Attack of the Masked Cyberdudes

Melba Tomeo writes \"New York Times Magazine cover story \"Attack of the Masked Cyberdudes\" on 15-year old, who posed as a legal expert at Askme.com and gained a #3 rating. He gained his legal \"knowledge\" by watching Court TV and Judge Judy. A very provocative and well-written story, with some fascinating insight on the internet phenomenon. The NY Times requires registration but, this is the link I have
The story was in the July 15, 2001 NY Times Magazine. \"


There\'s also a Panel Discussion: \'Faking It\'

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Libraries Are Getting Dangerous

Yesterday it was reported that a library worker was badly burned at the Detroit Public Library. Today, it\'s being reported that a worker was killed after being electrocuted at the Culver-Union Public Library in Culver, IN. [more...]

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Librarians, Others On Strike in CA

For The LA Times, Tina Dirmann writes...

\"Chanting \"scabs go home!\" to fellow workers who remained on the job, striking Ventura County government employees continued to disrupt public services Thursday and announced that their initial two-day walkout would continue into early next week. Meanwhile, county officials braced for an extended strike that is already taking a toll on child protective services, public libraries, building permitting and agricultural inspections.\" [more...] If you thought that one was fun and informative, here\'s another one. from The Daily News.

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Salt Lake County Library Board Picks Own Chairman

Tanya writes \"Interesting news. I\'m not sure what I think about this, but it seems a bit strange. The Salt Lake County Library Board has hired its own Chairman to direct the library system.
Read the Full story \"


He ain\'t got no MLS. A 1979 geology and environmental science graduate of Mesa College in Grand Junction, Colo., Cooper has more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors.

StoryPlace.org

The fine folks at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County have set up Storyplace.org, a very cool site devoted to story time at the library.


StoryPlace, an interactive web site, came about to provide children with the virtual experience of going to the library and participating in the same types of activities the library offers. In the summer of 1999, a team of Children\'s Librarians and Specialists got together with in-house web developers to begin development on this exciting site. In the Spring of 2000, StoryPlace premiered with it\'s first section, the Pre-School Library, completed.

StoryPlace currently consists of two libraries, the Preschool Library and Elementary Library with new activities and themes being added each month

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Et Tu Yahoo?

I accidently turned off my pop-up killer this morning, and noticed that even Yahoo is running those stupid pop-up ads now.

If you surf the web as much as I do, you should be running something extra to help cut all the crap out of sites you don\'t want to deal with.

Below I have links to a bunch of handy dandy little programs that block ads and cookies, and kill those annoying pop-up ads that seem to be everywhere.
If you\'re not already running something, give one a try, they are all free, and really make things much nicer.If you know of others, feel free to tack them on to the list!

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Nashville\'s New Age Library

From The Times Union, Douglas Filaroski writes...

\"A coffee shop with latte and cappuccino. Big overstuffed chairs near the John Grisham novels. Internet portals for laptops. Walls of artwork. This is not the newest trendy cafe, or one of those warehouse bookstores. This is today\'s modern public library, in this case a 300,000-square-foot building in Nashville, Tenn., that is part museum, part cafe, computer center, conference hall, theater and a place to borrow books.\" [more...]

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Internet Funds Come With Rules

From The Bakersfield Californian, Tim Bragg writes...

\"Local schools are taking advantage of federal funding that allows school districts to receive discounts on costs for Internet access. But the money comes with rules requiring districts to protect children from inappropriate Web sites, e-mails and other content.\" [more...]

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Librarian Sentenced to Prison Term For Jailbreak

The judge says seven years in the slammer for a librarian who tried to break her lover out of jail. The original story was posted Here on LISNews. She plans to appeal the sentence. [more...] from NewsRoom. Also, according to This One, at ABC Online she is maintaining her innocence saying that it wasn\'t her who broke her lover out of prison. ...umm, yeah and I just saw Elvis riding an orange elephant down the interstate.

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An Academic Publishing Revolution on the Web?

Why have academics failed to make full use of the information manipulation and distribution tools offered by the Web? Ariadne\'s Philip Hunter investigates:

Just three or four years ago the Web community was getting used to the idea that the way we would work in future would be radically different from the way we work now. The world of coalface flatfile html markup would begin to disappear in favour of collaborative working, managed workflow, document versioning, on the fly pages constructed out of application independent xml chunks, site management tools and push-button publishing via multiple formats - html, xml, pdf, print, etc. Text appearing in more than one context would be stored in a central repository and repurposed according to particular requirements.

