Great Introductory Essay About The Internet From 1993

http://www.lysator.liu.se/etexts/the_internet.html

"As the Nineties proceed, finding a link to the Internet will become much cheaper and easier. Its ease of use will also improve, which is fine news, for the savage UNIX interface of TCP/IP leaves plenty of room for advancements in user-friendliness. Learning the Internet now, or at least learning about it, is wise. By the turn of the century, "network literacy," like "computer literacy" before it, will be forcing itself into the very texture of your life."

First book printed in the US sells for $14.2 million at Sotheby's

From CNN.com: "The world's most valuable book sold Tuesday for $14.16 million at Sotheby's in New York, according to the auction house.

The rare Bay Psalm Book is the first book ever written and printed in what is now the United States. Its sale set a record for a book sold at auction, Sotheby's said."

Google Scholar Library

Conflicting views over the announcement by Google of Google Scholar Library.

Ashtabula County District Library Keeps Extremely Narrow Levy Win

The Star Beacon reports that embattled Ashtabula County District Library will keep its levy win in northeast Ohio. The margin of victory, the difference between votes in favor and votes against, moved from what was previously discussed in LISTen #261 of being only 60 votes to being 94 votes. This will be the first recent locally-derived tax money to fund library operations in lieu of Ohio's state-administered Libraries & Local Government Fund.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #262

Could be a library meme

This could be a library meme.

Georgia Library to Close Two Weeks after Grand Opening

A brand new 1.7 million dollar library in Twiggs County is set to close Tuesday night due to lack of funds.

A brand new 1.7 million dollar library in Twiggs County is set to close Tuesday night due to lack of funds. Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal joined local officials in cutting the ribbon just two weeks ago. The library was built with mostly state money. Its operating budget is funded locally.

UPDATE - Library is back open, for now (thank you Mock Turtle).

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #261

This week's episode discusses election matters by starting with Lafourche Parish and then digging deeper into why the case of Ashtabula County District Library touched upon by INFOdocket is a bit more serious than it seemed at first glance. The in-episode audio quite incorrectly identifies this episode as #260 which was last week. This is the sixth anniversary of production, though.

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Libraries are Places Where Hippies and Junkies "Look at Drugs and Food Stamps" (on the Internet)

Libraries are Places Where Hippies and Junkies "Look at Drugs and Food Stamps" (on the Internet) -- Read More

When Difficult Patrons happen to Good Librarians

Story via librarian Roz Warren.

Even though librarians like Warren have to deal with these characters, they also have to also maintain their cool. She suggests that she might write a book with survival tips someday, and she already has title ideas:

Because we librarians are helpful and courteous by nature, we refrain from telling these folks off. Or telling them to get the hell out of our library. Instead, we smile and do what we can to help them. Which, given what we’re dealing with, calls for its own special guide book. “When Difficult Patrons Happen to Good Librarians.” Or “Impossible People For Dummies.” Some day I might just write that book.

Google Gets Total Victory Over Authors Guild: Book Scanning Is Fair Use

This one has been a long time coming, but this morning, Judge Denny Chin (who actually has a long history of siding with copyright holders) found that Google's book scanning project is fair use. This is a huge victory in a variety of ways. TechDirt has the story.

My family was evicted from our bookstore and this is our kickstarter

The Book House has been operating as an independent community new/used/rare bookstore in St. Louis for nearly 30 years. The books were housed in a victorian era mansion that is famously haunted and has been deemed a historical landmark. It is affiliated with various charities including Second Chapter, a group/foster home for disabled children.
This is the house that I grew up in. Unfortunately, we do not own the property. The landowners were only interested in selling an entire lot of several establishments, and we were unable to get approved for a mortgage, so we have been leasing for decades. A few months ago, we learned that the property had been sold to an industrial storage company. The building is going to be demolished.
Interesting Story...

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #260

This week's episode is a Veteran's Day special featuring an archival recording of Winston Churchill addressing the United States Congress on December 26, 1941.

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The Story Behind The Last Campaign

See fully funded Kickstarter campaign.

Farewell, Thomas.gov. Hello, Congress.gov.

On November 19th, Thomas.gov, the venerable website of the United States Congress, will begin to redirect visitors to Congress.gov. The new site, which launched in beta in September 2012, will become the primary governmental resource for the text of legislation, past, present and future, along with reports from committees, speeches from the floor of Congress and cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office.

Full story

Passive-Agressive Library unMarketing

Passive-Agressive Library unMarketing
http://www.pinterest.com/peterals/passive-agressive-library-unmarketing/

Extremely Narrow Levy Vote Win For Library Not Yet Official

The Star Beacon reports that Ashtabula County District Library won their levy election Tuesday by 60 votes according to unofficial results. With 170 provisional ballots still to be checked plus absentee ballots bearing postmarks no later than November 4th having until November 15th to arrive potentially numbering over 200, there remains a chance of the slim victory being wiped out. The official canvas of results is due by November 26th from the Ashtabula County Board of Elections.

The Decline of Wikipedia

Wikipedia and its stated ambition to “compile the sum of all human knowledge” are in trouble. The volunteer workforce that built the project’s flagship, the English-language Wikipedia—and must defend it against vandalism, hoaxes, and manipulation—has shrunk by more than a third since 2007 and is still shrinking. Those participants left seem incapable of fixing the flaws that keep Wikipedia from becoming a high-quality encyclopedia by any standard, including the project’s own. Among the significant problems that aren’t getting resolved is the site’s skewed coverage: its entries on Pokemon and female porn stars are comprehensive, but its pages on female novelists or places in sub-Saharan Africa are sketchy. Authoritative entries remain elusive. Of the 1,000 articles that the project’s own volunteers have tagged as forming the core of a good encyclopedia, most don’t earn even Wikipedia’s own middle-­ranking quality scores.

Full piece at MIT Technology Review

Who Needs Wikis When You Have Github?

A new taco recipe library highlights something interesting about the nature of spontaneous collaboration on the web.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/11/who-needs-wikis-when-you-have-github/2...

Flying a Drone around The NY Public Library

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9FMlv5a_FI
Flying a Drone around The NY Public Library

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