Fight over Newspapers!!

I just got a kick out of reading this article from the Telegraph, obviously not from the racial remarks, but from the reason why they were said.
\"Robert Birchall, 69, believed that Mungai Mbaya, 60, had broken an unwritten rule in Cambridge Central Library by having two newspapers at once. He ended up having a tug-of-war over the International Herald Tribune with Kenyan-born Mr Mbaya, a Labour councillor, a former magistrate and a British citizen.\"

Double Standards in Filtering Software

Wired has this very interesting article on other potential problems with filtering softare.
\"Blocking software, long criticized for mislabeling innocuous websites as pornographic, now has a new problem: accusations of double standards.

The most popular filtering programs allow their users to freely visit the websites of arch-conservative groups like Focus on the Family and Concerned Women for America, which feature strident denunciations of homosexuality. But when those identical fulminations against lesbians and gays were duplicated and placed on personal Web pages, Cyberpatrol, Surfwatch, and four other programs quickly added the addresses to their off-limits blacklists.


Guide Dog Causes Stress in Library

The Toledo Blade has this article about a guide dog that apparently caused some problems in a library for doing what he was trained to do.
\"Mr. Loesser, 36, said he went to the library recently to check out several books on tape when a girl started to pet Thunder. Mr. Loesser said he asked the girl to stop because the German shepherd was on duty.

Shortly afterward, Mr. Loesser said a librarian approached him and told him no dogs are allowed in the library. The librarian then allegedly grabbed his elbow, causing Thunder to bark, Mr. Loesser said.\"

Employees Cash In On KM

Internet Week has a rather Interesting Story on how companies are assigning specific dollar values to intellectual contributions with hard cash or some other type of reward.

\"\"If the knowledge author makes money off these sales wins, they don\'t feel cheated,\" says Aldrich. \"And knowledge commerce is almost the only way to do that. It is hard in any other scenario to make people give up their proprietary knowledge.\"

Superstores Hurting Literary Books

Is it possible that people are buying more \"Trash\" Than ever? According to this Story from The Worldly Investor they sure are, and it\'s all the big stores fault.

\"``The dramatic advent of superstores and online booksellers has made the book business more like the rest of consumer retailing: There is a smaller number of bigger winners than there used to be,\'\' said author Nicholas Lemann, chair of the guild\'s Midlist Study Group.\"


Book Review : How To Read, and Why

NY Magazine has a Review of a book entitled \"How to Read and Why\". They didn\'t love the book, but the title caught my eye.

\"The title of Harold Bloom\'s new guide to literature and life may sound off-puttingly smug and condescending, but it\'s not until you get into How to Read and Why that you realize just how off-puttingly smug and condescending the book really is. \"


Muggles for Harry Potter

People are trying to ban the Harry Potter books off the selves, here is a little an Article telling you where.

\"At a May 11 press conference in Zeeland, Michigan, School Superintendent Gary Feenstra announced that he would rescind most of the restrictions that he imposed on the use of Harry Potter books in November. Accepting all of the recommendations of an advisory committee that had reviewed his restrictions, Feenstra agreed to restore the books to the shelves of the elementary and middle school libraries and to permit students to borrow them without restrictions. Click here for more.

What\'s a muggle?

Every fan of J.K. Rowling\'s Harry Potter books knows that a muggle is a non-magical person. Most muggles don\'t know that they live in a world that is full of wizards and witches like Harry and his friends.\" 


R.I.P. for a bookstore

Here is an Article on how the little book stores are just not surviving in today\'s economy.

\"BLOOMFIELD, N.J. (CNNfn) - For bookseller Dan Di Domenico it isn\'t a \"new economy.\" It\'s no economy.

\"I\'ve been losing $1,000 a month for the last 10 months ... I\'ve let my inventory run low to pay bills. You just can\'t go on that way, you know?\" He plans to close his Bloomfield, N.J., bookshop, \"Daniel\'s Den,\" next month, ending a 23-year run.

It\'s not an unfamiliar situation for a small business. In 1998, the most recent year for available statistics, roughly 870,000 businesses ended operations, according to the Small Business Administration.\" 


Librarian/Media Generalist gets kids to read

Fosters Online has this article about how a school librarian gets kids to read books. Another issue that is brought up is her title change.
\"When Diana Greenleaf started her job at the New Durham School 15 years ago, she was known as a librarian and was responsible for scheduling classes to use the library.

