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As part of the Library of Congress\' Luminary Lectures series on librarianship, author/scholar Siva Vaidhyanathan will present The Anarchist in the Library: The Moral Panics over Copyright and Free Speech
on Friday May 9th from 10:30-12:00 EST:
Peer-to-peer networks have existed as long as gossip and word-of-mouth advertising--but with the rise of electronic communication, they are suddenly coming into their own. and they are drawing the outlines of a battle for information that will determine much of the culture and politics of our century, from file-sharing websites like Gnutella to private edits of Star Wars to the neo-Nazi concept of \'leaderless resistance.\' On one side, trying to maintain control of information--and profits--are legislators, judges, cabinet officers, entertainment conglomerates, and multinational corporations. On the other side, trying to liberate information, are educators, computer programmers, civil libertarians, artists, consumers, and dissidents under all sorts of regimes. Vaidhyanathan draws upon examples ranging from ancient religions to open-source software to show how this battle will be one of the defining fault lines of twenty-first-century civilization. His radical and original explanation of the future of information is a warning shot that will mobilize anarchists and controllers alike.
Troy Johnson writes "The Librarian's Book Club now has a blog. Librarians that want to follow the discussion but not receive email via a list-serv can do so by reading the blog. A link to the blog can be found at the Librarian's Book Club website. "
It has no RSS Feed, however.
Bill Graves writes "Topica Offers Free Online Webinar: “Email Newsletter Publishing for Libraries”
Topica Inc., the leading provider of self-service email publishing solutions, today announced that it is offering a free, live online “webinar” entitled “Email Newsletter Publishing for Libraries.” The 45-minute webinar will be held May 15, at 11:00 am Pacific Daylight Time. It is intended for library professionals who are looking for new ways to communicate with their community. -- Read More
Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 3:6 (May 2003) is now available!!
This 20-page PDF issue includes:
* Perspective: Northwest Passages: From Juneau to Yakima
* Bibs & Blather: ALA's website and more
* The Library Stuff: nine items
* Scholarly Article Access (formerly The Access Puzzle): six items and a
set of quandaries
* Perspective: Grading the Home Pages: PC Magazine's Best 100
"Undiscovered" Sites for 2002
* Cheap Shots: two items
* The Good Stuff: five items
From the ALA Press Release:
"The American Library Association (ALA) today announced it has begun working with other members of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force – which includes the Library of Congress, the Institute for Museum and Library Services and various cultural organizations – to coordinate with efforts of the International Federation of Libraries and Institutions Association (IFLA) and UNESCO to respond to requests for assistance from colleagues in Iraq to help restore the National Library and Archive, Iraq’s principal Islamic library, and other important centers of learning in the cradle of civilization. -- Read More
Charles W. Bailey, Jr writes: "Version 48 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography
is now available. This selective bibliography presents over
1,850 articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources
that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing
efforts on the Internet.
Lisa Nguyen spotted this release.
"NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 8, 2003--The New York Times announced today the national expansion of the third annual New York Times Librarian Awards and issued an invitation to the public to nominate librarians at public libraries from anywhere in the U.S.
The awards honor librarians who provide outstanding community service on a consistent basis. -- Read More
Rochelle Hartman writes "A 90-minute tribute to poet Kenneth Koch will be presented via streaming media on April 19. Featured poets include David Antin, Andrei Codrescu, Maria Damon, Kenward Elmslie, Roxi Hamilton, Anselm Hollo, Forrest Gander, Lisa Jarnot, Ron Padgett, Keith Taylor, and Anne Waldman.
Part I of the program is a round-robin, transcontinental reading of Koch's "Twenty Poems" from Days and Nights. Part II features the participants reading from their own works, from various locations around the US.
Still got dial-up? You and your widespread pals can create your own transcontinental tribute and not feel left behind. Have everyone check out the same book, set up a conference call, and off you go for some National Poetry Month fun. "