Submitted by Ryan on November 5, 2001 - 10:59pm
The Electronic Frontier Foundation reports:
Senate Commerce Committee hearings relating to the Security Systems Standards and Certification Act (SSSCA), originally set for October 25, have been postponed in the face of mounting opposition from the technology community.
The SSSCA would require that all future digital technologies include federally-mandated \"digital rights management\" (DRM) technologies that will enable Hollywood to restrict how consumers can use digital content. Response to the draft bill, which was authored by Senator Fritz Hollings (D-SC), has been largely negative. EFF announced its opposition to the bill several weeks ago and encouraged its members to express their concerns to Senator Hollings. IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and others have since announced their opposition, as well.
Senator Hollings has not re-scheduled the hearings, and has indicated that he would consider modifying the bill.
Submitted by Blake on November 5, 2001 - 5:59pm
Steve Fesenmaier writes \"Mitch Freedman on privacy, defending intellectual freedom, combating the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act,
budget projections, promoting library advocacy, diversity, and better salaries and pay equity by overcome the stereotype of
pittance for pay and promote a better understanding of what librarians do.
Read The Full Speech \"
Submitted by Ieleen on November 5, 2001 - 3:54pm
In an opinion piece for The Daily Californian, Rebecca Meyer writes...
\"Don\'t read this. Don\'t eat another bite. Put down your mental spoon and pick up something that will feed your mind. You have to consider carefully whose prose you ingest, because in a literate society, you are what you read. Critical thinking is overrated. The real obstacle to becoming an informed, responsible global citizen is not a lack of skepticism but a lack of exposure.\" more
Submitted by Blake on November 5, 2001 - 3:51pm
Lee Hadden Writes: \"
There are several new items about scientific publishing in the October
18, 2001 issue of Nature:
\"Journal editors defect in protest at subscription costs\" on p.
\"The best and worst of times--What winners will emerge from the
battles over access to scholarly date?\" by David R. Worlock, on p. 671;
\"Lessons for the future of journals--Science journals can continue to
thrive because they provide major benefits,\" by Carol Tenopir and Donald W.
King, on p. 672.
If you have an e-subscription to Nature, you can access the journal
Submitted by Blake on November 5, 2001 - 3:45pm
Salon has This Story on author N.K. Stouffer and her book \"The Legend of Rah and the Muggles\".
This is the book first published in the 1980s that has more than a few similarities with Harry.
Her books aren\'t selling and her lawsuit isn\'t going so well either.
Submitted by Blake on November 5, 2001 - 3:19pm
Submitted by Blake on November 5, 2001 - 3:18pm
jen writes \"N\'Sync\'s new CD can\'t be played or copied onto PCs.
While I\'m not necessarily crying about not being able to listen to N\'Sync at work [I am! says Blake], if I can make mix tapes, why not mix CDs?
\"Labels are reluctant to talk about their copy protection plans for fear consumers will be annoyed with any new restrictions. However, they\'re
already experimenting with copy-protection technology. \"
Full PCworld.com Story \"
Submitted by Blake on November 4, 2001 - 9:28pm
Charles Davis writes
\"Library bosses in Aberdeen are installing alarms in the
toilets to stop readers having sex in them.
The alarm goes off when more than one person tries to
enter the toilet at the same time.
Aberdeen Central Library staff have been forced to close
both the Ladies and the Gents.
According to the Daily Record, council bosses say drug
abusers have also been using the toilets.
Submitted by Ryan on November 4, 2001 - 9:11pm
From Phil Agre of Red Rock Eater Digest fame:
Community Web filtering seems like a good idea, and it\'s time to explore automated tools to support it. In this article I will suggest a design for a Web-based filtering tool. I cannot participate in building such a tool, but I would be happy to try out any prototypes
that others might construct. I have established a discussion list for people who might be interested in working on a tool . . .
Here, then, is my proposed design. I am sure that people who design Web-based services for a living can do better, but I also hope that any designers will listen to my rationales, which are based on years of experience running a community Web filtering service by hand.
The \"webfilter\", as I\'ll call it, is a cross between a discussion list, a weblog, and a bookmark file. It is not just a weblog, since it includes numerous functionalities to deal with long lists of URL\'s. Nor is it just a discussion list, since the goal is to produce a
reasonably clean and orderly presentation of the URL\'s. Nor is it just a bookmark file, because of its community nature . . .
More with thanks to wood s lot
Submitted by Ryan on November 4, 2001 - 6:55pm
From Publishers Weekly:
Costco is hardly the most likely account for Yale University Press. But since September 11, that\'s exactly what the discounter has become, ordering the house\'s Taliban by Ahmed Rashid in numbers that have helped send the book as high as number two on the New York Times paperback bestseller list.
