news roundup

Two reasons to be glad you don’t live in Oklahoma–although in all fairness, I have a friend who lives there, and the second link shows there at least a few signs of hope. Anyway, I mention this not only to keep you up-to-date on the Dustbowl but also to point out that American Libraries, the in-house organ of the ALA, now has an RSS feed.

Elsewhere in the world of book-burning, a conservative rag has polled a group of “scholars and public policy leaders” on the Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries, which I present without further comment. [via Information Wants To Be Free]

Closer to the home front, Dominican is having an event at ALA, although apparently its only for alums. All of us, however, are welcome at the GSLIS Book Group discussion on Tuesday. I have never actually managed to make it to one of these, and I can’t go to this one either, but if anyone does go or has been in the past, drop me a line or post a comment here (to do that, click on the link below that says “0 Comments,” which will take you to a form that will allow you to up that sad number) if you think it’s at all good.

And out in digital library land, Siva Vaidhaynathan (of The Anarchist in the Library fame) is collecting opinions on Google’s various book and library enterprises. Head on over if you want to comment. (I’ve linked to Alane’s note on this at It’s all good; she’ll send you over to, where you can also read a long excerpt of Michael Gorman’s latest tirade [reported on here by the Free Range Librarian].