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The next time you're working at the reference desk and someone wants to know what kind of computer was used in the classic 1973 movie "Invasion of the Bee Girls," well, now you have a place to turn. " The Verge directs your attention to the Starring the Computer which describes itself as, "...a website dedicated to the use of computers in film and television. Each appearance is catalogued and rated on its importance (ie. how important it is to the plot), realism (how close its appearance and capabilities are to the real thing) and visibility (how good a look does one get of it). Fictional computers don't count (unless they are built out of bits of real computer), so no HAL9000 - sorry."
[Edit 2/23 9:15am] It's now on the site: http://insideedition.com/news/7713/inside-edition-investigates-whos-lurking-in-your-library....
To be broadcast Wednesday, Feb. 22
New York, NY – Feb 22nd – It’s the last place you think you’d be a victim – the public library. But an INSIDE EDITION investigation found that crimes are being committed across the country in these supposedly safe havens, from petty thefts to violent, sexual assaults. Also disturbing is that library computers are being used by some patrons to watch graphic, adult videos, which is perfectly legal and often even permitted in libraries.
Lt. Curt Stoldt of the East Harford, CT Police Department tells INSIDE EDITION that criminals count on library patrons to have a false sense of security.
STOLDT: “The bad guys know that they are not going to get much resistance for their crimes. People that go to libraries think that it’s a safe place, a place of learning, reading, not a place where criminals go to commit crimes. You should always keep your guard up.”
INSIDE EDITION’s I-Squad reviewed incident reports from libraries in 10 large cities from the last 2 years and the findings may surprise people. For example,
In Austin, Texas there were 612 incidents of harassment /sexual harassment.
In Milwaukee, Wis. there were 351 incidents of theft.
In San Francisco, Calif. there were 62 cases of assault.
INSIDE EDITION is produced daily by Inside Edition Inc. and distributed by CBS Television Distribution.
Check local listings for stations and times.
Full report at The Onion.
Onion article mentioned in this NPR piece: I'm Just Sayin': There Are Anachronisms In 'Downton'
From School Library Journal.
Many viewers took note that about halfway through the star-studded May 25 finale of The Oprah Winfrey Show at Chicago's United Center, children's libraries got the spotlight. Standing in the newly renovated library at New Orleans' KIPP Believe College Prep, which lost all of its books during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Grammy-winning artist John Legend announced that the school library was the first of 25 that retail giant Target, in conjunction with the Heart of America Foundation, will renovate this year to honor 25 years of Oprah's show.
The effort is part of the four-year-old Target School Library Makeover program, which in 2011 will bring new furniture, carpet, shelves, eco-friendly design elements, technology upgrades, and 2,000 books to 42 school libraries nationwide. The renovations are expected to be completed by November. More from SLJ.
Professor David Nicholas (University College London) visited the National Digital Library day in Helsinki, Finland. In his keynote 'The Google Generation: challenges and changes for libraries, archives and museums' he talked about how our information seeking practices have radically changed in the past 20 years. It's not just the kids who do it differently now -- we all do.
Watch the interview with professor Nicholas here.
If you're on facebook and haven't yet joined, please sign up for our group to try to get Oprah to devote a show (or two) to the needs of public and school libraries in this time of economic crisis. In less than a month, the group has grown to 1400 members.
The group began as a dream that author Marilyn ("This Book is Overdue") Johnson had, in which she asked Oprah to help libraries, and Oprah, being the savvy and book-loving woman that she is, said that she would. Now we have to make the dream become a reality.
If you can tell a personal story about how your library has served your community or a special individual, please post it on the group's wall. Nothing like a testimonial to inspire the group's members and hopefully...Oprah.
In a few weeks we're planning an active campaign to get Oprah onboard, and YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED to add to the voices of everyone who needs libraries (yeah, and who doesn't?); librarians, patrons, authors, teachers, kids, teens, parents, scholars, young and old professionals, seniors, and the occasional cat & or groundhog.
Join us!! Spread the news on that old reliable librarian grapevine!! http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=132862353428325&ref=ts ...and invite your friends and patrons! http://is.gd/fuL2q Please (I'm begging you!!).
Any LISNews readers down under? On this season's premiere of Australia's TV show The Librarians there's a gay wedding and of course talk of slashing budgets.
The motley bunch of characters working in Middleton Library — sorry, ‘Interactive Learning Centre’ — will experience some big changes.
Head librarian Frances O’Brien is faced with the threat of funding cutbacks unless she turns the library into a ‘profitable exercise’. Her husband Terry continues denying the existence of middle age by reforming his tragic Midnight Oils cover band, Oils Ain’t Oils.
And librarian Ky Lee, played by Keith Brockett, marries his partner Darren in a wedding ceremony that veers from the hilarious to the disastrous — mirrorballs and Cyndi Lauper tunes make an appearance before it all goes tits up.
Australians, please let us know what you think of the show...
On facebook? Please join our campaign to get the top pop culture book-loving maven of our time to PROMOTE LIBRARIES by joining "Oprah, Libraries Need You!".
The group, created as the result of a dream that Marilyn Johnson (author of 'This Book is Overdue') had in which she spoke to Oprah about libraries and Oprah agreed that they needed support (vivid dreaming MJ!) is ONE WEEK OLD and already has close to 1,000 members.
Please add your name to the ranks and invite all your friends. It won't cost you a penny and who knows, maybe it'll result in an overwhelming wash of love and money from Oprah's coffers.
If you have a story about your library that will help to support the cause, please post it on the wall and keep posting. Don't be shy. Thank you!!