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\"The self-appointed arbiter of truth on trivia from the world\'s hairiest man to its largest rabbit was put up for sale yesterday. The drinks giant Diageo, which owns The Guinness Book of Records, has brought in a merchant bank to seek a buyer after executives decided the 45-year-old publication was no longer a core interest.
It was founded to solve a bizarre dispute between top staff at the Guinness brewery over high-speed game birds. The sale will be the first time the book and the famous brewer have not had the same owner. The encyclopaedic annual has enjoyed remarkable success since it first appeared in 1955 by selling 90 million copies - a figure beaten only by the Bible, the Koran and Mao Zedong\'s Little Red Book.\" [more...]
David Chanen [writes...]
\"A 40-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of viewing child pornography on a computer at the Northeast public library in Minneapolis.
It was the first time anybody had been arrested at a Minneapolis public library for looking at such images, said Mary Lawson, library system director. A security guard called police after he saw the man viewing Web site pictures of naked and clothed children between the ages of 4 and 12.\"
[more...] from the Star-Tribune. -- Read More
Super Helpful Charles Davis sent in a bunch of UK
oriented stories. I love to get news that isn\'t all
American for a change.
says The Queen is opened her library March to put
some of the world\'s rarest
books on display at a reception that will honour leading
figures in the publishing industry. This also ,arked the
first time that a radio programm (other than the
addresses to the nation) had been transmitted from
They also ran a story on a move by the British
Library lto stop 250 musical scores and extensive
correspondence with great European composers going
abroad. They include a signed and annotated score of
Beethoven\'s Ninth Symphony, -- Read More
We've had several interesting interviews so far this
year, they include all 3 Presidential Candidates for the
ALA, Maurice J. Freedman, Ken Haycock, and William Sannwald, and also Pat Schroeder, from the APA.
This time around I sent John W. Berry, President
Elect at the ALA, the same questions the current
candidates received. Read on to see what the new
president of the ALA has to say on all the current topics
that interested YOU, the loyal LISnews readers. -- Read More
The fabulous Greg Notess wrote this article about the value of iwon as a tool for librarians. It was published in Online Magazine.
\"The iWon approach has proved successful for the company, and for those few lucky cash prize winners, but it leads to many questions for the information professional. How can it fit in with the other Net searching tools in our arsenals? What does it search? How can it be used effectively? And what unique ethical dilemmas does it cause? This month\'s column takes a look at some of these issues, as well as at some of the unique ways in which iWon has approached the problem of search.\" -- Read More
Lee Hadden writes:
\"Bob Levey, a popular columnist in Washington DC, has an account of finding that the local public library has copies of Cliff\'s Notes in their collection.
Read more about it at The Washington Post\"
The library did say they buy three to four times as many \"real books\" as CliffsNotes and they are \"not as popular as the books themselves. They\'re not widely used.\"
After posting a story earlier about a former library clerk who quit her job because her director refused to remove from the shelves a periodical, which contained sexually explicit content on the cover and inside pages, I found this one at Fox News. Here, the issue goes even further, with the ACLU coming under fire for stating that \"It\'s precisely people like this who make the First Amendment necessary.\" It might be interesting to see how far this one goes. The former library clerk has some local legislators on her side. These same legislators will determine increases in library funding in the coming years. This one might just get a little more interesting. -- Read More
John W. Berry, President-elect of the American
Library Association writes:
\"here are my remarks to the press in Philadelphia on
Tuesday; The events in both New York City and Philadelphia were well
attended by print, radio and tv media. A counter press conference by
CIPA proponents took place yesterday afternoon in Washington, D.C.
See various coverage at these sites:\"
Media coverage at
Remarks from the CIPA Press Conference follow.... -- Read More
Someone writes \"The Better Business Bureau is demanding that a Web publisher remove unauthorized hyperlinks to the BBB Web site, citing consumer confusion over affiliation between the two organizations and possible trademark infringement. Read the story at:The NY Times \"
From the story:
\"If there was a deception, there could be legal grounds\" for a lawsuit, she said. \"Trademarks can\'t be used to imply sponsorship, endorsement or affiliation.\"
This one comes by way of BBC News...
Within the past week or so, it was reported that Internet giant, Amazon.com was being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission for possible inside trading. It seems that things are getting worse for Mr. B. It looks as though there may have actually been some, to quote the news, \"highly speculative\" activities going on. Oh, what a tangled web he weaves...yada yada. [more...]
