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Vanessa Hudgens: Family Library Outing

In my never ending quest to make LISNews the #1 source for celebrities visiting libraries stories, I'm happy to report While most of her fellow starlet friends were busy getting ready for the American Music Awards, Disney actress Vanessa Hudgens was enjoying some quality time with family on Sunday (November 23).

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After Stream of Library Complaints, EVA Subscription Services Finally Responds

For months, more than a dozen library customers of <a href="http://www.evasub.com/">EVA Subscription Services</a>, based in Shrewsbury, MA, have expressed enormous frustration after not receiving periodicals ordered and finding that their calls and emails to EVA went unreturned.

Long Time Director Returns As Trustee

Richard Ostrander served as the Director of the Yakima Valley Regional Library for 24 years. He now returns to the library as a Yakima County appointed member of the library's board of trustees.

It's an interesting move, especially since YVRL went through an administrative shakedown earlier this year culminating with the firing of the director. It seeme there were questions about how she handled her authority and how the board of trustees approved anything she requested without any discussion. It was a sordid affair that played out on the pages of the local paper and in the court of public opinion.

Ostrander, who has an operating library in the YVRL system named after him, replaces a board member who served ten years, the maximum term length for a YVRL board member.

Censorship activists move outside the library

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It is common to hear of challenges to books in libraries, such as this recent story - one of many - about 'And Tango Makes Three', or this one about a young adult book that was successfully remove from a school library, but a challenge to a bookstore? In this BBC story, an author, a poet, was singled out by a religious group who lobbied a local book store to not sell his latest work, a book of poems that they felt were "blasphemous". In the end, the bookstore merely canceled the book signing that has been scheduled - they still sell the book in question despite the protests.

My thoughts
Some time back the author Salmon Rushdie published a book that followers of a different religion felt was blasphemous to their beliefs. They condemned him for his writings and the outcry in much of Western world was quite great in his defense. Sales of the book skyrocketed. People openly supported Rushdie, a national of the same country as the author of this book of poetry. What is different in this case?

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Spencer Iowa Paper Reports on the Upcoming Dewey Movie

The hometown heroes, Vicki Myron and the late Dewey Readmore Books are headed for the spotlight. Kind of like Marley & Me.

Here's the Spencer Daily Reporter's story about the upcoming New Line film starring Meryl Streep as Vicki Myron.

Los Angeles' LED Billboards Draw Opposition

Story on NPR:
Hundreds of Los Angeles' 11,000 billboards are going digital — lighting up neighborhoods with flashing LED ads selling Coke, sitcoms and designer clothing. Some are, however, complaining about light pollution. Now the City Council is considering the billboards' environmental impact. Listen to full piece here.

Some articles to consider when debating the banning of billboards:

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Blueprints for Auschwitz camp found in Germany

Charley Hively sent over news The original construction plans believed used for a major expansion of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz in 1941 have been found in a Berlin flat, Germany's Bild newspaper reported on Saturday.

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Something to consider - Google and the library

While reading up for my last post I found this article, which discusses Google's intent to manage %100 of the information in the world. Now, I'm sure that some people who read this post are going to think that this is about how evil Google is, but I do not intend that to be the main point of this post. As with my other post regarding Google, I simply want to bring all aspects of the situation to light to counter the heavy boosterism that seems to override issues regarding Google, especially in relation to libraries. It has been my understanding that the library was a place where people could go to get unbiased access to information on any subject, well, any legal subject, as outlined in a number of documents associated with libraries, such as the ALA Library Bill of Rights and the Intellectual Freedom Manual.

Google's growth makes privacy advocates wary

Most people today appear to me to love Google, but how much do people really know about this 'indispensable' tool? I'm not going to post an extended rant about how evil Google is in some people's eyes, but I do think that this AP story is worthy of consideration, especially considering the integration that Google is developing with libraries.

Google's growth makes privacy advocates wary

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This article discusses how information that is collected by Google could be used in violation of current privacy statutes. Some Google tools, such as their Chrome web browser transmit your keystrokes before you press the Enter key. This information is then analyzed by their systems to predict your search terms and offer suggestions. There is an option to turn this feature off, but the activity still occurs, just without user notification, giving the sense that web activity is now 'private'. Along with the information typed into the web browser, your computers Internet address is also recorded, creating a history much like what is visible in your local web browser, but on their servers.

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"It's about having a monopoly over our personal information, which, if it falls into the wrong hands, could be used in a very dangerous way against us,"

“Court says that with all its products, Google has more opportunities than its peers to capture personal information without users realizing it. “

Around the World, Praise for Obama

The Washington Post features an international perspective of the people's choice of Barack Obama as America's next president.

