[LISNews] The LISNews For February 16th 2009
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Happy Monday! It's the LISNews for February 16th, 2009...
On Monday we start with the most popular headlines from the weekend:
- - Jean Srnecz Dies in Plane Crash
- - A Library Parody of "Downtown"?
- - Elementary school librarians on endangered list
- - Kindle And Beyond: 15 E-Reading Devices, Apps You Need to Know
- - This Librarian's a Winner
And here's the latest from LISNews:
--Publisher Alfred Knopf Jr. dies at age 90
-Front Page Story by Bibliofuture Posted Monday February 16th at 12:21 PM
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Noted New York publisher Alfred A. Knopf (Kuh-nopf) Jr. has died at age 90. Story from the AP More detailed article in
--Obama-themed License Plates to Benefit IL Libraries
-Front Page Story by birdie Posted Monday February 16th at 10:05 AM
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A temporary license plate with a smiling President Barack Obama will have things looking up for Illinois libraries.
Proceeds from the $50.00 set of plates, which are good from Tuesday through April 17 for vehicle registration, will benefit
the Illinois Library Association, including IREAD, the state's summer reading program. Want one? Here's how.
--It's on the Internet, So It's Got To Be Right
-Front Page Story by birdie Posted Monday February 16th at 9:23 AM
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Not necessarily. And that's the lesson that Stephanie Rosalia was teaching her students at P.S. 225 in Brooklyn. The
website they were looking at, All About Explorers, is intentionally peppered with false facts. Ms. Rosalia, the school
librarian at Public School 225, a combined elementary and middle school in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, urged caution. Dont
answer your questions with the first piece of information that you find, she warned. Story fromm the NYTimes.
--A Lesson From My Father About Objectionable Books
-Front Page Story by Bibliofuture Posted Monday February 16th at 1:19 AM
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Letter to the editor in the New York Times.
--LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #60
-Blog Entry by StephenK Posted Sunday February 15th at 11:57 PM
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This week we talk to Dr. Stevan Harnad about Open Access and a challenge posed by a bill submitted in the US Congress by
Detroit Democrat John Conyers. Links: Uncut, raw interview audio submitted to E-LIS EPrints Software
--Could You Go to Jail for Jailbreaking Your iPhone?
-Front Page Story by Bibliofuture Posted Sunday February 15th at 10:10 PM
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There is something deeply exasperating about the debate, spotlighted Thursday, about whether unlocking an iPhone violates
Apples copyright on the cellphones software. Theres a real issue at stake, but it isnt fundamentally about copyrights.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, in a filing with the Copyright Office, argues that the government should allow iPhone
owners to circumvent technical barriers meant to keep them from changing the phones software, a process called
jailbreaking. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act bans people from defeating technical protections for copyrighted
materials (such as the encryption on DVDs). The act requires the government to consider exemptions to this ban every three
years. Apple, not surprisingly, filed an objection, saying that jailbreaking a phone indeed violates copyright law and that
no exception should be granted. One of the key legal arguments is whether installing software on an iPhone that is not sold
through Apples iTunes store is an infringement of Apples copyright. The E.F.F. argues that it does not and that Apples
motivation is simply to preserve its revenue from software sales. Full story here.
--Kindle And Beyond: 15 E-Reading Devices, Apps You Need to Know
-Front Page Story by Bibliofuture Posted Sunday February 15th at 12:31 PM
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The Consumer Electronics Association estimates that about 538,000 e-readers were shipped in 2008, representing 235 percent
growth in the market from 2007. While this week's unveiling of Amazon's Kindle 2 makes the device the hot item in e-readers,
the Kindle's hardly alone in the expanding market for e-reading devices and applications. Channelweb.com saved you the
trouble of rounding them all up by taking a long look at what's out there. See pictures of the Jinke, Netronix EB-100,
Readius, and other readers you may not have heard of. Slideshow here.
