eBooks on The Brain

Here\'s a couple of eBook sources for you to chew on.

from PLA.org on
the basics of eBooks and how they are used in Public

The Shy Librarian
has updated the
Ten Best Articles about eBooks and ePublishing
. This is
a great find for anyone that needs up to date

Critical Look at E-Publishing and Librarianship

Shhh, it\'s a *silent* alarm...

The Belfast Telegraph reports that panic buttons are to be installed in branches which have recently had security problems.

The board\'s Library Service has revealed that there were 67 reported incidents between September 1999 and September 2000.

These include 20 cases of abusive behaviour, nine attacks on staff and public, two \'sectarian problems\', 30 cases of damage to property and one alcohol related incident.

The bulk of the incidents involved abusive behaviour encountered by staff from teenagers.

Library DVDs Stolen, Sold

This story really bothers me.Bob Cox sent in This Story from Cleveland.com on DVD theft ring. A local CD Warehouse had more than 800 CDs and 90 DVDs from libraries in the store!!! They never even bothered to take off the library labels! Employees told police they thought the music and movies were library discards.

\"One of the suspects asked us how many CDs and DVDs were recovered,\" Lentz said. \"When we told him, he said, That’s nothing. We took thousands of them.\"

UPDATE: 12/1 9:45amA New Story today says the thefts were due to a crappy old security system (Sounds like tatle strips)

\"There\'s no security system made that can\'t be beaten,\" Wood said. \"If you\'re serious about stealing material, there\'s not much I can do about it.\"

Copyrights: Tech Blurs Control

Wired has a Story on The Digital Millennium Copyright Act hearings yesterday.

\"These measures may also allow copyright owners to control use and disposition of copies of digital works long after the copyrights have passed into the public domain.... This unlimited control is contrary to the core principle of the first sale doctrine.\"


Parents blast library group

Great Falls, MT is the setting for This Story. Ken Follet\'s \"Hammer of Eden\" is the book under fire this time. This time, though, the parents did some homework.

\"This information that the ALA has provided does not appear to us to be in the best interest of our children,\"Scherrer said.

“Legislators and library and school boards should understand that the ALA is a private trade association, with no legal right or authority to impose policy on a publicly supported institution\" Scherrer said. “We believe that if it weren\'t for the ALA\'s influence, we wouldn\'t be here.\"

Is it just me, or are more and more people rallying Against The ALA?


You Can Judge a Book by Its Cover

ZD Net has a rather interesting Editorial on eBooks. He says eBooks are failing so far for a number of reasons.
Consumers are conservative, cost, and durability being just a few. If the industry ever gets things together, these puppies may finally take off.

R&D: Research Developments (In the News)

Bill Lucey runs the R&D: Research Developments (In the News) web log. News summaries, accompanied with hyperlinks on the following topics:

1.) Inauguration Web site-Library of Congress
2.) Public Record Databases
3.) Seattle Newspaper Strike
4.) Toy Safety-Consumer News
5.) Digital Reference Service
6.) Preservation of Historic Papers-British Library
7.) Gutenberg Bible
8.) ``Resources Worth Noting\'\'


NPR Connection show on Digital Libraries

Andy Breeding writes \"This morning\'s NPR talk show \"The Connection\" did an hour-long segment on Digital Libraries. Speakers include Anne Wolpert, Director of MIT Libraries and Brewster Kahle, President and Founder of the Internet Archive.

Information on the show is available at: theconnection.org

A RealAudio recording of the broadcast is available at:

The Web Site \"


Does Shopping Online Cheat Your Library

Jen Fritz writes:

\"Yesterday, PC World posted an Article titled \"Does Shopping Online Cheat
Your Library\"
. While the only appearance of the word \"library\" occurs in
the title, the article is smattered with the concept of public services
being slashed based on the lack of revenues achieved by taxation.

\"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.\"

\"He said only five states without any sales tax are unaffected by the
explosion in Internet commerce.\"

\"Shafroth cites a study showing states would sacrifice a total $13 billion
in sales taxes by the year 2004.\"

\"\'That\'s a lot of policemen and firemen and teachers and classrooms,\'
Shafroth adds.\"

...and librarians.

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 IDG.net 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.\"



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