A Fast-Changing Genie Alters the World

The NY Times has a Nice Story on the impact of the WWW on the W. It\'s a nice look at the past, present and future of the web.

\"In a remarkably short period, the World Wide Web has touched or has promised to alter — some would say threaten — virtually every aspect of modern life.\"

Pretty Woman Deemed Pornography

Holly writes \"An update to a story from back in November about citizens trying to restrict R-rated movies at the Post Falls (ID) Public Library. The highlight of This Story is this quote:


But \"Pretty Woman,\" a film in which actress Julia Roberts portrays a prostitute, is pure pornography.\"


That pretty much sums up the whole problem with the term \"pornography,\" doesn\'t it? \"

\"Will Libraries Survive?\"

Geoffrey Nunberg argues in this article that they certainly will, and he is hi tech enough to be a major researcher at the Xerox PARC lab (he is a linguist.) This article is a couple of years old but still feels fresh. It provides a nice bird\'s eye view of American libraries and how they fit into the whole contemporary \"information\" landscape. He addresses many of the problems that libraries are beginning to face in the current situation and has suggestions for how they can be dealt with.

Ask The ALA Presidential Candidates

Rory\'s ALA candidate post got me to thinking....


What do I know about the candidates running this year?
How can I learn more?

And the answer came....


Ask Them!


I have emailed all 3 candidates (Maurice Freedman, Ken Haycock, and William Sannwald) to request an email-interview for LISNews.


I\'d like to hear from you, the loyal LISNews reader, what do you want to know? I will be emailing the candidates a list of questions, and you can find the answers here begining on January 8, 2001.

You can post your questions below, or email me, and I will choose the most interesting to pass along.

Update 12/21 9:30am : All 3 candidates have agreed to participate!

Update 12/22 noon : Questions have been sent. Responses next year, hopefully Jan 8.

Filtering Vendors Not in Favor of Federal Law

Ron Force writes \"Internet World has a Story on how some of the largest filtering software vendors are not in favor of the recently passed Federal filtering mandate.


\"We think legislation is not the best way to go,\" said Nika Herford, NetNanny\'s vice president for public affairs. \"We would rather see institutions work on educating their users about appropriateness and developing acceptable use policies.\" The emphasis on mandating software inevitably inspires opponents to point out the shortcomings of the products on the market and leaves potential customers with the impression that the products don\'t work at all.


Another issue is that the law expects that images will be filtered \"on the fly\", which is not within the capabilty of present software products. \"

All About AskUsQuestions.com

Brad Stephens sent along this look at AskUsQuestions.com . Check it out, this is a really neat idea, and they will be adding more libraries as they go along.

One of the most important trends for all libraries within the
next five years will be developing a "bricks and clicks"
service orientation. With this orientation, not only will
libraries continue offering existing "in-house"
services, but new services will also be developed and existing
services altered so that they can be offered to patrons outside
of the physical building via the web.

Many libraries have already begun developing such resources with
the implementation of remote patron access to subscription
databases, web accessible catalog systems, and email-based
reference - but more can be done. And more is exactly what
AskUsQuestions.com seeks to provide. -- Read More

Childrens Internet Protection Act

CNN has a Story that says The ACLU is going after the bill already.


This Story from CNSNews.com says \"family groups\" applauded the law.

\"Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, praised the bill, saying, \"children should be protected from being forced to share their public classroom, or the public library, with adults who are accessing hardcore pornography.\"

Glenn cited a recent report by Michigan prosecutor Ron Frantz who said that most sexual assault cases he prosecutes - including cases involving children as victims - have an \"extremely high\" relationship to Internet pornography.\"

The Center for Democracy and Technology has a copy of the filtering legislation on their Web site at cdt.org, it\'s a PDF. The legislation is set to go into effect about mid-April 2001.

There is an option allowing someone to disable the filter for research or other lawful purposes. Does that sound like a loophole?

American Kids and the Net

Here is a short release on a study done that took a look at how kids are doing on the net.

\"New research on Internet usage among teens and young adults in 16 countries shows that while American youth spend more time online than kids elsewhere do, they are also more likely to have their parents monitor what they see and set limits on where they go. Conversely, youth in Europe spend less time online but have fewer restrictions on what they can see and do. These results emerge from Ipsos-Reid\'s The Face of the Web: Youth – a 16-country study of Internet users between the ages of 12 and 24.\"

P2P Quickies

A trio of stories on Peer to Peer sharing [aka P2P, not to be confused with B2B, B2C or Y2K].


This one from Wired talks about how a new company, CareScience, is working to set up a P2P exchange for medical records.

Salon has One on PopularPower, and the emerging P2P business world. There are several companies hoping to make some money off of the latest internet buzz words.
If none of that made any sense, read This One, a nice look at what P2P is all about.

