Submitted by birdie on August 6, 2009 - 9:38am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 6, 2009 - 9:29am
Huffington Post blog entry:
Media analysis has so far ignored or glossed over Sodini's religious affiliations but the shooter's Internet diary suggest his last readings were the Bible and a book by a Texas evangelist, R.B. Thieme, Jr. who has written that husbands own their wives, as literal property and promoted an odd teaching that for each man on Earth there exists only one correct "right woman" in all creation. According to Thieme, men can recognize their divinely-appointed opposites without physical contact, through something Thieme called "soul climax"
Submitted by birdie on August 4, 2009 - 2:28pm
Photos of the disaster from Libraryman and Greg Schwartz, who's in the midst of it. Hang in there Greg & staff!
UPDATE Officials say the floodwaters caused at least $1 million in damage to the library main branch. A recovery fund has been established. Donations can be sent to:
The Library Foundation
301 York Street
Louisville, KY 40203
Louisville Free Public Library Director Craig Buthod said the Main Library had about three feet of water in the basement, and that the building will be closed until further notice. “We will assess the damage today and tomorrow. I don't know when we'll reopen,” he said.
The Shawnee and Iroquois branches of the library were also closed because of flooding, Buthod said.
Buthod said water had heavily damaged extensive facilities located on the Main Library's lower level, much of which is used for operations.
“Thousands of books have been damaged,” including many new ones that had just arrived and were awaiting distribution throughout the system, Buthod said. Story from the Louisville Courier Journal.
Submitted by birdie on August 3, 2009 - 10:11am
Article in BoingBoing:
James Grimmelman sez,
The Associated Press -- which thinks you owe it a license fee if you quote more than four words from one of its articles -- doesn't even care if the words actually came from its article. They'll charge you anyway, even if you're quoting from the public domain.
I picked a random AP article and went to their "reuse options" site. Then, when they asked what I wanted to quote, I punched in Thomas Jefferson's famous argument against copyright. Their license fee: $12 for an educational 26-word quote. FROM THE PUBLIC FREAKING DOMAIN, and obviously, obviously not from the AP article. But the AP is too busy trying to squeeze the last few cents out of a dying business model to care about little things like free speech or the law.
Thanks to Bill Drew & Michael Sauers for the tip.
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on July 27, 2009 - 5:40pm
Even with the shift to RFID tags, many libraries still use barcodes. A good many of the libraries using RFID use both the tags and the barcodes.
We're all familiar with the technology; a laser passes over the code and reads it through measurement of reflected light.
A new technology in coded information utilizes something similar but in reverse. Called a Bokode, it uses a small LED covered by a lens with dark patches on it. To read it, you need a camera and some software. The dark patches detail the data and the data given out varies with angle. In other words, a Bokode on a book right in front of you might tell you an item number and title with brief synapsis. A Bokode on a book a little farther down (taken with the same camera at the same time) might tell you why you might like this book if you're interested in that one.
But for my money, here's what makes my little Circulation Supervisor brain titter with glee:
"Let's say you're standing in a library with 20 shelves in front of you and thousands of books."
"You could take a picture and you'd immediately know where the book you're looking for is."
More from the BBC.
Submitted by birdie on July 18, 2009 - 9:31am
Submitted by Pete on July 13, 2009 - 11:17am
Interesting story at <A HREF="http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/teens_not_into_twitter_tv_radio_newspapers.php">Read Write Web</A> on teens and what they are into these days. Begs the question on how best to serve this demographic.
"Matthew Robson, a 15-year-old intern at analyst firm Morgan Stanley recently helped compile a report about teenage media habits.
Submitted by birdie on July 8, 2009 - 9:03am
Their missiles aren't quite reaching the U.S., but North Korea is making its best efforts to get to us, this time by hacking.
BBC reports that a widespread computer attack that began July 4 knocked out the Web sites of the Treasury Department, the Secret Service and other U.S. government agencies, according to officials inside and outside the government.
Sites in South Korea were also affected, and South Korean intelligence officials believe the attack was carried out by North Korean or pro-Pyongyang forces.
The U.S. government Web sites, which also included those of the Federal Trade Commission and the Transportation Department, were all down at varying points over the holiday weekend and into this week. South Korean Internet sites began experiencing problems Tuesday.
U.S. officials refused to publicly discuss details of the cyber attack that slowed down and, in some cases, shut government websites, including the site of the presidential office, for several hours.
Submitted by shelfcheck on July 7, 2009 - 4:26pm
Hadley directed the Minneapolis Public Library system from 2003-2007. When MPL and Hennepin County Library merged, HCL director Amy Ryan assumed leadership of the new 41-library system (Ryan left HCL in 2008 to head the Boston Public Library system; Lois Langer Thompson is the current HCL director).
Hadley's new position is effective August 3. [Read story at Library Journal]
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on July 7, 2009 - 1:02pm
After more than five years of sporting a BETA tag, Gmail and all the other Google Apps have been deemed ready for prime time. Google software has become a trusted part of millions of lives but all of them: Calendar, Chat, Docs, and more have worn the beta tag ever since opening to the public.
Obviously, this doesn't mean that Google is going to just stop working with these web applications and they're already hinting at new improvements that are soon to come.
More from the Official Google Blog.
