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Jeffrey Hastings writes: \"About ten years ago, I began staging a competition in my middle school
library that taught fundamental reference and information skills using World
Almanac as the source. I called the game \"World ALMANIA,\" and it quickly
became very popular. Soon, the whole school was competing in World Almania
each year. The organizers of a regional academic competition then asked
permission to use World Almania as an activity.
Eventually the game caught the attention of World Almanac Education, who
asked me if I\'d like to share the game with other librarians and teachers. I
said yes, of course, and I\'m delighted to announce that World Almania is now
available through World Almanac Education as a companion to classroom sets
of the 2003 World Almanac and Book of Facts. -- Read More
Gary Price\'s ResourceShelf.com pointed the way to This Press Release that says RoweCom [aka axon or divine Information Services] signed a non-binding letter of intent with EBSCO Industries for the proposed purchase of the RoweCom worldwide subscription agent business.
A preprint of Peter Suber\'s Removing the Barriers to Research:
An Introduction to Open Access for Librarians is now available:
The serials pricing crisis is now in its fourth decade. We\'re long past the point of damage control and into the era of damage . . . One might expect relief from digital technologies that allow the distribution of perfect copies at virtually no cost. But so far these technologies have merely caused panic among traditional publishers, who have reacted by laying a second crisis for libraries and researchers on top of the first. The new crisis is still in its first decade and doesn\'t yet have a name. Let me call it the permission crisis . . .
I bring up these two crises because I will argue that open access will solve them both. Since the pricing crisis is already well-known, let me elaborate for a moment on the permission crisis. You know what you could do in a world in which the pricing crisis were solved . . .
This essay will appear in the forthcoming issue of College and Research Library News. Among other
things, Peter Suber is the editor of the blog Free Online Scholarship News.
Go read the February 2003 Cites & Insights.
This 18-page issue includes:
* Copy protection and next-generation audio (a copyright perspective)
* The library stuff: one article
* Bibs & blather
* Following up: FEPP revisited
* Perspective: The gap between logic & reality
* Trends & quick takes: three trends, five quicker takes
* disContent: Choices and complexity
* The good stuff: nine items
* Perspective: Tracking the forecasts
* Interesting & peculiar products: 15 items.
Xavier Bullwinke writes \"Since the demise of the Stealth Librarian site, there hasn\'t been a place to exchange (inside) information about working conditions in libraries. Contrarian Librarian was created to fill that gap as well as provide a forum for gripes, rants, and other unprofessional opinions. Cast your vote for most overrated Library Leader of the 20th century, or tickle your funny bone with Manfred Manly\'s Vintage Library Humor.
Anonymous posts are welcome, and you don\'t have to be a member (or even have a Yahoo ID) to read or post. \"
Rachel writes \"I\'d like to thank everyone who took the time last year to answer my survey on accidental systems librarianship. You comments were invaluable while writing, and helped the book become much stronger than it otherwise could have been - I appreciate everyone\'s willingness to take their time to share their experiences!
The Accidental Systems Librarian is now available from Information Today, and you\'re all invited to visit the book\'s companion web site . The web site includes excerpts as well as a number of URLs and articles I hope that other systems librarians will find useful in their work.\"
January 17, 2002 at 9p.m. E.T./P.T. on PBS
(check local listings)
Public libraries embody the American ideal that anybody can read, watch or listen to just about anything they want to. With publications and broadcasting delivered free by the Internet directly to homes, is the information revolution making libraries obsolete? As more people can access this content, the copyright owners -- in many cases large corporate publishing entities -- are looking for ways to charge fees. A growing chorus of lawyers, librarians, and educators fear the implications of losing free access to information for everyone. \"Our information and communication infrastructure is so central to everything we do,\" says former American Library Association president Nancy Kranich. \"But what\'s really underlying that is the free flow of ideas which is essential to democracy.\" On Friday, January 17, 2003, at 9 P.M., on PBS , NOW with Bill Moyers takes a look into the digital future of intellectual property and the debate that has pit private control against the public domain.
Mitch Freedman Passed along this open letter:
Dear Mr. Batambuze,
On behalf of the American Library Association and its 66,000 members from 100 nations, I extend
to you, to all of your colleagues, and to your fellow citizens, all of whom worked to make this day
possible, the newly born National Library of Uganda (NLU), ALA\'s heartiest and most sincere
congratulations and best wishes. -- Read More
Jessamyn West sent over Her Call For Papers. She\'s going to be a guest editor of an upcoming issue of The Reference Librarian.
The topic for this issue is Ask A Librarian [Aska] and Tutorial services -- comparing and contrasting library models and more consumer-oriented models.
Steve Fesenmaier writes \"
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