[LISNews] The LISNews For November 21st 2011
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Happy Monday! It's the LISNews for November 21st, 2011...
On Monday we start with the most popular headlines from the weekend:
And here's the latest from LISNews:
--A database that tracks borrowing records between 1891 and 1902
This Book Is 119 Years Overdue The wondrous database that reveals what Americans checked out of the library a century ago. "So when I learned about What Middletown Read, a database that tracks the
borrowing records of the Muncie Public Library between 1891 and 1902, I had some of the same feelings physicists probably have when new subatomic particles show up in their cloud chambers. Could you see
how many times a particular book had been taken out? Could you find out when? And by whom? Yes, yes, and yes. You could also find out who those patrons were: their age, race, gender, occupation (and
whether that made them blue or white collar, skilled, semi-skilled, or unskilled), and their names and how they signed them."
--Where Things Stand With SOPA
Matt Cutts has a great summary of what's happening with SOPA: Progress against SOPA: He has a list of things you can do: - Sign up at American Censorship to send a note to Congress and get updates. -
Call your congressperson with Tumblr’s easy web page. - I believe anyone inside or outside the United States can sign this White House petition. If you’re outside the United States, you can
also sign this petition. - Follow groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on Twitter. - Sign up with United Republic, a new organization dedicated to the larger problem of money in politics.
- Sign up to have Senator Ron Wyden read your name on the Senate floor when he filibusters against this legislation.
--Go The F*ck To Print
Go The F*ck To Print If you give a kid an iPad, he's going to want to watch a Sesame Street clip on YouTube. And if he watches YouTube, he's going to ask to watch just part of a movie. .... And the whole
point was to put him to sleep! So don't give him an iPad, just read a paper book already!
--The Library Grants Center
Salem's Library Grants Center, a free web tool designed to help librarians everywherewhatever their level of experiencenavigate the world of library grants. THE CHALLENGE At a time when the word
"library" is inseparable from the phrase "budget cuts," librarians need help finding help. So we scoured the web in search of free funding for libraries and discovered that the options extend far beyond
national and state opportunities. Hundreds of grants are available to libraries of all types from local foundations, family trusts, small and large corporations, professional organizations, and the
publishing community. THE GOAL Numerous web resources on grants already exist online. But most are general in scope. Those specific to libraries usually target a type of grant (e.g., professional
association grants) or type of library (e.g., libraries in public schools). Our goal was to design a universal tool whose sole focus is library grants but with coverage that includes every type of funding
available. THE SOLUTION The Library Grants Center is divided into three main sections: National Library Grants Search and browse grants and awards available to all libraries by category, purpose,
deadline, and more. State Library Grants Use the clickable U.S. map to open up your state's page and get information on how public funds are used in your state as well as what local foundations
support libraries in your city, county, or region. Library Grants: How-To Navigate the intricacies of the grant application process by taking a quick tour, browsing an extensive (and interactive) list
of Frequently Asked Questions, or browsing the various lists of Resources like books, web sites, newsletters [Via S.A.L.]
--S.L. library pays more for e-books than for print
Teleread had a link to this story. With e-readers, like Amazons Kindle and Barnes & Nobles Nook, becoming more popular, the Salt Lake Public Library is supplementing its print collections with 5,253
e-books. With more than 16,000 checkouts since December 2010, the digital bookshelf seems like a hit, but the problem is the cost. E-books are purchased through OverDrive Inc., an e-content provider to
more than 11,000 libraries. The Salt Lake Library pays $12,000 a year for the OverDrive online checkout service, then pays a fee per title to rent out books to patrons. Digital copies of new titles
purchased from Overdrive tend to be on average about $8 more than a print edition and can jump as high as $75.99 for popular titles. Full article here.
--Famous Wrong Predictions
Be careful what you predict. It may come back to haunt you... or laugh at you. "This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently
of no value to us." -- Western Union internal memo, 1876. "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." -- Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949
"Rad io has no future. Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. X-rays will prove to be a hoax." -- William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, British scientist, 1899. "I think there is a world market for
maybe five computers." -- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943 "I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is
a fad that won't last out the year." -- The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957 "Rail travel at high speed is not possible, because passengers, unable to breathe, would die
of asphyxia. --Dr Dionysius Lardner (1793-1859), professor of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy, University College London "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." -- Ken
Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977 "The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?" --
David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s. "No one will pay good money to get from Berlin to Potsdam in one hour when he can ride his horse there in
one day for free. --King William I of Prussia, on hearing of the invention of trains, 1864. "The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be
feasible." -- A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.) "I'm just glad
it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face not Gary Cooper." -- Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in "Gone With The Wind." "A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the
market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make." -- Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields'Cookies. "We don't like their sound,
and guitar music is on the way out." -- Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962. "Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." -- Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.
