[LISNews] The LISNews For January 14th 2011
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Happy Friday! It's the LISNews for January 14th, 2011...
Let's look at the top headlines from the past week:
- - Out with The Old, In With the New 'Young Hip Librarians'
- - Women's underwear discussion now open to men, with reservations
- - California Governor Proposes Eliminating All State Funding for Libraries
- - Book piracy Less DRM more data
- - Librarians and Wikipedia
And here's the latest from LISNews:
--Comic Books Get Stripped at NY's Museum of Sex
>From BookTryst, snippets of a new exhibit at the MOSEX museum. The adult, sexual kind of fantasy has inspired a genre of art with its own instantly recognizable icons: voluptuous women and muscle-bound
men; fetish clothing featuring six-inch stilettos, leather, lace, and latex; bondage gear including handcuffs, masks, and corsets; and sadomasochistic props like whips, chains, and ropes. New York City's
Museum of Sex has just mounted (pun intended) a new exhibition of the erotic art of comic strips and comic books in the 20th and 21st centuries, to "reveal how the comic book medium has been used over
time to depict sexual fantasy, poke fun at taboo topics and lampoon icons of popular culture." Comics Stripped, a show made up of over 150 artifacts, including original drawings, illustrated books, comic
books, magazines and videos, chronicles the history of "dirty drawings" from the Great Depression to the present day.
Heart of the City comic that is book related.
--"Deaccession Can Be Big Issue Even in Small Towns" (aka "Small Town, Big Word, Major Issue")
This small city up the hill from the Erie Canal is known for manufacturing paper and tea, for rooting on its Mounties at high school football games, for deposits of quartz that glint like diamonds and
for the Victorian mansion that houses its 100-year-old library. And now its also known locally as the place where the library director took a stand or started a fuss, depending on your point of view
when the library board started selling historical items from its collection. A 13-star flag and an invitation to Abraham Lincolns inaugural ball should never have been put up for auction, argued the
director, Marietta Phillips. And she was also bothered, she said, that trustees sometimes took artifacts home, for good reason, perhaps, but without anyones bothering to note it on her sign-out sheet at
the circulation desk. You cant get your history back, she said. People dont realize: once its gone, its gone. So Ms. Phillips, 42, this fall did what lots of people contemplate but few
actually do she quit. Then she wrote a letter in the local paper telling this town about 20 miles southeast of Utica just why she was leaving and how fast and loose she thought the board had been with
its artifacts. Read more...
--Snooki Bumps Newbery/Caldecott Winners from "Today Show"
"With the national television news outlets providing wall-to-wall media coverage since Saturday of the tragedy in Tucson, its not surprising that two childrens book award winners would be overlooked
during a week of breaking news. But, to some who tuned into the Today Show on Tuesday morning expecting to see the Newbery and Caldecott Medalists, insult seemed added to injury. The program did indeed
take a break from its coverage of the shootings during the second hour to interview an author. But it was an author who's not likely to win a prestigious literary award any time soon: Nicole Polizzi,
better known to the world as Snooki, the Jersey Shore star more famous for her trash talk and wild partying rather than her literary chops." Read more from Publishers Weekly
--In Brisbane, Serving the Public in a Crisis
This is an artist's illustration of the recently completed Kenmore Library in Brisbane, Australia, which residents are encouraged to utilize to check the internet and recharge their cellphones and
laptops during the current flooding crisis. From the ABC Local station: "Residents that can get to Kenmore Library are able to access the internet and charge up mobile phones and laptops at this
location." Here is the same library on Library Thing for Libraries.
--Retired UT County library worker accused of stealing 40K
Retired S.L. County library worker accused of stealing $40,000 The Salt Lake County auditor has called for a criminal investigation into a retired library accountant accused of skimming $40,000 from a
government account over seven years. Although the accountant returned much of that money before he was caught, the auditor says an estimated $10,000 remains unaccounted for.
-- Ginnie Cooper's blitz of glitzy libraries was pricey but worth it.
