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Excite news carried this editorial about the censoring of Harry Potter\"When libraries, courts and schools like those in Zeeland place a ban or restriction on a book because a few parents disapprove of its theme, it stifles a child\'s learning opportunity and places a restriction on the selection of works children are able to chose and learn from. Harry Potter.\" -- Read More
Here is an interesting column out of Excite news. I agree with the topic, but check out the first paragraph...Is it me or does this make no sense at all?\"Widespread use of the Internet in educational applications has made the public library all but obsolete. Although the Internet is accessible virtually everywhere, there is a problem with relying solely on cyberspace to educate the masses.\"If Public Libraries cease to exist, who will help in \"educating the masses\"? -- Read More
The Story from Wayne State U Campus News, entitled \"What\'s that stereotypical image of librarians?\" shows us that not all librarians are little old ladies with cats (OK, so most of us are, but not all!)
\"Race car driving women are rare, but rarer still are female national champions in ProRally racing -- a closed-road sport sponsored by the SportsCar Club of America.
Cindy Krolikowski, interim assistant director of Purdy/Kresge Library, and adjunct professor of collection development in WSU\'s Library and Information Science Program, is both. -- Read More
The Seattle Times has a Story on Project Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg. is the online book project that hopes to have 10,000 books in the collection by next year. All the books are public domain, so you\'ll find older stuff from Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, Feodor Dostoyevsky, etc...
\"All of this is nice, but none of this information answers the most glaring question: Why would anyone want to read a 300- to 500-page book on a computer screen? Would you? -- Read More
\"The fact of the matter is that 62 percent of information professionals believe that their organization and others have not learned important lessons from their Y2K experiences and have not changed their data design processes. -- Read More
A Story on the new National Library in Lebanon. The newly reconstructed library will contain 250,000 books, reconstruction of the National Museum cost $5 million. The first library was damaged during the civil war.
“Without a National Library, a cultural pillar, Lebanon will lose the intellectual heritage that we’re so proud of,”, said Youssef Beydoun, Education Minister -- Read More
Matthew Lesesky Writes: <BR>
An update as to what is happening at OpenMind.
We have signed up some more content and profs how are interested
in using our system. We are actively recruiting others who may be
interested. It would be great to get leads from some of your
readers - they can email Scott Deluca - firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also
almost settled on a technology - metatext or versaware. Also, we
have brought on a biz dev hire and a editor.
The Charlotte Observer has this article about a $500,000 donation to build a new library. Do you think they should keep it, or go for the million?\"Self-made Union County millionaire Carroll Edwards, 63, has pledged $500,000 toward a new library, replacing a smaller one in his hometown of Marshville, population 2,757. The contribution apparently is one of the largest cash donations by an individual to a public library in the Charlotte region.\" -- Read More
\"In an emotionally charged two-hour hearing
Monday night, parents Richard and Beth Kania and
their supporters delivered impassioned pleas to
School Board members, asking them to remove the
unauthorized biography the Kanias had described as
\"enough to ruin the innocence of any 14-year-old.\" -- Read More
Put your library card on the desk and put your hands in the air. You are being arrested because you owe us money for overdue materials. Book \'em!! From detnews.com\"-- Renee Jones is one of three Warren women in serious trouble with the law over delinquent Center Line Library materials.
For the first time, Center Line police say they\'ll arrest patrons such as Jones who don\'t respond to repeated attempts to return materials.\" -- Read More
Millard F. Johnson wrote on the future of ebooks in libraries:
This is my \"blue sky\" vision. First remember things change quickly -- so
all answers are right if you specify the date correctly, and all answers
are wrong at any other date.
But, I think you will see the same pattern for Ebooks that we have
witnessed with electronic databases and full text of journal articles. -- Read More
The Keene Sentinel ran this editorial about censorship in libraries.\"Well, in Nashua, library officials have installed computer-filtering software to prevent anyone of any age from exposure to materials they deem inappropriate. And that\'s not judgment; it\'s censorship.\" -- Read More
A sad story on library
closings due to asbestos in a Long Island
\"I feel for the patrons because they\'re
getting hit the hardest by this,\" Guadagno said. \"But we
just have to make do and keep moving forward.\" But a
permanent resolution is nowhere in sight.\" -- Read More
\"It\'s always safest to ask for permission before you make someone else\'s work a part of your own production. However, if a work isn\'t protected by copyright, you have the right to use it without asking. \" -- Read More
Reginald Aubry wrote :Just passing on some Harry Potter info for you...
The new book in the immensely popular children\'s series will come out
tomorrow...well, at midnight tonight, actually: Harry Potter and the
Goblet of Fire. Whether you\'re new to the series, or an old fan, I think
you\'ll find something fun and valuable in the following links. -- Read More
I really want to be a \"Senior Information Architect\" some day. What the heck does that mean? Well, it\'s kind of like a internet librarian, kind of like organizing the web, kind of like a really cool job title. I was cleaning up my ever expanding bookmarks and found This Old interview with Louis Rosenfeld. It\'s a really neat field that is perfect for librarians who are tired of librarianship, or are just up for a new kind of career.
\"Information architecture involves the design of organization and navigation systems to help people find and manage information more successfully.\" -- Read More
No. 1:coordinate efforts between information technology and human resources.
Mistake No. 2: Starting with a low-profile project. -- Read More
Chicago Tribune has a Story on the Big ALA conference that was held last week. It\'s a pretty cool article that really harps on the \"librarian strereotype\", but covers what librarians are up to in the US in the year 2000, Ebooks, the internet, low pay, better jobs outside the profession, etc....
\"Stereotypes are stereotypes, and whatever the field or profession, it\'s a matter of taking a look at the person as an individual,\" said Kathleen Walsh, Chicago Public Library spokeswoman. \"But librarians are probably some of the most articulate, smart and energetic people you\'ll come across.\" -- Read More
This boy in this article from the Daily News waited up all night to get a Harry Potter book, but when he tried to check it out of the library, his mom realized she forgot her card. Would this boy go home in tears, or would Harry work his magic?\"The librarian referred Matthew and his mother to the main checkout desk. The clerk there said the mother needed only to provide some sort of identification. The problem was the mother had left that at home as well. All she could offer was Moses\' dog tag.\" -- Read More
CNN.com has this article on R rated movies being checked out by young kids. Who is responisble, the parents or the library?\"David Walsh, president of the National Institute on Media and the Family, called it \"a little bit of a curious situation where the local video store may actually have more family friendly policies than the local library.\" -- Read More