There may come a day when ILL is done like this.

Rare 3rd Candidate for ALA President

It happens infrequently, but it has happened before. Occassionally a third candidate enters the race for ALA President. Occassionally, that third canididate has also won. This year Maurice (Mitch) Freedman is running, in addition to Ken Haycock and William Sannwald. ALA put out a press release announcing Mitch\'s candidacy. The text of his campaign flyer is inside, if you want to read further. -- Read More

Information Services for Higher Ed.: A New Competitive Space

Carol Ann Hughes, the head of collections at Questia.com, has a new article out in Dlib called Information Services for Higher Education
A New Competitive Space
. She writes, \"Any organization that undertakes an educational mission in our society is now and will increasingly be surrounded by alternative information service suppliers ... it is likely that ... alternatives will come from the for-profit sector.\"

More on Information Architecture

I sometimes like to pretend I\'m an Information Architect, like George liked to pretend he was an architect on Seinfeld.

R. E. Wyllys has posted a lesson that talks about how Information Architecture and Library Science. To paraphrase the lesson:

It provides information about various ideas associated with the term \"information architecture\" shows how information architecture is closely related to, and embodies most of, the long-standing principles of library and information science.


Check it out at U of Texas

Filtering the filters

Likely to take some bite out of the new laws being passed, peacefire has released a program that can shut off all of the major filtering programs.


ZD Net has a Story or you can download it at peacefire.org.

\"The porn industry in this instance really loves (it), It\'s a shame for kids and parents. It\'s a reason why Congress keeps passing laws.\" -Bruce Taylor of the National Law Center for Children and Families

Filters Forced By Law

The fallout over the Children\'s Internet Protection Act continues here in the U.S.
Wired has a Story\"This is the first time since the development of the local, free public library in the 19th century that the federal government has sought to require censorship in every town and hamlet in America,\" said Greg Hansen, an ACLU attorney, in a statement.\"


One more story can be found at ZD Net

I Spy

Competitive intelligence according to Janelle Brown is a growing but terribly dull profession.[more]

Although the plot may not be as action-packed as the reviewer would have liked, the new book from Adam Penenberg and Marc Barry\'s,\"Spooked: Espionage in Corporate America,\" may still prove interesting to the serious corporate librarian.

Organize This!

Her company is called \'The Organized Library\' and Judith Tapiero makes a living out of managing corporate information chaos.[more]

Catch this article from 1099 the magazine for the independent professional. Yet another example of what the innovative librarian can do in the age of information overload.

Results of Web Proxy Use in Libraries

Peter Murray writes \"Last month a call for participation was posted to several mailing lists for a survey on
web proxy use in libraries. A report based on survey responses is now available at:
pandc.org/proxy/survey/report.html


Seventy-four responses came in from the survey. By far, the most popular use of
proxy servers in libraries is for remote resource access. The turn-key solution
EZproxy was by far the most popular, followed by Innovative\'s Web Access
Management product and the freely available Squid and Apache proxy servers.


Proxies for filtering and proxies for bandwidth conservation are equally popular
reasons in libraries. Microsoft Proxy server is a popular package for these
uses, but a wide variety of software packages are in use. Proxy servers are
also being used to gather statistics on resource use.

The report has numerous anecdotes and information from specific libraries,
including URLs to user documentation, description of systems, and software
packages.


Interested in adding your own library\'s experiences to the report? You can
still take the survey at the URL below; I\'ll periodically recompile the
responses and update the report:
pandc.org/proxy/survey/survey.html \"

Congress Passes Labor HHS Education Appropriations Bill

Congress Passes Labor HHS Education Appropriations Bill with Filtering Rider Attached


In a 292 to 60 vote, the House of Representatives has passed the Labor HHS Education Appropriations Bill (HR 4577) with the McCain- Santorum-Istook-Pickering Internet filtering rider attached. The Senate also passed the bill with a voice vote (no voting numbers available).


The filtering rider mandates that libraries and schools use valuable resources to install and maintain unreliable Internet filters, or be stripped of key federal funding. With this bill, the federal government has seized control over families and communities and blocked their power to make decisions about the ways they protect their children.


From the ALA

Library Cats

Susan Hill writes \"Greetings! Our library recently was moved in upon by a Mama Cat and her five kittens. All five kittens have been adopted, but Mama remains. Cats in public libraries are not a new phenomenon. In fact, there is a web site devoted to the literary feline.


Thought this might be a fun time to take a break from it all and have fun with some library kitties.\"


You can check out a pic of her cat, and the rest of the story, below. Feel free to ad your own! -- Read More

The Great Hunt

How are the the strategies you use when you surf the Web similiar to the ones hunter-gatherers used to find food? [more].

This is the intriguing question posed by New Scientist in this article by Rachel Chalmers, \'Surf Like A Bushman\'.

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