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The New York Times has this article about Random House publishing books only in digital format.\"Beginning in January, the house will publish under the name AtRandom a list of about 20 purely digital books, by authors ranging from the editor of Harper\'s magazine to a downtown dominatrix.\" -- Read More
According to this article in the Star Tribune, a library which can only hold 40 people at a time may take over the hospitality loungue of an old brewery complex.\"Imagine showing up at your public library and being told you can\'t go in. That happens sometimes at the Pierre Bottineau branch library in northeast Minneapolis. It\'s the city\'s smallest library. -- Read More
When I first got my MLS and sent out tons of resumes, I only got a few interviews. I once was told I came across as shy, that I was not assertive, and I needed to be more agressive.So here is what I said at interviews...Perhaps all of the librarians out there could give me some interview pointers. The D is for the library director\'s questions...Director:
Why do you want to work here?I heard you have a nice book collection.D: Who is Harry Potter?The library\'s gardener. -- Read More
For all of you inspiring writers out there, here are some books that could get us on Oprah\'s recommended book list. Who moved the card catalog and gave me a PC?-an amazing look at changeThe case of the missing book cards-An unsolved mystery -- Read More
Following several inquiries from the for-profit sector, Lane Medical
Library has decided to make it\'s XMLMARC software available without charge
for commercial use. Availability will be governed by the the Free Software
Foundation\'s GNU General Public License, version 2 (June 1991) or later at
the user\'s option. The new agreement governing all new licensees is
effective today, July 28, 2000, and is posted on our web site:
xmlmarc.stanford.edu -- Read More
Law.com has A Story from the ALA Meeting on Law Librarian Salaries. As you may have guessed, it is not a glowing report on the state of librarian pay. It\'s not just the pay in law offices, but many firms simply don\'t think the libraries are important.
\"\"We need to get away from the attitude that we are lucky to make what we make,\" says Elizabeth Kenney, the law librarian at the Boston office of Philadelphia-based Dechert -- Read More
The NY Times has a neat Review of 2 interesting web sites, The Jew\'s Daughter and aspergillum gently. These are 2 new sites that really do some neat stuff using plugins and HTML. They provide a new way of reading and following the text you read. It\'s quite interesting and worth checking out. This might be a new direction for online reading, it\'s fun and easy to follow. -- Read More
At last summer\'s ALA conference, then President-elect (now President) Nancy Kranich gave a talk on the importance of seeking out the alternative press as essential in developing a balanced collection, a value expressed well in the Library Bill of Rights. That talk was published in the review journal Counterpoise and later electronically in Library Juice. It\'s called A Question of Balance: the Role of Libraries in Providing Alternatives to the Mainstream Media. -- Read More
Daniel Tsang, winner of the 2000 Eubanks Award, interviewed Sanford Berman on his KUCI (San Diego) radio show recently. He calls Mr. Berman \"librarian extraordinaire, and advocate of democratizing and making libraries more socially responsible.\" \"Hear about \'bibliocide\' and \'internal censorship\'. Are libraries turning into corporate entities with no soul?\"
Slashdot has a nice round up, that talks about all the alternatives and ideas. After reading the the Preliminary Injunction Brief (pdf file) it looks like Napster is in big trouble. Technically Napster was not shutdown, they are just not allowed to do anything that is even close to illegal (no major label music, no links to the music, etc...). Which is basically like saying, no one who will ever speed or run a stop sign is allowed to drive. It doesn\'t outlaw cars, but no one is driving.
A school librarian has 37 overdue books from a local library totaling over $500 dollars. She should know better!! Read the article from the State\"What is bad is she is a librarian,\" library system executive director Dan MacNeill said as he explained the situation to the board.\" -- Read More
The library accused of hiring militia type security to protect library workers has reported that the allegations are untrue. The follow-up article is from the Canton Reporter\"We are totally unarmed,” said Ed Bean, a spokesman for Troy, Mich.-based Huffmaster Companies. “We don’t even carry nightsticks. In the public sector, you don’t want any offensive weapons whatsoever.” -- Read More
A follow up on This Story on the site Contentville from Tuesday. Wired is now Reporting Contentville has now agreed all independent articles are to be processed through the Publications Rights Clearing House, that should keep your dissertation safe, or atleast make you a couple bucks.
\"It doesn\'t surprise me that writers are upset,\" magazine publisher Steven Brill said in a phone interview. \"If my articles were up there and I didn\'t know it, I\'d be really pissed off, too.\" -- Read More
So I pick up a reference call the other day, and this gentleman on his cell phone asks me if I can help him out. I reply that I would give it a shot, depending on what he wants. He says that he wants surprise this girl. I ask why he would need a reference librarian’s help with that… -- Read More
Well folks, it\'s that time of the week. Friday updates include helping hands, cutting hours, toxic fumes, censorship of donations, 24-7 access, no more book sales, Internet rules, childrens books, decrease in circulation, the Quote of the Week, and much, much more!! -- Read More
\"The U.S. and British publishers of \"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,\" the fourth book in the series by British author J.K. Rowling, have already gone back to the presses for additional print runs.\" -- Read More
Social exclusion and poverty - what do they have to do with libraries? Well, two thirds of library patrons are middle class, while that group only represents one third of the population; the remaining two thirds are working class. The poor and socially excluded, as members of the working class, are not being served by libraries as they might be.
\"Public libraries, social exclusion and social class\", and article in Information for Social Change by John Pateman, explores the issue in depth, going into detail about the concept of social class and research that has been done in Britain on library use. Here is an excerpt: -- Read More
Foxnews is carrying a Story on The 10,000-year Library Conference, hosted by The Long Now Foundation and Stanford University Libraries. They discussed how today\'s archival institutions will cope with preserving multimedia content such as digital audio and video files, photography, databases, Web pages and even links to related content. They say that most libraries are making a new \"digital library\" online, to preserve the information. This of course raises many new issues... -- Read More
The \"invisible Web\" or the millions of pages not indexed at Yahoo! or Google is much bigger than most people thought. A company called BrightPlanet says there are now about 550 billion documents stored on the Web. They say Internet search engines index about 1 billion pages, although Google claims more than a billion. They say the problem lies in how search engines index the web. Search engines rely on technology that generally identifies \"static\" pages, rather than the \"dynamic\" information stored in databases. You can get the Report Here -- Read More
Against intellectual property is an interesting chapter out of the book Information Liberation by Brian Martin. This chapter is interesting in that he makes a strong case against IP. It\'s a long and well argued chapter.
\"There is a strong case for opposing intellectual property. Among other things, it often retards innovation and exploits Third World peoples. Most of the usual arguments for intellectual property do not hold up under scrutiny. -- Read More