Network World Germany on censorware blinder-box

Seth Finkelstein
writes \" Network World Germany has run an
article about my work exposing how censorware is
impelled to ban anonymity, privacy, and
language-translation sites, because these represent
escapes from control.

The Full Story is in German, so
ironically, for English-speakers,
better viewed through a
language-translation site.

Title translates as: \"The worst pages in the Internet\"

If your site was using censorware, likely you
couldn\'t use this :-(


USA Patriot Act and Privacy of Library Patrons

LLRX writes \"T
he USA PATRIOT Act and Patron Privacy on Library
Internet Terminals .

Mary Minow answers important questions about how
this act impacts libraries providing Internet access to
the public. Mary also provides a valuable bibiliography
of related materials. Published on February
15, 2002 \"


Man charged over smelly feet

writes \"A man with smelly feet has been
charged with disturbing the
peace for taking his shoes off in a Dutch library.
He has already been banned from the library at the
University in Delft.
The librarian says people leave the building because
smell so bad.

Full Story \"


Stories From Around The World

Cavan McCarthy writes \"Nigeria has the distinction of being one of just 11 African nations to have more than 20,000 internet subscribers. South Africa has by far the highest proportion of surfers with Algeria, Egypt and Kenya also in the group.Home internet access is for the well off. The average cost of dial-up access is about £40 per month and cyber cafes, internet access is between 30p and 60p hour.Full Story

Lee Hadden writes: \"The Saudi News has an article about the banning of St. Valentine\'s Day
cards, toys, candy, etc., in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Red more about it at ArabNews.
While, The Scottish Episcopal Church is marking Valentine\'s Day by launching a book about sex. Read more about it at

Digital age turned librarians into information scientists

Mr. Stuff sent over This Story that says The Internet has made things a little more complicated for us.

\"We used to be able to tell people, \'We don\'t have that,\' \" she said. \"We can\'t do that anymore.\"

They say the Web has transformed the lives of traditional librarians, and we now now find ourselves seeking answers to questions on electronic databases, intranets and the less-than-organized World Wide Web.
Seems to be a bit of a \"we\'re overwhelmed\" tone to this one.


A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Rick writes \"
Playboy was selected because of its articles being referenced in certain academic topic searches, he said.

Full Story \"

Partly funded by student fees, Playboy magazine is available to students and any member of the community who purchases Sterling C. Evans Library cards for themselves and their children.
Sorry, no pictures in this one.

Budapest Open Access Initiative

Charles W. Bailey, Jr. writes \"The Open Society Institute (OSI) held a meeting on December 1-2 of last year that resulted in the creation of the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI). Self-archiving
and alternative journals are the two major strategies recommended by the BOAI. The
Open Society Institute has donated one million dollars per year for a three-year
period to support open access initiatives. See the BOAI Web Site\".

We also got advanced word of this from Steve Cisler.


Elementary and Secondary Schools: The Role, Challenges

Cabot writes \"Statistics Canada has prepared, for the National Library of Canada, an overview of school libraries in Canada.

\"Specifically, this report will examine information (both qualitative and quantitative), on library-related issues and concerns, elementary and secondary schools, school libraries, government spending, trends in enrolment and library finances. It will also provide an analysis of the availability and quality of current data sources for school libraries.\"

Full Report \"

At Last . . . An Understanding Look at Weeding

From the Victoria Times Colonist:

Judith Reid isn\'t surprised to hear from me. God knows, the district\'s head teacher-librarian has been hearing from a lot of people these days during her visits to Greater Victoria school libraries, all of them asking the same questions I\'m asking.

Such as: What\'s going on with all these books? How come you\'re throwing away thousands of them? Aren\'t there desperate children somewhere in the Third World who\'d give anything to get their hands on some of these?

Reid and many of her 51 fellow teacher-librarians in the district are in the midst of a major cull, weeding out any books deemed to be outdated, shabby, incorrect, racist, sexist, ageist or just plain neglected . . .


Why Computers Don\'t Belong in the Classroom has An Interview with Clifford Stoll.

He\'s an astronomer and pioneer Internet user. He expresses his doubts in a volume entitled High Tech Heretic: Why Computers Don\'t Belong in the Classroom and Other Reflections by a Computer Contrarian. He argues that instead of spending time in front of computers, youngsters need interaction with their peers and with their teachers. He argues that computing offers instant gratification instead of solving the real problems in American education which require interaction with teachers and improved discipline. In this interview the author talks about some of what he sees as the negative impacts of the high-tech revolution.


What if Order of the Phoenix Is an eBook

Someone point out SFGate has This Story on the fact that Rowling has thus far signed no final contract for \"Order of the Phoenix\", still tentatively scheduled for this fall, David Kipen, asks:
\"What if Rowling turned her back on the notoriously screwy publishing industry and, like Dylan, went electric?\"

He says The consequences would be threefold and immediate, First, many nice neighborhood bookstores would curl up and die overnight, Second, those same nice booksellers would have plenty of company in bankruptcy court, Third, a downloadable Harry Potter book would put the fast-expiring micro- industry of e-book publishing incontrovertibly on the map once and for all.


