Anti-Terrorism Act Dovetails with DMCA, SSSCA

Security Focus is running a disconcerting article on the anti-hacking provisions of the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act:

Hackers, virus-writers and web site defacers would face life imprisonment without the possibility of parole under legislation proposed by the Bush Administration that would classify most computer crimes as acts of terrorism.

The Justice Department is urging Congress to quickly approve its Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), a twenty-five page proposal that would expand the government\'s legal powers to conduct electronic surveillance, access business records, and detain suspected terrorists.

The proposal defines a list of \"Federal terrorism offenses\" that are subject to special treatment under law. The offenses include assassination of public officials, violence at international airports, some bombings and homicides, and politically-motivated manslaughter or torture.

Most of the terrorism offenses are violent crimes, or crimes involving chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons. But the list also includes the provisions of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that make it illegal to crack a computer for the purpose of obtaining anything of value, or to deliberately cause damage (emphasis added).

More. This legislation appears to dovetail nicely with the Digital Millenium Copyright Act and the Security Systems Standards and Certification Act.

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Former School Librarian Pleads Guilty in Child Porn Case

A former Connecticut school librarian has plead guilty in a child pornography case. \"Since 1984,\" according to the article, \"he has worked in seven schools in four states, but has not been charged for inappropriate behavior with children. He is now employed at a McDonald\'s restaurant.\" Obviously, he prefers his Internet access unfiltered. more... from CTNow.com

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Volunteers Nationwide Join to Create/Preserve Web Archives on Terrorist Attacks

A large number of volunteers nationwide are joining the Library of Congress and an Internet archive to collect and preserve online information from around the globe about the attack on America. more... from The Washington Post.

Parents, Not Books, Overdue at This Library

Due to a high incidence of unattended children in the Ohio Township (KY) Library System, the library is imposing a new kind of fine. Parents who leave their unattended children in the library after closing time will be fined $25 per hour for every staff member who is required to \"babysit.\" more...

Finding hope between the covers of a book

Sun-Sentinel.com has One on \"bibliotherapy\" that seems to be coming increasingly popular now. They say \"When looking for ways to help kids and teens express their feelings, literature can help us win the battle in an uncertain war.\"

\"I\'m no psychologist, but I know all the coverage given to the attacks has made me feel on edge,\" says Moon-Fuchs. \"I\'m sure it\'s been hard for kids.\"

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EMERGENCY DECLARATION FOR A HALT TO PREPARATIONS FOR BOMBING AFGHANISTAN

Mark Rosenzweig has written an emergency
declaration
for librarians to sign expressing their
opposition to preparations for war on Afghanistan. So far
it has around 160 signatures (it is Wednesday night). The
above link leads to a web page where you can add your
signature. The declaration is copied here:

After 38 Years Book Found Back on the Shelf

Another missing book report from Ananova. The book last checked out in 1963 was found back on the shelf by library staff while \"tidying up.\" Although the fine would be around 1,300 pounds, the book cost 121/2 pence in its day. If Derbyshire librarians tidy up as infrequently as I do, the book could very well have been returned 30 years ago. With all the stories about really overdue library books, one wonders what other books are still checked-out from the previous century.

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National Library of Australia Celeberates Centennial

The other ABC News reports on the Centennial of the Australian National Library this past Sunday, September 23rd. Among the celebrations include author readings, tour, exhibitions and a circus group.

Viruses Blast Library Computers

The Main State Library\'s computers, along with other state agencies were recently brought down as a resut of the Nimda and World Trade Cneter viruses. Both viruses are being described as \"pretty nasty.\" more... from Maine Today.

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Florida Librarian Suspended Without Pay for Banning American Pride Stickers

The Florida librarian who forced her staff to remove their American Pride stickers has finally been suspended, without pay. Once the story hit the airwaves, a public outcry triggered a response from the University\'s President who called her actions \"reprehensible.\" more... from The Florida Sentinel.
Blake posted the original story Here.

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The trouble with casting Harry Potter

If you know Hagrid, The Dursleys, Hogwarts and everyone from the Harry Potter series, then This Story from The Sun Sentinel will interest you. They have the run down on who you\'ll see when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s Stone opens Nov. 16, and I know you\'ll be there opening night!


