Submitted by Blake on February 6, 2001 - 10:59am
A few weeks ago someone challenged the book \"It\'s Perfectly Normal\", describing it as pornographic, in The Marion County Public Library. Well, in response, this week someone else challenged The Bible, saying it\'s filled with more vulgarity and sexual material than the children\'s sex-education book that recently survived challenge. He is hoping to convince commissioners they have no business regulating the content of library books, and doesn\'t really want it removed.
\"It\'s filthy, it has pornography, cannibalism like you wouldn\'t believe,\" he said. \"Because it\'s hidden within the covers of something called the Holy Bible, who would dare question it at the risk of their immortal souls?\"
Submitted by Steven on February 6, 2001 - 9:03am
In this opinion piece by Tom Jackson of the Tampa Tribune, the tap-on-the-shoulder method is discussed to keep patrons away from porn. I don\'t know, I\'m not sure I would want to touch someone who doing that at my library.\"Until the thinking filter can be developed, the best remedy is one Bonjour already has in place. Call it the Family Room Solution.
Pasco library PCs occupy conspicuous locations within the various branches. Patrons who surf outside their age group get a tap on the shoulder by a library staffer; abusers lose Internet privileges.
It\'s effective. It\'s local. And, best of all, it\'s cheap.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 5, 2001 - 7:34pm
I wish I had watched \"Survivor\" more often. Maybe I
could understand how it felt to be the last man on the
island, I could use more references to the show, maybe
use more inside jokes that only the people who watch
that show would understand to help me with this
story. I am happy to report I\'m still on the
\"dot.com\" survivor island, no one has voted me off, and
I haven\'t packed up my gear and gone home of my free
will (I\'m still hoping that\'s how this one will end).
As some of you may know I work at a small (and
getting smaller) dot.com startup. You\'ve probably
noticed that all the news stories on the dot.com world
has been focused on layoffs lately, and this one will be
Submitted by Blake on February 5, 2001 - 3:21pm
Engineering Our Own Library Catalog is a nifty story from Infotoday on how the library and computing staff at Packer Engineering worked together to create an in-house customized online catalog.
It\'s interesting to see how they went about building an OPAC from the ground up.
Submitted by Ieleen on February 5, 2001 - 11:49am
This one comes from Wired
With subscription knowledge services such as Questia, ebrary, netlibrary and XanEdu reproducing like viruses all over the Internet, some see the demise of the local library coming much sooner than later. Whether these fee-based services are really a better alternative remains to be seen. Although it\'s true that it is a multi-hundred million dollar business, some are skeptical as to whether the longevity will really be in their favor.
Submitted by Blake on February 5, 2001 - 9:24am
The American Prospect has an Interesting Story on the past and future of libraries. Geoffrey Nunberg makes some very interesting points.
\"If we truly believe that universal access is both a public good and a private right, though, we have to realize that the public interest in obtaining information won\'t be satisfied simply by providing everyone with access to a computer and modem, no more than the public interest in reading books was satisfied once Carnegie had provided buildings to house them.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 5, 2001 - 9:21am
NewBreed Librarian is a bimonthly publication intended to foster a sense of community for those new to librarianship, whether in school or just out. Every two months, you\'ll find a feature article and an interview with someone – not necessarily a librarian – contributing to the work that we do. You\'ll find Susu, advice goddess, in our Columns section, as well as TechTalk and letters from our readers. NewBreed will highlight progressive librarians and other information professionals in our People section, and we\'re always open to your nominations. As NewBreed matures, we hope to develop a searchable database in our Jobs category and include samples of grad school admission essays, resumes, cover letters, etc. in Xtras. Most importantly, NewBreed aims to use the web to build community and foster collaboration among librarians. We\'re molding the Networks section with this objective in mind.
Submitted by Blake on February 2, 2001 - 6:15pm
CTNow has a nice Story on how we spend our days.
\"\"In a perfect world,\" she says, \"we never should have to do that. In a perfect world, people return books on time, and we never have to collect fines.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 2, 2001 - 4:39pm
Here\'s A Good One from Traffick on some simple questions Jeeves can\'t answer.
Why can\'t I tie my shoe? What time is it here?
I just noticed they changed the answer to the Are You Gay? question.
Submitted by Ieleen on February 2, 2001 - 3:11pm
[This one] comes from Newsbytes via the Washington Post...
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved its first Children\'s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) safe harbor program - the Council of Better Business Bureau\'s Children\'s Advertising Review Unit (CARU). [more...]
Submitted by Blake on February 2, 2001 - 3:01pm
The Seattle Times is one place running This Story on a report that says cutting back on the time children spend watching television and playing video games may lead to a decrease in aggressive behavior.
In a somewhat related stat, Donna Marentette passed along this from Statistics Canada-
According to new figures from Statistics Canada, the average Canadian watched 21.6 hours of television a week in 1999, down one hour from the year before and the lowest average viewership in two decades.
During the same time, the number of households with at least one regular Internet user jumped from 36% to 42%.
Submitted by Blake on February 2, 2001 - 2:57pm
The American Prospect has a Story that advocates Building a Global Public Library out of the internet. They say this could have significant benefits for traditional, bricks-and-mortar libraries that face burdens from growing costs.
