Submitted by Ieleen on March 12, 2001 - 3:33pm
The American Civil Liberties Union has backed a ruling by a California court that states, that libraries cannot be forced to restrict Internet use by parents of minors. According to the state appeals court, this type of restriction is \"untenable under state and federal law.\" [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on March 12, 2001 - 2:37pm
The utterances of former President Bill Clinton and New York Senator Hillary Clinton will be among the newest entries into Bartlett\'s Familiar Quotations.
And, they ain\'t pretty ones either...It seems the folks at Bartlett have chosen to quote Bubba and spouse on marajuana, sex, the definition of the word \"is\" and what it means to stand by your man. Strangely enough, there are no quotations from any of the former President\'s hundreds of speeches over the years on important issues such as welfare reform, health care, foreign policy, taxes, or the size and role of government in society.
Now, that\'s not to say that other famous...or infamous individuals, depending upon the school of thought from whence you come, have always been quoted favorably by Bartlett\'s, however, I think the majority will agree that the Clintons have taken the proverbial cake when it comes to opening their mouths and inserting...well you know...unless your name is Monica...
Click Here for more of this story from Fox News.
Submitted by Ieleen on March 12, 2001 - 10:11am
David McGuire writes...
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday narrowly absolved America Online in a child pornography case, ruling 4-3 that the Internet giant should not be held responsible for the illicit activities of its customers. [more...] from NewsBytes.
Submitted by Blake on March 11, 2001 - 9:04pm
Price sent word of This Story from The Standard on twin lawsuits
filed on March 20.
Filed in Philly, against The Children\'s Internet
Protection Act [CIPA], by the ALA and
the ACLU, the
groups hope to overturn the law.
Submitted by Blake on March 11, 2001 - 6:09pm
Mitch Freedman\'s answers to you questions from a
couple months ago have come in. You can read them
In case you missed the first two, or need to refresh
your memory before you send in your ballot:
Ken Haycock\'s answers.
William Sannawald\'s Answers
Also, you can expect final words from all three
candidates, right here, towards the end of the week.
Submitted by Blake on March 11, 2001 - 10:20am
Washinton Post has a Story on books aimed
at young adults. The books are testing limits and
pushing envelopes by using \"salty\" language, and
mature themes. They say it\'s the librarians who define,
and drive, the quality of teen literature in America.
\"...his \"edgy teen, sex-drugs-rock-and-roll,
kind of fiction,\" as one publishing executive described it,
is mostly found on the Young Adult shelves of local
Submitted by Blake on March 11, 2001 - 10:04am
The ACLU has a
press release Posted Here on the CA filtering case from last
year. They call it a \"resounding victory for civil liberties\".
In this case an appeals court said a parent may not
force a public library to install filters.
the opinion is Online
This Related Case from FL, where the
Florida Supreme Court said the CDA gives AOL Time
Warner, immunity from a lawsuit filed by a Florida
woman, whose 11-year-old son appeared in a lewd
videotape sold by one AOL subscriber to another.
Submitted by Blake on March 11, 2001 - 9:28am
Andrew Porteus writes \"The
Casino Niagara Cares foundation recently donated
$50,000 to the Niagara Falls (Ont.) Public Library to
establish the \"Casino Niagara Cares Regional
Submitted by Ieleen on March 9, 2001 - 3:38pm
From The New York Times
The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating stock sales by Jeffrey P. Bezos, the chairman of Amazon.com, in early February just before a Wall Street firm released a negative research report on the company, according to a person close to the matter.
Submitted by Ieleen on March 9, 2001 - 3:10pm
Criminals using fake library cards have taken $10,000 worth of materials from at 16 libraries around Dayton, OH. About $5000 worth of DVDs, CDs, videos, and books have yet to be recovered, according to the
Dayton Daily News. The most popular items for theft were new AV materials. One of the affected libraries is considering reduced borrowing limits for new patrons.
Submitted by Blake on March 9, 2001 - 1:06pm
Ross Tyner writes \"The article \"The Dreams of Webzines Fizzle Out\" in today\'s New York Times describes the difficulties e-zines like Salon and Slate are having in trying to make a buck. So much so that they\'re trying to entice subscribers by offering their products in other media, e.g. audio and (gasp) print. \"
From the article:
\"\"We realized pretty early that being an independent, Web-only provider was not entirely viable,\" said Michael Hirschorn, editor in chief of Inside.com. \"You had to find other ways to become viable.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 9, 2001 - 11:11am
SO what\'s new in the world of eBooks you ask? Well, it seems they are still not sure What Ebook Readers Want (but they have an idea, cheap cheap), of course they may be The Internet\'s Latest Premature Undertaking, since every major New York book publisher is building an e-book, and no one buys the darn things.
