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They cover Collections of historic records and other materials all over the great state of Maine.
\"\"There are a lot of gray areas that have yet to be resolved about this law,\" said Laura Isenstein, director of the San Antonio Library. \"From what we understand there are several organizations that say they will be filing lawsuits about it. We don\'t know what\'s going to happen with those suits, and it\'s a possibility it could affect how the law will be enacted. Right now, it\'s too early to say.\"
\"This article will present some personal observations of the impact of information technology on the traditional skills of librarians, drawn from experiences in the higher education sector and tainted by an obsessive interest in cataloguing. I believe that the development of information processing and communication technologies has had, is having, and will continue to have, such a profound influence on library and information services that all other factors such as finance and costs, politics, social expectations and management styles pale into insignificance.\"
Donna Sent along this Story from Tech Source on The Impact of Computers on Schools. It talks about Donald Tapscot\'s \"Growing Up Digital: The Rise of the Net Generation\" and \"Failure to Connect: How Computers Affect Our Children’s Minds—for Better and Worse\" by Jane Healy. Two books that took 2 very different looks at the computer and it\'s affects on schools.
\"The thrill of using technology in the classroom is compelling. However, it must be tempered by concern for productive use and an awareness of the possible negative effects of computers on young learners. Keeping students’ physical well-being in mind, teachers must carefully arrange computers in the classroom (taking ergonomics into account) and set time limits for computer use. An informed, balanced approach to technology infusion is key, and Tapscott and Healy\'s books are a must-read for all willing to reengineer themselves for 21st-century education.\"
Bob Cox sent in another Book Theft Story. As rare books get rarer, libraries become targets.
\"Libraries are really sitting ducks, as lay people become aware of how much some of their things might be worth,\" said Ken Sanders, security committee chairman for the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America.
It\'s a story about Patricia Schroeder (president of the Washington- and New York-based Association of American Publishers) and she says the AAP should \"have a very serious issue with librarians.\"
She says publishers do not believe that the public should have the same fair use rights in the electronic world as the prit world and the AAP is looking for ways to charge library patrons for information.
The Library of Congress has recovered a large number of documents of the Communist Party of the United States which were taken to the Soviet Union for safe-keeping during the Cold War. The problem is, they didn\'t consult the still-existing Communist Party about the colletion of documents. The CP, naturally, is interested in gaining access to its own documents and would like to keep them in its own archive. They weren\'t even consulted about the creation of the access tool for the documents. Mark Rosenzweig, who is the librarian at the Reference Center for Marxist Studies, has written an open letter to the LC about the issue. It can be found in the latest issue of Library Juice, along with some discussion and LC\'s original press release.
I post this one, more to comment on the story, not to report any findings.
This Story was picked up and reported on by about everyone.
A preliminary study of 150 people aged 20 to 35 has shown that more than one in 10 are suffering from severe problems with their memory.
Tiny study, actually, not even a study, a preliminary study, shows some people are stupid, and all of a sudden this is the headline I read... \"Computer-mad generation has a memory crash\" There are so many things wrong with this story I will not waste my time with it.
Please read the entire story critically, and make up your own mind.
Occasional LISNews contributor Thomas Hennen also does his Hennen\'s American Public Library Ratings that are often discussion in the press after they come out.
