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After a report on an NBC affiliate last month about the availability of pornographic materials at the Monroe County Library System in upstate New York, the library board has buckled down to study the issue with a special task force.
This article and TV clip shows scenes from the broadcast, along with a stern-faced County Executive Maggie Brooks who directed the library board to immediately prevent access, even to adults, of CIPA filtered sites. She has also threatened to pull nearly seven million dollars in funding if the library fails to permanently change its internet porn policy.
Kelly writes "Today's LISNEWs about C-Span dinging Nancy Pelosi using some of their footage reminded me of a story from today's stash of Boing Boing articles. In this story, this guy is ripping Congress webcasts, which are streaming only, and archiving them! (Like a good librarian?) This is cool. Here's the scoop from the article: `The U.S. Congress provides webcasts for many of their hearings. In all cases, the hearings are streaming only, in many cases they are "live only" (no archive of the stream). In some cases, the committees even put a "copyright, all rights reserved" notice on the hearings! This is really dumb. So, I've started ripping all congressional streams starting with the house and posting them in a nonproprietary format for download, tagging, review, and annotation at Google Video and another copy at the Internet Archive (just to prove this is a nondenominational issue. This is a Tom Sawyer hack, a la "painting this fence is *loads* of fun!" I intend to prove to the Congressional webmasters that it is so much fun doing their web sites for them that they'll want to do it themselves so that I go away. Until then, look for "Carl Malamud on behalf of the U.S. Congress" for official news. Link to Boing article Link to ripped videos"
alh writes "The folks on Slashdot discuss new video on demand offerings at public libraries.
"In light of the recent story about Wal-Mart and movies on demand, readers should know there is a free service available from some public libraries that lets you download movies and tv shows. The service is just beginning, so selection is pretty mediocre, but the sponsors, Recorded Books and PermissionTV, make some big promises. If your library ponies up the dough for the top service, you will be able to download movies on the same day as their dvd release. All you need is a library card. You can see one of the early adopters Half Hollow Hills Community Library in the library's blog . Look for My Library DV.
Well we all know who popped onto our screens during prime-time last night, but did you give any consideration to the location of the Prez's speech? It was in the White House Library.
From the AP, "As Bush spoke for 20 minutes from the unusual setting of the White House library, the sounds of protesters amassed outside the compound's gates occasionally filtered through." Various news analysts this morning said that they imagined the library setting (instead of the usual setting of the Oval Office) gave strength to the President's position that he had studied the situation with care and gave it more of a conversational tone.
If you're down under, or heading there next year, you might be able to catch a glimpse of their new TV series, The Librarians. Aussie actress Robyn Butler stars, and her husband Wayne Hope directs.
From The Age ..."Libraries, Butler points out, attract all walks of life. Which is not exactly to the liking of Butler's character Frances O'Brien, head librarian and repressed, passive-aggressive Catholic. Naturally, O'Brien is a little intolerant of her Muslim, Asian and gay patrons. And when her childhood best-friend-turned-drug-dealer (played by Roz Hammond) gets a job as the children's librarian, chaos ensues."
As we've previously determined, he's not really a Librarian, he's an archivist, but nonetheless, the sequel, "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines" is on tonight. And according to this review from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by critic Rob Owen, "discerning fans of action-adventure yarns will feel let down. Again."
According to the NYTimes and Chicago Sun , O.J. Simpson, acquitted for the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, has written a book to be published by ReganBooks in which he will tell "how he would have committed the murders if he were the one responsible." He will also appear on Fox TV on November 27 and 29 in two one-hour shows produced by Judith Regan, entitled (as the book) "O.J. Simpson: If I Did It, Here's How It Happened".
From Variety.com: "VHS, 30, dies of loneliness. The home-entertainment format lived a fruitful life."
"After a long illness, the groundbreaking home-entertainment format VHS has died of natural causes in the United States. The format was 30 years old.
No services are planned."
Read the rest of the obit HERE."
Sheilah writes "Santa Fe librarians decided to protest when the mini-series "The Lost Room" (premiering in December) used an actress to portray a librarian "probably 80 years old, gray-haired and frail". The show was filming in the area when the librarians showed up in Tshirts that said "Santa Fe Public Library ... Not Your Stereotypical Librarians". From UPI.
To add (or not)to your TV viewing calendar...Desiree Goodwin , Harvard librarian (still at the Frances Loeb library) who sued (and lost) for lack of promotion based on her appearance, will be one of several guests on the Tyra Banks Show on September 25. The segment is about "what people really think about you." Click on "Monday" in the left column and a line-up of guests will appear to the right (9/25 show); Desiree is the first person seen in the video, and in the still photo is on the viewers extreme right.