Piercing Curtains

Women's History Month Library Thoughts

Women's History Month resources for the Delaware library community, with apologies for being so late to mark the observance! Full article here: http://library.blogs.delaware.gov/2010/03/15/womens-history-month/


Michelle Obama's 'socialist books' disappear on closer study

"Photo Evidence: Michelle Obama Keeps Socialist Books In The White House Library," blared the headline on conservative radio host Rob Port's blog following a tour of the presidential residence last week, after he spotted books including The American Socialist Movement 1897-1912 and The Social Basis of American Communism on the library's shelves.

Port ignited a storm, quickly drawing almost 300 comments to his post on the popular political blog SayAnythingBlog.com, and a rash of links across the internet. "I wonder if the liberals who mock conservatives who refer to Obama as a socialist still find it funny?" wrote All American Blogger. "By itself, this wouldn't be that big of a deal. But [in] the context of Obama's economic policies? Well, I'll let you make your own call," wrote Port, a self-styled bibliophile.

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Dousing Firewalls

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Scott Brown Plans Book

You gotta have a book. And the man with the truck will soon be the man with a book.

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), the party's hottest elected official, has decided to write a book that combines memoir and inspiration (of what sort I wonder...).

Gail Gitcho, his new Senate communications director, tells POLITICO, “Senator Brown is honored and humbled to be approached by many people who want him to tell his inspirational personal story about his life leading up to his election as a United States senator from Massachusetts. He will tell his story in a book in hopes of providing insight and encouragement to others and also to ensure that the record is complete and accurate.

"Part of the book proceeds will be donated to charity," Gitcho continued. "Senator Brown will work with a collaborator so he can continue to focus fully on his service to the people of Massachusetts, which is, and always will be, his first priority.”

Brown has hired Williams & Connolly's Bob Barnett, the city's leading counsel to politician-authors, to help him through the process.

US Anti-Trust Reviewers Still Objecting To Google Books Deal

The crew at Vulture Central (further known as British tech publication The Register) posted a report by Cade Metz about the continuing review of the proposed Google Books settlement. Metz notes that the US Department of Justice still finds as a fundamental problem to the settlement that it is using class action lawsuit mechanisms to do an overly far-reaching end-run of the legislative process so as to effect significant change in society.

Save Illinois Libraries

Now’s the time! Illinois’ Regional Library Systems need your help!

No money has been received this fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2009, which leaves the library systems unfunded. Money was allocated by the General Assembly, but payments have not been released.

Payment decisions are made by the Comptroller, Dan Hynes, but Governor Quinn also has influence. Unfortunately, library systems are not the only agencies in this situation. The problem is getting the attention of the comptroller and the governor. This is where you come in:


Keynotes at Delaware's Library Town Meeting

Delaware's library town meeting, held this year on December 9th, included high-profile keynote speakers- Delaware's First Lady Carla Markell, Secretary of State Jeff Bullock, and Mary Chute, Deputy Director for Libraries at IMLS. You can read a summary of comments from the local keynoters at the Delaware Libraries Blog:
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #98

This week's podcast looks forward into the past with a replay of archival audio of President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressing the US Congress after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The dateline for this episode is the 78th anniversary of the event. Also presented in the podcast was a brief discussion of the late-breaking story of Comcast's attempt to acquire a controlling interest in NBC Universal. There was originally going to be discussion of remarks by Rupert Murdoch concerning why news online should never have been free in the first place. The Comcast-NBC matter took precedence. Related links: FDR's speech at Archive.org This installment of Profile America MSNBC reporting on the Comcast-NBC matter Greg Sandoval at CNET discussing the Comcast-NBC matter One Reuters story on the Comcast-NBC matter Another Reuters story in the matter Discussion at the Erie Looking Productions blog of the recent coverage of remarks by Rupert Murdoch MSNBC relaying an AP report on Google's new attempt to restrict how users can reach news sites Linux Outlaws, a show produced by Sixgun Productions

Alaskan Libraries Shelve Former Governor's New Title

Sarah Palin, once at the center of book-banning controversy while mayor of Wasilla, is causing a bit of a headache for libraries this week as they decide how much shelf space and budget to devote to her new book – as well as the multiple other titles being released about her.

AK's Homer Tribune reports: Deciding how many books about Palin to stock on their shelves turns out to be a tricky question. On one hand, libraries have limited budgets for ordering new materials and limited space to shelve them. On the other hand, they want to meet readers’ demands. Terri Burdick, director of the Joyce K Carver Memorial Library in Soldotna, said "it’s difficult to order books on hot topics, like Palin. There tends to be demand for them when they first come out, but it fizzles quickly."

Burdick said she plans to order “Sarah from Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Superstar,” by Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe, and The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star by Matthew Continetti. She said she’s also considering ordering a copy of Going Rouge: An American Nightmare. The book is a response to Palin’s book from the editors of The Nation magazine, published by OR Books. It’s a collection of essays about Palin, including from two Alaska writers.


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