Open Publishing: The Net and the E-book

Slashdot has a great Story By Jon Katz on E Publishing. He says the net is bringing down publishers and they need to wake up to all the issues the web brings.

\"An e-book can be a viable alternative in some cases, though -- some e-books might even make money.The real significance of Napster appears completely lost on publishing executives, however. File-sharing is what the Net was made for, but is it really what publishers want: readers passing their e-books around for free on file-sharing sites? Probably not. But by taking a middle way -- in which publishers give consumers a say in titles, book purchases and pricing -- they\'d end up publishing a lot more writers like Eggers and ultimately sell a lot more books. Don\'t hold your breath.

Assessing Linking Liability

The NY Times has a Story
on the latest linking lawsuits making their way through the
courts here in the US.

\"

According to Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the U.S. District
Court for the Southern District, in Manhattan, a link can be
bad or good. It mainly turns on whether the linker\'s intent
is laudable or not.\" -- Read More

The Smithsonian Institution at the turn of the 20th century

The
Smithsonian Institution at the turn of the 20th century

is a look back at how things were a couple hundred years ago
at The Smithsonian. It\'s full of cool old photos and info
for all you history buffs.

The WTO and Libraries

This is going in the international category, but it could actually affect us here at home.


Despite the protests in Seattle, most people still don\'t know what the WTO is or what it is doing. Far from working for free trade, the WTO primarily works for the deregulation and privatization of economic activity on a global scale. Already, hundreds of US laws have been overriden by WTO rules. As you may have heard, these are laws protecting health, the environment, and labor rights. But did you know that cultural services, like eduction and libraries, are also covered by WTO rules? It can be considered a \"trade barrier\" for a community to provide publically funded library service where an international company tries to offer a competing service on a for-profit basis (for example, electronic \"library\" services like e-books).


There was a program at this summer\'s ALA conference discussing the implications of the WTO for libraries. American Libraries gave it a brief writeup, with the facetious title, Are Libraries a barrier to free trade?


IFLA came out with a strong statement against these WTO rules before the Seattle meeting. The Canadian Library Association also released a strong anti-WTO statement. After the meeting, ALA followed suit, alerted by the Social Responsibilities Round Table.


Read on for the resolution approved by ALA Council. -- Read More

Time Running Out for Key High-Tech Legislation

One of my favorite mags Business 2.0 has a special report on the major internet/techie laws that are pending in the U.S.


With the Internet being such a big part of the library now, this legislation could impact the LIS world in a big way.

Ten Graces for New Librarians

Originally the Commencement address
at the School of Information Science and Policy,
SUNY/Albany on Sunday, May 19, 1996, GraceAnne
DeCandido has written \"Ten Graces for New Librarians\" a very
informative guide for all new librarians. Read it
love it, live it! -- Read More

GASB 34

I am seeking information on how libaries and their parent municipalities are, or will be, dealing with the new audit requirements that will soon be required as a part of GASB 34.


For more information see:
http://www.sco.state.id.us/web/dsaweb.nsf/pages/gasb34.htm

GASB 34 will be implemented for fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2001 (for large entities), with a three-year phase-in of the standard for all government jurisidictions. Most observers are describing it as the most monumental change in government financial reporting in American history. The common wisdom is that failure to follow the guidelines set by the Government Accounting Standards Board will cost communities dearly when their bonds are rated.

Traditionally, state and local governmental agencies have used cash accounting methods to report infrastructure assets like roads, bridges, water and sewer facilities and, of course libraries. With cash accounting,the capital cost of an infrastructure investment appears in an agency’s annual financial report during the year in which the cost of construction is incurred. The value of existing physical assets do not appear on financial reports. -- Read More

Cyborgs, catalogs et. al.

There attempts to catalog the net using the Dublin Core and the Warwick Framework. (References below). The catalogers worry that search engines that can’t possibly keep up with fast growing and chaotic web resources are indexing the net.. They seek semantic interoperability -tell me that\'s not an eight-bit concept!

They worry that on the web there is no controlled vocabulary such as one finds in cataloging rules. The word means one thing to an engineer, quite another thing to a orthodontist, still another to a card player. A rose by any other name may smell as sweet but a bridge by the same name should smell different to a proper search engine. Search engines will never catch the nuances without the help of catalogers for the web. Enter the Dublin Core, the OCLC CORC project and the Warwick framework, to try to catch, rather than reap, the whirlwind. -- Read More

XML in Libraries

I stumbled on \"The XML Files: The Truth Will Be Out There\" a
paper written by Cara Bradley on how XML will be
used in libraries. She covers A Brief History of Markup
Languages, and XMl in libraries. It\'s worth the read if
you\'re a geek like me.

