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http://search-engines-web.com sends "notification that LISNews has been noted in the news again, this time in reference to a Department of Justice directive that depository libraries destroy documents that had been sent out. The props came in this Berkeley Daily Planet article titled Librarians Win Battle Against Ashcroftâ€™s Edict to Censor Statute Documents.
Under federal law, Russell is obliged to withdraw publications when requested by the agencies which had initially issued them, according to an article posted on LISNews.com, the website of Librarian & Information Science News.
The good news is, thanks to super generous LISNewsterz LISNews is as good as paid for through the end of the year. The bad news is, of course, that leaves us with an infinite number of other years to pay for. There's really no way I can possibly thank everyone for their generosity, especially those of you who sent me a check or cash. Also thanks to everyone who paypaled money and everyone who just clicked a google ad. I've tried to send a thank you email to everyone I could identify, hopefully you got yours, if not, thanks, and sorry I missed you. Adding up the paypal donations, checks, and cash (yes, a few brave souls sent me cash) I've received just over $1500 out of the $1620 it'll cost for 9 months of hosting I was hoping to pay for. Unless there are almost no clicks (clicks=$$!!) on the google ads for the remainder of the year, the server is paid for. So, now what? I'm looking for feedback and ideas on what to do next. More below... -- Read More
Litwin has written a long essay in the latest issue of Library Juice, intended to more clearly explain his perspective. He has some valid criticisms of the LISNews community's response to his earlier critiques that are well worth reading.
Here's a quick follow up on paying for LISNews. LISNews is almost paid through the end of 2004, close enough that I believe the google ads should cover the cost of the server for the remainder of the year. I can't begin to thank you enough for your generosity and support. Thanks to everyone who paypaled money, sent me a check, or just clicked a google ad. I've tried to send a thank you email to everyone I could identify, and find an email address for. Here are the totals. I've received about $1490 out of the $1620 it'll cost for 9 months of hosting LISNews:
Within minutes (4 to be exact) of my plea for help last week the donations came rolling in, and haven't stopped since. There is no way I can really say thanks to everyone who has kicked in an average of over $20 to help pay for LISNews. I've received $848.57 (net) via paypal, about $150 via the increased clicks on the "ads by google," and an unknown amount sitting in 2 envelopes that came via snail mail (I'm in the middle of moving, didn't want to lose them, so they sit in a box).
This means LISNews is almost paid through the end of this year, I needed $1,620, and have received just over $1,000 in only one week.
I can't being to thank everyone who contributed anywhere from $3 to $100 to help keep LISNews going. If you'd like to help make the goal, please feel free to click on a few ads, use the paypal link, or Contact Me if you're like a snail mail address.
Extra special thanks to those of you who linked to LISNews for the occasion, and super extra special thanks to Jessamyn for the button .
When Blake made his original announcement, I linked to it in Library Juice and called it "Batty." It seemed batty to me for Blake to describe his own site as a "liberal echo chamber" when to me it had for years seemed like one of the more politically conservative sources of information relating to librarianship available, in terms of the stories that were posted, but especially the comments that people were leaving. The belligerant, "AM Talk Radio" style of much if not most of the discussion on LISNews had led me to stop posting stories there roughly a year earlier and to stop reading the site almost completely. A year ago it already seemed, to me, that LISNews had, far from being a "liberal echo chamber," been taken over by a right wing librarian's militia group.
So, basically I am still disturbed by Blake's sentiments about his site and about politics in the library community. It comes as a surprise and a disappointment. If you are a reader of LISNews, I hope you will read it with a critical eye and an awareness of this development.
I would like to add that I have nearly stopped reading the comments in recent weeks. Mainly because my work load has increased and my free time has decreased, but also because it seems to be the same folks, beating each other up over the same issues. Sometimes I get the feeling that my moderate, left-leaning opinion isn't wanted here.
I received 3 questions on moderating last week, so I thought I'd write better explanation of moderation, and how it works here @LISNews.
Moderation: The ability of an LISNewster to cast a single vote on a comment. Comments end up being scored from -1 to 5, with each comment having the ability to be moderated up to 10 times, regardless of score. So the score of a comment can bounce around, between -1 (bad) and 5 (great), until it has been moderated 10 times. So if you see a score you disagree with, you can, most likely, moderate it differently. -- Read More
The LISNews user journals have been on fire lately. The journals are an eclectic mix of the wide range of personalities we have gathered over the years.
nbruce was the first to hit 100, with a diverse collection of posts, including one that suggests some of the journal work is publishable. Shoe Continues Writing about her systems job in the public world, don't miss the "Girls Gone Wild" entry, it's hilarious. There's been a Call Out on one of the oddest quotes I think I've seen on LISNews: "Sex with a horse is not the same as naked pygmies." Fang-Face has some on this on his page As Well.
There's many more, you can browse from the Top Journals Page by # of posts, and latest post, and at some point, by popularity, but I've yet to code that part. If you have an LISNews Account you already have Your Own Journal, if you don't have an account, get yourself one today.
This is a personal request. My good friend Jay is on a quest, a quest for music, a very specific quest... the mysterious-yet-legendary performance of the Grateful Dead and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in March of 1970.
Jay's been keeping track of his search On His Web Site, but he's just not having any luck.
Any music librarians out there that might be able to help point him in the right direction?