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Wikipedia's Outgoing Fundraiser Claims Money Being Wasted

The Register reports that Sue Gardner of the Wikimedia Foundation issued a statement noting that cash is going to fund bureaucrats in chapter organizations instead of individual editors modifying Wikipedia. Apparently three particular chapter organizations dominate the process of receiving funds.

Mentor Public Library Adds Streaming Media Opportunity For Patrons

Mentor Public Library in Ohio has contracted with Hoopla to provide streaming rich media to patrons in addition to other electronic content on offer from Zinio, Overdrive, and other vendors.

17 Year Old Killed in Library Parking Lot

WJW Fox 8 News in Cleveland reports that a teen was shot in the parking lot behind the Eastman branch of Cleveland Public Library who then later died after transport to MetroHealth Medical Center. Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact the Cleveland Division of Police. WEWS News Channel 5 reported on the incident as well.

Initial Notes on Death of Roger Ebert

Comparison of Google Reader Alternatives

Fabian Scherschel at The H Online presents a feature comparing alternatives to Google Reader for those looking to replace it in their daily lives.

Late Sunday Night News

Libraries Have Had Their Day

Horrible Histories author Terry Deary has said libraries have had their day. Deary referred to libraries as being a Victorian idea that does not fit in contemporary times.

(h/t Public Libraries News)

Increased Library Activity in Lake and Geauga Counties

It Came From Akron

Apparently over 40 phone calls or so to your local public library that are harassing in nature may lead to charges being filed against you, according to WOIO news in Cleveland. Further details are available from The Akron Beacon-Journal.

Washington Post Reportedly Seeking Paywall

Agence France-Presse via France24 reports that the Washington Post is reviewing erecting a paywall to its online edition in 2013.

Balkanizing The Internet

Reporters Without Borders takes a look at new frontiers in carrying out censorship being undertaken in response to an infamous YouTube video.

The Contemporary Analog to Jarndyce v Jarndyce

Conneaut Public Library Purchases Inflatable Movie Screen

Mark Todd writing in The Star Beacon notes that the Conneaut Public Library in extreme northeastern Ohio has purchased an inflatable movie screen for showing films. Test runs have taken place away from the library's location.

WMMS-FM Holds Fifty Shades of Grey Book Burning

Along with the July 18th evening news broadcast on WOIO-TV reporting that Cleveland has a population where 69% of residents are illiterate, word was also posted to the station's website about a book burning held in the suburb of Westlake relative to Fifty Shades of Grey.

Caveat lector

Nora Ephron Passes

Roger L. Simon, writing at PJ Media, speaks about his memories of Nora Ephron. Reuters reports that Ephron died of leukemia aged 71.

New Poet Laureate Appointed At LC

The Office of Communications at the Library of Congress announced that Mississippi Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey was named 19th US Poet Laureate. Trethwey will hold the positions concurrently. Poets.org has a profile posted of the new appointee. Huffington Post and the New York Times have more on the appointment as well.

What If You Have A Digital Divide And Nobody Cared?

CNN's online presence is carrying a piece by Amy Gahran that comments on a recent Pew Internet and American Life Project report that notes a lack of interest in the Internet itself by that 20% of the population among other findings.

The full report is available PDF download.

The question that does arise is how the Internet can be irrelevant to a particular part of the American population and why.

World Book Night...One Week Left to Sign Up!

Most of us learned about the significance of April 23rd back in high school (the Bard's birthday), but now there's another reason to celebrate. April 23, 2012 is the first US World Book Night, when publishers will donate and volunteers will distribute free books to anyone who wants them. Want to be a part of it? Sign up as a volunteer on their site before February 1.

World Book Night premiers this year in the US. Bookstores & libraries will be distribution points. Did you sign up? What book do you want to distribute? I did (for Poisonwood Bible). Here are the book options, thirty in all.

Decentralize, he said

CILIP/National Literacy Trust Press Release on School Libraries

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, the British counterpart to the American Library Association, issued jointly with the UK's National Literacy Trust a press release condemning the announced 2012 closure of Hertfordshire Schools Library Services.

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