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When the British Library decided to get rid of a historic archive of American newspapers Nicholson Baker was bought it for himself. Now he wants to save \'the raw store of history\' that microfilm and the internet are wiping out. He is also the one who sued the San Francisco Public Library under the Freedom of Information act to release details of its \"hate crime against the past\" a few years ago when they went on the book dumping binge.

\"Say your grandparents had a wedding picture in this paper: what difference would it make to you if you saw the actual paper, instead of printing it off microfilm? The first would link you directly to that past event - it\'s difficult to explain why that would be true, but it is. The past exerts a stronger pull, it becomes realer, more understandable somehow when you have the actual document and not a copy.\"

I think therefore IA?

Andrew Dillon has written a nice story for the ASIST Bulletin. He talks a bit about the mid-year summit 2000 in Boston, and issues that are facing the IA field. He says \"Now is the time for some testing of ideas, and as we know only too well, testing invariably leads to re-design and often the revisiting of original assumptions. Now it starts to get really interesting.\"
This column will appear in the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science.

P2P Means Net Users Will Search One Another

In this article on,
Nicholas Mercader suggests
that early working models of the peer-to-peer file sharing concept are just the beginning of a major rethinking of search and retrieval on the Internet.


Troubles at e-Book World

ZD Net has a Report in the troubles at The e-Book World conference. The biggest worry at the conference was of course, $$$.

\"while it\'s a dead certainty that the publishing world will be rocked by e-books, he expected the true impact not to occur for another decade or two.

-Richard Sarnoff, president of Random House New Media and corporate development

I can\'t remember, did the Starship Enterprise visit e-Book World?

Filtering a good comprimise

Las Vegas Review-Journal has a Story with a different take on filtering for the kids terminals. The Library used to deny computer access and Internet information to children under 18 who did not have permission from their parents to use the resources. Now they put on filters and allow all kids access, librarians say there say they\'d rather see it that way.

\"\"I think it\'s a wonderful compromise,\" Pfeil said. \"It is censorship. We know that.\"

But the benefit, she said, \"is we\'re giving more children more access to more material than we were before, when they were required to get permission from their parents before they could even do word processing on our computers.\"


California still robbing coffers

Michael Lambert Ssuggested this
Story from S.F. Gate
entitled \"The Big, Greedy Monster\" by Deborah Wilder the mayor of Foster City. She says the Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund is ripping off libraries in CA. $2 million would go back to the San Mateo County Library and nearly $7 million to the Santa Clara County Library, if they stop.

BMG + Napster = Docster?

Publisher\'s Weekly is running a Story on the Bertelsmann(BMG) / Napster thing. BMG owns Random House, who, I\'m sure you know makes more than a few books. This raises the question, will they turn napster into a Docster like system for all the E-Books Random puts out? Random says they have had no real discussions on this, yet.

\"we always look forward to exploring mutual interests with any company that can guarantee both the security and sanctity of the copyrights of our authors as well as their opportunity to receive fair compensation for their writing\"

Publishers Perish, Libraries Feel the Pain

Here\'s an interesting story from the
NY Times,
sent in by alert reader Irene Wood. The story is about
libraries cutting their serials and book buying just to
meet the sharply rising cost of scholarly journals. They
cover the big publisher Reed Elsevier, and the $3.5
billion buy out of Harcourt General. Librarians say
consolidation in the industry is causing prices to sky
rocket, while the publishers say it\'s due to big
increases in demand.

Now that strikes me as odd,
I have yet to read a single story about any increase in
journal holdings at any library anywhere. What about
your library? Are you increasing or decreasing
journal holdings?Why?


The Wait for an E-book Format

Publishers Weekly has a Story on how the E Book industry is nowhere near establishing a common format that will allow folks to read any e-book on any device they happen to own. Gemstar, Micrososft and Adobe are the big 3 in this arena, and they are fighting it out to see which one will make it.

\"When you look at Beta/VHS, or Apple vs. IBM, the winner was the one that was more open and allowed more access to what people wanted,\"--Tim Oreily

Problems Facing the Usability Community

John S. Rhodes has written an interesting story \"Trouble in Paradise: Problems Facing the Usability Community\" on about how tough things are on the usablity side of the net.

\"There are problems with usability and the usability community. This article is my attempt to raise some of the most important and interesting issues. In my opinion, usability as we know it is dying. It is outdated, misunderstood, and it faces very serious challenges in web and software development circles.\"

Good Libraries, poor memories

Boozhoo (Ojibwe for greetings),

Anishaabe poet, Professor Denise Sweet, speaking at the Wisconsin Library Association noted that a tribal elder had once told a European American librarian that they had \"GOOD LIBRARIES but POOR MEMORIES while the opposite was true for his people.\" Oral cultures have both advantages and disadvantages as compared to print and now media cultures.

