Librarian And Information Science News

Gutenberg Not The First

Could it be that Gutenberg was not the first to market with the printing press?

Paul Needham and Blaise Aguera y Arcas (library folks at Princeton University) think he may not have been the first.

It seems like more of a technicality to me, but Read The Full Story from National Geographic and decide for yourself.

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Proposed Reed-Elsevier Acquisition of Harcourt Delayed

Here\'s Some Good News from Infotoday.com. Kim Howells, the U.K. Minister of State for Competition and Consumer Affairs, has delayed the merger, and referred the matter to the Competition Commission. They say the Commission will report by the end of May.

Howells said that the proposed acquisition raises competition concerns that “relate to the market power which the merged company would have in the market for scientific, technical, and medical (STM) journals, and which could have an adverse effect on competition in that market.”

The Eagle has flown

Charles Davis writes \"From \"The Times\" 6 February 2001

Historic copies of comics, including The Beano, The Dandy and The Eagle, are believed to have been stolen from the British Library.

library spokesman said: \'We are bringing in external security consultants this week to advise and look at security measures.\' He added: \'This
couldn’t happen at the St Pancras Reading Room because of the type of security we’ve got there.\' \"

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English Words Verboten in Germany

Lee Hadden Writes:\"Word lovers may be interested in a new trend to eliminate English words
creeping into the German language usage through globalization. Politicians
and other \"Kultur Fuhrers\" are beginning a populist move to create an
\"Academy for the Cultivation and Protection of the German Language,\" similar
in concept to the French Academy, which will search for German language word
substitutes for foreign words being used in German.
The English press, as usual, is having a lot of fun with this. One
English tabloid ran the story under the headlines \"Germans Haff Vays of
Banning English\"

Read more about it in the Washington Post

Ah The Public Library

Though I\'m not as bad as This Guy I can never seem
to return my books on time. My Library has a
special hit man looking for me. But I can\'t seem to find
the New SI. Hopefully I be moving
soon, so they\'ll never catch me.

Maybe I can move like the Stromsburg library?
If only I had several hundred friends!.
But that would probably turn into a big fracas and someone would get fired.

In Search of the Perfect Search Engine

TechLearning.com
has a nice Story search engines,
from the educators view.

It includes an overall strengths and
weaknesses
section that covers all the bases.

If this kind of thing interests you, be sure to check out
Traffick.com as
well.

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The Educational dot Bomb

This is a nifty site I just ran across. From Now On The
Educational Technology Journal, has a Story
on how the net is changing education, and how
not to get sucked into the hype.

\"Before committing huge sums to new
enterprises, schools need to consider the likelihood of
winning a major return on the investment.
Those leading schools must protect them from
powerpointlessness, edutainment and
infotainment.\",

A Quick Look Around The Web

For everyone interested in Information Archictecture I
ran across IA
Slash
. A cool site that runs the Slashcode
and has news stories devoted to the world of
information architecture.

Bob Cox sent along the next 2.
The Guide
for the Literary Traveler
is a nifty site who\'s goal is
to explore the world of your literary imagination.

And last but not least is Making of
America
is a digital library of primary sources in
American social history from the antebellum period
through reconstruction. The collection currently
contains approximately 8,500 books and 50,000
journal
articles with 19th century imprints.

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Philly Changes R-Video Policies

Now parents of kids that use the librar (up to age 18) can choose a special library-card bar code that prohibits the user from checking out any video. The old policy allowed card-holders from 12 to 18 to check out R-rated videos without restriction.
Read The Full Story over at Philly.com.

\"It really invited parents to become partners in their children\'s use of the library,\" Seiter said. \"It really is a parent\'s right to make those decisions.\"

How Public Officials Keep Legislation Private

Lee Hadden writes:\" There is an interesting article about what is and what isn\'t put on
the Internet from our government representatives in Congress. If you want
to compile a record of how a particular congressman has voted, for example,
you will have to cobble your own results together- it is not readily
available. Congress protects itself by not putting public information
online.
For more information about how Congress protects itself. go to the
Federal Computer weekly site and read the article, \"Wiring Congress: How
Public Officials Keep Legislation Private by Staying Offline.\"
Read more about it!\"

ACLU Foe Pursues Privacy Laws

Wired has a interesting Story on Bruce Taylor, he\'s the president of The National Law Center. Don\'t miss their NLC Proposal and Internet Use Policy for Libraries and Memorandum of Law in Support (It\'s a PDF).

He sounds like a rather nasty fellow from this story.

\"If we get grownups in the Justice Department and the White House, maybe they\'ll follow the law,\" says Taylor -- who, like other anti-pornsters, has complained that the Clinton administration was not sufficiently serious about defending the Communications Decency Act and its progeny in court. \"

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A Visit to the Ol Library

Bob Cox sent in This Nice Story from the NY Times on one woman\'s visit to her old college library (James Gamble Rogers\'s Butler Library at Columbia).

\"Gone are the long library tables that were underused because students prefer to space themselves out for privacy. In their place are individual carrels and square desks that seat four to six. But the old, sturdy Windsor armchairs are still the seats of choice, with easy chairs in small corner rooms that have been opened up for study.\"

Bodleian web site selected by studyweb.com

Charles Davis writes \"The Bodleian Library Map Room\'s web site, run by Nigel James, has been
selected as a featured site in Lightspan\'s StudyWeb® as one of the
best educational resources on the web. It will be featured in the
People & Places: Geography: Places & Regions: Historical Maps section.
StudyWeb® claims to be \'one of the Internet\'s premier sites for
educational resources for students and teachers\'.
Each site in StudyWeb® includes a detailed review describing its editorial and
visual merits.
The site can be found at studyweb.com/.
\"

Curiouser and curiouser

Brian writes \"The Glassbook version of Alice in Wonderland comes with the following condition: \"This book cannot be read aloud.\"

Does it mean what it says, or say what it means? Story on The Standard. \"

The permissions read as follows:
No text selections can be copied from this book to the clipboard. No printing is permitted on this book. This book cannot be lent or given to someone else. This book cannot be given to someone else. This book cannot be read aloud.

Adobe say \"Read Aloud,\" is Adobe\'s brand name for a text-to-speech feature available on its more advanced e-book Plus Reader. Read the full story and make up your own mind on this one.

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Short Story Dispensing Machines

Lee Hadden writes:
\"The Wall Street Journal has an interesting story of an entrepreneur
who has placed \"reading vending machines\" in the London Underground to sell
short stories to commuters. The stories are packaged like folded maps, and
can be read easily in a crowded subway car. The cost is one pound each
(about $1.50), and are designed so the average reader would spend about 40
minutes reading the story.
At the Baker Street Station, for example, are short stories about
Sherlock Holmes. Elementary, of course. Backers claim there is massive
potential in this market, and others claim it is the best new idea in
publishing since the paperback book. The backers of the new service want to
end the practice of commuters reading tabloids on the train.
Their website is: travelman.co.uk.

Wade Lambert. \"Publisher Puts Story Machine in London Tube.\" Wall
Street Journal. February 22, 2001, page B1, B4.

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Surfers Getting Bored With the Internet

From CNet News... According to a recent Nielsen/NetRatings report, there has been a significant drop in online usage, both at home and work, during the last quarter of 2000. Surfers seem to be getting bored with time often spent at the expense of other leisure activities like reading, watching television or hanging out with real rather than virtual acquaintences. [more...]

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Potter Web fans organize boycott

The USA Today has a Story on Harry Potter\'s biggest fans organizing a worldwide boycott of merchandise because stupid clueless Warner Brothers has been sending nasty letters threatening legal action over copyright violations to kids who have created fan Web sites.
have launched the Defense Against the Dark Arts project.
You would think that being owned by AOL would give Warner Bros. a clue, but they must\'ve missed that memo.

\"Our intention was never to harass fans,\" says Warner Bros.\' Diane Nelson, who adds that letters are no longer going out en masse. \"The tone of the letters did not take into account that Harry Potter is unique, and many of the recipients were innocent, young fans,\" she says. \"We would encourage anyone who believes they received it erroneously to contact us.\"

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Bess (N2H2) To Stop Selling Your Info

CNN is Reporting N2H2 has stopped selling its \"Class Clicks\" lists that report the Web sites students visit on the Internet and how much time they spend at each one. This was just a disgusting thing to do in the first place, how the hell can companies get away with this?

\"It is not the purpose of the public schools to abet corporations that spy on the Web browsing of schoolchildren,\" said Gary Ruskin of Commercial Alert, a Washington-based group targeting commercialism in schools.\"

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Questionable Advertising @ Questia???

Questia seems to be using what some might consider questionable advertising techniques, personally I\'d call it SPAM, or worse, but make up your own mind.
Steven Bell pointed out (On COLLIB-L) some interesting posts he found on the new Google Groups (the old deja.com), so I did some searching, and found some very \"interesting\" posts from \"people\" about Questia. Interesting and people are emphasized here to highlight the important words I am questioning. They seem to be spamming, a number of academic oriented newsgroups, and Ebay under what may be considered false pretenses. The people posting the messages try to make it look like they are not affiliated with Questia (most of the time), but some evidence shows this is may not be entirely true. If they are really using this type of advertising they are guilty of fraud at worst, and being a slimy corporation at best. I have sent this story along to Questia for comment, and I really hope to hear back.

Read on to see what I found.

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