Need for First Amendment Education

Kathleen writes "Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, First Lady of Pennsylvania has stated, "The only way to hold on to our freedom is to give it away -- and liberally -- to those who come after us. In your own sphere of influence, in your own way, I invite you to join with me and give back meaning to the word "citizen." Concerned by a recent study that demonstrates a decline in understandidng of the First Amendment, Judge Rendell advocates citizenship education.

“The Future of the First Amendment,� found that educators are failing to give high school students an appreciation of the First Amendment’s guarantees of free speech and a free press. The study by researchers from the University of Connecticut questioned more than 100,000 high school students, nearly 8,000 teachers, and more than 500 administrators and principals."

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Why has Uncle Tom's Cabin survived—and thrived?

Anonymous Patron writes "Over @Slate, Stephen Metcalf asks Uncle Tom's Children - Why has Uncle Tom's Cabin survived—and thrived? We have here an interesting puzzle. How has Uncle Tom's Cabin survived, and thrived, if it proved so offensive to the 20th-century aspirations of the African-Americans it helped liberate in the 19th? Why isn't Uncle Tom's Cabin like Wittgenstein's ladder: Once climbed, it is obsolete, and we ought to throw it away?
The answer, he believes, can be found in an essay from 1978 by Jane Tompkins, a prominent feminist literary critic"

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Ohio Budget Bill Remains Pending

AshtabulaGuy writes "Ohio House Bill 66 currently weighs in at twenty megabytes which is a tall order to be viewed over dial-up. The bill remains in the Ohio Senate Finance and Financial Institutions Committee for now. A four megabyte doc
ument is available in Adobe Acrobat format that highlights differences between the Senate's present version and what the House passed
. These are primary documents that cannot be just ignored as we get closer to the Ohio state budget deadline of July 1."

Too soon to let computers replace university libraries

Anonymous Patron writes "The Japan Times Online has one that looks at The University of Texas (UT) at Austin's decision to remove almost all the books from its undergraduate library to provide space for a digital learning center, where students can use computers to access a wide variety of information. University officials are proud to be leading a trend.
It is good to see academia catching up with technology. But what are the repercussions of this shift? I am thinking about this from various perspectives: Teacher, researcher, author and reader.

Note from RH: The article mistakenly identifies the library as being in Houston. It's at the UT-Austin."

The People's do-it-yourself library

Cortez writes "With the eroding financial support from government entities, the folks in Boston's Papercut: http://www.baamboston.org/papercut/ might be on to something: http://www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/news_features/ this_just_in/documents/04701066.asp
"It’s Tuesday afternoon, three days after the Papercut ’Zine Library opened, and Mothra, the bullet-belted punk-rock librarian on duty, is sitting in a comfy chair explaining what inspired the venture: a pile of ’zines collecting dust on her best friend’s floor. "I was like, ‘Isn’t there some way to let other people use these?""

Controversy colors teen book

Anonymous Patron writes "USATODAY.com Rainbow Party, aimed at the teen market (ages 14 and up), has some booksellers and librarians wondering whether author Paul Ruditis sensationalizes the subject — and, more significantly, whether they should carry it on their shelves."

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Jazz Discovery at Library of Congress

gsandler writes "

Here is a
story from the New York Times on the discovery by the Library of Congress of a
previously unknown recording of the Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane.
There are very few recordings of this period of John Coltrane's career. "During this period, Coltrane fully collected himself as an improviser, challenged by Monk and the discipline of his unusual harmonic sense. Thus began the 10-year sprint during which he changed jazz completely, before his death in 1967."
(Registration at the NY Times web site is required.)

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Florida College Students Concerned about Library Hours

Anonymous Patron writes "students at the University of South Florida are not happy with the very reduced hours at the university's library. More here from The Oracle."

Students really using libraries!

Cortez writes "Demonstrating the possibilties of new technology and historic records, students bring the past alive: http://www.common-place.org/vol-05/no-03/school/
"The high-school students in the extracurricular Project Apprentice to History (PATH) in Beverly, Massachusetts, are not your typical honors students, yet their achievements are extraordinary.""

Fancy sitting down with a good book? You'll be lucky

Anonymous Patron writes "Finding room to read at the British Library is no mean feat for established users, as seats are increasingly filled by twittering students fiddling with their phones, says John Sutherland @EducationGuardian.co.uk"

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Pinter picks poetry, politics over plays

slashgirl writes "' Harold Pinter, one of the U.K.'s greatest living dramatists, is turning away from playwriting to focus on politics and poetry.

"I think I've stopped writing plays now, but I haven't stopped writing poems," Pinter, the man behind such works as The Homecoming, The Caretaker and No Man's Land, told the BBC this week.'

The rest of the story is here."

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100 Best Scottish Books of All Time

This Thursday, to coincide with World Book Day, culture minister Patricia Ferguson will begin the hunt. At a glittering ceremony, the minister will unveil a guide compiled with the Scottish Book Trust and the List magazine to the 100 Best Scottish Books of All Time and invite the public to start voting for their favourite work from the list.
But the campaign has run into controversy just days before it has begun after a draft list obtained by Scotland On Sunday shows a number of peculiar omissions and inclusions.
The winner will be announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August but if you think the arguments will end there, forget it – with only one book allowed per author, the tome in question might not even be on Maley’s list. Who’s to say that Welsh’s Marabou Stork Nightmares won’t be preferred to Trainspotting? And who can discount the Harry Potter factor? Barry Didcock Says There could be a few red faces in Charlotte Square come August.

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Are too many choices narrowing our view?

Librmt writes "The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reviews familiar new technologies from a user perspective--including libraries and the King County Library System's new downloadable audiobooks. Story here."

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Related article on Transylvania rare books theft

Catherine Lavallée-Welch writes "Article on rare books thefts in libraries, following the event at Transylvania University. Snitch.com Has The Story"

"This Land" ruled to be in the public domain

djfiander writes "Boy Scouts rejoice. According to the story at Slashdot it was first published in a songbook in 1945 for which the copyright was never renewed. See the Slashdot story for all the links to the details, including a PDF of the original songbook."

Beyond PDF: Digital Delivery Develops

An Anonymous Patron writes "Beyond PDF is an EContent Magazine article on the PDF which has solidified its place as the leader in electronic document distribution. They say even Adobe has recognized that the PDF format has certain limitations and recently come out with a platform to use the PDF as a front end to distribute information throughout the enterprise using XML."

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Copyright claim made on "@"

Pete writes "The sassy British technology news site The Register offers this http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/08/17/at_copyrig ht/ scam that a certain library organization may want to watch out for."..."Robert-Alan Lucht", who has been sending out invoices for use of @. That's right, and it's a pretty good deal, too - just ten bucks a year grants you electronic publishing rights for @ "Internet and E-Mail use".""

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Hardcore, Futuristic Geeks need only Apply! - Cool site suggestion!

search-engines-web.com writes "This Microsoft site is an esoteric gem - to discover new 21st century directions that Microsoft is heading in. it is more of a reflection of anticipated technology that may approach mainstream in a couple of decades...Warning... Only Hardcore Geeks need Apply"

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