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\"We think legislation is not the best way to go,\" said Nika Herford, NetNanny\'s vice president for public affairs. \"We would rather see institutions work on educating their users about appropriateness and developing acceptable use policies.\" The emphasis on mandating software inevitably inspires opponents to point out the shortcomings of the products on the market and leaves potential customers with the impression that the products don\'t work at all.
Another issue is that the law expects that images will be filtered \"on the fly\", which is not within the capabilty of present software products. \"
Brad Stephens sent along this look at AskUsQuestions.com . Check it out, this is a really neat idea, and they will be adding more libraries as they go along.
One of the most important trends for all libraries within the
next five years will be developing a "bricks and clicks"
service orientation. With this orientation, not only will
libraries continue offering existing "in-house"
services, but new services will also be developed and existing
services altered so that they can be offered to patrons outside
of the physical building via the web.
Many libraries have already begun developing such resources with
the implementation of remote patron access to subscription
databases, web accessible catalog systems, and email-based
reference - but more can be done. And more is exactly what
AskUsQuestions.com seeks to provide. -- Read More
\"Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, praised the bill, saying, \"children should be protected from being forced to share their public classroom, or the public library, with adults who are accessing hardcore pornography.\"
Glenn cited a recent report by Michigan prosecutor Ron Frantz who said that most sexual assault cases he prosecutes - including cases involving children as victims - have an \"extremely high\" relationship to Internet pornography.\"
The Center for Democracy and Technology has a copy of the filtering legislation on their Web site at cdt.org, it\'s a PDF. The legislation is set to go into effect about mid-April 2001.
There is an option allowing someone to disable the filter for research or other lawful purposes. Does that sound like a loophole?
Here is a short release on a study done that took a look at how kids are doing on the net.
\"New research on Internet usage among teens and young adults in 16 countries shows that while American youth spend more time online than kids elsewhere do, they are also more likely to have their parents monitor what they see and set limits on where they go. Conversely, youth in Europe spend less time online but have fewer restrictions on what they can see and do. These results emerge from Ipsos-Reid\'s The Face of the Web: Youth – a 16-country study of Internet users between the ages of 12 and 24.\"
A trio of stories on Peer to Peer sharing [aka P2P, not to be confused with B2B, B2C or Y2K].
Salon has One on PopularPower, and the emerging P2P business world. There are several companies hoping to make some money off of the latest internet buzz words.
If none of that made any sense, read This One, a nice look at what P2P is all about.
There may come a day when ILL is done like this.
It happens infrequently, but it has happened before. Occassionally a third candidate enters the race for ALA President. Occassionally, that third canididate has also won. This year Maurice (Mitch) Freedman is running, in addition to Ken Haycock and William Sannwald. ALA put out a press release announcing Mitch\'s candidacy. The text of his campaign flyer is inside, if you want to read further. -- Read More
Carol Ann Hughes, the head of collections at Questia.com, has a new article out in Dlib called Information Services for Higher Education
A New Competitive Space. She writes, \"Any organization that undertakes an educational mission in our society is now and will increasingly be surrounded by alternative information service suppliers ... it is likely that ... alternatives will come from the for-profit sector.\"
I sometimes like to pretend I\'m an Information Architect, like George liked to pretend he was an architect on Seinfeld.
R. E. Wyllys has posted a lesson that talks about how Information Architecture and Library Science. To paraphrase the lesson:
It provides information about various ideas associated with the term \"information architecture\" shows how information architecture is closely related to, and embodies most of, the long-standing principles of library and information science.
Likely to take some bite out of the new laws being passed, peacefire has released a program that can shut off all of the major filtering programs.
\"The porn industry in this instance really loves (it), It\'s a shame for kids and parents. It\'s a reason why Congress keeps passing laws.\" -Bruce Taylor of the National Law Center for Children and Families
The fallout over the Children\'s Internet Protection Act continues here in the U.S.
Wired has a Story\"This is the first time since the development of the local, free public library in the 19th century that the federal government has sought to require censorship in every town and hamlet in America,\" said Greg Hansen, an ACLU attorney, in a statement.\"
One more story can be found at ZD Net
Competitive intelligence according to Janelle Brown is a growing but terribly dull profession.[more]
Although the plot may not be as action-packed as the reviewer would have liked, the new book from Adam Penenberg and Marc Barry\'s,\"Spooked: Espionage in Corporate America,\" may still prove interesting to the serious corporate librarian.