Today she’s known as a \"media generalist\" and is involved in everything from helping teachers design curriculum, teaching research skills, having story time and challenging students to read books.\"

City - University To Share New Library has a cool Report on a new library in San Jose. The new library, a partnership between the city and San Jose State University, will be the first in the United States to combine the collections of a major city and university, opening all of the materials to the public.

``I am just exhilarated by the innovation and the planning process,\'\' said State Librarian Kevin Starr. ``They are linking the very first of the state universities to the wonderfully reassembled urban core of San Jose. They are showing the rest of the state how to do it.\'\'


E-books: Its a brave new world

After all the e-book news this week, ZDnet offers its perspective on the issue.
One big publishing house entered the electronic book market Tuesday and two more joined with tech giant Microsoft Inc. to offer popular titles in a burgeoning market they say will revolutionize the way people read in the 21st century.\"

Books will become objects of nostalgia.

A Story from The Washington
brings us yet another call for the death of the
printed word.

\"As more and more authors stop writing for the
physical book--paper leaves bound with cardboard
covers--and begin writing for electronic reading
screens, the kinds of histories and biographies and
novels and poems and scripts and plays they produce
are changing forever.\"

Profiling Library Users
has a Story that caught my eye. The
Lakewood Public Library in Ohio, has begun using a
customer profile system to revamp its selection and
rearrange its books. They say that it keeps books
relevant in an Internet age.

With the rise of the
Internet, we need to keep the book alive,\" said Ken
Warren, executive director of the Lakewood Public
Library. \"We’ve started marketing nonfiction.\"

good to see librarians being so aggressive.

Electronic Book Evaluation Project

Project Abstract: The publishing industry is at the doorstep of the biggest change since the invention of the printing press - the advent of the electronic book. Though the shift to a non-print environment has been occurring steadily, advances in electronic reading devices promise to accelerate this trend. Electronic readers now feature paper-thin screens that can be turned like pages and can hold several volumes. Print size is adjustable to suit the reader and books can be downloaded directly from the web at a cost lower than the print version. Though libraries represent a major portion of the customer base of publishers, no efforts have been made to establish products and pricing mechanisms to meet the unique needs of libraries.

Check it out at

Adopt a Book

A story from the Guardian in the UK, Outlines an interesting new plan to enlist the public in the battle against mold and worms.

\"The library wants members of the public to commemorate a person\'s birth year or celebrate a birth, wedding anniversary or retirement by adopting a tome. \"

Microsoft, Firms Embrace E-Books

Internet News has this article on Microsoft and their latest e-book activities.
\"So much for dog-eared pages and watermarks. Microsoft Corp. Tuesday teamed with Simon & Schuster and Barnes & to test the offering of electronic books on pocket PCs.\"

Free speech wins again!

Brian writes

\"On May 22, the U.S. Supreme Court declared unconstitutional a law requiring cable TV operators either to completely scramble channels like Playboy and Spice or to transmit those channels only during late-night hours. Justice Kennedy\'s majority opinion in U.S. v. Playboy Entertainment Group ( is a must-read for librarians, as it includes a beautiful affirmation of free speech and individual responsibility....


New state of the art facility for Bee County, Texas

Jo Ann Oliphant writes

\"Thanks to over a $3 million dollar gift from the Joe Barnhart Foundation, Beeville is set to be the new home for Bee County’s state-of-the-art library in late 2000. The new library will be housed in the historic two-story Praeger Building, one of the city’s vacant downtown landmarks. Construction began in March and is scheduled to be completed in August. The Library serves the County’s 27,000 population of which 70% are Hispanic.

Five more librarians file complaints over Internet porn issue

The Startribune has a short update on the continuing trouble in Minneapolis.

Five more librarians filed discrimination complaints against the Minneapolis Public Library System Monday, even though their attorney admitted conditions at the downtown Central Library have improved since a policy was drafted limiting access to pornography on the Internet.

The latest complaints filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission were drafted shortly after seven other librarians filed complaints earlier this month, charging the library with being a \"hostile, offensive, palpably unlawful working environment.\"

Universal Access has an article from Jon Katz on Universal Access.

\"Universal Access is that rarest of social phenomena, the win-win issue. Except for moral guardians clucking about pornography and violent video games, who could really oppose it?: It can advance technology while it helps eliminate potentially bitter social divisions, upgrades literacy, education and research, liberates information, enhances democracy, strengthens community. Some companies even believes if strengthens family ties. It would make the Net a universal business, educational and social tool, rather than a network for the affluent, educated and technologically-inclined it is now. \"



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