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State pension funds vs. multibillion-dollar copyright giveaway?

David H. Rothman writes "Oh, I like this! North Carolina now wants Michael Eisner fired as boss of Disney--and has told state pension fund managers to vote against him. It joins funds in half a dozen other states, including California and New York, already committed to this noble cause.

Now, imagine the same tool used against the Sonny Bono Copyight Term Extension Act, which will send billions to the copyright elite over the years at the expense of schools, libraries and consumers in the Tar Heel state and elsewhere.

Time for state pension managers to pressure Disney and other big corporations into calling for a repeal or at least mitigation of Bono--for example, via the Public Domain Enhancement Act? Our schools and libraries don't need to pay Hollywood an eternal tax! Reasonable fees for reasonable copyright terms? Sure. But not 20 years extra, forever!

Remember, lobbying by Eisner's henchmen was among the major reasons why we got the Bono act in the first place."

Digital Reference Educational Initiative Blog

The Digital Reference Educational Initiative, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University has announced their blog, QuestionAuthority. Its purpose is to disseminate information, pose questions and encourage creative thinking about how digital reference is taught to practitioners and LIS students. Click QuestionAuthority to explore this resource.

Google's NEW Weekly Countdown

search-engines-web.com writes "Google is now sharing it's most Popular Search Terms Weekly...

As plain to see- Although, many of the most educated and learned professionals in the world swear - by Google - they are far outnumbered by plain ole' simple folk, as seen in the Top Gaining Queries Week Ending February 2, 2004
1. janet jackson

2. superbowl halftime

3. mtv

4. justin timberlake

5. tom brady

For you Google historians - here are some more "Insight" into Google History - Links
Fun facts, and
Milestones."

Black History Month Overview

Panamerican-Panafrican Assocation sends this link to background information on Black History Month.

Children's Internet Protection Act

Sabrina Pacifici writes "Public Libraries and the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA): Legal SourcesCIPA expert Mary Minow's annotated bibliography encompasses primary sources, secondary sources, and state sources. In the new issue of LLRX.com at LLRX.com"

Thousands of books damaged by water sprinkler break

Erik writes "I found this article in the local paper about a water sprinkler break at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library System in New Jersey. They were doing construction to expand the library. The extreme cold we've had here in New Jersey for the last week in being blamed for the pipe break. It's always depressing to find so many books destroyed."

Ten Stories that Shaped 2003

Inspired by a Washington
Post
article reviewing the year's events, here are some of
the library happenings that made headlines in 2003.

Update: 1/1 10:49 EST by JH: The list has been tweaked, thanks to some comments and a good night's sleep.

Google is now including Book Excerpts

search-engines-web.com/ writes "Now Google is including excerpts from Books in it's
Natural Relevancy SERPs... This is slightly different from Amazon's full-page results...

Incidentally, Amazon with it's "server-side-scripting" has been having it's listings in virtally all competative Google Results

This is the latest in a number of esoteric additions to Google search, now the
option of tracking Federal Express and United Parcel Service packages is being offered on it's Web site, more at print.google.com"

Librarians, enemies of freedom? Now that's hysterical

An Anonymous Patron submitted "
Librarians, enemies of freedom? Now that's hysterical, a Times-Picayune column by Brent Hightower.
He suggests Mr. Ashcroft and the country would be best served by not wasting time rattling off blanket insults to the members of our profession. By scapegoating public libraries as domestic targets in the war on terror, we are wasting law enforcement resources on libraries simply because they are easy targets.
In other stories, the law is already being used for Other Things, while This One says the scare tactics mislead public on Patriot Act's mission.

Librarian MP3 - "Robotic Librarian"

Troy Johnson writes "At mp3.com run a search for "Robotic Librarian" by La-D-Da. Very fun song if you are a librarian."

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