\"XML looms on the
horizon but the truth about the role it will play in digital
representation is not yet known, and its potential impact
on library and information environments remains just
that, potential. Yet, the relationship between XML and
these information climates seems promising; as Exner
and Turner note, \"XML is certainly a significant advance
in the handling of data and information in the Web
environment, and anything that affects information will
also impact the library field\" (\"Examining XML\").
Librarians are well-advised to be aware of
technological developments that may have a profound
impact on the way they manage and deliver information.
XML is one such technology deserving of attention. \"

Report from US Librarians in Cuba

In March of this year, seventeen U.S. librarians, scholars and educators
participated in an 11-day educational tour of libraries, archives,
universities, and cultural and historical sites in Cuba. Organized by
Rhonda Neugebauer, the delegation traveled to five cities and held
discussions with Cuban librarians and informational professionals about
their work, philosophy, values, their perceptions of their role in society
and their obligation to provide access and delivery of information to their
patrons.

Here are the reports from Rhonda Neugebauer and Larry Oberg in a supplement to this week\'s Library Juice

Library debate centers on access to pornography

MessengerNews.net has a well balanced Story on filtering. This sums up the battle on filtering going on in many American public libraries very well. Nothing earth shattering in this one, just nice for not taking a side.

\"Since the remodeled library opened in November 1998, staff have only caught children looking at pornography twice.

\"I don\'t think two incidents ... is a serious problem,\" Cynthia Weiss, director of the Kendall Young Library, said .

E-Publishing is Here . Now, What About E-Reading?

Book Magazine has a very
Long Story on Ebooks. They cover all the bases on this cool new medium. This one is worth the read if you need to catch up.

\"Right now, with e-books, you really have the worst of both worlds, digital and print, instead of the goodness you get with a print book,\" Nielsen says. \"I can see that changing, but not tomorrow.\" -- Read More

Friday Updates

Friday Updates for this week include Talking books by MP3, fireplace library, protect our kids, Detroit library closed, police protection, e-books, NYU pipe burst, and much more!! -- Read More

An Historical Perspective on the Commodification of Information

Intellectual Property: An Historical Perspective on the Commodification of Information, by Darcy Sharman, a recent grad of the University of Alberta library school, presents a look at the development of commodified information from early beginnings to the technological present. It is an interesting paper that has relevence for the current practice of librarianship, because librarians make information available for free (with public or community funding) at a time when there is increasing pressure to view all information as a commodity.


The introduction is ahead: -- Read More

Murdock\'s Lies and the Representation of Information

Murdock\'s Lies and the Representation of Information, by Australian professor Gordon Fletcher, takes a critical, postmodern view of the recent question, \"What is Information?\" Information Theory has encouraged us to look at information as something uniform, but this distracts us from what is actually represented by it. This paper looks at examples of information as artefacts, from a material culture perspective, and as stories, all with the point of providing insight into the social nature of what now circulates electronically in commodified form.


Go ahead for an excerpt from the conclusion: -- Read More

Implications of the UnCover suit

Someone posted this question on a list, and it got me thinking...

I am wondering if anyone knows more about the
implications of the UnCover suit? It seems to me -- woefully ignorant of
coprught law -- that this suit is similar to the recent Napster one and the
Screen Actors Guild one...in which musicians or actors are demanding payment
for each use of their material. Is this correct?


Next, I am wondering how this UnCover decision plays out in the academic
world. I have always had to sign away copyright to the publisher of the jrnl
in which my piece was to appear. (I am particularly sensitive about this
right now as I\'ve recently gone thru a period of strained relations with the
press that holds the copyright on one of my articles.) What is the future of
academic publishing after this decision? Will jrnls only publish articles
that have a re-sale value?

The MLS and Webmasters

Library schools today are turning out webmasters, writes Marissa Melton on usnews.com.

Library science is a field transformed by the cyber-revolution. A generation ago, \"the librarian had the crepe-soled shoes and the bun and was holding court in a book-lined environment,\" says Carol Hoffmann, assistant to the director of the University of Pittsburgh\'s library system.

Old Carnegie Library to become town hall

The Argus Leader is Reporting The historic Carnegie Free Library building in downtown Sioux Falls will be a town hall for the public with some office space for city employees, the City Council decided Tuesday.

Andrew Carnegie - The Bill Gates of the past. -- Read More

Israeli Court Upholds Copyright on Dead Sea Scrolls

Bob Cox sent in this Story from ABC News on Israel’s Supreme Court upholding an Israeli scholar’s copyright on the deciphering of one of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Amos Hausner, a lawyer for U.S. scholar Robert Eisenman, said the decision inhibits the free use of scientific knowledge.
“It’s like copyrighting scientific truth, like Einstein copyrighting ‘e equals mc2,’” Hausner said. “These ancient texts are part of the scientific knowledge.”


Next up to be copywritten (if that\'s a word) The Bible?! -- Read More

IFLANET Library Humour

Bob Cox sent in the IFLANET Library Humour site. You can read, and laugh along, with such classics as :


REVEYRAND\'S LIBRARY LAWS
LIGHTBULB JOKES
The Top 13 Obscure Campus Library Rules
And many, many more.

Q: What happens when you cross a librarian and a lawyer?
A: You get all the information you want, but you can\'t understand it.

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