Cuban Libraries Support Group

The Cuban Libraries Support Group (CLSG) has moved its website to a new location: http://libr.org/CLSG/. CLSG, established last year, exists to support Cuban liibraries, library workers and the Cuban Library Association. They promote cultural exchanges between Cuban librarians and librarians in other countries, and provide a record of some of these exchanges. The site has about a dozen articles and background information on Cuban libraries, the Cuban educational system, and the effect of the US blockade. It contains research debunking the claims of Robert Kent and his so called \"Friends of Cuban Libraries\" group, but CLSG mainly exists to support Cuban libraries and develop relationships with Cuban librarians. It\'s an interesting site. Makes me want to go to Cuba and visit some libraries.

ISC issue on racism in library services

Information for Social Change is a biannual journal from England that examines \"issues of freedom, censorship, and ethics amongst library and information workers\" and challenges \"dominant paradigms.\"


Issue number 11, on the web in its entirety, focuses on the issue of racism in library services. The Table of Contents is as follows:


  • Editorial: Combating racism in library and information services. Shiraz Durrani
  • Using CRE standard to combat racism in library services. Susan White
  • Response to Diversity. Glennor L. Shirley
  • On Combating Racism In Academic Librarianship. Sterling Coleman
  • Views from Britain: Case Studies And Comments.
  • The Quality Leaders Project: Conference Report. John Vincent
  • Knowing my Place. Beckford, H
  • Bring on the thought police: freedom of expression and the press in South Africa. Christopher Merrett
  • Meeting information needs for 1992 and beyond. John Vincent
  • Book Review: Stop Talking Start Doing! Attracting People of Color to the Library Profession. Reviewed by Ayub Khan
  • Minority Ethnic issues in social exclusion - Merton responds.

Congress mulls Internet filtering

CNET News is Reporting 4 Republicans are promoting legislation that would force schools and libraries to use Internet filtering software or lose federal dollars intended to help buy Web access. No money is provided to buy the software. The bill is H.R. 4577.

\"This is ensuring that the government is not paying for access to pornography through libraries,\" said Istook\'s chief of staff, John Albaugh. \"We have received tremendous support from the public on this. It just seems like it\'s a no-brainer to the average Joe.\"

Read it Your Self.... -- Read More

Becoming an Information Architect

Monster.com has a nice Interview with Mattie Langenberg, principal of the Chicago-based Schema Studios, and creative director Michael Brooks on what it takes to succeed as an IA.

Mc: What the general salary range for an Information Architect?


ML: I\'d say about $50 to 100K, depending on experience. If you\'re a Webmaster or an HTML production person, you\'ll probably be on the low end. But if you have a design or project management background, you can expect to start on the high end.

Dr. Laura Offers Apology

The Buffalo News was one of many sites with this.It seems Dr. Laura Schlessinger has offered up an Apology.

\"On the Day of Atonement, Jews are commanded to seek forgiveness from people we have hurt,\" the radio and TV talk show host, who is Jewish, said in a newspaper ad. \"I deeply regret the hurt this situation has caused the gay and lesbian community.\"

Though David Hinckley Says too little, too late. \"Laura Schlessinger once again blames others for the impact of her rhetoric, refusing to take responsibility for her precisely chosen, scientifically inaccurate descriptions of gay and lesbian lives.\"

The Internet Made Them Do It

I thought I would post this quote from George Bush, from the debate on October 11, 2000. The question was about the differences on gun control. Anyone have any comments?


But let me say something about Columbine. And listen, we\'ve got gun laws. He says we ought to have gun-free schools. Everybody believes that. I\'m sure every state in the union has got them. You can\'t carry a gun into a school, and there ought to be a consequence when you do carry a gun into a school.


But Columbine spoke to a larger issue, and it\'s really a matter of culture. It\'s a culture that somewhere along the line we begun to disrespect life, where a child can walk in and have their heart turn dark as a result of being on the Internet and walk in and decide to take somebody else\'s life.


