2006 Notable Books include "Human Cargo."

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 01/28/2006 - 21:37

kmccook writes "Notable Books Council announces 2006 top picks (SAN ANTONIO) The Notable Books Council of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has compiled its 2006 list of outstanding books for the general reader. These titles have been selected for their significant contribution to the expansion of knowledge and for the pleasure they can provide to adult readers. The List is below...

Newton Free Library & Computer Search - Follow Ups

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 01/28/2006 - 03:21

Brian G. writes "City demands warrant in FBI investigation, Newton TAB - By Dan AtkinsonWednesday, January 25, 2006 FBI won't seize library records, Newton TAB - By Galen Moore, Thursday, January 26, 2006 Related Readings: Susan W. Brenner and Barbara A. Frederiksen, Computer Searches and Seizures: Some Unresolved Issues, 8 Mich. Telecomm. Tech. L. Rev. 39 (2002) 40 pp. Focuses on Off-Site versus On-Site Computer Search Procedures by the Department of Justice. Discusses application of "plain view" doctrine to computers.
FindLaw: U.S. Constitution: Fourth Amendment: Annotations pg. 4 of 6 Ensuring the Admissibility of Electronic Forensic Evidence and Enhancing Its Probative Value at Trial
Criminal Justice MagazineSpring 2004, Volume 19 Number 1By Fred Galves and Christine Galves My Commentary: I am been doing some reading to learn where the library legally can stand on this issue. The FBI said "plain view" was an issue, but they decided to wait for the warrant. While I found some related readings on plain view, and cannot find anything specific to this type of situation. In other court cases, plain view in computer searches was only relevant when a warrant for one type of computer file was being served and another file was found. For example, police search a computer by following a warrant looking for tax records and than in "plain view" find child pornography. Other cases have ruled that actual computer files are not in "plain view" since a computer application is needed to open them. Has anyone seen a court ruling that actually addresses the "plain view" of computers in a public library?"

US Congress steps into Chinese Web censorship

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 01/27/2006 - 16:41

Reuters reports Cisco, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have all been called to a congressional hearing on global human rights next week.The hearings follow Google's announcement on Tuesday that the company would block taboo terms in China such as democracy, Tibet, Falun Gong, and not offer email, chat and blog publishing services that could be used for political protest.

Little British Libraries in Need of Help

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 01/27/2006 - 15:10

Pippa Greensmith is campaigning to save the local library in Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire , a village at the end of the metropolitan tube line. She's collecting signatures for a petition to keep the library open.More on this campaign and others from the "Action Network"-- Britons who have made a difference in their local area-- at the Beeb.

The Need for a University Librarian

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 01/27/2006 - 14:57

The Awareness Times - Freetown,Sierra Leone - has a Column By Saa Mathias Bendu who says he found out over the years that there is a total lack of understanding of what the library and information scientist does and what responsibilities they carryout.It is out of this ignorance that most people in our "academic world", in particular the Fourah Bay College, treat Library, Information and Communication studies with contempt.

Tattered Cover Bookstore to Relocate

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 01/27/2006 - 13:54

If you're a booklover who's been to Denver, you probably have visited the wonderful Tattered Cover Bookstore. But not even the most popular independent bookstore is exempt from the trend towards megastores and online buying. The Tattered Cover Book Store is moving its flagship store in the Cherry Creek section of Denver to space in the Lowenstein Theater, an old stage theater on East Colfax that has been unused for many years and is being renovated.

Libraries might have to close in Oregon

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 01/27/2006 - 12:56

Sad News Out Of Oregon where Jackson County's 15 new and renovated libraries could close indefinitely if the county loses federal timber money and can't find a new revenue source.

Ronnie Budge, county library director, warned staff in a recent employee newsletter that the library system might have to prepare to close its doors.

Not a single shop sells only children's books

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 01/27/2006 - 10:53

A Report AT Ha'aretz Daily says Egypt's children can buy the affordable old books distributed by the governmental publishing house Dar Al Maaref, written over 50 years ago. "But they are so out of date and written in a language children find difficult to understand," complained Abul Magd in an interview with the Egyptian monthly, "Egypt Today." Children's literature is a painful subject that comes up each time a book fair is held in Egypt - and is dropped just as quickly.

Read it and weep: New Orleans libraries are in ruins

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 01/27/2006 - 08:50

Andrei Codrescu's column in The Villager says Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans Public Library. All of its 13 buildings were damaged; eight of them are completely unusable: books, furniture, computers, all destroyed. Eighty percent of the employees were laid off. Recovery will be a long process. Libraries around the country are helping, but many of them are not in such great shape themselves, having had their budgets slashed over and over during decades of laissez-faire capitalism.

Politics Thursday: The Case for Open Borders

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 01/27/2006 - 07:11

Daniel writes "I wrote this post before I heard about World Migration Day, or Pope Benedict XVI's remarks in commemoration of this day. But it seems in keeping with it's spirit, so I'm offering it today instead of something on Iraq, Iran or our motion towards an elected monarchy. For what it's worth, I'm officially endorsing an open border policy for the United States. What I mean by an "open border" is that everyone entering this country would be required to register with the federal government. Their names would be run against a database of aliens who were convicted of crimes against life or property in the United States. If the alien doesn't appear on this list, they're waived through. If they are flagged, they are arrested and if they can't prove a case of mistaken identity are jailed for a year and deported to their home country. I believe this system will strengthen US security, lower crime, improve wages and working conditions and ultimately lower the number of permanent aliens. I also think there is a moral case for an open border. Why do I think that? Let's start with the pragmatic considerations: