The papa of protocol

There\'s a Neat Little Story about Vinton Cerf at The USA Today. He was co-inventor of protocols called TCP/IP that run the \'net, the first commercial e-mail system at MCI in the \'80s and co-founded the Internet Society in 1992.

They also have a cool Internet Quiz, for those internet history buffs out there. I love history that only goes back a few years.

Free-Speech Advocates Fight Filtering

The NY Times has a Story on The Children\'s Internet Protection Act.
The A.C.L.U. will file a lawsuit within two months to attack the constitutionality of the law.

\"This law requires, for the first time in the nation\'s history, that local libraries censor speech for every adult and every child. That\'s got to present First Amendment problems,\" said Chris Hansen, a senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union.\"

Ladies and Gentlemen, the new Oprah Book is...

The best way to market a new book is to say that it will be the next \"Oprah\" book. Just make sure that the Oprah people know about it first.\"On Wednesday, WMA agent Mel Berger submitted Sandbox Wisdom: Revolutionize Your Brand with the Genius of Childhood, by Tom Asacker, to Warner. Accompanying the hardcover, which was originally published last March by Eastside Publishing, was a letter on Harpo letterhead, indicating that it was to be the next Oprah book club pick. There was just one problem: Harpo, the company that produces The Oprah Winfrey Show, says it has nothing to do with him. \'\'Tom Asacker has no affiliation with Oprah Winfrey, the Oprah Winfrey show or Harpo Productions, and we are looking into this matter further,\'\' a Harpo spokesman told Inside.\" -- Read More

Monday Humor

I saw this library joke and thought you guys would like it:
One morning a chap went up to the counter in the library and asked the
librarian, \"Have you got any books about committing suicide?\"
The librarian said, \"Yes. Take a look over there, somewhere on the middle
shelf.\"
The chap came back a few moments later and said, \"I can\'t find any at all.\"
The librarian replied, \"Yes, it\'s awful. The swines never bring \'em back!\"

Laura Bush, first lady of literacy

Salon.com has an Interview with Stanley Crouch, who read his stuff at the big presidential Inauguration in D.C.

\"Look, I\'m fairly sure [Laura Bush] is going to be doing things connected to literacy, making books available, teaching kids how to read -- literature is one thing, but reading is another, and those of us currently paying our rent as writers would probably be better off anyway if there were more focus on literacy rather than on celebrating professional authors.\"

54 Public Library Mission Statements

There\'s all kinds of cool stuff over on TheShyLibrarian.com, not the least of which is 54 Public Library Mission Statements.

There\'s also a Photo Gallery of UN-Shy Librarians, And Plans to offer a print newsletter soon. Free E-NewsLetter, if you are adverse to paper.

Is nothing sacred?

Salon has a rather Interesting Story on Peggy Kamuf, a professor at the University of Southern California, insists that teaching kids to read initiates them into the patriarchal construct of the family unit and society at large, and learning to read is brutal and painful rite of passage.

She says learning to read is violent.

A Redesign With a View

This Story from Online Journalism Review is a very interesting look at a rather cool News Site.
For those of us into Information Architecture and cool stuff like that, it\'s a must read.

Check out IHT.com, it\'s a pretty neat cutting edge site. It doesn\'t work in Netcape 4.x, but seems to be good in IE 5 and Netscape 6.

It\'s Time to Rethink Our Public Libraries

International Herald Tribune has a Very Interesting Story on the future of the public library.

They say Yahoo and other information Web sites have taken over many of the functions of public libraries. A great deal of information is not accessible, because it is in libraries, and not on the internet which is a much more effective means of accessing information.

So what to do?
Each library would be responsible for maintaining and updating detailed Web sites in one or more narrow subjects, and this would be available on the internet. This will need a national task force to figure out and Laura Bush would be perfect for the job.

The National Research Council Seeks Input

The National Research Council\'s Committee on Tools and Strategies for Protecting Kids from Pornography and Their Applicability to Other Inappropriate Internet Content seeks your input.


The information you provide will be used only by the Committee and by its project staff. They will include your comments in a public access file and may quote your responses (without specific attribution to you) in afinal report or and other derived works unless you indicate otherwise on the last question.


You may also submit any comments e-mail sent to ITWINPUT@NAS.EDU.

Ten Most Challenged Books of 2000

The ALA has released their Ten Most Challenged Books of 2000.
They include:


  • Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling, for occult/Satanism and anti-family themes
  • “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier, for violence, offensive language and being unsuited to age group
  • Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, for sexual content and being unsuited to age group
  • “Killing Mr. Griffin,” by Lois Duncan, for violence and sexual content
  • “Of Mice and Men,” by John Steinbeck, for using offensive language, racism, violence and being unsuited to age group

On Being a Systems Librarian

I was Googlin\' the other day, and ran across a few cool things. It\'s amazing what you can find when you\'re looking for something else on Google


Eric Lease Morgan has written a nice piece called On Being a Systems Librarian that provides a job descrition and a nice FAQ.
He says they are librarians first and computer users second. \"Systems librarianship is the art and science of combining the principles of librarianship with the abilities of computing technology.\"

LISJobs Info Career Trends

If you\'ve never been over to LISJobs.com and had a look at all Rachel has done there, you\'re really missing out. Be sure to check out Info Career Trends (January 1, 2001 Issue), the electronic
newsletter for information professionals interested in developing
their own careers. If you are looking for a job, or just want to keep up on what\'s going on, it\'s a great resource.
Rachel\'s new book \"Teaching the Internet In Libraries\", has just been released by ALA Editions as well!

Library of Congress Goes Digital

Wired is Reporting The Library of Congress has finally met its ambitious goal of putting 5 million historical items online by the year 2000. There are fears that the library will focus on archiving print media instead of dealing with the new digital information. The National Research Council\'s report A Digital Strategy for the Library of Congress said that very thing.

Mixed marriage

Brian from librarism.com writes \"

Chicago Tribune writer Julia Keller Talks about the mixed marriage of Laura and Dubya Bush: She\'s a reader, he ain\'t. \"

George W. Bush pointed out that he and William F. Buckley Jr. both attended Yale. \"He wrote a book there,\" Bush said. \"I read one.\"

What makes librarianship exciting to You?

Someone emailed me a while back to ask for my little contribution to a very cool new librarian oriented web site (you\'ll see an anouncement as soon as they launch).


They asked one simple question:


\"What makes librarianship exciting to You?\"

I\'ll post my answer here sooner or later (whenever I finish it), but I\'d like to hear from the LISNews community (if there is such a thing).....

What makes librarianship exciting to You?

If you have some time to spare, post your ideas below.

American Library Association votes to challenge CIPA

The executive board of the American Library Association (ALA) voted
yesterday to initiate legal action challenging the recently enacted
Children\'s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), signed into law on December
21. The decision came after more than a week of intense discussion
among leaders and members during the association\'s annual Midwinter
Meeting. The ALA contends the act is unconstitutional and creates an
infringement of First Amendment protections.

CNET has a Story and so does ZD Net. -- Read More

Dred Scott documents available on Internet

State officials formally announced the Web site on Monday, Martin Luther King Day, so I\'m a little behind on this one.

The Missouri State Archives worked with St. Louis Circuit Court and Washington University to put 170 pages of the original Scott documents online.

\"In 1846, Dred Scott and his wife Harriet filed suit for their freedom in the St. Louis Circuit Court. This suit began an eleven-year legal fight that ended in the U.S. Supreme Court, which issued a landmark decision declaring that Scott remain a slave. This decision contributed to rising tensions between the free and slave states just before the American Civil War.

The records displayed in this exhibit document the Scotts\' early struggle to gain their freedom through litigation and are the only extant records of this significant case as it was heard in the St. Louis Circuit Court.
\"

Information Technology, 2500 B.C.

Bob Cox sent in This Story from Scientific American. It\'s a look back from the future, 2500 to be exact. They actually look back to the first society to leave a vivid written record, and it\'s impact on the future.

\"It was mainly war that brought ruin to walled Uruk and to all its royal successors. Whether we moderns will better manage our own overarmed world is far from a foregone conclusion.\"

Your Digital Rights, Gone?

This Story from Wired says content owners and digital rights management companies are discouraging the growth of digital music by taking liberties with their control of copyrights.


This One says First-sale rights do not exsist on software, since you only \"licensed\" it.


While This One from CNET says some bad things about the new \"Product Activation technology\" from Microsoft. The technology FORCES each user to register the software over the Internet or by phone.

And of course many people feel Mandatory Library Censorware is the worst of all.

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