\"Instead of trying to maintain large collections, especially of infrequently used materials, conventional libraries will increasingly reconfigure themselves as information centers that provide guidance and access to online sources, some of which will be commercial and impose new charges. The development of more extensive, trustworthy online sources in the public domain will make this transition more affordable and desirable. \"
Submitted by Blake on February 2, 2001 - 12:47pm
Brian writes \"The Chicago Tribune has a Meaty Article about the New Grove II. It\'s refreshing that the online version of NG2 isn\'t even mentioned until halfway through. The 29-volume set puts more emphasis on popular and world music than the old edition; it doesn\'t mention Britney Spears, but Icelandic song goddess Bjork is covered. \"We had quite a lively internal debate about whether to include the Spice Girls,\" an editor says.
Submitted by Blake on February 2, 2001 - 12:01pm
Infotoday has an Interview with Questia president, and CEO, Troy Williams.
\"We do believe people who want to read that text will go into the library and borrow it. Second, we think it\'s going to increase patronage in a library. If the result of a full-text search identifies 12 books with specific, relevant paragraphs, then a student can go into a library with confidence.\"
Submitted by Ieleen on February 2, 2001 - 11:32am
Beginning December 31, 2000, new operating standards went into effect for Ohio school libraries. Ohio schools are no longer required house libraries in their buildings. Despite concerns expressed by the library community, the Ohio Board of Education approved revisions to Section
3301-35-03-B-2 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC), which had previously required that every school building have a library. The section also addressed areas of collection development, staffing, instruction, and funding of school libraries.
With the adoption of the new standards, the language addressing school libraries, now contained in Section
3301-35-06-I-1, states that \"Student support services \'may\' include access to library media and information technology programs...\" There are no longer any guidelines for facilities, collection development, staffing, instruction, or funding. Under the new code, school libraries in the state of Ohio are optional. In addition, school districts are no longer required to hire librarians with an MLS. Previously, each district, regardless of size, was only required to employ one degreed professional librarian.
Section 3301.07 D of the Ohio Revised Code does address school libraries by assigning responsibility to the State Board of Education for setting standards for
schools to provide \"efficient and effective
instructional materials and equipment, including library facilities.\" School library programs that do not provide
critical educational resource services that are valued in their environment will have little support within the school district and risk losing their space and funding. Ohio school libraries are already notoriously underfunded, and their ability to provide such critical educational resources is severely hindered.
Research shows that strong school library programs
have a positive effect on student achievement.
With this lowering of standards in Ohio school libraries, one can only wonder what the future holds for students in Ohio schools.
For more information on Ohio School Operating Standards, Click Here
Submitted by Blake on February 1, 2001 - 2:05pm
So now that I know what makes librarianship exciting to you, here\'s what makes it exciting to me.
I\'ve given this some thought, well, more than some thought, alot
of thought. I wandered around at the ALA
Midwinter meeting, surrounded by thousands of librarians
looking for inspiration, and answers. I sat and thought. I
pondered, postulated, theorized and waxed poetic, looking for the
perfect answer. I looked at other
peoples answers. I even asked jeeves what
Submitted by Blake on February 1, 2001 - 11:53am
Brian writes \"Fortune has a Story about college text e-book publishers.
When Lindsay Hyde, a Harvard freshman, was scrambling to finish a ten-page term paper, she visited the library only once. She did most of her research online, from the comfort of her dorm room. \"It\'s all about accessibility,\" she says. She doesn\'t care whether she reads off paper or online. It\'s all the same. That\'s good news for e-textbook makers. \"
Submitted by Blake on February 1, 2001 - 10:12am
In a survey of nearly 3,000 people shows that a large percentage of Americans are willing to read books on a variety of electronic platforms (laptops, PDAs and dedicated e-book devices), they just won\'t pay for them.
Full Story at The Standard.
Meanwhile, This Story says Adobe is hard at work on technology that makes them useful tools for business travelers and students.
\"We don\'t necessarily think that that\'s the narrow range where e-books should be pigeonholed,\" said Kevin Nathanson, group product manager for Adobe e-books. \"We look at it as part of a much broader universe.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 1, 2001 - 10:05am
The Gaurdian has a Story on the Institute of Public Policy Research, a UK thinktank, that says Children should take a \"surfing proficiency test\" at 11, that would allow them a freer ride on the information superhighway.
\"\"We want to stress that it is not a completely negative test - it would also be about making sure that children are aware of what they can find in positive terms,\" said Mr Tambini. \"For example, information that could help them with their schoolwork. At present, they are not learning this in their classes - school computers filter out too much information.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 1, 2001 - 10:01am
Lee Hadden writes:\" The Winter 2001 issue of Occupational Outlook Quarterly (published as
a government document by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics) has a cover
story about the library profession. Entitled \"Librarians: Information
Experts for an Information Age,\" this 14 page article is available in PDF
format from their homepage at: bls.gov/opub/ooq/ooqhome.htm
This interesting article has information on library job growth
projections, future salaries in the profession (\"More jobs, more money\"),
and some idea of where the field is going. Not only does it ask (and
answer) the question, \"Why be a librarian?\", the article also suggests what
other things a graduate can do with a library degree. A good recruiting
Cool. And free.