LISNews To Purchase LibraryStuff

TULSA, April 1, 2003 /BSNewswire-LastCall/ -- LISNews, LLC. is acquiring, Inc. Corp., a Long Island NY, provider of information technology, Tape Dispensers, and Library Blogging products to Librarians in a $56 million deal.

The purchase is expected to close before the end of time, said officials with LISNews of Key West, FL.

About half of the deal is for cash, and rest is to be paid by IOU note scribbled on a dirty napkin, due in January. LISNews will fund the purchase from cash on hand and its $50 million revolving credit facility, from the bank of Dowee Cheatem & How.

Iraq 2003 -- Alternative and Mainstream Sources

Lisa writes "A colleague and I at the University of Windsor's Leddy Library have created a webliography of links to alternative (dissenting) and mainstream sources of news on the Iraq conflict. As there don't seem to be many guides to alternative news sources from libraries available yet, I thought people might be interested in looking at this one for ideas. Feel free to borrow from it and/or to link to it. It's a work in progress, so new links will be added from time to time."

Seth Finkelstein To Speak Tonite @ MIT

Don Saklad sent along word of \"Net Control--
From the Digital Millennium Copyright Act DMCA
to censorware \"filtering\" to peer-to-peer programs:
How the battle to control the Internet is being shaped by government
and corporate interests\", happening tonite 7pm
Thursday, March 27, at MIT,
Bartos Auditorium, basement of E15.
Details below and Slides Here.

Get Your Free "In My Book" Cards

Robin Blum writes: "The In My Book® line of greeting card/bookmarks is proving very popular with libraries, and we'd like to see them in even more libraries! We'll be exhibiting at our first library show in June, at the ALA Annual Show in Toronto, June 21-24, 2003. Be sure and visit us there at Booth #4047!

In the meantime, if you represent a qualified library, and you'd like to see a sample of one of our cards, we'd be happy to send you one. Here's how to do it.

Linux in Education Spring Conference

Stan Gatchel writes "The Linux in Education Conference (LiEC) Spring Conference will offer an overview of Linux and how it can be applied in public education.

The mission of the Conference is to introduce Linux to an audience of educators, students, administrators, IT managers and other interested parties who may have no previous knowledge of Linux nor even any technical understanding of computing.

The conference will be held Saturday, April 5 at the Grand Prairie High School 9th Grade Center, Grand Prairie, Texas. Demos, presentations, and discussions will be held in this capacity-limited event -- so register early. It's free.

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New Site -

Stuart Urwin writes "New Electronic Newsletter and Database Resource helps
Information Professionals build their Career skills and Contacts.
has just launched a brand new service for information professionals. The

Library Events website provides up to date details of all the important events they need to

know about, to enhance their careers and to build up their professional skills and contacts.

The service consists of a current awareness database, which is fully searchable, and a

monthly newsletter, called LIS Events. It includes:

Spring Shy Librarian Is Out

Joseph Cadieux writes: \"
The Spring 2003 issue of THE SHY LIBRARIAN (Vol. 3, #1) is now available.

THE SHY LIBRARIAN is a quarterly print magazine which
\"promotes libraries, librarians, and books.\" The magazine, which
is written by librarians, focuses on library marketing, public and
community relations. Each issue contains an original fictional
short story featuring a librarian or a library setting, as well as
roughly 75 book reviews by librarians and teachers. You may also
someone for a Marian

The Spring 2003 issue of THE SHY LIBRARIAN features these

Wharton School Launches New Spanish and Portuguese Web Journal

March 2003

[email protected], the online research and business analysis journal of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, has launched a new Web site called Universia [email protected]. The new site, which is published in both Spanish and Portuguese, enables [email protected] to reach Spanish and Portuguese speaking readers around the world.

Launched in May 1999, [email protected] has over 250,000 subscribers in 189 countries. The Web site contains more than 11,500 articles and research papers in its database and more are added every week.

In an article published in the January 2002 issue of Inc. entitled, "Best of the Net - These business school sites can help you think big," the magazine looked at sites from 50 top schools and ranked [email protected] number one. Inc. had a panel of CEOs evaluate sites in depth, and concluded that [email protected] "is a trailblazer and as good an example of Web branding as you'll find anywhere."

[email protected] is free and can be accessed here in English.

Name Change for the Special Librarian Job Board

Adam Wright writes "Hi. I am the creator of the Special Librarian Job Board and I have decided to expand it to include all types of libraries. I am hoping this decision will allow more libraries and librarians to take advantage of this valuable resource. You can access the
Librarian Job Board at "

Berman is the 2003 Stone Lecturer at his Alma Mater

Madeline Douglass sent over this announcement.
\" The Alumni Association of the CUA (Catholic University of America) School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is pleased to announce the 2003 Stone Lecture. Sanford Berman will present \"Not in My Library: Issues of Workplace Speech and Governance.\" Berman has written extensively and especially on increasing access to libraries via attention to subject cataloguing and collection development. The program will be held on April 15th at 7:00 P.M. at the Life Cycle Institute auditorium on the CUA campus. Refreshments will be served in the lobby after the program.

Steve Fesenmaier passed along This Poster as well.

New Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography Available

Charles W. Bailey writes: \"Version 47 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography
is now available. This selective bibliography presents over
1,800 articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources
that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing
efforts on the Internet.


