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Revolting Librarians Redux A review by Steve Fesenmaier

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"A great book came out recently – one I have to put up there with Michael
Moore’s STUPID WHITE MEN – I have to tell you about. It’s called
“Revolting Librarians Redux” edited by Katia Roberto and Jessamyn West.
It is called “redux” because 30 years ago “Revolting Librarians” was
published. That tome was one of the reasons why I stayed in my
lowest-paid, demeaning profession since 1978. I discovered that there
were many other victims of American anti-intellectualism, and they
somehow found their way to library school, and somehow fought back
against The Matrix of the 1970s.

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The story behind 'the greatest' English Bible

Toots writes "Interesting Book Review, by Leo Sandon, Distinguished Teaching Professor of religion and American studies at Florida State:

If you want a serious volume among your summer reading selections, I suggest Adam Nicholson's well-received "God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible" (Harper Collins, 2003). It is informative yet engaging; erudite yet accessible; well-researched yet not scholarly thick. One gathers Nicholson intentionally omitted footnotes or endnotes in the interest of readability (a mistake, I think), but he provides 25 felicitous illustrations, six helpful appendices and a rather extensive bibliography. It is a fine telling of the creation of the King James Bible.

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Revolting Librarians Needed, More Now than Ever

Steve Fesenmaier writes "
Reviewer: steve fesenmaier from charleston, wv USA
I am one of thousands of librarians who read the original book that was
published in 1972 - I read it in 1978 when I first came
to work in a library. I had a difficult time getting through library
school, and Don Roberts, one of the original authors, kept me
going. After I began my first job ever in a library, I instantly had
doubts about continuing given the conformism, lack of pay,
etc. - until I found a copy of Revolting Librarians and discovered that
many other librarians and library staff had exactly the
same feelings I did. Now, 30 years latter, a second version has come
out. I think that it is vastly superior to the first for several
reasons.

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Book Review: Casino Royale

Bob Cox spotted This Book Review of Casino Royale, the birthplace of Bond, written 50 years ago.
They say he does introduce himself as "Bond - James, Bond"; the car is not an Aston Martin or a BMW - it's a Bentley; and the drink is not a vodka martini (shaken, not stirred) - it is: three measures of Gordon's Gin, one of vodka, and half a measure of Kina Lillet (vermouth).

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Doing It by Melvin Burgess

Jenna writes "Have you heard about Melvin Burgess's new novel, "Doing It?" It's not even due out until May, but it's already controversial. Anne Fine wrote a review about it
And here is Burgess's rebuttal (which contains a link to other reviewers and readers comments)."

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Information Architecture for the World Wide Web

Bob Cox writes sent along This Review of the new "Information Architecture for the World Wide Web".
They say it has useful ideas and valuable insights. The chapter on Labels is particularly novel, innovative, and useful. All designers of large Web sites need to be familiar with the indexing and cataloging skills that Rosenfeld and Morville explain. Lessons from library science are worth learning, and the author's preference for the magisterial title "Information Architect" over the more familiar but still honorable title of "Librarian" should not blind us to the lessons we can learn from the traditions of the library.

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Usability for the Web: Designing Web Sites That Work

Eric Lease Morgan Posted This Review of Usability for the Web: Designing Web Sites That Work, by Tom Brinck, Darren Gergle, and Scott D. Wood.
The book is a how-to guide. It describes methods and techniques for designing websites with the assumption that the principles of usability are pervasive throughout. This book is not about HTML. It is a book about the concepts and principles surrounding the organization, creation, and design of interfaces to data and information presented via a Web browser.

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The Theory and Practice of the Internet

MSNBC Has This little look at three books that look for a comprehensive theory of the Web.
\"Linked: The New Science of Networks,\" by Albert-Laszlo; \"Smart Mobs,\" by Howard Rheingold; and \"Small Pieces Loosely Joined,\" by David Weinberger.
He says so far the observational results seem to be confirmed by theory, Two sizes work on the Web: huge and tiny.
I just finished Small Pieces Loosely Joined, and found it to be a good read.

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Particular obsessions

Here\'s A Nice Look At Nicholson Baker, and his newest work, A Box of Matches.
\"Double Fold is not a mere critique of the preservation methods of librarians,\" writes Professor Richard J Cox, who has written a reply to Baker, entitled Vandals in the Stacks?. \"Instead, it looks for a conspiracy (and looks and looks).\"

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The Slynx - a first novel about secret libraries

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"I was listing to NPR last night and heard a review of this great new novel by a Russian writer....the ruler of Moscow post-nuclear war controls the only books, and gives forth the great ideas of writers from the past, controlling all of the books...sounds like something that may happen sooner...\"

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