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A Special Librarian/Historian Invites Your Queries

She's tall, she's elegant and she welcomes all comers...wouldn't you like to know more about this lady?

Barry Moreno, the New York historian and author of “The Statue of Liberty Encyclopedia” will be responding to NY Times readers’ questions about the revered woman of New York harbor.

Readers who would like to submit a question to Mr. Moreno should do so in the comments box below. His first set of responses will be published on Wednesday.

C'mon librarians, think of a real stumper and see if he answers it.

Should taxpayer money be spent on novels, electronic books, movie DVDs and music CDs?

County Commissioner Jeff Carlson suggested on June 2 the library computers should be for research, not entertainment, and that Highlands County libraries should buy fewer popular novels.

Should taxpayer money be spent on novels, electronic books, movie DVDs and music CDs? How do you use the library? Reporter Gary Pinnell is writing about the issue. If you can contribute to the story, please e-mail gpinnell@highlandstoday.com, or call 386-5828.

You can hear Commissioner Carlson's remarks here:

The State Funding he mentions that he feels the library doesn't need is referenced Here.

Does Your Library Have a Summer Reading Program?

This is a story 'in progress' about your libraries.

Where is your library/name of your library?
Do you have a summer reading program?
When does it get started?
Who's in charge?
How is it implemented?
Is there a theme to the program?
Who's involved; children, teens and/or adults?

Let's exchange ideas...please add your comment below.

It's Library Week

What's YOUR library doing? What do you wish it were doing? Please comment below...
(ps) there's no story unless you comment

What [Other] Blogs Should We Read In 2009?

2009 is almost here and we could use some help finishing up out 10 Blogs To Read in 2009 list. This year we'll have 2 lists, one for librarian/library blogs, and one for everything else. We started voting Last Month, but the list is not even close to being finished.

What blogs do you read every day?
What blogs help you learn?
What blogs keep you informed?
What blogs make you laugh?
Who's the best writer out there?

It might help to think of it this way: 'I read many others, but these are the blogs that read even when time is short'

I'm looking for input from as many people as possible so the final list doesn't miss anyone new.

Before your nominate, take a look at past winners, they aren't eligible for 2009:

10 Blogs To Read in 2006
http://www.lisnews.org/node/17775

10 Blogs To Read In 2007
http://www.lisnews.org/node/20341

The LISNews 10 Blogs To Read In 2008
http://lisnews.org/node/28830

10 Non-Librarian Blogs To Read in 2008
http://lisnews.org/node/29120

You can leave a comment below, hit the contact form, or send an email to btcarver@lisnews.com.

Any Drupal Experts Out There? [Never Mind - Fixed]

Look up at the top of this page, see that \ up there?

I've suddenly started seeing a \ appear as the very first character on every page. This happened when I upgraded to 5.14
I think I've run out of ideas, and I hope it's just something obvious I'm missing.

I've tried the following
- Changed themes
- Turned off modules
- Reinstalled from scratch, though kept the DB intact
- Cleared Cache
- Grep, grep, grep and more grep

I'm hoping I don't need to down grade from 5.14 to something earlier.

[UPDATE] I did finally fix it, the random \ was in settings.php, not sure how it got there!

What Are Your Librarian Favorite Blogs? Put Them On The Blogs To Read In 2009 List!

Walt's Post reminded me it's never too early to start thinking about 10 Blogs To Read in 2009. Well, ok, so maybe there was a time it was too early, but that time has passed. Let's start thinking about our favorite blogs.

What blogs do you read every day? What blogs help you learn? What blogs keep you informed? What blogs make you laugh? Who's the best writer out there?

When building my list, I like to think of it this way: 'I read many others, but these are the LIS blogs that read even when time is short'

Your list doesn't need to be complete or fair. I'm looking for input from as many people as possible so the final list doesn't miss anyone new or overlooked. My goal again this year, 10 blogs that, when followed as a group, paint a complete picture of what's going on in our little world.

Before your nominate, take a look at past winners, they aren't eligible for 2009:

10 Blogs To Read in 2006
http://www.lisnews.org/node/17775

10 Blogs To Read In 2007
http://www.lisnews.org/node/20341

The LISNews 10 Blogs To Read In 2008
http://lisnews.org/node/28830

You can leave a comment below, hit the contact form, or send an email to btcarver at the lisnews.COM domain.

What do you do if librarians are slammed on news blogs?

An Anonymous Patron stopped by to pose this query:

I am looking for a way to report blog activity that has an impact on Libraries or Librarians.
This blog on the Denver Post shows a current example that I would want to signal to Librarians about negative comments.

http://neighbors.denverpost.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=10577658
See blog entry by "ranac"

[Quote]
ranac on 11:24 pm, Sat Sep 27

With the advent of the internet we should rethink the importance of libraries and their role. They certainly aren't up there with police and firefighters any longer. The librarians in our NoCo town are all so rude that hardly anyone goes there except homeless people who want to use free internet and are willing to stomach the nasty old crows. There are free books to be had at any yard sale that are years newer and in better shape than those at the library.
[end quote]

Any thoughts or comments for the Anonymous Patron in the event of their return?

Ask Semantic Search Engine hakia President and Chief Operating Officer, Melek Pulatkonak

We're setting up an interview for the podcast with President and Chief Operating Officer, Melek Pulatkonak of the Semantic Search Engine hakia.

Anything you'd like to know about hakia. Here's something that caught my eye on their site:

WHAT DEFINES A QUALITY RESULT?
Quality result satisfies three criteria simultaneously: It (1) comes from credible sources (verticals) recommended by librarians, (2) is the most recent information available, and (3) is absolutely relevant to the query.

LISNews Is Going To BlogWorldExpo: Anything You'd Like To Hear About?

The LISNews Podcast (LISTen) team is gathering ideas and concepts to inquire about with BlogWorldExpo exhibitors. This PDF (Or the Website) has the exhibitors listed with brief descriptions of what they do as well as their websites. Full questions need not be posed, just areas to explore.

If there is anything you'd like to hear about in a future LISTen podcast, please let us know.

You have about a week to get your questions in, we would need to hear back from you and others via e-mail by late night on September 17th.

The 2008 BlogWorld & New Media Expo will take place September 20-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition to the only industry-wide exhibition, BlogWorld features the largest blogging conference in the world including more than 50 seminars, panel discussions and keynotes from iconic personalities on the leading-edge of online technology and internet-savvy business.

Stephen also wrote something in the matter.

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