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Nebraska Librarians In Hot Water Over 'Rock Band'

Librarians in Nebraska are under investigation by local news media and the state after a youtube video surfaced of these book-lovers setting up and playing Rock Band and Dance Dance Revolution.

Further down in article: Most librarians I've known are surprisingly cool. They are dedicated people who like education, books and kids. I'd speculate that the librarians in Nebraska are buying game systems to draw kids to the library by actually making the place relevant to the interests and lifestyles of the people in the community. Shocking, right? After purchasing the games and systems, the librarians set them up and tried them out. Amazing, right?

Story at G4

Philip Jose Farmer Passes Into His Riverworld

Legendary science fiction author Philip Jose Farmer died yesterday morning at his home in North Peoria. He was 91.

Farmer was well known as the man who wrote the Riverworld series of books which are considered classics of science fiction and explore the world of life after death.

Normally a sort of reclusive figure, Philip Jose Farmer was passionate about his local libraries. Indeed, he gave them the credit for fostering his love and of reading and writing.

More news from the PJ Star.

Jesup library book theft case dismissed

A theft charge has been dismissed against an Independence woman who failed to return an overdue book to the Jesup Public Library.

Shelly Koontz was charged Jan. 22 with fifth-degree theft and jailed for not returning "The Freedom Writers Diary," a book valued at $13.95 that she checked out last April. She was released after posting $250 bond.

Her attorney, James Peters, says the case was dismissed Thursday after Koontz agreed to pay the library a $13.95 fine, return the book and pay about $50 in court costs.

Buchanan County Attorney Allan Vander Hart says a library complaint led to the arrest.

A woman who answered the library telephone hung up when asked if anyone could comment.

A number listed for Shelly Koontz was disconnected.

Story found here.

Emerald Management Xtra Plus now available

United Kingdom, January 2009 – Emerald Group Publishing Limited is delighted to announce that 200 scholarly publications are now available as part of its new flagship online journal collection, Emerald Management Xtra Plus. Emerald has been expanding and consolidating its portfolio through a rigorous acquisition and new launch programme, adding only titles providing high quality research that can find applications in the world of practice. This milestone further strengthens the company’s position as the world’s leading publisher of management research.

Emerald Management Xtra Plus is a collection of peer-reviewed management journals that integrates a host of online resources tailored for communities of librarians, managers, students, faculty members and deans. It comes with the additional benefit that all new journals will become automatically accessible by Emerald Management Xtra Plus subscribers as soon as they are published electronically.

In total, 22 subject areas, from Logistics to Leadership, are covered in the collection. Some of the titles recently added include Journal of Chinese Entrepreneurship, China Agricultural Economic Review, International Journal of Law in the Built Environment and World Hospitality and Tourism Themes.

Vicky Williams, Head of Publishing Development at Emerald, comments: “This marks a great achievement for Publishing Development. It is testimony to the team’s continuous efforts to respond to market developments and needs, identify new key areas of research, and build strong relationships with international authors and editors. Our journal launch programme seeks to be responsive but stringent in its criteria, ensuring the creation of new scholarly publications of the highest calibre.”

Library Journal’s recent E-Reference Ratings review described Emerald Management Xtra as “encompassing a good range and breadth of content as well as a good quality of writing and also being easy to use”. -- Read More

Publisher Alfred Knopf Jr. dies at age 90

Noted New York publisher Alfred A. Knopf (Kuh-nopf) Jr. has died at age 90.

Story from the AP

More detailed article in the NYT.

Jean Srnecz Dies in Plane Crash

Jean Srnecz, senior v-p of merchandising for Baker & Taylor, was one of the victims of the Continental Connection Flight 3407 plane that crashed last night, February 12, outside the Buffalo airport. Srnecz, who was on a trip to visit family, was a highly regarded and well-known member of the publishing industry and served on the boards of the Book Industry Study Group and Educational Paperback Association.

Full story at Publishers Weekly

Suspect in Librarian Crash Arrested Yet Again

The woman accused of killing two Greenwich librarians during a drunken hit-and-run is becoming a frequent guest of Denver police.

This time it’s part of the city's district attorney’s plan to inflate bail for the woman whose criminal record includes as least one prior DUI, Greenwich Time reports.

Full story here.

Author's Guild Claims Kindle 2 Copyright Infringement

The Kindle 2 has a feature which allows the book to be read out loud. And wow, does this have the Author's Guild up in a tizzy.

"They don't have the right to read a book out loud," said Paul Aiken, executive director of the Authors Guild. "That's an audio right, which is derivative under copyright law."

Amazon is moving forward with the rather logical opinion that there's no way a person would confuse the computerized text to speech voice with an audiobook.

So all of you youth librarian types doing story time? STOP IT. You're violating copyright and you're probably doing it more ways than one since you're not only reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom out loud, but you're putting on a public performance.

Boing Boing Gadgets has the run down. More on this story from the Wall Street Journal.

Suspect in crash that killed two Old Greenwich librarians arrested again

A driver whose license was suspended after a fatal hit-and-run collision with a cab headed to the Denver airport was spotted driving again.

Full story here.

A Fond Farewell To Favorite Cultural Spots In Milwaukee

Arnie Birren writes in the UWMLeader :

"Just imagine, one day we'll tell our kids about books. The way they smelled when first purchased, the graceful aging of the yellowed volumes that lined the shelves of resale stores and the satisfaction of turning that final page.

Start saying goodbye to the paperback. Say farewell to off-tune punk ballads bleeding through the low-ceilinged basements of Riverwest. Kiss your art goodbye Milwaukee. It's leaving you behind.

March 31 will mark the final day of operation for Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops, a Milwaukee staple since 1927. Not only a bookshop, Schwartz also serves as a venue for book and poetry readings. It connects the loose network of local readers and writers to nationally touring authors. It has been a place to talk about books."

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