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[quote] In Louisiana, librarians panicked this summer when the state Board of Regents announced the end of funding for LOUIS, the statewide academic library network that provides journal and database access to some 30 institutions, including Louisiana State University (LSU). On a Facebook page dedicated to saving LOUIS, students and faculty alike expressed their outrage at the loss of access. "Oh, please please please save LOUIS," wrote one LSU graduate psychology student. "I'm funded by a large federal research grant from the Department of Education. We need to prove we have adequate research resources in order to secure funding.... I need the EBSCO databases like I need air or water!" [end quote]
Read more: Library cuts threaten research - The Scientist - Magazine of the Life Sciences http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/57728/#ixzz10xDaxEBd
Related Links: LOUIS - http://www.louislibraries.org
The Mission of Research Libraries
The mission of research libraries is motivated by the mission of research universities, which were founded to create new knowledge and disseminate it through publication. Sometimes this new knowledge has practical and commercial applications, and so often receives more funding, but that's not necessarily the case. The mission to create new knowledge extends to every area of human experience, from the mundane and practical to the esoteric and purely abstract.
Police: Man kills self after shooting at UT Austin
A gunman opened fire Tuesday inside a University of Texas campus library then fatally shot himself, and police are searching for a possible second suspect, university police said.
A man opened fire with an automatic weapon on the sixth floor of the Perry-Castaneda Library early Tuesday, UT police spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon said.
"He subsequently shot himself. He is deceased," she said, adding that no one else was injured.
The sign on the podium from which Mary Siegle reads a passage from “Catcher in the Rye” says: THINK for yourself and let others do the same. Kansas State is celebrating Banned Books Week.
This event has been taking place since 2006, during American Library Association's Banned Books Week. This year's event began Monday and will continue through Friday.
According to the Office of Intellectual Freedom, there are many specific reasons why books are banned, but the top three reported are: inappropriate language, sexually explicit material and being "unsuited to any age group."
Many famous, classic novels - some of which are required reading in many high school English curricula - are part of the list of banned and challenged books. For example: "The Great Gatsby," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Color Purple" and "Gone with the Wind."
"It's important to raise awareness of the dangers of censorship and banning books," said Naomi Wood, associate professor of English. "When books are censored and banned, too often it means that information is being suppressed. Often, individuals want to prevent everyone from accessing information that perhaps only they and a few people like them find objectionable."
K-State Collegian has the story.
Harry Potter and Huck Finn never met in their adventures, but they'll share a shelf at libraries across America during Banned Books Week, Sept. 25 to Oct. 2. The weeklong celebration of our freedom to read began in 1982 in response to an increase in the number of books being challenged in the nation's libraries and schools.
From DePauw University, Greencastle, IN: Banned Books Week has continued annually, and its need has not diminished. According to the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom, there were 460 recorded attempts to remove materials from libraries last year and many thousands more since the organization began counting in 1990.
Three books by Lauren Myracle -- ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r -- topped the ALA's Top Ten List of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2009 (see article below). Written entirely in texting shorthand, Myracle's books were challenged for sexual content and drug references. Stephenie Meyer's popular Twilight series was challenged on religious grounds, evoking opposition to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels for promoting witchcraft. And it's not just new books that are being challenged. Classics such as Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye are perennial contenders for the distinction of being the most challenged book. -- Read More
A new report from the Association of College and Research Libraries seeks to help academic librarians do a better job of responding to the swelling tide of accountability. It reviews the research that has been done on how to measure libraries’ value. It offers a long list of next steps that librarians can take to demonstrate their institutional worth, and identifies a research agenda that focuses on specific areas in which more data would be useful to help libraries make the case for themselves.
The report emphasizes the usefulness of collecting data on what specific groups of users get from the library, and spells out areas in which there is more room for libraries to make a campuswide impact. It includes a “value checklist” to help librarians plan their strategies. The phrase “collect data” turns up again and again: “Collect data demonstrating the library’s role in retaining students until graduation,” “Collect data demonstrating the library’s role in enriching faculty teaching,” and so on.
