J. K. Rowling Terrified in T.O.

Mayor Mel Lastman [Toronto\'s chief Muggle] gave J.K. Rowling the key to the city yesterday, and when she spoke at a fundaraiser for the Osborne Collection of the Toronto Library, she admitted she\'s just terrified about the big event. Part of the International Festival of Authors is a reading by Rowling at the Sky Dome, Never Been?(it\'s quite a place, worth the trip, wherever you are). Her biggest audience in the past was 2,000 in Germany, the Sky Dome holds 36,000. Did you know her friends call her Jo?

``The reading is a way to reach a lot of children. But I\'m plainly not a rock star, not the Rolling Stones.\'\'

The Full Story is at The T.O. Star

Conservative Groups Oppose Library Filtering

Cluebot.com has posted a Letter from some conservative groups, including American Family Association of Oregon, and Libertarian Party of Mississippi who all oppose library filtering [H.R. 4577]. They choose education over filtering.

\"Nothing is more effective than efforts to educate parents and children about Internet safety and how to properly use online resources. Moreover, Internet filters are an imperfect solution to this important problem. With millions and millions of web sites already online, and more added every day, children will always be able to access content we might wish they couldn\'t. Education programs can help them to deal with the very real danger certain kinds of content could pose; Internet filters offer a false sense of security on this issue. \"

Librarians Ignore the Value of Stories

Here\'s an interesting essay from The Chronicle written by Wayne A. Wiegand,a professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.


He says people go to the library to find stories to read. Folks are looking for material that inspires them or affirms their identities. Mr. Wiegand says the problem is librarians have little knowledge of why people read what they do, therefore librarians tend to lack a deeper understanding of how libraries serve some readers. This is a missed opportunity to show evidence to state legislatures and other sources of financial support that spending money on stories is important. Librarians are also often not able to help people find the right story to read and don\'t develop enough programs to connect readers to one another. He puts part of the blame on library and information-science programs, that have ignored the literature on reading usually undervalue the reading of stories.

What about you, do you know why people come in, what they are reading and why?

Kramerbooks Redux?

The Denver Post reports that \"police will be allowed to search customer purchase records\" at the Tattered Cover Book Store.

Astute readers will no doubt have already drawn a comparison to the 1998 case involving Kramerbooks & afterwords, the Washington DC bookstore that told Ken Starr to mind his own business. So why has a judge given the police carte blanche this time? Perhaps because they said the magic word: \"drugs\".

\"If it only takes one or two records from a bookstore to help us eliminate drugs on the street, then so be it,\" said Lt. Lori Moriarty, commander of the North Metro Drug Task Force, which is seeking the Tattered Cover records.

Ah, so that\'s the problem. It\'s not that Prohibition has failed again -- it\'s just those pesky booksellers who are protecting readers\' right to privacy...

Filtering the Internet for Children

CNN has posted a Transcript on a TalkBack Live show called \"Filtering the Internet for Children: Censorship or Protection?\"

It\'s interesting the first clip is the famous (or infamous) \"chocolate chip cookies\" incident.

\"She typed in chocolate chip cookies, hit the search button, and immediately there appeared before her eyes a picture of a nude woman.\"

Remember that one from February? If not, Read It

The transcipt is interesting, worth the read if you\'re into the filtering thing.

Open Access Wave of the Future

The Chronicle has an Interview with William Y. Arms , the guy who runs Dlib Magazine. He has some interesting things to say about the future of libraries. Mr. Arms says that once people are able to get all they need from the internet, they will stop going to the library, ease of access leads to use, and the library is harder to use.

\"I think it may be possible to have substantial research programs without access to conventional libraries\".

Some provocative stuff in this one.

Library Cartoons: An annotated bibliography

I ran across this Page a part of Denise Plourde\'s cool Web Site. Her Library Humor page has a great section with An annotated bibliography of Library Cartoons, where cartoons have mentioned libraries or librarians. My favorite is Dilberts date with the libarian who is so smart she can read his mind. Blondie, Bloom County, Calvin and Hobbes and many more are included.

Public Forum on Warranty Protection

The UCITA Saga continues.
The Federal Trade Commission will hold a public forum on October 26 and 27, 2000 to examine warranty protection for software and other high-tech goods and services marketed to consumers.

The public forum will be held at the Federal Trade Commission headquarters, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. on October 26, 2000 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on October 27, 2000 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

You can also see FTC staff comments to NCCUSL during the date
preceeding NCCUSL\'s approval of UCITA, the first on October
30, 1998
, and the second on July 9, 1999.

Antiquarian bookstores try to survive

Bob Cox sent in this Story
from SF Gate
on antiquarian bookstores in San Francisco. They
interview store owners on the effects of the internet, and
the crazy real estate market in SF and how things in the
old book market are going.

\"It\'s not the quantity
of books sold, it\'s the quality. We\'re not about turnover.
\"

The internet is driving them out of business
indirectly, due to high rent prices.

Plant Sprouts Tomorrow

The fourth part of the serial novel \"The Plant\" will
be posted on King\'s Web
site Monday. Further installments up to part 8 will be
available for $2 each, but the whole thing will still cost
you $13.00. He had said he would stop with the last
installment if people paying for the download dropped
below 75 percent. Anyone out there read it? Is it any
good?