After a decade of trying to move into the trade, university presses now find the trade moving to them. Authors like Princeton\'s Bruce Lawrence (Shattering the Myth) have made nearly 80 media appearances since the terrorist attacks, while Rutgers UP director Marlie Wasserman found packs of editors at Frankfurt clamoring for her attention.
\"Sometimes we labor in the vineyards producing books with good information while everyone else is doing celebrity bios. It\'s a real morale boost to know that people are still interested in what we do,\" said Wasserman.
More (registration required).
Submitted by Blake on November 2, 2001 - 5:31pm
The NYTimes Reports that more independants are signing up for BookScan.
This is the company that will be rewriting the bestsellers list soon, to show us what is really selling best. Under the new agreement, Bookscan will pay an undisclosed amount to the American Booksellers Association.
Remember when Soundscan started and everyone said \"Who the heck is Garth Brooks\"?
Could libraries gang up and do this for circ stats?
Submitted by Blake on November 2, 2001 - 5:25pm
Submitted by Blake on November 2, 2001 - 9:30am
Val writes \"Chicago became one big book-club when the city initiated it\'s \"One book, one Chicago\" program, with Harper Lee\'s classic _To Kill a Mockingbird_ as the centerpiece.
The _Chicago Sun-Times_ brought together 6 artists and intellectuals to give their takes on the book. They reveal how the events of Sept. 11th have colored their reading and thinking about the novel.
Full Story \"
After a light dinner and some wine, the discussion began. What follows is an edited transcript of the conversation.
Submitted by Blake on November 2, 2001 - 9:28am
Val writes \"A West Virginia high school student was told by school officials and the court system she couldn\'t wear anti-war themed t-shirts to school, nor would she be allowed to form an \"anarchy club.\" Girl and her mother expect to pursue case.
Read more: At Salon \"
Submitted by Ryan on November 2, 2001 - 5:28am
From yesterday\'s Washington Post:
The Bush White House has drafted an executive order that would usher in a new era of secrecy for presidential records and allow an incumbent president to withhold a former president\'s papers even if the former president wanted to make them public.
The five-page draft would also require members of the public seeking particular documents to show \"at least a \'demonstrated, specific need\' \" for them before they would be considered for release . . .
\"The executive branch is moving heavily into the nether world of dirty tricks, very likely including directed assassinations overseas and other violations of American norms and the U.N. charter,\" said Vanderbilt University historian Hugh Graham. \"There is going to be so much to hide.\"
Submitted by Ryan on November 1, 2001 - 7:13pm
From the new issue of CLIR Issues:
If you ask people in research libraries to identify the most significant digital library challenge facing them, it is likely that most will respond with the same answer: the absence of standards. These people are not referring to the formal standards emerging from the International Standards Organization (ISO) or the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Such standards are plentiful. Instead, they are bemoaning the lack of a consensus about when and how to apply those formal standards in a digital library.
More with thanks to the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog.
Submitted by Blake on November 1, 2001 - 6:31pm
Happy Birthday to LISNews!
What follows are some thoughts on LISNews, now 2 years old. In the 2 years since I started the ball rolling, LISNews has grown and blossomed into a vibrant and fun little site. I thought I would compile some thoughts and ideas on the past, present and future of the site, as I see it. It’s up to you all to show me what’s good and what’s bad. More importantly, it’s up to you to tell me if what we are doing is right or wrong, good or bad.
How do we grow, keep ahead and change over the next 2 years? How can we encourage more users, more visitors, and get more authors? How do I stop paying for this damn thing, and how can I stop it from sucking up all my time?
Submitted by Blake on November 1, 2001 - 11:44am
Here\'s what we know, The FBI is investigating suspicious e-mails sent from the Weldon Public Library in NC. Weldon Police Chief Tim Byers said the FBI informed him the transmissions seemed \"a little bit out of the ordinary\".
They don\'t know whether e-mails were intercepted or whether FBI agents received a tip.
The word intercepted really caught my eye. No one in the story knows what they found or how they found it.
Submitted by Blake on November 1, 2001 - 9:17am
The Spokesman Review is Reporting that The Pend Oreille County Library District will shun federal money for Internet access because it comes with too many strings, including a demand for pornography filters on all the district\'s computers.
District directors estimated they would have to spend $1,300 a year on Internet filtering software to gain about $6,000 a year from the federal \"E-Rate\" program.
Submitted by Blake on November 1, 2001 - 8:58am
Bob Cox passed along This Interview with the CEO and the executive vice president of The Gale Group from eContent Magazine.
They talk about the Internet\'s impact on information aggregation and distribution, the importance of quality indexing, and maintaining a tight grip on the content you put out there.