I\'ll hand it to N2H2, they have a heck of a good PR department.
This Press Release from them is quite a nice piece of work. They say \"... organizations that fail to prevent access to
Internet pornography in the workplace could be faced with some very expensive
legal liability costs as just discovered by a Minnesota library system.\"
\"Organizations need to be aware that failure to control access to Internet
pornography can be very, very expensive, as well as highly embarrassing,\" said
Philip Welt, President and CEO of N2H2. \"When you look at the potential of
spending a million dollars in litigation fees vs. investing in a relatively
low-cost filtering service, it becomes a rather simple decision. Equipping
Internet workstations with filtering software should prevent unfortunate
situations like the one that occurred in Minneapolis.\"
Wired is Reporting proposed Australian state laws expanding police powers to prosecute Internet content providers for obscenity will be subject to wider public consultation, the result of public opposition to the regulations.
Bookscan, a unit of VNU of the Netherlands that tracks the music industry\'s retail sales, has finally turned a corner in it\'s 4 year effort to build a better best sellers list. They are trying to build a list that is based on sales information collected at the cash registers of bookstores nationwide. They have reached an agreement to pay the Borders Group for sales data from its Borders and Waldenbooks stores, they already had Barnes & Noble, Costco Wholesale, and Target.
Bookscan will most likely challenge established best-seller lists which are basically bought and manipulated. Now we should actually know what books are the true Best Sellers!
Full Story from The NYTimes
Lee Hadden writes: \"The British Library, facing storage and financial problems, is planing to farm out responsibility for special collections to other libraries. They will no longer hold and keep everything that they receive. Read more about it at the Times UK.\"
From the story:
\" The repository for the nation\'s books intends to concentrate on specific areas and to leave the rest to universities and institutions that already specialise in a subject. A document and consultation survey published yesterday, called New Strategic Directions, heralds \"a major reshaping of Britain\'s library services\".
The guy was described as \"working in a library\" near Euston station, and successfully defended himself at his trial in December last year and was acquitted. He was suspected of leading the violent protests at the European Summit in Gothenburg.
Bill Lucey writes \" As reported by The Providence Journal, Michael DiMaio\'s online encyclopedia of Roman Emperors that extends from Augustus (27 BC-AD 14) to Constantine XI Palaeologus (1449-1453) has been named one of the 15 best on-line reference sites by the Library Journal.
One of the main selling points of DiMaio\'s site, in addition to the rich subject content, is how it caters to such a diverse audience through the use of clear concise summaries of notable figures and key events for the casual observer while at the same time providing longer articles and detailed footnotes for scholars.
Bill Austin writes \"I run the Top Quotations Related Sites List. This is a good resource for researching famous quotes and sayings and includes some of the most often visited Quotes sites on the Internet.
The list is at topsitelists.com/bestsites/wbaustin
At the top of the List is a Search Engine for Quotation related sites which will search over 11,000 pages of these sites. -- Read More
WHAT: ALA Awards Reception/Inaugural Banquet
WHERE: San Francisco Marriott, 4th Street, (between Market and Mission Streets)
WHEN: Tuesday, June 19, 4:30pm - 7:30pm
writes: \"Please join President-Elect Mitch Freedman and library luminaries
for a very special action, at the San Francisco Marriott. This
protest, organized by librarians with the support of Local 2,
is in support of the hotel workers. We stand by Local 2 hotel
workers until they win a contract that guarantees fair working
conditions, family friendly benefits, and a real voice on the
job! -- Read More
David Beck writes...
\"Local library professionals are rejoicing at the unanimous passage this week by the California Senate of a bill to restore property tax money their agencies lost during the budget crunches of the early 1990s.\" [more...] from The Mercury News.
Rare and hard-to-find book supplier Alibris has joined forces with Baker & Taylor, R.R. Bowker and Coutts Library Services to provide better access to libraries, consumers and other organizations. [more...] from The Daily Review.
It\'s a familiar story across the board. Libraries are forced to downsize their collections, due to budgetary cuts. With the looming prospect of having to cancel more than half of his library\'s periodicals subscriptions, one library director is calling upon patrons for help. [more...] from The L.A. Times.
The Globe & Mail has another Sad Story on the sorry state of school libraries in Canada.
They say the rush onto the Internet seems to be harming school libraries, with everyone thinking schools don\'t need to build libraries and don\'t need to have a budget for book acquisition.
\"The state of our nation\'s libraries can only be described as a desperate one in almost every province in Canada,\" Mr. Carrier writes in a draft of a statement to be published this fall. \"In my regular visits to library communities across the country, there is consistent heartbreak.\"
They give a little mention to Docster, but the story is very limited on any details of the panel discussion or anything else.
Anyone have a better link to what went on there?
I\'d love to hear more about what was said.
Katie Dean writes...
\"The National Science Foundation is funding the construction of a National Science Digital Library, where users will be able to browse quality resources from libraries around the country.\" [more...] from Wired News.
I got this off the Library Underground mailing list ...
According to an article by Andrew Greeley, HarperCollins plans to "purge the Christian content" from C.S. Lewis\' The Chronicles of Narnia in an effort to make the series more palatable to "secularists."
The situation\'s not as bad as Greeley makes it out to be. As the New York Times article cited by Greeley indicates, the original Chronicles aren\'t being censored of their religious content. Rather, it\'s a marketing campaign for the re-issued books, as well as spinoff merchandise (including new books by unidentified authors), which will be void of Christian themes.
Brian Krebs writes...
\"The Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would require schools to get parental consent before collecting personal information from students for commercial use. The Student Privacy Protection Act requires schools to give parents notification of potential data collection within schools by corporations or other groups, and calls for disclosure of how the information will be used, to whom it will be given and how much class time any information gathering would take. Schools also would be required to notify parents of changes to their policies. [more...] from NewsBytes.
Lee Hadden writes: \"A new organization in Fairfax County, Virginia, is attempting to set
standards and push for the censorship of objectionable materials in local schools. \"Shogun,\" \"The Joy Luck Club,\" \"Black Boy\" and other texts have
been challenged by this group for various reasons such as good taste orinappropriateness.
The organization is called PABBIS: Parents Against Bad Books inSchools. They even have their own website at: pabbis.com
Read more about it at the Washington Post\"
From the library geek perspective, I thought the keywords they used were interesting:
\"book, ban, challenged, censor, controversial, school\"
If you\'ve read most of the other stories I posted on this subject there isn\'t much new here, but he makes some good points. Joshua S. Bauchner says the corruption of copyright harms the public interest, and contravene the principles of a democratic society.
Since copyright holders, often not the creative authors, ensured the massive expansion of their monopoly, many of the new laws we are seeing around the world work against the people who were supposed to be protected in the first place.
NPR is running a neat series called Favorite Books NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg talks with famous authors about the books they most prize. Each Tuesday in June, listen to Stamberg\'s author interviews on Morning Edition.
Some of the authors include Barry Lopez, Francesca Lia Block, Paule Marshall and Walter Mosley.
Steve Fesenmaier passed alomg this report from
This is a report from the frontlines of the ALA
DAY ONE (6/15)
6:00 Local 2\'s Siege V: protest/picket line begins, at SF
Local 2 has scheduled two all-day actions at the
Friday and Saturday, June 15-16, from
LIBRARY WORKERS AND CONFERENCE
ATTENDEES INVITED TO JOIN WITH
LOCAL 2 IN PROTESTING THE MARRIOTT AND ALA.
Below is the text of the message that went out earlier
this week, along with the full chain of events from the
ALA and you can take a look at a Protest Button 1 or Two from
conference. -- Read More