Submitted by Blake on February 5, 2002 - 10:44pm
writes \"The Chronile of Higher Education says a new study by two professors at the Rochester Institute of Technology concludes that online plagiarism is not nearly as widespread as has frequently been suggested.
\"There\'s been a lot of media hype over the last couple of years, assuming that the Internet is going to cause a rash of academic dishonesty,\" says Mr. Scanlon. \"While the number of students we found using the Internet to plagiarize is still troubling ... it isn\'t the epidemic that\'s been trumpeted. At least, not yet.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 5, 2002 - 10:17pm
Bob Cox passed along this one on the dwindling dvd collection at North Babylon Public Library.
Ninety-four of the library\'s DVDs were systematically checked out by three patrons in September and October, never to be returned.
The director has gone to court is asking for a court order to get the DVDs back and have the fines paid.
Taking patrons to court is rare, they say, but not unheard of. Nationwide there have been cases of patrons being sued and even arrested for failing to return overdue materials.
Submitted by Blake on February 5, 2002 - 9:29pm
It\'s the First Annual Google Programming Contest.
Grand prize is $10,000 in cash, and more.
Google is providing a selection of about 900,000 web pages in pre-parsed and raw format, together with a \"ripper\" program that provides a framework for processing the pre-parsed data. The mission is to write a program (most likely by adding code to the ripper) that does something interesting with the data, in such a way that it would scale to a web-sized collection of documents. Part of the job is to convince them why the program is interesting and why it will scale.
Submitted by Blake on February 5, 2002 - 9:13pm
Bob writes \"HBS Working Knowledge has an interview with Harvard Business School professor Clark Gilbert, who says Newspapers saw a threat to their livelihood from the Internet, and aggressively put their own products online, but they didn\'t take advantage of the power of \'disruptive technology\'. \"
As someone who looks at way more newspaper sites than the average person, I can say most of them are terrible.
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Submitted by Blake on February 5, 2002 - 5:27pm
Lee Hadden writes \" Chemical Engineering and News has an interesting account in their
\"Newscripts\" column in the back of the journal. The issue for January 14,
2002, on page 48, has the item \"Free Car Carries Surprising Baggage.\"
The author of a popular text, \"Rapid Interpretation of EKG\'s,\" wrote
in the 50th printing an insert among the copyright legalese boilerplate. In
this insert, he offers a free car shown on page 46 to the people who send
their name and address to the publisher, and who\'s name is pulled out of a
Only 5 people responded out of the 60,000 copies sold, and Jeffrey
Seiden won the prize- a shiny red 1965 Ford Thunderbird, with only 16,000
miles on it, worth $20,000.00.
However, it turned out that this was not a Yale University matter
although reported in the New Haven Register. Author Dale Dubin had lost his
medical license and served five years in federal prison for selling drugs
and possession of child pornography. He had been released in 1989.
If you have an account with the American Chemical Society, you can
read more about it at: pubs.acs.org/cen
Submitted by Blake on February 5, 2002 - 4:12pm
\"Built on the Internet and the World Wide Web, the Grid is a new class of infrastructure. By providing scalable, secure, high-performance mechanisms for discovering and negotiating access to remote resources, the Grid promises to make it possible for scientific collaborations to share resources on an unprecedented scale, and for geographically distributed groups to work together in ways that were previously impossible.\"
I\'m sure there is an application for libraries somewhere in there. Full story.
Spotted at Metafilter.com.
Submitted by Blake on February 5, 2002 - 2:08pm
The Times UK has a Story on Julian Del Guidice, a librarian tried to blackmail the directors of an insurance company, and threatened to burn down the house of the employee who sold him his investment policy.
He was a little upset when he found that he had lost thousands of pounds in savings with the troubled insurance company Equitable Life.
He was spared jail yesterday after a judge accepted that he had been provoked by the incompetence of a former company director. The judge said: \"Putting it mildly, there was a great deal of incompetence in the writer of the letter. But two wrongs never make a right. Such loss can never be an excuse for a criminal offence.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 5, 2002 - 12:23pm
Genie Tyburski writes \"Chris Sherman, Associate Editor, Searchday, writes an introduction to the search technology behind Quigo. Quigo is taking on the task of indexing database content on the Web. \"
There are many other good search engine related stories on the site as well.
Submitted by Blake on February 5, 2002 - 10:43am
One archivist to preserve and catalog the old, burnt-out light
One acquisitions librarian to order the new light bulb;
One cataloger to catalog and classify the new light bulb when
received according to AACR2 standards, noting wattage, color,
fluorescent or incandescent, etc.;
One reference librarian to ascertain that the light bulb ordered
is what the patron REALLY wants;
One media services librarian to make sure the bulb meets stated
One government publications librarian to check that the bulb meets
One circulation librarian to check out the bulb;
One dean of libraries to oversee the entire process;
One student worker to actually change the light bulb.
