Idea to use prisoners at library falls flat

Macontel.com is carrying this Story on a failed attempt to have prisoners working around the library all the time.

\"Commissioner Joe Allen said \"We\'ve got a lot of good people ... ,\" \"In prison?\" asked Charles Schmidt, regional library director.
\"I\'d rather resign\" than have prisoners working in the libraries, said Schmidt -- Read More

librarian receives cash awards after book controversy

A
Story
from Zwire on a media
specialist recently received the Intellectual Freedom Award,
given by the Iowa Educational Media Association. She chaired
the Fairfield Community School District\'s Reconsideration
Board during the 1998-99 school year, when parent Nancy
Hesseltine challenged the placement of the book, \"Am I Blue?
Coming Out From the Silence.\" -- Read More

Confront Censors

Freedomforum
has a reprint of the speech given by
Paul McMasters at the Maine Librarians
Conference.

\"Just about every type of speech
one can think of is under attack today: sexual speech,
violent speech, hate speech, unpatriotic speech,
\"coarse\" speech, uncivil speech.\" -- Read More

IE hole exposes your private data

This article
from
Cnet is one of many around reporting the your cookies in IE are open for all to see. Check out peacefire.org for a demonstration.


Even though the majority of the LISNews viewers use Netscape (librarians love Netscape?), this security hole is still good to know. -- Read More

Order about to be issued on Boston Public Library

Don Saklad writes \"Massachusetts Public Records Division is about to issue an
order on city of Boston Public Library interlibrary loan
department officer D. Keller and president Bernard Margolis
to comply and disclose legitimately public information.

Details about how you can get your supervisory, managerial
and executive public library officials to comply with state
FOI freedom of information, open government and open public
meeting sunshine intellectual freedom principles
http://www.ma.lwv.org/guideto.htm#Minutes and Other Public Records
\"

Open Source Publishing: OpenMind

someone writes \"Here is an article for you to post... Very interested in your readers thoughts. \"

dbusiness.com has a rather interesting

article that presents OpenMind, a company that is using the open source model originated by software developers to the textbook publishing business.
Paul Elliot, founder of the company, which incorporated in April, told dbusiness.com, \"We\'re proposing to bring textbook content to the academic community in an open-source environment.\" -- Read More

Warrant Issued for Overdue Books

The Akron Beacon Journal has this story about a man who owes over $4,000 in overdue fines.
\"In books, he likes to read about welding and chess. In music, Horace Young leans toward country. And in videos, he enjoys horror and comedy.

There\'s just one problem: Police say Young doesn\'t like to return the books, compact discs and videos that he checks out at the library.\" -- Read More

Mommy Wants Book Pulled

A story from The Chicago Tribune tells us that a woman wants a book pulled from her sons school. Why?

\"a children\'s book about Marvin Redpost, a grade schooler who kisses his elbow and becomes a girl, is inappropriate for her son and is seeking to have it banned from his school library.

Holy Homophobia! -- Read More

Crackdown in Minneapolis

The
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

Readers Retreat

The National
Post
is running a Story on a woman who, after her
book store
falied, started a
weekend retreat for readers. A canadian Author and a
few lucky people spend
a themed weekend together. -- Read More

Research on Digital Books

Wired
has a Report on a new study under way
on EBooks. The University of Pennsylvania Library will
study Ebooks and how they are used. Check out the Study Website for more info. -- Read More

Random House to License Disney Characters for Books

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

Dated Books Make Time Stand Still

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

Library checkout software

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?

StoryPlace: The Children\'s Digital Library

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

Library porn goes beyond 1st Amendment

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

Hot-Button Books Divide Communities

CT Now has a Story on how a few books are getting libaries in trouble. Titles include \'After the First Death\', \'Deliverance\' and \'Kaffir Boy\' -- Read More

Stephen King Appears In Public


Yahoo.com has a brief Article about Stephen King talking to the public again.

\"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

Judging a book without its cover

The New York Times has this story about electronic books.

\"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

Published and Perished

Wired is
running an intersting Story on the problems authors are
running into with online publishing. The publishers
obviously need a librarian to run things

\"In fact,
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

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