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The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that it lost $2.4 billion between April and June. It's on track to be $7 billion in debt by the end of September.
"What has occurred with the economy is unprecedented," Postmaster General John Potter said. "It's created, obviously, a much bigger challenge than we are able to respond to in a very quick manner."
Potter is appearing before a Senate panel Thursday to talk about the financial troubles.
Lawmakers have urged the Postal Service to make hard choices. But truth be told, lawmakers, not the Postal Service, have been the ones dragging their feet.
"This is a mixed message that we're sending," Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) said.
Huffington Post blog entry:
Media analysis has so far ignored or glossed over Sodini's religious affiliations but the shooter's Internet diary suggest his last readings were the Bible and a book by a Texas evangelist, R.B. Thieme, Jr. who has written that husbands own their wives, as literal property and promoted an odd teaching that for each man on Earth there exists only one correct "right woman" in all creation. According to Thieme, men can recognize their divinely-appointed opposites without physical contact, through something Thieme called "soul climax"
UPDATE Officials say the floodwaters caused at least $1 million in damage to the library main branch. A recovery fund has been established. Donations can be sent to:
The Library Foundation
301 York Street
Louisville, KY 40203
Louisville Free Public Library Director Craig Buthod said the Main Library had about three feet of water in the basement, and that the building will be closed until further notice. “We will assess the damage today and tomorrow. I don't know when we'll reopen,” he said.
The Shawnee and Iroquois branches of the library were also closed because of flooding, Buthod said.
Buthod said water had heavily damaged extensive facilities located on the Main Library's lower level, much of which is used for operations.
“Thousands of books have been damaged,” including many new ones that had just arrived and were awaiting distribution throughout the system, Buthod said. Story from the Louisville Courier Journal.
Article in BoingBoing:
James Grimmelman sez,
The Associated Press -- which thinks you owe it a license fee if you quote more than four words from one of its articles -- doesn't even care if the words actually came from its article. They'll charge you anyway, even if you're quoting from the public domain.
I picked a random AP article and went to their "reuse options" site. Then, when they asked what I wanted to quote, I punched in Thomas Jefferson's famous argument against copyright. Their license fee: $12 for an educational 26-word quote. FROM THE PUBLIC FREAKING DOMAIN, and obviously, obviously not from the AP article. But the AP is too busy trying to squeeze the last few cents out of a dying business model to care about little things like free speech or the law.
Thanks to Bill Drew & Michael Sauers for the tip.
Even with the shift to RFID tags, many libraries still use barcodes. A good many of the libraries using RFID use both the tags and the barcodes.
We're all familiar with the technology; a laser passes over the code and reads it through measurement of reflected light.
A new technology in coded information utilizes something similar but in reverse. Called a Bokode, it uses a small LED covered by a lens with dark patches on it. To read it, you need a camera and some software. The dark patches detail the data and the data given out varies with angle. In other words, a Bokode on a book right in front of you might tell you an item number and title with brief synapsis. A Bokode on a book a little farther down (taken with the same camera at the same time) might tell you why you might like this book if you're interested in that one.
But for my money, here's what makes my little Circulation Supervisor brain titter with glee:
"Let's say you're standing in a library with 20 shelves in front of you and thousands of books."
"You could take a picture and you'd immediately know where the book you're looking for is."
Interesting story at Read Write Web on teens and what they are into these days. Begs the question on how best to serve this demographic.
"Matthew Robson, a 15-year-old intern at analyst firm Morgan Stanley recently helped compile a report about teenage media habits. Overnight, his findings have become a sensation...which goes to show that people are either obsessed with what "the kids" are into or there's a distinctive lack of research being done on this demographics' media use. Robson's report isn't even based on any sort of statistical analysis, just good ol' fashioned teenage honesty. And what was it that he said to cause all this attention? Only that teens aren't into traditional media (think TV, radio, newspapers) and yet they're eschewing some new media, too, including sites like Twitter."
Their missiles aren't quite reaching the U.S., but North Korea is making its best efforts to get to us, this time by hacking.
BBC reports that a widespread computer attack that began July 4 knocked out the Web sites of the Treasury Department, the Secret Service and other U.S. government agencies, according to officials inside and outside the government.
Sites in South Korea were also affected, and South Korean intelligence officials believe the attack was carried out by North Korean or pro-Pyongyang forces.
The U.S. government Web sites, which also included those of the Federal Trade Commission and the Transportation Department, were all down at varying points over the holiday weekend and into this week. South Korean Internet sites began experiencing problems Tuesday.
U.S. officials refused to publicly discuss details of the cyber attack that slowed down and, in some cases, shut government websites, including the site of the presidential office, for several hours.
Hadley directed the Minneapolis Public Library system from 2003-2007. When MPL and Hennepin County Library merged, HCL director Amy Ryan assumed leadership of the new 41-library system (Ryan left HCL in 2008 to head the Boston Public Library system; Lois Langer Thompson is the current HCL director).
Hadley's new position is effective August 3. [Read story at Library Journal]