Library staff set for strike vote

From TOronto

Toronto library workers plan strike votes this week as bargaining for a first amalgamated contract continues.

Contract talks between the 2,500 workers, members of the Toronto Civic Employees Union, and Toronto Public Library have been ``painfully slow,\'\' union president Brian Cochrane said yesterday.

Syd Jones, the library system\'s director of marketing and communications, declined to comment except to say management is committed to reaching a settlement.

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Detained librarian admits stealing secrets, China says

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Detained librarian admits stealing secrets, China says

By Jennifer Lin
and Cynthia J. McGroarty

INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The Chinese government says a Dickinson College librarian \"confessed\" to stealing state secrets. His wife in Carlisle, Pa., says it can\'t be true.

Either way, the future of Yongyi Song, an unassuming scholar who has become an international cause celebre, hangs in the balance as his detention in China continues into its sixth month.

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Library won\'t use Internet porn filters

The Greenville County Library Board on Monday rejected the use of filters in its efforts to deal with patrons viewing obscene materials and placed a greater responsibility on parents when their kids access the Internet on library computers.

The board voted 8-0 to adopt a policy requiring parents to accompany children under age 12 when they access the Internet on computers in the countywide library system.
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Library board tightens Internet rules

The Greenville County Library Board has voted to make it more difficult for children to access sexually explicit material on the Internet, but it stopped short of installing filters.
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Library patrons happy with facility

Appleton officials plan to increase lifelong learning
If you\'re a lifelong learner, the Appleton Public Library has a book on you.

The \"book\" is a plan that charts a course for library service for the next five years. Chances are you, a neighbor or someone else you know had a hand in preparing it, as nearly 1,500 people gave their views through in-library surveys, focus groups and interviews.

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A New Poet Laureate: Charles Simic

Charles Simic will be named the 15th poet laureate of the United States by the Librarian of Congress today, succeeding Donald Hall, Publishers Weekly reports.

Simic, who is 69, was born in Yugoslavia and immigrated to the U.S. at 16. After learning English he started writing poetry and to date has published 20 volumes. He won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1990 and was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant in 1984. He is a retired professor of American literature and creative writing at the University of New Hampshire. He is currently the poetry editor of The Paris Review and also writes for The New York Review of Books.

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Library Product News from Library Buyer's Guide

Want a free weekly e-newsletter about library products, what's new, what's cool?

Sign up here and receive a weekly e-mail from The Library Buyers Guide, "a new comprehensive online library resource featuring thousands of listings of products and services for librarians and information professionals in every field; academic, public, school and special libraries."

All Google All the Time

from ...G Stories, "a source for what's new and interesting about Google(TM) & other search engines", brought to you by somebody named Ed. Stock updates, programming plans, rumors and more.

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Glass panels will continue to fall from Montreal's Grande Bibliotheque

The Sky Is Falling! Going to the library could be dangerous to your health.

The $98-million Grande Bibliotheque - Quebec's main library and archive - has been falling apart a few pieces at a time. Glass panels have been slipping from the library's exterior but book lovers and pedestrians will be protected in a novel way - a proposed safety perimeter of gardens, trees and awnings, also the most affordable option.

The library, located in the downtown area near the bus station, opened with great fanfare in spring of 2005.
And you thought Seattle's new library was bad because you kept getting lost...

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Man pleads guilty to watching child porn at uni

Mister Cow Cow writes "From Iowa: Man pleads guilty to watching child porn at university library, A man accused of watching child pornography on a computer at the main library at the University of Iowa last summer has pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Russell Pitcher of Coralville faces up to five years in prison and a 75-hundred dollar fine.

According to campus police, Pitcher was caught watching child porn at the library in August. He also had a box of computer disks, two of which contained child porn."

Student tasered at UCLA library

madcow writes "Story, with video, of a student being tasered at UCLA's Powell Library CLICC computer lab, after not producing a student ID.
Read here."

KY State Librarian's Plans a Mystery

Anonymous Patron writes "Lexington Herald-Leader (Kentucky) has a nice report on Jim Nelson commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, is Kentucky's longest-serving state librarian. Governor John Y. Brown appointed him in 1980 to the state post, which provides leadership and support to libraries statewide. This month, after 26 years of service to the Frankfort-based office, Nelson will retire and begin a career writing mystery novels. A public reception in his honor will be from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25 in the lobby of the KDLA building."

