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Submission + - Legislating the Language of "Illiegal Aliens" (ala.org)

tiltowait writes: Last month, the U.S. Library of Congress announced the Subject Heading "Illegal Aliens" would be replaced with the terms "Noncitizens" and "Unauthorized immigration." Subject Headings serve as standard cataloging labels to make tagged items easier to find, and have likewise evolved to more accurately reflect the language of the day (previous headings include "Negroes" and so on). Last week, Tea Party Caucus member Diane Black introduced a bill (the Stopping Partisan Policy at the Library of Congress Act) to halt this renaming process. More recently, an appropriations rider was added to force the Library of Congress to retail the "aliens" designation, as the term is used in the United States Code. Given that we can't use a dead tongue for taxonomy, what is the appropriate method of cutting the language down to the bone?

Submission + - 20 Hollow Copyright Claims

tiltowait writes: Slashdot readers should be familiar with most if not all of these, but the list of 20 Hollow Copyright Claims is a somber reminder of the current sorry state of intellectual property laws in the United States--as anyone who’s encountered a paywall or a takedown notice (or remembers Slashdot's run-in with Scientology) can attest. It serves as a call to arms that we not lose sight of the benefits to sharing knowledge.
Books

Submission + - [Ponies!] Vatican to Digitize Prohibited Archives (tk421.net) 2

tiltowait writes: [in case you want to queue up something for tomorrow... :o] Hot on the heels of their successful iPhone app and drive-through confessional, the BBC News reports that the Vatican has announced plans to digitize their pornography collection and make it available online to paying subscribers. Given what the church has planned for the project's profits, here's hoping they learn lessons from the the New York Times paywall loopholes. Is anyone in on the Indulgentia beta?
Education

Submission + - [ponies] Libraries to Give Up Cataloging?

Sparrowhawk writes: Greetings from Baltimore, where the 13th National Conference of the Association of College & Research Libraries is drawing to a close. To coincide with the conference, some sweeping changes have been announced by none other than the Library of Congress regarding how they handing the cataloging of materials. Can te slashdottit system be used as a new pedagogy for authority control?
Google

Submission + - Google Nerfs Bush's "Miserable Failure"

tiltowait writes: "from the smart-bomb dept. The New York Times reports on the requiem for everyone's favorite Google bomb:

Now a favored online tactic to mock the president — altering the Google search engine so the words "miserable failure" lead to President Bush's home page at the White House — has been neutralized.
It looks like they just pulled the results, since other link bombs still work. But is the de-listing of jewwatch and martinlutherking.org far behind?"
The Internet

Submission + - A Librarian's Guided Tour of Wikipedia

tiltowait writes: "With the potential rise of Citizendium and the continued media circus surrounding Wikipedia's foibles, it's a good time to review the current state of Wikimania and consider what these disruptive technologies mean for the future of "authoritative" information sources. If you've ever wanted for a general overview of Wikipedia or needed something to point to when asked, "Wikipedia? Isn't that just a bunch of lies?" then the 1-hour screencast titled "Why Wiki?" is for you. The online video is my perspective on the pros and cons of Wikipedia and how it stacks up to traditional publication formats.

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