[LISNews] The LISNews For February 20th 2009
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Happy Friday! It's the LISNews for February 20th, 2009...
Let's look at the top headlines from the past week:
- - Jean Srnecz Dies in Plane Crash
- - Booksellers Discuss the Value of E-books and Print Books
- - A Library Parody of "Downtown"?
- - Snark: It's Mean, It's Personal, and It's Ruining Our Conversation
- - Koran and Bible Moved To the Top Shelves in U.K.
And here's the latest from LISNews:
--In Search of a Better Search Engine
-Front Page Story by Bibliofuture Posted Friday February 20th at 10:42 AM
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As college sites grow to millions of documents and balloon in complexity, officials turn to Google and other vendors for
help Early this decade, the number of Web-based documents stored on the servers of the University of Florida hovered near
300,000. By the end of 2006, that number had leapt to four million. Now, the university hosts close to eight million Web
documents. "We have approximately 20,000 employees, all producing stuff, and an increasing amount of that goes on the Web,"
said Christine L. Schoaff, Florida's director of Web administration. "The Web has become the locus of institutional memory."
Full article in the Chronicle of Higher Education
--Guards now required in Philadelphia's city libraries
-Front Page Story by Blake Posted Friday February 20th at 10:22 AM
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Philadelphia's public libraries can no longer open without a guard present, according to an internal Free Library e-mail
obtained by The Inquirer. The Free Library says it's to ensure staff and patron safety but unions and library advocates
believe it's an effort to find new ways to close libraries.
--Warning! Eating books could seriously damage your health
-Front Page Story by Blake Posted Friday February 20th at 10:20 AM
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You just can't beat this headline: Warning! Eating books could seriously damage your health The Guardian's Book Blog says
US libraries and charity shops face a battle to hang on to their children's classics over fears they might be too dangerous.
--Check Out The PEJ New Media Index
-Front Page Story by Blake Posted Friday February 20th at 10:15 AM
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The New Media Index is a weekly report that captures the leading commentary of blogs and social media sites focused on news
and compares those subjects to that of the mainstream press. PEJ launched the New Media Index as a companion to its weekly
News Coverage Index. Blogs and other new media are an important part of creating today's news information narrative and in
shaping the way Americans interact with the news. The expansion of online blogs and other social media sites has allowed
news-consumers and others outside the mainstream press to have more of a role in agenda setting, dissemination and
interpretation. PEJ wanted to find out what subjects in the national news the online sites focus on, and how that compared
with the narrative in the traditional press.
--Where Have All the Bookstores Gone?
-Blog Entry by birdie Posted Friday February 20th at 9:35 AM
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Opinion from Alex Beam, who assumes the title of 'the perfect hypocrite' in relation to how our world is becoming more and
more virtual and the places and things we love are disappearing. I am the perfect hypocrite. I propagandize tirelessly
for libraries, and I've railed in this space against what one blogger calls the "Googleization of America." But just a few
days ago, while cooling my heels waiting for the Minuteman Library Network to deliver my copy of Garry Wills's 1991 "Under
God," I wondered: "Is it available on Google Books?" Keystroke keystroke keystroke, yes, it was available. I didn't need
the whole book, I wanted only to read the 10 pages devoted to Julia Ward Howe's use of the Book of Revelation in composing
the Battle Hymn of the Republic. I searched for "Howe" - voila! That was easy. No waiting, no putting on snow boots, no
fumbling for my library card. Google Books 1; libraries - well, you get the point. You behave normally, and you kill the
things you love. Whatever happened to video stores? There used to be four or five within biking distance of my house, and
now there is one, and it's one you wish hadn't survived: Blockbuster. Yes, of course I use Netflix - who doesn't? Whatever
happened to Tower Records? That was a fun a place to hang out. Hanging out on its Web site isn't so much fun. And so on. As
for newspapers, our epitaph will read, "Loved to Death: Everyone Read Them, No One Paid for Them." Talk about unintended
--Carter Presidential Library Upgrading
-Front Page Story by birdie Posted Friday February 20th at 8:36 AM
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Former President Jimmy Carter smiled more broadly than usual Thursday, announcing plans for a $10 million renovation of his
presidential museum in Atlanta. Carter told a crowd gathered at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, including dozens of
schoolchildren on a visit, that he hoped the new, interactive exhibits would encourage visitors to get involved in public
service or the type of work the Carter Center is known for - relieving poverty, working for democracy and eradicating
disease. I hope that Atlanta will become much more attuned through the presidential library to whats going on in the
world, Carter said. Patrick Gallagher & Associates of Maryland is the designer. Gallagaher also is designing the proposed
Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, and his work can be seen in the Smithsonian Institution, the D-Day museum in
France, and the Wuxi Science Center in China. The museum will close April 27 and reopen Oct. 1, Carters 85th birthday.
