Submitted by Ryan on August 24, 2001 - 10:21am
A story from mid-July on a South African initiative to promote small business growth by establishing \"business corners\" in public libraries:
Each library receives a R10 000 launching grant with which to acquire books, journals, videos and other relevant equipment.
\"After more than a bumpy start, the Library Business Corner programme has over the past few months enjoyed an amazingly enthusiastic response from librarians, library authorities, sponsoring bodies and others involved in small business support,\" says Wolfgang Thomas, chief economist at Wesgro . . .
More from AllAfrica.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 24, 2001 - 10:05am
New home buyers in one Florida county may be paying an \"impact\" fee to fund public libraries. According to the article, \"Local governments charge impact fees to offset some costs of growth. They\'re usually calculated by consultants based on how many road miles, fire engines and police calls are demanded, on average, by the people in each new house. If the cost of providing services exceeds the taxes paid by the homeowners within a few years, government tries to make up the difference with a fee... To guarantee the same number of books and space per person, each new resident would have to pay about $91. Multiplied by the average number of people in a single family home, that comes to about $224.\" One wonders how widely accepted such a move would be by local homeowners. more... from Florida Today.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 24, 2001 - 9:54am
The library records of a North Carolina woman, who was arrested for involuntary manslaughter in the death of her four-year-old stepson, have been subpoenaed by the court as possible evidence in the case. According to the article, the order tells the two libraries involved, \"produce for the court the following items, at the place, date, and time indicated below all records in your possession regarding circulation records of Sandra Hardcastle Odom during the period from January 2001 to this date (July 11).\" more... from The Dunn Daily Record.
Submitted by Ryan on August 23, 2001 - 10:29pm
[email protected] Australia has announced that it will terminate the service of any user detected downloading
[email protected] Australia users are up in arms over the telco\'s random raids on their broadband accounts in search of pirate activity, with many saying it\'s an invasion of their privacy. The ISP informed users of its [email protected] broadband service that it would terminate customer accounts found to be downloading pirate software or copyright material. . . .
More from ZDNet. Thanks to Slashdot .
Submitted by Matt on August 23, 2001 - 3:18pm
Robert Sidney Martin, former director of the Texas Library Commission and professor and interim director of the School of Library and Information Sciences at Texas Women\'s University has been announced as the acting chair of the NEA.
He has already been confirmed by the Senate as the directory of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
[more...] from the Washington Post
Submitted by Ryan on August 23, 2001 - 12:35pm
The New York Times reports on the ALA\'s effort to challenge stereotypes about librarians in order to attract young people to the field:
In a Web site promoting a campaign by the American Library Association, librarians ride Harleys, surf and skateboard. They are young and hip. They wear dreadlocks and practice yoga. And like Ms. Garzolini, they are known to enjoy an occasional night at a bar. There is a cook and caterer, a \"popular culture junkie\" who started a hip-hop program for the Cleveland library and a \"surfer dude\" who owns a record company.
Colleges and universities are turning out more library and information science graduates than ever, the association says, but public libraries must compete with the growing number of higher paying jobs in the private sector, a formidable competitor even with the economy slowing. [ More ]
The ALA\'s campaign has been dubbed \"@ Your Library\" - the anti-stereotype part can be found here.
For the record, I was *attracted* to the profession by the stereotypes - I\'ll take quiet, bookish squares over jocks and hipsters any day, thank you very much ;)
Submitted by Ryan on August 23, 2001 - 10:13am
OASIS, the XML interoperability consortium, has founded a committee to develop methods for describing human characteristics through XML:
The OASIS HumanMarkup Technical Committee (TC) will work to develop Human Markup Language (HumanML), a schema for embedding contextual human characteristics -- cultural, social, kinesic (body language), psychological and intentional features -- within information. OASIS said HumanML would have applications in artificial intelligence, virtual reality, conflict resolution, psychotherapy, art, workflow, advertising, cultural dialogue, agent systems, diplomacy and business negotiation. . .
More from Internet News . Thanks to Slashdot.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 22, 2001 - 3:46pm
Is it an invasion of privacy or a means of catching a criminal? The law enforcement community considers using a citizen\'s reading, viewing, and listening habits a necessary edge in solving a crime. Privacy advocates and others see it as something much different. Last February an Ohio prosecutor wanted Amazon.com to provide him with information about customers who had purchased a sexually explicit CD-ROM in an attempt to link a northeast Ohio man to a crime. According to the article, \"It is these types of efforts that seem to be occurring in more alarming numbers by the law enforcement profession that have opened the eyes of the often quiet book-reading community.\" more... from The News Herald.
Submitted by Celine on August 22, 2001 - 2:49pm
Following the recent story that 60% of British people are now online, a study by the Ministry of Finance, Economy and Industry in France has found that only 20% of French people have internet access at home. More significantly, more than half of the people surveyed did not foresee ever going online from home. The only other Western European country with the same slow growth of internet use is Spain, also with only 20% online at home. The full story from the BBC tries to suggest some possible reasons for these cultural differences.
Submitted by Celine on August 22, 2001 - 2:25pm
British Internet monitoring company Envisional have carried out research which shows that over 7,000 copyrighted books are now available free on the internet. These pirated works are being swapped \"on Napster-like file-sharing systems\". The most popular are apparently science fiction and fantasy. Read the full story from Excite News.
Internet monitoring - hmm, sounds like what I do all day!
