Commercialization May Limit Internet

Here\'s An AP Story that says big corporations have a significant and growing presence on the Internet. In March, just 14 companies controlled 60 percent of users\' online time, down from 110 companies two years earlier.

\"There is a role for commercialism The concern is how the commercial interests might want to change the features of the Internet to better protect themselves.\"


Sex Ed Book Challenged

Shaleen Culbert writes \"Patron objects to a second children\'s sex education book at Hudson Public Library in Hudson, Wisconsin. The board previous moved another book by the same author(It\'s Perfectly Normal) out of the children\'s library and into the young adult section and purchased an additional copy for the adult section. Read all about it online at the Hudson Star Observer\'s site. The board meets January 14, 2002. This should be interesting.


Harry Potter Hotter Than Ever

There\'s a CNN Story and one at as well on the anti-Potter sermon at the Christ Community Church in Alamogordo in southern New Mexico.

Jack Brock, the Christ Community Church founder and pastor, said the books burned Sunday were \"a masterpiece of satanic deception.\"

Across the street, protesters chanting \"Stop burning books\" stretched in a line a quarter of a mile long.

CNN also points out inside the Alamogordo Public Library was a display highlighting the books.
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\"These books teach children how they can get into witchcraft and become a witch, wizard or warlock,\"


Good Googling To You

Google\'s Press Area has added a Nifty Timeline that shows how events in the real world influenced what people searched for on Google.

I love these year in review things, anyone know of any more good ones out there?


The Year in Internet Law

\"What happened in cyberlaw during the past year that was significant and enduring -- or at least interesting? That\'s the question Cyber Law Journal put to several well-regarded law professors and legal practitioners.

Their answers ran the gamut from the government\'s legal response to the Sept. 11 attacks to Hollywood\'s impressive victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the DeCSS copyright case.\"

Full Story from NY Times


Museum of Picture Book Art to Open

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will be opening in Northampton, MA in 2002:

\"In this college town known for its young people, many of whom sport multiple body piercings and vacant stares, an elfin 72-year-old man with a Lincoln-style white beard has become a source of local pride. His name is Eric Carle and he wrote and illustrated such mega-bestsellers as \"The Very Hungry Caterpillar\" and \"The Very Quiet Cricket,\" picture books about usually unlovable creatures that overcome obstacles to find meaning in life.

Carle\'s studio is right on Main Street here. And five miles away, on the campus of Hampshire College, he is building a museum that promises not only to spread his own reputation beyond his fan base of preschoolers and their parents but also to enhance the reputation of a long-unrecognized art genre. Next fall the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a sprawling contemporary structure, will open in a former apple orchard . . .

More from the Washington Post.


\'Harry Potter\' author J.K. Rowling was married December 26th

The AP is reporting
via that \'Harry Potter\' author J.K. Rowling married her boyfriend
December 26th, 2001.  That\'s a nice way to ring in the New Year. 


Apple Library in the Works in Japan

Well, more of an apple special collection, really:

The municipal library in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, a city noted as a major apple-growing center, is planning to set up a special section featuring books on the fruit on Jan. 4.

The library has collected about 700 books, including 200 foreign books, and more than 1,200 pieces of research material all involving apples . . .

On the opening day of the special section, the library will present a lecture on the pollination of apples and show \"Soyokaze\" (Breeze), an old film featuring Michiko Namiki\'s famous song \"Ringo no Uta\" (Song of Apples).

More from the Daily Yomiuri.


A Tantrum Over Library Art

From the New York Times (registration required.):

The cold war may be over, but Marx and Engels have nevertheless managed to create a small political furor in this old river city.

At first, few noticed their five famous words — \"Workers of the world, unite!\" — inscribed among dozens of other quotations outside the gleaming new $70 million Memphis Central Library, which opened in November.

But then this phrase from the Communist Manifesto caught the eye of two county commissioners and a city councilman, and in these days of heightened patriotism a smoldering debate was ignited . . .



