With generosity and great intelligence, Blake Carver has given me this opportunity to run a new section of LISNEWS,

LibWireless unavailable

Bill Drew writes "The LibWireless Discussion List is currently "broken" because of the SoBigvirus messages overwhelming the Lyris list serv it runs on. It is runoffoff a machine in Buffalo, NY maintained by a division of SUNY. There areover 40 lists from it and it just ground to a halt. That was on top of thepower failure last week. I do not know when it will be back online.Wireless Librarian:"


I was peaking at The Shifted Librarian (actually reading the page, not the RSS feed ;) ) and saw the following:

RFH - Open Source Software Speaker

The next SLS Tech Summit is September 25, and we've had a few requests to do a session on open source software for libraries at the client workstation level, probably with a focus on public libraries. For example, how to deploy Open Office, Mozilla, Gimp, and anything else you think should be added to the list. We're looking for one or two persons who could speak to this issue, preferably from experience.

If you are such a person or know of one, please contact me. The caveat, of course, is that we can't really pay you with anything other than kindness, smiles, gratitude, and lunch. Thanks!

Any LISNewsers have some thoughts for her?

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. "


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