It's That Time Again...TV Turn-Off Week

Here's one website, and here's another.

Is your library observing/celebrating the week? Is TV still the time-crushing technology that it was before the internet entered our lives? Anyone care to propose a computer turnoff week?


CBS News fires producer for library essay plagiarism

CBS News fires producer for plagiarism: "We were horrified," CBS News spokeswoman Sandra Genelius said. "It was almost verbatim." A CBS News producer was fired and the network apologized after a Katie Couric video essay on libraries was found to be plagiarized from The Wall Street Journal.
An editor for The Wall Street Journal called CBS News to point out the similarities of the April 4 notebook item to Zaslow's article, headlined "Of the Places You'll Go, Is the Library Still One of Them?" The pieces talk about how libraries are seen differently by children from their parents.

Update: 04/12 00:44 GMT by B :The Raw Story informs us that the plagiarized April 4 post is still up on the CBS News website...lots o' links too and sources for cached versions of the YouTube clip. But, as Newsweek reports, ""Couric apparently faces no repercussions, because she doesn't actually write 'Katie Couric's Notebook';though many of the entries are presented in the form of first-person essays, as was the controversial piece. Addressing her audience, Couric began: 'Hi everyone, I still remember when I got my first library card.'"


Katie Couric Loves Her Library

Anonymous Patron writes "Katie gives us a page from her 'notebook', reminding us that libraries have books."


ABC in Australia: New Show "The Librarians"

ABC TV Turns A New Page In Comedy: "The Librarians" starts production in Melbourne on March 5. The six-part series centres on the trials and tribulations of Frances O'Brien, a devout Catholic and head librarian. Her life unravels when she is forced to employ her ex-best friend, Christine Grimwood - now a drug dealer - as the children's librarian. Frances must do all she can to contain her menacing past and concentrate on the biggest event of the library calendar - Book Week.


TV News Causes Rochester Library Board to Review It's Porn Policy

After a report on an NBC affiliate last month about the availability of pornographic materials at the Monroe County Library System in upstate New York, the library board has buckled down to study the issue with a special task force.

This article and TV clip shows scenes from the broadcast, along with a stern-faced County Executive Maggie Brooks who directed the library board to immediately prevent access, even to adults, of CIPA filtered sites. She has also threatened to pull nearly seven million dollars in funding if the library fails to permanently change its internet porn policy.


Ripped-Off Congressional Videos - Get it Here

Kelly writes "Today's LISNEWs about C-Span dinging Nancy Pelosi using some of their footage reminded me of a story from today's stash of Boing Boing articles. In this story, this guy is ripping Congress webcasts, which are streaming only, and archiving them! (Like a good librarian?) This is cool. Here's the scoop from the article: `The U.S. Congress provides webcasts for many of their hearings. In all cases, the hearings are streaming only, in many cases they are "live only" (no archive of the stream). In some cases, the committees even put a "copyright, all rights reserved" notice on the hearings! This is really dumb. So, I've started ripping all congressional streams starting with the house and posting them in a nonproprietary format for download, tagging, review, and annotation at Google Video and another copy at the Internet Archive (just to prove this is a nondenominational issue. This is a Tom Sawyer hack, a la "painting this fence is *loads* of fun!" I intend to prove to the Congressional webmasters that it is so much fun doing their web sites for them that they'll want to do it themselves so that I go away. Until then, look for "Carl Malamud on behalf of the U.S. Congress" for official news. Link to Boing article Link to ripped videos"

Video on Demand From the Public Library

alh writes "The folks on Slashdot discuss new video on demand offerings at public libraries.

"In light of the recent story about Wal-Mart and movies on demand, readers should know there is a free service available from some public libraries that lets you download movies and tv shows. The service is just beginning, so selection is pretty mediocre, but the sponsors, Recorded Books and PermissionTV, make some big promises. If your library ponies up the dough for the top service, you will be able to download movies on the same day as their dvd release. All you need is a library card. You can see one of the early adopters Half Hollow Hills Community Library in the library's blog . Look for My Library DV.


Bush Chooses the Library for His Speech

Well we all know who popped onto our screens during prime-time last night, but did you give any consideration to the location of the Prez's speech? It was in the White House Library.

From the AP, "As Bush spoke for 20 minutes from the unusual setting of the White House library, the sounds of protesters amassed outside the compound's gates occasionally filtered through." Various news analysts this morning said that they imagined the library setting (instead of the usual setting of the Oval Office) gave strength to the President's position that he had studied the situation with care and gave it more of a conversational tone.


Australian TV Plans a Six-Part Series: The Librarians

If you're down under, or heading there next year, you might be able to catch a glimpse of their new TV series, The Librarians. Aussie actress Robyn Butler stars, and her husband Wayne Hope directs.

From The Age ..."Libraries, Butler points out, attract all walks of life. Which is not exactly to the liking of Butler's character Frances O'Brien, head librarian and repressed, passive-aggressive Catholic. Naturally, O'Brien is a little intolerant of her Muslim, Asian and gay patrons. And when her childhood best-friend-turned-drug-dealer (played by Roz Hammond) gets a job as the children's librarian, chaos ensues."

Noah Wyle as the Librarian - Tonight

As we've previously determined, he's not really a Librarian, he's an archivist, but nonetheless, the sequel, "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines" is on tonight. And according to this review from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by critic Rob Owen, "discerning fans of action-adventure yarns will feel let down. Again."



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