Chudnov on Open Source and Libraries

Online has an Interview with Dan Chudnov, from OSS4LIB.org, a cool site that highlights free software you can use in you library. It\'s a good interview for all you librarian geeks out there, way to go Dan!

I guess there are a few of us that can write code and site at the reference desk out there.

The Internet Filter Farce

Bob Cox sent in This Editorial from Prospect.org that says the real scandal of the filtering controversy is the filters themselves don\'t--and can\'t--work as promised. Another Story says more and more schools are using filters.

\"
The remedy for the abuse of digital technology is more digital technology.\"

More on Journal Prices

Lee Hadden writes :\"
The price increases for academic journals to libraries has finally
made the Wall Street Journal. The Monday, Jan. 8, 2001 copy, page A26, has
an article by Charles Goldsmith, \"Publish or Perish, But At What Cost to
Academia? World\'s Research Libraries Balk at High Price of Journal
Subscriptions.\"


Seems like we are seeing these stories more often these days. This story likens the journal arena to \"a restaurant that makes you bring your own food and cook it yourself, then presents you with an outragous check and a cover charge.\". The libraries are being queezed by high prices, and with competetion shrinking, don\'t expect the double digit price increases to ease up. They say the median amount spent on journals at research libraries is now over $4 Million!

Childrens Internet Protection Act FAQ

CHILDREN\'S INTERNET PROTECTION ACT
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Prepared by Jenner & Block, ALA Legal Counsel, January 2001

IS EVERY PUBLIC LIBRARY AND SCHOOL REQUIRED TO USE FILTERING OR BLOCKING
SOFTWARE ON COMPUTERS THAT ACCESS THE INTERNET?
No. Only libraries that receive Universal Service Discounts or funds
available under the Library Services and Technology Act or Title III of
the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 must certify
compliance with the Act.
More..... -- Read More

Why books make thieves of us all

The Guardian has an Interesting Story on how folks in the UK love to steal books. While most folks wouldn\'t \"misappropriate my neighbour\'s ox or ass\", they seem to have no problem taking books from the library, or a books store.

\"As students we walked out of libraries with books up our jumpers, not with larcenous intent, but because check-out was such a hassle. The libraries turned a blind eye. Most of the books came back. We trusted one another. But, sometimes, one forgot.\"

Supreme Court Lets Stand Computer Anti-Porn Law

Here\'s a Story from Yahoo! (and Another from Wired)The U.S. Supreme Court said that a free-speech challenge by six professors to a VA law that bars public employees from using state computers to access porn on the Internet.


The profs argued the law violated their 1st Amendment \"academic freedom rights\" and would stop legitimate, work-related, intellectual inquiries.


So do this include Lego Porn?

During Information Glut, Publish and Perish?

Washington Post has Story on all those free newspapers and directories you see all over the place. They are gaining in popularity, street boxes are piling up, and so are the stacks of newspapers in libraries, recreation centers and in local businesses.

People are starting to complain the things are just a waste of space and an eye sore.

Harry Potter Set to Make Millions for Charity

J.K. Rowling says she plans to publish two Harry Potter specials to bring in up to $33 million for deprived children. Suppliers, printers, distributors and booksellers are all waiving their profits, fees and payments on the books. Three dollars from each sale will go to Comic Relief.

``You should buy them because they will save lives,\'\'

Full Story.

Experts See Online Speech Case as Bellwether

The NY Times has a Story on Yahoo!\'s decision to drop the Nazi auctions. This could lead to other litigants and governments in other countries to go after U.S. service providers and auctions. Yahoo! had originally said they could not control access to thier site based on geography (which was the excuse they used to not stop the auctions), but now they say They Are Trying to Target ads based on where you are.

\"We are not going to acquiesce in the notion that foreign countries have unlimited jurisdiction to regulate the content of U.S.-based sites.\"

One dollar twenty-five cents

Don Saklad Sent in this
boston.com Story on a new ad campaign in Boston. Another Story on the same things says the campaign was developed after library officials held focus groups with area residents, who told them why they didn’t go to the library. This Story, from L.A., says all it takes is internet access to bring\'m in.


\'\'One of the big misconceptions at the library is that there will be a huge fine if they haven\'t returned a library book in years, like you\'ll need a second mortgage on your house,\'\' said library spokeswoman P.A. d\'Arbeloff. \'\'The maximum fine for any book is $1.25. The money is not what\'s important here. We want you in the library.\'\'

No Porn For You!!

Wired has this story on public employees in Virginia who are not allowed to access porn on their computers. Some professors say that it is against the law violates their first ammendment rights. I\'d love to see my old Psychology professors taking the dive into the world of pornography.\"The law, adopted in 1996, barred about 101,000 state employees, including faculty members, librarians and other researchers at state institutions, from using their state computers to access sites with sexually explicit content.

Sexually explicit is defined as any depiction or description of \"sexual excitement,\" \"sexual conduct,\" or \"a lewd exhibition of nudity.\"

Professors or other state employees must get written permission from their agency heads before accessing sexually explicit material.\" -- Read More

Library Advertisements

Here is an article from The Herald about the new advertisement campaign from the Boston Public Library.\"Clearly, this isn’t your father’s library, where pinched-faced old biddies stood guard over their literary charges -- or at least that’s what the Boston Public Library’s first ad campaign wants you to think.

