Clark Atlanta student launches effort to move the library school

Library Journal is reporting a new initiative to move the Clark Atlanta library school to another HBCU: One of the final 33 graduates of Clark Atlanta University’s (CAU) LIS program has launched a volunteer initiative to relocate the tradition-rich program to another HBCU (historically black college or university) home. The website for Save Library and Information Studies is a strong proponent of the profession in general.

Fraud, waste, and abuse in the E-Rate program

The E-Rate program has provided over 13 billion dollars to help schools and libraries acquire internet services. Now, CBS is reporting that the GAO is criticising the FCC for fraud, waste, and abuse in the E-Rate program. From the GAO report: Recently, allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse by some E-rate program participants have come to light. As steward of the program, FCC must ensure that participants use E-rate funds appropriately and that there is managerial and financial accountability surrounding the funds.

An abstract of the report is here and the full report is available here.

There is more on the implications of this report from the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Penn State’s Library gets involved in digital publishing

A news release came out on Tuesday that said the Penn State Library is joining with the Penn State University Press to create an Office of Digital Scholarly Communication. I think we will see this happen more in the future. My favorite part of the news release was this: The libraries bring to the office considerable expertise in programming, digitization, Web site development, and access mechanisms such as indexing and metadata.

Kaufman-Wills presents “The Facts about Open Access”

I saw a story today in the Chonicle of Higher Ed about a presentation on Open Access at the London Book fair. An abstract of the presentation is on the LBF website, and the actual presentation is on the ALPSP web site (scroll to the bottom). It looks like some of the results are very interesting. In particular, it points out that not all Open Access journals use the “author pays” system, and it points out that many commercial journals DO use this system.

Helping patrons or helping scammers?

I got this message from a classmate of mine a couple of days ago. What would you have done? She’s looking forward to hearing the comments of others…

“this morning a lady brought in two papers she wanted me to fax. i try my best not to look at people’s faxes, ’cause it’s really none of my damn business, but i couldn’t help noticing that she wanted the information faxed to madrid, spain. besides, she was going on and on about this money she won. so i’m looking at it, and it’s this letter from the ‘international lottery commission’ asking this person to fax a copy of her driver’s license to two numbers so they can get started depositing $800,000 into an account for her. i’m thinking, ‘lady, you’re about as gullible as they come.’ here’s the question: what would you all have done? what would CLIS students have argued in class if this situation was presented to them? some would say, ‘you’re a librarian. what they’re doing is none of your business. yada yada yada.’ some would say that you should tell this patron the deal.”

Pro-filtering site gets a taste of its own medicine

If you go to the SafeSurf website, you\’ll see a link to Breaking News: SafeSurf warns of Stealth Censorship. Click through, and you\’ll see a press release about how Mail Abuse Prevention System, LLC, unfairly included SafeSurf on a list of spammers, thus preventing some netizens from gaining access to its site.

Excuse me, but isn\’t that one of the strongest arguments against filtering in the first place?

Radio giant encouraging censorship?

This article on discusses a \’no-play\’ list of songs distributed by Clear Channel Communications in reaction to last week\’s attack. Clear Channel owns and programs air time on over 1000 radio stations in the United States. Metallica\’s \’Seek and Destroy\’ is on the list, but so is John Lennon\’s \’Imagine.\’ Should this be an individual station decision? Does the company have the right to do this since they are a private, rather than public, entity? Should we tolerate this in light of last week\’s attack? This is an important issue with many intriguing facets. Check out the song list and see what you think.

Library mystery absorbs alderman

*Updated link, sorry about that*
Here is a story from the Chicago Sun-Times about an alderman who is trying to figure out why his regional library is removing \”books in good condition.\” Ald. Eugene Shulter has community activists \”up in arms\” over what seems to be routine weeding. Security has twice attempted to have him removed from the library. Folks, this is not a good example of community relations.

Skylarov indicted Tuesday

Dmitri Skylarov was indicted Tuesday despite his attorney\’s attempts to reach a plea bargain. The AP news story is available at the Washington Post. The Electronic Freedom Foundation\’s reaction is here. ElcomSoft\’s Software has legitimate \’fair-use\’ applications. Music CD\’s are being copy protected. These are negative indicators for the future of fair use, a principle that keeps libraries in business. Could a fight for digital rights be the next civil rights movement?