Free Speech Advocates Actually Like this Idea

For The Seattle Times, Catherine Tarpley writes...

\"The King County Library System is tightening its rules on Internet access to prevent children from viewing pornography or other objectionable material on library computers. The 41-branch library system is installing software that would make it impossible for children to use unfiltered computers, which can access all Internet sites, if parents make such a request. Parents can notify the library system if they want their child to have filtered Internet access or no access at all. Children whose parents have not expressly asked that their access be restricted will have free use of all library-system terminals.\" more...

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Come Browse the Weird Wide Web

For The Dallas Morning News, Tim Wyatt writes...

\"Truth is stranger than fiction because it would take way too much effort to conjure up half the stunts people pull off in the real world everyday. That\'s why we went out in search of connoisseurs of odd news – those who dedicate too much time to mining nuggets of strangeness buried in the daily news cycle. Wire services for the truly weird, if you will.\" For a list of links pertaining to the weird but true, Click Here.

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Poky Little Puppy Finds New Home

From The Business Journal (WI)...

Random House will soon be taking over operations of Golden Books, publishers of \"Little Golden Books.\" Classic Media will take over the entertainment division of the downed organization. The acquisition comes after a federal bankruptcy court approved the sale of the organization by \"a joint bid betwen Random House and Classic Media for $84.4 million plus liabilities.\" During its operational time, Golden Books published over 500,000 titles, including the favored \"Poky Little Puppy.\" more...

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(Ir)religious bricks in Redmond

Library
Juice
reprinted a story about religious
messages on bricks
at the King County (Redmond, WA) Public
Library
.

The original author responded to messages like \"Christ Died
For Our Sins. He Rose Again. 1
Cor 15:3-4
.\" by buying his own bricks: \"God Kills
Babies. Read 1
Samuel 15:3
. And God Is Love??\".

Inspired by this, a local has contributed not
only a photo
gallery
but has bought his own bricks, including
\"Socialize Microsoft\" and \"Worship a Daemon:
Run FreeBSD\".

And, no, it\'s not too late to get in on the
action
.

BESS\'s Secret LOOPHOLE

Seth Finkelstein writes \"I\'ve just released a new
anticensorware investigation.
Available at:
sethf.com/anticensorware/bess/loophole.php

BESS\'s Secret LOOPHOLE (censorware vs. privacy & anonymity)

Abstract: This report examines a secret category in N2H2\'s censorware,
a product often sold under the name \"BESS, The Internet Retriever\".
This category turns out to be for sites which must be uniformly
prohibited, because they constitute a LOOPHOLE in the necessary
control of censorware. The category contains sites which provide
services of anonymity, privacy, language translation, humorous text
transformations, even web page feature testing, and more. \"

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Technology Puts a Lock on CDs

For BBC News, David Schepp writes...

\"Sharing music recorded on compact discs among friends over the internet has proven itself to be as American as apple pie and baseball. But music-swapping is a pastime that may be soon halted if recording companies have their way. Some major record labels have have signed on with encryption firms that have developed technologies to halt the
so-called pirating of copyrighted music. For the encryption companies it may mean millions of dollars in profits as record label after record label signs on to take advantage of the new, seemingly perfected technology. For the record companies, however, it could be a public relations disaster.\" more...

Black Book of Communism Distributed to Free Libraries in Russia

From AllNews, Someone writes...\"Russia\'s centrist party Union of Right Forces has published another 100,000 copies of The Black Book of Communism to send it for free school libraries in Russia.\" According to Leonid Gozman, of the Union of Right Forces, \"The book should be available to every pupil in Russia. It should provide an adequate understanding of the danger represented by the Communist ideology, which has yet to be finally overcome in Russia.\" more...

School Board Considers Anti-Profanity Ban

Like this would ever really work... The Glynn County School Board is considering an all out ban on the use of profanity. According to the article, the \"comprehensive anti-profanity policy would ban any books, programs and activities that contain bad words.\" I wonder what you would get for saying the \"f\" word in the girls locker room? more... from Online Athens.

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British Library website to chart Black and Asian history

Always helpful with stories from the other side of the world, Charles Davis writes \"The British Library is to build a website charting 465 years of Black and Asian history in London.
The plan is to establish a website culling records from a
number of different sources, including the British Library
and India office.
Co-ordinators at the London Metropolitan Archives plan to
have the database up-and-running in time for Black History
month in October next year.
\"This project is one of the most ambitious of its kind as it
covers sources for several centuries of London history from
1536 onwards,\" said LMA head archivist Deborah Jenkins.
The project will be funded by £30,000 from the British
Library and Re:source, the Council for Museums, Archives
and Libraries.
Story from
HERE \"

Digital Library Leader Speaks Against Filtering

Paul Jones, Director of \"the site formerly known as SunSITE\" among other things, has written an opinion piece on filtering. This is nothing new but it is clearly stated.

