Submitted by Blake on April 5, 2001 - 5:20pm
T. G. McFadden Writes:
\"Questia has recently made changes to its search-and-retrieval interface (in response to suggestions from users, according to the marketing side) that represent a pretty fair misunderstanding of how the typical undergraduate will want (or need) to use the database.
Prior to this change, the initial search screen (“Quick Search”) presented the standard author, title-word, and subject options. More advanced variations on these basic themes were available in the “Power Search” mode. Now, however, the initial search screen (still “Quick Search”) combines by default all of these search types into a single search statement. This has the following result, when the search concept is the rationalist philosopher Descartes.
Submitted by Steven on April 5, 2001 - 2:07pm
I saw this story in the New York Times today. A company has created a new top level domain, .geo, which would allow people to search geographically via the web. Pretty cool idea, but ICANN hasn\'t approved it...yet.\"It is possible to find local services like movie theaters and car dealers on the Internet by typing your ZIP code into a search box on many Web sites. But the success of these searches depends on the indexing capabilities of the particular search engine, in addition to how well the site has been registered, two factors that can vary a great deal. It may be easy to find Web sites for museums in Florence, Italy, but shouldn\'t it be just as easy to find out what time the hardware store down the street closes?\"
Submitted by Blake on April 5, 2001 - 1:47pm
The CBC has an audio interview with Judith Krug the Director of Intellectual Freedom At the ALA.
You can hear the hearings HERE (E-Rate and Filtering: a Review of the Children’s Internet Protection Act.
Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet)
Blocking XXX on the WWW takes a look at both sides of filtering.
Mona Charen\'s conservative views on filtering.
A Look at where some of your filtering money went (hint: adult novelty and drug paraphernalia)
Submitted by Ieleen on April 5, 2001 - 10:45am
Ryan Sager writes...
\"With the Children\'s Internet Protection Act having safely passed Congress last year, its supporters are working hard to make sure that it sticks around longer than its predecessors did.
A looming court challenge seemed to be the main purpose of a hearing Wednesday by the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet: to create a record that a member of the committee will use to defend CIPA in court.\" [more...] from Wired News.
Submitted by Blake on April 4, 2001 - 6:41pm
There\'s an Interview with librarian Jack Colbert over on About.com (or Aboot.com if you\'re from Canada).
Jack Colbert is the creator of Librarea, \"a destination, a world, within the ActiveWorlds Universe, where individual librarians build virtual (3-D) environments, with objects that can be linked to web-based resources\".
Jack Colbert will be joining the website\'s Chat on Tuesday, April 10th, for an online discussion of Librarea and the future of libraries.
Submitted by Blake on April 4, 2001 - 4:46pm
A few law(ish) library related stories The Rocky Mountain News has
Books from the cellblock on the library district\'s \"Begin with Books\", an umbrella for a variety of programs that encourage parents to read to their children.
Online won\'t replace real law books says 67 percent of attorneys anticipate the libraries in their firms will decrease in size but only 3 percent expect them to be eliminated entirely within the next 10 years.
\"Ask ERL\", an ever-evolving database of electronic resources that everyone at Day Berry (A Law Firm) can access through our intranet, set up to catalog good websites.
Submitted by Blake on April 4, 2001 - 4:24pm
Lee Hadden Writes:
\"Today on Morning Edition from National Public Radio was an account of
the Medici Family Library and Archives, and their work to catalog this
unique and enormous collection of Italian history.\"
The archive is a collection of virtually
every letter sent or received by the Medici court and covers alot of Italian art and European history. They Hope to have the project complete by 2012, it takes up over a Kilometer of shelf space!
Medici Archive Project has a website: medici.org
Submitted by Ieleen on April 4, 2001 - 2:39pm
The videos, DVDs and compact discs on the shelves are making public libraries a target for thieves, who can sell recently released music and movies on the street for a tidy sum. The thefts have raised the issue of whether libraries should offer recently released videos and CDs to their patrons and whether they should cut back on the number they buy. \"Short of not buying these kinds of releases, the best thing libraries can do is wait until the releases are no longer new releases,\'\' said Pete Sepp, spokesman for the National Taxpayer\'s Union. Sepp said another option would be to prohibit the checkout of videos and CDs and to instead require patrons to view or listen to them at the library. But some librarians bristle at the idea of cutbacks or restrictions. [more...] from The Columbus Dispatch.