D.C. Library Director Ginnie Coopers blitz of glitzy libraries was priceybut worth it Although Cooper was stifled in her ambition to replace a library deemed functionally obsoleteas she was in her
last gig at the Brooklyn Public Library, where a proposed five-story showpiece never raised the $85 million it would have costshes already built four new branch libraries, on top of several historic
renovations and mixed-use facilities, with three more to be completed in this year. Together, they represent a significant chunk of the exciting modernist architecture being done in the District, which
has long had a reputation forto put it delicatelyrestraint. Why is that notable? New City Administrator Allen Lew, after all, rebuilt a slew of falling-apart schools under thenMayor Adrian Fenty,
vastly improving the architecture at many and gracefully restoring historic buildings.
--JFK library to put all its records online
JFK library to put all its records online The presidential library commemorating the life of US President John F Kennedy is digitising every scrap of paper, video, audio and artefact it possesses. The
project is the largest undertaken by one of the 13 presidential library.
--An Almost Streamed Meeting Causes a Ruckus At AlA
A couple interesting posts on a meeting at ALA. Briefly: Someone set up a Ustream if the LITA Board meeting. The board voted to suspend the live stream during a part of the meeting. Read all about it
at: An Almost Streamed Meeting Causes a Ruckus and Collaborative tech, virtual participation, and what is an open meeting anyways?
--Arizona Shooting Piques Interest in HCI Title
The tragic shooting in Arizona has piqued interest in one seemingly unlikely title from HCI. The nine-year-old girl who died in the tragedy, Christina Green Taylor, was born on September 11, 2001, and
was featured in HCI's book Faces of Hope: Babies Born on 9/11, which came out in 2002. The book was never a big seller for HCI, with just a 10,000-copy first printing, but interest in it has spiked since
the events last weekend. Full story at Publisher's Weekly
--OCLC Introduces a Service for Small/Rural Library Websites
The OCLC Innovation Lab showed an experimental project to provide "A Web Presence for Every Library" at ALA Midwinter. It will provide a template-based web presence for small libraries and similar
institutions. In addition, the site will include editing of content, maps, news and events and a simple item inventory system. A summary of the discussion is posted on the Disruptive Library Technology
--Brisbane's Libraries Prepare
Art galleries and libraries in Brisbane, Australia, are shifting their collections to upper levels as floodwaters that struck rural areas move toward the city as reported by CBC News. Waters are rising
close to the city's major cultural institutions, including the Gallery of Modern Art, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the Queensland Museum and the State Library. The library, Gallery of Modern
Art and Queensland Art Gallery are close to the Brisbane River, which is expected to reach a flood peak at 5.2 metres sometime in the early morning hours of Thursday. The art galleries and library have
closed and the performing arts centre has cancelled performances. A car park for the cultural institutions is already flooded. GoMA is currently hosting a summer exhibition, Art In The 21st Century,
featuring contemporary art from 40 countries. Doyle said the art in the blockbuster show is not at risk because it is displayed on an upper level. State librarian Rory McLeod said staff at the library
have been quietly preparing for the flood for weeks and have moved collections out of the basement and ground floor. However, he said, he is concerned that days of prolonged power cuts amid Queensland's
summer humidity could result in damage to books and other collections. "All of us have got climate controlled repositories where they are stored which will retain their ambient temperatures for a while,
but after a few days there may be some humidity," McLeod said.
--California Governor Proposes Eliminating All State Funding for Libraries
"California Governor Jerry Brown released a proposed budget for FY11/12 on Monday that would eliminate all state funding for libraries. Brown's shock-and-awe, $84.6 billion budget, which still must work
its way through the state legislature, would cut state spending by $12.5 billion and include a 'vast and historic' restructuring of government operations." Full article here
--Obama's Internet Plan Sounds an Awful Lot Like a National Internet ID
ReadWriteWeb at NYT.com White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt announced to the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research on Friday that President Obama intended to turn over
development of a national Internet ID to the Commerce Department. Pursuant to the Orwellian-sounding National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, which the administration is currently writing,
Commerce will create a program to provide and administer an allegedly voluntary interoperable verified online IDs. Full story
--JSTOR Will Introduce Online Access to eBooks Next Year
"[JSTOR] has struck agreements with four publishersPrinceton University Press, the University of Chicago Press, the University of Minnesota Press, and the University of North Carolina Pressto make
their books available online next year. The e-books program, 'Books at JSTOR,' was announced today at the American Library Associations Midwinter meeting in San Diego, according to a JSTOR spokesperson."
