Canadian Libraries: Bibliography/Bibliothèques

An Anonymous Patron writes "Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce the launch of Canadian Libraries: Bibliography, a rich collection of citations to information about Canadian libraries subdivided by library type, location and topics such as statistics and standards.You are invited to visit the site at:"

PDF Available as well.

Net Effects by Marylaine Block

"The Internet is a mixed blessing for libraries and librarians. On the one hand, it provides opportunities to add services and expand collections; on the other, it has increased user expectations and contributed to techno stress. Today, the Net is challenging librarians’ ability to select, threatening the survival of the book, necessitating continuous retraining, presenting new problems of access and preservation, putting new demands on budgets, and embroiling information professionals in legal controversies. In Net Effects, librarian, journalist, and Internet guru Marylaine Block examines the issues and brings together a wealth of insights, war stories, and solutions. Almost 50 articles by dozens of imaginative librarians—expertly selected, annotated, and integrated by the editor—suggest practical and creative ways to deal with the range of Internet "side effects," regain control of the library, and avoid being blindsided by technology again."
Go Buy 13 copies of Net Effects, Edited by Marylaine Block.

Donna Leon Returns to the US

Robin K. Blum spotted This Publishers Weekly Piece that says the publisher Grove/Atlantic is sponsoring a bookseller and librarian contest to promote its September hardcover release of Leon's Uniform Justice and the simultaneous release of her A Noble Radiance as a Penguin paperback. The lucky winners will fly to Venice, Italy, where Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti series is set.

Compiled ALA Privacy Policies and Statements

ALA has just published a comprehensive listing of links to their policies and statements about privacy, confidentiality, USA PATRIOT and more. Direct your eyes here to the ALA website.

Catching up with stories

I have been away from work and my computer since last Thursday afternoon. I am just catching up with things so there will be a large number of new items over the next few days.

Bill Drew

The King’s Dream Team Tops the Guinness World Record

Lorraine Oback writes: "At 11:20 p.m. on Friday, August 15, a weary yet jubilant six-member team representing the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library succeeded in surpassing the current, though unofficial, world record for non-stop reading aloud. Buoyed by their success, the team vowed to continue on during Saturday’s grand opening festivities, ultimately reading a total of 74 hours, 49 minutes and 37 seconds. The reading concluded as it began, with a stirring recitation of Dr. Martin Luther king, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream� speech by SJSU student and KSJS campus radio news director, Ramon Navarro Johnson.

New book: The Librarian's Guide to Writing for Publication

rachel writes "I'm pleased to announce the November release of The Librarian's Guide to Writing for Publication, available from Scarecrow Press. Please visit the book's site at to check out the TOC and read the introduction - online orders @ the Scarecrow site get 15% off. And thanks much to all of you who took the time last year to answer my survey on the subject!"

Version 50 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is now available

Charles W. Bailey, Jr. writes "Version 50 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is now available. This selective bibliography presents over1,950 articles, books, and other printed and electronic sourcesthat are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishingefforts on the Internet.

Nominations for 2003 Library Awards Innovative Information Professionals

Hope Kandel writes: "LearningTimes Opens Nominations for 2003 Library Awards
Innovative Information Professionals to be recognized during unique
online conference, October 20-24, 2003.
The LearningTimes Library Online Conference is now taking nominations
for the “2003 Innovations in Information Services Awards.� The awards
identify and celebrate outstanding examples of creative problem
solving, groundbreaking achievements, and overall contributions to the
Information Services community. Winners will be recognized as part of
the LearningTimes Library Online Conference, to be held completely
online, October 20-24, 2003.

Librarian's Book Club Selects Reading for September

Troy Johnson writes "The book selection for September is "Library: An Unquiet History" by Matthew Battles. From the book: "What I am looking for," he writes, "are points of transformation, those moments where readers, authors, and librarians question the meaning of the library itself." Battles shows how throughout history libraries have been places of controversy and change."
Additional information on the book and the LBC can be found at"


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