China tightens its control over the Internet

CNN has a story HERE on how China is cracking down on internet use. -- Read More

Library staff set for strike vote

From TOronto

Toronto library workers plan strike votes this week as bargaining for a first amalgamated contract continues.

Contract talks between the 2,500 workers, members of the Toronto Civic Employees Union, and Toronto Public Library have been ``painfully slow,\'\' union president Brian Cochrane said yesterday.

Syd Jones, the library system\'s director of marketing and communications, declined to comment except to say management is committed to reaching a settlement. -- Read More

Detained librarian admits stealing secrets, China says

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Detained librarian admits stealing secrets, China says

By Jennifer Lin
and Cynthia J. McGroarty

INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The Chinese government says a Dickinson College librarian \"confessed\" to stealing state secrets. His wife in Carlisle, Pa., says it can\'t be true.

Either way, the future of Yongyi Song, an unassuming scholar who has become an international cause celebre, hangs in the balance as his detention in China continues into its sixth month.

Story Here -- Read More

Library won\'t use Internet porn filters

The Greenville County Library Board on Monday rejected the use of filters in its efforts to deal with patrons viewing obscene materials and placed a greater responsibility on parents when their kids access the Internet on library computers.

The board voted 8-0 to adopt a policy requiring parents to accompany children under age 12 when they access the Internet on computers in the countywide library system.
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Library board tightens Internet rules

The Greenville County Library Board has voted to make it more difficult for children to access sexually explicit material on the Internet, but it stopped short of installing filters.
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Library patrons happy with facility

Appleton officials plan to increase lifelong learning
If you\'re a lifelong learner, the Appleton Public Library has a book on you.

The \"book\" is a plan that charts a course for library service for the next five years. Chances are you, a neighbor or someone else you know had a hand in preparing it, as nearly 1,500 people gave their views through in-library surveys, focus groups and interviews. -- Read More

Hardcore, Futuristic Geeks need only Apply! - Cool site suggestion!

search-engines-web.com writes "This Microsoft site is an esoteric gem - to discover new 21st century directions that Microsoft is heading in. it is more of a reflection of anticipated technology that may approach mainstream in a couple of decades...Warning... Only Hardcore Geeks need Apply"

Copyright claim made on "@"

Pete writes "The sassy British technology news site The Register offers this http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/08/17/at_copyrig ht/ scam that a certain library organization may want to watch out for."..."Robert-Alan Lucht", who has been sending out invoices for use of @. That's right, and it's a pretty good deal, too - just ten bucks a year grants you electronic publishing rights for @ "Internet and E-Mail use".""

Beyond PDF: Digital Delivery Develops

An Anonymous Patron writes "Beyond PDF is an EContent Magazine article on the PDF which has solidified its place as the leader in electronic document distribution. They say even Adobe has recognized that the PDF format has certain limitations and recently come out with a platform to use the PDF as a front end to distribute information throughout the enterprise using XML."

"This Land" ruled to be in the public domain

djfiander writes "Boy Scouts rejoice. According to the story at Slashdot it was first published in a songbook in 1945 for which the copyright was never renewed. See the Slashdot story for all the links to the details, including a PDF of the original songbook."

Related article on Transylvania rare books theft

Catherine Lavallée-Welch writes "Article on rare books thefts in libraries, following the event at Transylvania University. Snitch.com Has The Story"

Are too many choices narrowing our view?

Librmt writes "The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reviews familiar new technologies from a user perspective--including libraries and the King County Library System's new downloadable audiobooks. Story here."

100 Best Scottish Books of All Time

This Thursday, to coincide with World Book Day, culture minister Patricia Ferguson will begin the hunt. At a glittering ceremony, the minister will unveil a guide compiled with the Scottish Book Trust and the List magazine to the 100 Best Scottish Books of All Time and invite the public to start voting for their favourite work from the list.
But the campaign has run into controversy just days before it has begun after a draft list obtained by Scotland On Sunday shows a number of peculiar omissions and inclusions.
The winner will be announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August but if you think the arguments will end there, forget it – with only one book allowed per author, the tome in question might not even be on Maley’s list. Who’s to say that Welsh’s Marabou Stork Nightmares won’t be preferred to Trainspotting? And who can discount the Harry Potter factor? Barry Didcock Says There could be a few red faces in Charlotte Square come August.

Pinter picks poetry, politics over plays

slashgirl writes "' Harold Pinter, one of the U.K.'s greatest living dramatists, is turning away from playwriting to focus on politics and poetry.

"I think I've stopped writing plays now, but I haven't stopped writing poems," Pinter, the man behind such works as The Homecoming, The Caretaker and No Man's Land, told the BBC this week.'

The rest of the story is here."

Fancy sitting down with a good book? You'll be lucky

Anonymous Patron writes "Finding room to read at the British Library is no mean feat for established users, as seats are increasingly filled by twittering students fiddling with their phones, says John Sutherland @EducationGuardian.co.uk"

Students really using libraries!

Cortez writes "Demonstrating the possibilties of new technology and historic records, students bring the past alive: http://www.common-place.org/vol-05/no-03/school/
"The high-school students in the extracurricular Project Apprentice to History (PATH) in Beverly, Massachusetts, are not your typical honors students, yet their achievements are extraordinary.""

Florida College Students Concerned about Library Hours

Anonymous Patron writes "students at the University of South Florida are not happy with the very reduced hours at the university's library. More here from The Oracle."

Jazz Discovery at Library of Congress

gsandler writes "

Here is a
story from the New York Times on the discovery by the Library of Congress of a
previously unknown recording of the Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane.
There are very few recordings of this period of John Coltrane's career. "During this period, Coltrane fully collected himself as an improviser, challenged by Monk and the discipline of his unusual harmonic sense. Thus began the 10-year sprint during which he changed jazz completely, before his death in 1967."
(Registration at the NY Times web site is required.)

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Controversy colors teen book

Anonymous Patron writes "USATODAY.com Rainbow Party, aimed at the teen market (ages 14 and up), has some booksellers and librarians wondering whether author Paul Ruditis sensationalizes the subject — and, more significantly, whether they should carry it on their shelves."

The People's do-it-yourself library

Cortez writes "With the eroding financial support from government entities, the folks in Boston's Papercut: http://www.baamboston.org/papercut/ might be on to something: http://www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/news_features/ this_just_in/documents/04701066.asp
"It’s Tuesday afternoon, three days after the Papercut ’Zine Library opened, and Mothra, the bullet-belted punk-rock librarian on duty, is sitting in a comfy chair explaining what inspired the venture: a pile of ’zines collecting dust on her best friend’s floor. "I was like, ‘Isn’t there some way to let other people use these?""

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