Salt Lake City PL New Director

Jill passed along more about SLC PL\'s new non-MLS director froma member of the board.
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\"Jim Cooper\'s business acumen, dedicated support for the library programs, ability to interact constructively with numerous constituencies and government interests and his deep commitment to the Salt Lake Valley community were viewed by the board as credentials more compelling than an advanced degree in library science. \"

Constitutional Freedom to Read Recognized

Luis Acosta writes \"There is an interesting item in today\'s Washington Post\'s \"District Extra\" section (not to be confused with the Metro section) about a U.S. District Court decision that recognizes the freedom to read:
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The decision at issue in the story is posted on the web page of the U.S.
District Court for the District of Columbia,
here.
While the defendant that lost is a public library, the decision recognizes the first amendment right to freedom to read/freedom of information, and therefore is good news.\"

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Potter porn.

Calliope pass along This Story from MSNBC on the burgeoning Harry Potter Porn stories on the web. They say it\'s produced and consumed almost entirely by young women. Google Points The Way.
Warner Bros. is not very happy:

“It is not only our legal obligation, but also our moral obligation to protect the integrity of our intellectual properties,” the statement says. “This is especially true in the case of indecent infringement of any icon whose target audience is children.”
It\'s funny to read the have morals.

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It Scans, It Formats, It Translates, but Can It Do This...?

There\'s a new version of software that will read scanned documents and convert the text into a format that you can edit. It also will recognize up to 114 languages. While it\'s doing all that, it\'ll even proof itself to make sure it captured every character from the original. Then, if you want it to, it\'ll read everything back to you, in one of 14 languages, over your computer\'s speakers. While that\'s all well and good, I\'m still waiting for the software program that will do the dishes, fix dinner, change diapers, put the laundry away, scoop out the litterbox, sort the trash, and walk the dog. more...

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Separating Students from Smut

Katie Dean writes...

\"Over the next year, schools will be in danger of losing precious technology funding unless they can certify they have a filtering system that blocks obscene websites.
The Children\'s Internet Protection Act requires that by Oct. 28, schools must certify that they are either in compliance with filtering requirements, or are in the process of becoming compliant by evaluating blocking software. For many schools, it will be easy to comply. According to the Consortium for School Networking, 75 percent of schools use filtering already.\" more... from Wired News.

Library Bans Free Weekly Newspapers

Roger Aylworth, writing for The Chico Enterprise Record, asks...\"Do free weekly newspapers belong in a library lobby?\"

A decision by the Meriam Library at Chico State University says, \"no.\" and the decision has some publishers screaming foul. more...

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First Seattle, Now the World (Toronto to Read One Book)

The Toronto Star reports that Toronto\'s librarian\'s are planning to follow Chicago\'s lead. The first idea Toronto borrowed from Chicago was the cows.
Although the program could begin as soon as next year, the mayor has yet to embrace the program and no book has been chosen.
Credit for the original idea goes to the Washington Center for the Book. See also...

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The Giver Won\'t be Found in These Public Schools

The Aurura, (CO) Public School System is avoiding the controversy over Lois Lowry\'s \"The Giver,\" altogether. According to a spokesperson for the school district, \"That book is not included in any curriculum within the district,\" Lynch said. \"As far as I know, it\'s not even in any media centers.\" more... from The Aurora Sentinel.

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OH School Libraries Link Up

For The Tribune Chronicle, John Booth writes...

\"By next fall, students in Trumbull County, OH will have a card catalog at their fingertips that stretches from Bloomfield to Hubbard, from Kinsman to Newton Falls. The final pieces of the puzzle are ready to fall into place, thanks to grant money enabling 16 school libraries in four districts to automate their card catalogs and link their computers to a countywide network. Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds awarded through the State Library of Ohio will provide more than $156,000 for the projects. In order to earn the grant, the schools had to agree to spend one-quarter of the funding - just more than $52,000.\" more...

Making books with the obsessed

Jill passed along This SFWeekly Story on the San Francisco Center for the Book, a nonprofit gallery/schoolhouse/studio in Potrero Hill. The center supports the book arts -- that is, letterpress printing, typography, bookbinding, ya know, stuff that librarians just looooove

\"Most people simply read books, but I like to smell them. New books are the best: Slightly sweet and enticingly chemical, they reek of glue and ink and other mysterious binding fluids.\"

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Lawyer Lessig raps new copyright laws

News.com has a nice little Piece on Stanford Law School professor and technology pundit Lawrence Lessig\'s keynote address at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo.