Her company is called \'The Organized Library\' and Judith Tapiero makes a living out of managing corporate information chaos.[more]
Catch this article from 1099 the magazine for the independent professional. Yet another example of what the innovative librarian can do in the age of information overload.
Peter Murray writes \"Last month a call for participation was posted to several mailing lists for a survey on
web proxy use in libraries. A report based on survey responses is now available at:
Seventy-four responses came in from the survey. By far, the most popular use of
proxy servers in libraries is for remote resource access. The turn-key solution
EZproxy was by far the most popular, followed by Innovative\'s Web Access
Management product and the freely available Squid and Apache proxy servers.
Proxies for filtering and proxies for bandwidth conservation are equally popular
reasons in libraries. Microsoft Proxy server is a popular package for these
uses, but a wide variety of software packages are in use. Proxy servers are
also being used to gather statistics on resource use.
The report has numerous anecdotes and information from specific libraries,
including URLs to user documentation, description of systems, and software
Interested in adding your own library\'s experiences to the report? You can
still take the survey at the URL below; I\'ll periodically recompile the
responses and update the report:
Congress Passes Labor HHS Education Appropriations Bill with Filtering Rider Attached
In a 292 to 60 vote, the House of Representatives has passed the Labor HHS Education Appropriations Bill (HR 4577) with the McCain- Santorum-Istook-Pickering Internet filtering rider attached. The Senate also passed the bill with a voice vote (no voting numbers available).
The filtering rider mandates that libraries and schools use valuable resources to install and maintain unreliable Internet filters, or be stripped of key federal funding. With this bill, the federal government has seized control over families and communities and blocked their power to make decisions about the ways they protect their children.
From the ALA
Susan Hill writes \"Greetings! Our library recently was moved in upon by a Mama Cat and her five kittens. All five kittens have been adopted, but Mama remains. Cats in public libraries are not a new phenomenon. In fact, there is a web site devoted to the literary feline.
Thought this might be a fun time to take a break from it all and have fun with some library kitties.\"
You can check out a pic of her cat, and the rest of the story, below. Feel free to ad your own! -- Read More
How are the the strategies you use when you surf the Web similiar to the ones hunter-gatherers used to find food? [more].
Here\'s a short but sweet Story from Feedmag on our love / hate relationship with \"Old Books\". They call the LOC plan to digitize all it\'s books a \"fit of visionary enthusiasm\", and raise some interesting questions on the rush to digitize everything.
\"How much difference is there, really, between revering old books simply because they\'re old and ignoring them for the same reason?\"
\"Writers\' freedom is often associated with causes such as Salman Rushdie, or cases of censorship in Africa and the developing world. But I argue that writers\' freedom is also the power to control the dissemination of your work.\"
LISNews is one of my hobbies, one of my other hobbies is
Investing. The Nasdaq Market has had a rough few months, and
Microsoft is a big part of that market. I\'ve been hearing
alot of talk about all the money being lost in the market,
which got me to thinking....
The Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation has been a huge supporter of libraries around
Bill Gates set up the GLF, in part, with money made from
The GLF gave almost $35 Million to libraries last year. The
GLF paid almost $24 Million in Taxes last year (Still think
the rich are undertaxed?).
So now that Microsoft stock has gone from 119 to 47 (They
lost over 11% on Friday alone) what will become of the fund?
With libraries being a small part (1%) of the fund
distributions, will this money begin to shrink?
Can anyone shed some light on this for me? I\'m curious about
the status of the fund as I\'m a big fan of the fund and what
Dennis S. Karjala a Professor of Law @ Arizona State
University has put together a good resource for all those
interested in Copyright Law. Check Out His
\"On October 7, 1998, both the House and the Senate
passed S. 505, the \"Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension
Act,\"extending the already-too-long term of copyright
protection by another 20 years. The legislation purports to
cover even works already in existence--a windfall gift to
special interests of what rightfully belongs to the public.
Our President, a self-proclaimed supporter of the little
guy, signed the bill on October 27, 1998. Like the Congress,
President Clinton has sold out the interests of the American
people to a few owners of valuable copyrights from the
1920\'s and 1930\'s. This web site shows how and why this
action was a tragic mistake. It also supplies news on a
judicial challenge to the constitutionality of the term
extension legislation, and contains materials opposing
longer copyright terms generally in the hope that, when this
issue arises again (around the year 2015 or so), those
seeking to defend the public interest will have some