More E-Book Quickies

I collected quite a little collection of E-Book stories this week. They include an interesting one on Joseph Lieberman’s book, \"In Praise of Public Life\".
Welcome to the future! -- Read More

African-American Research Library

The Denver Post has a Story on plans for a new library in Denver that will house a growing collection of documents related to African-Americans in CO.

\"We focused really hard on getting African-American political people first,\" Nelson said. \"But community people are very important also. Just the everyday folks, because they have the real nuts and bolts of things. We know the high-visibility people have done a lot. But the community people are very important to us too.\"

Letters to the Editor

It seems like there were many people upset about that article that ran in the New York Times last week. Read the letters to the editor here.
My letter wasn\'t published, but for those who care to read it, read on... -- Read More

Library to hunt down slackers, scofflaws

Another library is turning to a collection agency to get back some overdues. The Springfield-Greene County Library is trying a collection agency. The City Council is also considering a bill that toughens a city law by holding library-card holders legally responsible for materials checked out.

\"We’re out to get the chronic abusers who do not return our material, and there are chronic abusers,” library Executive Director Annie Busch said.

The library currently mails about 113 notices each week to those at least 55 days overdue, Busch said.\"

The Springfieldnews-leader has the full Story

Ohio strike Update

Someone sent in these two stories on the strike in Ohio. Things are getting worse.


15 strikers taken to jail after blocking doors


Postal Service fires worker for protest outside library


\"The Stark County
District Library was not quiet
Wednesday, and the librarians
themselves were creating the
clamor. -- Read More

Free-lancers sue database companies

Ron Force writes \"The San Francisco Chronicle has astory about free-lance authors suing Northern Lights, Gale Group, and ProQuest for payment of royalities on full text articles sold by publishers without permission. A similar group in New York has used the above, plus Reed-Elsevier. UnCover settled with the authors for $7.5 milion in back royalities. \"

Special Librarians\' Salaries

R. Lee Hadden writes \"bizjournals.com
In its 1999 salary survey, the 14,000-member
Special Libraries Association found that
member salaries had grown 5.1 percent in the
previous year, as compared to a 3.3 percent
increase for other white-collar workers in
roughly the same period. The average full-time
information professional was earning $52,826 a
year as of last spring.

\"

Teens’ library needs

Teens want comfy chairs, a place to chat, snacks and plenty of Internet access according to a survey in MT. The Story from the Billings Gazette reports on the not so suprising findings of the survey.

\"Brett Janecek, a 14-year-old freshman at Billings Central, envisions a teen center at the public library where he could “get away, relax and sit, and chill.”


And really, isn\'t it all about chillin\'? -- Read More

Intellectual Property Is an Oxymoron

We just don\'t have enough intellectual property stories.Here\'s One from Fool.com on how the Web has killed IP.

\"Technology is forcing us to re-evaluate the legal notion of intellectual property. The original compromise struck for the good of society has become unbalanced, and the reactions from the situation\'s current beneficiaries to counter this unrest have only disturbed the situation more. Copyright as it now stands has outlived its original purpose, and is no longer clearly beneficial to society as a whole. New business models must emerge, and are already emerging, to replace the old. \" -- Read More

The Height-Shelving Threat to the Nation\'s Libraries

Here\'s a rather unusual story on the Librarian of Congress James Billington, and his plans to shelve books by height. The author\'s name on this is Thomas Mann, though I didn\'t do any checking to enuse it is real, so take it with a grain of salt, unless you know otherwise. It still is rather interesting.

\"Librarian of Congress James Billington is moving towards shelving books at the Library of Congress by height rather than by subject. Such a move by LC would directly undercut the ability of scholars everywhere to search book collections below the superficial levels of access provided by computerized catalog records, because any example set by the national library is likely to be imitated by others.\" -- Read More

Information Architecture - A New Reason to Index

I found a neat story written by By Karen Spern and Leigh Bahnatka on Indexing web pages and Information Architecture.The Article Does a great job in explaining why indexing is important on the Web, especially for Information Architects.

