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The image is entitled "“The Library: Roaring Into the Future” by Eric Drooker and it depicts the two famous lions, Patience and Fortitude, protecting the entry to the Main Building of the New York Public Library (the Stephen A. Schwartzman building) currently celebrating its hundredth birthday.
Beautiful, but gloomy. Is this what the future holds for public libraries, all libraries?
More from the New Yorker (there is no accompanying article.)
WASHINGTON, D.C.– The Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program was zeroed out under the Department of Education’s allocation for FY2011 funding (PDF), released today.
Improving Literacy Through School Libraries is the only federal program solely for our nation’s school libraries. This program supports local education agencies in improving reading achievement by providing students with increased access to up-to-date school library materials; well-equipped, technologically advanced school libraries; and professionally certified school librarians.
“This decision shows that school libraries have been abandoned by President Obama and the Department of Education,” Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office, said.
“The Department has withdrawn funding for numerous successful literacy programs in order to launch new initiatives to bolster science, technology, engineering, and math education. Apparently, what the Department of Education fails to realize is that the literacy and research skills students develop through an effective school library program are the very building blocks of STEM education. Withdrawing support from this crucial area of education is an astounding misstep by an Administration that purports to be a champion of education reform.” -- Read More
(Posted early by direction of The Producer)
This week's episode features an interview with Patrick Frey of Patterico's Pontifications about the recent Blogger disruption and an unseemly incident that arose from it. An essay and a news miscellany are also featured.
Ed Bott: Blogger outage makes case against cloud-only strategy
Instapundit on the outage at the Ann Althouse blog
Patterico: On nitecruzr and the memory hole
Patterico: The full support thread saved from expurgation
Google's copy of the support thread with expurgations
bin Laden and mechanical backhaul for e-mail
The Register on the bin Laden e-mail cache
Wizzy Digital Courier, a lab set-up solution that can use mechanical backhaul
Evan Prodromou highlighting the launch of Open Font Library and Open Clip Art Library 3.0
Dave Winer on super-injunctions
GigaOm on super-injunctions
Dave Winer on Web 2.0 Expiration Date
National Review Online's Media Blog on New York Times online traffic
Library of Congress press office announcing awards in federal librarianship
CBC News: Kutcher to join Two and a Half Mean
19:36 minutes (8.98 MB)
Excluding United States Government content incorporated herein, LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #153 by The Air Staff of Erie Looking Productions is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. -- Read More
What Gingrich reveals in his many book reviews
Along with college professor and bestselling author, the former Republican Speaker of the House added presidential candidate to his resume today. But if Gingrich wished, he might also include his ranking as an Amazon.com “top reviewer.” Indeed, he hit his peak in 2004 rising into the top 500 of the site’s reviewers, based on how often readers found his reviews helpful. Since then his ranking has slipped, and he hasn’t posted a review since 2008.
Daley told The Associated Press in a Wednesday interview that he envisions an exhibit, possibly inside one of Chicago’s public libraries, to honor his family’s longtime civic commitment to a city where his father also was mayor. The late Richard J. Daley was the city’s political boss for 21 years until he died in 1976 and his son is retiring after 22 years in the office because he didn’t seek a seventh term.
The mayoral exhibit would display pictures from his time in office as well as his father’s, along with mementos and possibly his father’s desk, which the younger Daley used at City Hall.
“It’s not a mayoral library, it’d just be maybe a room this big,” he said gesturing around one of the rooms in his fifth-floor City Hall office suite that’s dominated by a long conference table where he spends much of his time.
President Obama's national security adviser said today that analysts are poring over an "extraordinary" trove of terrorism intelligence gathered during last week's raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.
"It turns out that this is the largest cache of information gotten from a senior terrorist ever gotten from any terrorist in one operation," adviser Tom Donilon said on CNN's State of the Union. "It is about the size of a small college library."
Cleveland.com brings word of eight library levy successes during the 2011 Primary election round in Ohio. Congratulations to those districts on their electoral success.
The Air Staff at Erie Looking Productions invites readers and listeners to call in their reactions to two recent posts floating around in the realm of the Internet. The first is a post to LISNews talking about CNET Editor-at-Large Brian Cooley's view of libraries. The second is a post at National Review Online's The Corner where Christian Schneider takes a fairly dim view of modern public libraries in the United States.
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Sounding Off by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. -- Read More
We talk demography this week and why it matters at your library. Mister Engineer selected this week's bits out of the slush pile to make up The Miscellany.
Ohio Department of Development profile of Ashtabula County
The indefatigible Shelly Terry writing about Ashtabula City's per capita income
NTIA's broadband map summary for Ashtabula County
Ohio Department of Development profile of Cuyahoga County
Cleveland.com on Cleveland Public Library getting a Sports Research Center
Cleveland.com on Cuyahoga County Public Library turning off internal security gates and releasing a smartphone app to do check-outs on your own
The Register on Amazon Web Services failing
The Register on using Amazon Web Services
Wired on Wi-Fi Squatting
Fabian Scherschel at LXNews.org on New Zealand's new copyright infringements regime
The Annoyed Librarian: Librarian Anti-Defamation League versus Nabisco
The Register analyzing iPhone location tracking
Read Write Web on Android phones also engaging in location tracking
The Register on Google Versus The Infringed Patent
The Register on Kindle Library Lending
Andy Woodworth on Kindle Library Lending
IEET on preparing for Electromagnetic Pulse issues
12:33 minutes (8.63 MB)
LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #150 by The Air Staff of Erie Looking Productions is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. -- Read More
As seen today in extreme northeastern Ohio:
What does your library's sign say for National Library Week? Clicking on the picture above will give you a larger view of the photo.