Submitted by Ryan on February 5, 2002 - 10:32am
Holly Springs, NC mayor Dick Sears sees the acquisition of a library as crucial to reviving the town\'s business
\"This is a piece of the puzzle we really want badly,\" [he] said after a brief presentation. \"This is an important piece of the puzzle.\"
It\'s also an important piece of building community and boosting economic development for [nearby] Rolesville and Morrisville, which, along with Holly Springs, are the only Wake towns without a library to call their own. Rolesville and Morrisville are lobbying the county, as is Cary, which wants a second branch . . .
More from the Raleigh News-Observer.
Submitted by Blake on February 5, 2002 - 10:07am
Aina writes \"CNN - posted a story on 2/3 titled, \"Librarins--now \'media specialist.\'\"
This story is a positive acknowledgement for the changing face of librarianship. \"
They say demands of technology and higher academic standards are changing the roles of librarians, creating a new breed of educators who can shift gears from \"Hamlet\" to HTML, from Gogol to Google.
More importantly many of the same skills that make librarians indispensable in school are now making them more attractive to the private sector.
\"In the old days, you could trust a book, more or less,\" she says. \"You could look at the publisher. Now they have to figure this out for themselves.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 5, 2002 - 9:33am
LLRX writes \"Hunting For A Job? Try the Internet
Barbara Fullerton reviews a wide range of web resources for job hunters, with a special emphasis on sites specifically useful for library and information professionals. In the February 1, 2002 issue of LLRX.com \"
Luckily your search should be easy, there are Four job openings for every Librarian.
Submitted by Blake on February 5, 2002 - 9:23am
SomeOne writes \"This is a guide to the terminology, acronyms, initiatives, standards, technologies, and players in the free online scholarship (FOS) movement —the movement to publish scholarly literature on the internet and make it available to readers free of charge. The guide is a product of the Free Online Scholarship Newsletter. \"
Submitted by Cornelia on February 4, 2002 - 9:57pm
FYI London reports that London, Ontario will have North America\'s first public library-based media literacy centre, thanks to a $200,000 donation from CHUM Televsion.
For more information, see here and here.
Submitted by Blake on February 4, 2002 - 9:25pm
The Bozeman, MT School District has canceled a hearing on whether to remove the library book \"Nathan\'s Run\" from the shelves of Chief Joseph Middle School over its violence and profanity. The mother who raised objections said Friday she wouldn\'t appear to challenge it.
Patricia Ladue, the mother who filed the challenge in December, couldn\'t be reached for comment. Her husband, Richard Ladue, said, \"We have nothing to say. This author has gotten enough free publicity.\" He then hung up.
Submitted by Blake on February 4, 2002 - 6:18pm
jen writes \"Need a smoke?
The UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management today released on the internet the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library, a collection of more than 20 million pages of previously secret documents from tobacco industry files. The documents represent the world\'s largest public digital collection maintained by a library. The searchable collection can be accessed at legacy.library.ucsf.edu.
Ranging in date from the 1930s to the 1990s, the documents cover projects central to the tobacco industry such as marketing, research and development, cigarette analysis and design, as well as industry efforts to establish business in developing countries. The documents were obtained through the legal discovery process for a lawsuit against the major tobacco companies by the Attorney General of Minnesota and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota, and suits brought by other states. The suit was settled in 1998. \"
Submitted by Ryan on February 4, 2002 - 5:54pm
Nancy Groves writes:
The World Bank Book Project packages and ships recycled books to supply hundreds of schools in several developing countries. It is currently undertaking a large shipment of books to Malawi.
This operation is entirely run by volunteers who collect, sort out and pack books according to the needs of each school which contacted this charity.
You can help them by donating books and magazines, old or new. The project is looking for elementary, intermediate, high school and university textbooks and library books, novels, fiction, National Geographic magazines and vocational material such as books on quilting,
knitting, woodworking etc . . .
Donations can be brought to the loading dock of the J building at 1775 G Street [in Washington, D.C.] all week long or at JB3-105 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Or you can contact Chantale Holzmann at 202-473-8960; Email:
Please distribute this notice to your friends and colleagues who may be able to supply the project with much needed books. Thanks very much!
Submitted by Ryan on February 4, 2002 - 5:13pm
From CNN, with thanks to Metafilter:
The maker of a popular weight-loss system filed suit against four search engines this week, alleging that their policy of letting advertisers pay to appear in top-ranked search results violated federal and state trademark and fair-competition laws.
Mark Nutritionals Inc. [is] asking for at least $10 million in compensatory damages and $100 million in punitive damages from each company . . .
More (Altavista, Kanoodle.com, FindWhat.com and Overture Services Inc. are named in the suit.)