Fighting with Father

The Pittsburg
Post Gazette
has a Story on the Andrew Carnegie
Free Library in Carnegie. Andrew made it clear he
wanted the library run a certain way, and now they want
to change that.

\"\"If he would have left us some
money to do it, we would have followed his rules,\" said
Carnegie Mayor Bob Heinrich, an ex-officio member of
the library board.


Data Haven Island

My son recently convinced me to read Neal Stephenson\'s \'Cryptonomicon,\' a great read. In the book, some of the main characters try to set up a \'data haven\', a secure location that hosts internet services and is under no government imposed regulations.

He added that it turns out that the people at HavenCo ( are setting up a data haven of their own, on the Island Nation of Sealand (A WWII British military installation 6 miles off the coast of England). You can read about the data haven at the first link, and you can read the unbelievable story of Sealand at the second link.


Kosovo\'s Libraries Cleansed Of Albanian Books

Radio Free Europe has this sad article about the fate of Albanian language books in Kosovo\'s libraries.
\"Kosovo\'s libraries lost almost half their books over the last decade to ethnic cleansing. RFE/RL correspondent Jolyon Naegele reports that a new study says many of the libraries were purged of Albanian-language books even before hostilities erupted in 1998.\"


Library An Amazing Deal.

You never know where you\'ll find a good story.
Steven Bell found one on
This story isn\'t exactly about libraries, but it does give a nice vote of confidence to libraries, and librarians. The author seems almost suprised that a library would have something so useful!

\"I\'ve saved the best for last: The public libraries in virtually every city and in many towns now offer internet access via desktop systems available to the public for free. Usually, you don\'t even need a library card, although the librarian may hold your driver\'s license hostage while you use the system for the allotted time.\"


Derek de Solla Price Article


An article about Derek de Solla Price
is in the May 18,
2000 issue of Nature. Dr. Price is the
ex-physicist who spoke about
the compounding effects of scientific publishing over
time, and first said
the famous and frequently un- attributed comment that
\"80 or 90 per cent of
the scientists who have ever lived are alive today\"
He also talked about and documented the
doubling of
scientific knowledge every ten or fifteen years or so
since the year 1700.


City - University To Share New Library has a cool Report on a new library in San Jose. The new library, a partnership between the city and San Jose State University, will be the first in the United States to combine the collections of a major city and university, opening all of the materials to the public.

``I am just exhilarated by the innovation and the planning process,\'\' said State Librarian Kevin Starr. ``They are linking the very first of the state universities to the wonderfully reassembled urban core of San Jose. They are showing the rest of the state how to do it.\'\'


Death of a libary Cat

Here is a sad
from Michigan Live
on the tragic death of a beloved Libary

\"Residents of the rural Michigen
community are mourning Deuce\'s loss after the cat
was mauled to death by two dogs Friday while it was
resting on the building\'s steps.\"

Be sure to
check out The
Web Site
of the departed cat.


Veteran lawmaker wins partial victory in ethics ca

The State Ethics Commission failed to prove that a
veteran state lawmaker, and a tireless advocate of the
Boston Public Library, returned favors from lobbyists
when given free golf and meals, the state\'s highest
court ruled today.\"


Audio of James Billington Speech has The audio of the James Billington speech mentioned previously on LISNews is available at

\"James Billington, the Librarian of Congress gave a speech to the National Press Club on April 14th about the role of the LOC in the Information Age. You need Real Audio to listen.


Drew Wins $500,000

Drew Carey was the big winner on \"Who Wants to be a Millionare?\", earning $500,000 for his charity, the Ohio Library Foundation. He Chickened out on a chance to risk his winnings on the $1 million question: Which football star was the first to film a commercial for Disney World? The answer: Phil Simms.

Nice Job Drew!



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