Here is a link to the 172-page report. The executive summary alone is nine pages long.
A complaint by Mike Persley, who suggested that the campus's Daley Library 'clean up its act' (after a very frustrating experience trying to print materials for class and then being overwhelmed by broken fixtures, dirt, graffitied tables, a confusing layout, and art-starved walls) is addressed in a recent issue of the Chicago Flame by Mary M. Case, University Librarian.
She responds: As Mike’s story demonstrates, we are still working on having a consistent suite of software on all machines. We clearly need to dedicate more resources to meeting that goal, as well as to increasing the reliability of printers. We will do that.
Specifically in Daley, two Oases and the Daley Grind have helped to enliven the first floor. Later this year construction will begin on the now blocked off south end on our new IDEA Commons—a space intended for active learning and 24 hour access. -- Read More
Piece by journalist Conor Friedersdorf in The Atlantic:
A reader writes:
Donna Reed in the nightmare portion of "It's a Wonderful Life," be-spectacled, bunned, and timid, seems still to be the exemplar in people's head when they think of a librarian.
But librarianship is both more rigorous and less self-important than people think. My colleagues and I have advanced scholarly degrees (I have a BA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from NYU, an MA and an M.Phil. in medieval history from here at Columbia, and an MLIS from Rutgers). We know how to do research better than most faculty, as professors often don't adapt to new methodologies or technology, preferring the tried-and-true (not all, but oh, so very many). But we are treated as service personnel by the majority of faculty and as punch-lines by those outside academia altogether.
At the same time, we are gregarious and resourceful. I tend to feel that my bartending experience was as important as my scholarly training: it taught me how to multi-task, to handle difficult people tactfully, and gave me an ethos of customer service. We are sympathetic, supportive, and often silly (when it works best, as in undergrad orientations). We are au courant with technological developments (like the porn industry, we are aggressive at adapting new technologies to our own ends). In other words, we are well-rounded human beings, not figures of fun. It would be nice if more people realized that.
Change of pace from the more frequent 'death of print' stories here on LISNews.
This one's about the birth of print; a discussion of the newly published book by Andrew Pettegree, "The Book in the Renaissance" with Tom Scocca of Slate and the Boston Globe.
In the beginning, before there was such a thing as a Gutenberg Bible, Johannes Gutenberg laid out his rows of metal type and brushed them with ink and, using the mechanism that would change the world, produced an ordinary little schoolbook. It was probably an edition of a fourth-century grammar text by Aelius Donatus, some 28 pages long. Only a few fragments of the printed sheets survive, because no one thought the book was worth keeping.
“Now had he kept to that, doing grammars...it probably would all have been well,” said Andrew Pettegree, a professor of modern history at the University of St. Andrews and author of “The Book in the Renaissance,” the story of the birth of print. Instead, Gutenberg was bent on making a grand statement, an edition of Scripture that would cost half as much as a house and would live through the ages. In the end, struggling for capital to support the Bible project, Gutenberg was forced out of his own print shop by his business partner, Johann Fust.
The article continues in a question and answer format here.
In 2009, Jay DeVaughn was named the Community College of Aurora's administrator of the year.
In 2010, DeVaughn will plead guilty to sending death threats and white powder to President Barack Obama and congressional representatives from Colorado and Alabama, the U.S. attorney's office in Denver said Thursday.
DeVaughn, 42, of Aurora will be sentenced Nov. 19. His handwriting and fingerprints were found on the letters that ranted about health care reform. Federal agents also matched DNA on the letters to DNA found on items in a wastebasket in DeVaughn's office.
He was arrested in March, a few days after federal agents watched him mail four powder-laden packages at a southeast Denver post-office mailbox. The day before his arrest, DeVaughn admitted himself to Porter Adventist Hospital for mental-health reasons.
Read more: Ex-librarian to plead guilty to sending death threats - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_15908605#ixzz0xoM6dTHc