[LISNews] The LISNews For February 13th 2009
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Happy Friday! It's the LISNews for February 13th, 2009...
Let's look at the top headlines from the past week:
- - Libraries and copyfraud : Special collections and the public domain
- - "Ancient" Syriac bible found in Cyprus
- - Want To Go to ALA on Someone Else's Tab? Enter to Win!
- - Google and Amazon to Put More Books on Cellphones
- - Suspect in crash that killed two Old Greenwich librarians arrested again
And here's the latest from LISNews:
--A Lifetimes Collection of Texts in Hebrew, at Sothebys
-Front Page Story by Bibliofuture Posted Friday February 13th at 11:32 AM
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Is bibliophilia a religious impulse? You cant walk into Sothebys exhibition space in Manhattan right now and not sense
the devotion or be swept up in its passions and particularities. The 2,400-square-foot opening gallery is lined with shelves
10 high reaching to the ceiling, not packed tight, but with occasional books open to view. Each shelf is labeled, not
with a subject, but with a city or town of origin: Amsterdam, Paris, Leiden, Izmir, Bombay, Cochin, Cremona, Jerusalem,
Ferrara, Calcutta, Mantua, Shanghai, Alexandria, Baghdad and on and on. You cant read these books or pluck them from the
shelves. But you feel their presence as you explore, particularly in adjoining rooms where volumes are open inside cases for
closer scrutiny. Full article in the New York Times.
--An Effort to Upgrade a Court Archive System to Free and Easy
-Front Page Story by Bibliofuture Posted Friday February 13th at 11:17 AM
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Americans have grown accustomed to finding just about anything they want online fast, and free. But for those searching for
federal court decisions, briefs and other legal papers, there is no Google. Instead, there is Pacer, the government-run
Public Access to Court Electronic Records system designed in the bygone days of screechy telephone modems. Cumbersome,
arcane and not free, it is everything that Google is not. Recently, however, a small group of dedicated open-government
activists teamed up to push the court records system into the 21st century by simply grabbing enormous chunks of the
database and giving the documents away, to the great annoyance of the government. Full article here.
--Agency Skeptical of Internet Privacy Policies
-Front Page Story by Blake Posted Friday February 13th at 10:27 AM
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Agency Skeptical of Internet Privacy Policies The Federal Trade Commission had some sharp words for Internet companies
Thursday, saying that they are not explaining to their users clearly enough what information they collect about them and how
they use it for advertising. For now, the commission is sticking to its view that the Internet industry can voluntarily
regulate its own privacy practices.
--Most PA State Library jobs could be history
-Front Page Story by Blake Posted Friday February 13th at 9:29 AM
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The State Library could lose nearly all of its staff under Gov. Ed Rendell's proposed budget for 2009-10, and the proposed
cuts are startling researchers who rely on the library. Fifty of the library's 57 positions would be eliminated, with one
person transferred elsewhere in the state Department of Education, which oversees the library. That would leave a staff of
six, presumably to maintain public access to the facility, which the administration has indicated it wants to try to keep
--TN Librarian Lives Through a Storm That Rips off the Library's Roof
-Front Page Story by birdie Posted Friday February 13th at 8:31 AM
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Thursday, people in Morgan County TN cleaned up after a scary storm Wednesday left a librarian at the Abner Ross Community
Center Library wondering if she'd be alive to see another day. Deer Lodge Librarian Sherry Waschevski was trapped inside
the library but managed to call 911 for help. Video and stories from Volunteer TV and WBIR- TV.
--Suspect in Librarian Crash Arrested Yet Again
-Front Page Story by Bibliofuture Posted Thursday February 12th at 6:24 PM
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The woman accused of killing two Greenwich librarians during a drunken hit-and-run is becoming a frequent guest of Denver
police. This time its part of the city's district attorneys plan to inflate bail for the woman whose criminal record
includes as least one prior DUI, Greenwich Time reports. Full story here.
--Mutiny on the SS Obama?
-Blog Entry by mdoneil Posted Thursday February 12th at 5:39 PM
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Gregg jumps ship on Commerce Secretary job. "It has become apparent during this process that this will not work for me
as I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the census there are irresolvable conflicts for me" Can I
get an Amen!? This is like watching an implosion. Hope and Change has turned into lies and rehetoric he can't even sell
to his own people. Tax cheats, road trips for legislation - like Bob and Bing in the Road to Stimulus, a rip roaring
tragedy sure to make us all poorer. Golf carts, dog parks and doorbells in public housing - the stimulus reads like a
Seinfeld script - there is no rhyme, reason or purpose other than to spend money fast. Hey, want to see the medical
records of the guy next door? You took too many pills last year your doctor has been warned to limit the statins for you
until you improve your diet. This is going down hill quicker than a 57 Edsel down Lombard Street. Too bad it actually is
killing my retirement funds, otherwise I could sit and fiddle while rome burned. Don't blame me I didn't vote for him.
--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
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