Lee Hadden writes: \"We sometimes forget that many of the heroes in librarianship are not
necessarily the library staff, but the public library patrons. Here is an
account from the Washington Post about the integration of the public
library in Loudoun County, VA.\"
It was April 9, 1957, Loudoun County\'s only \"public\" library, in Purcellville, opened its doors to black patrons.
A couple interesting legal stories
Copyright laws out of balance from siliconvalley.com covers some of the problems with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Public libraries are in jeopardy under this law.
Free as Air, Free As Water, Free As Knowledge is a speech given at the Library Information Technology Association.
Awhile ago two stories were posted on LIS about an Ohio library clerk who quit her job over an objectionable magazine which contained on the front cover a nearly nude photo. The magazine\'s inner contents allegedly contained more questionable material. The library, against the wishes of those who support the clerk\'s views, has decided to keep the item on the shelves and to continue its subscription. [more...] from The Plain Dealer.
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Ohio Library Clerk Quits Over Offensive Magazine - Gets Support from City Officials.
News Anchor Fires Back at ACLU for Attacking Former Library Clerk\'s Views.
Millions of books in the Library of Congress have deteriorated to the point where they can\'t be lent to users without risking irreparable damage.
The workings of government in the first decades of the information era have been poorly recorded, archiving experts say. Years of valuable public records may have already been lost, creating a gap in the country\'s historical record.
Archivists, government watchdog groups and investigative reporters worry that unless the problem is solved, the lack of information could make it more difficult to hold government officials accountable for their decisions and policies. [more...] from Wired News.
Sarah Jean writes \"
Christina Dougherty has persuaded the library board to review its stolen-book policy at its next meeting April 18.... “I’ve ruled out libraries. I’m not going to get another library card.”
Is this something that public libraries should be considering? Are we pushing away potential library users? \"
The Tacoma, WA, Public Library gave her a $1,000 fine for materials taken by a thief using her stolen card.
\"What journalists need to do is learn to distinguish between the crap on the Web and the good stuff,\" says Yale University researcher and lecturer Fred Shapiro. \"It\'s a crucial skill and one that some journalists need to be taught.\"
Looks like the Dirty Book
Guy may have won after all.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg\'s library system library board
leaders told librarians to consider limiting children\'s
access to selected library books. The library board
chairman and vice chairman asked for measures that
could be taken to \"safeguard\" children\'s \"access to
adult controversial books.\"
They also want to review the library\'s book selection
policy to ensure it reflects \"community standards in the
broadest possible sense.\"
\"We decided that, based on continuing concern
that we\'ve heard expressed, we would go and look at
our acquisition process and we\'d ask staff to look at
how accessible objectionable materials are to young
I am pleased to join my fellow Americans in observing
National Library Week. An educated citizenry provides
the foundation for a free and democratic
society.Libraries promote the sharing of knowledge,
connecting people of all ages with
valuable information resources. These dynamic and
modern institutions, and the librarians who staff them,
add immeasurably to our quality of life... \"
I know, you\'re thinking, So? Well, according to this story,
there is alot of thought put into what font is used for
what. They even say typeface begins as a work of art!
\"The ideal typeface for a book is like the perfect
narrator for a film: It draws the audience in and helps
set the tone and style. \"Every typeface has a
personality,\" says Lisa Clark, a book designer\"
Two stories on \"Doublefold: Libraries and the Assault
on Paper\", a book that has some harsh words for some
library practices. The NY Times Story includes words from
James Billington, the librarian of Congress.
There\'s also a neat Interview were they asked three students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign why they chose to pursue an MLS.
I got my MLS to meet more women, live the Rock-N-Roll Lifestyle, and make millions so I can retire at 25.Things haven\'t worked out so well for me....
Newsbytes has this article about Xrefer providing reference service to content providers, for a fee (about $1500).\"Daryl Rayner, XRefer.com\'s marketing director, said that since the Web portal has been running for some time, many content providers have approached the company with information that is suitable for publishing on the Web. The problem has been that their information has been highly specialized, as well as having a higher value that our standard XRefer.com service,\" she said.\" -- Read More
Congressional lawmakers are considering legislation that would make donors and donation amounts to presidential libraries public. As if we didn\'t know this was coming. Better make sure you get a receipt. [more...] from CNS News.
Here\'s An Article I found on a part of librarianship
I\'m not sure I even knew exsisted.
They say content preservation is the main problem in
the management of audio-visual archives, and present
various options for taking care of your archives. Lots of
nice fancy charts and graphs in this one.
One reason was it cost $50,000 to apply for, another, who would run it? I\'m sure we\'re all looking forward to those exciting new .aero\'s!
T. G. McFadden Writes:
\"Questia has recently made changes to its search-and-retrieval interface (in response to suggestions from users, according to the marketing side) that represent a pretty fair misunderstanding of how the typical undergraduate will want (or need) to use the database.
Prior to this change, the initial search screen (“Quick Search”) presented the standard author, title-word, and subject options. More advanced variations on these basic themes were available in the “Power Search” mode. Now, however, the initial search screen (still “Quick Search”) combines by default all of these search types into a single search statement. This has the following result, when the search concept is the rationalist philosopher Descartes.
Much More -- Read More
I saw this story in the New York Times today. A company has created a new top level domain, .geo, which would allow people to search geographically via the web. Pretty cool idea, but ICANN hasn\'t approved it...yet.\"It is possible to find local services like movie theaters and car dealers on the Internet by typing your ZIP code into a search box on many Web sites. But the success of these searches depends on the indexing capabilities of the particular search engine, in addition to how well the site has been registered, two factors that can vary a great deal. It may be easy to find Web sites for museums in Florence, Italy, but shouldn\'t it be just as easy to find out what time the hardware store down the street closes?\" -- Read More
You can hear the hearings HERE (E-Rate and Filtering: a Review of the Children’s Internet Protection Act.
Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet)
Blocking XXX on the WWW takes a look at both sides of filtering.
Mona Charen\'s conservative views on filtering.
A Look at where some of your filtering money went (hint: adult novelty and drug paraphernalia)
Ryan Sager writes...
\"With the Children\'s Internet Protection Act having safely passed Congress last year, its supporters are working hard to make sure that it sticks around longer than its predecessors did.
A looming court challenge seemed to be the main purpose of a hearing Wednesday by the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet: to create a record that a member of the committee will use to defend CIPA in court.\" [more...] from Wired News.