[LISNews] The LISNews For February 12th 2009
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Let's see what the most popular stories have been for the past 30 days:
- - 10 Librarian Blogs To Read in 2009
- - Obama's BlackBerry
- - Iowa woman arrested for keeping library book
- - Hoboken Tot Denied a Library Card Because of Illegible Signature
- - Remembering Librarians Kathy Krasniewicz and Kate McClelland
And here's the latest from LISNews:
--The $1,000 Book.
-Blog Entry by effinglibrarian Posted Thursday February 12th at 12:28 PM
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Due to underwhelming demand, I have repriced Fame and Fortune and Other F Words at $1,000. Yes, that's one THOUSAND
dollars. Am I crazy? What do you think. Since it's POD, I'm waiting for the government to tax me on all unsold copies,
which is an infinite amount... so I guess I'll be going to federal tax prison.
--Battle Brewing Over Electronic Books
-Front Page Story by Bibliofuture Posted Thursday February 12th at 12:15 PM
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As Amazon unveils its updated reader, some booksellers are saying A.B.K. anything but Kindle. Story on NPR: All Things
--The Greenest Library, In Your Hands
-Front Page Story by Bibliofuture Posted Thursday February 12th at 11:26 AM
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I am predisposed to dislike the Kindle because I love books. .........Yesterday, though, I started thinking seriously
about the environmental comparison between print and technology and was struck by the potential advantage of well-wrought
and properly made digital readers. .........Even before it hits the storage shelf, each book has a long history of
pollution. Last March, the Green Press Initiative investigated the environmental ramifications of the publishing industry,
and their findings were daunting. Full piece at the Huffington Post
--Techdirt piece about WSJ librarian
-Front Page Story by Bibliofuture Posted Thursday February 12th at 11:14 AM
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Techdirt has some commentary on the WSJ getting rid of their librarians. Excerpt: This is not -- at all -- to suggest that
research librarian aren't quite good at what they do and provide a truly valuable service. But, it is true that the tools
for research have become much cheaper and accessible for anyone. Excerpt: If the WSJ were willing to replace the lost
librarians with a crowd-sourced or "open" research process, that might be quite interesting.
--How to write Chinese words related to libraries
-Front Page Story by Bibliofuture Posted Thursday February 12th at 12:13 AM
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I suggest that you view these in order. The first three videos show the different variations on book. Since book is used as
part of many of the other words it is good to understand the variations. Each video is only 1-2 minutes long. Book More
ways to write book Books Bookshelf Library Librarian Catalog Library collections Circulation department Check out books
Interlibrary loan Book stacks Call number Return book Renew book Due date Overdue book Pay fine Reading room
--Want To Go to ALA on Someone Else's Tab? Enter to Win!
-Front Page Story by birdie Posted Wednesday February 11th at 4:38 PM
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Walden Media wants to send you...and a friend...to the next ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Here's the application form;
thanks to Loriene Roy for the heads-up.
--Rant: Full Moon = Lunacy
-Blog Entry by Auntie Nanuuq Posted Wednesday February 11th at 4:12 PM
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Yesterday was the day from hell....It was a FOOL MOON I work in a public library and not only was it freaking cold after 2
days of rain & snow (which I am Not complaining about) but we had the Cranks come in. Now, I know this is a RICH community
and the people here are born "entitled"...however... 1st: We had a VIP come in who had lost a children's paperback... she
claims that the policy of giving her 90 days to locate it and if not found pay for it was "Unfair", because she left the
book on the counter (not the slot) and "someone must have taken the book off the counter, not knowing they had to check it
out, and took it home with them....I'm going to write the (Board of) supervisors about this" So in order to shut her up
and make her go away, I just removed the item from her record. 2nd: After this "VIP" left, we were going through the
returns and...lo & behold we came across one of our magazines that was totally water damaged. Guess who was responsible for
that? Ayup, you guessed it, the VIP! 3rd: Mr. Pink Hair came in and gave me hell for not carrying academic materials and
having to either pay $3 per title to order them from one of the UC's, or having to drive 5-10 miles to use one of the UC's
libraries...and then he complained to me about the UC's keeping two different books by the same author in two different
libraries. As if I would know that...and to think he had the nerve to ask me "Did you go to library school...well what did
they teach you there?" 4th: Mr. Pink returned a few minutes later and continued his rant about having to wait an hour to
use the #5 Free Internet (yes I know we have 6 but he insists on #5). Somedays.....sheesh!
--Wall Street Journal Librarian a Victim of Cutbacks
-Front Page Story by birdie Posted Wednesday February 11th at 2:57 PM
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The librarian who operates The Wall Street Journal's news research library -- which is set to close with the elimination of
her job and another staffer's -- said in a memo to other librarians that the shutdown is both a personal difficulty and a
hit to news coverage. "When I asked who will do research for the reporters, I was told, 'No one,'" the memo from Leslie A.
Norman, posted on a librarian list serve last week, stated. "The reporters will probably be using a Lexis product called Due
Diligence Dashboard (you know how your moms told you 'if you can't say something nice...')" Editor & Publishers reports.
