[LISNews] The LISNews For November 28th 2011
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Happy Monday! It's the LISNews for November 28th, 2011...
On Monday we start with the most popular headlines from the weekend:
And here's the latest from LISNews:
--Bibliophilia for Beginners
Tips and Traps When Buying for the Aspiring Book Collector. But there are almost as many ways into the field as there are collectors. The obvious first step is to collect a favorite authorthough, unless
your pockets are very deep, think hard about who that is. Writers who were commercially successful may have had larger print runs, but also tend to attract more people who specialize in their books. And
if you like Graham Greene, John Dickson Carr, Philip K. Dick, Ed McBain or P.G. Wodehouse, remember how prolific they were.
--Stolen card brings $322 in late fees
This fine is not so fine Lorain Public Library patron Caprice Anderson got a big surprise at the main library Wednesday. It was a bill for $322 in late fees. But she said she hadnt been to the library
in months and she never checked out the items for which her card was used. Im actually a frequent book reader, but I normally buy my books, said Anderson, 27, of Lorain. I was going to go to the
library and find something I havent read. Thats when I found out my card was used. Anderson doesnt know who used her library card, and filed a police report after coming across the staggering late
--Libraries borrowing marketing ideas from bookstores
Libraries borrowing marketing ideas from bookstores Its standard operating procedure, said Pat Losinski, director of the library system. Our mission and our drive is to make materials relevant to our
customers. Were going out of our way to show customers that were aware of their investment.
--Rochester Public Library Beginning was anything but smooth
Rochester Public Library: Beginning was anything but smooth Buffalo had one. And Syracuse had just gotten $200,000 from the Carnegie Foundation to build a new one. So it was not easy for Rochesterians to
accept the fact that their fair city, famed near and far for the quality of its industrial products, was entering the 20th century without a municipal library to its name. Especially when the Chamber of
Commerce in 1903 surveyed the seven leading institutional libraries in the city (such as the one at the University of Rochester), and found that their total collection of books numbered only 180,000
barely one book per resident, writes former city historian Blake McKelvey. "Rochester is disgraced," former alderman Devillo Selye declared in 1904. Mayor James G. Cutler agreed. So what did the city do
--The Future of Information Access
The future of information access, part 1 and The future of information access, part 2... from Jill Hurst-Wahl. Earlier this month, Sean Branagan, who is the director of the Center for Digital Media
Entrepreneurship in the Newhouse School of Public Communications, asked that she guest lecture in his class on the topic of the future of information access. The class is seeking input from a wide
variety of industries on what the future may hold and its impact on communications (e.g., news). In her 1.5 hour lecture, she spoke about the following ideas, some of which are evident in today's
--LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #177
This week's episode is light fare considering the events of "Black Friday Weekend" featuring a radio classic from Dimension X. The raw take of the slush pile is available in lieu of a normal miscellany.
A shopping list of items we're seeking for operations during this season of giving can be found here. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. To
view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 444 Castro Street, Suite 900, Mountain View, California, 94041, USA.
--Review of "Free Ride"
Book by author Robert Levine - FREE RIDE: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back Review by Jeffrey Rosen in the NYT Excerpt: The real
conflict online, Levine writes, is between the media companies that fund much of the entertainment we read, see and hear and the technology firms that want to distribute their content legally or
otherwise. By delivering content they dont pay for, or selling content far below the price it cost to create, Levine says, information and entertainment distributors like YouTube and The Huffington Post
become parasites on the media companies that invest substantially in journalists, musicians and actors; the distributors drive down prices in a way that sucks the economic lifeblood out of those who
create and finance the best achievements of our culture. The result is a digital version of Wal-Mart capitalism, in which free-riding distributors reap all the economic benefits of the Internet by
cutting prices, and culture suppliers are forced to cut costs in response. This dynamic, Levine argues, destroys the economic incentive to create the kinds of movies, television, music and journalism
consumers demand, and for which they are, in fact, quite willing to pay.
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