Saturday, January 05, 2002

Another library song has come to light - this one from the Finnish "literature related resource site" Pegasos - with sheet music, and yet another cute Casio backing track for you to sing along with.

I also stumbled on this Italian collection of lyrics and interview excerpts in which various rock stars mention libraries. Malcolm McClaren declares, ""Le biblioteche [inglesi] sono parte della nostra tradizione di dissenso. La mia carriera ha preso avvio alla Stoke Newington Church Street Library."
[Canada Newswire]

Canadian National Institute for the Blind Wins 2001 RBC Award for Canadian Achievement:

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) . . . is the only national voluntary organization providing rehabilitation and library services for Canadians to whom loss of vision is a central problem in personal and social adjustment. Today, the CNIB's 1,200 staff and 20,000 volunteers, working out of 57 centres, provide services to more than 100,000 clients in hundreds of communities across Canada.

The CNIB Library for the Blind, a division of the CNIB, offers free library and information services to approximately 3,000,000 Canadians who are blind, visually impaired, and print-disabled. A recognized leader among libraries for the blind, the CNIB Library is one of the largest producers of materials in accessible formats in the world and circulates 1.3 million items each year. Its ever-growing collection includes braille books, talking books, and a wide array of electronic and digital materials . . .

Friday, January 04, 2002


The Scholars Rebellion Against Scholarly Publishing Practices:

In the decades-long arguments over STM (scientific/technical/medical) journal publishing, mainly about subscription price increases and intellectual property and accessibility issues, one thing has changed in the last few years. Scholars have become involved. Everyone in STM journal publishing, no matter whether they work on the publishing (producer and seller) side or on the library (customer and collector) side, agrees that scholars (authors and readers) are involved now. The question is, what will come of their involvement?

In a range of telephone conversations I had recently with a focus-group-size number of veteran STM publishers — at commercial houses, university presses, and societies — all of whom said they spoke only for themselves, not their employer, and not all of whom wished to be quoted by name (so I won't quote any by name), I asked provocatively what they thought of the term "scholar rebellion" . . .

Thanks to Library News Daily.

Chicago Anarchists on Trial: Evidence from the Haymarket Affair, 1886 - 1887, a relatively new exhibit from the Library of Congress:

This collection showcases more than 3,800 images of original manuscripts, broadsides, photographs, prints and artifacts relating to the Haymarket Affair. The violent confrontation between Chicago police and labor protesters in 1886 proved to be a pivotal setback in the struggle for American workers' rights. These materials pertain to: the May 4, 1886 meeting and bombing; to the trial, conviction and subsequent appeals of those accused of inciting the bombing; and to the execution of four of the convicted and the later pardon of the remaining defendants.
Our Library Could Be Your Life:

This may be old news to everyone else, but I hadn't run across Linda Kay's library songs site before today. "Libraries Change Lives" (should I ever get up the courage to sing along with the charming, lo-fi Casio backing track Linda has helpfully provided) will be going on the library songs mix tape I've been compiling in my head over the last three years (along with NRBQ's "Encyclopedia" and Joy Rutherford's "The Bold Librarian".)
Geekbait (soon to become Libronaut) jazzed up a slow afternoon. There should definitely, as Abigail suggests, be a "ex-cool-indie-rocker librarian support group" (although I suspect there may be more ex-hopelessly shy emo kids than hipsters among us.)

Thanks again to NewBreed, where Juanita is turning up all kinds of interesting links while I get overly excited about the 1901 British Census.

Don't miss Abigail's IPL Pathfinder on this history of Detroit rock, 1965 - 1980, by the way.