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If there is one thing we all learned in library school, it was that we should have all the books on the shelves before we open a new library. According to this story from the Daily Star, one library forgot this golden rule.\"The country’s first large-scale public library has been unofficially opened at least one month before being ready to receive visitors.
Although thousands of books still need to be laminated, catalogued and shelved, the Beirut Municipality officially opened the library, which is located at the Basta-Bashoura Fire Department, on Sunday evening.\" -- Read More
David Dillard and Rob Yates were kind enough to allow me to reprint this great article that was originally published in law resources such as a law technology discussion group. They cover the ever touchy area of online privacy and internet law. For anyone interested in internet legislation and law this is a must read. If you think what you are doing on the internet is private, think again!
\"These security and privacy concerns are real and must be addressed when building our online communications systems. It is not only a matter of security, but private and confidential communications are what your clients expect. And they will soon expect that they can execute those never-ending agreements, contracts, corporate minutes, consents, correspondence, and other documents requiring a signature with a click of a mouse. And they will. Law firms would be prudent to anticipate business clients\' needs to assure their clients don\'t click elsewhere.\" -- Read More
Are you a Hogsmeade?
Had any good Severus Snape lately?
I don\'t know what that means either, but you can find out at the Harry Potter Lexicon, a nifty site put together by Steve Vander Ark.
A lexicon is technically a list of words. In this case, it\'s a lot of lists of words, all describing various aspects of the Harry Potter universe.
IMP Magazine has an interesting Story on the growth of the internet, trying to set things straight. Is it true that Internet traffic is doubling every three months? Maybe, maybe not, they try clear up some common myths.
\"At this rate, traffic would be increasing by a factor of 16 per year. Hence, from the end of 1994 to the end of 2000, it would have grown by a factor of almost 17 million.\"
The Always Helpful Lee Hadden pointed me to this story by Lesley Ellen Harris, editor at Copyrightlaws.com . She has written an interesting Editorial on eBooks. She talks about \"public lending right\" with respect to e-books and electronic libraries. She says makes sense to extend the PLR to e-books and electronic libraries. It\'ll be interesting to see what happens.
\"The best part is being able to have the interaction with people on a daily basis,\" Barthe said. \"That gives you a feeling that you are here for a purpose.\"
It seems Steven King may be pulling \"The Plant\". Wired is Reporting King has said the nex installment may be the last. King is taking a break from writing \"The Plant\" to concentrate on other work.
\"I am saddened and angered at the crass commercialization of that incredible magic that occurs between writer and reader -- a wonderful and special magic that King seems to have forgotten is the true spirit, the true heart of being a writer,\" wrote e-author Jim Farris.\"
\"\"The paper essentially argues that the Internet has not diffused throughout the world in a random way, but rather that there are systematic patterns to its spread\"
The Modesto Bee has a nice Little Story on Dr. Seuss. Theodor Seuss Geisel has become quite a marketing machine, with merchandise everywhere. They call it \"Seuss-ification of the pop culture marketplace\".
\"His books always supported the underdog and honored the role of the individual\'s imagination. And I think that goes a long way to explaining the power of his work and the connection readers feel toward it.\"
The NY Times has an interesting Story on eBooks. The author says the publishing industry is not being entirely rational about eBooks. No one knows if eBooks will ever take off, and the publishers are taking a big chance.
\"After decades of bruising battles among agents, publishers and booksellers over the stagnant revenue from slow-growing book sales, no one wants to see their rivals get a jump on them.\"/I>
\"The Internet\'s gain in stature as an information resource has been the reference librarian\'s loss.
After all, the library isn\'t the first place most people think of when they need a digital gateway to information.\"
Now ask yourself, whose fault is that?
