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Keith Richards...Please Visit My Library!

As we learned last April, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has always had a secret ambition...to be a librarian.

And today, as reported in Penn Live, Librarian Sheila Redcay — and at least 480 others on Facebook — would like to have Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards visit Matthews Public Library in Fredericksburg, PA. Redcay, a lifelong Rolling Stones fan, decided to invite Richards to her library after reading a preview of his autobiography, "Life," coming out in October, in which he says he considered becoming a librarian.

“Having him come to a public library, wherever it may be — why not here — will just simply bring awareness to the many struggles many libraries are having just to keep their doors open." Her goal is to get 1,000 people as members of the Facebook page she created, Keith Richards, Please Have Sympathy for America’s Public Libraries, after which she will approach his manager again with an invite. Richards’ manager said it sounded like “a very good idea,” but his publicist has said he is adamant that he will do only one book signing, in New York City. C'mon Keith...

There's a little contest on the Facebook page...join up and check out your knowledge of the Stones.

Preserving the Tradition of the Charro in Salinas

On a warm, summer afternoon, a father and son strode onto the lawn in front of the Cesar Chavez Library in Salinas, dressed resplendently in traditional Mexico charro costumes.

The pair entertained the crowd of 55 community members who gathered outside the library with lasso and rope tricks. Celerino Esparza, 17, spoke about learning the 400-year-old Mexican art from his father, Jesús Esparza, and how "we all have options in life here in Salinas, and his never involved gangs or violence, but the traditions of his family," said Carissa Purnell, a librarian at Cesar Chavez Library.

Like many of his countrymen, Jesús earns a living by working in landscaping and general construction. Still, he works hard to pass on his Mexican culture to Celerino and his four older daughters.
Jesús and Celerino are organizing charro classes for the children in neighborhood surrounding Cesar Chavez Library, and hope to teach them how to mount and ride a horse, and use a lasso.

"It's a beautiful sport," Celerino. "It's important to carry on the customs and tradition of your culture."

Photo Montage: Digital Bookmobile

Cleveland-based digital media vendor Overdrive is taking a "digital bookmobile" on a tour to show off the services Overdrive provides patrons via libraries. The LISTen production team visited the tractor-trailer rig to get some pictures of the traveling show.

Protesters Mount Campaign By Inserting Bookmarks in Library Books

PORTSMOUTH NH — Thousands of bookmarks promoting two organizations’ points of view recently created a headache for public libraries on the Seacoast. The two groups were the School Sucks Project and Freedomain Radio.

The School Sucks Project Web site calls for an end of public, government-funded education in the United States, charging that it is ineffective and values obedience over creativity. Freedomain Radio bills itself as a philosophical radio show.

It’s not a new phenomenon at libraries, but Portsmouth Public Library Director Mary Ann List said several in the area were hit recently with a scourge of bookmarks promoting an unspecified political cause between the pages of books. The messages tend to be politically or religiously focused, she said, and libraries typically strive to remain disassociated with that type of propaganda.

The latest dispersal was the largest Cathleen Beaudoin said she has ever seen. The Dover Public Library director said, while she’s found pamphlets and the like within small groups of books in the past, as well as such oddities as a $100 bill, an endorsed paycheck and a strip of bacon, nothing could match the number of stuffed books (over 5,000) that cropped up in May.

Librarians Protest Budget Cuts, Crowding Hollywood Intersection During Rush Hour

About 50 librarians and book supporters gathered on all four corners of a busy Hollywood intersection last Friday evening during rush hour, earning honks in support of saving L.A.'s dwindling library system. This year, it has already faced major cuts--for one, libraries are no longer open seven days a week--and now faces even heavier ones in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's proposed budget, which will take affect July 1st when libraries could go from six to five days of open doors.

The Perils of Automatic Copyright Protection

A cautionary tale about copyright, and the automated systems that enforce it.

If you post a video on YouTube, using one of their very own video creation tools, don't you expect it to go up and be viewable without any problems? Because of YouTube's Content ID system, it might not be so easy ...

Read the full story here.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #111

First we have a word from producer Gloria Kellat:

Folks! The team behind LISTen is getting set to bring you a print supplement to LISNews. Would you like to immortalize yourself in the very first LISNews Bulletin? Since we are trying to raise capital to cover printing costs so that we can give out the Bulletin as a free market test at Computers in Libraries 2010, we are putting together a patrons page. For USD$10 you can be listed as a supporter of an offline counterpart to LISNews. With just 10 patrons we can have 70-100 copies of the Bulletin to give out at Computers in Libraries 2010. For more details please contact me at [email protected] before April 1st and make sure you put "Patron Page" on the subject line.

And now back to the regularly scheduled show post...

Recognizing that Health Care Reform is dominating the news in North America and squeezing out other news channels, we have a miscellany this week in addition to leaking more details about what this LISNews Bulletin is envisioned to be.

Related links:
What on earth we were referring to as to the posting time
The Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 Unported License
Jessamyn West on her bridging the Digital Divide presentation
Access to the slides from Jessamyn's presentation
PDF of the essay on online censorship
Dan Lynch on the Digital Economy Bill
BBC News on Chinese fears of intimacy between Google and the US Government
Declan McCullagh on the toning down of the cyber-security bill before the US Congress
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Pennsylvania municipalities going bankrupt
Room of Infinite Diligence relative to New Zealand filtering

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