Submitted by Matt on September 28, 2001 - 11:46am
While pornography is a hotly debated topic in libraries, most of the debate concerns filtering the Internet to keep porn out. Library officials in Budapest apparently took a different approach- they gave permission for the taking of \"sensual photographs\" in 1995.
It all comes back to the Internet however, as the case didn\'t receive attention until the video was posted on a Hungarian web site. From Ananova
Submitted by Ryan on September 28, 2001 - 10:31am
Acknowledging that the future of a Detroit-area public library hinges on active taxpayer support, administrators are pounding the pavement to insure the public knows what it\'s worth:
Brighton District Library officials are predicting that a future expansion of library services will require more help from district taxpayers, and they\'re making the rounds to tell member communities that they\'ll get their money\'s worth . . .
\"We\'re going to go around to all the member communities before we go to the polls,\" Huget said. \"People have to know about us. If they\'re with us every step of the way, we get more buy-in from the communities\" . . . Library officials are hopeful that getting their message out in advance will make the next request for tax dollars less of a struggle.
More from the Detroit News.
Submitted by Blake on September 28, 2001 - 9:25am
There\'s more on webarchivist.org in The Washington Post, in case you missed the earlier stories we ran.
Volunteers from all over are joining the Library of Congress and Internet Archive in San Francisco to create a special digital archive, one that aims to re-create what appeared online in the hours, days and weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks. They plan to publish their re-creation on Oct. 11.
\"There is the potential for a new level of civic activism emerging,\" said Kirsten Foot, a professor at the University of Washington who is co-directing the effort. \"There\'s been a huge surge in people feeling compelled to make statements about the events online. We see it everywhere online, and we want to preserve a record of it.\"
Submitted by Blake on September 28, 2001 - 9:17am
The Great Bob Cox sent along This One from U Of Chicago Mag on the University Library\'s Special Collections.
They have a $125,000 grant from the Save America\'s Treasures Program, and librarians have begun going through the collection piece by piece, putting it into order and preparing it for microfilming. By next June they plan to have the entire collection on film. The oldest paper-like documents in Regenstein are fragments of flattened papyrus from the second century a.d.
No word on plans to put the collection online.
Submitted by Ryan on September 27, 2001 - 11:39pm
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.
Submitted by Ieleen on September 27, 2001 - 5:00pm
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
Submitted by Ieleen on September 27, 2001 - 4:49pm
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.
Submitted by Ieleen on September 27, 2001 - 4:37pm
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...
Submitted by Blake on September 27, 2001 - 9:39am
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.\"
Submitted by AnnaKh on September 27, 2001 - 1:00am
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:
Submitted by Matt on September 26, 2001 - 5:10pm
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.
Submitted by Matt on September 26, 2001 - 5:01pm
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.
Submitted by Ieleen on September 26, 2001 - 2:01pm
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.
Submitted by Ieleen on September 26, 2001 - 1:36pm
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.
Submitted by Blake on September 26, 2001 - 9:26am
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.
Submitted by Blake on September 26, 2001 - 9:09am
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 \"
Submitted by Ryan on September 26, 2001 - 2:27am
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.)
Submitted by Ryan on September 25, 2001 - 10:42pm
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.
Submitted by Ieleen on September 25, 2001 - 4:29pm
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.
Submitted by Blake on September 25, 2001 - 4:01pm
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.