Where is the porn?

I was rolling on the floor after reading this column from Fayettevillenc.com. A man goes into the library searching for porn, but finds himslef at a loss as to where to start. \"I’ve learned that when looking for something in the library, the best place to start is at the computerized directory. So I found one and began my search.

P-O-R-N-O-G-R-A-P-H-Y, I typed. Up popped an alphabetical list.

Porcupines, pork-free diet ... ah, here we are, pornography. This wasn’t going to take as long as I’d thought.I clicked on the first couple of listings I came to, wrote down the catalog numbers and went a huntin’ for porn.\" -- Read More

Americans willing to pay for edtech in schools

The DigitalDivideNetwork.org has released the results of a survey on using tax money for net access.

The survey, which polled 1900 respondents nationwide, found that over
three-quarters (76%) of those surveyed support the use of tax dollars to
train teachers to use the Internet. Additionally, 65% said they would
support the use of tax money to fund Internet access for libraries, and 60%
supported the government\'s role in bringing access to America\'s schools. -- Read More

School Board Shoots Down Proposal

Click2houston.com has a story on The Santa Fe Independent School District\'s vote to ban certain books containing profanity or homosexual references. This is the dictrict that is discussing banning books with even a single word of profanity.


\"This is a school board that has succeeded once again in making me embarrassed to admit where I live and pay taxes,\" one resident of Santa Fe said to the school board.

Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixPhoenix.

Yahoo! News was one place with this.

J.K. Rowling has annouced that Book 5 will be called \"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix\". Rowling has no deadline for the book and said it would probably
not be ready by July, as had been rumored. Two other books will be out soon ``Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them\'\' and ``Quidditch
Through the Ages\'\' - will benefit Comic Relief.

``Fantastic Beasts\'\' is a title on the boy wizard\'s school
supply list in a previous book. The second new volume will be an
anthology of Harry\'s favorite sport, quidditch.

Famous author interviews

Wired for Books has begun to encode the Don
Swaim collection of author interviews and is making them available on the
Web in RealAudio. In the 1970s, 80s, and early 90s, most of the best of
American authors (and a few from other countries, as well) found their way
to Don Swaim\'s New York radio studio.


We expect to have several hundred of these interviews online within a year.
Now, we have interviews of Allen Ginsberg, Joseph Heller, James Jones,
Louis L\'Amour, William Manchester, and William Styron. Let us know what you
think.


Wired for Books is an educational, noncommercial project of the Ohio
University Telecommunications Center.

The conglomeration of American publishing

Feedmag has an Interview with André Schiffrin, Dave Eggers, and John Donatich on the state of publishing, and the impact emerging technologies might have upon it. They talk about how Amazon.com, ebooks, and print-on-demand will change the role of the editor, and if large corporations will change fundamentally the way we read and what books are available to us.

\"More people are literate, college educated, and book buying than ever before. We have a greater number of publishers in business, and stats released just last week revealed that independent presses produce seventy percent of the books in a U.S. market that generates more than forty billion dollars in sales annually. \"

View Porn in Library = Jail Time

Bob Cox sent in This Story from Nola.com that marks the return of Police Chief John Doyle.Ring any bells?He was on the now famous Dr. Laura \"Lewd Libraries\" Show. In his part of LA if you are caught viewing sexually explicit or obscene Internet sites on library computers you may be arrested, fined and jailed.

Parish President Tim Coulon called the parish\'s new Internet policies a \"great first step,\" adding that more can be done later if necessary.

I\'d be afraid of the second step, what could it be? Electric chair?

FOI flouted. MLLR BPL departments archives.

The Legendary Don Saklad writes:

\"Our regional and Massachusetts Library of Last Recourse
City of Boston Public Library Departments have denied
substantive reply. Our MLLR BPL departments have not
complied with state FOI principles.

Reply has not been made until an appeal is filed, then
reply has been delayed beyond the limit given
government authorities.

A requester is not supposed to be conditionally
required to file an appeal as a requirement for reading
the requested information. -- Read More

More on COPA

CNET News has a Story on COPA and the HR 557 bill that has made it to the house.
It includes an interview with Marvin Johnson, legislative counsel, ACLU on the legislation that will force schools and libraries that. Some have called filtering a \"No-Brainer\", but he says filtering Violates the preceprt of the 1st ammendment. A private company is doing the censorship for the governemt, not based on anything that means anything, but can be simply due to the companies dislike for a website. The filters are clumsy and block more than they should, he says, and they also miss alot of porn. He proposes to teach how to live in this \"internet\" age, and be a wise consumor, to know good from bad, and be a cautious consumer. They have tried to work an ammendmant on this bill to provide more education for all. Remember the AFA ACLU and christian assoc have all come out against this bill. Very libreral and very conservative groups are coming out against this, it can\'t be good.

How Much Information Is Out There?

The Economist has a Story on A group of researchers at the School for Information Systems and Management at the University of California, Berkeley have doen an interesting study. They say the estimated amount of unique information the world is currently producing each year has reached about two exabytes. While unique content on paper and film grows slowly, shipments of optical and magnetic storage media are doubling each year. In uncompressed form they total 1.4m terabytes.

Want it from the \"Horse\'s Mouth\"?
They have posted Charts, and a lengthy Executive Summary at UC Berkely

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