Submitted by Ryan on June 12, 2001 - 12:45pm
Conducting a collection survey? Today\'s New York Times profiles several free online purveyors of random numbers that can assist you in getting a valid sample...
Pay a visit to the home page of [a] purveyor of unpredictability, called Hotbits, and you will hear what sounds like the erratic clicking of a Geiger counter. It is the sound of neutrons in a radioactive substance spewing out electrons and gamma rays as they decay. This decay is random, as guaranteed by laws of quantum mechanics, so by training a Geiger counter on a sample of krypton 85 and feeding the signal to a computer, Hotbits generates a constant stream of random digits. Just fill out an electronic form, saying how many bits you want and they will be dispatched immediately over the Internet. . .
Submitted by Blake on June 12, 2001 - 11:47am
LGordon writes \"A new program to help provide new library books for the schools in Clark County, Nevada, is underway. Clark County Reads aims to help provide library books for the children of Las Vegas. In Clark County, school libraries provide an average of 7 books per student, while the national average is 18. With only $7.00 per student allocated for library expenditures, it is difficult for schools to purchase an adequate number of books to replace the aged books on the shelves\"
There is an
Editorial and the Full Story
Submitted by Blake on June 11, 2001 - 6:37pm
Salon has an interesting Story on our new found censorship impulse.
Charles Taylor comes out solidly on the side of free speech.
\"At the heart of that argument is the belief that society should be remade for everyone, not just children. Basically, my friend was arguing that all adult discourse should be rendered suitable for kids, that entertainment or writing specifically intended for adults is somehow dangerous and that, as journalists, we should all be required to adhere to a phony \"family newspaper\" standard. \"
Submitted by Blake on June 11, 2001 - 6:07pm
Wired showed the way to This Really Neat Study by the Xerox PARC User Interface Research Group on Information Foraging.
\"Information foraging theory is an approach to the analysis of human activities involving information access technologies. It aims to provide an understanding of how strategies and technologies for information seeking, gathering, and consumption are adapted to the flux of information in the environment. Much of the work is inspired by optimal foraging theory in biology and anthropology, which analyzes the adaptive value of food-foraging strategies. The theory focuses analysis on how the user gains value from interaction and the cost of that interaction. Adaptive behaviors and technologies are ones that have superior value in relation to cost (e.g. time). We use the theory to understand human-computer interaction, and to develop new design and engieering models.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 11, 2001 - 6:02pm
Found This Interesting paper by Kirsten Anderson on why feminism does matter in Library and Information Studies.
Some of her points include, Feminism is for everybody, The status of women and the status of librarianship, Female intensive, but not female dominant and Gender division of labour.
Check it Out.
Submitted by Blake on June 11, 2001 - 5:40pm
On This Story
Dan Lester writes: \"I\'d like to see any ALA policy or official statement that is opposed
to having library staff maintain normal order and decorum. And of course that means that you have to have policies relating to whatever normal order and decorum might be in your environment. In fact, I think that a bit of research will show that ALA has taken a position in several cases supporting reasonable policies for patron behavior.
Submitted by Blake on June 11, 2001 - 12:57pm
Slashdot told me about another cool story. This time NewScientist is running a Story on EInk. They say they have succeeded in making electronic paper work in full color. They say Laptops, palmtops and cellphones with rigid electronic paper screens will be on the market within the next two years.
Coming soon, eNewsPapers, eFoldUpBooks, ePaper?
Submitted by Blake on June 11, 2001 - 10:44am
Submitted by Blake on June 10, 2001 - 1:45pm
Hampton writes \"History can be dangerous. A
student who checked out a book on the Confederacy
(with a Confederate flag on the cover) for a school
assignment was kicked unconscious by some
students calling him \"racist\". (Story) While this happened in a school
hallway rather than the library, we shouldn\'t assume
that the library is a sanctuary. It seem that the
administration of this school failed in its essential duty
to provide a safe and secure learning facility, including
Those who debated with me previously about the
desirability of making *all* information available to *all*
patrons in a library might question the consistency of
my philosophy: Do I think the student had a \"right\"
to access to this \"inflammatory\" material?\"
Submitted by Blake on June 10, 2001 - 11:28am
Mayor George Wuerch must\'ve been very bored last
week. He took it upon himself to decide what the library
is allowed to display.
He said the exhibit couldn\'t be allowed at Loussac
Library because it takes an advocacy position. He\'s not
bored anymore, he\'s now had about 400 telephone
calls on the issue. Keep in mind, there were no
complaints. James passed along the Friday\'s Story, and One From Today.
