Humanists struggle to understand information as a commodity

A Penny For Your Thoughts: A Humanists Struggle to Understand Information as a Commodity is a paper by University of Alberta LIS student Geoffrey Harder. I like it. The title is self-explanatory, but if you want more information before you check it out, here is the intro: -- Read More

Filtering Hobbles Libraries

The
Washington Post
has a short but sweet editorial on filtering.
They say the new Education Department appropriations
bill could hobble Internet access for schools and
libraries that get help from the government \"e-rate.\"
They say that mandating filtering puts too heavy a
burden
on schools or libraries that want to go their own way.

Porn in the Portal

Brian writes \"Wired News reports that officials of a portal called Rediff.com are going on trial in India for providing access to pornography.


Great quote from a Rediff employee: \"Even God cannot alter the way a search engine works.\"
\"

Digital Library Initiatives Across Europe

Computers In Libraries has a report on how the Digital Library thing is going in Europe. They also include a nice definition of the term, \"Digital Library\".

\"Digital libraries are organizations that provide the resources, including the specialized staff, to select, structure, offer intellectual access to, interpret, distribute, preserve the integrity of, and ensure the persistence over time of collections of digital works so that they are readily and economically available for use by a defined community or set of communities\"

Our Great Addiction

It\'s not as sexy as Herion, as much fun as crack or as trendy as X...The Detroit Metro Times calls book buying a \"great addiction\". I think more than a few of us suffer from this addiction, and This Article takes a look at it.
If you or someone you love suffers with this addiction, Don\'t miss the Tips for compulsive book collectors

“When I go into a bookstore, the smell of a bookstore, or a library, really gets to me,” says Joy, a 30-something Wayne State English student. “I get excited about the idea of something new to read.”

AskUsQuestions.com

I found a site so cool, I added a new topic. If you\'re
in NE Ohio you already know about this cool site. AskUsQuestions.com
is an on-line library with a twist, it allows online chats
with librarians from local libraries.
This is such a damn cool idea. Not just because it allows
librarians to work from home, but because of the level of
service delivered to customers. Are more libraries doing
this?
\"AskUsQuestions.com is a service developed by 15 public
libraries and the NOLA Regional Library System.  Through the
service patrons from participating libraries can talk with
live experienced reference librarians on the Internet from
8:00 PM until 12:00 PM (EST) Sunday - Thursday.\"

And a
cool domain name to boot! -- Read More

Too Little Cheating in Schools?

Euro
pean School Net
has an interesting Story on what kids are learning
in school. They say teachers should encourage their classes
to \'steal\' information from many sources, including each
other, if they are to learn real-life research skills. They
talk about the \"ICT And Assessment In The Compulsory
School\", and a rather interesting 2 day long test.

Internet users win battle to stay secret

ZDNet has a Report on Two Internet users who successfully
defended themselves in a trial over internet free-speech.
\"Inherent in First Amendment protections is the right to
speak anonymously in diverse contexts,\" the judge wrote.
This seems to be the first time courst have ruled in favor
of the \"secret\" posters on message boards.

eBooks on The Brain

Here\'s a couple of eBook sources for you to chew on.


This
one
from PLA.org on
the basics of eBooks and how they are used in Public
Libraries.


The Shy Librarian
has updated the
Ten Best Articles about eBooks and ePublishing
. This is
a great find for anyone that needs up to date

Shhh, it\'s a *silent* alarm...

The Belfast Telegraph reports that panic buttons are to be installed in branches which have recently had security problems.

The board\'s Library Service has revealed that there were 67 reported incidents between September 1999 and September 2000.

These include 20 cases of abusive behaviour, nine attacks on staff and public, two \'sectarian problems\', 30 cases of damage to property and one alcohol related incident.

The bulk of the incidents involved abusive behaviour encountered by staff from teenagers.

Library DVDs Stolen, Sold

This story really bothers me.Bob Cox sent in This Story from Cleveland.com on DVD theft ring. A local CD Warehouse had more than 800 CDs and 90 DVDs from libraries in the store!!! They never even bothered to take off the library labels! Employees told police they thought the music and movies were library discards.