\"This is a community that is used to seeing all kinds of crazy ads on TV and billboards,\" said library spokesman P.A. d’Arbeloff. \"Why not have some fun? When you realize the ads are for the library, it sort of surprises you, and that’s one of the desired effects. Hopefully that will help people remember the message.\" -- Read More

Ken Haycock Answers Your Questions

Ken Haycock was the second ALA Presidential Candidate to ring in with the answers to your questions. The questions are bolded, followed by the answers.


I was overwhelmed with the number of questions I received from librarians in the US and from around the world (the total was somewhere around 50). Normally I am lucky to get 10 responses to a call for submissions from people, so this seems to be an important topic for the LISNews audience. I chose what I felt were the best ones, omitted the duplicates (most popular were questions on pay and image), and ran them through a spell checker. What you see are the unedited questions I received, more or less in the order I received them.
I did move the very first question to the first position in this list, it struck me as being the simplest question, but yet the hardest question to answer. They were free to answer or ommitt any of the questions. I removed the names to protect the innocent, and did not number the questions.

Why should I continue to pay my dues and remain a
member of the ALA?
ALA serves well the continuing education needs of
members and support for defending issues of importance to
libraries and librarians. The programs, journals and collegiality
of ALA have always been beneficial to me from the time I joined
27 years ago. While I believe that ALA is an important, even
critical, association for our profession and institutions I
cannot answer this question for another. There is a plethora of
library associations while strength comes in numbers, focus and
resources. -- Read More

William Sannwald Answers Your Questions

William Sannwald was the first ALA Presidential Candidate to ring in with the answers to your questions. The questions are bolded, followed by the answers.


I was overwhelmed with the number of questions I received from librarians in the US and from around the world (the total was somewhere around 50). Normally I am lucky to get 10 responses to a call for submissions from people, so this seems to be an important topic for the LISNews audience. I chose what I felt were the best ones, omitted the duplicates (most popular were questions on pay and image), and ran them through a spell checker. What you see are the unedited questions I received, more or less in the order I received them.

I did move the very first question to the first position in this list, it struck me as being the simplest question, but yet the hardest question to answer.

They were free to answer or ommitt any of the questions. I removed the names to protect the innocent, and did not number the questions.

Why should I continue to pay my dues and remain a
member of the ALA?
Being a member of ALA makes one part of the collective
voice of libraries and librarians in the USA.  It also
enables members to have access to the programming and
publications of ALA, including American Libraries as well as
Divisional Journals and Newsletters.In addition, involvement in
the association creates a bond and allows for a lifetime of
friendship with other members.When I look back at my career, it
was involvement in ALA that was one of the things that helped me
develop my appreciation of and skill in the craft of
librarianship. -- Read More

Berners-Lee On The Web

SiliconValley.com has an Interview with Tim Berners-Lee on the past, present and future of the web. He worries the web may spin out of control.

``My worry is that we\'ll make a system that isn\'t conceptually clean enough . . . so that in 10 years time, we\'ll find the technology is limiting,\'\' he said.


He also says he wishes he didn\'t put the double slashes in URL\'s, they are a pain, aren\'t they?

Friday Updates

The friday updates for this week include censorship, free speech, circulation records, 19th Century library, farewell to a high school librarian. Enjoy! -- Read More

Changing roles for university libraries

InsideDenver has a nice Story on college libraries, and how well they are doing. They touch on Questia Media, and the internet\'s impact on libraries.


\"It\'s not providing the information. It\'s providing the service to help people find the right stuff,\"

Inconsistent Librarians?

In order for librarians to state their case on the matter of filtering, they need to see the other side of the controversy. This will make their argument stronger. Art Linkletter, in the Nando Times had this to say about filtering:\"Professional librarians go through years of schooling to acquire degrees in library science, and they are taught to discern worthy from unworthy material. Given limited resources to buy books, librarians routinely choose not to buy rubbish. Few, if any, libraries stock their shelves with unvarnished porn...The libraries\' argument is, to put it charitably, inconsistent. -- Read More

The Real Thing: Democracy as a Contact Sport

Here is an article by Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman, of Focus on the Corporation fame, about the recent donation of 20,000 Coke ads to the Library of Congress. They attended the reception at the Jefferson Building, questioned the use of a public library to promote junk food, were thrown out and told never to return. I guess it was their physical removal that prompted them to title the story The Real Thing: Democracy as a Contact Sport.


The Thomas Jefferson quote in the article is wonderfully ironic: \"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws our country.\"

Creating Community Controlled Journals

SPARC and the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) today launch
DECLARING INDEPENDENCE: A GUIDE TO CREATING COMMUNITY-CONTROLLED
SCIENCE JOURNALS, a how-to handbook and web site that guides editors
and editorial board members of scientific journals toward responsible
journal publishing. To see the site or download a PDF version of the
handbook, please go to: arl.org/sparc/DI. -- Read More

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