\"Information Architects now consider content as important as design. Visual design is in decline, as consumers are demanding original content and faster download times. Site maps can’t provide access to textual information, so web indexes will become standard on web sites. \"

Very cool stuff, for those interested in the field.

Death of a Censor

Super Helpful R Hadden Writes :
Today during all the hype about Internet filters, we forget that not
to long ago people were paid by the state with tax money to censor and
filter for us. These people had the right to determine what other people
could or couldn\'t see. Their censorship decisions were backed up by force
of law and police powers of arrest and imprisonment for opposing those
decisions.
Mary Avara was for 21 years one of the official and state-paid movie
censors in Maryland. Her job was to review domestic and foreign movies
before they could be shown in the state, and to determine what could and
couldn\'t be seen by other citizens. -- Read More

Librarianship and Resistance

Librarianship and Resistance, by Sandy Iverson, published in Progressive Librarian 15, is an article about our role in society as librarians. It is particularly concerned with refuting the myth of \"neutrality\" that informs so much of our professional education. Our ethic of neutrality masks our support for dominant ideas. This dynamic is usually invisible to librarians themselves. -- Read More

1,000 Stories and Going Strong

This marks somewhat of a milestone for LISNews, it\'s the 1,000th story
posted
(The old site has a few
hundred more,
but we won\'t count those.). It\'s been 10 months since I started LISNews and a
few things have changed, by my original goals and vision remain the same.
Steven and I spend more than a little time each week keeping LISNews current
and readable, and I thought I\'d share some thoughts and details with you. -- Read More

Do libraries even exist anymore?

The San Fransisco Gate has this to say about kids doing research. First the New York Times, now this? Do we need to educate the public more, or what?\"

Harry Potter\'s girl trouble

We\'re all very familiar with anti-witchcraft Harry Haters. Here\'s an article from Salon.com about a very different problem in the popular series: sexism. The article, by Christine Schoefer, is called Harry Potter\'s girl trouble, and it paints a convincing new picture of this fictional world where girls, when they are not left out, are denigrated. Please read the article before you respond! I think there\'s something to it.

Fighting over Harry

Someone writes \"There are 2 very intersting letters to the editor in the augusta chronicle on harry potter
One andTwo \"

The first one is a person writing to complain about Harry in a local school.\"Potter author J.K. Rowling is doing nothing but promoting Satanism....I have read that her books are not much different than ......Don\'t these parents realize the day and age we live in and the imagination kids of today have? \"
The Second is the librarians response. \"As a conscientious media specialist and one who loves and cares about these kids, I felt it was my duty to read the book before I made any judgment calls, and I did. Tell me, Ms. Williams, as a conscientious parent, did you? -- Read More

ALA Survey on net access

The ALA has the results to a survey done by by the Library Research Center of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on internet policies in public libraries. Some of the results seem a bit suprising.
-95 percent of public libraries have a formal policy in place to regulate public use of the Internet

-80 percent of respondents say they purposely locate computer terminals in open spaces
-64 percent of respondents require permission from parents before children can use the Internet
-Almost 50 percent have received informal complaints about Internet access, but only 7 percent were about content

A full report on this survey is available from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science at The University of Illinois (it\'s a pdf)

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

Someone suggested This site \"The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education\".

\"FIRE is a nonprofit educational foundation devoted to free speech, individual liberty, religious freedom, the rights of conscience, legal equality, due process, and academic freedom on our nation\'s campuses.\"

Check out thefire.org

Rated

Michigan Live has a decent Story on the ol\' R-Rated Video checkout debate. They do a good job covering both sides of the issue. Should libraries \"rent\" R-Rated videos to Kids? If they can\'t do it at Blockbuster why should they be able to do it at a library?

\"Libraries exist to provide a window to the world. How far open the window should be is a matter of debate -- and it\'s not a new one.\" -- Read More

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