\"One of the suspects asked us how many CDs and DVDs were recovered,\" Lentz said. \"When we told him, he said, That’s nothing. We took thousands of them.\"

UPDATE: 12/1 9:45amA New Story today says the thefts were due to a crappy old security system (Sounds like tatle strips)

\"There\'s no security system made that can\'t be beaten,\" Wood said. \"If you\'re serious about stealing material, there\'s not much I can do about it.\"

Copyrights: Tech Blurs Control

Wired has a Story on The Digital Millennium Copyright Act hearings yesterday.

\"These measures may also allow copyright owners to control use and disposition of copies of digital works long after the copyrights have passed into the public domain.... This unlimited control is contrary to the core principle of the first sale doctrine.\"

Parents blast library group

Great Falls, MT is the setting for This Story. Ken Follet\'s \"Hammer of Eden\" is the book under fire this time. This time, though, the parents did some homework.

\"This information that the ALA has provided does not appear to us to be in the best interest of our children,\"Scherrer said.

“Legislators and library and school boards should understand that the ALA is a private trade association, with no legal right or authority to impose policy on a publicly supported institution\" Scherrer said. “We believe that if it weren\'t for the ALA\'s influence, we wouldn\'t be here.\"

Is it just me, or are more and more people rallying Against The ALA?

You Can Judge a Book by Its Cover

ZD Net has a rather interesting Editorial on eBooks. He says eBooks are failing so far for a number of reasons.
Consumers are conservative, cost, and durability being just a few. If the industry ever gets things together, these puppies may finally take off.

R&D: Research Developments (In the News)

Bill Lucey runs the R&D: Research Developments (In the News) web log. News summaries, accompanied with hyperlinks on the following topics:


1.) Inauguration Web site-Library of Congress
2.) Public Record Databases
3.) Seattle Newspaper Strike
4.) Toy Safety-Consumer News
5.) Digital Reference Service
6.) Preservation of Historic Papers-British Library
7.) Gutenberg Bible
8.) ``Resources Worth Noting\'\'

NPR Connection show on Digital Libraries

Andy Breeding writes \"This morning\'s NPR talk show \"The Connection\" did an hour-long segment on Digital Libraries. Speakers include Anne Wolpert, Director of MIT Libraries and Brewster Kahle, President and Founder of the Internet Archive.

Information on the show is available at: theconnection.org

A RealAudio recording of the broadcast is available at:

The Web Site \"

Does Shopping Online Cheat Your Library

Jen Fritz writes:

\"Yesterday, PC World posted an Article titled \"Does Shopping Online Cheat
Your Library\"
. While the only appearance of the word \"library\" occurs in
the title, the article is smattered with the concept of public services
being slashed based on the lack of revenues achieved by taxation.


\"New figures showing roaring online retail sales spell trouble ahead for
the sales tax revenues that help fund vital local services like police,
firefighters, and school teachers, advocates for U.S. state and local
governments say.\"

\"He said only five states without any sales tax are unaffected by the
explosion in Internet commerce.\"

\"Shafroth cites a study showing states would sacrifice a total $13 billion
in sales taxes by the year 2004.\"

\"\'That\'s a lot of policemen and firemen and teachers and classrooms,\'
Shafroth adds.\"


...and librarians.

The Fight For Copyright

USA Today had this story on the copyright wars. Reduced to its roots, we have been dealing with this for a very long time, and it may never end. How many of us have seen someone make a photocopy of an entire book, thus breaking copyright, but never say anything.\" Internet sites want users to be able to swap songs and discuss content online the same way they share compact discs and books. But record companies and publishers say widespread dissemination of works they own would cut into the $40 billion a year music business and $7 billion in annual movie ticket sales, and would discourage artists from creating new works.\" -- Read More

E-Commerce effects libraries

Here is an interesting article from IDG.net about the effect of e-commerce on tax supported entities, such as the public library and the schools.\"New figures showing roaring online retail sales spell trouble ahead for the sales tax revenues that help fund vital local services like police, firefighters, and school teachers, advocates for U.S. state and local governments say.\" -- Read More

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