LISNews Features

Ban of blogs stirs outrage from India to Silicon V

An Anonymous Patron writes "Ban of blogs stirs outrage from India to Silicon ValleyBy K. Oanh HaMercury News Outraged Internet users from New Delhi to Silicon Valley are blasting India's government for shutting off access to millions of blogs, drawing comparisons of the world's largest democracy to the authoritarian censorship of China and Iran. 82363.htm ``A lot of people are saying, `Wait a minute. This can't be happening in India. China, yes. Pakistan, understandable','' said Fremont blogger Sabahat Ashraf, who has several blogs that attract readers from India but now can't be read in India. ``People are startled and distressed.''"

Inmates Index Walla Walla Newspaper

Kathleen de la Pena McCook writes "Using inmates to index old newspapers is a winner The public will benefit as more historic information will be easily available and inmates will have an opportunity to work and gain new skills. It's been said that newspapers are the first draft of history. That's certainly the case in Walla Walla where at least one newspaper has documented life in the Valley for nearly a century and a half. The Statesman dates back to 1861 while the Walla Walla Union began publishing in 1869. There's a lot of Walla Walla's history to be found in those old newspapers, which are archived on microfilm at Whitman College's Penrose Library. But few people have the time or the energy to comb through microfilm or old newspapers to find out about events of the past or their relatives. The newspapers aren't indexed. That's changing. Seventy-seven years of newspapers - from the start of the Civil War through the Great Depression - are now being indexed by 11 inmates at the Washington State Penitentiary. For more on libraries and correctional institutions see : Interface."

50-library tour by a rock band

GenY Librarian writes "A video from Current TV profiles a rock band and the band leader's thoughts on touring at public libraries. Video available at php (via YPulse)."

LISWiki's First Birthday

At the end of this month, LISWiki (check out the about page if you haven't looked at it recently) will be one year old. As you can see from browsing its categories pages, there has been some preliminary growth of the site. However, it has yet to turn into a widespread success of being the library and information science wiki. Read on for a recap of the past year's achievements, and of course some ideas on how you can help make the project better. -- Read More

10 Reasons Why The Web Is Almost A Substitute For Libraries

Mark Y. Herring said the Internet is no substitute for a library in 2001. Now, in 2006, in an effort to save our profession, strike a blow for librarians, and, above all, correct the well-intentioned but misguided notions about what the future holds, here are 10 reasons why the Internet will soon be a substitute for the library for many people.

1. Everything I Need IS On The Internet.
2. Catalog This!
3. Quality Control Does Exist
4. Nothing Is Perfect
5. Check Out Dan Brown's Bytes @Your Library
6. The Ebook Is Coming
7. Look Ma, No Books!
8. Everything Is Born Digital
9. We No Longer Care What Was Written In 1970
10. The Internet Is Already Ubiquitous And Portable. -- Read More

Library of Congress: Future of Library Catalogs

Jay writes "Managing Information recently pointed out that the Library of Congress has published a report titled 'The Changing Nature of the Catalog and Its Integration with Other Discovery Tools' that 'challenges assumptions about the traditional library catalog and proposes new directions for the research library catalog in the digital era.'. Excerpt: 'Commissioned by the Library and prepared by Associate University Librarian Karen Calhoun of Cornell University, the report assesses the impact of Internet on the traditional online public access catalog and concludes that library patrons want easy-to-use catalogs that are accessible on the Web.'

Read the full report at
The Changing Nature of the Catalog and Its Integration with Other Discovery Tools."

Fibs in New York Times

alf7e writes: "Volunteer elementary school librarian Gregory K. Pincus is in the New York Times today (April 14, 2006) for creating, encouraging, and disseminating the "fib" poetic form, which is based on the Fibonacci mathematical progression. Pincus spread the meme via his blog."
Post a fib in comments to celebrate!

Future? Learning as sensory experience

iblee muses: Is this the future of libraries?

Since most people have fond memories of their times growing up in libraries, most libraries have the luxury of time to reinvent themselves.
Here are 10 key trends affecting development of the next-generation library.

The article is excerpted from futurist Thomas Frey's essay The Future of Libraries: Beginning the Great Transformation.

AFSCME Commemorates National Library Workers Day

kathleen de la pena mccook writes "AFSCME celebrates National Library Workers Day

WASHINGTON. With libraries facing daunting budgetary challenges, President Gerald W. McEntee of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) commemorated National Library Workers Day today by thanking the librarians, library workers, technicians and support staff who have dedicated their lives to the goal of keeping America reading.

ALA-APA site for National Library Workers Day.

Transgendered Veteran's Suit Against Library of Congress Can Proceed

Babylon Sister wants us to know that, as reported by the ACLU, a federal court has ruled that a transgendered person and Army Special Forces veteran who was denied a position at the LOC can pursue legal action against the Library. Highlights:

Finding that sex may not be "a cut-and-dried matter of chromosomes," the court ruled that federal protections against sex discrimination may also protect transgender people who are discriminated against based on their gender identity. In rejecting the government's argument that discrimination against transgender people is not sex discrimination, the court noted "the factual complexities that underlie human sexual identity. These complexities stem from real variations in how the different components of biological sexuality - chromosomal, gonadal, hormonal, and neurological - interact with each other, and in turn, with social, psychological, and legal conceptions of gender." [...] The ACLU filed the lawsuit against the Library of Congress on June 2, 2005. After retiring from the military, Schroer, who had been hand-picked to head up a classified national security operation while serving as an Airborne Ranger qualified Special Forces officer, applied for a position with the Library of Congress as the senior terrorism research analyst. Soon thereafter she was offered the job, which she accepted immediately. Prior to starting work, Schroer took her future boss to lunch to explain that she was in the process of transitioning and thought it would be easier for everyone if she simply started work presenting as female. The following day, Schroer received a call from her future boss rescinding the offer, telling her that she wasn't a "good fit" for the Library of Congress.

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