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Star-Tribune reports that the downtown
Minneapolis Library announced plans Friday to stop the
controversial practice of allowing patrons to use
computers to view obscene material on the Internet.
Read about it Here. -- Read More
Post is running a Story on a woman who, after her
falied, started a
weekend retreat for readers. A canadian Author and a
few lucky people spend
a themed weekend together. -- Read More
Mickey mouse and friends have a new publisher. Here is an article to tell you where they are now.
\"New York, May 8 (Bloomberg) -- Bertelsmann AG\'s Random House Inc. said it will publish books based on characters from Walt Disney Co., replacing a licensing agreement that the world\'s No. 2 media company has with Golden Books Family Entertainment Inc.
The agreement, which begins Jan. 1, gives Random House Children\'s Books the right to publish Disney-based books, including coloring and activity books and storybooks, in the U.S. and Canada. Random House is the world\'s largest publisher of general-interest consumer books in the English language.\" -- Read More
The Washington Times has this story on outdated school libraries.
\"Browse a typical school library and you\'ll learn that humans haven\'t yet set foot on the moon and \"stewardesses\" must quit working when they get married.
Although the latest research indicates that a well-stocked and well-staffed school library actually boosts students\' scores on standardized tests, many school libraries contain books that are outdated by decades and often filled with offensive stereotypes.\" -- Read More
Michelle writes \"Hello, you folks look very well
connected and knowledgeable -- so I am asking you for
some tips on locating something.
I am helping develop a corporate library for my
company. I am looking for library book & magazine
checkout software that is either Windows-based or
preferably web-based (to use on our company\'s
intranet). Can you give me any ideas about where I
might start my search, or some relevant terms that
might help me on a web search?
Thanks for any tips you can provide.
Winnebago comes to mind...
What are some other possibilities?
Helene Blowers writes \"
Looking for a fun site that allows your child to interact with stories in either English or Spanish? Then check out StoryPlace: The Children\'s Digital Library at storyplace.org
This new web site, developed by staff from the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, is available in both English and Spanish versions, offers children and adults alike the \"virtual experience\" of visiting a children\'s library. Children can see and listen to on-line stories, participate in interactive activities, print-out take-home activities and locate great books to read. The site uses the latest multimedia technology (Flash 4.0) to deliver a fun and interactive environment for pre-school readers. Currently the Pre-School Library section of the site is ready, but our library staff are working hard on developing the next phase the \"Early Elementary Library.\" -- Read More
Brave librarians going against the grain in MN
The Pioneer Planet in MN continues is coverage of the trouble in the Minneapolis Public Library. This Story says that the librarians are upset over people viewing pornography in the library, and this could lead to a class action law suit.
``We\'re not just talking about naked ladies here. We\'re talking about the really raunchy stuff,\'\' said Robert Halagan, who represents seven librarians from the city\'s central library in downtown Minneapolis. -- Read More
\"It\'s nice to be here,\" King said to about 300 people gathered at the Bowery Ballroom.\" Actually, it\'s nice to be anywhere. King claimed to be nervous for his self-proclaimed coming-out party.\" -- Read More
\"It was Tuesday evening on the 6:26 in a Long Island-bound train crowded with weary commuters lurching in the aisles, elbow to elbow, briefcase to briefcase. Unfolding a newspaper was unthinkable. Flipping through a hardcover might form an instant but awkward book club of strangers. So I rummaged in my purse in search of something for just such a literary emergency. Even in a rush-hour commute there was ample reading room for a novel stored in a Palm Pilot, which is smaller than a paperback yet mighty enough to carry 12 digital titles.\" -- Read More
the online publishing industry may be creating more
obstacles than opportunities for aspiring writers. Within
the next 18 months, the Web will add approximately
500,000 more titles. -- Read More
Tribune in San Diego, is Reporting \"Two books
containing pictures that a San Diego judge deemed
child pornography will remain on library shelves
because a committee of experts that reviewed the
questioned pages has concluded that the photographic
work is \"culturally and artistically significant,\" library
officials said yesterday. \" -- Read More
The State Ethics Commission failed to prove that a
veteran state lawmaker, and a tireless advocate of the
Boston Public Library, returned favors from lobbyists
when given free golf and meals, the state\'s highest
court ruled today.\" -- Read More
Ron Force sent in this story
The New York Times has an editorial on the loss of city librarians to better paid jobs in the suburbs, entitled \"New York\'s Vanishing Librarians\"
The three public library systems that serve New York City are just recovering from the fiscal crisis of the 1970\'s, which left bookshelves empty, computer systems outdated and library buildings falling to pieces. Now the New York, Brooklyn and Queens library systems face a new problem -- the rapid departure of their professional librarians, who are leaving for better-paying jobs in the suburbs and other cities. -- Read More
\"Rowling, the rags-to-riches British writer whose series on a schoolboy wizard has enthralled children across the world, has had fans lining up for hours in the rain on a tumultuous tour of the eastern United States.
It\'s as if she\'s a rock star or all-star athlete. \"Can you imagine what that\'s like, to get out of a car at a normal book signing and there\'s a thousand people outside screaming at you? It\'s amazing,\" she said.\" -- Read More
James Nimmo writes:
Growth or Greed?
Human events are often filled with questions that require choices in
trying to find answers: yes/no, pro/con, either/or,
fundamental/progressive. Sometimes these choices are not clear cut but
dimmed with shades of gray. Does the following question have a clear-cut
answer or is it of the non-white/non-black variety? Does the media
personality Laura Schlessinger have an absolute First Amendment freedom to
write and say whatever she wants in her newspaper column, radio program,
possibly, television talk show? -- Read More
\"Upset about reports of Internet pornography in public view and a perceived lack of action to prevent it, the Minneapolis City Council may nudge the city\'s Public Library system to take action sooner rather than later.
While the council doesn\'t have authority over the library system, Council Member Kathy Thurber planned to seek approval today of a resolution encouraging a policy like that of the St. Paul Public Library, which bars the use of Internet facilities to \"display graphics that are obscene or harmful to minors.\" -- Read More
\"James Billington, the Librarian of Congress gave a speech to the National Press Club on April 14th about the role of the LOC in the Information Age. You need Real Audio to listen.