Dot.Bust Overloading Public Library Terminals

There\'s a Little Blurb at Business Week on the troubles the bust are causing at SFPL.

\"As local unemployment has surged to 5.7%, once-quiet bookworm oases now swarm with surly surfers. Weekday demand for the main library\'s 300 computers is so high that administrators split them into \"express\" terminals, with a 15-minute limit, and 1-hour terminals--with strictly enforced waiting lists. \"It\'s like a stampede in the morning for the sign-up sheet,\" says library spokeswoman Marcia Schneider. \"Security has to hold people back.\"

There is a report of \"Web Rage\", where one user screamed for 10 minutes at a librarian who kicked him off a terminal and then threatened to sue.

Guide to Producing Handsome Books on Home Computers

The Chronicle of Higher Ed has An Interview with Douglas Holleley, an educator and photographer, the author of \"Digital Book Design and Publishing\".

His book \"details the ways that modern technologies and software can help aspiring authors or artists produce their own books at home, taking the power that has belonged to publishers for centuries and putting it instead in the hands of the people.\"


Big Brother is watching you read

Someone writes \"Increasingly, the government is demanding that bookstores reveal what books their customers have purchased. Bookstore owners and privacy advocates say that\'s scarier than a Stephen King novel.

Full Story is @ Salon \"

From the article:\"If we allow law enforcement access to customer records whenever they think it\'s convenient, customers won\'t feel secure purchasing books and magazines that are their constitutional right to buy,\" said Chris Finan, president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. \"It\'s important because many books are very private, or about sensitive issues, and if they feel booksellers turn over buying information at regular intervals, customers won\'t buy those books.\" By extension, this could have a chilling effect on the types of books that end up being published.


SAA 2001 Diversity Roundtables Report Available

The report on the Society of American Archivists\' diversity roundtables at the 2001 convention are available (as a PDF.)

Books Sweep The Oscars

Cavan McCarthy writes \"\"Last year\'s top-grossing film, ``Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s Stone,\'\' received just three nominations, for art direction, costume design and original score.\"

Yahoo! News Has The Story \"

The first film installment of J.R.R. Tolkien\'s fantasy classic earned 13 Nominations.


Hyperlinks patent trial

jen writes \"Just imagine the implications if this company is successful...

Company says it owns hyperlinks patent
Judge: \'Language is archaic ... like reading Old English\'
CNN Story

A British company claimed in federal court Monday that it owns the patent on hyperlinks -- the single-click conveniences that take a Web surfer from one Internet page to another -- and should get paid for their daily use by millions of people.

The Beeb has more.
The original patent was part of a technology called Prestel - an early system of linked computers that the Post Office was developing.

BT stumbled upon the patent during a routine update of its 15,000 global patents in the summer of 2000.

Prodigy\'s unlikely saviour comes in the form of a fuzzy black and white video which shows a 1968 demonstration by Stanford computer researcher Douglas Engelbart apparently demonstrating hypertext linking.
Gary Price adds, \"Just online, the full-text of BT\'s court filing.
Full-Image, too!\"


Sticky fingers

Val writes \"LATimes Story
on a
Long-time National Archives employee busted for selling documents on ebay, among them, a presidential pardon signed by Abe Lincoln, you know, Honest Abe....

U.S. District attorney Patrick Meehan spins: \"This is not just value measured in dollars--these were authentic documents, the actual records of events that ware part of our American history, and when they are removed from the collection the value is incalculable... This wasn\'t just a crime against the National Archives. This was a crime against future generations and their access to American history.\"

Bob Cox also pointed the way to Another Story on the same thing.


Bodleian urged to hand back holy manuscripts

Charles Davis writes \"
The Bodleian Library is the latest target of a group
campaigning for the return of treasures taken from
Ethiopia by the British Army in the 19th century.

The Association For the Return of the Maqdala
Ethiopian Treasures (Afromet) is calling for the
return of a number of holy manuscripts held by
the Oxford University library.

Afromet is lobbying the Government to return a
range of artefacts brought to Britain after a war in
Ethiopia in 1868.

The treasures include 34 illustrated ecclesiastical
manuscripts of particular importance to the
Ethiopian Orthodox Church, which are held at the

Full Story


Kabul University needs books

Kathleen writes \"This NY Times story (requires registration) is a brief but interesting article about Kabul University in Afghanistan, which has opened its doors to women for the first time since the Taliban took power. The library was decimated by Taliban censors -- who had a habit of shooting books of which they disapproved -- and a plea for texts is at the end. \"

There is actually a picture of a book that had been shot in the story.


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