• Science.gov (www.science.gov) is the official search engine for federal government STM
(http://worldwidescience.org) is new and extends the Science.gov concept to international STM
• Scitopia.org (www.scitopia.org) searches a rich trove of information in the content of STM societies.
• ScienceResearch.com (www.scienceresearch.com) is from Deep Web Technologies (www.deepwebtech.com), the company whose search technology powers the other three. It is also a portal for searching a wide range of STM content.
This is a project that began in 1997 but got put aside for what I thought would be "a little while." But it languished on a lost set of floppies for 5 years. The images and text were scanned from a copy of Scribner's archived in the Special Collections room of the University of Iowa Libraries. Between then and now the library at Cornell University reproduced the entire issue of Scribner's Magazine, which includes this article, as a set of gif images in their Making of America Web site. Go there if you'd like to see the original layout (search on "end of books").
Katherine Paterson Named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature
Katherine Paterson, two-time winner of the National Book Award and the Newbery Medal, was named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington on Jan. 5, 2010. Paterson will serve in the position during 2010 and 2011; she succeeds Jon Scieszka, appointed in 2008, who was the first person to hold the title. Paterson has chosen “Read for Your Life” as the theme for her platform.
Katherine Paterson’s international fame rests not only on her widely acclaimed novels but also on her efforts to promote literacy in the United States and abroad. A two-time winner of the Newbery Medal (“Bridge to Terabithia” and “Jacob Have I Loved”) and the National Book Award (“The Great Gilly Hopkins” and “The Master Puppeteer”), she has received many accolades for her body of work, including the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, given by her home state of Vermont. She was also named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress.
Ms. Paterson is vice president of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, a nonprofit organization that informs, promotes, educates and inspires the American public to pursue literacy for young people and support libraries. She is both an Alida Cutts Lifetime Member of the United States Board on Books for Young People and a Lifetime Member of the International Board on Books for Young People.
Ms. Paterson’s most recent book is “The Day of the Pelican,” a moving, dramatic story of a refugee family's flight from war-torn Kosovo to America. It is the 2010 selection for Vermont Reads, a statewide reading program.
- Katherine Paterson at the National Book Festival, 2008
- Katherine Paterson at the National Book Festival, 2004
- Katherine Paterson at the National Book Festival, 2001
- Jacob Have I Loved” Slide Show
Katherine Paterson’s Literary Awards
Bread and Roses, Too
New York Public Library Best Books for Teen Age, 2007
Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year, 2007
VOYA's 2006 Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers
Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, 2007
Christopher Award, 2006
Parents' Choice Gold Medal, Fall 2006, Historical Fiction
The Same Stuff as Stars
Co-winner of the Paterson Prize, 2003
Honor Book for The Red Mitten, Judy Lopez Memorial, and Jane Addams Awards, 2003
Parents' Choice 1999 Story Book Award
Jefferson Cup of Virginia Library Association
THE COLLECTION OF written knowledge in some sort of repository is a practice as old as civilization itself. About 30,000 clay tablets found in ancient Mesopotamia date back more than 5,000 years. Archaelogists have uncovered papyrus scrolls from 1300-1200bc in the ancient Egyptian cities of Amarna and Thebes and thousands of clay tablets in the palace of King Sennacherib, Assyrian ruler from 704-681bc, at Nineveh, his capital city. More evidence turned up with the discovery of the personal collection of Sennacherib's grandson, King Ashurbanipal.
The name for the repository eventually became the library. Whether private or public, the library has been founded, built, destroyed and rebuilt. The library, often championed, has been a survivor throughout its long history and serves as a testament to the thirst for knowledge.
Literacy Builds Libraries
Early collections may have surfaced from the Near East, but the ancient Greeks propelled the idea through their heightened interest in literacy and intellectual life. Public and private libraries flourished through a well-established process: authors wrote on a variety of subjects, scriptoria or copy shops produced the books, and book dealers sold them. Copying books was an exacting business and one in high demand, because a book's "trustworthiness" translated into quality. An Athenian decree called for a repository of "trustworthy" copies. Though the public library first appeared by the fourth century bc, the private library was more prevalent. Aristotle, for instance, amassed a large private collection. Ancient geographer Strabo said Aristotle "was the first to have put together a collection of books and to have taught the kings in Egypt how to arrange a library."
Read the full article here http://www.history-magazine.com/libraries.html
Popular legal thriller author John Grisham has broken his holdout against selling his books in an electronic format and will sell all of his 23 titles as e-books, his publisher said.
The former lawyer, whose best sellers include "The Firm" and "A Time To Kill", had previously held off selling his books electronically,expressing concern that e-books would wipe out traditional book stores and make it harder for new writers to succeed.
But beginning Tuesday, all Grisham's fiction and non-fiction books will be available through e-book retailers, publisher Random House said. As e-books have grown in popularity, some authors have been embroiled in
royalty negotiations with publishers. Publishers in turn have had disagreements with e-book retailers such as Amazon.com about how to split e-book sales.
Stuart Applebaum, a Random House spokesman, would not disclose the terms of the deal, but said "today was a watershed deal."The deal "is certain to usher in a new generation of Grisham readers ande-book adopters," Sonny Mehta, chairman of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, which is owned by Random House and publishes Grisham's hardback titles, said in a statement.
Since his first novel "A Time To Kill" was released in 1989, Grisham has sold more than 250 million books worldwide, according to Random House.Several of his novels have been turned into films.Grisham's literary agent said the author had no comment on Tuesday's announcement. Grisham said in a TV interview last November that discounting of printedbooks by major retailers and the advent of e-books was "a disaster in
the long term" for publishers, bookstores and authors. "If a new book is now worth about $9 then we have seriously devalued that book," Grisham said on the "Today" show. "Suddenly the whole industry is going to change, you are going to lose publishers, you are going to lose bookstores. I am probably going to be
alright, but the aspiring writers are going to have a hard time getting published," he added.
Grisham's e-books were available on Tuesday through e-book retailers such as the Sony Reader Store, Barnes & Noble.com and Amazon.com, who all had Grisham's newer print editions like "The Associate" listed
at $9.99 and his older books at $7.99. According to statistics released by International Digital Publishing Forum, wholesale revenue from e-book sales in the United States morethan tripled in the fourth quarter of 2009 to $55.9 million from $16.6million in the same quarter in 2008.
(Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Jill Serjeant)