"If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can't do this." -- Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for
3-M "Post-It" Notepads "A rocket will never be able to leave the Earths atmosphere. --New York Times, 1936 Democracy will be dead by 1950. --John Langdon-Davies, A Short History of The Future,
1936 . "So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it.
Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'" -- Apple Computer Inc.
founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and HP interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer. "Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to
have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools." -- 1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's
revolutionary rocket work. "You want to have consistent and uniform muscle development across all of your muscles? It can't be done. It's just a fact of life. You just have to accept inconsistent
muscle development as an unalterable condition of weight training." -- Response to Arthur Jones, who solved the "unsolvable" problem by inventing Nautilus. "Drill for oil? You mean drill into the
ground to try and find oil? You're crazy." -- Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859. "Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau."
-- Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929. "Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value." -- Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de
Guerre. "Everything that can be invented has been invented." -- Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899. "Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction". --
Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872 "The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon". -- Sir John Eric Ericksen,
British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873. "640K ought to be enough for anybody." -- Bill Gates, 1981 "$100 million dollars is way too much to pay for Microsoft."
-- IBM, 1982 "Who the h_ll wants to hear actors talk?" -- H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927. http://humourbook.blogspot.com
--For Their Children, Many E-Book Fans Insist on Paper
Many parents say they want their children to be surrounded by print books, and to experience turning physical pages as they learn about shapes, colors and animals. Full story
--LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #176
This week's episode is a quick one since we're so close to a holiday. LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #176 by The Air Staff of Erie Looking Productions is licensed under a Creative Commons
Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. The Miscellany... LISTen Amazon's cloud is the world's 42nd fastest supercomputer Amazon is
polishing its cloud-based supercomputing credentials with a 240-teraflop cluster that ranks as the world's 42nd fastest. The Travelin' Librarian » Blog Archive » The #OWS Library and
LibraryThing on The Rachel Maddow Show Occupy evictions spur legal complaint to UN EU agency warns of voluntary surveillance society - FierceGovernmentIT The executive
body of the European Union should consider a new regulatory framework in anticipation of an socialized world of ubiquitous devices that gather personal data from nearly every aspect of Read more...
The Future of Occupy Wall Street - By Veronique de Rugy - The Corner - National Review Online BBG: Radio audience far exceeds that of TV, internet | The SWLing Post Malaysians
biggest radio listeners in Asia-Pacific Feds open up access to government data - Technology & Science - CBC News The federal government is easing restrictions on
taxpayer-funded data it makes public as part of its open government initiative, and is ordering departments and agencies to post summaries of access releases online by Jan. 1. CRTC internet
ruling may boost prices - Technology & Science - CBC News Internet users may pay more in the future as a result of the CRTC's latest ruling on internet billing, independent internet
providers say. "Occupy Flash" campaign urges users to uninstall Adobe Flash plugin In the 21st-Century University, Let's Ban Books - Commentary - The Chronicle of
Higher Education How to install the Nook app onto the Kindle Fire | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics Its probably obvious from the
article posted earlier today about sideloading apps onto the Kindle Fire, but just to make it explicit, Mashable reports that Help! Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet? | Signal Strength - CNET News
In this edition of Ask Maggie, a reader needs advice on choosing between two of the most prominent and least expensive tablets just entering the market. Read this blog post by Marguerite Reardon
on Signal Strength. SOPA's latest threat: IP blocking, privacy-busting packet inspection | Privacy Inc. - CNET News A little-noticed section of the Stop Online Piracy Act could
require deep-packet inspection and blocking IP addresses of copyright-infringing Web sites, a significant change from earlier versions. Read this blog post by Declan McCullagh on Privacy Inc..
librarian.net » Blog Archive » the Kindle lending experience from a patrons perspective a wolf in books clothing Morten Juhl-Johansen Z?lde-Fejér - Google+ - AbiWord v2.9.2 Released! The
AbiWord team joyfully
AbiWord v2.9.2 Released! The AbiWord team joyfully announces AbiWord v2.9.2, the third snapshot of the development that will lead to AbiWord 3.0. This
on the 5K+ books in the People's Library that the NYPD tossed in a dumpster. #OWS #bibliocide fb.me/ZDyy2BRb Police evict Wall Street protesters from NY park - UNITED STATES - FRANCE 24
Police have ordered protesters in New York to quit their camp in Zuccotti park near Wall Street, but will allow them to return once it has been cleaned. The protesters are planning a mass march
on Thursday to mark their two-month anniversary. Patient BW, DOB 2/16/1971 The League of Ordinary Gentlemen Sept 24: Facebook is scaring me. (Seems like the tech blogosphere has
caught up, 2 months later.). r2.ly/uvi6 Scripting News: Facebook is scaring me Aaron Toponce - Google+ - Am I the only one who does not like this? I get the
Am I the
only one who does not like this? I get the opportunity to change my wireless access point's SSID, so Google doesn't track it geographically?