Whose fault is it that people even need to ask this question-
\"With all these commercial online reference services, will librarians become obsolete?\"
The ALA estimates only 3 percent of communities are without library services, Grayson, Kentucky is one of them. This is a farming community where half the working-age people are either functionally illiterate or have minimal reading skills, and yet they wouldn\'t pay an extra $30 a year to open a library. CNN has the Full Story
\"It was pretty unbelievable,\" said Mindy Woods, a mother of two who collected 2,200 signatures supporting the measure. \"Their attitude was, \'We\'ve made up our minds. Don\'t confuse us with the facts.\' \"
The British Library has put the The Gutenberg Bible online digital facsimile. If you\'ve never seen the real thing, check this virtual copy out. They say there are only 48 left and The British Library has two complete copies. They discovered 3 interesting things while producing The digital images.
1.It was first envisaged that rubrics should be printed in red. This was soon abandoned, perhaps to save time.
2.It was decided to increase the number of lines per page, presumably to save paper.
3.It was decided to increase the print-run, but as some sheets had already been printed in the number first envisaged, these pages had to be printed again. This is the best explanation for why a number of the pages exist in two different versions.
InDUHvidual: \"What do we need a library for now that everything\'s free on the Web?\"
Snappy Librarian: \"Would you like to bet your career on that? I\'m betting mine that you\'re wrong!\"
InDUHvidual: \"Everything\'s free on the web.\"
Snappy Librarian: \"Yeah, but so is garbage. I’m not going to quit buying my food at the supermarket and just pick through the neighbour\'s compost heap. Every once in while you find something of value at the side of the road – but it’s not a tenet to live or run our company by.\"
New Zealand taxpayers were mighty upset when they found out that tourists are able to check their e-mail at the national library for free. Computer User has the full story.\"New Zealand Member of Parliament (MP) Winston Peters lashed out at Wellington\'s National Library of New Zealand, painting its provision of free Internet access as an invitation for unrestricted surfing of porn sites and a free Net cafe for foreigners to check e-mail at taxpayers\' expense.\" -- Read More
While we fight, fight, and fight for Internet 1st Ammendment rights, another issue has popped up in public libraries all around the country...children checking out R-Rated movies. In this story from the Spokesman Review, a man brought the issue to the library board, and lossed. Whose responsibility is it? The parents or the library.\"Last week, the library\'s five-member board denied resident Pat Kilpatrick\'s request to ban kids\' access to R-rated movies.
Kilpatrick said the decision \"undermines the integrity\" of Post Falls.
\"My concern has been that the community is trying to maintain standards,\" Kilpatrick said, who\'s also asking local churches for help in changing the library policy.\" -- Read More
While I anxiously await issue #5 of The Intolerant Librarian you can check out issues 1-4. With headlines like these, you know it\'s good!
\"ALA Expects controversy over new JK Rowling Book: Harry Potter and the Magical Dancing Penis \"
\"Bookmobile 2000 Kills Commies, Spreads Literacy.\"
\"Stupid Librarian almost ruins Frat Party.
And My Favorite:
\"\"Intolerant Librarian\" now listed on Infoseek, Thus Assuring It Will Never be Found.\"
Here\'s an interesting one from interactionarchitect.com on how \"skeptical Internet users\" are using the internet. Skeptical Internet Users are those who are motivated by the Internet\'s promise of offering value, not by how cool it is. They don\'t use search engines, that is too much work, they just check out a few web sites regularly. They are unforgicing and ready to never visit your site again! Sounds like they need to visit a library and ask for some help!
In 1988 Henry H. Barschall did a study that found nonprofit society-based journals offered work equal to or better than commercial journals, and are cheaper. Commercial publisher Gordon & Breach didn\'t like what was said, and has filed suite. Gordon & Breach has now spent millions of dollars and eleven years pressing a false-advertising claim against two nonprofit competitors.
\"Has pursuing a course of continuous litigation against both the scientific and the academic library communities hurt business for G&B\'s journals? \"Probably it has,\" Gordon admits. But, he adds, \"it\'s impossible to see how it has. As you know, library budgets have been cut in the last few years.\" \"
The Chronicle has a Story on a contract the State University of New York signed with Ex-Libris. The contract requires Ex-Libris to place in escrow a complete copy of the software source code and all related documentation. That means SUNY can look at the source code and documentation for the company\'s library-management system. Sounds like a good move.