After Stream of Library Complaints, EVA Subscription Services Finally Responds

For months, more than a dozen library customers of <a href="">EVA Subscription Services</a>, based in Shrewsbury, MA, have expressed enormous frustration after not receiving periodicals ordered and finding that their calls and emails to EVA went unreturned.

DRM In Your Library? Consider This...

Thinking about utilizing a service in your library which uses Digital Rights Management (DRM)?

Consider the wise comic of Randall Munroe:

The Debate Over Rating Video Games... In The UK

As gaming in libraries becomes more of a commonplace and less of a radical notion, librarians will be forced to deal with the same kinds of issues they encountered when libraries began to carry movies.

When libraries started stocking VHS cassettes, there was a huge debate over R rated movies. Should libraries stock such films even though many R rated movies garner Academy Awards and other film acclaims? Now the rating issue isn't over R, it's M for Mature. Should a library carry a game or not simply based off its rating? Grand Theft Auto IV is rated M but received accolades throughout the entire gaming world. How reliable is the rating? Do we check it out to minors? And the list goes on.

We've had our share of trouble with game ratings here in the States, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that the good folks over in the United Kingdom are slogging through similar problems.

More from the Beeb.

Proquest buys RefWorks

Courtesy of The Distant Librarian, ProQuest has bought RefWorks. While the press release says no external changes from a customer perspective, I can't help but wonder if there will be changes for those that manage the database.

Johnston County censorship in action!

This article comes to us courtesy of ALA's Library Direct e-mail. Johnsonton County is on the hunt for books to remove from its collection after removing "How the Girls lost their accents". What scariest of all is that they aren't waiting to react, they're just looking for books that are "offensive."

Que quieres? Acquisitions in a Foreign Language

The Acquisitions Librarian at the Wichita Falls (TX) Public Library wants to find out what Spanish readers want; he doesn't speak the language, but it's his job to acquire Spanish-language titles. How to go about the task? Here' the scoop from the Times Record News (three names are better than one!)


Maps of Boston's Cowpaths

teaperson writes "The myth is that Boston's cockamamie streets were laid out by cows. That story can be put to the lie at the Boston Public Library's Leventhal Map Collection, which just received a $10 million endowment from the eponymous Norman Leventhal, a 90-year-old Boston real estate developer, as well as 178 rare maps of Boston and the rest of the world. Some of his favorites are shown on"


Chef's Library to be Acquired by U. of Pennsylvania

Soon to be retiring chef Fritz Blank, owner of Deux Cheminees Restaurant in Philadelphia, is turning over his impressive culinary collection of about 15,000 volumes to the University of Pennsylvania.

Being known as a collector, Blank said he receives many volumes without asking. But he's also done a lot of treasure hunting himself, especially in used book barns. Among the titles that the Penn library will acquire are An Illustrated Guide to Shrimp of the World, The All-American Cookie and Country Scrapple: An American Tradition (for which Blank wrote the introduction).

"Some of the most astounding pieces that I found were just laying there in a cardboard box for 50 cents," Blank said.

Penn librarian Lynne Farrington is still taking inventory.

"At this point, I just know it's huge," said Farrington, curator of printed books for the university's Rare Book and Manuscript Library. More from the AP.



cjovalle writes: "Here's a scary story I first encountered at Apparently, either code or human error caused one copy of every item in a PSU library ordered since May 2001 to be reordered when someone attempted to update the system to daylight savings time. I hear stories about ILS's fairly often (not allowing deleting without losing everything, using different keys to do the same thing depending on the screen, other usability issues), but nothing like this! Are there other troubling stories out there?"

Loompanics has Going Out of Business Sale

After thirty years of making the questionable available, Loompanics Unlimited is shutting down. This may be your last chance to stock your library shelves with books like Backyard Meat Production , Prison Killing Techniques , and The Construction and Operation of Clandestine Drug Laboratories at 75% off. They no longer carry the most famous of their titles, but you can actually buy The Anarchist Cookbook at Amazon now, despite the author's objections:

...I wrote to Lyle Stuart Inc. explaining that I no longer held the views that were expressed in the book and requested that The Anarchist Cookbook be taken out of print. The response from the publisher was that the copyright was in his name and therefore such a decision was his to make -- not the author's. In the early 1980's, the rights for the book were sold to another publisher. I have had no contact with that publisher (other than to request that the book be taken out of print) and I receive no royalties.

Budget cut at Health Canada gut research libraries

Cabot writes "CBC is reporting that Canada's top medical researchers may be left scrambling to find research journals as Health Canada slashes the department's library staff and scientific journals by more than half.

Health Canada plans to cut the science library budget by 50 per cent and reduce staff members from 26 to 10 at the department's six libraries over the next three years. Four of the libraries are located in the Ottawa area."


Do they give campaign ribbons for Format Wars?