Aaron Toponce - Google+ - Google Wants To
Track Your Physical Location WWII shortwave messages found on cardboard discs | The SWLing Post WBCQ The Planet » Blog Archive » Free Speech Radio Special Voices for
the Library » Blog Archive » Birmingham City Councils library cuts: from world class city to mediocrity US State Department not for internet freedom - Opinion - Al Jazeera English
The SOPA bill will help private companies cut off internet sites only to protect their profits. Google Watch Here's how to opt out of Google's Wi-Fi snooping
- Computerworld Blogs Google has long collected information about people's home and business Wi-Fi networks, and included it in a database that it uses for location services. The company
now lets you opt out so that you network isn't included, but it could be harder to do than you think. Here's how to do it, in a few easy steps. Google will ignore your Wi-Fi router ...
if you rename it The Register Google WiFi Opt-Out Method Met with Skepticism - Security - News & Reviews - eWeek.com Google offers a way for users to opt out of having their
WiFi routers included in its Location Server, but some believe the method is too complicated for most consumers. Google serves up Ice Cream Sandwich code reghardware Google
Releases 'Ice Cream Sandwich' Source Code | News & Opinion | PCMag.com Google releases Android 4 source code, but true openness still elusive Google has announced that
it is publishing the source code of Android 4.0, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich. The code drop will also include the Honeycomb source history. Google Now Letting Users Opt Out of Wi-Fi Location
Tracking | News & Opinion | PCMag.com Google is now officially offering the means to opt out of having your Wi-Fi location data tracked. Google Analytics A Potential Threat to
Anonymous Bloggers - Waxy.org Outer Fringes Niall Ferguson on 2021: The New Europe - WSJ.com EU agency warns of voluntary surveillance society
goo.gl/ArDEk Lauren Weinstein's Blog: The Coming Fascist Internet Education Madness Explaining the Diminishing Returns to Non-STEM Higher Education «
The Volokh Conspiracy The Volokh Conspiracy » The New Physiocrats, or, Is There Value in the Humanities? GayPatriot » What value the humanities? Elite Firms Fishing in
a Very Small Hiring Pool - Megan McArdle - Business - The Atlantic Last week, I wrote the Tyranny of the Meritocracy, where I tried to explore, a little, the rise of
--Academic Librarianship: A Crisis or Opportunity?
This post reproduces the notes taken by Harriet Sonne de Torrens, as well as some slides shown, at "Academic Librarianship: A Crisis or Opportunity?" held at University of Toronto on 18 November 2011. If
you're wondering why this conference was convened, take a look at "McMastergate in chronological order, or, Do libraries need librarians?" and "UWO Librarian Strike Ends As Both Sides Ratify New
--How Facebook is ruining sharing
How Facebook is ruining sharing "Sharing and recommendation shouldn't be passive. It should be conscious, thoughtful, and amusing--we are tickled by a story, picture, or video and we choose to share it,
and if a startling number of Internet users also find that thing amusing, we, together, consciously create a tidal wave of meme that elevates that piece of media to viral status. We choose these gems from
the noise. Open Graph will fill our feeds with noise, burying the gems."
--Canadian Library Association Dismayed by Seizure of Occupy Wall Street Movement Library
http://clagov.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/ows-library/ The Canadian Library Association (CLA) is dismayed by the reported seizure of The Peoples Library, which had been operated by the New York Occupy Wall
Street movement, and echos the support of the American Library Association for the volunteers who are working to re-establish the library. CLA President Karen Adams stated: The Occupy Movement
libraries are meeting the information needs of specific communities, and are documenting the history of those communities. Libraries are critical to an open and democratic society. We support those who
are working to rebuild the Peoples Library in New York, as well as those who are operating the Occupy Movement libraries across Canada.
--Citizenship vs. Consumerism: Occupy the Net!
"Reading anonymously doesn't look deviant yet--but things will change as we bypass public libraries and start borrowing books from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The former would never think of selling our
data to third parties; the latter wouldn't think twice about it. In fact, they would give us coupons for sharing our reading habits."
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