials promoting the sweet soft drink for preservation at the library. It\'s part of Coke\'s celebration of the 50th anniversary of its first TV ads. Don\'t worry, the donation includes Miller Brewing Co.\'s \"Tastes Great -- Less Filling\" ads.


ErgoLib - Safer Library Computing

A friend of mine sent me this link to Ergolib - Safer Library Computing. In it, you will find helpful tips on how to stay fit and trim while working at a library computer. I just live the image of the guy reading with his arm in a sling. Here are a few of the tips...
If it hurts, don\'t do it. - Pay attention to how you\'re feeling, how you\'re sitting, and what hurts.
Keep moving - stretch, wiggle, get up!
Tape up one of the many good stretch exercise sheets at your desk, next to your phone, and over the copier. Stretch while you\'re waiting, while you\'re on hold, listening to your voice mail, whatever. Set yourself a daily deadline; if you haven\'t done all your stretches by lunch, then you\'ll know what to do on your lunch hour.
Take real pictures of how you work. Get a video camera and a good friend or a tripod and tape yourself working. Keep the tape and add to it yearly. The comparisons will be enlightening.


First Stack Books, Then Open Library

If there is one thing we all learned in library school, it was that we should have all the books on the shelves before we open a new library. According to this story from the Daily Star, one library forgot this golden rule.\"The country’s first large-scale public library has been unofficially opened ­ at least one month before being ready to receive visitors.
Although thousands of books still need to be laminated, catalogued and shelved, the Beirut Municipality officially opened the library, which is located at the Basta-Bashoura Fire Department, on Sunday evening.\"


The Millenium Digital Commerce Act

David Dillard and Rob Yates were kind enough to allow me to reprint this great article that was originally published in law resources such as a law technology discussion group. They cover the ever touchy area of online privacy and internet law. For anyone interested in internet legislation and law this is a must read. If you think what you are doing on the internet is private, think again!

\"These security and privacy concerns are real and must be addressed when building our online communications systems. It is not only a matter of security, but private and confidential communications are what your clients expect. And they will soon expect that they can execute those never-ending agreements, contracts, corporate minutes, consents, correspondence, and other documents requiring a signature with a click of a mouse. And they will. Law firms would be prudent to anticipate business clients\' needs to assure their clients don\'t click elsewhere.\"

The Harry Potter Lexicon

Are you a Hogsmeade?

Had any good Severus Snape lately?

I don\'t know what that means either, but you can find out at the Harry Potter Lexicon, a nifty site put together by Steve Vander Ark.

A lexicon is technically a list of words. In this case, it\'s a lot of lists of words, all describing various aspects of the Harry Potter universe.


Internet Growth: Myth and Reality, Use and Abuse

IMP Magazine has an interesting Story on the growth of the internet, trying to set things straight. Is it true that Internet traffic is doubling every three months? Maybe, maybe not, they try clear up some common myths.

\"At this rate, traffic would be increasing by a factor of 16 per year. Hence, from the end of 1994 to the end of 2000, it would have grown by a factor of almost 17 million.\"


Will the public lending right survive the advent of the e-book?

The Always Helpful Lee Hadden pointed me to this story by Lesley Ellen Harris, editor at . She has written an interesting Editorial on eBooks. She talks about \"public lending right\" with respect to e-books and electronic libraries. She says makes sense to extend the PLR to e-books and electronic libraries. It\'ll be interesting to see what happens.

Library Director Opens Eyes, Minds

The Ledger, in FL, has a nice Profile of Haines City Public Library director Margaret Barthe. It\'s nice to see librarians portrayed in a positive light.

\"The best part is being able to have the interaction with people on a daily basis,\" Barthe said. \"That gives you a feeling that you are here for a purpose.\"


Plant Getting Pulled

It seems Steven King may be pulling \"The Plant\". Wired is Reporting King has said the nex installment may be the last. King is taking a break from writing \"The Plant\" to concentrate on other work.

\"I am saddened and angered at the crass commercialization of that incredible magic that occurs between writer and reader -- a wonderful and special magic that King seems to have forgotten is the true spirit, the true heart of being a writer,\" wrote e-author Jim Farris.\"

The Net, Entrepreneurship and Democracy

CNET News has a short and interesting Story on how the net is being used in countries around the world. Interesting to see how government policy is shaping the future.

\"\"The paper essentially argues that the Internet has not diffused throughout the world in a random way, but rather that there are systematic patterns to its spread\"


Dr. Seuss is on the loose

The Modesto Bee has a nice Little Story on Dr. Seuss. Theodor Seuss Geisel has become quite a marketing machine, with merchandise everywhere. They call it \"Seuss-ification of the pop culture marketplace\".

\"His books always supported the underdog and honored the role of the individual\'s imagination. And I think that goes a long way to explaining the power of his work and the connection readers feel toward it.\"


The Struggles Over E-Books Abound

The NY Times has an interesting Story on eBooks. The author says the publishing industry is not being entirely rational about eBooks. No one knows if eBooks will ever take off, and the publishers are taking a big chance.

\"After decades of bruising battles among agents, publishers and booksellers over the stagnant revenue from slow-growing book sales, no one wants to see their rivals get a jump on them.\"/I>

Ask a Librarian, Not Jeeves

Here\'s the opening lines from This Story over on Wired

\"The Internet\'s gain in stature as an information resource has been the reference librarian\'s loss.

After all, the library isn\'t the first place most people think of when they need a digital gateway to information.\"

Now ask yourself, whose fault is that?

Whose fault is it that people even need to ask this question-

\"With all these commercial online reference services, will librarians become obsolete?\"



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