Click here for link to full article
--Librarians and Wikipedia
Wikipedia, according to Wikipedia, is "a free, Web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia project." But the reference librarians we checked with would want a second source on that. "Personally,
I don't rely on Wikipedia, because of people's ability to go in and edit anybody's text and change the history," says Karen Sharp, senior librarian and webmaster at the Wayne Public Library. Wikipedia,
which comes (according to Wikipedia) from the Hawaiian word "wiki" "quick" joined to the "pedia" from "encyclopedia," was launched 10 years ago this Saturday by founders Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger.
Since that time, reportedly 365 million readers have pored over 17 million articles all written by volunteer contributors on subjects ranging from Aachen ("spa town in North Rhine-Westphalia,
Germany") to zymology ("scientific term for fermentation"). Wikipedia has profoundly changed the way most of us gather information. It may have had less effect on the people whose job it is to look
things up: reference librarians. Yes, they'll use it sometimes, they told us. But with misgivings, and never as a sole source. "We use it as a backup," says Sharon Castanteen, director of the Johnson
Free Public Library in Hackensack, who has a background in reference. "We'll start with that, get some ideas from it, but we won't trust it 100 percent." North Jersey has the story.
--Restoring FTC Oversight of Publisher Trade Practices
Michael Ginsborg offers his ideas on how a coalition of library associations and and allied organizations might engage the FTC to end unfair business practices of legal, scientific, medical, and
technical publishers at Initial Thoughts on a Plan to Restore FTC Oversight of Publisher Trade Practices
--Women's underwear discussion now open to men, with reservations
The Lake Villa District Library had scheduled a discussion, to be led by Ellie Carlson, titled, "Unmentionables: the Rise and Fall of Ladies' Underwear," at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20. The program
was limited only to women, but as of Monday, the library had opened it to men, as well, with a caveat. A note on the library's website now says, "This program is designed for ladies only. Men may attend
(but that may put a damper on the discussion!") WLS radio has story Chicago Tribune article Library's website of adult programs Presenter's website: Speaking of Unmentionables: The Rise and Fall of
--Berkshire vice chair gives $3M of stock to library
Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s Vice Chairman Charlie Munger gave stock worth nearly $3 million to the nonprofit Huntington Library in southern California. Full article
--LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #136
This week's tardy podcast brings discussion of the upgrade to the LISNews back-end and a news miscellany. As referenced in the episode, your podcatcher should be pointed at the following target to best
receive the program in case we have to switch to any backup systems through the technical wizardry of variable endpoints: http://feeds.feedburner.com/LISNewsNetcasts Related links: The Register on the
net neutrality debate at CES 2011 Larry Downes on the net neutrality debate at CES 2011 Nate Anderson of Ars Technica on a short-coming to the net neutrality order Wikipedia on FidoNet Wikipedia on UUCP
LockerGnome on Internet Alternatives Megan McCardle on Borders The Register on Overwhelming Smut Online in Australia
--New Librarian for Yale Beinecke Library
The new year is bringing a new librarian to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library according to the Yale Daily News. Edwin C. Schroeder will serve a five-year term as Librarian of the Beinecke
and Associate University Librarian, which began Jan. 1. Schroeder has filled a number of positions of increasing responsibility in Sterling Memorial Library and Beinecke library since arriving at Yale in
1989. He began as a catalogue librarian in Sterling, and most recently has been head of technical services for Beinecke library since 2004. University President Richard Levin notified the Yale community
of the appointment a Dec. 20 email, just five weeks after the death of University Librarian and former head of Beinecke library Frank Turner GRD '71. E.C. looks forward to building on Frank Turners
accomplishments, Levin said in the e-mail. We look forward to sustaining the unique excellence of the Beinecke. Levin added that Schroeder, who was the chair of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section
of the Association of College and Research Libraries, brings an impressive breadth of rare book and managerial experience to his new post.
--L. A.'s Mystery Books to Close; Can't Compete with Amazon
>From LA Observed: Owners Kirk Pasich and Pamela Woods say they can no longer compete with Amazon - and a sour economy hasn't helped. The decision to close comes just as the Borders' store in Westwood is
in the process of shutting down. That leaves Westwood without any bookstore, chain or independent. I also believe it's the last mystery bookstore in L.A. From an email being sent out: We simply cannot
compete with the Amazons of the world and the impact of the economy. We love the bookstore and mysteries and the relationships we've formed with authors and publishers and agents and publicists. But, we
do have retirement to think about (not in the near future!), and family and, well, all of those things that require money. So, it is with considerable sadness that we announce that The Mystery Bookstore,
Los Angeles, will--after many years (and as apparently the last-standing bookstore in Westwood, other than UCLA's student store)--be closing. Last day is Jan. 31.
