[LISNews] The LISNews For February 6th 2009
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Happy Friday! It's the LISNews for February 6th, 2009...
Let's look at the top headlines from the past week:
- - Remembering Librarians Kathy Krasniewicz and Kate McClelland
- - Lead Law Could Cause Big Headaches for Libraries
- - Dr. Melvil Dewey Dead In Florida
- - Woman held in DUI fatal also charged in tiger case
- - EVERYTHING Is Harmful To Your Computer - Google Cites Human Error
And here's the latest from LISNews:
--Palinet and Solinet Teaming Up to Become Lyrasis
-Front Page Story by birdie Posted Friday February 6th at 10:19 AM
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Vote results were released yesterday; according to Library Journal more than 95% of members voted yes on the merger. The
regional library cooperatives SOLINET and PALINET, which announced plans for a merger in February 2008, will merge April 1
into a new organization: LYRASIS. From the merger website: The proposed combination of PALINET and SOLINET creates a
new, more powerful organization with a regional base and national scope to enhance value for all members. A new name has
been created for the new organization LYRASIS. The name was inspired by the constellation of Lyra , host to one of the
galaxys brightest stars and guiding lights, and the suffix sis can designate a process, often associated with change (as in
metamorphosis). Together, they position LYRASIS as your guide through the ever-changing world of information services. The
agreement creates a regional powerhouse. PALINET serves libraries in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West
Virginia, and beyond. SOLINET (Southeastern Library Network, Inc.) serves more than 2500 members in Alabama, Florida,
Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the Caribbean.
--Library displays blog
-Blog Entry by Anonymous Patron Posted Friday February 6th at 8:57 AM
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I thought you might be interested in our blog about library displays. The blog includes pictures, booklists and stories
about each one of our displays at the SJU Rittenberg Law Library which is changed monthly. PDL'S Public Displays of Law
Library Books Any academic setting is a great place to display the riches your institution has to offer, and Law Library's
are no different. From Federal Documents to Indian Law to Banned Books; a creative display can awaken someone's mind and
broaden their understanding of a specific subject. Law libraries are not just reporters and codes, follow our journey as we
display the numerous treasures in the Rittenberg Law Library
--"Ancient" Syriac bible found in Cyprus
-Front Page Story by Blake Posted Friday February 6th at 8:46 AM
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Authorities in northern Cyprus believe they have found an ancient version of the Bible written in Syriac, a dialect of the
native language of Jesus. The manuscript was found in a police raid on suspected antiquity smugglers. Turkish Cypriot
police testified in a court hearing they believe the manuscript could be about 2,000 years old.
--But the Internet has no Dewey decimal system...
-Front Page Story by Blake Posted Friday February 6th at 7:49 AM
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paleofuture.com: The 1997 book Predicting the Future looked at past and contemporary predictions of the future and assessed
their accuracy. A 1995 prediction by Bill Gates about "the internet as a self-publishing medium" was met with great
skepticism due to the lack of editors and, believe it or not, a Dewey decimal system on the web. An excerpt from the book
appears at paleofuture.com.
--TED: MIT Students Turn Internet Into a Sixth Human Sense
-Front Page Story by Bibliofuture Posted Thursday February 5th at 11:40 PM
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Students at the MIT Media Lab have developed a wearable computing system that turns any surface into an interactive display
screen. The wearer can summon virtual gadgets and internet data at will, then dispel them like smoke when they're done.
Full article at Wired.com
--Libraries and copyfraud : Special collections and the public domain
-Front Page Story by Blake Posted Thursday February 5th at 2:33 PM
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Steve Lawson has an Interesting Post based on This One about someone who has been exchanging emails with curators at the
Huntington Library about their use policies for digital images. Lawson: "In addition to charging a reproduction fee, the
Huntington asked about Rosss intended use and quoted further fees based on what the use might be. When Ross pointed out
they cant do that with a public domain image, the library said, in effect, all libraries do this, to which Ross replied
something along the lines of so what? It is, he says, a crime called copyfraud."
--Google Book Search Mobile Edition
-Front Page Story by Blake Posted Thursday February 5th at 1:28 PM
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Google: "What if you could also access literature's greatest works, such as Emma and The Jungle Book, right from your
phone? Or, some of the more obscure gems such as Mark Twain's hilarious travelogue, Roughing It? Today we are excited to
announce the launch of a mobile version of Google Book Search, opening up over 1.5 million mobile public domain books for
you to browse while buying your postage."
--Self-Examination: The Present and Future of Librarianship
-Front Page Story by Bibliofuture Posted Thursday February 5th at 10:08 AM
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Book: Self-Examination: The Present and Future of Librarianship What makes us librarians? What is it we do that is
indispensable? John Budd joins an august group of library-science luminaries, such as Pierce Butler, Jesse Shera, and
Michael Gorman, whose works and example invite professional and critical self-examination. Here, Budd challenges us to
confront the uneasy truth of whether "libraries still represent people's will and intellect, or the cabalistic enclaves of
an old guard?" Through intellectually rich and engaging entrees into ethics, democracy, social responsibility, governance,
and globalization, he makes the case that librarians who fail to grasp the importance of their heritage will never truly
respond to societal change or the needs of the individual user. One review of book here. Preview book at Google Book
--My library fines
-Blog Entry by nbruce Posted Thursday February 5th at 9:33 AM
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My library fine total just jumped--forgot I had an Ohiolink book checked out. I need to get that paid before President
Obama taps me for an important government job.
--Reducing Database Choices With An "Undergrad" Checkbox
-Front Page Story by Blake Posted Thursday February 5th at 6:43 AM
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Catherine Pellegrino has a simple, brilliant, idea... in addition to the "peer-reviewed checkbox that appears in many
databases (e.g. EBSCO), there ought to be an "undergrad" checkbox, which filters out all the weird stuff that database
providers throw into their silos to enhance their stats for numbers of titles indexed, etc. It would weed out things like
Dissertation Abstracts, and Unpublished conference papers, among others.
--A tool that enables peers to review and sign each others' works
-Front Page Story by Blake Posted Thursday February 5th at 6:42 AM
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What is GPeerReview? GPeerReview is a command-line tool that makes it simple to write a review of someone's work and
digitally sign them together. How does it work? 1. First, you read someone's paper. 2. Next, write a review. (The
review is just a simple text file that contains a few scores and your opinions about the paper.) 3. Use GPeerReview to
sign the review. (It will add a hash of the paper to your review, then it will use GPG to digitally sign the review.) 4.
Send the signed review to the author. If the author likes the review, he/she will include it with his/her list of published
works. 5. Prospective employers or other persons can easily verify that the reviews are valid.
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