--Back when I was a Democrat
-Blog Entry by nbruce Posted Sunday February 15th at 6:46 AM
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In 1996 when the welfare reform act was passed (Clinton's legacy), I was still a Democrat, and I disagreed with Ellen
Goodman, who thought it was a disaster. My letter to her:
-Front Page Story by StephenK Posted Sunday February 15th at 9:21 PM
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As you might have noticed, the "podcast" link isn't working. I had to make some taxonomy changes to support the full-blown
launch of the LISNews Netcast Network. Unfortunately doing so broke that and I am not able to fix it. The matter has been
flagged for Blake and should be okay when he has time available to fix it. If you are already subscribed to the podcast
feed, you're fine. Your podcatcher likely saw the name change and adjusted things appropriately. If you already subscribe
to the e-mail service, you're still fine. The key concern, though, is that you'll be getting everything posted to the
LISNews Netcast Network. While we work things out and complete the finishing touches, this table may help with ways of
subscribing at finer degrees of granularity:ProgramFeed Reader/Podcatcher TargetE-mail Subscription OptionHyperlinked
HistoryPresented by Great Western Dragon/The Faceless HistorianLink on FeedburnerE-mail service provided by
FeedburnerLISTen: An LISNews.org PodcastPresented by Stephen Michael KellatLink on FeedburnerE-mail service provided by
FeedburnerTech for TechiesPresented by Michael J. KellatLink on FeedburnerE-mail service provided by FeedburnerAll Network
ProgramsLink on FeedburnerE-mail service provided by Feedburner Programming will post throughout the week instead of in a
single flood on Monday morning Coordinated Universal Time.
--Elementary school librarians on endangered list
-Front Page Story by Bibliofuture Posted Saturday February 14th at 12:01 PM
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Heres a Scott Waldman story about an issue that we can expect to hear more and more about: budget cuts mean less
librarians in our schools. I already miss Mrs. Smith at Elsmere! Full piece here.
--This Librarian's a Winner
-Front Page Story by birdie Posted Saturday February 14th at 10:04 AM
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Librarians are smart and sometimes they're lucky too. Here's one who was both. Diane Trap, a University of Georgia
reference librarian, graphic designer and cake artist dethroned a" Jeopardy!" champion on national television last night.
>From a quick-fire response at the long-running game show's opening, "MTV," to the Final "Jeopardy!"-winning response,
"Bambi," Trap practically had all the answers - OK, all the questions. More from On-line Athens.
--Close your tags
-Blog Entry by mdoneil Posted Friday February 13th at 7:41 PM
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I again deleted it because some people don't know how to close a tag. There must be some problem because when someone
leaves a tag open it affects the entire page. This time it was an href tag, as clicking anywhere in the site after reading
the post with the links in it launched the referred site. Not my browser or machine as I tried it in opera, firefox and IE
on a different box. I saved a copy if anyone wants it, but frankly it has deteroriated to name calling nonsense.
--The Google eReader?
-Blog Entry by Anonymous Patron Posted Friday February 13th at 5:53 PM
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Android OS on eReaders Blog post here.
--Jean Srnecz Dies in Plane Crash
-Front Page Story by Bibliofuture Posted Friday February 13th at 5:26 PM
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Jean Srnecz, senior v-p of merchandising for Baker & Taylor, was one of the victims of the Continental Connection Flight
3407 plane that crashed last night, February 12, outside the Buffalo airport. Srnecz, who was on a trip to visit family, was
a highly regarded and well-known member of the publishing industry and served on the boards of the Book Industry Study Group
and Educational Paperback Association. Full story at Publishers Weekly
--A Library Parody of "Downtown"?
-Front Page Story by StephenK Posted Friday February 13th at 2:06 PM
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Students at the University of Pennsylvania produced an open-captioned parody of the song popularized by Paula Petula Clark
entitled "Downtown". In this instance they sing the praises of the Weigle Information Commons instead. Video is available
online from the library.
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