\"Employees at Smith & Wesson don\'t worry if guns kill police officers,\" Lessig said. \"Some uses are illegal and some are not. But if you wrote code that could be used for good or bad, you\'re arrested and sent to jail...There\'s something screwed up about that.\"

My analogy is this:My car goes about 100, which is totally illegal, and yet I bought this car, and it\'s legal, and I can make it go 100mph if I\'m so inclined.
Imagine if they passed a law that made it illegal for just Ford to sell cars that went over the speed limit.

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A Moldy Roundup

They Know Where You Live

MSNBC has this one. Richard M. Smith of the Privacy Foundation writes,

\"One of the biggest issues in analyzing technology and privacy is the way that databases with unique identifiers can be merged. I’ve got an example below that illustrates the problem, particularly where public records databases are concerned.\" much more...

Publisher Dow Jones Accused of Defamation Against Aussie Businessman

From NewsRoom, someone writes...

\"An Australian businessman has won the right to have an internet defamation case against US publishing giant Dow Jones heard in Melbourne. Dow Jones argued the case should by heard in the United States, because that\'s where the company\'s internet site server is. However, the Victorian Supreme Court judge ruled in his 75-page judgement that \"publication\" occurred where the story was read, not where it was stored. The case has significant implications for internet publishers, as it could mean they are required to comply with the laws of any country in which content may be viewed.\" more...

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Searchopolis Closes Up Shop

Searchopolis has gone the way of the dinosaur. On August 18, they closed up shop and posted the following message: \"As of August 18, 2001, Searchopolis.com will no longer offer educational resources, including filtered search. We apologize to those users who have enjoyed Searchopolis\' free services and thank you for your support. While N2H2 makes no recommendation regarding alternative sources for filtered search, a recent major children\'s software magazine gave the following filtered search engines high marks:\" Yahooligans and Ask Jeeves for Kids. no more.

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Google May Go the Way of Pay for Fresher Web

It looks as though Google may decide to start charging site owners for fresh updates. According to the article at ZDNet UK, \"Google appears to be developing a service aimed at extracting revenue from online firms that want a fresher search of their Web sites, following in the footsteps of rivals AltaVista and Inktomi. more...

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Harry Potter\'s Hidden Meaning Revealed

Ananova reports: a German English teacher has determined the hidden meanings of the names in Harry Potter. Harry, for example, means: \"hero from a poor house.\" Harry is Heinrich meaning champion and Potter is from Potters Field, traditional burial ground of the poor.

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Napster Bootleggers

For the Tornado Insider, Marco Frojo writes...

\"In order to escape the tough competition that characterises the online music market, Hifind has decided to concentrate on a small but profitable niche, that of music for the world of cinema, radio and television production. In this way, while Napster continues to suffer amid general indifference, waiting for its new owner, Bertelsmann, to decide how to commercially exploit the company that cost more than a billion dollars, the Hamburg-based company (through its own subsidiary, Initaudio) has presented its new platform Audience, which should make its online debut in October, at the Internationale Funkaustellung (IFA) in Berlin.\" more...

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Fan mags for bookworms

jen writes \"It\'s the novelist-as-celebrity.There\'s a new group of magazines with a new target audience. Readers. Book readers. Basically, the magazines try to avoid the sleepy, antiquarian end of literature while still extolling bookstores, book fairs, book stars and, of course, books. This is book culture as pop culture.\" -- Too bad they don\'t also extol public libraries. And who knew that Keith Richards had a mahogany-trimmed library? \"

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\"We treat authors and books as another part of the entertainment industry -- just the way Spin or Rolling Stone or even Golf Digest cover their respective fields.\"

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More Killer Mold

Richard Feldman writes: \"Thought you might want to pick up the story on Santa Fe, NM main library\'s being closed for up to 4 months because of mold infestation. The local paper currently has a story. I don\'t know how long that link will continue to work.\"


Is there a plague of killer molds sweeping the nation I don\'t know about? I think this is mold story #4.

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