Submitted by Ieleen on August 22, 2001 - 1:51pm
Last spring the University of Virginia conducted an experiment in which they provided students with e-textbooks. Apparently it works. So much so that Microsoft is offering its reader through library vendor Follett, and some major publishers, including Harcourt and McGraw-Hill (not Tim and Faith), are jumping on the e-textbook bandwagon. The belief is that generation D will find the
e-textbooks much friendler to use than the traditional, and much more cumbersome tomes of bygone days. more... from On Magazine.
Submitted by Ryan on August 22, 2001 - 1:49pm
British supermarket giant Tesco is among the corporations
lining up to endow curatorships and (possibly) profit from
the privatization of services at the British Library:
The British Library is planning a huge injection of private money that could see curators being sponsored by Tesco and services run for profit by big business. The Independent on Sunday can reveal that barely four years after its £520m London home was finally completed, the library is to undergo a radical commercial makeover to attract more funds.
Sponsorship ideas being floated by library directors include creating posts that might include a \"Tesco curator for cookery\" or an anthropology librarian funded by Endemol, producers of reality TV show Big Brother. . . Private bidders may also be asked to pay the salaries of new specialists in other \"fashionable areas\" such as gardening, sport and DIY. The libraryis also considering plans to invite private investors to build and run new facilities. . .
More from The Independent.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 22, 2001 - 1:37pm
For CNet News, Erich Luening writes...
\"Online retail giant Amazon.com is looking beyond individual consumers with a new program intended to attract organizations such as libraries, schools and businesses.
The new Corporate Accounts Program allows institutional purchasers to create a managed account with a payment method other than credit card, by which they can buy books, software, videos and other goods online, the company announced Wednesday. \"Whether it is local librarians ordering hard-to-find titles, corporate librarians purchasing training materials or small businesses buying software printers, these customers will now be able to use purchase orders as a method of payment at Amazon.com,\" Jason Kilar, vice president of media products at Amazon.com, said in a statement.\" more...
Submitted by Ieleen on August 22, 2001 - 1:30pm
For the Indianapolis Star, Matt Schwartz writes...
\"The guillotine\'s blade is poised above a naked spine. The victim waits silently, his last words already written onto his body. Soon, the blade hits with a thunk. This is no medieval tale. This is right out of the 21st century. The executioner is a librarian. He is cutting out and photographing the pages from bound newspaper volumes and transferring the images to microfilm. His victim, critics say, is Indiana\'s history... Most of the newspapers were thrown away after the process was complete. About half came from bound volumes whose spines were cut away, disbound in library parlance, so the pages could lie flat as they were filmed.\" more...
Submitted by Blake on August 22, 2001 - 1:25pm
Someone writes \"Wayne State University recognizes librarian/archivist by naming her recipient of Emerging Corporate Leadership Award. Article also discusses archival services conducted by her company, which are somewhat unique to the archival world.
Also, a rather non-traditional article for you to include. Most of your material cited relate to \"mainstream\" librarianship. This services as just another reminder of how versatile librarians/archivists can be.
Full Story from Detroit News \"
Submitted by Matt on August 22, 2001 - 11:05am
Yahoo News reports on the results of a new survey conducted for the Associated Press showing half of respondents rating Internet skills as very important for school. Most students were able to find the majority of the resources they need for writing assignments on the internet:
``Most students depend on the Internet to get their stuff,\'\' said 16-year-old Jeff Sands of Horsham, Pa. ``You can most find anything by going onto Yahoo,\'\' an Internet search engine.
``The Internet makes it too easy sometimes,\'\' said Campbell, a 17-year-old from New London, Pa. ``I still think you should go to the library.
Submitted by Ryan on August 22, 2001 - 10:28am
The New York Public Library has aquired the literary and personal archive of Jack Kerouac:
The archive, the largest Kerouac holding in any institution, contains manuscripts, notebooks, letters, journals and personal items saved from the time he was 11 until his death at 47 in 1969. . . Meticulously organized by Kerouac himself, the archive comprises more than 1,050 manuscripts and typescripts, including novels, short stories, prose pieces, poems and fragments, a handful of them in scroll form; 130 notebooks for almost all of his works, published and unpublished; and 52 journals, from 1934 to 1960, which include material used in \"The Town and the City,\" \"On the Road\" and \"Big Sur.\"
More from the New York Times (registration required) and even more from the Boston Globe.
The NYPL has provided a bit more information on the contents of the collection here .
Submitted by Ieleen on August 22, 2001 - 9:18am
Authors in New Zealand are threatening to pull their books off the shelves of public libraries in protest over a funding cut for writers. Apparently the government has decided to take away $100,000 from the $1.1 million fund. The fund was established as a means of compensating writers for lost royalties as a result of libraries freely distributing their work. more... from The News Room
Submitted by Ieleen on August 21, 2001 - 5:42pm
The Orange County Public Library (CA) has a cool program to help illiterate parents learn to read to their kids. They have inmates at the jail record childrens books on tape. Jill Klubek, the library\'s family-literacy specialist, says, \"what matters is the voice, not where it\'s coming from.\" The inmates are doing other things for kids too, such as \"knitting hats for kids with cancer, recording books for the blind, and repairing bikes for poor kids.\" Judging from the article, it looks like everyone benefits, even the inmates. more... from The Orange County Register.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 21, 2001 - 5:26pm