Another dangerous library

Theresa Westrup passed along This Wild Story on a man who got car jacked while leaving the library in Mankato, MN.

Two hours later the car jacker dropped his pellet gun and gave him self up.
No word on the books.


First map to use the name America heads for the US

Charles Davis writes \"The first map to use the name America is heading for the
Library of Congress.
It is buying the 394-year-old chart for $10 million.
It\'s the only known copy of a map that historians say caused
the hemisphere to be named after explorer Amerigo
Vespucci instead of Columbus.
James H Billington, the librarian of Congress, commented:
\"This map, giving our hemisphere its name for the first time,
will be the crown jewel of the library\'s already unparalleled
collection of maps an atlases.\"
he map is often referred to as America\'s birth certificate.

Full story. \"


Digital Content Vendors and Academic Libraries

Despite its lazy title, this article (from the latest issue of University Business) appears to be an intelligent survey of the companies seeking to sell digital content to academic libraries:

If there is one institution on a college campus that has never faced outside competition, it is the library. Cafeterias and snack bars lose customers to local pizza joints, and the bookstore continually fights various off-campus and online rivals. Even the classroom has commercial competitors. But the great book depository in the center of campus has always rested easy. When students needed to research and write term papers—or when faculty members planned reading lists and put books on reserve—the library was the only game in town. Until now. A half-dozen companies would like to undermine the library\'s monopoly. Styling themselves as digital libraries, course-pack providers, content aggregators, and research guides, they offer a variety of products aimed at students at all levels. None intend to replace the library, of course, but the firms are positioning themselves as purveyors of supplemental services of digital content that libraries do not provide.

There is also an interesting sidebar on the African Digital Library

Anti-Adobe Protestors Take to the Streets

\"Free Dmitri Sklyarov!\" was the rallying cry at protests held around the U.S. today. has information on the protests and the condition of the jailed Russian programmer.

The Adobe/Elcomsoft battle is receiving a huge amount of attention in programming and copyright law circles. The New York Times suggests it is catalyzing resistance to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act:

The arrest last week of a Russian programmer accused of violating an American digital copyright law has stirred an opposition, both against the law itself and Adobe Systems, the software company that initiated the case against the programmer. The Russian, Dmitri Sklyarov, was arrested last Monday at a computer hacker convention in Las Vegas, where he made a presentation about the security flaws in the encryption software, like Adobe\'s, used to prevent the piracy of electronic books. Mr. Sklyarov, who is being held in a Las Vegas jail, was detained under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, which makes it a crime to traffic in devices, like software, that circumvent digital encryption. Violations are punishable by as much as five years in prison and a $500,000 fine. (More)

ALA Speaks Out Against Sale of .us Domain

The ALA has joined the howl of protest against the National Telecommunications and Information Administration\'s plan to sell off the .us domain to the highest bidder:

Libraries, in particular, are worried about the repercussions. Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association\'s Washington office, is concerned about restrictions a private company might place on the sites. She fears they might face problems with sharing copyrighted information provided through databases or get into costly legal battles over providing library users electronic-books. \'\'They have to answer to their stockholders,\'\' she said of the bidders. \'\'They\'re going to make a decision that makes business sense to them.\'\' (More from the Boston Globe.)


OK, I was wrong . . .

. . .Planet eBook
isn\'t the last word in E-Book news - As of Sunday, they hadn\'t posted anything about THIS interesting development in the Elcomsoft/Adobe case:

An interview on the Elcomsoft site in Russian has revealed a close relationship between the firm whose employee was put in jail Monday and the FBI.
According to the Russian language interview with Alexander Katalov, president of Elcomsoft and an ex-KGB operative himself, his firm had performed work for the FBI itself. . .
(More from The Inquirer.)

Elcomsoft appears to think these connections may help them spring Dmitry Sklyarov. You can find the full interview in Russian here, and keep an eye on the Electronic Frontier Foundation site for up-to-the-minute news. Thanks to Slashdot.

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 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\'


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...]


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.


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.

The fine folks at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County have set up, 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


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!


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...]


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...]


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.


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 ]


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...]


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...]


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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