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.
Submitted by Blake on November 1, 2001 - 8:52am
Charles Davis writes \"The National Library of Scotland today announced plans to develop an
electronically-based general information service for scientific and business
researchers. As a consequence, the Library will close its specialist science
reading room and reduce its binding operations.
The full text of this press release is available
Submitted by Celine on October 31, 2001 - 10:02pm
Search Engine Watch report in today\'s edition of the newsletter SearchDay that Google is making even greater inroads into the invisible web. Google is now indexing a number of file formats that most other search engines ignore, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Rich Text Format and PostScript files. This is in addition to PDF files, which Google started indexing earlier this year. Read the full story for more details. I couldn\'t find details on Google\'s own site yet, but no doubt they will be appearing soon.
Submitted by Celine on October 31, 2001 - 9:52pm
Thanks to the ever interesting Internet Scout Weblog, details of James (Java MARC events):
\"a Java package that provides an event model for MARC records through Java callbacks [...] Using James you can write programs that involve MARC records without knowing the details of the MARC record structure\"
It\'s a bit beyond my technical understanding but sounds intriguing. Find out more.
Submitted by Blake on October 31, 2001 - 8:13pm
Adam wrote: \"I too was recently laid off from a
I did web work and now find myself working in a
traditional library setting again.
Anyway, I read the MBA poll.
I am considering entering the Professional MBA
program here my University (one of the perks of this
academic setting is a free tuition) and was curious how
many directors of large libraries actually
have their MBAs and library degrees? What degrees
do directors hold?\"
I\'ve worked for MLS\'s personally, but with more and
more libraries being run as businesses (for better or
worse), are there more MBA\'s in charge now?
Submitted by Blake on October 31, 2001 - 4:09pm
Lee Hadden writes: \"An article by Matthew Rose, \"Cornstarch Dries Ink, but Terrifies
Magazine Buyers,\" is in today\'s Wall Street Journal, October 31, 2001, on
pages B1 and B4. Cornstarch is used in the publishing business to dry ink,
and to prevent static electricity so pages won\'t stick together when
binding or mailing. It is used in many popular publications, such as Vogue
or Reader\'s Digest or Vanity Fair. However, the white powder residue can be
terrifying to those who aren\'t familiar with the magazine publishing
business, and many people think it may be anthrax spores. \"Before we sell a
magazine, we have to convince consumers it isn\'t going to kill them,\" one
publisher said. Read more about it in the Wall Street Journal.\"
Submitted by Ieleen on October 31, 2001 - 3:50pm
The State Library of Victoria (AU) is cutting its conservaton staff because, according to a report by senior management \"the systemic conservation of library collections is becoming a luxury.\" more...
Submitted by Blake on October 31, 2001 - 3:12pm
Aaron Tunn sent along
This Transcript of an excellent interview with from Radio National down in Australia.
I\'m not even sure how to summarize this one. It\'s about copyright, control of information, the information services industry, the publishing industry, libraries, and who owns what.
It really is worth a read.
\"So in that process there are a whole series of players, and how this will all shake out ultimately electronically, is going to be one of the fascinating questions. Either it will increase to a few very small, dominant, very great profit-making multinationals, or there\'ll be a deconstruction of the vast majority of the literature back to the authors for self-archiving and distributing in the old electronic college way.\"
Submitted by Blake on October 31, 2001 - 12:23pm
The Cutest Dog In The World sent along a link to The Invisible Library, which I think we linked already, but I can\'t find it.
The Invisible Library is a collection of books that only appear in other books. Within the library\'s catalog you will find imaginary books, pseudobiblia, artifictions, fabled tomes, libris phantastica, and all manner of books unwritten, unread, unpublished, and unfound.
Check out The Catalog of books and The Librarian\'s Office