Romney, In the Des Moines Library, With a Book

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, widely considered to be a likely Republican candidate for president in 2012, will hold two events in Central Iowa Monday as part of his latest book tour.

Mitt Romney’s nationwide tour in support of “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness” will take him to 19 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Monday at noon, he will discuss the book and sign copies at the Des Moines Central Library, 1000 Grand Avenue

Later that night Romney will travel to Ames to speak in the Memorial Union Great Hall at Iowa State University. His presentation, which is co-sponsored by the campus’ College Republicans and the Committee on Lectures, will begin at 7 p.m. Iowa Independent reports.

The 2010 American Broadcast/Cable Consolidation

The FCC has released a Public Notice in PDF format relative to the Comcast/GE/NBC Universal transactions. The Commission is referring to the situation as one of broad public policy interest due to the breadth of the holdings involved. Comments are due to the Commission via its Electronic Comment Filing System before May 3, 2010.

Piercing Curtains

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Women's History Month Library Thoughts

Women's History Month resources for the Delaware library community, with apologies for being so late to mark the observance! Full article here: http://library.blogs.delaware.gov/2010/03/15/womens-history-month/

Michelle Obama's 'socialist books' disappear on closer study

"Photo Evidence: Michelle Obama Keeps Socialist Books In The White House Library," blared the headline on conservative radio host Rob Port's blog following a tour of the presidential residence last week, after he spotted books including The American Socialist Movement 1897-1912 and The Social Basis of American Communism on the library's shelves.

Port ignited a storm, quickly drawing almost 300 comments to his post on the popular political blog SayAnythingBlog.com, and a rash of links across the internet. "I wonder if the liberals who mock conservatives who refer to Obama as a socialist still find it funny?" wrote All American Blogger. "By itself, this wouldn't be that big of a deal. But [in] the context of Obama's economic policies? Well, I'll let you make your own call," wrote Port, a self-styled bibliophile.

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Dousing Firewalls

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Scott Brown Plans Book

You gotta have a book. And the man with the truck will soon be the man with a book.

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), the party's hottest elected official, has decided to write a book that combines memoir and inspiration (of what sort I wonder...).

Gail Gitcho, his new Senate communications director, tells POLITICO, “Senator Brown is honored and humbled to be approached by many people who want him to tell his inspirational personal story about his life leading up to his election as a United States senator from Massachusetts. He will tell his story in a book in hopes of providing insight and encouragement to others and also to ensure that the record is complete and accurate.

"Part of the book proceeds will be donated to charity," Gitcho continued. "Senator Brown will work with a collaborator so he can continue to focus fully on his service to the people of Massachusetts, which is, and always will be, his first priority.”

Brown has hired Williams & Connolly's Bob Barnett, the city's leading counsel to politician-authors, to help him through the process.

US Anti-Trust Reviewers Still Objecting To Google Books Deal

The crew at Vulture Central (further known as British tech publication The Register) posted a report by Cade Metz about the continuing review of the proposed Google Books settlement. Metz notes that the US Department of Justice still finds as a fundamental problem to the settlement that it is using class action lawsuit mechanisms to do an overly far-reaching end-run of the legislative process so as to effect significant change in society.

Save Illinois Libraries

Now’s the time! Illinois’ Regional Library Systems need your help!

No money has been received this fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2009, which leaves the library systems unfunded. Money was allocated by the General Assembly, but payments have not been released.

Payment decisions are made by the Comptroller, Dan Hynes, but Governor Quinn also has influence. Unfortunately, library systems are not the only agencies in this situation. The problem is getting the attention of the comptroller and the governor. This is where you come in:

Take five minutes of your time today and go to www.saveillinoislibraries.com. An easy-to-use form is available on the front page. Put in your information and use it to send emails to Comptroller Hynes and Governor Quinn asking them to release the money for library systems.

Our goal is 3,000 e-mails each to Comptroller Hynes and Governor Quinn. This has worked for library funding issues in other states, and it can work here, too.

Once you’ve sent your messages, go viral! You'll be able to ask your friends, colleagues, and co-workers to participate via email, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or MySpace, all with one simple click.

The governor and comptroller need to hear from people all across the state, so please take a minute to send them a message, and ask your friends to help us, too.

For more information about systems and why Illinois libraries and library users need them, visit: www.saveillinoislibraries.com


Keynotes at Delaware's Library Town Meeting

Delaware's library town meeting, held this year on December 9th, included high-profile keynote speakers- Delaware's First Lady Carla Markell, Secretary of State Jeff Bullock, and Mary Chute, Deputy Director for Libraries at IMLS. You can read a summary of comments from the local keynoters at the Delaware Libraries Blog:
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