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Eighteen Popular Library Stories of 2010

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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.

2010 I Love My Librarian Award Winners

FYI - Just released today
http://www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian/2010/10winners.cfm
Congratulations to the 10 winners of this year's I Love My Librarian Award! Thank you to the 2000 library supporters who sent in nominations. Read on to learn more about this year's winners.

Library of Congress Blocks Wikileaks

From The Guardian:

The Library of Congress tonight joined the education department, the commerce department and other government agencies in confirming that the ban is in place.

Although thousands of leaked cables are freely available on the Guardian, New York Times and other newspaper websites, as well as the WikiLeaks site, the Obama administration insists they are still classified and, as such, have to be protected.

Smithsonian Censors Itself at the Behest of the Government

The Smithsonian Museum has been under pressure from Catholics and congressmen to pull pieces of an exhibit focusing on homosexuality and homosexual Americans. From NPR:

At least one critic has accused the Smithsonian of caving in to pressure from Catholics and from two Republican members of Congress. Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia called the exhibition "an outrageous use of taxpayer money." A spokesperson for incoming House Speaker John Boehner told The Hill newspaper that "Smithsonian officials should either acknowledge the mistake or be prepared to face tough scrutiny beginning in January."

More from NPR.

Bomb Threat Closes Ohio State Library

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bomb threat targeting Ohio State University was e-mailed to the FBI Tuesday morning, prompting the school to evacuate four academic buildings, including the main library. An initial search turned up nothing out of the ordinary, officials said.

The threat was in a message received Tuesday at FBI headquarters in Washington, said Paul Bresson, an agency spokesman based there. Campus police said they were alerted at 8:19 a.m. Tuesday that the threats involved the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library and three laboratory buildings.

"This is still in our assessment a threat, and there have been no suspicious package or devices found at this time," university Police Chief Paul Denton said at a news conference.

Authorities did not identify the source of the bomb threats at Ohio State, one of the nation's largest universities, with more than 56,000 students at its main Columbus campus. The FBI's Bresson declined to provide information about where the e-mail appeared to come from or whether the bureau believed the threat was real.

More info & photos from the CBS local affiliate.

Possible higher demand for IRS tax forms at libraries this year

The IRS won't be mailing tax form booklets to individuals this year, and they are referring people to libraries as a source for paper forms. See IRS Notice 1400--

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/n1400.pdf
"Going to your local post office or library (if they participate in the federal tax products program)."

More Election Day Library News From LJ

Election Day brought good news to library supporters around the country as local tax levies to support libraries won strong support in key Ohio communities, and radical propositions in Colorado that would have crippled library services were categorically rejected.

Story here.

The Desk Setup: A Look At Librarian Computers

The Desk Setup

Like many technologists, I may have had some vague notion that librarians had something to contribute to discussions about information and metadata and standards and access, but my concept of what librarians did and what they knew probably had more to do with stereotypes and anecdote than on an understanding of reality. Which is a shame. Although in the last few years I think we’ve done a really good job of making clearer connections between libraries and technology, I don’t think anyone is surprised when librarians are omitted from discussions about and between prominent technologists, such as the one facilitated by the Setup. (Note: by “librarians” I mean anyone who works in, with, or for libraries. Hat tip to Eli Neiburger for saying what I’d been thinking, only less clearly, for some time before he said those words out loud.)

Literary Tattoos

Yesterday, WBUR's, On Point program had an hour on Literary Tattoos.

"Tattoos were once for sailors and wayfarers — exotic souvenirs of adventure and romance. Now, they’re mainstream. Walk into any college gym – any gym, anywhere – and you know.

But literary tattoos – now there’s the high frontier. And even it is becoming wildly populated. Rimbaud on the forearm. Kafka on the whole arm. Sylvia Plath across the chest. Kundera on the abdomen. A big back covered in Proust. Oh my."

Do any LISNews folks sport literary tattoos?

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