More interesting to me is the opposing editorial by a Duke law professor.

First, I object to the broad analogy of comparing Internet sites and the Internet to books and all the books in the universe.

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Tolkien re-enactors tourtured in Kazakhstan

jude writes \"People who re-enact scenes from Tolkiens books are being tortured in Kazakhstan. I\'m sure you\'re
received this story 500 times by now. Let me be the 501st.

Full Story \"


It turns out thousands of fans dress up and re-enact scenes from the book in Kazakhstan,and the police don\'t like it one bit.

Reference Books Nearing Extinction

Jackie Bourdelaine writes \"According to this one at the San Francisco Chronicle, \"space-hogging reference tomes are obsolete.\" Links to replace some of those useless reference books are even included, along with some reviews. \"

They say LibrarySpot is the place to go for answers.

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God\' monkey sits through lecture before studying

Charles Davis writes \"A monkey sat quietly through an economics lecture at an
Indian college before going to the library and flipping
through a holy book.
Students at Madanpur Mahabir College in Bhubaneswar,
Orissa, say the monkey listened to the lecture with \"rapt
attention\".
The monkey then went to the library and looked at the
Ramayana, a Hindu holy book, and sat on a statue of the
monkey god Hanuman before quietly leaving the college.

Full Story \"

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Zimbabwe Book Fair Struggles On

The Zimbabwe International Book Fair, \"a week of book deals and literary debate . . . unmatched anywhere else south of the Sahara,\" has just wrapped up in Harare:

Last weekend, an Angolan publisher spoke on \"The Challenge of Publishing in a War-Torn Country\" and a Botswanan publishing manager explored \"The Risk of Producing Books in Indigenous Languages.\" During the week, writers could choose among workshops like \"Copyright Control: Can Africa Achieve It?\" and \"What Influences Does Religion Have in Writing for the Future?\" In hotel corridors and downtown cafes, scholars continued their discussions and debates in French, Portuguese and English.

In the gardens, amid row after row of bookstalls, eager publishers displayed even greater range, with works in adopted tongues and indigenous ones, like Yoruba and Tigrinya, Zulu and Afrikaans and Zimbabwe\'s languages, Ndebele and Shona . . . Librarians learn how to make their little budgets go a long way and can win small book-buying prizes. [More from the New York Times (registration required).]

Searching for Google\'s Successor

Wired News is reporting today about the goal of some new search engines that hope to \"beat Google at its own game.\" Google users love it. It\'s simple to use, and because it is the largest URL database, it returnes a high number of results. But, as the article points out, \"Google has a major flaw: It returns too many results. Most of Google\'s results are irrelevant, and it is too difficult to wade through them all.\" more...

Public Internet Stations Wide Open to Hackers

For the Chicago Sun Times, Ian Hopper writes...

\"Travelers eager to plug their laptops into wireless Internet networks cropping up at hotels, airports and coffee shops need to be on guard: Their e-mail and Web browsing can be easily intercepted.\" more...

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Library Enforcers Defending Copyright in Jordan

According to this story in the Jordan Times, Mamoun Talhouni, the new director of the National Library in Jordan, will send a team of library personnel out to inspect stores selling music, computer software, and other items. Any items found without valid licenses will be confiscated and the store owners\' case referred to prosecutors.

Retired Educator Opens Library

For The Southern Illinoisan, Jim Muir writes...

\"Retired educator Patricia Horn will see a longtime dream become a reality today when the Royalton Public Library opens for business. Horn, who is president of the library board, can hardly contain her enthusiasm when she speaks of next week\'s grand opening. The battle to obtain a new building has not been without its struggles and setbacks and the fight to get a new library has taken nearly two decades. The first library was actually no more than a reading center, which was opened in 1981 and located in a classroom of the old Royalton School. \"All of our books were donated and the librarians all worked on strictly a volunteer basis,\" Horn said. \"more...

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SC legislature Says No Filter, No Funds

In July the South Carolina Legislature passed a bill requiring that libraries filter 90% of their computers or else lose state funding. According to the article, one library would stand to lose about $75,000 in state aid. Ouch! more...

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Racist\'s case settled

The lawsuit filed against the Schaumburg Township District Library by Illinois white supremacist Matthew Hale has been settled. Hale sued after the library revoked permission for him to use a meeting room for a speech. He will now be appearing at the library on a Saturday evening, after closing time.

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