NY Times Computers Shut Down by Apparent Hack Attack

From ZDNet,
First it was an Anthrax scare, now their network has apparently been hacked. Someone seems to be targeting the New York Times. According to the network administrator, \"We don\'t know that it was malicious, but there seems to be no innocent explanation.\" more...

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Safeguarding European Photographic Images for Access

Mark writes \"SEPIA (Safeguarding European Photographic Images for Access) is a EU-funded project focusing on preservation of photographic materials. On this website (http://www.knaw.nl/ecpa/sepia/) you will find information about :

research: \'scanning equipment and handling procedures\', \'preservation aspects of digitisation\', \'ethics of digitisation\' and \'descriptive models for photographic materials\'

news and events: containing announcements and press releases about the latest SEPIA news, a calendar of events and references to relevant resources
training: about SEPIA workshops, seminar and national SEPIA training events
orginal proposals for SEPIA I and SEPIA II
SEPIA partners and associate partners: cooperating SEPIA institutions
This website is also a platform and a source of information for anyone who wants to know more about the preservation of photographic materials.
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Librarians want book selection to be State Wide

Jen passed along This one on Missouri librarians that want the whole state to read the same book. The project is called \'Read MOre\" and the book is \"Farewell to Manzanar\" by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston.

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Identifying and Responding to User Needs at the National Library of Australia

A paper delivered at Victoria University\'s recent symposium Revelling in Reference:

Growth in Internet usage, a continuing increase and availability of electronic resources and changes to the delivery of information continue to have a huge impact on libraries and the expectations of our users. There are both similarities and differences in the provision of reference and the delivery of information to onsite and offsite users. The National Library has recently undertaken three focus groups of onsite users and in 2001 will undertake a survey of our remote users in an effort to identify the changing needs and expectations of library users in the digital age. A change from mediated reference involving personal interaction between librarian and user is being supplemented and in some cases replaced by unmediated reference through the provision of guides, subject gateways and online catalogues. It would seem that one thing is certain - users are becoming ever more demanding of libraries to provide electronic resources, in full text, at no cost and with no wait.

More. Thanks to The Virtual Acquisition Shelf and News Desk.

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Milestones of Academic Librarianship

The ALA (Actually The ACRL) has put together Over 100 years of progress, a list of milestones of academic librarianship.

They run from 1876
• American Library Association founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Among its founders were three major figures in American librarianship: Justin Winsor, William Frederick Poole, and Melvil Dewey.

Up to 1998
• Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 and Copyright Term Extension Act.

They seem to have missed, Nov 2 1999, LISNews is launched

Net-porn law applies deadline pressure

Business 2.0 is kind enough to Point Out Schools and libraries have until Sunday to show they\'re taking adequate steps to block access to online pornography on public computers, this because of Children\'s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

\"The Internet is an amoeba,\" said Owen Seitel, a partner at the law firm Idell Berman & Seitel, which is not involved in the lawsuit. \"It\'s always changing, so it\'s hard to have a good filter.\"

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Pro-filtering site gets a taste of its own medicine

If you go to the SafeSurf website, you\'ll see a link to Breaking News: SafeSurf warns of Stealth Censorship. Click through, and you\'ll see a press release about how Mail Abuse Prevention System, LLC, unfairly included SafeSurf on a list of spammers, thus preventing some netizens from gaining access to its site.

Excuse me, but isn\'t that one of the strongest arguments against filtering in the first place?

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Ask The Bookshare Folks

The fine folks from Bookshare have agreed to an LISNews interview. Share is a service that helps Stanford students coordinate sharing their books, movies, and music across campus.

Seems like a nifty idea, which may or may not be Reinventing the Wheel, but I\'d like to see what kinds of questions the LISNews audience has for them.
This is the first interview we\'ve run in awhile, so I\'ll expalin how it works. I gather your questions, and send them along, the answers come back, and I post a new story, with the questions and answers.

SO if you have questions, ideas or comments on BookShare, you can email them to me[], or use the Contact Us form, or just post them below. I\'ll send the question collection along to BookShare on Friday, and post the answers as soon as I get them.

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Dispute over land planned for Clinton Library Complex

The Nando Times among others has this story on the dispute between the City of Little Rock and the owner of the land slated to be leased for the Clinton Library. The landowner\'s lawyer charges that the current plans for the library, including a private residence, are outside the bounds of the stated plan for a public park. If the Supreme Court of Arkansas decides in favor of the landowner, the library could be \"delayed indefinitely.\" The Clinton Foundations\' plans for the land include an amphitheater and \"urban fishing grounds.\"

Scotland\'s National Library Overbooked

Scotland\'s National Library, unlike the Library of Congress, collects all the books and magazines published in the UK. So, it\'s no surprise that it is already outgrowing the extension built in 1984. Among the unusual items preserved at the library are an ancient Buddhist text and some of Robert Burns\' manuscripts. The Edinburgh Evening News Online has the full story.