Free Online GIS Tutorial

A free online tutorial for those of you interested in (or forced to wrangle with) geographic information systems:

Are you new to GIS and mapping? Would you like to learn what it is all about and learn how to create your own maps? Our online MapCruzinTM Map-Tutorial and Atlas is designed to give you a quick-start introduction to the basics of GIS and it won\'t cost you a dime . . .

Thanks to Fred Stoss.


Universal Music Group to Release Restricted CDs

Are we living in the end days of \"free\" music? Are we living in the end days of free use? By Spring of 2002, UMG will be the first record label to release restrited CDs as standard policy. These disc often have trouble playing in some older CD players, as well as in computers and automobiles. Read the full story on

Expedition to the lost net

Bill passed along This BBC Story on a study that found up to 5% of the net - potentially 100 million hosts - is completely unreachable.

They found that the number of sites an individual surfer can see depends on their starting point. The researchers found that net sites are cut off because of wrongly configured routers or malicious hackers and computer vandals abusing loopholes in net software.


Pastor to hold book burning

Bob Cox passed along This One that says Christ Community Church pastor Jack Brock plans to publicly burn Harry Potter books in a bonfire Sunday in New Mexico.

Brock says he hasn\'t read any of the books.


Can you have too many books?

Bob Cox sent along This Review of \"Patience & Fortitude:
A Roving Chronicle of Book People,
Book Places, and Book Culture\"
By Nicholas Basbanes.

They call the book \" grand, rambling, serendipitous treasure-house of material about books and the people who have loved them.\"

\"Patience & Fortitude\" looks at everything from the ancient classical library at Alexandria to a recent and controversial state-of-the-art information nexus in San Francisco.


Girl, ACLU, Author Fight District Over Banning of Sophie\'s Choice

A California school student, with the help of the ACLU and author, William Styron, may file suit against the student\'s school district for banning the 1979 American Book Award winning novel, \"Sophie\'s Choice.\"
The story depicts the life of a Holocaust survivor. The school pulled the book from the shelves after a parent complained about its sexual content. More


Public Library PR

Judy writes \"A commentary in the Sunday, December 23, 2001,Minneapolis Star Tribune is titled \"Time to Check It Out: A certain segment of the population is overdue at the library.\" Read and enjoy Kristin Tillotson\'s comments, including: \"The public library is not just a place for those who can\'t afford to buy, nor a nostalgic reminder of eras past. It is a constantly evolving resource in step with the future.\"
Full Story \"

Career Development Book Available

Rachel writes \"Rachel Singer Gordon and Sarah Nesbeitt are pleased to announce the publication of The Information Professional\'s Guide to Career Development Online, a new Information Today guide for Internet-connected professionals.

Learn how to interact and develop your career online through:

* Participating in electronic discussion lists and forums
* Researching educational opportunities
* Taking distance coursework online
* Reading and contributing to the professional literature
* Keeping current with online resources
* Creating your own Internet web page, weblog, discussion list, or newsletter

... and more!

Visit Our Web Site for more on the title, as well as live links to every web address mentioned in the book.\"

The seven wonders of the web

The Gaurdian has picked The seven wonders of the web.

#1 is google, 2 is Yahoo! and 3 is Project Gutenberg.
Strangely, LISNews is not on the list, maybe next year.


A Shelf Life That\'s Always Growing

Lee Hadden writes: \"The Los Angeles Times has an article today about a book collector by Susan Reynolds.

\"A Shelf Life That\'s Always Growing: At Doug Dutton\'s house, books
rule--from rare texts to paperbacks.\"

\"Books have played a driving, defining role in their evolving life. Eight
years ago, for example, they moved to their current house from one just a
few blocks away because there were more pure linear feet for bookshelves.

These come in all shapes and sizes, the horror being when one starts
shelving two deep, a veritable admission of failure for a book collector,
indicating and leading to, eventual loss of control altogether.\"
Read more about it at


Review of Legal Portals

LLRX writes \"Weighing the
Benefits of Legal Portals

Cindy Curling reviews the major and minor legal portals, detailing the strengths and weaknesses in their respective services and content.


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