And speaking of Harry, Potter publisher Bloomsbury Publishing has reported a doubling in first-half sales and said it expected a dramatic rise in sales as the fictional boy wizard makes his film debut. Full Story, I guess his magical powers include creating money.

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NY Times blacklists Tasini supporters

Fiona writes \"Village Voice reports that writers who were plaintiffs in the New York Times vs Tasini case have been blacklisted by the Times. The names of 13 writers are on the list. Nice to see that the paper has resolved this issue constructively!

More Here \"

Library \'Blogs in the News

Marylaine Block has written a relatively high profile piece on library weblogs in which our own Blake Carver is quoted:

For many of the self-publishers, it\'s a chance to render a service, to fill a hole in the web of information. Jenny Levine was one of the first to do this, back in 1995, with her late lamented Librarians\' Site du Jour. \"I began it to bring home to the librarians in my system the power of this new tool,\" she says. \"The two biggest complaints I heard about the net were that people didn\'t have time for this new stuff, and, even if they did, they didn\'t know what to do once they got online. So my goal was twofold: 1) to highlight valuable resources, and 2) to give librarians a reason to go on the web every day . . . \"

More from Library Journal (registration required.)

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ALA Post 9/11 Patron Confidentiality Q&A Available

ALA\'s \"Q&A on the confidentiality and privacy of library records\" is available:

What guidance does the American Library Association give libraries regarding privacy and confidentiality?

The American Library Association encourages all librarians, particularly those in public libraries, to work with their local legal counsel to ensure they understand state confidentiality laws so they may respond quickly to any requests from law enforcement. Forty-eight of 50 states have such laws on the books, but the language varies from state to state. The ALA recommends that each library adopt a policy that specifically recognizes the confidentiality of information sought or received, and materials consulted borrowed or acquired by a library user. These materials may include database search records, circulation records, interlibrary loan records and other personally identifiable uses of library materials, facilities, programs or services, such as reference interviews. Libraries are advised to rely on existing laws to control behavior that involves public safety or criminal behavior.

Libraries should have in place procedures for working with law enforcement officers when a subpoena or other legal order for records is made. Libraries will cooperate expeditiously with law enforcement within the framework of state law.

Links to other relevant ALA documents, including the \"Policy Concerning Confidentiality of Personally Identifiable Information about Library Users\" are included.

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World Trade Center Virus Update

Last week I reported on the WTC virus that was spreading. There\'s been an update posted. The good news is that it spreads slowly. The bad news is that it will attempt to delete your Windows directory files and reformat your hard drive. More information is available Here. The original LISNews posting is Here.

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Academic Libraries Take An E-Look at E-Books

Academic Libraries Take An E-Look at E-Books is a project by Spoon River College and Eureka College.

They applied for an Educate and Automate Innovative grant from the Illinois State Library, and bought some eBooks to see what would happen.

The purpose of this web page is to share the experiences of the students, instructors, and librarians during this project.

Arthur\'s Neat New Digs

From URLWire:
\"Everyone’s favorite aardvark has a new online look this season. Parents, teachers, and especially kids will want to check out the Season Six Arthur Web site at www.pbskids.org/arthur. Already considered one of the top children’s destinations on the Internet, the Arthur Web site has added a bevy of new features to the site and made the navigation even more kid friendly.\" Check it out at http://pbskids.org/arthur/

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Suggested reading to understand crisis

The Seattle Times has A Nice List of books recommended by By Mary Ann Gwinn the Seattle Times book editor.

So if you\'re looking for books that may help you understand the 9/11 events, check out these books on Islam, the Middle East, terrorism, American foreign policy and other topics.

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Library to be Renamed for Community Activist

Going against the wishes of the library commission, the San Jose, CA city council voted to rename the Empire Library after the wife of late jazz great Duke Ellington because of her civic activities. The decision is causing a stir, however, because there is a policy that discourages naming public institutions after living people. more... from The Mercury News.

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Libraries Plan Reading of Banned Books

In light of the recent terrorist attacks on our nation\'s freedom, the Farmington, ME Public Library and the University of Maine have joined forces to promote the reading of banned books. The following state appears on the library association\'s web site: \"At a time when terrorists have attacked our country, America\'s freedoms could be in jeopardy as well. This library is is proud to celebrate one of those freedoms — the freedom to read.\"
more... from Maine Today.

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