Technology : advancement in libraries

linda writes \"Today technology is moving very fast in trying to make it easier for library users to aquire information.This therefore means librarians in libraries should make sure that they catch up with it as it runs.I\'ve attended a conference where a presentation was conducted about WIRELESS INNOPAC this is a device which looks like a cell phone and one can access a library anywhere in the world by operating the device eg. If one likes to check a book,using title ,author etc

This is possible with this device, this means you communiucate with the library even when in bed. Iam having a fear that at the end of the day as the time goes few librarians will be needed to run the library because most of the task will be done by such devices.\"

Very interesting stuff, though I can\'t find anything on \"Wireless Innopac\" on Google or innopacusers.org, wireless in libraries turned up some good results, including LibWireless:Wireless and Libraries group.

So what do you think, is wireless more of a threat to librarians than the Web?

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New Zealand appoints a minister of the Rings

jen writes \"Just how big a deal is \'\'The Lord of the Rings\'\' in New Zealand, where
native-son director Peter Jackson shot the three movies back-to-back? In
September, the government created a cabinet-level position to help the
tiny country piggyback on the films\' presumed success to lure more
tourists and filmmakers. The first \'\'Minister of Lord of the Rings\'\' -- as the
Kiwi press has dubbed him -- is Pete Hodgson, 51, who also serves as
minister of energy and of science, research, and technology.
Full EW Week Story \"

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Hard times beget courageous times

Bob Cox sent in This CSMonitor story.

It\'s a short look at some old back issues of The (London) Times, from the World War II period when London was being bombed.
Some nice perspective on current events from the past, courtesy of the coolness of a library basement.

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The History of Carnegie Libraries

Glenn A. Walsh has put together an extensive collection of links on The History of Carnegie Libraries.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the man and his libraries, past, present and future all collected in one nifty site.

New IE Bug Could Cause Hardcore Porn to Appear on Your Computer

The new Internet Explorer has a bug in it that could cause pornography to pop up on your computer screen whenever you conduct a general search for information. According to some users, the browser will just spontaneously open pages displaying pornography, gambling, and work-at-home schemes. more from Wired News.

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Does Digital Divide Rhetoric Do More Harm Than Good?

For The Chronicle, Jeffrey Young writes...

\"Warnings about a continuing \"digital divide\" could be doing more harm than good to African-Americans and other minority groups, portraying them as technophobic charity cases who lack the desire to adopt new technologies on their own. That\'s the conclusion some scholars are reaching as they study issues of race and technology.\" more

Pupils\' dreams of a better world win book contest

jen writes \"Months before the recent attacks on the United States, Hameeda Qadafi\'s students at Pershing Elementary School in University City wrote and illustrated a book about peace and how to make the world better.
Last week, representatives of Scholastic, a children\'s book publishing company, said that the book had been picked from 2,000 entries nationwide to win a national contest. The company has published 50,000 copies of the book, which will be sold at school book fairs and in bookstores.
Full Story over at SLToday.\"

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Library\'s Art Display Disturbs Men, Amuses Women

From the Rocky Mountain News...

Carol Ripley, Director of Cultural Programs for the Boulder (CO) Public Library doesn\'t understand what all the fuss is about. \"If it\'s any consolation, from a distance they look like socks hanging on a clothesline.\" She says of an art display being housed in the library. The display, entitled \"Hung Out to Dry\" depicts certain \"men\'s appendages\" being hung from a clothesline. more

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Smithsonian Museum and E-Bay Acquire Florida\'s Voting Machines

One of the voting machines used in the Florida year-2000 Presidential election is being immortalized in the Smithsonian Institute\'s Museum of American History. The remaining 3,499 machines are being auctioned off on E-Bay. \"The county is asking a minimum bid of $300 for a voting machine with brass plaque, a butterfly ballot, a certificate of authenticity, 25 sample punch-card ballots and a signed photo of the canvassing board. For a $600 minimum bid, they\'ll throw in all that, plus an aluminum ballot box.\"
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Internet Public Library in the News

Stumbled across this one today in a New Hampshire newspaper. It\'s about the Internet Public Library.

