[LISNews] The LISNews For November 22nd 2011
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On Tuesdays we take a look at the stories that got the most comments in the last week.
And here's the latest from LISNews:
--Plea for help from Horowhenua Library Trust
Plea for help from Horowhenua Library Trust Horowhenua Library Trust is the birth place of Koha and the longest serving member of the Koha community. Back in 1999 when we were working on Koha, the idea
that 12 years later we would be having to write an email like this never crossed our minds. It is with tremendous sadness that we must write this plea for help to you, the other members of the Koha
community. The situation we find ourselves in, is that after over a year of battling against it, PTFS/Liblime have managed to have their application for a Trademark on Koha in New Zealand accepted. We
now have 3 months to object, but to do so involves lawyers and money. We are a small semi rural Library in New Zealand and have no cash spare in our operational budget to afford this, but we do feel it is
something we must fight. [Thanks to Brett for the link!]
This classic birdhouse is modeled after the Osage, Iowa Public Library, constructed in 1910 with a $10,000 gift from Andrew Carnegie. A brass plaque mounted on back indicates that a portion of the
birdhouse proceeds support the American Library Association's Cultural Communities Fund and Florida State University's Jean E. Lowrie Endowment. Birdhouse and more details here.
--Six amazing things about life as a cataloguer
Six amazing, and possibly unexpected, things about life as a cataloguer "Last week on Twitter, Deborah Lee of the Courtauld Institute of Art listed the six amazing things about being a cataloguer, taken
from a presentation she had written to give to library school students. Here at HVCats, we loved these six amazing things and thought they deserved a wider audience."
--The unexpected reader
The unexpected reader "Open access serves all of these unexpected readers of scholarly works. As Carroll summed up his point, every time we create an open environment, we get unexpected developments and
innovations. We have come far enough down this road now that the burden of proof is no longer on open access advocates, it is on those who would claim that the traditional models of publishing and
distribution are still workable."
--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
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