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LISNews Turns One

Happy Birthday to LISNews.com

Happy Birthday to LISNews.com

Happy Birthday dear LISNews.com

Happy Birthday to Us.

Reg Aubry was kind enough to send along a card.

It was one year ago today I launched LISNews.com

One year and almost 1,000 stories later, it seems like a good

time to take a step back and reflect. -- Read More

Library Turns Girl Into A Witch

I ran out of time yesterday to post this one, but since it\'s only one day past Halloween...


A high school in OK City suspended a 15-year-old student after she cast a magic spell that caused a teacher to become sick. She had read a library book about Wicca beliefs, and admitted she \"Might\" be a wiccan, and that was good enough for the principal to suspend her for \"a disruption of the education process\". The ACLU is all over this one. Just in case you\'re missing the funny part here, she read a book that allowed her to cast a spell that made a teacher sick, so they suspended her. Can they possibly, honeslty, really, actually believe this girl is a Witch with the ability to make people sick after reading ONE book?? It took me years before I could do that!

Tomorrow marks the 1st birthday of LISNews, I have posted 964 stories, nothing even comes close to this one.

Read on for the full press release from the ACLU. -- Read More

Monday Updates?!

I know its not Friday, but I found a bunch of articles that I thought you guys might like. Here they are, in no particular order: new Clinton Library, author controversy, library closings, evolving libraries, Filters only a bandaid, and libraries as technology training centers. -- Read More

How Much Information Is Out There?

The Economist has a Story on A group of researchers at the School for Information Systems and Management at the University of California, Berkeley have doen an interesting study. They say the estimated amount of unique information the world is currently producing each year has reached about two exabytes. While unique content on paper and film grows slowly, shipments of optical and magnetic storage media are doubling each year. In uncompressed form they total 1.4m terabytes.

Want it from the \"Horse\'s Mouth\"?
They have posted Charts, and a lengthy Executive Summary at UC Berkely

Can Expert Advices Service Break Free From Schlock?

In the pay-for-expertise category, services range from frivolous to professional. The same goes for the free services. We argue that recently released Yahoo! Experts leans toward the frivolous side... not that there\'s anything wrong with that. -- Read More

The Al Capone of Cartography

An unrealted (or is it?) stolen map Story from ABC. They talk
about a
just-published book about the notorious map thief,
Gilbert Bland. The
book \"The Island of Lost Maps,\" by Miles Harvey
states some reasons that Bland was able to get
away with what he did, and some of the reasons
involved for his actions. They also talk about the
librarians at the various institutions he
plundered, as well as police and university officials.

\"The allure of antique maps is even stronger,
not just for their art and craft — renderings of far-off
lands, decorated by wind-blowing gods, sea monsters,
naked Amazons or other imaginary attractions — but for
the possibilities that lie beyond their limited or
guessed-at boundaries.\"

The Internet Archive

Bob Cox sen this in:Consider the plight of a
traditional librarian trying to
deal with the
Internet. Providing organized access to something as
volatile, dynamic, and
disorganized as the Internet is truly what they call in
business \'an
opportunity\'. Founded in 1996 as a public nonprofit and
located in the
Presidio of San Francisco, the Internet Archive is
tackling that
\'opportunity\' by taking snapshots of Internet sites at
various time
periods, in essence preserving the place as it was, and
making the
resulting archive available for scholars and
researchers. To gain
access to it, you must register and describe either a
project that requires
you to get your grubby virtual paws on the material or a
plan to deposit
material. As of March 2000, the Archive had 1billion
Web pages, 50,000 FTP
sites, and 16 million Usenet postings amounting to
well over 14 terabytes
of data. The site describes the challenges of
preserving digital
materials, how the snapshots (really Web crawls) are
taken, the limitations
to such automated processes, what plans for the future
are, and just why
digital libraries are important:
Archive.org


From: http://www.netsurf.com/nse/nse.02.08.html#SS4

B Buzz Highlights -- Paper Books, Market Future

Ready for the weekend? Before you shut down the computer check out the Studio B
Buzz
highlights. A study predicts a strong book
publishing future but a survey shows that Internet users
prefer the paper kind.... -- Read More

New E-Books Announced by RCA

There\'s a new e-book coming to town, and it\'s brought to you by RCA... -- Read More

Studio B Highlights

Studio B\'s been getting a facelift! Go take a look. Sorry about the slight vanishing act, but I\'m back with the
Studio B Buzz Highlights. -- Read More

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