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An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education today records that Rockefeller University Press is freezing the rates of its journal subscriptions for 2010 at the 2009 levels. Although Rockefeller only publishes a few journals, "the symbolic value of the decision, however, should not be discounted".
After a story earlier this week about Due Date stamps, Florida's own effing-librarian wrote to Washington Post columnist John Kelly with his thoughts.
Kelly added most of effing's email to his follow-up column, "Okay, So End of Library Stamps Isn't the End of the World.". Effing's stuff is found here fyi, along with opinions from other readers. Isn't it nice when you can start a dialogue?
Special Issues: Bulletin of the Canadian Association of Special Libraries and Information Services has published its latest issue.
Membership Does Have Its Benefits: Student Experiences with CASLIS
Seven students and new professionals discuss how being involved with CASLIS has benefitted them
By Jennifer Green
Gateway to Canada’s Immigration Stories
A profile of Pier 21’s Scotiabank Research Centre
By Lori McCay-Peet
A Fable About Government Libraries and Oz
A commentary about Library and Archives Canada
Conference Tips for Students and New Professionals
Some tips from a first-time attendee.
By Sarah Harvey
News and Notes
Information Specialist as Detective Contest results… CASLIS Occasional Paper series… Renovation and Revitalizations in Special Libraries… National Summit on Library Human Resources… Freedom to Read and Special Libraries
From the Desk of the President
“In Times Like These…”
By Robyn Stockand
CLA Student Chapters
Bridging the gap between the student and professional worlds
By Emily Reyns, Brittany Trafford, and Tara Forman
Vend or Foe?
By Heather Berringer
Retro Review: Desk Set.
By Astrid Lange
People in the News
Upcoming events coast to coast
On the Lighter Side
Librarian Zombie Defense League… Unshelved
Want "high-impact reviews of street lit, genre fiction, graphic novels, audio, and DVDs, along with edgy RA, in-depth prepub info, and industry buzz" direct from seasoned library-type editors?
Then you'll want to sign up for Library Journal's new twice-monthly newsletter BOOK SMACK (where did they get that edgy edgy name??).
Here's where to subscribe.
A principal's decision to remove a magazine from a middle-school library has drawn criticism for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school board from the American Civil Liberties Union.
The ACLU said the First Amendment was violated when Brian Sharosky, principal of Roxboro Middle School, confiscated the November issue of Nintendo Power magazine. The magazine covers the world of Nintendo video games, from previews and ratings to secret codes and short cuts.
"Literature should not be removed from a school library simply because one person may find it inappropriate," said Christine Link, ACLU of Ohio executive director, in a statement last week. She called for the board to "immediately order that the magazine be reinstated."
Sharosky deemed that particular issue unsuitable for students in grades six to eight because of a "violent figure" on the cover and content about a game that's rated for mature audiences, according to district spokesman Michael Dougherty
The librarian objected, maintaining that staff members -- including the principal -- are supposed to follow the policy for challenging a publication. That starts with submitting a form to the superintendent and ends with a decision by the school board.
Cites & Insights 9:5, April 2009, is now available.
The 32-page issue is PDF as usual, with HTML versions (such as they are) for each essay available via the links below.
The issue includes:
Making it Work Perspective: Thinking about Blogging: 1
Do comments make a blog a blog? Is the "blogosphere" imploding? Have conversations moved elsewhere? And some offhand notes about blogs as a median medium, in an "interesting sweet spot in a casual media hierarchy of length, thought and formality."
Ignoring the Death of Serious Reading, which is as specious as the Death of Blogs, the Death of Print Media and even (in my opinion) the Sudden Death of Newspapers, we look at some other reading-related topics--Aliteracy and Online and Print Reading. A third topic somehow moved over into...
The Death of Journals (Film at 11). That's the overall title, and no, I don't believe journals are nearing sudden death either...but the topics this time around do relate to journals: Are print journals obsolete? Should professional journals evolve into blogs?
Time Inc. and Toyota Motor Corp., partnering on new customized print magazine. You can choose content from 5 different publications (from a group of 8). The print edition will be available to the first 31,000 to request it; 200,000 more can get the online version.
Could personalized content work in a print publication, or is just a waste of paper?
Direct link to subscribe is here. (I already requested my copy.)
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper will produce its last printed edition on Tuesday and become an Internet-only news source, the Hearst Corporation said on Monday, making it by far the largest American newspaper to take that leap. Thus ends a 146-year run.
But the P-I, as it is called, will resemble a local Huffington Post more than a traditional newspaper, with a news staff of about 20 people rather than the 165 it has had, and a site consisting mostly of commentary, advice and links to other news sites, along with some original reporting. NYTimes and video and commentary from the P.I. itself .
David Carr of the NYT imagines a secret meeting of top newspaper people complete with cigars and cognac. On the Agenda:
United, newspapers may stand.
Cites & Insights 9:4 (March 2009) is now available.
The 30-page issue (PDF as usual, but there's an HTML version of the essay) consists of one essay:
Perspective: The Google Books Search Settlement
As an author with nine out of print books (to which I hold the rights): Great! I might see a couple hundred dollars...eventually. As one who cares about fair use: Boo! Google backed away from a case I thought they could win--and did so in a way that will make it harder for others in a similar situation. As a reader: Great--Google Books Search will continue to grow, and we'll see more than snippess from (some? most?) of five million out-of-print/in-copyright books. (As for "buying" such books, or rather, "permanent" online access to indifferently-scanned pages that can't be downloaded as PDFs and don't appear to have first-sale rights: Eh.) As a library supporter and user: Unclear--extremely unclear.
We won't have final answers for a long time. Meanwhile, this issue reviews some of the summaries and commentaries, throwing in a fair amount of my own commentary.
Barring truly unusual events, the April issue will have more than one essay, and almost certainly more than two. -- Read More