--Tim O'Reilly Unplugged: The Kindle 2 And Transforming Industries
-Front Page Story by Bibliofuture Posted Friday February 20th at 12:28 AM
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Last week, after shooting my video coverage of the launch of Amazon's Kindle 2 in NYC, I sat down with O'Reilly Media
founder and CEO Tim O'Reilly, who was producing the Tools of Change For Publishing Conference across town. The book
publishing industry is going through a massive, and in some cases very painful, transition. In my podcast interview with
O'Reilly (full transcription below), he discusses Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN)'s decisions from his perspective as a book publisher,
how this transition actually began centuries ago, and where it's going. Is it a case study that your industry can learn
from? There's actually a bit of irony in Amazon's choice of the Morgan Library in New York City to launch the Kindle 2, as
well as the choice to have Stephen King do a reading from his new book Ur which, when it first comes out, will only be
available to owners of Amazon's Kindle e-book reader. The Morgan Library is home to the largest single collection of
Gutenberg Bibles (three). The Gutenberg Bibles are considered to be "the first substantial printed book in the Western
world" and in my interview with O'Reilly, he refers to their printing in the 1400s as perhaps the beginning of a revolution
that's still underfoot. Full interview here.
--Tech for Techies #1
-Blog Entry by StephenK Posted Friday February 20th at 12:18 AM
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Although slightly late, this initial installment to Tech for Techies as its own show takes educational looks at some
technology issues currently out there that weren't likely directly covered in library school.
--Jesup library book theft case dismissed
-Front Page Story by Bibliofuture Posted Friday February 20th at 12:18 AM
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A theft charge has been dismissed against an Independence woman who failed to return an overdue book to the Jesup Public
Library. Shelly Koontz was charged Jan. 22 with fifth-degree theft and jailed for not returning "The Freedom Writers
Diary," a book valued at $13.95 that she checked out last April. She was released after posting $250 bond. Her attorney,
James Peters, says the case was dismissed Thursday after Koontz agreed to pay the library a $13.95 fine, return the book and
pay about $50 in court costs. Buchanan County Attorney Allan Vander Hart says a library complaint led to the arrest. A
woman who answered the library telephone hung up when asked if anyone could comment. A number listed for Shelly Koontz was
disconnected. Story found here.
--Public library board in Kansas votes to restrict books
-Front Page Story by StephenK Posted Thursday February 19th at 10:58 PM
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David Lee King helped created a trend on Twitter today with tweets over a book restriction action by his employer. Four
books were proposed to be restricted from access by children: Sex for Busy People, The Lesbian Kama Sutra, The Joy of Sex
and The Joy of Gay Sex. Local station KTKA has more. A quick scrape in Google News led to a letter to the editor of the
Topeka Capital-Journal against the restrictions.
--US Government Online Bookstore
-Front Page Story by Bibliofuture Posted Thursday February 19th at 10:13 PM
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Purchase Federal information products for sale through the United States Government Printing Office (GPO). Browse by topic,
keyword, or special collections. Store here.
--There is an aversion to long chunks of sentences.
-Front Page Story by Bibliofuture Posted Thursday February 19th at 9:55 PM
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Commentary on NPR Literary Death Spiral? The Fading Book Section One of the sad, little sidebars to the sad, big saga of
the waning of American newspapers is the disappearance of professional, edited book sections. One of the last two major,
stand-alone print book sections died this past Sunday, when The Washington Post published its last edition of Book World.
The paper will still review books, but only The New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle will continue to run a full
mini-magazine devoted to books. It is a heavy symbolic blow to readers, writers and publishers. And it is an injury to our
collective literacy and, thus, to our wisdom and intellectual agility. Full piece here.