\"There\'s a whole group of people who don\'t want to measure or compare anything because if we compare, we\'ll hurt each other\'s feelings,\" Hennen said. \"I\'ve never said this is the only way to evaluate libraries.\"
Bob Cox sent in this Pioneer Planet Story on the big find of Hundreds (over 800)of books missing from Twin Cities libraries in a mans home. The police expect to seek felony theft charges against 36-year-old man. In one case he checked out every copy of an aquarium book carried at three Dakota County libraries, using different names. Full Story
``His reading tastes were rather eclectic,\'\' said Roseanne Byrne, assistant director of the Dakota County library system. ``I think he probably was playing a wonderful game, a complicated game, and wanted to see how far it would go for whatever reason.\'\'
They close with an interesting thought:
\"One lesson from the past, however, is still an important one. We should be reluctant to accept any sort of closed classification system in a world as full of change as ours is. We should use technology not as an excuse to create a single new system but as a way to gain access under as many systems as possible.\"
The February edition of the CPL Internet Gazette is online now!! Don\'t forget to sign up for the mailing list. This month, the articles include Image Search Engines, Black History Month, and more. Here is the article on Image Search Engines.\"Many of the search engine companies have begun to apply multimedia capabilities to their repertoire. AltaVista, Go, Excite , Fast, and Yahoo have all started offering this service, with no doubt more to be added in the future. There are web sites out there, however, whose primary duty is searching for images. Besides the web sites mentioned above, this article will discuss two of these sites as well as a fee-based database entitled The Associated Press Archive, which we subscribe to here in Suffolk County.\" -- Read More
A few weeks ago someone challenged the book \"It\'s Perfectly Normal\", describing it as pornographic, in The Marion County Public Library. Well, in response, this week someone else challenged The Bible, saying it\'s filled with more vulgarity and sexual material than the children\'s sex-education book that recently survived challenge. He is hoping to convince commissioners they have no business regulating the content of library books, and doesn\'t really want it removed.
\"It\'s filthy, it has pornography, cannibalism like you wouldn\'t believe,\" he said. \"Because it\'s hidden within the covers of something called the Holy Bible, who would dare question it at the risk of their immortal souls?\"
In this opinion piece by Tom Jackson of the Tampa Tribune, the tap-on-the-shoulder method is discussed to keep patrons away from porn. I don\'t know, I\'m not sure I would want to touch someone who doing that at my library.\"Until the thinking filter can be developed, the best remedy is one Bonjour already has in place. Call it the Family Room Solution.
Pasco library PCs occupy conspicuous locations within the various branches. Patrons who surf outside their age group get a tap on the shoulder by a library staffer; abusers lose Internet privileges.
It\'s effective. It\'s local. And, best of all, it\'s cheap.\" -- Read More
I wish I had watched \"Survivor\" more often. Maybe I
could understand how it felt to be the last man on the
island, I could use more references to the show, maybe
use more inside jokes that only the people who watch
that show would understand to help me with this
story. I am happy to report I\'m still on the
\"dot.com\" survivor island, no one has voted me off, and
I haven\'t packed up my gear and gone home of my free
will (I\'m still hoping that\'s how this one will end).
As some of you may know I work at a small (and
getting smaller) dot.com startup. You\'ve probably
noticed that all the news stories on the dot.com world
has been focused on layoffs lately, and this one will be
no different. -- Read More
Engineering Our Own Library Catalog is a nifty story from Infotoday on how the library and computing staff at Packer Engineering worked together to create an in-house customized online catalog.
It\'s interesting to see how they went about building an OPAC from the ground up.
With subscription knowledge services such as Questia, ebrary, netlibrary and XanEdu reproducing like viruses all over the Internet, some see the demise of the local library coming much sooner than later. Whether these fee-based services are really a better alternative remains to be seen. Although it\'s true that it is a multi-hundred million dollar business, some are skeptical as to whether the longevity will really be in their favor.
\"If we truly believe that universal access is both a public good and a private right, though, we have to realize that the public interest in obtaining information won\'t be satisfied simply by providing everyone with access to a computer and modem, no more than the public interest in reading books was satisfied once Carnegie had provided buildings to house them.\"
NewBreed Librarian is a bimonthly publication intended to foster a sense of community for those new to librarianship, whether in school or just out. Every two months, you\'ll find a feature article and an interview with someone – not necessarily a librarian – contributing to the work that we do. You\'ll find Susu, advice goddess, in our Columns section, as well as TechTalk and letters from our readers. NewBreed will highlight progressive librarians and other information professionals in our People section, and we\'re always open to your nominations. As NewBreed matures, we hope to develop a searchable database in our Jobs category and include samples of grad school admission essays, resumes, cover letters, etc. in Xtras. Most importantly, NewBreed aims to use the web to build community and foster collaboration among librarians. We\'re molding the Networks section with this objective in mind.