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From September 23rd-30th, 2000, retailers and libraries have blown off the dust and moved the usual suspects, such as Huckleberry Finn and Catcher in the Rye, from their Literature sections to displays in the front of their buildings to show that they\'re in the vanguard on the fight against censorship. They\'re feeling righteous.
Only thing is, Banned Books Week is . . . well, weak. I like the general principle, but there are several problems with it in practice. -- Read More
I Almost started to cry after reading This One from the Fresnobee. In Fresno County, CA school board members have done \"a very noble thing.\" They voluntarily dropped the health insurance they got as a benefit and pumped it into a new school library. These folks deserve a medal. What has your shool board done for you lately?
\"\"We all knew there was a need,\" says board president Lupe Zuniga. \"We couldn\'t figure out why no one ever figured this out before.\" -- Read More
Here is an interesting article from the New Press. A mother of a prisioned man has bought 50 books for a section of the jail that is without them.\"Rocky Graziano, a spokesman for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, said mentally ill inmates are kept out of the jail’s general population for safety reasons.
Unfortunately, isolation meant to protect them also keeps those inmates out of the jail’s library, said Bette Scruggs, an education program coordinator at the jail.\" -- Read More
I did not how to categorize this article from Canoe. It seems that the man who hit Stephen King with his car has died, and the autopsy revealed nothing about the cause of death.\"The autopsy Monday also found no evidence of trauma but no conclusion was reached on the cause of death pending the outcome of toxicology tests, according to a statement from the state medical examiner\'s office. Those tests could take several months.\" -- Read More
enlightenment brought on by the advent of the printing
press have failed
to ease our fear of the new and the different.
We still struggle vainly to resist change. It is
something of a miracle that our children do
learn and grow, despite our best efforts to shut
out the light, to dim and deny it.\"
CNN has a
Story on The \"Consumer Book
Buying Study 2000\" was sponsored by Publishers
Weekly and organizers of BookExpo America.
It turns out that not only do folks think EBooks are not
ready for prime time, tmost don\'t even know what the
heack they are.
\"The latest Rocket eBook
instrument is very good, better than sitting at your
computer, but it still pales next to the
500-year-old technology of the printed
book,\" said Nora Rawlinson, editor-in-chief of
the industry magazine
Publishers Weekly. \"However, the industry
remains in its infancy and I expect
the technology to improve very soon.\" -- Read More
A couple of Ebook stories:
Pirates Invade Book Publishing from Wired talks about Piracy of copyrighted material and a site called site called \"#bookwarez\" that seems to have been altered at least twice. They offered links to free downloads of entire texts of copyrighted books by famous authors, but now things have changed.
\"E-books may be the thing of the future. But this Christmas, someone curling up on the couch with their next great read is still much more likely to be turning pages made of old-fashioned paper.
Happy Banned Books Week!!
An ugly situation in IA. Ankeny Iowa police needed information on a missing teen-age girl and asked Ankeny\'s Kirkendall Public Library staff for help. The library staff refused, citing a state law that requires all library transactions to be confidential. Luckily the girl turned up a couple days later. The Full Story is at The Des Moines Register
\"Libraries are places for free intellectual inquiry. They\'re not places for you to be watched,\" said Barbara Mack, an Iowa State University journalism professor.
\"It seems like there\'s publication of just about everything: credit cards, bank accounts, you name it. If the library is still able to keep this stuff confidential, more power to them,\"
Library patron Elden Bucher
\" -- Read More
\"We think it\'s important to remind people that free speech has to be fought for on a daily basis,\" said Chris Finan, an organizer of the event and president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. \"It\'s often the best books that get attacked. If we can\'t use these books, we can\'t do a good job educating our children.\"
A funny thing happened the other day. Business 2.0
profiled one of the services the company I work for
offers. This included a screen shot of our web site, and
a nice review of our service. That wasn\'t the funny part.
The funny part was the reaction the article received
around the office. “Giddy” best summarizes the
responses of these 20 something dot.com employees
to having the web site they designed in a magazine.
Strange, considering it probably is viewed by more
people in a single day on the web, than will ever see it
in the magazine. But being in print made it some how
different, some how more worthy and important.
