Anonymous Patron writes "The entire text of the Wikipedia entry on "Librarians" was replaced by a cheap insult aimed at librarians. The defacement took place on Jan. 18th and lasted for more than two hours. To see the sad details, go to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Librarians, click on the "History" tab, and view edits for Jan. 18th. The vandal was already known to Wikipedia for graffiti and irrelevancies.
Pete writes "A retired history professor may face a second trial in the theft of a documnet from the French National Archives jsonline.com Reports The case, which will be heard sometime this year, means that Rooney - now 74, retired and living in Wauwatosa - could be sentenced to up to three years in prison, according to the French newspaper Le Monde."
Issue 2 of Google's Newsletter for Librarians is available, including:
"Beyond Algorithms: A Librarian's Guide to Finding Web Sites You Can Trust",
Karen G. Schneider, Director, Librarians' Internet Index
Okay, so your favorite search engine has turned up thousands of web sites on the topic of your choosing. Which ones should you trust?
"How Does Google Determine Which Web Sites Are the Most 'Trusted'?", Matt Cutts, Software Engineer, Google
Fang-Face writes "An interesting look at the state of literacy in the U.S. and a recent movement decrying the slipping standards thereof. Titled
Who Reads in America?, By Mark Schurmann, Pacific News Service, and posted to Alternet.org, this article intimates that literacy is becoming an underground counterculture."
The Bush administration on Wednesday asked a federal judge to order Google to turn over a broad range of material from its closely guarded databases.
An interesting story from UCLA is surfacing about a group offering to pay students to collect information about "radical professors," as part of the new "academic freedom" movement. Is this a case of inverse surveillance to monitor inappropriate activities, or something designed to discourage dissent?
Reed Business Information has announced Bill McGorry, Executive Vice President of the Reed Publishing Group, announces the promotion of Ron Shank to the position of Publisher for Library Journal and School Library Journal magazines, effective today.An alumnus of Southern Illinois University, where he majored in Journalism and Marketing, Shank is a resident of Brentwood, Tenn., with his wife, Gwen, and their two daughters. He will continue to commute between New York and Tennessee as required in his new position.
The Fort Myers News-Press Has A Report on the Southwest Florida Library Network (SWFLN) an organization representing 40 county, college, medical and private libraries who hosted its first Library Advocacy Breakfast on Wednesday.
Network executive director Barbara Stites said she has invited state and local representatives, library supporters and the general public to learn more about the roles libraries play.