Cortez writes "With DVD in AV such a growing part of library collections the venerable VCR has fallen in action - insert somber drum-roll here. Can we store them next to the Sony Beta tapes? l
"Today we're officially saying farewell to the VCR," a company spokeswoman said. While others say that's a bit premature, the evidence keeps piling up. Last summer's megahit "Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith" was just released for sale in DVD format only. No VHS version will be available. Other recent films that earned at least $25 million at the box office and are also being sold this fall only on DVD include "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," "Herbie Fully Loaded," "Sky High," "March of the Penguins," "The Brothers Grimm," and "Dark Waters." "Within 12 months or so, or sooner than that, we must expect that new [movie] releases will be exclusively digital," predicted Crossan Andersen, president of the VSDA, in a state of the industry speech last July."


Excel Spreadsheet for Modeling Serials Budgeting --Freeware

Karl Bridges writes "Now available for free: An Excel spreadsheet designed to handle serials budgeting. Basically you put in your titles and prices by LC classification -- with publisher/call number/etc. You can then select items to cancel/add using a drop-down menu (yes/no). The totals are then automatically tabulated to show where you are e.g. total amount saved, total amount saved by call number. Basically this allows you to do "virtual cancellations/virtual additions" to model the effect of serials changes on various subject areas.
Could also be modified (or used as is) for other things like book orders. If nothing else a useful example of using the SUMIF function in Excel.
Not a complicated project, but since I already went to the effort of doing this why not share???

Download at
Feel free to modify. If you like this please send me an email at [email protected]"


Civil Rights Collection to be donated to Library of Congress

The Reader's Shop writes "The AARP and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Announces they will donate more that 4,000 firsthand accounts of the struggle for civil rights to the Library of Congress during an official ceremony on February 24, 2005.
The collection of firsthand written accounts, audio and video interviews and photographs, form the world's largest archive of civil rights memories and marks a major milestone of the Voices of Civil Rights, a collaboration of AARP, LCCR and the Library.
The ceremony marks the transfer of the project to the Library of Congress, which will continue to gather personal accounts and expand the collection"


It pays to find out if you own an unknown 14th Century Psalter!

Cortez writes " The Earl of Macclesfield finally got around to cleaning up his library a couple of years ago and found "The 225-page illuminated 14th Century work, previously unknown to scholars, is considered one of the most important of its kind." While not a 1st edition Harry Potter, it sold for £1.7m, which is probably a lot in real money. The Earl is still looking for his overdue copy of "Chaucer for Dummies" MOre @ THe Beeb"


LC acquires the Alan Lomax Collection

The American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress recently acquired the ‘Alan Lomax Collection’ archiving the archival work of Alan Lomax. Alan Lomax was a music producer, writer and musicologist who methodically collected recordings and ethnographic records of American music from the late 1930s until his retirement in 1996.


Scottish library to buy literary treasure trove

slashgirl writes "A royalty cheque endorsed by Jane Austen. Letters from Charles Darwin about The Origin of Species. Stacks of correspondence with Lord Byron.

That's just a hint of the literary treasure in the house at 50 Albemarle St. in London, where from 1812, successive generations of John Murrays ran one of the most distinguished imprints in English publishing history. The seventh John Murray, who sold the business two years ago, has offered this astonishing archive to the country for $61 million US. ...

Murray says none of the money will go to any family member. Rather, $5.6 million would endow the archive immediately and the rest would go into a charitable trust to expand and preserve the collection, maintain the London house and support other causes. Read the rest here."


Countering Marginalization: Incorporating Zines Into the Library

Marginalization: Incorporating Zines Into the Library
is an article by Jason Kucsma, editor of Clamor Magazine
and former zinester. It\'s longish and interesting and it
is on the web as a recent supplement to href=\"\">Library Juice. Kucsma
writes, \"The
acquisition of more alternative
literature titles can help bridge the gap between the
traditional notion
of a library that focuses primarily on the printed word
and the more
unconventional idea of the work of libraries that we see
in the Popular
Culture Library. Included in the realm of alternative
literature are the
independently produced zines that have exploded in
numbers during the last
twenty years.\"


New York Public Library Buys Kerouac Archive

The New York Public Library has aquired the literary and personal archive of Jack Kerouac:

The archive, the largest Kerouac holding in any institution, contains manuscripts, notebooks, letters, journals and personal items saved from the time he was 11 until his death at 47 in 1969. . . Meticulously organized by Kerouac himself, the archive comprises more than 1,050 manuscripts and typescripts, including novels, short stories, prose pieces, poems and fragments, a handful of them in scroll form; 130 notebooks for almost all of his works, published and unpublished; and 52 journals, from 1934 to 1960, which include material used in \"The Town and the City,\" \"On the Road\" and \"Big Sur.\"

More from the New York Times (registration required) and even more from the Boston Globe.

The NYPL has provided a bit more information on the contents of the collection here .


Bibliographic Tools for the Alternative Press

Many librarians with collection development responsibilities who understand the importance of the Alternative Press still don\'t select from it, saying they don\'t know how to find those materials or don\'t have the time. Bibliographic Tools for the Alternative Press, a regular feature in Counterpoise, the review journal of the Alternative Press, is a bibliography of resources you can use for exactly that purpose. (Of course, the reason we need to select from the alternative press is that the mainstream press does not provide a full range of perspectives, being slanted by its corporate point of view.)



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