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UK Innovator of the Year Praises British Library

Charles Davis writes "from

Mark Sheahan, Innovator of the Year 2003,
developed his successful range of Squeezeopen
containers with vital support from the British Library's
business services.

As a first time inventor with little
experience of where to go for information, Mark approached the
British Library. Using the Library's resources and with help from the
Library's Research Service, Mark quickly found the information he
needed, including patent information and market research reports.

The Library's vast collections were essential for his detailed research
into plastics as the product development continued. Throughout the
whole process, any of the documents he needed - including journal
articles and patent specifications - were delivered straight to his
desktop via the Library's document supply operation.

Mark Sheahan, said: "The British Library is quite simply a treasure
trove of business information."

No, seriously: just who is it that's nuts?

Fang-Face writes "John Brand, a YellowTimes columnist, has a very interesting analysis of paranoia as it pertains to regarding the Bush adminstration. He essentially asks the question: are we the ones who are paranoid, or is it really the gubmint and are we getting it from them? What is truly telling, however, is what writes about a new law being proposed.

Then just a couple of days ago, I received a message dealing with certain federal funds granted to some universities. The gist of the matter boils down to the fact that some professors are accused of teaching subject matters inimical of America's foreign policy. Some government officials consider this criticism to be a highly undemocratic activity. To eliminate the unpatriotic scum, it is proposed to establish a federal board that would control what may or may not be taught. The proposed legislation is H.R. 3077. The board would consist of members from Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the National Security Agency.

Why do I get the feeling that Big Brother is getting closer and closer?"

Boy locked in library for keeping watch while pals had sex

Lee Hadden spotted a Strange Ananova Article that says A Chilean schoolboy sent to the library for the rest of the term for keeping watch while two friends had sex has been let back into classes.

Officials at Claretiano School in San Miguel agreed to let 12-year-old Cristobal Suarez back into lessons only after his mother sued the school.

He was punished after he was caught keeping watch while two of his friends had sex inside a classroom, reports La Cuarta Online.

Media-Effects Researchers Back Out of FTC Hearings

Fang-Face writes "A commentary by Marjorie Heins at the Free Expression Policy Project examines an incident fairly typical of moral crusaders. Two media-violence-as-violent-influence proponents, Craig Anderson and L. Rowell Huesmann, have canceled out of a conference wherein they were to debate opponents to the movement to control violence in entertainment. The attempt to discredit the opponents, Dr. Joanne Savage, criminologist at American University, and Jonathan Freedman, professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, is based on the specious argument that they are not "legitimate experts" on media violence. Actually, there is something to that; Doctor Freedman is not an expert on media violence so much as he is an expert on studies of media violence. All of which, he claims, are invalid. You can see my own opinion on the issue of media violence studies at my web site."

library patron loses privileges after tearing magazine

Here's A Follow Up on John Callaghan.
His decision to rip the cover off a gay and lesbian news magazine has cost him his borrowing privileges for a month, the Williamsburg Regional Library director said today.

"Everyone is deeply concerned about this issue and is concerned that library policy, as well as Virginia Code, was violated," said library director John Moorman. "It's an issue I think of tolerance and respect for the wide variety of individuals that live in our community."

Callaghan, a resident of Ford's Colony, said he won't contest the library's decision.

"If that's what they wish to do, that's their business. It's their library," he said. "I've made a point and I'm not a rabble-rouser. I'm not trying to cause trouble. I did what I thought was right."

Bill and Melinda Gates Most Generous

You can complain all you want about Microsoft (and I know you will), but MS Chairman Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have given away over half their net worth--nearly $23 billion--to various charities making them the most generous charitable donors in America according to this CNNMoney article.

Library considers magazine incident

News Out Of VA on John Callaghan, who was so disgusted with the cover picture on The Advocate in the library last week that he ripped it off and took it home with him.

Now Williamsburg Regional Library officials say they're deciding whether to alert law-enforcement officials, revoke Callaghan's library privileges or take other disciplinary action against him.
"I'm old-fashioned and have grandchildren, and this magazine was eye-level," he said. He said he was offended not only that the magazine was available to young people but also that his tax dollars were spent to put it there.

Library Director John Moorman said he would consult the library board and decide how to handle the situation. He said the library had "a wide variety of options, and I really don't want to discuss them at this time."

Antiquarians pick Lapides to lead the

Bob Cox spotted News that Julian L. Lapides has just been elected chairman of the board of councilors of the American Antiquarian Society for the coming year.
The American Antiquarian Society, founded in Worcester, Mass., in 1812, by Isaiah Thomas, a printer, patriot, historian and book collector, is one of those august New England institutions of which few are more hallowed. The learned society's collections of printed materials are probably second to none in documents of American history from 1640 through 1876. They include about two-thirds of everything printed in America through 1820, including an Algonquin Bible, the papers of Abigail Adams and those Puritan stalwarts Increase and Cotton Mather, and about 2 million copies of newspapers.

P. Diddy drops $1 million on NYC school libraries

High-profile hip-hop phenomenon Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has donated half of the $2 million he raised in running the recent New York City Marathon to the city's public schools, specifically to support school libraries and technology. The New York Post has the scoop.

Quiet couple is not shy in gift to library

Good News from MD, where Eddie and Sylvia Brown couldn't be happier with how the Enoch Pratt Free Library plans to house the African-American collection named in their honor.

"It exceeded my expectations," said Eddie Brown, while looking over the new reading room last week. "This is sensational, beautiful space. Top shelf." The room is part of a new four-story annex to the central Pratt library that will open officially today.
Brown, who is founder and president of Brown Capital Management, and his wife contributed $1 million to support and enlarge the more than 13,000-volume African-American collection that includes notable works such as an original Benjamin Banneker Almanac and volumes relating the collective experience of slavery.


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