“Interesting”, I said to myself. “Perhaps the printed
word isn’t as dead as they say”. -- Read More
A Heart Warming
Story from PA on how well the libaries are doing.
It\'s nice to see good news for a change.
\"Since 1999, the Ridge administration has more
than doubled state aid for libraries, to $62 million a
year. It has earmarked another $12 million for
computers, software and online resources for libraries.
State officials are rewriting Pennsylvania\'s 39-year-old
library code - the legal document governing public
libraries - to improve operations and reward local
governments that increase funding for their
Bob Cox sen this in:Consider the plight of a
traditional librarian trying to
deal with the
Internet. Providing organized access to something as
volatile, dynamic, and
disorganized as the Internet is truly what they call in
opportunity\'. Founded in 1996 as a public nonprofit and
located in the
Presidio of San Francisco, the Internet Archive is
\'opportunity\' by taking snapshots of Internet sites at
periods, in essence preserving the place as it was, and
resulting archive available for scholars and
researchers. To gain
access to it, you must register and describe either a
project that requires
you to get your grubby virtual paws on the material or a
plan to deposit
material. As of March 2000, the Archive had 1billion
Web pages, 50,000 FTP
sites, and 16 million Usenet postings amounting to
well over 14 terabytes
of data. The site describes the challenges of
materials, how the snapshots (really Web crawls) are
taken, the limitations
to such automated processes, what plans for the future
are, and just why
digital libraries are important:
Dr. Laura Schlessinger\'s new television show is ailing.
The \"Dr. Laura\" syndicated talk show has drawn low ratings and protests from gay activists, and now production has been stopped for a week, officials said.
Show spokeswoman Linda Lipman said the move was part of a pre-planned hiatus. But it is surprising because the show premiered only last week.
The break will give Paramount a chance to retool the daytime show, according to Friday\'s Los Angeles Times and the New York Post.
Feedmag has an Interview with Brewster Kahle the founder of Alexa who has built what they claim is the largest library in the world. They have collected thirty terabytes of data, archiving both the web itself, and the patterns of traffic flowing through it on their servers. It\'s interesting to what he considers a library, and how much it costs to catalog a book (hint:he says that\'s a bad thing)
\"In just three years we got bigger than the Library of Congress, the biggest library on the planet,\" he says, arms outstretched, smiling. \"So the question is: What do we do now?\" -- Read More
A suggested Story from Salon.com on \"The Plant\". The latest numbers showed that just under 70 percent of those downloading \"The Plant\" paid for it. Mr. King has set 75 percent as the minimum for him to continue after part three, which will be available on his Web site Monday. Pay up!
Someone sent in this Story from Salon on a complaint from a parent that prompted school officials to pull Aldous Huxley\'s novel \"Brave New World\" from library shelves in Alabama. \"Brave New World\" ranks 54th on the ALA\'s list of the top 100 books drawing complaints during the 1990s.
\"Kathleen Stone of Elberta filed the complaint in letters to the school and Gov. Don Siegelman. She said Wednesday the novel\'s references to orgies, self-flogging, suicide and the characters\' contempt for religion, marriage and family do not make it a good choice for high school students.
\"When you\'re a college student, it\'s one thing, but I don\'t think too much of assigning this to high school students,\" Stone said.
Friday updates for this week include antique newspaper dispute, Fool\'s Gold, Book banning is bad, Library Opera, digital revolution, e-books, and much, much, more. Enjoy!! -- Read More
Ready for the weekend? Before you shut down the computer check out the Studio B
Buzz highlights. A study predicts a strong book
publishing future but a survey shows that Internet users
prefer the paper kind.... -- Read More
Brian writes \"Despite the mayor\'s enthusiasm for
bicycles-as-transportation, Chicago Public Library still
has no secure bike parking for employees. Chicago
Tribune columnist Eric Zorn has the Story.
He suggests, in part:
\"Put a cage around one of
those indoor parking spaces now used by an
environmentally unfriendly, traffic-thickening car and
make it a bike locker for employees; shove supplies
aside somewhere in the bowels of the building and
designate a bike parking area; or let employees park
their bikes near their work spaces.\"