The Fastest Librarian on Earth

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

Project Gutenberg a tuff read

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

Plain English on Data Quality

DM Review has a Story on a survey to see what business has learned from the enormous expenditures organizations made to \"fix\" the Y2K data design defect. Guess what? Nothing.

\"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

National Library of Lebanon

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

Open Source Text Update

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 - sdeluca@ompg.com. We are also
almost settled on a technology - metatext or versaware. Also, we
have brought on a biz dev hire and a editor.

Please let your readers know that we need their help, about our
progress, and please point them to our websites at ompg.com and opentextproject.org.

Who wants to hug a millionaire?

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

Goldberg biography will stay on shelf

Story sent in by Bob Cox from
JSOnline on
the Muskego-Norway WI School Board vote on a
Whoopi Goldberg biography containing racial epithets
.

\"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

Library arrests are overdue

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

Ebook reading in libraries

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

Censorship and libraries

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

Asbestos closes library

A sad story on library
closings due to asbestos in a Long Island
library.

\"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

Stay on the Right Side of Copyright Laws

Macworld has a nice Little Story on copywrite law, as it relates to artwork.

\"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

ANNOTATED WEBOGRAPHY OF HARRY POTTER

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

Information Architecture Revealed

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

Knowledge Management Mistakes

Computerworld has aStory on the five pitfalls to avoid when starting down the knowledge management path.

No. 1:coordinate efforts between information technology and human resources.
Mistake No. 2: Starting with a low-profile project. -- Read More

Report From Chicago

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

Harry Potter Vs. the Librarian

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

R-Rated movies for all

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

Backend View of LISNews.com

A while back Rory did a little

Story
on server side stuff, logs, etc...
Something happened recently and got me thinking
about this, and I thought I would do the same. For those
of you who don\'t know, most web servers allow the
folks that run them to keep track of what\'s going on and
how busy things are. It\'s interesting for me to poke
through the logs and see how people are finding the
site, and what they are looking at, and junk like that. So
read on to learn more about some of the inner
workings here at LISNews.com -- Read More

High-tech design of Seattle\'s new library will honor tradition

Building a new library these days involves a lot of decisions...how many computers, how many internet terminals, and, oh yeah, how many shelves for books. A new library in Seattle has decided to put more emphasis on books. From the Seattle Times\"Before designing a $159 million building - a hall to honor books, learning and the story of the human condition - it was worth finding out whether the future could make all of that a bit quaint. Would books, as we know them, cease to exist? Would e-books and Web TV rule the day? Should new libraries trim the space given to bookshelves?\" -- Read More

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