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100-year-old KS Librarian keeps dust off the floor

Anonymous Patron writes "LJWorld.com has one on Martha Cutter Kelley Smith, librarian at at the Coal Creek Library in Kansas, far the past 80 years. just as she has for the past 80 years, the 100-year-old Smith toils away at the state's oldest library, keeping herself busy and keeping a monument to the small community of Vinland up and running. It's good to be back here, she says. For the past two weeks, the summer heat has cooked the small library, forced hot air through the tiny room's seven narrow windows."

She lived to be 108! Obituary for Martha Cutter Kelley Smith

After graduation she worked two years at the Lawrence Public Library. After that she returned to help farm on the family farm for the next seventeen years since her father had no sons. While doing this she helped out at the Coal Creek Library in Vinland as a Librarian. She continued to volunteer for the remainder of her life at the Coal Creek Library as long as she was able. In 2002 she was honored at an Awards Banquet as the oldest female worker in the State of Kansas.

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The Journal of Web Librarianship

The Journal of Web Librarianship The Journal of Web Librarianship is an international, peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by Haworth, Inc. Information about subscriptions may be found on the Haworth web site.
The Journal of Web Librarianship publishes material related to all aspects of librarianship as practiced on the World Wide Web, including both existing and emerging roles and activities of information professionals in the Web environment. The Journal of Web Librarianship strives to find a balance between original, scholarly research, and practical communications about relevant topics in web librarianship.

Via The Distant Librarian

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Bed Books: Lie Down And Read

BedBooks is a company that prints sideways books. "The revolutionary way Bed Books are printed will enable you to lie in any comfortable position and hold the book at an angle that works best for you." You can Print A Page [PDF] to see just how they work. They offer books like Alice in Wonderland, The Call of the Wild and Wuthering Heights.

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US Government decries governmental censorship

madcow writes "The State department wants information to be free according to this article at ABC. "The State Department announced plans Tuesday to step up a campaign to combat efforts by foreign governments to restrict use of the Internet. At a news conference, Josette Shiner, a top State Department trade expert, called the Internet "the greatest purveyor of news and information in history" but said too often the flow is blocked by government censors.

Shiner announced the formation of a task force that will consider, among other issues, the foreign policy aspects of Internet freedom, including the use of technology to restrict access to political content. (...) Under Secretary of State Paula Dobriansky said a U.S. team was en route to China on Monday to discuss the issue with Chinese authorities. "
Looks like John Battelle is getting his wish...."

New FGI Discussions: February 6, 2006

Daniel writes "As we welcomed FGI's first guest blogger, the volunteers at Free Government Information (http://freegovinfo.info/) began the discussions listed below. We hope you will join us and add to the conversation. Remember, you can always comment without registering.

If you use Bloglines (http://www.bloglines.com/) or some other RSS Reader, consider subscribing to the FGI Feed at http://freegovinfo.info/blog/feed to get FGI stories as they are posted. No activity was observed this week at either the main FDSys web site or on the FDSys blog."

Creating a global online library will spread knowledge in the quickest way to the most people

Strong Words Of Praise for the Google library project from Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan. She says beyond the emerging legal challenges, we must not lose sight of the transformative nature of Google's plan -- or the good that can come from it. "Imagine what this means for scholars, school kids and you, who, until now, might have discovered only a fraction of the material written on any subject. Or picture a small, impoverished school -- in America or anywhere in the world -- that does not have access to a substantial library but does have an Internet connection."

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NS tale slays Atwood giant in Canada Reads

slashgirl writes "'Rockbound, a 1928 novel by little-known author Frank Parker Day, has emerged victorious in CBC's annual Canada Reads book battle.'

'In a classic David-and-Goliath confrontation, Rockbound defeated Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake, a heavy-hitter that has been nominated for some of the world's most prestigious literary prizes over the past two years, including the Orange, Booker and Giller prizes. The dystopian novel is also currently competing for the 2005 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.'

Rest of the story here."

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Librarian uses puppets as a teaching tool

Anonymous Patron writes "Here's A Good PR Lesson from a small town paper in the UP of MI. Puppets are helping Lakeview School third graders improve their reading skills.

Lakeview librarian Gina Sorensen, who came up with the puppet project, has assigned six groups of third graders to work together to put on a puppet show. Each show is based on various "fractured" fairy tales. The scripted puppet shows are derived from the classic fairy tales, but a twist has been added to each story.
Includes exciting action photo!"

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