She later adds that it cannot replace the "knowledge about how to research using all the tricks we've learned over the
years. We figure that the reporters will probably spend 10 times our compensation trying to do their own research."
--Blogging: Career-Building Block or Blunder?
-Front Page Story by birdie Posted Wednesday February 11th at 12:58 PM
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>From the Chronicle of Higher Education: Despite opinions to the contrary, blogging can be good for your academic career.
So says John Dupuis, head of the Steacie Science & Engineering Library at York University, in Toronto, on his blog,
Confessions of a Science Librarian. The days of making a big splash with a personal blog may be over (see a recent article
in Wired), but in this era of Googling, blogging is still a good way to build a reputation, promote yourself (something job
seekers should do more often), and network with like-minded individuals, Dupuis suggests, using excerpts from an article by
Graham Lavender, a McGill University library student, to prove his point.
--Kindle Update Enhances Kindle 1.0
-Blog Entry by Anonymous Patron Posted Wednesday February 11th at 5:32 PM
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Scott Douglas writes on his blog that the somewhat new Kindle update makes pages turn quicker and the Web load faster; he
also notes a still unexplained feature called "Sync to Furthest Page Read." The New Yorker, Narrative Magazine, and several
regional newspapers have also made their way onto Kindle.
--Scholastic Accused of Misusing Book Clubs
-Front Page Story by Bibliofuture Posted Wednesday February 11th at 10:43 AM
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Scholastic Inc., the childrens publisher of favorites like the Harry Potter, Goosebumps and Clifford series, may be best
known for its books, but a consumer watchdog group accuses the company of using its classroom book clubs to push video
games, jewelry kits and toy cars. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, an advocacy group based in Boston, said
that it had reviewed monthly fliers distributed by Scholastic last year and found that one-third of the items sold in these
brochures were either not books or books packaged with other items. Full article here.
--A New Type Of Identity Theft in 2009
-Blog Entry by barland1 Posted Wednesday February 11th at 8:20 AM
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Today in 2009 a new bunch of identity thieves will soon come after your web profiles. Aladdin a security firm has produced
their security report.. According to their report, if you don't own and control your online persona, it's relatively easy
for a anyone to aggregate the known public information about you in order to create a fake one. Those Without Social Network
Profiles Could Have Online Identities Stolen This new type of identity theft was listed among other predictions for 2009 in
the firm's annual report and was based on previous trends which included a rise in attacks distributed through social
networking channels. According to the report this new type of identity theft will be "devastating, both on the personal
level by creating difficulties in employment, damaging social and professional connections, ruining reputations; as well as
on a financial level, such as stealing customers, corporate data," The team at Aladdin was able to set up fake online
identities which ended up connecting to the real network of friends and acquaintances easily. What began as a harmless "fun"
way to socialize, grew into a professional way to maintain someone's network and make new connections, the report notes.
Unfortunately, this new type of identity theft, aka "identity hijacking," will become more of an issue in 2009 unless social
networking sites create ideas that will incorporate better, more trustworthy ways of connecting an online persona to a real
person. The most notable fake persona case involved Lori Drew and MySpace. In this instance, a mother created a fake online
identity to bully her daughter's rival. The security firm Aladdin advises that the best method to keep yourself safe is to
create your own social network profile on the major networks "before someone else does." Read Full Report
--Author's Guild Claims Kindle 2 Copyright Infringement
-Front Page Story by Great Western Dragon Posted Wednesday February 11th at 7:25 AM
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The Kindle 2 has a feature which allows the book to be read out loud. And wow, does this have the Author's Guild up in a
tizzy. "They don't have the right to read a book out loud," said Paul Aiken, executive director of the Authors Guild.
"That's an audio right, which is derivative under copyright law." Amazon is moving forward with the rather logical opinion
that there's no way a person would confuse the computerized text to speech voice with an audiobook. So all of you youth
librarian types doing story time? STOP IT. You're violating copyright and you're probably doing it more ways than one since
you're not only reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom out loud, but you're putting on a public performance.
--Boring Books for reading
-Blog Entry by Lee Hadden Posted Wednesday February 11th at 5:32 PM
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The Times has an article from February 11, 2009, by Alice Miles, "Look out, Kipper! These books are deadly! It's no wonder
that our children don't enjoy reading. The first material they are given ticks boxes but dulls minds " ... In all schools,
book space is under pressure from the march of the screen, just as reading for fun has been replaced with ICT. I recently
worked in a school where six-year-olds, a computer apiece, were learning basic graphic design and creating fireworks on
their computer screens, but I was told off by a teacher for spelling out colour for a boy who asked me. The teacher wanted
to encourage the children to guess: kl', wrote one girl. School libraries have been rebranded learning resource centres,
their books shoved down one end of the room while computers take over the rest. The computers tend to be underused because
of their controlled and anodyne content - rather, in fact, like the reading scheme books. Read more about it at:
-Front Page Story by StephenK Posted Wednesday February 11th at 4:50 PM
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