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I went to see the 12:01 AM showing of \"Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones\"
(or if you are in China, \"Copy People Attack\") and I was surprised just how much of it
is about Librarianship. Well, okay, it isn\'t about Librarianship, but it really
does raise some interesting issues about customer service and the integrity of archives. If I were a LIS prof, I\'d use
a scene in the film (perhaps risking litigation from Mr. Lucas) to demonstrate how not
to treat patrons. No spoliers, really, but you\'ll have to click below if you want to read
about it.P.S. There are things that kind of resemble books in the Jedi Library. They glowed blue, which makes them seem like eBooks, but there were stacks full of them, so I\'m not really sure what to make of it. -- Read More
Charles Davis passed along this one from
The Guardian on a Cambridge graduate who stole antique books and pamphlets worth an estimated £1.1m from libraries and then sold them at auctions and is now facing a lengthy jail term. The Police named him the \"Tome Raider\" after they busted him with books like Principia Mathematica by Sir Isaac Newton, works by Galileo,
and The Wealth of Nations by the Scots economist Adam
In total he stole 412 extremely rare antiquarian books making
the haul one of the biggest of its kind in British legal history.
Some have been returned to the libraries but hundreds of the
books have never been traced.
\"We don\'t assert he actually got them out of the libraries in the
first place but what he did afterwards was to pretend to be the
owner to sell them or store them away for later, we say, to make
quite a pile of money. We are not dealing with last year\'s law
book. We are going back hundreds of years with some of them.
They are valuable and he knew that.\"
See also, BBC Story on stopping book thieves in stores.
From Library Journal:
Legislation has been introduced that would nullify President Bush\'s executive order 13223, which allows sitting or former presidents to block access to presidential records. Representative Stephen Horn’s (R-CA) Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2002 would establish specific guidelines for the release of records and the handling of presidential claims of privilege . . .
You\'ve most likely heard of Brewster Kahle\'s Internet Archive. In the case that you have not, this note on the homepage should tantalize you
The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.
Well, an interesting article from Business Week tells of the development of Kahle\'s project, his plans for the future (which include better searching capablilites and digital copies of TV and radio programs) and the *huge* obstacle that is COPYRIGHT! In the article, Lawrence Lessig calls Kahle his \"hero.\" Wow! The strange thing about the article is that it seems to be sympathetic to Kahle and Lessig, rather than business.
From the New York Times (registration required):
Joseph Pierre Leclerc was a womanizing bounder who drank too much, beat his children and made a habit of marrying within a month of his last divorce.
After years of research, Michael J. Leclerc knew that much for sure about his unlamented great-grandfather, who died in 1968. What the great-grandson did not know - what had him out after midnight scrolling through just-released microfilm here at the northeast regional office of the National Archives - was which of his great-grandfather\'s countless women was living with him in 1930 when census takers knocked on his front door . . .
Such were the prickly personal questions that brought genealogy buffs out during vampire hours here and across the country for the unveiling of information on individuals and families gathered in the 1930 census. Under federal law, this data, which, most juicily, discloses who was living with whom and in what dwelling, is kept secret for privacy reasons until 72 years have come and gone . . .
The average lifespan for a website is 60 days. \"To a librarian, whose whole role in life is to preserve information, that is the stuff of sleepless nights.\"
As well as regularly archiving 10,000 sites, the British Library will take half-yearly \"snapshots\" of the entire .uk domain, which is presently 25 million webpages, with 60,000 being registered monthly. The library plans to create a cross section of British websites, consciously choosing a variety of sites, \"for example, we chose the Soil Association site and also the Monsanto site, to see how the debates on GM foods matched up.\" The archive will be cataloged, somehow, and they are investigated getting copyright clearance so that the public can browse the archives.Read the Full Story here
While Greene\'s authorized biographer toils away on the third volume of Greene\'s biography, other scholars are being denied access to Greene\'s papers by virtue of the library\'s restrictive reading of Greene\'s ambiguous intentions. \"
Also available at Yahoo.
The problems arise from a pointedly inserted a single comma that may or may not have drastically changed a document making it clear that he had authorized one writer to be his official biographer
The Royal Philharmonic Society archive could be split up or
leave the UK unless the cash appeal succeeds, the British
Library said today.
Deborah Bloom also sent in A Second Story on the same thing.
Charles Davis passed along
on the president of one of Romes most venerable musical institutions, who has sparked a row with
another organisation over the custody of valuable music artefacts.
He had joked that in their new home, musical treasures would be preserved and available for
research, unlike the original manuscript of Bellinis Norma, which he said is currently being gnawed
by mice under the very noses of the librarians.
But a journalist took the comment seriously and the librarian of the Conservatorio was asked to
Academics are warning that more needs to be done to
preserve Britain\'s digital heritage.
The Digital Preservation Coalition fears over-reliance on
technology means important contemporary records could
be lost to future generations.