Of course that hasn\'t stopped Steven King, he has a DreamCatcher preview online.
One publisher, so far, says No new e-fiction The Future of e-books expected to be in education, information. And the LawSuits are probably just begining!
Submitted by Blake on March 8, 2001 - 9:03pm
Bob Cox never Stops!
He sent in this Story on the
eighth annual Spelling Bee for Literacy held at the
Airport Hilton in Grand Rapids, MI.
Guess who won?
\"Thursday\'s winners were -- go figure -- a team
from the Kent District Library. \"
And the secret to winning?
\"All I did was just keep reading, which is really
best way to learn how to spell,\"
Submitted by Blake on March 8, 2001 - 8:59pm
The fight is on in TX over the proposed new Uniform
Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA). The
law got passed easily last year in Virginia and
Maryland, but now people have smartened up, and are
fighting it as hard as they can.
has the Full Story.
\"Long before the bill was filed, members in
both houses had already received a barrage of e-mails
and letters expressing opposition,\"
Submitted by Blake on March 8, 2001 - 6:14pm
TechLawJournal has an interesting Speech Transcript given by Rep. Rick Boucher.
He starts the speech by saying:\"I want to spend a few minutes this afternoon talking about the importance of fair use rights -- not just to equipment manufacturers -- but to all consumers of information of in our society\"Sounds like he is someone in politics who is on our side.
Submitted by Blake on March 8, 2001 - 6:11pm
Cabot passed along this PDF File. It was passed around the Canadian Govt. on Government Advocacy Day.
They cover all the good reasons why Canada needs a new National Library [even more than they need Krispy Kreme\'s], and how the folks in Canada will win big with a new library. The old one sounds like it\'s quite a mess.
Submitted by Ieleen on March 8, 2001 - 3:52pm
Not that people wouldn\'t have already thought about this..., but it\'s still a little disturbing to think that while most parents warn their children about divulging personal information about themselves in order to keep their kids safe, Junior may not know that he shouldn\'t give out mom and dad\'s personal information.
According to emarketer, who claims to be the leading provider of Internet statistics, \"younger Americans and veteran Internet users are among the least concerned with online privacy.\" They found that 75 percent of children are willing to share personal information online about themselves and their family in exchange for goods and services.
\"Many parents with Internet connections at home fear that their children will share personal information over the net,\" said Rob Janes, an eMarketer analyst. \"Offerings of free gifts and such from Internet companies often lure these unassuming children into a trap.\" [more...]
Submitted by Blake on March 8, 2001 - 3:47pm
A couple of prison library stories.
News-Press.com has a Story on Boy Scout Brian Stewart to help establish an entire library at the Lee County Jail in FL. Working hard for that Eagle badge!
“The inmates read extensively because they don’t have a lot to do,” Scruggs said. “Sometimes the jail is a place where people learn to love to read.”
inlandempireonline has a Story on the new library in The California Institution for Women near Chino. The law library, established more than 15 years ago, is one of the most complete and largest in the state\'s prison system.
But do they have The Prisoners Dictionary?
Submitted by Ieleen on March 8, 2001 - 2:35pm
Martin Stone writes... \"Abilene, a high-speed nationwide Internet2 network, said today that state education networks in Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Virginia and Washington will connect to the backbone under a new policy allowing expanded access.
Partnerships with Internet2 universities and regional networking organizations will provide institutions such as elementary schools, secondary schools, community colleges, museums and libraries access to the national high-performance network...\" [more...] from NewsBytes
Submitted by Blake on March 8, 2001 - 1:26pm
Dr. John Ellison sent in thisLA Times Story that covers a state of CA Court of Appeal\'s decision. The judges ruled that libraries cannot be held liable when youngsters peruse pornographic material on Internet sites. A woman had brought the case after her 12-year-old son downloaded sexually explicit photographs at the library in Livermore. They say the judges based thier decision on a federal law that protects Internet providers from liability for failing to edit or restrict offensive material.
\"A public library is in a \'damned if you do, damned if you don\'t\' situation in deciding whether to restrict access to the Internet from its computers to prevent harm to minors,\" Justice Daniel Hanlon wrote\"