Valuable books recovered from university fire

Charles Davis passed along This One on some valuable books and scientific equipment feared lost when fire swept through an historic university building have been saved.
Glasgow University had quite a fire, but recovered materials worth thousands of pounds, some of the materials recovered are damp and are being frozen at the university library.
Booksicles!

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Looking at weblogs

Over at LLRX there is an interesting feature by Cindy Curling, A Closer Look at Weblogs. It includes some background to the \'blog phenomenon, a look at different types of weblog as well as tips on creating your own. There is a list of recommended library-related weblogs (LISNews is not there but many of my other favourites are).

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Re-inventing the wheel

I\'ve been meaning to post this story for a while as it annoyed me so much when I first read it, I even contemplated writing a letter to the editor. In this recent story, The Stanford Daily describes Bookshare, an initiative set up by students last year. The students relate how they came up with the idea;
\"[we] were sitting in our room, staring at our full bookshelves and feeling depressed over the amount of money we had spent on textbooks for one quarter\"
So, they came up with a radical solution: create an alternative to buying books at the campus bookstore by setting up an online database of books available for students to loan out to one another for a fixed period of time.
Apparently other University campuses are interested in the system, which is described as being \"based on Napster\". The system is being expanded to Movieshare, Gameshare and CDshare. Sound familiar? Can anyone say \"library\"? Argh! Anyone else feeling this frustration? Don\'t they realise what libraries are there for?

Harry Goes Long

Yahoo
News
is reporting
some details on the new Harry Potter movie.
It\'s 152-minute 13-seconds long, the bad news is
Chris Columbus directed it, you may know him from
such crappy films as, Bicentennial Man, Nine Months
and
Adventures in Babysitting.
The studio has spent more than $125 million
making the film, already has two sequels in the
pipeline and has rights to Rowling\'s planned
seven-book series. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s
Stone makes it world premiere in London on Sunday
under Rowling\'s original British title, \"Harry Potter and
the Philosopher\'s Stone\". Meanwhile, the studio has
already begun preproduction work on bringing
Rowling\'s second novel to the big screen. In fact, Harry
Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is due to start
shooting on November 18 on the same soundstages
as the original.

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The World Of Dot.com Libraries

This Article by Philippa Dolphin, investigates the
world of dot com libraries, one of which claims to
transport students to a ‘place where confusion
becomes understanding’ for a price, of course.

Librarians can learn a thing or two from the for-profit
libraries about marketing, I think.

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Penny-Arcade on the Book(Is it Broken?)

Penny-Arcade, the gamer\'s gamer\'s comic strip, has their own take on the enduring value of the book.

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Going Way Back

Cliff writes \"I tried using it, but it\'s way popular, and so I couldn\'t get in...Here\'s the news realease on it:


INTERNET ARCHIVE LAUNCHES WAYBACK MACHINE


Free Service Enables Users to Access Archived Versions of Web Sites Dating from 1996.
\"


They did archive LISNews from back a year or so, though not the Original Version of our site.

The rest of the release follows, for those who missed it before.

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A Cathedral of Comfort for Nonbelievers

Bob Cox says The LA Times has a Story on the role of the library in a religion-free life.
The author can\'t turn to god, so he turned to the library for help.

\"When it comes to the library, I\'m orthodox. I relish its quiet and contemplative spaces. Other of its precincts, however, vibrate with a noisy sense of mission--the cultivation of young people, the encouragement of community mindedness--much in keeping, as chief librarian Susan Kent puts it, with a young, teeming city\'s need for \"an energetic place of possibilities.\"

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What\'s A hapax legomenon?

Have I ever told you how much I love Metafilter?

This Metafilter Post is a great discussion on
typing random words into Google to see what comes
back. It turns out there is a name for only getting one
result from a search engine (I know, it doesn\'t happen
much), hapax legomenon, is a word or
phrase of which there is only one recorded use.

They point out it\'s also being used in the context of
search engines, and that makes perfect sense to me.
They also point out an interesting web-only thing:

\"The beauty thing about a hapax legomenon is
that once you talk about it, it no longer exists. Once
google indexes this page, \"i am joe\'s spleen\" will return two
hits, and the hapax legomenon is no longer.\"

So, once google crawls this, and mefi, this will no
longer be a Hapax Legomenon!

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Will Franzen Be Crushed by Oprah\'s Big Cold Shoulder

Val writes \"
Salon\'s Laura Miller reports on the rift between \"The
Corrections\" author Jonathan Franzen and Oprah.
From the story...


\"He told the Oregonian that he had considered turning
down the show. \"She\'s picked some good books,\"
Franzen said in an interview posted on Powells.com,
\"but she\'s picked enough schmaltzy, one-dimensional
ones that I cringe, myself ...\"

Read more.

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