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Libraries as a Public Good

A trio of readings on the radical idea of libraries in our society:

Also of note is an upcoming UK report stating that
"knowledge should be public good first, private right second"
-- now that's just kooky talk!

Free Comic Book Day is May 6!

kmccook writes " *
Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world are giving away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores."

Libraries, logistics and the long tail

Lorcan Dempsey Takes A Look at the many "long tail" discussions and says the real issue is how well supply and demand are articulated in a network environment. And when we think about it in this systemwide way the picture is less reassuring. Think of two figures. The first is that ILLs account for 1.7% of overall circulations. The second is about circulation.He says Libraries do indeed collectively manage a long tail of research, learning and cultural materials. However, we need to do more work to make sure that that long tail is directly available to improve the work and lives of our users.

Yale Debuts SEX WEEK - a Biennial Celebration of

Search-Engines writes "Welcome to Sex Week at Yale, a biennial celebration that has become one of the most provocative campus events in the country.Organizers say Sex Week gets students talking about sex in a way that's more relevant than middle-school film strips, more honest than movies and television, and more fun than requisite college health lecturesYale's event, which ends Saturday, includes lectures from dating specialists, a sex therapist and a discussion of homosexuality with a former Roman Catholic priest. More provocative sessions include a panel of porn stars and stripping lessons from a Playboy Channel hostess y_league_sex"

"Information Science" site searching

Anonymous Patron writes "Major nationally read information science blog, LISnews, relegates search bar to the bottom of its main page. Millions of voices cry out in muted suffering."

Anthropodermic Bibliopegy (Skin-bound books)

ADHD librarian sends "this story about
Harvard having books bound in human skin
Has anyone counted the students recently?"

n the 19th century, book bindings in human skin captured the romantic notions of the upper class, and anthropodermic bindings became more common. A frequent subject of such bindings were anatomy textbooks, which doctors and medical students may have had bound in the skin of cadavers they had dissected.

Enter Baby Carver

Have a look at our newest LISNewster, baby Kelly.

Russia’s Biggest Spammer Brutally Murdered in Apartment

GregS* writes ""Vardan Kushnir, notorious for sending spam to each and every citizen of Russia who appeared to have an e-mail, was found dead in his Moscow apartment on Sunday, Interfax reported Monday. He died after suffering repeated blows to the head."
Article here."

''A beer commercial could do it."

Kathleen writes "Racy reading can put a felon in jail. A Miami sex offender went to jail for reading Maxim magazine after probation officers decided that it was 'sexually stimulating' -- the latest sign of the Florida's get-tough policy toward people on probation. Sex offenders are typically barred from possessing ''obscene, pornographic, or sexually stimulating'' material under standard probation agreements.
Scott Hiaasen's story from the Miami Herald goes on to discuss Potter Stewart's famous I Know It When I see It."
Update: 07/19 10:52 EST by B:Not really sure what that Chronicle of Christian Faith thing was, so I took it out until someone points us in the right direction.

WWII Diary makes it home

Cortez writes "Anything is possible if you wait long enough: n02,0,5411009,print.story
"A Book 60 Years Overdue: Bill Ferguson last saw his wartime diary at a German prison camp in 1945. This spring, the journal was returned -- with quite a backstory.""


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