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WorldCat Turns Forty

News today from OCLC that WorldCat has turned the big 4-0. Some more statistics are available.

Did one invention lead to the decline of newspapers?

What led to the decline of news?
Look, this post has a point. By now it should be obvious: One invention did not lead to the decline of newspapers, and one firm did not do it either. The loss of readers and the loss of ads came from the accumulation of a number of events. Who is responsible? Let’s count. We have blamed Craigslist, other online classified sites, Overture, NSF funding, Silicon Valley’s ecosystem, the efforts of many clever computer scientists, and the efforts of many bloggers. And that is just the short version of the story. The problems with newspapers did not arise at the hand of a single invention or a single firm. It was a gang.

Vatican to Digitize Prohibited Archives

Hot on the heels of their successful iPhone app/Apple Store and drive-through confessional, the BBC News reports that the Vatican has announced plans to digitize their pornography collection and make it available online to paying subscribers. Given what the church has planned for the project's profits, here's hoping they learn lessons from the the New York Times paywall loopholes. Is anyone in on the Indulgentia beta?

All The News That's Fit To Sell

The New York Times is again playing with online subscriptions. A new model unveiled today gives you 20 article views a month before you hit a paywall. Other online papers have tried to charge for access with limited success. It's been interesting to watch the news models and industry develop over time.

Small Fire Extinguished at Library of Congress

Washington Post : The Madison Building at the Library of Congress in Washington has reopened Friday after being briefly evacuated because of a small electrical fire in the basement.

The fire broke out in the morning and was contained to a basement. D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says the fire stemmed from an electrical problem involving a generator, but the exact cause has yet to be determined.

U.S. Capitol Police say there were no injuries and no immediate reports of damages. The building on Independence Avenue was evacuated and neighboring streets were shut down.

Additional details from The Hill.

Lost Jewish Texts Show Up in New York

As the Nazi's power grew in the early 1930s, a Jewish librarian living in Frankfurt published a catalogue of of 15,000 books he'd collected.

When the war hit, large portions of the collections disappeared, a frighteningly common occurrence with Jewish literature and writing in Germany just before and during World War II. Yet somehow many of these books made their way to America, to the shelves of the Leo Baeck Institute where they were recently re-discovered.

More from the New York Times.

Are libraries finished? Five arguments for and against

The BBC News Magazine asks the question and provides both yea and nay answers.

"But no matter how eloquently Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy or author Colin Dexter extol their virtues, the fact is library visitor numbers - like their budgets - are falling.

So what can the internet provide that a library can't, and when is there simply no online substitute for a trip to your local library? Here are five examples on either side"

Ten Stories That Shaped 2010

It's time again to take a look at the memorable headlines of the year.

10. YouTube Sensations

Although viral videos are nothing new, libraries found themselves involved in a few catchy clips this year, and even got Old Spice guy involved in their cause.

9. Libraries and DVDs and Netflix, Oh My

Libraries check out a lot of movies, in case you haven't heard. A library touting their use of Netflix, however, -- Read More

Eighteen Popular Library Stories of 2010

via WestchesterLibAssoc (@wlany)

18 Popular Library Stories of 2010

Here’s a list of the library-related articles which have most interested iLibrarian readers over the past year.

2010 State of America’s Libraries Report
ACRL 2010 Top Ten Trends in Academic Libraries
IFLA World Report 2010
Top 30 Library iPhone Apps – Part 1
Top 30 Library iPhone Apps – Part 2
Top 30 Library iPhone Apps – Part 3
5 Things the Library of Congress is Archiving Online
British Library to Offer Free eBook Downloads
Top Ten Social Media Competencies for Librarians
12 User Points of Need – Where to Place Your Services Online
Libraries and Cloud Computing
10 Librarian Blogs To Read in 2010
October 1st is Follow a Library Day on Twitter
Online Tools Your Library Needs Now & Why
11 Ways to Promote a Great Top 10 Book List
13 Ways (and 147 Tools) to Help Your Library Save Money on Technology
Congrats Movers and Shakers
31 Cataloging and Metadata Blogs in 2010

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Amazon Selling Kindle Version of Wikileaks

Among its many services, Amazon.com offers hosting for websites in the form of data storage. When Wikileaks dumped a massive cache of diplomatic cables onto the Internet, it didn't take long for some technologically minded people to find out that Amazon had been hosting Wikileaks' data and content for quite some time. Yet, after the blow up over the cables, Amazon tossed Wikileaks from their servers, siting violations of their terms of service.

So make of this what you will, but Amazon UK is selling a Kindle version of the Wikileaks data. You can also have a look at the customer comments.

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