Submitted by shelfcheck on July 2, 2009 - 10:24am
Payman and Sina have taken images from Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis and remixed them with new captions and dialogue to illustrate the day before and the first few days after the election in Iran. Much attention is paid to social media's role in organizing and supporting protesters: Persepolis 2.0
Submitted by tom on June 24, 2009 - 6:57pm
First. Be clever. But more importantly, be clever in a way that the reporter wants. How do you know what she wants? You don't. So be clever, and lucky, and maybe you'll get your name in the paper.
Back in May, I saw that USA Today had a request for story ideas called "status envy" on how people can post more interesting items on their Facebook and Twitter pages. I emailed this:
When you leave people out of the loop by posting, "now that's what I'm talking about" without letting us know what the hell you're talking about.
Or using microblog slang that I don't understand; or just posting, "watching House." Although "watching White House" might be interesting; or "watching Obama in White House from crawlspace in ceiling" would be really interesting.
and later that day, I had this message from their reporter:
Hello, thanks for message! I'm the reporter working on the Status Envy story and would like to use some of this - can I call you to confirm it's from you and get your details (age, occupation, town you live in, etc.)? If so, please call or email me your contact number.
I didn't believe she was an actual reporter; but phone calls are cheap, so I called her back. Now, here comes the interesting part:
She asked me how old I was, and when I told her just how ancient, she followed with, "Oh, then you're new to all this social networking stuff?"
Submitted by osumike on June 20, 2009 - 5:18pm
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland has proposed cutting Ohio Public Library Fund by a jaw dropping <strong>$227,000,000</strong> in his biennium budget. This could possibly cause the closure of many libraries relying solely on state support. Ohio is home to many of the nations highest ranked and rated public libraries.
More information is available <a href="http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6666479.html">in an article on the Library Journal website</a>.
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on June 20, 2009 - 8:26am
It's bad enough that libraries are in the financial situation they are today, but it only makes it worse when they wind up fighting their city government for money that's supposed to be theirs.
Such is the case in Detroit where the library learned that the City of Detroit is spending money out of the library's fund. The Detroit Public Library is a separate municipal tax corporation and the use of it by the City not only raises ethical questions, but several legal ones as well. Even worse, the library found out about this practice the same time Detroit Public Schools learned that the City has been dipping into their equally separate tax fund.
Since July 1 of last year, the City spent around $6.2 million in money that didn't belong to it. Library Commissioner Jonathan Kinloch said:
"It's horrible, and it's illegal. There's a piggy bank that our money is supposed to be in, and the city is basically going into our piggy bank to pay their bills."
The City's misuse of money garnered the attention of the State Legislature and an investigation may be launched.
More from Detroit Free Press.
Submitted by SafeLibraries on May 24, 2009 - 11:56am
I don't know what to say. Just read the article and you won't know what to say either. <a href="http://safelibraries.blogspot.com/2009/05/sex-monster-looks-for-easy-targets-in.html">Sex Monster Looks for 'Easy Targets' in Library</a>.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on May 17, 2009 - 1:59am
<p>Researchers working for the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada (EMC) have had their open access to Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa revoked due to security concerns.</p>
<p>Those working for EMC have had an office in the library's building in downtown Ottawa since the encyclopedia project began 30 years ago.</p>
<p>EMC editor in chief James Marsh told the newspaper that his staff are not a security risk: "I told [the archives] … I'll gladly submit my people to the RCMP."</p>
<p>Marsh says things were going well until a
Submitted by shelfcheck on May 7, 2009 - 9:22pm
From the press release at IMLS:
"Washington, DC—President Obama has requested $265,556,000 for fiscal year 2010 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The request, which was transmitted to Congress today, represents an increase of $1,453,000 over the FY 2009 enacted level for the Institute’s programs and administration. The proposed budget will support museums and libraries as they provide unparalleled value to the public, fuel knowledge sharing, and energize our economy, creativity, and competitiveness.
'We are pleased to have President Obama’s support for the nation’s museums and libraries,' said Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director of IMLS. 'With this proposed budget, IMLS looks forward to continued support of these institutions as they connect people to information and ideas.'
The President requested $213,240,000 for the nation’s 123,000 libraries.
[click to continue reading release]
Submitted by AndyW on April 25, 2009 - 1:26am
"Can plagiarism-busting website TurnItIn.com archive complete student papers for use in its detection database? Four high school students claimed copyright infringement, but a federal appeals court says it's just fair use."
Full article here.
Submitted by projectlib on April 2, 2009 - 7:45am
Summary projectlib blog in 22-28 March 2009
23 March 2009 - Photo from Commart Thailand 2009
21 March, I went to the Commart Thailand.
I take my pretty photo inside commart to promote this event.
Please comment my photo at this blog
You can read detail - Photo from Commart Thailand 2009
23 March 2009 - Copy Idea is not power
Some blog in thailand is copy me.
They don't credit to me. I will blame to thier blog.
I used to say "Sharing Knowledge is power"
and I think "Copy Idea is not power"
Submitted by projectlib on April 2, 2009 - 7:43am
Summary projectlib blog in 2-7 March 2009
2 March 2009 - Thai library talk by english language in sunday
Since 1 March 2009, I will write summary my blog by english language.
My purpose in this case...practice english and simple to read for other countries.
I want to exchange library informaion in Thailand to the world.
You can read detail - Thai library talk by english language in sunday
3 March 2009 - My busy work in this week
In this week, Many story about my work have problem.
I serious about it. Some case is fault for me.
I want to say everyone. I serious and I sorry about it.