For the related story, click here
According to The Cleveland Plain Dealer, \"a former Willowick, OH Public Library circulation-desk clerk quit her job in protest over the library\'s refusal to remove the February issue of Talk magazine, a monthly publication that focuses on politics, culture, and entertainment.
Julie Sbrocco was offended by a cover photo of actress Heather Graham in a low-cut dress, and two side-view snapshots of nude women included in a story about the pornography industry, according to the March 10 Cleveland Plain Dealer. Fearing children might see the magazine, which is displayed in the adult section, Sbrocco said she didn\'t believe in intellectual freedom without responsibility,the newspaper reported. The library has refused to remove the magazine, citing First Amendment protections.\"
\"Sbrocco complained to city leaders and has received some support. City Council President Richard Bonde told the Plain Dealer while the library is not expected to take on a parental role, we still don\'t condone the magazine. Councilman John O\'Donnell vowed to campaign against the library\'s next levy renewal if the magazine is not removed,\" the newspaper said. [more...]
She wanted to borrow eight
books at once from the Library, and had ripped the barcodes off the three extra
books but still triggered electronic detectors.
Her lawyer said: \"At the time, all the eight books that the
accused wanted to borrow were of great interest to her.\"
She could have been jailed for up to three years.\"
I found this story on Excite. The New York Times is going to give two awards ($2,500) to staff at libraries working in any of the five boroughs of NYC. That might explain why the price of the Times has gone up 3 bucks on Sundays.\"These annual awards, which will be given for the first time in 2001 as part of the commemoration of The Times\' 150th Anniversary, are intended to recognize those individuals who provide outstanding community service on a consistent basis.
One librarian and one library staff member from each borough of New York City will receive an award. Nominations for the Librarian Award will be made by librarians while nominations for the Library Service Award will be made by members of the public. -- Read More
Richard Allen [writes...]A Quebec software company wants to link together libraries around the globe in order to create a super-mega bibliopolis.
According to David Dorman, columnist for American Libraries, \"It is clear that each library\'s individual catalog can no longer be the centerpiece of the library\'s efforts to organize the resources it provides to its patrons. It is now just one tool among many, all of which need to be integrated into a coherent system for the information-seeker.\" [more...] from The International Herald Tribune
President Bush\'s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) package was unveiled today by Congressman Boehner (R-OH), Chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. The \"No Child Left Behind Act of 2001\", H.R. 1, stresses the importance of early child reading and literacy programs.
Due to the enormous grassroots efforts from library advocates and E-rate supporters, President Bush\'s education plan would not move the E-rate from the FCC and consolidate it with other education technology programs at the Department of Education. President Bush\'s initial education proposal would have shifted E-rate funds
from the stable and reliable funding source it now enjoys as part of the Universal Service Fund administered by the FCC to the Department of Education and the E-rate funds would have then been part of the annual appropriations process.
More details will be provided in later ALAWONS.
I asked all three ALA candidates one simple, final
question. Why should we vote for them. Ken was the
first and only one to respond so far. Here is his
\"The only person who decides who should be
president of the American Library Association is you,
the member and voter. You need to decide first what
you expect from the person you elect as president. If
you read no further, I would ask that you at least check
out my web site www.kenhaycock.com.\"
Pleanty more, so read on..... -- Read More
According to Wired...
Tens of thousands of freelance writers, photographers and illustrators eagerly await the outcome of Tasini et al vs. The New York Times et al, which, after seven years in lower courts, will finally be argued before the Supreme Court next week. [more...]
More than a few book stories clogging up my favorites here
Meanwhile, in Australia, Retailers told to move as books giant sets up shop, if you can\'t beat\'m, move.
In CA a federal court judge in Northern California dismissed a group of Independent Bookstores claim to damages yesterday in an antitrust suit against Barnes & Noble and the Borders Group. Full Story -- Read More
Brian writes \"As Mir blazes through the atmosphere this week, Shannon Lucid\'s 100-volume library-in-space will go up in flames. She calls it \"the ultimate book burning.\" Looks like a pornographic drawing will become ash, too.
Story From yahoo! \"
I\'m just hoping for a free Taco!
T. G. McFadden, the Director @ Schaffer Library, Union College in Schenectady, NY has written this look at Questia.
And while we\'re on the subject, a couple people have asked what happened to the Questia interview. I spoke with someone at the company who said they would rather not answer so many important questions in that format, and would rather answer each person individually.Read on for T.G.\'s look at Questia.
\"The following observations and findings are based on a limited, but perhaps not unrepresentative, trial of how Questia handles certain authors and subjects in areas familiar to me. Naturally, any conclusions or results should be independently verified. -- Read More