Raise your hand. How many libraries still have an atlas case?
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Among social issues, more proposals that would appeal to conservative voters than to liberals are showing up in 2008. But there is no consensus on whether ballot measures tend to drive enough voters to the polls to give an advantage to a presidential candidate.
Until now, Sony's e-book reader could only read books available from the Sony e-book store, PDF documents, and DRM-free text. Starting next month, the new PRS-505 Sony Reader model will be able to access secure DRM- and non-DRM-protected content in the .epub format, formerly called the Open eBook format. (Here's a review of the device.)
See 7/18/2008 LibraryJournal.com post, "Broward County Library Reports Success Circulating Sony Reader".
Republicans have no lack of would-be George F. Wills.
But what they really need are some more Robert D. Novaks.
The distinction between the two prominent conservative journalists isn't always obvious, but it's nevertheless important to understand: One almost exclusively writes opinion pieces, while the other offers reporting with a point of view.
The same might be said of the emerging differences between the conservative presence on the Internet and the liberal one: The right is engaged in the business of opining while the left features sites that offer a more reportorial model.
The article focuses on these two success stories. 1 2
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Link to July 23 Boing Boing post, "Fox TV news anchors enjoy plastic coffee".
Just think how nice these specimens would look at your service desks.
For McDonald's library rates, click here.
Link to July 23 Appleton Post-Crescent article.
Neenah woman who loved to read, garden and follow the career of Tiger Woods left a $150,000 bequest for the Neenah Public Library.
Library Director Stephen Proces said Tuesday that the donation from the Agnes M. Praiss estate was an unexpected but welcome gift.
"We are thrilled, of course," Proces said. "It was a total surprise. As far as we know, the lady was not a regular library user."
Proces said the money came without restrictions and was placed in the library's general trust fund. In recent years, the library board has used the trust fund to buy automation equipment like self-checkout machines.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
A federal appeals court struck down as unconstitutional a Clinton-era law that would have forced websites with adult material to verify visitors' ages, dealing another blow to the government in a 10-year court battle over net censorship.
The 3rd U.S. Circurt Court of Appeals upheld on Tuesday a 2007 lower-court decision that the Child Online Protection Act violated the First Amendment since it was not the most effective way to keep children from visiting adult websites.
Both courts also found that the standards for material that had to be hidden from open browsing were so loosely defined that any content not suitable for a four-year-old would have been hidden behind a age-verification firewall."Unlike COPA, filters permit adults to determine if and when they want to use them and do not subject speakers to criminal or civil penalties," the court wrote.
Don't expect this bout to end any time soon, as the government plans to appeal the decision.
Read Digital Daily commentary, "What We Really Need is DOPA -- the DOJ Online Protection Act.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Just after reading the B&T Continuations email re: the demise of Consumer Drug Reference, I found a flyer for this reference warhorse in the day's mail. [Add the grim glue factory comment here.]
No chance this title would make an unlikely 4th edition of my Top 40 Reference Countdown.
Written for the layperson, the Consumer Drug Reference was always a "must-have" title on my Top 40 Reference Countdown: The Best Print Sources. In its last edition, distributed to Jane Pearlmutter's UW-SLIS Collection Development class in 2006, this particular title was #9.
The Baker & Taylor email noted that a 2009 edition of The Complete Guide to Prescription and Nonprescription Drugs will be published. Not mentioned, however, is my alternative to the Consumer Drug Reference. According to the Countdown, I considered The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs "an excellent title if you are pinched for funds". Apparently, this annual ceased publication with the 2006 edition, when it listed at $20.95, compared to $44.95 for the CDR.
Makes me wonder what other Top 40 titles have fallen by the wayside during the past 2 years.
Hey, here's another retirement project! If I'm so inclined.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Outside the West Allis Public Library [shown in picture above], Lisa Jones pushes a button to open a steel hatch and slides her books and movies, one at a time, onto the conveyor belt.
Within seconds, a computer checks in each item and reactivates its anti-theft device. It clears Jones’ account, spits out a receipt and then — just inside the building — propels each item into one of five bins, for reshelving or a truck en route to other libraries.
The sorting system, the first of its kind in Milwaukee County when it went live this month, is among the latest innovations in library operations — a smaller version of the complex material-handling systems that move luggage through airports and boxes through the massive distribution centers of UPS and FedEx.
Like many industries, public libraries are turning increasingly to automation to improve efficiency and lower costs. And while this forced job cuts in some communities, others say it has freed staff for more face-to-face work with patrons. (And this is indeed where the need is.)