So gun laws are important, no question about it, but so is loving children and character education classes and faith-based programs being a part of after-school programs.\" -- Read More

UCITA Satellite Teleconference

Rory had this over on Library JuiceThis week, but it is important enough for me to reprint here.

The Association of Research Libraries is sponsoring a Satellite Teleconference on UCITA, the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act. It is important that you do something if you are in the United States. Why?


*   UCITA legitimizes a non-negotiable contract-based system
of intellectual
property with no exemptions and fair use defenses for the research, education,
and library communities as provided for in federal copyright law. 



*   UCITA permits this same kind of contract to apply to mixed
media
transactions where a book accompanied by a CD, for example, could be governed
by
the same restrictions as placed on the CD. 



*   UCITA permits provisions that prohibit reverse engineering
or the public
comment or criticism of a product. 



*   UCITA allows the licensor to electronically disable, remove,
or prevent the
usage of computer information or software that resides on your system creating
significant security issues along with interrupting services and operations. 



*   UCITA allows software firms to waive liability for known
defects in their
software that they failed to disclose to their customers. 



UCITA can directly impact the ability of libraries and educational institutions
to carry out their missions, to effectively manage their operations, and
to
preserve and apply community values in their daily work.



With four panelists who were actively involved in the UCITA debates in
their
states, this teleconference will help you learn more about UCITA and what
you
can do to deal with it in your state!
Details and registration information can be found at arl.org/ucita.html -- Read More

Learning from The Internet Filter Assessment Project

Karen G. Schneider ran the TIFAP from April to September, 1997. To find out what they learned, and How TIFAP Worked, check out, Learning from The Internet Filter Assessment Project.


What are the lessons learned? (Just a few)


Configure Filters
Site Lists are Important
It\'s the Pornography, Stupid (And the Kids)
You Aren\'t Guaranteed Anything
Don\'t Ever Buy Software You Don\'t Need


It\'s a good filering resource.

Authority Control on the Web

Barbara B. Tillett, Ph.D. The Director, Integrated Library System Program Office at The LOC has written a nice presentation given at The Bicentenial Conference on Bibliographic Control for the New Millennium. The Full text of her paper is available, or the Summary is
here. She talks about the current trends taking shape in this area, like the DC for Authorities and the basic data elements recommended in the IFLA \"Minimal Level Authority Record\", and The Dublin Core.

National Library Week in the Czech Republic

This week is National Library Week in the Czech Republic.

Czech TodayIs Reporting on the status of the local library in The Czech Republic after the fall of the iron curtain. It seems that local library branches have not only survived, but seem to be gathering new readers. They even share the same problems most libraries have, the main one being people who forget to return the books they borrowed.The local library in Nove Straseci contacts the police and a policeman calls on the offender to deliver a polite reminder to return the book!

Books By The HSN

Nolalive has a hard to follow Story today. Cedar Rapids Public Library got a book from a Louisiana woman who received it from the Home Shopping Network. She says she received the book in February, after returning an electric frying pan she\'d purchased from the cable television network.

\"They do such enormous business, they\'re bound to make mistakes, But I do balance it (now) with Court TV. It\'s a lot more educational, and it\'s not so tough on the Visa.\" She said.

HSN says \"I don\'t really know how to confirm anything\" It seems the book just showed up at her house, from HSN, and she then sent it to the library.

Publishers invest in online library

Random House, Bertelsmann, and McGraw Hill are ganging up to make an investment in online library company ebrary. They are putting up a collection of books, journals, maps, periodicals, and digitally archived material, and they say most of this was previously inaccessible via the Web. No membership or subscription fees, but printing will cost you.

\"\"As a publisher -- as well as an investor -- we welcome this innovative yet practical approach to making content available to all in digital form, using a model that will also bring our authors additional revenue while safeguarding their copyrights from unauthorized exploitation,\" said Richard Sarnoff, president of Random House Ventures, in a statement.\"

Ebrary\'s site says it\'ll launch in Fall of 2000.Implications for traditional libraries?