Submitted by Steven on April 4, 2001 - 2:04pm
Hey everyone!! I was wondering if my fellow library school students can help me out. I am in the midst of putting together some data for my Master\'s thesis on methods that library school students use to keep up to date in the field. I have put a questionnaire online (http://www.freeonlinesurveys.com/rendersurvey.asp?id=296). It takes a few minutes to fill out and would a great help to me. Please, students enrolled in library school only. Thanks. Steven M. Cohen.
Submitted by Blake on April 4, 2001 - 1:39pm
Submitted by Ieleen on April 4, 2001 - 11:11am
[Here...] comes still another Internet study, as if we need one, which attempts to herd users into categories based on \"occasionalization\" (their word not mine or Webster\'s). I wonder how much they charged for that anyway? Try to win that one on Wheel...Vanna, I would like an \"E\" please.
So, which group do you fall under?
Submitted by Blake on April 4, 2001 - 11:02am
Michael Angeles writes \"
Information Today is running This Article about Paul Blake, a Librarian turned Dot Commer who confesses that in his most recent job in the Web space, \"I used the skills I learned at library school more than I had for the preceding 15 years.\" Blake describes how professionals with information retrieval skills -- experience with classification and information structure -- add value to the Internet.\"
As another librarian working in a dot.com I\'ll second that!
Submitted by Blake on April 4, 2001 - 10:54am
Lee Hadden passed this along:
\"National Public Radio\'s Cheryl Corley
reports on a program in Chicago that\'s using public libraries to unite
divided communities and bring economic growth to forgotten neighborhoods.
Several other cities are now following suit, strategically planting new
libraries to help revitalize struggling areas.
This was broadcast on April 2 on the public radio show \"Morning Edition.\"
Hear the broadcast on your computer HERE
Submitted by Blake on April 3, 2001 - 1:06pm
The Washington Post has an OP-ED piece from US First Lady and Ex-librarian Laura Bush.
She has some mighty nice things to say about libraries.
\"School libraries -- all libraries, for that matter -- are more than warehouses for books. They are gathering places, literally community centers, and have been since 1638, when John Harvard donated money and books to create one of our nation\'s first libraries in Cambridge, Mass. \"
Submitted by Blake on April 2, 2001 - 2:59pm
Doug Johnson has written a great article Seven Most Critical Challenges That Face Our Profession.
He suggests seven areas where every library media specialist can and should take action.
They include, Remaining experts in helping others make meaning out of technology, Keeping our core values, Staying connected and more.
\"A person recently commented to me that one must be mad to go into school librarianship. He’s right, of course, on a number of levels. You have to mad (passionate) for stories, computers, and especially work with kids.\"
Submitted by Ieleen on April 2, 2001 - 2:59pm
In an effort to assuage the legal concerns of local officials who want to keep pornography away from kids in public libraries, a New York City-based public interest legal group is offering its services for free to libraries that want to install anti-pornography Internet filtering systems on public computer terminals. [more...] from CNS News.
Submitted by Blake on April 2, 2001 - 1:34pm
Someone passed along This One from The NY Times on ways to keep from being blocked. I was way ahead of the curve on this one, I\'ve been misspelling words for a year and a half now! Now I finally have a good excuse.
It\'s a sad day for journalism — and for the American public — when a news organization has to resort to consciously misspelling words in order to reach its readers,\" said Judith F. Krug, a journal subscriber and director of the American Library Association\'s Office for Intellectual Freedom, in an interview via e-mail.
Submitted by Blake on April 2, 2001 - 1:31pm
Someone writes \"Dr. Laura\" TV show got canceled
Salon has a Story \"
If you ever saw the show, this shouldn\'t be a suprise. She was boring and offensive at the same time.
Submitted by Ieleen on April 2, 2001 - 11:49am
Web-issue lobby group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said today it is organizing a nationwide protest slated for Friday, April 20, opposing implementation of congressionally mandated Internet blocking in schools and libraries [more...] from NewsBytes
Submitted by Ieleen on April 2, 2001 - 11:09am
Ohio\'s Governor Taft has proposed eliminating a $12 million allotment in the general revenue fund for the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN). His plan would fund the network solely through general library funding. A preliminary study by the Ohio Library Council (OLC)estimates the state\'s public libraries could lose $84 million if the proposal is enacted.
[more...] from The Columbus Dispatch