Here\'s the pitch...
\"It\'s always been difficult to separate the good information from the bad on the Internet. That\'s where the Internet Public Library steps in. The site, begun by library studies graduate students at the University of Michigan, separates the chaff from the wheat. The IPL shows the way to academic periodicals and complete online texts (the writings of Abraham Lincoln, for example), offers tips for students writing papers, provides librarians with valuable resources, and much more.\" The article also provides a list of links and summaries to a few web sites, such as The Car Connection, Bob & Ray, Monsters, Inc, and more.

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Illinois Launches Early Learning Web Site

The Illinois State Board of Education is funding a Web site geared toward early learning and intervention for children. The site includes a keyword and advanced search option for resources related to child learning. There are also tip sheets, FAQs, and more. Although the site contains information about agencies in Illinois, there are also elements useful for anyone involved in, or interested in working with preschoolers. They also link to Futures for Kids. To visit the site, Click Here.

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Scholastic to Publish Third E-Book Ahead of Print Version

Scholastic is releasing another of its books in electronic format ahead of the print version. This one is part of the \"Dear America\" Series. According to Michael Jacobs, senior vice president of their trade division \"We\'re approaching all our e-book efforts as ways to promote our printed properties, so we\'re not necessarily going to gauge the success of this e-book project solely on the basis of whether we sell a lot of copies, although we\'d like to do that.\" If you hurry and buy it before Thanksgiving, you can get it for $1.95. more

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Pay To Sing

Washington Law Quarterly has A Sad Story on federal copyright law.
They say, if current copyright law is enforced to its narrowest confines, it is likely that nonprofit service or camping organizations may be subject to copyright infringement suits for just signing a song.

They cover the history of copyright, and many other details.
Also note, this is 4 years old, things has gotten much worse since then.

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Ziggy for Dummies

I am not sure how long this comic strip will be up, but I was rolling on the floor this morning. Enjoy!!

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Pay Equity Under Scrutiny in Australia

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

A pay claim being launched today by librarians will test the water for thousands of women who say their work is undervalued because they are female.

The case, in the Industrial Relations Commission, seeking an average 14 per cent pay rise for librarians and similar workers, is the first to test the new principle of gender pay equity, established by the commission last year.

The Public Service Association, representing librarians, library technicians and archivists, will compare their skills, responsibilities and working conditions with other Public Service professions dominated by men.

More.

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Author Franzen Grovels Before TV Talk Queen

It seems that Jonathan Franzen has had a change of heart over the issue of Oprah including \"The Corrections\" on her list of picks. Do ya suppose it mighta been the money and recognition that got to him? What was that remark he made about \"artistic purity??\" \"High art literary tradition\" my @&&. Pompous, self-aggrandizing literary snobbery seems more appropriate. more from Mercury Center.
For a related article, Click Here.

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Oprah Makes a Correction

Nashville Public Sees Growth Explosion Since Last Year

It would appear, that when it comes to satisfying the masses, the Nashville (TN) Public Library System has discovered the secret formula. Since the realization of the $115 million building project, which resulted in a new main branch, trhe renovation of three smaller branches, as well as the addition of five new branches, the libraries have seen a huge increase in their circulation, up 41% from last year. In the new main branch alone, the number skyrocketed to 95%. More from The Tennessean.

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2001 Ezine-Tips Online Publishing Awards

ezine-tips.com has the 2001 Ezine-Tips Online Publishing Awards posted.

These are the main guidelines they used to judge newsletters:
Writing quality, originality, sources and timeliness.
.Format and design that enhance the content.
.Value for readers.
.Mission clarity.

They range from Bent on Waterfowl, about waterfowl hunting, to, Neat Net Tricks, a collection of site, software and search-engine reviews.
These newsletters all have great content, well-written, timely and essential for the target audience. Cool niche stuff for all!

Library Patron Jailed in Child Porn Case

An Illinois man has plead guilty to charges of child pornography after downloading pictures, on a library computer, of children engaging in sexual acts. His wife alerted the police after discovering the photos. more from The Chicago Tribune.

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