--Out with The Old, In With the New 'Young Hip Librarians'
SAN DIEGO The American Library Association capped its national conference at the San Diego Convention Center by honoring creators of children's books. One recurring theme at the conference was how
libraries stay relevant in the lives of young readers as many librarians near retirement. Stand-up comedian Meredith Myers (above) is part of a new group of young librarians who are busting stereotypes
about who is a "typical librarian." I think we need cool librarians, said Myers, who sports a stylish hat, bright red hair and black biker boots. Image is important. (Younger patrons) are more likely
to ask for help from people who they can identify with. Myers is part of a growing number of young librarians who are busting stereotypes of the typical librarian and forcing change within their own
libraries. They said it is not uncommon today to see librarians wearing Doc Martin boots, tattoos and dreadlocks. And some new librarians say they are more interested in pop culture than historical text.
Library advocates said it is all part of the 21st Century library a place with cool technology and cool people. For 32 years weve been fighting this stereotype of the typical librarian who is old,
has a bun and glasses. We havent been that way for a long time, said Audra Caplan, president of the Public Library Association. I think the excitement of new technologies and new ways to respond make
it really exciting to this upcoming generation.
--Librarian: The iPhone / iPad Game?
Finally, a iPhone / iPad game just for library workers: http://speakquietly.blogspot.com/2011/01/librarian-game.html
--Scientific Data Stewardship
Lessons Learned from a Satellite-Data Rescue Effort Article in the September 2007 issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
--The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is listed as one of the best books of 2010 in several places. Here is an article discussing the book: Why Not Take All of Me? Reflections on The Immortal Life of
Henrietta Lacks and the Status of Participants in Research Using Human Specimens
--After Death, Protecting Your 'Digital Afterlife'
Chances are good that you have hundreds, maybe thousands of e-mails stored on remote servers or in your computer. You might have a Facebook page, or a Tumblr or Twitter account. And you might have
countless photos in a Flickr album. All that information amounts to a digital profile of sorts, which raises an interesting question: What happens to that online material when we die? That depends on how
you prepare beforehand, says John Romano. Romano and a colleague, Evan Carroll, edit The Digital Beyond, a website that helps users plan what happens to their online content after their death. Romano and
Carroll both join Dave Davies for a discussion about online digital legacies. Full piece on NPR
--British Library Launches Treasures app for Smart Phones
Over 100 highlights, including literary, historical, music-related and scientific documents - alongside illuminated manuscripts and sacred texts. Each is presented through high-resolution images,
allowing the viewer to zoom in and explore in detail. Literary highlights include Charles Dickenss handwritten draft of Nicholas Nickleby and Jane Austens teenage writings, while key historical
documents include 2000-year-old Oracle Bones from China and an original Magna Carta of 1215. The section devoted to music includes manuscript scores from some of the best-known classical composers, such
as Handel, Purcell, Mozart and Schubert. Available across multiple mobile platforms: iPhone, iTouch, Android and, in an HD version, the iPad. More info here: http://www.bl.uk/app/index.html
--Book piracy Less DRM more data
Book piracy: Less DRM, more data As digital book publishing continues to expand at a rapid pace to meet reader demands, piracy rears its head at the forefront of many a discussion in publisher circles.
Many publishers respond to the perceived threat with strict digital rights management (DRM) software. But is this the best solution? And does it even provide protection from piracy?
--Buy India a Library
Buy India a Library About the project Buy India a Library is an appeal from four librarians on Twitter. We want to raise enough money via PayPal donations, to buy a mobile library in India, or even a
permanent library with books, furniture and staff! Please get involved, give as much as you can, and spread the word to as many people as possible. Let's make this happen!
--What's Still Broken On LISNews.org?
I did an upgrade recently and I'm still trying to get things pieced back together again. If you spot something missing or broken, please do let me know!
