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Bias by Design is an analysis of evolution books reviewed and selected by librarians.
The average number of libraries holding a Not Favorable title is nearly triple than that of libraries having a book supporting Intelligent Design. For nearly every 3 libraries holding a title pooh-poohing Intelligent Design, your patrons will find only 1 library with the temerity to rebut those who find nothing intelligent about Intelligent Design. Availability is certainly no reason for this disparity, pro Intelligent Design books have enjoyed a near 2:1 publication advantage to their counterpart since 2000.
Interesting points here regarding the role of the library.
Walter Skold writes "PRESS RELEASE & WEB SERVICE http://www.4freadom.org/CRKPrR.html Librarians Launch Two New ServicesTo Recommend Cuba Books for the YoungIncludes Open Forum for Librarians, Students and Parents October 1, 2006 — Two new book review and online discussion groupshave been launched for teachers and students that will highlight the bestbooks and resources on Cuba for young people. "As a way to celebrate banned books weeks all year we are proud to lauchboth Cuba4Kids and YACUBA," said Walter Skold, the co-chair of FREADOM,the library group which is sponsoring the new project. -- Read More
Some people who live in Lewisburg --filming location for the 1999 movie, "The Green Mile"(TN), are upset that the local library has bought some children's books in Spanish. They also bought a couple in Japanese, Russian, Polish and French and protesters added that those books shouldn't be there either. Little bit of a story here.
shambolic57 writes "As described in the Sydney Morning Herald ,
the Library at the University of New South Wales has been caught using that great collection weeding device--the dumpster--to store bound volumes of discarded journals. Of course this raises all sorts of issues which are too briefly touched on in what is essentially a filler article. I guess the lesson is don't discard, donate to libraries in greater need than yours or build a bigger stack facility."
chile sent over An Op-Ed by James Solomon Benn who writes about the policies of Indianapolis library head Linda Mielke, causing important books and collections are being sold off. Much of the library's holdings are being replaced by commercial videos and DVD's to attract more patrons. He says this is a horrible practice. "We should never play down to an audience, but rather educate and bring audiences up to a higher level of expectation. The dumbing down of America through our failing schools, the defunding of arts programming and the dismantling of our institutions is a travesty."
It would be hard to say whether, in her work of acquiring old literary treasures, there are more thrills or more disappointments for Katja Lorenz. For she has the seemingly enviable, but sometimes not so enviable, job of using somebody else's money to buy first editions of late Renaissance and Enlightenment classics. Story continued in the New York Times.
An Anonymous Patron sent over this one:
On 25 April the British Library published a consultation document: "The British Library's Content Strategy - Meeting the Knowledge Needs of the Nation". This sets out the Library's proposals for what information resources we should collect and connect with, in order to meet the needs of UK research, both today and in the future.
Our strategy has been developed in response to the rapid pace of change in scholarly communications and also in response to the Library's recent integration of its major catalogues which puts us in a position for the first time to be able to consider our collection as a unified entity.
Rick Roche Says Relying on traditional book review sources does not cut it for us any more. It never has been a totally successful way to identify the books that the readers in our libraries want and need. Now that they are on the Internet and watching cable television, it is less than adequate. We can not limit ourselves to reading three journals and looking at publishers' catalogs. Now that our readers surf the web, listen to talk radio, and watch book programs on C-SPAN, they are requesting books that they would not have known about in the past. Their recreational interests are expanding, too. As a book selector for a medium small public library, not having the budget to buy indiscriminately, Roche needs to identify the books with a buzz. He needs to notice the books that our readers will notice, and wants to do it before they do if possible.
Here are His current sources of book news and reviews.
JET writes "OCLC Top 1000 -- This list (covered earlier, now updated for 2005), contains the 'Top 1000' titles owned by OCLC member libraries... the intellectual works that have been judged to be worth owning by the 'purchase vote' of libraries around the globe." It's a strange compilation, since over 40 different Garfield titles are lumped together (#15), as are who knows how many US Census Bureau publications (which aren't usually "purchased" per se). So, not the best use of the FRBR model, but an interesting list.