The HTML document is designed for interactive use. Each
major section is a separate file. There are links to sources
that are freely available on the Internet. It can be can be
searched using Boolean operators.

The HTML document includes three sections not found in
the Acrobat file.

Cites & Insights 3:3 (March 2003) Is Out

Cites & Insights 3:3 (March 2003) is available as a PDF download.
This 20-page issue has \"way too much on copyright\"--Copyright Currents
and a separate perspective on Eldred v Ashcroft, amounting to slightly
more than 11 pages in all.

Contents include:
* Perspective: Midwinter Musings
* Bibs & Blather
* Copyright Currents
* Feedback & Following Up
* Ebooks & Etext
* Copyright Perspective: Thinking About Eldred v Ashcroft
* The Library Stuff

World Almania available through World Almanac Education

Jeffrey Hastings writes: \"About ten years ago, I began staging a competition in my middle school
library that taught fundamental reference and information skills using World
Almanac as the source. I called the game \"World ALMANIA,\" and it quickly
became very popular. Soon, the whole school was competing in World Almania
each year. The organizers of a regional academic competition then asked
permission to use World Almania as an activity.

Eventually the game caught the attention of World Almanac Education, who
asked me if I\'d like to share the game with other librarians and teachers. I
said yes, of course, and I\'m delighted to announce that World Almania is now
available through World Almanac Education as a companion to classroom sets
of the 2003 World Almanac and Book of Facts.

EBSCO to Acquire Operations of RoweCom Worldwide

Gary Price\'s pointed the way to This Press Release that says RoweCom [aka axon or divine Information Services] signed a non-binding letter of intent with EBSCO Industries for the proposed purchase of the RoweCom worldwide subscription agent business.

An introduction to open access for librarians

A preprint of Peter Suber\'s Removing the Barriers to Research:
An Introduction to Open Access for Librarians
is now available:

The serials pricing crisis is now in its fourth decade. We\'re long past the point of damage control and into the era of damage . . . One might expect relief from digital technologies that allow the distribution of perfect copies at virtually no cost. But so far these technologies have merely caused panic among traditional publishers, who have reacted by laying a second crisis for libraries and researchers on top of the first. The new crisis is still in its first decade and doesn\'t yet have a name. Let me call it the permission crisis . . .

I bring up these two crises because I will argue that open access will solve them both. Since the pricing crisis is already well-known, let me elaborate for a moment on the permission crisis. You know what you could do in a world in which the pricing crisis were solved . . .

This essay will appear in the forthcoming issue of College and Research Library News. Among other
things, Peter Suber is the editor of the blog Free Online Scholarship News.

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large, v.3, no. 2 Feb \'03

Go read the February 2003 Cites & Insights.
This 18-page issue includes:
* Copy protection and next-generation audio (a copyright perspective)
* The library stuff: one article
* Bibs & blather
* Following up: FEPP revisited
* Perspective: The gap between logic & reality
* Trends & quick takes: three trends, five quicker takes
* disContent: Choices and complexity
* The good stuff: nine items
* Perspective: Tracking the forecasts
* Interesting & peculiar products: 15 items.

Contrarian Librarian - a forum for the disgruntled

Xavier Bullwinke writes \"Since the demise of the Stealth Librarian site, there hasn\'t been a place to exchange (inside) information about working conditions in libraries. Contrarian Librarian was created to fill that gap as well as provide a forum for gripes, rants, and other unprofessional opinions. Cast your vote for most overrated Library Leader of the 20th century, or tickle your funny bone with Manfred Manly\'s Vintage Library Humor.

Anonymous posts are welcome, and you don\'t have to be a member (or even have a Yahoo ID) to read or post. \"

Accidental Systems Librarian now available

Rachel writes \"I\'d like to thank everyone who took the time last year to answer my survey on accidental systems librarianship. You comments were invaluable while writing, and helped the book become much stronger than it otherwise could have been - I appreciate everyone\'s willingness to take their time to share their experiences!

The Accidental Systems Librarian is now available from Information Today, and you\'re all invited to visit the book\'s companion web site . The web site includes excerpts as well as a number of URLs and articles I hope that other systems librarians will find useful in their work.\"

Libraries On PBS

January 17, 2002 at 9p.m. E.T./P.T. on PBS
(check local listings)

Public libraries embody the American ideal that anybody can read, watch or listen to just about anything they want to. With publications and broadcasting delivered free by the Internet directly to homes, is the information revolution making libraries obsolete? As more people can access this content, the copyright owners -- in many cases large corporate publishing entities -- are looking for ways to charge fees. A growing chorus of lawyers, librarians, and educators fear the implications of losing free access to information for everyone. \"Our information and communication infrastructure is so central to everything we do,\" says former American Library Association president Nancy Kranich. \"But what\'s really underlying that is the free flow of ideas which is essential to democracy.\" On Friday, January 17, 2003, at 9 P.M., on PBS , NOW with Bill Moyers takes a look into the digital future of intellectual property and the debate that has pit private control against the public domain.

Mitch Freedman on The National Library of Uganda

Mitch Freedman Passed along this open letter:
Dear Mr. Batambuze,

On behalf of the American Library Association and its 66,000 members from 100 nations, I extend
to you, to all of your colleagues, and to your fellow citizens, all of whom worked to make this day
possible, the newly born National Library of Uganda (NLU), ALA\'s heartiest and most sincere
congratulations and best wishes.


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