--Newbery & Caldecott Medals Awarded at ALA Midwinter
>From the LA Times/ Jacket Copy Blog: The American Library Assn. presented its top honors for books for children and young adults at a ceremony in San Diego Monday morning. The highest award, the Newbery
Medal, is awarded each year to the most distinguished book for children; it went to "Moon Over Manifest" by Clare Vanderpool. The Caldecott Medal, the top award for illustration, went to the book "A Sick
Day for Amos McGee," illustrated by Erin E. Stead and written by Philip C. Stead. The ALA award medallions, which can be found on the covers of later editions of the winning books, not only signify
excellence, they also can mean a longer commercial life for the books, as well as assure they find a place in libraries. Finalists also receive the medallions. The hour-long ceremony, which began at 7:45
a.m., included the announcement of dozens of awards and finalists before an audience attending the ALA's midwinter conference. The roster of winners was too long to invite the authors, illustrators or
publishers to the podium to accept their awards.
--Introducing: Walking Paper Shop
Introducing: Walking Paper Shop Visit the Walking Paper Shop to check out the new Creating the Future for Libraries notebooks, pencils, and, for the first time, a calendar! As usual, free shipping. Check
out all the neat stuff!
--11 answers for libraries in 2011
11 answers for libraries in 2011 Kathryn Greenhill: Will libraries, museums, archives, public broadcasters and art galleries converge? How do we force publishers to give us ebook content that includes
works that our users want and that they find easy to download to their chosen device? Gartner claimed in April 2007 that by the end of 2011, 80% of our users would have avatars in a virtual world. What
happened? Aaron Has One Answer.
--Playing Catch-Up in a Digital Library Race
As Japan and European countries are digitizing collections for national one-stop searching, efforts in the United States have been scattered. Full article in the NYT
--Library Leaders Face Tough Choices
America's libraries are being forced to redefine and advocate for their continuing value in society, and library hours are being cut when library use is at an all time high. At ALA Mid-Winter in San
Diego, Roberta Stevens, President of the American Library Association, talks about the organization's plans to address challenges and identify solutions. When asked how libraries are faring around the
country, she answered, The good news is that there is no longer any question about why do we have libraries, why do we need them. On the other hand, she said, Just like other parts of the country,
libraries are being affected by cuts in funding. Stevens said libraries are doing more with less already. I think at some point you can reach the juncture where you cant do any more than youre doing.
What libraries have been doing is what you have seen in San Diego, cuts in hours to accommodate the lower budget. But the problem is every time you cut hours, youre shutting out thousands and thousands
--Ion Book Scanner
More info here
--ProQuest Buys Ebrary
Ebrary, one of the pioneers in aggregating books and other print content online, has been acquired by ProQuest for an undisclosed price. Founded in 1999 by Christopher Warnock and Kevin Sayar, ebrary
hosts more than 273,000 digital books, handbooks, reports, maps, journals and other content from about 500 publishers. Full story
--BISG Survey Finds Students Prefer Print
The Book Industry Study Group has released the results of a new survey it conducted, called Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education. Among the findings are that 75% of college students say
they prefer textbooks in printed rather than e-text form, citing print's look and feel, as well as its permanence and ability to be resold. Full story
--If you believe in things like libraries and used-book stores
Story on NPR about a recent court decision about the resale of promo music CDs. Legal issue involves the first sale doctrine and the piece has this line in it - "First Sale is incredibly important if you
believe in things like libraries and used-book stores." 'For Promotional Use Only - Not For Resale' Oh Yes It Is
--Suspect Nabbed in Portsmouth VA Library Arson
Authorities have a suspect in custody in connection with the Christmas Day arson at the Portsmouth VA Public Library as reported by Hampton Roads. Brannon Godfrey, a deputy city manager, said in an
e-mail to city officials Friday that the man was in police custody on an unrelated case and confessed to setting the fire. The Fire Department identified him as Tyrone Donte Taylor of Portsmouth. He was
being held in the Portsmouth jail without bond. The fire was set about 6 p.m. in the book drop at the rear of the building and damaged the area near the book drop. But soot and ash spread through the
building, and the library will be closed for at least 90 days for cleanup and repairs.
--Awww....Cats and Books
Some fine bookstore cats for your Friday from Mental Floss.
--Book Em: Library Bandits
Book Em: Library Bandits Literature ennobles and enlightens. Most of the time. But when outlaws and crooks turn reading and writing into accessories to their crimes, we Book Em.
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