This put me in mind of my article, The Catalog as Community,\" to be published in the magazine Library Computing and posted on my web site at the HAPLR web site indicated below.


Serious Censorship in China

Someone pointed me to this Story available at: Salon.

10 people went to prison Thursday for illegally printing and selling books. One defendant received a life term, after they were convicted of illegal business activities and producing obscene materials! So far this year party censors temporarily shut down at least 13 publishers and closed another.


New SACS Accreditation Criteria

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has released a proposed new set of standards for accreditation for colleges in their region. The proposed standards are alarmingly weak concerning libraries, where the previous standards were quite good and expected a high level of professionalism in library services. Academic librarians in the region are up in arms, trying to get the proposed standards changed. They may turn out to be successful, and they may not. It is a scary reminder that the place of librarianship and libraries is anything but secure, regardless of how you conceive of libraries and library service. The latest Library Juice has an article from TEXLINE, a newsletter of the Texas Library Association, on the issue, with links to relevant SACS documents, followed by some discussion from COLLIB-L, the listserv of the ACRL college libraries section, which give some insight into what is happening and what can be done about it.

Librarian\'s Lao Tzu

Someone suggested The Librarian\'s Lao Tzu by Andy Barnett.

\"The Tao te Ching is an ancient book of wisdom, the well spring of a great religion, Taoism. It has been translated many times, by such literary luminaries as Ursula K. LeGuin, Stephen Mitchell and Alan Watts. I do no possess even a modicum of their literary talent, poetic ability or knowledge of Eastern religions. I do have one advantage that they do not. Lao Tzu, the reputed author of the work, was a librarian. This is the first attempt by a fellow librarian to translate the Tao te Ching.\"


What is an Information Architect?

Here\'s a nifty and detailed explanation of just what an information architect is, from Steven Downes.

\"From my own experience, I would say that the practitioners are professionals, versed in every aspect of web design, adept communicators, and gifted visualizers - they are people who eat, sleep and dream web design and structure. But you can\'t put that on the job description.\"

LISNews Turns One

Happy Birthday to

Happy Birthday to

Happy Birthday dear

Happy Birthday to Us.

Reg Aubry was kind enough to send along a card.

It was one year ago today I launched

One year and almost 1,000 stories later, it seems like a good

time to take a step back and reflect.


Lebanon National Library Rebuilding

The Daily Star has a story on the national library, that after years of war and neglect, is having somethings restored. Plans are going ahead with the renovation of a building to house what has made it throgh the war. The new national library will be the present School of Law at the Lebanese University in Sanayeh.

“The process of rehabilitating the library has been divided into two general phases. During the first phase, which will take between three and four years, the books will be cleaned, sorted and organized in their current temporary location at the Science Library of the Lebanese University’s Hadath campus.” -Maud Stephan, the director of the National Library Rehabilitation Project

Frederick Forsyth Goes E

The online e-book race is heating up. Frederick Forsyth will release a series of five short stories, collectively titled \"Quintet.\" The stories are being released on His quote on the site says this:

\"Online publishing will be a large part of the future. It creates a simple and above all fast and direct linkage between original producer (author) and ultimate consumer (reader), with very few intermediaries. It is exciting to be going down this road.

I am a techno-peasant. I have never seen an eBook. But I have never seen a Formula One racing engine either. I nevertheless accept that they really can shift.\"

Library Turns Girl Into A Witch

I ran out of time yesterday to post this one, but since it\'s only one day past Halloween...

A high school in OK City suspended a 15-year-old student after she cast a magic spell that caused a teacher to become sick. She had read a library book about Wicca beliefs, and admitted she \"Might\" be a wiccan, and that was good enough for the principal to suspend her for \"a disruption of the education process\". The ACLU is all over this one. Just in case you\'re missing the funny part here, she read a book that allowed her to cast a spell that made a teacher sick, so they suspended her. Can they possibly, honeslty, really, actually believe this girl is a Witch with the ability to make people sick after reading ONE book?? It took me years before I could do that!

Tomorrow marks the 1st birthday of LISNews, I have posted 964 stories, nothing even comes close to this one.

Read on for the full press release from the ACLU.


Famed Censorship Lawyer Dies

Lee Hadden Writes:

An author, friend of libraries
and a hero in the war against
censorship has died in New York. Charles Rember
challenged the government
censoring of many works of literature that were
considered obscene during
the 1960\'s, including Henry Miller\'s \"Tropic of Cancer,\"
John Cleland\'s
\"Fanny Hill\" and D. H. Lawrence\'s \"Lady Chatterly\'s
Lover\". Books published
overseas could not be purchased and mailed to
citizens in the US, or
otherwise made available to either adults or children.
Books written in the
US that were considered obscene were open to
confiscation and destruction.
Mr. Rembar was noted for his wit and his ability
to explain rather
simply complex legal arguments, and to strike to the
heart of a legal
question. My favorite quote of his was \"Pornography is
in the groin of the



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