2003 National Book Festival to Be Held October 4

Gary D. Price, The ResourceShelf Guy sent in An Announcement that says The third annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by Laura Bush, will be held on Saturday, October 4th, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 7th and 14th streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). This widely anticipated national cultural event is free and open to the public.
Featuring more than 80 award-winning authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers, the 2003 festival is expected to attract a crowd of more than 60,000.

Joan R. Challinor Named Chairman of the NCLIS

Bob Willard sent over This Announcement that says
President George W. Bush has named historian Joan R. Challinor Chairman of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS). Dr. Challinor succeeds Martha B. Gould, whose term on the Commission expired July 19, 2003. Dr. Challinor, a resident of Washington, DC, was appointed to her current term on the Commission by President Bill Clinton in 2000; she was first appointed to the Commission in 1995.

Ebook reading in libraries

Someone spotted

This Announcement that says this week the library and its Clevnet library network partners embarked on the pioneering effort of providing e-books to its patrons via a digital catalog. They say the new venture is proof that risk taking - when combined with a little serendipity - can lead to exciting opportunities.

Another one

Here [PDF] has more to add.

Librarians plan Montreal convergence against WTO & GAT

Rob writes "A call has been issued for all librarians and library workers who are concerned about the impact of the World Trade Organization - specifically the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) - on libraries to converge in Montreal, Quebec on Sunday, July 27 when trade ministers will hold a "mini-ministerial meeting" in preparation for the WTO ministerial in Cancun, Mexico this fall.

Information on the planned protest & why librarians should be concerned about the WTO/GATS is available Here."

July Book Selections

Troy Johnson writes "The Librarian's Book Club has selected books for July. They are "The Accidental Systems Librarian" and "Used and Rare" Additional information on the books can be found at the Librarian's Book Club website, "

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large, volume 3, issue 8

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large, volume 3, issue 8 (July 2003), is
now available for downloading.

This 20-page issue includes:
*Bibs & Blather: A Month without Writing
*Copyright Perspective: Why Make Records...?
*Censorware Chronicles: COPA Revisited
*Perspective: Making Sound, Making Music
*PC Progress
*disContent: The Magazine Quandary
*Scholarly Article Access: Open-access Journals
*Interesting & Peculiar Products

Exposing people to a wide range of books

Troy Johnson writes " is a new site combined with an email newsletter to bring to light a wide range of books. The creator of realized the serendipitous nature of people finding out about interesting books and wanted to create a site that brought to light a diversity of books. Input from librarians on books to recommend is welcomed. Every week will have a guest that will recommend a book that they feel is signifigant. "

Mitch Freedman cancels Cuban library debate

Steve Fesenmaier writes "The ALA is under increasing
pressure from journalists inquiring into the association's refusal to allow critics of the
Cuban government to take part in a panel discussion on Cuban libraries at the upcoming
annual conference in Toronto. Only members of Cuba's official, government-controlled
library association will be allowed by the ALA to be speakers on the panel, which will take
place on Saturday, June 21.

long-awaited Library World Records coming soon

Godfrey Oswald writes "The long-awaited book "Library World Records" is now scheduled for publication in Autumn 2003, and can now be ordered in advance from the
publishers. The ISBN is 0-7864-1619-X, and the publisher is McFarland & Company Inc, (based in North Carolina, U.S.A).

The "Library World Records" offers readers amazing, incredible, and
fascinating facts and figures about libraries, and the three important
things we normally find in them: books, periodicals and, databases. The book
deals with superlatives and comparative information such as the first, the
largest, the oldest, the smallest and other miscellanea.

Details of the book can be found at
Here, You can also locate the book on the
publisher's website by visiting and typing in the last name
keyword: "Oswald" or ISBN: 0-7864-1619-X "

Alternative Peer Review: Quality Management for 21st Century Scholarship

Gerry Mckiernan writes "
I am pleased to announce the availability of my revised and corrected presentation
Alternative Peer Review: Quality Management for 21st Century Scholarship.
Prepared for the Workshop on Peer Review in the Age of Open Archives, held May 23-24, 2003 at the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy.

I invite ALL to Review and Critique and Enjoy!

NB: This is a large fille, so please be patient [It's Well Worth the Wait] [WWW?]"


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