Libraries On PBS

January 17, 2002 at 9p.m. E.T./P.T. on PBS
(check local listings)

Public libraries embody the American ideal that anybody can read, watch or listen to just about anything they want to. With publications and broadcasting delivered free by the Internet directly to homes, is the information revolution making libraries obsolete? As more people can access this content, the copyright owners -- in many cases large corporate publishing entities -- are looking for ways to charge fees. A growing chorus of lawyers, librarians, and educators fear the implications of losing free access to information for everyone. \"Our information and communication infrastructure is so central to everything we do,\" says former American Library Association president Nancy Kranich. \"But what\'s really underlying that is the free flow of ideas which is essential to democracy.\" On Friday, January 17, 2003, at 9 P.M., on PBS , NOW with Bill Moyers takes a look into the digital future of intellectual property and the debate that has pit private control against the public domain.

Mitch Freedman on The National Library of Uganda

Mitch Freedman Passed along this open letter:
Dear Mr. Batambuze,

On behalf of the American Library Association and its 66,000 members from 100 nations, I extend
to you, to all of your colleagues, and to your fellow citizens, all of whom worked to make this day
possible, the newly born National Library of Uganda (NLU), ALA\'s heartiest and most sincere
congratulations and best wishes.

Call For Papers: The Reference Librarian

Jessamyn West sent over Her Call For Papers. She\'s going to be a guest editor of an upcoming issue of The Reference Librarian.
The topic for this issue is Ask A Librarian [Aska] and Tutorial services -- comparing and contrasting library models and more consumer-oriented models.

14th Great African-American Read-In

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"
Sponsored by the Black Caucus of NCTE and by NCTE

Join over a million readers
in the Fourteenth National African American Read-In

Sunday, February 2, 2003, 4:00 p.m. EST
Monday, February 3, 2003, for Schools

Schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations,
and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month
by hosting and coordinating Read-Ins in their communities. Hosting a Read-In can be as
simple as bringing together family and friends to share a book, or as elaborate as
arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African
American Writers.

Here\'s The Web Site \"

New issue of \'Learned Publishing\' available

The January 2003 issue of Learned Publishing is available:

  • What will happen to peer review? / Alex Williamson
  • Professional writing assistance: effects on biomedical publishing / Max Lagnado
  • Authors and electronic publishing: what authors want from the new technology / Alma Swan; Sheridan Brown
  • E-learning: new opportunities in continuing professional development / Donald Klein; Mark Ware
  • Consortial licensing vs. tradition: breaking up is hard to do / David Kohl
  • Editing an African scholarly journal / Carole Pearce
  • Text retrieval: an overview / Alan Gilchrist
  • E-books and the academic market: the emerging supply chain / David Taylor
  • Open-access journals - nice idea, shame about the numbers? / Alastair Dryburgh
  • LJ seeks paraprofessional award nominees

    Library Journal is seeking nominees for its paraprofessional of the year award:

    Library Journal will honor one support staffer with its fourth annual Paraprofessional of the Year award in its March 1 issue. The award recognizes the essential role of paraprofessionals, now the largest constituency of library workers, in providing excellent library service and places special emphasis on the efforts of the winner to further the role of paraprofessionals in the library profession. The editors see this award as equal in importance to LJ\'s annual Librarian of the Year Award, which debuted in 1989 and recognizes those who hold the MLS.

    Complete story.

    Feds Launch

    SomeOne passed along This Story on the new site. is a free Web portal providing access to science-related reports, databases and other information. Dubbed "FirstGov for Science," the site's resources include technical reports, journal citations, databases, federal web sites, and fact sheets.

    " provides the unique ability to search across the content within databases as well as across Web sites,It shows that federal agencies can work together to pull off something none of them could do individually." said Eleanor Frierson"

    New Law Librarian Weblog

    David Goldman writes \", edited by Boston law firm librarian David Goldman, is a weblog for law librarians, legal researchers and other information professionals. While focuses primarily on law, research and technology, we also report on search engine news, online free speech issues, decisions of note, as well as conducting interviews with notable personalities.For more information please see

    NewspaperDirect at Vancouver Public Library

    Mark Koep writes \"Vancouver Public Library is excited to be the first library in the world to offer, in partnership with NewspaperDirect, a unique, cutting edge service which provides our patrons with the possibility of same-day access to over
    150 international newspapers.

    Newspapers are laser printed within the library on 11x17 paper from PDFfiles from NewspaperDirect. The response of our patrons has been enthusiastic. Many have been dumbfounded that today\'s or even tomorrow\'s papers from around the world are available here at VPL.

    Press release, Vancouver Public Library,

    Artist to Librarians: Borrow my Books!

    Jim Rosenau writes: \"Announcing the This Into That 2003 Library Lending Program.
    A limited number of Second Editions bookshelves made from discarded hardback
    books are available for 3 month loans (without risk of overdue fines) to
    libraries with suitable display space. Jim Rosenau\'s line of innovative
    functional art was recently shown at the California Library Association
    meeting in Sacramento, CA.
    This Into That will select participating libraries in January 2003.
    Complete information about the work is available at

    Please answer the following questions and submit by Jan 10, 2003:


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