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Steve Fesenmaier passed along This One from American Journalism Review on West Virginia’s rural weeklies. They call them \"invaluable voices,\" as they are often the only source of local news.
They say when you\'re the editor and co-owner of an aggressive weekly in a struggling West Virginia county, population 10,291, it\'s tough to find a story where interests don\'t collide. Almost everything you write involves someone you know.

Service to the poor: beginning a bibliography

ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table mainstay Fred Stoss has contributed the foundations of a current bibliography on service to, and attitudes toward, poor library patrons to the especially meaty 11/28 issue of Library Juice. Here\'s the TOC:

  • 1. Interview with Jessamyn West
  • 3. \'Core\' or \'Critical\" Ready Reference Tools (in print)
  • 4. Lib Tech Talk List
  • 5. Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom going online
  • 6. Bibliography - attitudes toward the poor in libraries
  • 7. Bushspeak
  • 8. Phones Installed in Free Library
  • 9. Links
  • Minorities Still Under Represented on Magazine Covers

    Jen Young passed along this Story that says Minorities continue to be under represented on the covers of pop culture magazines and publications, according to a recent survey by the New York Times. Examining hundreds of magazine covers from 31 publications, the Times found the percentage of minority cover persons grew to just 20 percent in 2002 from 13 percent during 1998 to 2001. While minorities are gaining more exposure in fashion versus other pop culture magazines, Halle Berry in the December issue of Cosmopolitan remains only the fifth black Cosmo cover woman since 1964, the last one being Naomi Campbell in 1990.

    Scientists Accuse Toxicology Journal of Industry Ties

    jen writes \"You\'ll need a Chronicle sub to read this online. 45 scientists sent a letter on Tuesday to the publishers of the journal \"Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology,\" accusing it of being little more than an industry mouthpiece. The letter urges the journal\'s publisher, a unit of Elsevier Science Inc., to reconfigure the journal\'s editorial board and to require authors to disclose possible conflicts of interest.

    Scholarly Publishers Aim to Woo Librarians Away From Self-Published Research

    The Chronicle of Higher Education has a Story, spotted by Jen Young, on a public-relations campaign intended to improve publishers\' image among librarians and academics. Supporters of the campaign say that it will be an attempt to mend relations with librarians and academics.
    I say that\'ll happen when publishers stop gouging libraries. The campaign will not focus on the sharply rising cost of journal subscriptions because the publishers don\'t see \"it as the key issue.\" I would think it\'s safe to say librarians see it as The Key Issue.

    \"The problem is that a lot of commercial publishers are not only addicted to profits -- they are addicted to high revenue growth, too,\" he says. \"That creates a situation that is sure to motivate alternative systems for disseminating knowledge.\"-Kenneth Frazier, director of libraries at the University of Wisconsin at Madison

    Call for Contributors

    Rachel writes \"I\'m looking for contributors to the March issue of the Info Career Trends electronic newsletter, which is focusing on \"jobs, salaries, and raises,\" and the May issue, which is focusing on \"building a career.\"

    For March, I\'m particularly looking for people to write on topics such as: unionization, successful efforts to raise salaries in individual libraries, salary and raise negotiation strategies, changing jobs in order to better your salary, and finding and capturing a fairly-paying position.

    For May, I\'m looking for people to write on successful career-building strategies - have you written for publication? Followed a successful promotion path in one library? Used conferences and mailing lists to network? Changed jobs to further your career?

    Contributor guidelines are available at . Please send queries to [email protected]. More information on the newsletter and archives are available at .

    E-Journals Are Cheaper!

    John Hubbard writes: \"Well, sorta. A study published in October\'s D-Lib Magazine documents a $2.00 vs. $17.50 per-use cost of e-journals vs. printed journals at Drexel University Library. There are some apples-and-oranges issues with the statistics, but the results are interesting evidence. \"

    R.I.P Arts & Letters Daily

    Bob Cox points out Arts & Letters Daily will no longer be with us. They say Since the filing, Arts & Letters Daily has been kept afloat by the goodwill of its editors, Tran Huu Dung and Denis Dutton, and it is now time for them to move on.

    The rising costs of scientific journals

    I don't think we've pointed to This display yet, but I've been wrong before. Designed by the Cornell University Engineering and Computer Science Library team, it shows how high costs are on some of our most expensive journals.

    It was inspired by the "Show Me the Money" site, at the Health Sciences and Human Services library at the University of Maryland.

    It\'s A Mad World

    Bob Cox writes: \"I got this from Netsurf:\"

    \"The FBI vs. Mad Magazine

    \"Scratch a fed and paranoia oozes out. Used to anyway, and we don\'t suppose it\'s
    much different right now. Back in the day, the subversive Mad Magazine - you
    know, Spy vs Spy, Don Martin, Alfred E. Neuman - liked to spoof the FBI and its
    then supreme honcho, J. Edgar Hoover, or J. Edgar Electrolux as the magazine
    sometimes called him. Hoover, no man to take a joke lightly, sent his boys to
    check into the decadent, commie rag, to make sure no speck of dirt went


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