\"Not only does it seem to be a ban on free speech, it
also seems to be a violation of the library\'s own policy
on how these displays are selected and put up,\" said
AkCLU executive director Jennifer Rudinger.
Submitted by Ben on June 10, 2001 - 10:35am
Submitted by Blake on June 8, 2001 - 3:55pm
Holly writes \"A new Study ranks librarians as the #2 profession most likely to get headaches during work. 43% of librarians reported suffering from workday headaches. The cause? \"Librarians stated that people who have \"no clue\" how to use research resources cause the most headaches (56 percent) for them.\" \"
Submitted by Blake on June 8, 2001 - 1:09pm
If you\'re like me, and you feel like you should read \"Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper\" by Nicholson Baker, but you just don\'t feel like it, you may want to read Alexander Star\'s The Paper Pusher review in The New Republic.
I know you\'re probably sick to death of reading about Nicholson Baker, but this is the best review I\'ve seen, I almost felt like I read the book when I was done.
Submitted by Blake on June 8, 2001 - 1:00pm
Someone writes \"Perhaps he\'s not a bigot after all.
Full Story \"
Alaskan mayor George Wuerch said Wednesday he is rethinking his directive and will personally inspect the display materials before making a final call. He had just decided against a gay pride exhibit at the city library.
Submitted by Ieleen on June 8, 2001 - 11:45am
From the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal...
\"America\'s public library systems may find themselves caught in a sort of legal hell, where they face First Amendment lawsuits if they move to restrict Internet access and civil-rights lawsuits if they don\'t. It could also mean a curious double standard, under which restrictions on Internet usage and access to protect children from X-rated material are legally forbidden while the same restrictions would be required to protect librarians themselves from a hostile work environment.\" [more...]
Submitted by Blake on June 7, 2001 - 6:45pm
I keep reading about how the death of the \"Free Web\"is upon us. CNET said \"The idealistic dream of a digital Camelot where everything is free is giving way to cold fiscal reality\". While this may be true for some sites, those burning through millions of investors dollars, the free web is far from dead, or even close to dying. The web is mostly free and it will continue to be in the foreseeable future.
Submitted by Blake on June 7, 2001 - 3:34pm
I stumbled on a couple interesting papers while looking for something else the other day.
Tamar Kirschner wrote an interesting paper that takes a A Look at librarian stereotypes.
\" Their professional sense of purpose carries over into the human beings they are outside of work, which is probably why it is the only professional stereotype that does not suggest an element of exploitation of others.\"
Richard A. Danner wrote Redefining a Profession that discusses technology and its impact on our little profession.
\"...without attention, foresight, and the willingness to take advantage of these capabilities, librarians could find that market forces alone will control and limit the future development of the profession.\"
He has 194 references on this one!
Submitted by Blake on June 7, 2001 - 3:11pm
David Goldman passed along
on a bill set to be heard by Massachusetts lawmakers on Monday.
The measure, sponsored by Republican House leader Francis Marini, would also block Internet access to \"satanic cults\", \"indecent depictions of bodily functions\" and \"illicit drugs, alcohol or tobacco products\", in Massachusetts libraries.
\'\'Libraries are where people go to get information and have the broadest access to it,\'\' said John Roberts, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. \'\'What you are doing is using a bat to swat a fly.\'\'
Submitted by Blake on June 7, 2001 - 3:07pm
Sandy Berman has resigned \"with a mixture of sadness and disgust\" from The SRRT and The PLG. You can read the full release below.
Submitted by Blake on June 7, 2001 - 11:33am
Overlawyered.com has an interesting series of stories that show the position public libraries have now been put into by recent legal happenings.
Sued either way: \"EEOC:
unfiltered computers \'harass\' librarians\", June 4, 2001; \"Customer
offense\" (supermarket bagger with Tourette\'s), June 9-11, 2000; \"Columnist-fest\"
(Mona Charen on March 10-12 story, below), April 6; \"Accused
of harassment; wins $2 million from employer\", March 10-12; \"\'Judgment
reversed in Seinfeld case\'\", Feb. 26-27, 2000; \"Employment-law
retaliation: real frogs from \'totally bogus\' gardens\", Sept. 29, 1999.
Meanwhile Wired Is Reporting South Dakota\'s state government is rejecting Web filters as cumbersome and unnecessary, they enforce the Internet policy with stiff punishment instead of technology. 20 workers were fired or suspended or suspended so far.
\"People are adults, and if they can\'t be adults they have to pay the consequences,\"-spokesman Bob Mercer