Promoting the Unpopular

Here\'s a nice Electronic Poster Session by Beverly Murphy, Julie VanDyke, and Derrick Vines from Duke University Medical Center. They made the move from Free Printing to Pay Printing in the library, and set this up to share their experiences.

\"A task force brainstormed for ways to positively market this transition, focusing specifically on the benefits of the new service. Formulating a slogan that could be adopted to different formats, marketing the implementation as an event, and identifying channels of publicity, were the primary challenges that needed to be addressed. Superb planning allowed us to meet these challenges, and since this service has been implemented, the complaints have been few. This learning experience has further equipped us with the tools necessary to promote future projects, especially those which may be of an unpopular nature.\"

Learning from others experiences!

How You Can Take Back Your Local Library

AFA President Donald E. Wildmon has written an interesting little Rant. This is the most Anti-ALA rant I have ever seen, might be the most Anti-Anything rant I have ever seen. It\'s kind of like being transported to the 50\'s and listening to Joseph McCarthy speak (I can only imagine). Can I say that and still not take any sides on this one?

\"It is critically important for our children and our communities that we free our local libraries from the grip of the American Library Association and make our libraries safe for our children! Make no mistake, the danger to our children is real!\"

It\'s a laugh riot!

A \'nay\' ballot for Dr. Laura on Television

MSN Entertainment was one of the places with this Story. The Dr. Laura TV show has been canned in Canada due to low ratings.

\"\"Our audience has voted and, unfortunately, they\'ve cast a \'nay\' ballot for Dr. Laura on television,\" says Roy Gardner, a vice president of programming for CanWest Global Communications. \"The latter part of the afternoon is very important to us because it forms the lead-up to our evening news programming, and Dr. Laura just isn\'t delivering the viewers.\" \" -- Read More

Factors Affecting the Usability of Web Sites

Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine has a nice Article on the usabilty of web sites.

\"This article contemplates factors affecting the usabilty of web sites. It addresses issues from both the disciplines of psychology and computing and attempts to consider the relevance of these issues with regards to a study carried out at the Centre for Information Environments Research at Brunel University. The study was developed in order to investigate issues affecting the usability of web sites. A test site was created and investigations revealed some interesting findings, some of which are detailed in the article.

Demystifying the e-Book

Bibliofuture has a great Article by Ana Arias Terry on E-Books. It covers the basics of E-Books, who makes them, how they work, and what the future holds.

\"If e-book content sellers such as alternative presses and device vendors intend to stay in the e-book game, they will want to pay special attention to the demands of the market and heed their preferences. Otherwise, they run the risk of finding themselves in the print pages of historical discussions.\".

Open Source Texts

OpenMind Publishing Group is taking its
first step to replace traditional textbook publishing with a personalized,
online process. OpenMind today announced the first-ever program that
carries the open source model into the textbook publishing industry.

For more information on OpenMind Publishing Group and/or to see a
demonstration please visit www.ompg.com or 919-688-4555.

Read on for the Full Press Release -- Read More

Knowledge Management Software Market Growing

IDC has a research Report on the future on Knowledge Management. They say the software market in this segment will grow the worldwide market from $1.4 billion in 1999 to $5.4 billion in 2004.They also have a nice definition of knowledge management.
\"The importance of examining organizational processes and technologies and developing solutions that harvest and deliver the right information to the right people at the right time\"

\"The need to more intelligently support the decisions of employees while improving productivity will create and sustain demand for knowledge management access software,\" said Brian McDonough, senior research analyst with IDC\'s Knowledge Management program. \"The infrastructure is largely in place. Consolidation among vendors through acquisitions or strategic partnerships will occur to further spur rapid market adoption.\"

National Archives Week

I don\'t know how I missed it, but this is National Archives Week!

Archives Week is an annual, weeklong observance of the importance of archival and historical records to our lives.

Just so you don\'t miss it in the coming years:


ARCHIVES WEEK DATES, 2000-2003

October 8-15, 2000
October 7-14, 2001
October 6-13, 2002
October 5-12, 2003


Give your favorite archivist a Big Kiss!


National Archives and Records Administration

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