In the UK Higher Education sector, this doesn\'t seem to have happened. Worldwide in the university sector, it doesn\'t seem to have happened. Site management tools are being used here and there, and there are now decent text editors both available and widely used - this means that Web Editors are no longer expected to deal with basic markup chores all day every day. Some sites put together pages on the fly, using SSIs or ASP chunks. There are sites which interface with backend databases to provide user requested data in a user friendly format. However you will have to look hard for a Higher Education sector site which uses all of these techniques and which yokes them together with collaborative working and managed workflow. Higher Education is not using content management systems as a matter of course, and is not making use of the most sophisticated systems available.[ More ]

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Libraries Corner Market

For The Daily Mail & Guardian, Barry Streek writes...

\"A Western Cape development agency, Wesgro, has initiated a novel approach for providing would-be entrepreneurs with information on small enterprises by establishing \"business corners\" in local libraries. Chief economist, Wolfgang Thomas said, \'In the search for low-cost, sustainable models for the dissemination of information to entrepreneurs, libraries have come forward as an ideal institution, accessible to the public, equipped to store and disseminate information.\' Ummm, isn\'t that what we do anyway? [more...]

Book Ban Rejected

For The Seattle Times, David Olson writes...

\"In its second book-banning vote in five years, the Federal Way Public Schools board Tuesday turned down several parents\' request to remove six books from high-school English classes. The complaining parents were offended by vulgar language and sexual and violent scenes in the novels. But school officials and other parents said the books are great literature and appropriate for teenagers in an advanced English class.\" I\'ll bet those same complaining parents use the f-word in front of their kids. [more...]

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More to Comply with CIPA

From The Almagordo Daily News, Elva Osterreich writes...

\"Several previous attempts by the federal government to regulate library and school Internet access to children have been overturned by complaints from the ACLU and other organizations. CIPA is the latest version of the act and is currently being contested, but until the act is actually overturned, the school systems must comply or possibly lose certain federal and state support. Libraries and schools will be required to implement a means to block or filter access to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or that are harmful to minors on the Internet; implement technology that monitors on-line activities of minors; and determine a way to protect minors while using e-mail, chat rooms and other forms of electronic communication. School systems will be required to implement firewalls to prevent hacking or unauthorized access to information and implement security so personal information about minors cannot be disseminated. The most likely method of filtering Internet sites for the schools would be to contract with a national company which daily searches of the Internet for objectionable sites to filter.\" [more...]

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Online Spanish-Language LIS Bibliography

Documents in Information Science is a free bibliography of over 5000 articles and papers on LIS and related topics, 2109 of which can be downloaded from their site. Although the title of each article or paper is given in the language in which it was written, abstracts are available in Spanish only.

Navigating the site is a bit difficult, but there is a lot of quality information here.

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Library Kicks Off $76 Million Capital Campaign

After suffering through what Director Herb Elish describes as \"nearly a century of neglect,\" the Carnegie Library System of Pittsburgh is kicking off a $76 million capital campaign to renovate 19 facilities. One necessary area of improvement is compliance with ADA standards. [more...] from The Pittsburgh Business Times.

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Boycott Adobe Launches

boycottadobe.com has hit the web.

Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov was arrested by federal agents in Las Vegas, Nevada. His crime: pointing out major security flaws in Adobe PDF and eBook software.
Adobe decided to call in the FBI to prosecute him under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA.

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Book smarts vs. street smarts in The Onion

From this week\'s edition of The Onion:

Street-Smart Teen Dies In Library
CHICAGO-- Street-smart teen Larry Witherspoon was found dead Monday at the Michigan Avenue branch of the Chicago Public Library, his urban know-how useless to him in the unfamiliar environment...

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Network Scanners Looking for Vulnerable Sites to Hack

This e-mail comes by way of a listserve from the tech support help desk: Those of you involved in network security might want to keep an eye open for possible problems associated with the following:

\"Libraries:
We do not wish to panic or alarm anyone but we have been informed that a large amount of network scanning is occurring on the Internet, today in particular, with machines seeking out vulnerable sites. Some sites that
have been scanned or hacked have traced these matters back to IPs out of the Far East. For more technical information, you may visit the following link: http://www.cert.org/advisories/CA-2001-13.html
Thank You. Again, we do not want to alarm anyone. We just want to make sure you are aware of this.\"

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Library Boss Stays - Library Commission Chair Thrown Out

Nothing gets people\'s suspicion up any more than monetary discrepencies and misappropriation of funds. Nothing gets people on the defense more than trying to justify them. [more...] from Macomb Daily.

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Law Library Going Bookless

I can remember my first visit to a law library. I was amazed at how how voluminous everything seemed (bad pun). Well, not anymore. This library is going bookless. They recently auctioned off their books and shelving for pennies on the dollar and will be relocating to a more suitable location on the fourth floor where there will be a computer, printer and a few books in a small room.
I wonder what they\'ll do with all that space. [more...] from St. Joseph News.

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