Slideshow and reporting from Britain, Kenya, Japan, Lebanon and Indonesia.

Additional reactions from abroad via the New York Times.

Obama Wins

NYTimes, November 5, 2008 A Historic Day for the USA and the World
Obama Elected President as Racial Barrier Falls(report) / (editorial)

Political Life Imitates, Well Not Art, but The Onion

The folks at Boingboing have unearthed <A href="http://www.boingboing.net/2008/10/30/onion-headline-from.html">an uncannily topical story</A> from a 1993 issue of The Onion. "The Onion has a preposterous fake story about a character named Roy the Forklift driver becoming a media darling of the conservative movement. " Aren't archives grand?

Christian Science Monitor to cease daily print publication

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The <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/stories/2008/10/27/daily15.html"> Christian Science Monitor </a>will stop publishing a daily newspaper just after it turns 100 years old. The newspaper will not close, it will continue to publish a weekly newspaper, and its online presence will become the daily edition of the paper. "The new weekly paper edition of the paper will cost $89 per year. The daily Web edition will cost $219 per year."

Tasty Tidbits from the New MaintainIT Cookbook: A Free Introductory Webinar

<b>MaintainIT Has Cooked Up Something Special for You!</b> We're so excited about the new MaintainIT Cookbook, "Planning for Success"! Full of no fuss recipes for technology success, quick, easy and tested by our librarian chefs around the country. And best of all, like all of the other MaintainIT materials, it is FREE. Join us for a 20-minute introduction (3 different time slots) to hear about the exciting new content! Brenda and Stephanie will share 20 Samples in 20 Minutes—it'll be like Iron Chef on fast forward.

Work Ethic Dispute May Have Led to Shooting of College Librarian

Work Ethic Dispute May Have Led to Shooting of College Librarian
Article here.

The Texas Library Association has posted a memorial page for the slain librarian, Donald Devin Zimmerman here.

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Overfeeding on Information

It’s hard not to watch the news on the financial markets and the presidential campaign. But how much is too much? Story in the NYT.

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24 Words the CED Want to Exuviate (Shed)

Here are a list of words the Collins English Dictionary want to discard to make room for up to 2,000 new entries. They include Fatidical, Niddering and even Vilipend.

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Columbus Metropolitan Library named the top public library in the country

The Columbus Metropolitan Library has been rated the best library system in the nation as ranked by the Hennen's American Public Library Rating. It is the 3rd time since 1999 that they have been ranked #1 and they have been ranked in the top 4 every year since 1999. Here's a link to the article.

Congrats to Columbus Metropolitan Library!

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NOTE: American Libraries reported an error in the rankings this year:

American Libraries has discovered an unfortunate error that invalidates the results of Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings published in the October 2008 issue of the magazine of the American Library Association.
Thomas J. Hennen Jr., author of this independent study, discovered after the issue was mailed that the figures used in compiling the statistics were the same as those used in 2006.
The new numbers will be posted on the HAPLR website. The corrected tables will also appear in PDF format as soon as possible on the American Libraries website, as well as in the November issue of the magazine.

Librarian's Internet Index merging with IPL

The well known Librarian's Internet Index (LII) has merged with IPL at Drexel. As many are aware of, and as mentioned in the notice below, LII has had their funding cut by 50% the last two years. The merger with Drexel allows ILL the opportunity to continue sharing of sites.

This notice appeared in their last weekly e-mail:

LII IS NOW ADMINISTERED BY IPL
This week the editors received a press release announcing LII's merger with the Internet Public Library (IPL). IPL is a huge and wonderful Web portal hosted by Drexel University and maintained by a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science. It has solid funding and a paid staff augmented by graduate students in library and information studies programs, allowing it to maintain and improve the database's content and aesthetics with new skills and technical tools.
As you may know, in the last two years LII's funding was cut by 50%. Consequently, we had to reduce the number of sites we add each week, halt improvements to the browsing structure, and generally do less of everything. IPL will give LII's years of work continued life and value and we think they'll do a terrific job. The LII editorial staff and the newsletter will continue through April 30, 2009. We will share news with you as it becomes available; for more information, please contact IPL or Linda Crowe at

This was the e-mail they sent to subscribers:

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Hill Library Trends Newsletter Highlights Trends in Libraries, Business, and Technology
Harvard's Stuart Shieber To kick Off Columbia University Libraries Speaker Series
J. David Bavousett Joins LibLime as Implementation Specialist
Call for Nominations for the Velma Moore Award for 2009
Grand Rapids Public Library Goes Live With Evergreen
National Weather Center Library Chooses Evergreen
Springer survey uncovers additional facts on eBooks use
Big Country Library System Selects Koha ZOOM
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