Librarian almost home

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 02/02/2000 - 18:41
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It looks like Song Yongyi is almost home, according to the BBC in this short UpdateThe US embassy in Beijing says the Chinese-born academic, Song Yongyi, has left China for the United States.

The embassy welcomed the Chinese authorities\' decision to release him.

Mr Song, who worked as a librarian and researcher in Pennsylvania, was detained during a visit to Beijing last August.

Innovative design aims to create showcase library

Submitted by Steve on Tue, 02/01/2000 - 15:45
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Things are changing in Wyoming. Read about it Here. From the The Grand Rapids Press.

But perhaps the biggest addition to the \"City of Vision and Progress\" came last week when city officials got
their first glimpse at plans for a $7.5 million library. The bold, unusual building is full of unconventional items.

At first glance, the innovative design seems uncharacteristic for Wyoming, a city with a no-frills,
working-class feel. But that\'s exactly what City Manager Don Mason is going for.

Libraries taking more steps to find overdue books

Submitted by Steve on Tue, 02/01/2000 - 15:38
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Overdue books have become quite a problem. Have a look Here. From the The News-Journal Online.

Books about Jesse James ride off library shelves into the sunset, while patrons who borrow wedding etiquette manuals often rudely fail to return the book after the ceremony. \"All kinds of books are not returned. But the ones that really don\'t come back are pregnancy and childbirth, wedding etiquette,witchcraft, cults or that type of thing,\" said Elizabeth Potts, director of the Maury County Library System. \"Jack the Ripper, anything on Jesse James, you can forget.\"

Opting out of Doubleclicks cookies

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 02/01/2000 - 11:59

You can stop Doubleclick\'s ability to track you, on and off line, HERE .

If you don\'t opt out, Doubleclick\'s ads have the ability to track you over multiple sites, and match that up with their database.
DoubleClick\'s new privacy policy states that the company plans to use this information to
build a database profiling consumers. The database will include consumers\' names;
addresses; retail, catalog and online purchase histories; and demographic data, according
to the policy.

Web Filter Blocks More Gun Sites

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 02/01/2000 - 09:36
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A Story on
Surf Watch, the filtering software, and the companies
decision to block out Gun Sites.
Concerned by violence in the nation\'s schools, a California
company has beefed up its online filtering software to block
thousands of new Web pages hawking guns and ammunition.

SurfWatch Software officials said the new version
shipped in November filters Web sites that \"primarily sell
guns, weapons, ammunition or poisonous substances and sites
that allow online purchasing or ordering information,
including lists of prices and dealer locations.\"

The renewed effort follows a series of school shootings
in recent years, especially April\'s deadly rampage at
Columbine High School in Colorado.

For years, companies that make Internet filtering
software have blocked guns and ammunition sites...

Law Would Prosecute Libraries for Kiddie Porn

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 02/01/2000 - 09:30

Yahoo News
picked up a story from Soutch Carolina HERE on an interesting new law proposal.

A state lawmaker has proposed a bill that would hold
library officials criminally liable if they let children see
pornography online.
The legislation, introduced by Sen. Mike Fair, R-Greenville,
was inspired by the Greenville County Library Board\'s
refusal to install Internet filtering software on computers.
Using filtering software to block adult Web sites in the
nation\'s libraries has been a controversial issue between
free-speech advocates and those wanting to shield kids from
the seamier side of

Coping with Database Protection Laws

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 01/31/2000 - 21:13
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Andy Oram wrote an article on the consequences of database protection Laws, HERE that is worth a read.
The 1990s have witnessed the creation of an entire new category of intellectual property—the collection—as well as a new (sui generis) right of ownership. In this article I will try to summarize the issues that content providers and their representatives should be alert to when dealing with laws concerning “collections of information”, a term I will use interchangeably with the term databases.