--Stimulating the economy
-Blog Entry by mdoneil Posted Thursday February 19th at 7:49 PM
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Today I stumulated the economy by making a discretionary purchase at a local mom and pop dealership - no big nationwide
chains for me. It was certainly something I did not need, I have others at home that serve me quite well, but I thought
since I can help a local business, and since I will get a lot of use of it why not buy it. Now, technically it is foreign
made, but they do have a big operation in the US for dealers, service, advertising and the like. Sure, I would have
prefered a US made product but I just didn't see exactly what I wanted on the market. So I bought it and some cleaning
stuff and a few other accessories and immediatly took it home to read the manual from cover to cover. I think it is very
important to understand how everything works before I go nuts trying things out and hurt myself or wreck somthing. I then
decided to give it a 'test drive' so to speak so I went to another local business and tried it out, I opened up all the
cylinders on this baby. I am just amazed by the power, nothing can stop this bad boy. It is small but powerful. It is a
hybrid so I tried it both ways. So I clearned her up a little and decided to run some errands with her. I went to the
produce market in the not so nice part of my city - they have the best produce- then I went to the butcher store and the
bank. My city is a developed area so I didn't need to open her up today. Probably never will, but nice to know it will
perform if I need it. Anyway I suggest that anyone who can afford one, and wants one support the local economy and buy
--New Jersey Public Libraries in Danger of Losing Significant Public Funding
-Blog Entry by Anonymous Patron Posted Thursday February 19th at 12:15 PM
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Here's a link to a good article about what's going on my home state of NJ. What's interesting & depressing at the same
time is that the League of Municipalities is only picking on public libraries and not police departments, boards of
education, etc. I believe this is due to the fact that many -if not most- libraries are not unionized and librarians tend
not to be politically active & vocal.
--Scanning Project Digitizes 25,000 US Library of Congress Books
-Front Page Story by Blake Posted Thursday February 19th at 11:45 AM
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The Library of Congress is the world's largest library, with tens of millions of items that attract scholars from all over
the world to do research. But soon, those scholars may not have to travel far to do their research. Some of the library's
treasures are starting to appear online. Like many other great research libraries, the Library of Congress has been moving
into the digital world.
--Survey: More homeowners want a home library
-Front Page Story by Blake Posted Thursday February 19th at 11:44 AM
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Do you ever wonder where books go after they are sold? How many houses of intelligent folks have you visited without
seeing a book? For book lovers, there's good news from the National Association of Home Builders. We may think folks are
reading less, but 63 percent of homeowners surveyed said they have a library or want one in their homes. That's a 9 percent
increase from 2002.
--The wired president: Obama creates an e-mail trail
-Front Page Story by Blake Posted Thursday February 19th at 11:41 AM
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Barack Obama is the first wired president, ready to exchange e-mail with close friends and advisers. When do the rest of us
get to read them? We may have to wait until as late as 2028, depending on when Obama leaves office as president. That's
according to leading presidential historians who make their living hunting through records at the National Archives and
--Are There Drawbacks to Law Libraries Going Digital?
-Front Page Story by Blake Posted Thursday February 19th at 8:03 AM
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Are There Drawbacks to Law Libraries Going Digital? It's good that people can get access to materials much more easily. But
our concern is that the government or a court agency, publishing online, might run out of space on its hard drive, and
decide on its own what to delete. Then, all of a sudden you don't have it online and you don't have it in print, either.
--University librarian wins more than $20,000 on Jeopardy! show
-Front Page Story by Blake Posted Thursday February 19th at 7:57 AM
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LISNews: your #1 source for Librarians On Jeopardy! News. Kamikaze Casserole. On national television Friday night,
University librarian Diane Trap explained to Alex Trebek what exactly this phrase entails. The reference librarian and
graphic artist from Grand Haven, Mich. scored a spot on Jeopardy! back in November and took home "a little over $22,000."
-Blog Entry by StephenK Posted Thursday February 19th at 1:51 AM
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UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, a scholar focusing heavily on freedom of speech matters, posted an interesting matter to
his group blog. The post is entitled "Hate Speech". I commend the post for the review and consideration of those
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