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The DMCA continues to send shivers down my spine. Wired has a Story that has some not-so-nice things to say. Critics of the DMCA say it could lead to a pay-per-use world where consumers don\'t truly own the books, movies and music they purchase. On Oct. 28, the librarian of Congress will announce new rules governing the access provisions of the DMCA. Remember:
Fair use is not a defense to the DMCA.
\"The technological measures, which may be as simple as a password, place restrictions on who can use the digital information and often disenfranchise the public. Whereas the public may use the same print resources in a law library, in the digital arena law libraries are no longer able to provide equal access to all users.\" -- Read More
World has a nice
Story that likens the internet to a library where
books are strewn across the floor rather than arranged
in neatly organized stacks. They say libraries have
\"metadata\": specific descriptive elements like \"subject\"
and \"author\" that are recorded and indexed in a
standardized way, unlike the net, which is a big mess.
Maybe The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative will finally
\"What we see is that the necessary expertise to
develop metadata applications is declining,\" says
Stuart Weibel, co-director of the Dublin Core Metadata
Ever vigilant Bob Cox sent in this Story from Boston.com on
some very rare books that went missing from Harvard.
In March, Chun Shum, a rare books specialist at the
library, discovered treasured volumes of poetry and
painting date back more than 1,000 years, had been
snatched from their protected perch in the rare book
\'\'These are works of huge historic and
literary importance,\'\' said Nancy Cline, head librarian of
Harvard College, who oversees the world\'s largest
academic collection of books. \'\'It\'s very difficult to
estimate the impact of their loss.\'\'
Governor George W. Bush, during a presidential
campaign stop Sunday in Holland, told a local Christian
radio station he believes filters that block \'pornography
and smut\' should be installed on all Internet services
available in public places such as libraries. As seen on
The Maranatha Christian News
\"Gary Glenn, president of the
American Family Association of Michigan said \"On
behalf of millions of concerned Michigan parents, we
are deeply grateful to Governor Bush for his
unequivocal stand in support of Internet pornography
filters in libraries and other public places\"
Times UK a shocking Story on the first
Harry Play. A 17 Year old girl will play Harry after J. K.
Rowling gave permission for a boarding school to
stage the world premiere of Harry Potter and the
Philosopher\'s Stone. North Foreland Lodge, a girls-only
school near Hook in Hampshire, wrote to the author
after two staff decided to adapt her first novel for its
Christmas production. She gave her approval, despite
a seven-year block on performing rights because of the
impending Hollywood film.
The district\'s school libraries already require parental
permission for children to check out books from author
J.K. Rowling\'s you know what series. They say they put
the policy in place to give parents who don\'t want their
children reading such material a way to prevent
\"\"In today\'s public schools, there seem to be a
lot of books creeping in that have four-letter profanity in
them,\" board member John Couch said. \"We happened
to discover some in the fifth and sixth grades, and we\'re
concerned that that kind of language is getting past
some of the teachers and into the hands of students.
Daniel Chudnov has the
Docster list up and running now.This list is
those wishing to help build and test a
docster-like prototype, and is open to all participants.
This project is
specifically aimed at shared discovery and analysis of
and legal changes to existing p2p (Peer to Peer)
models we will need to make to make
instant document delivery real and equitable for all
involved. See the
docster proposal at oss4li
b.org/readings/docster.php for more
The list can be found on Sourceforge at :http://lists.sourceforge.net/mailman/listinfo/oss4lib-doc
David writes \"NRC committee released a study regarding the past, present, and future of the internet; many in the lib./info. science community may find it interesting.
See nationalacademies.org for the details.\"
The report covers Growing Pains, Regulatory Caution, Guiding Principles and more. -- Read More
Librarians in the 21st Century was created by a class of graduate students in the Master of Library Science program in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.
Their assignment was to create an information resource for the World Wide Web that explored the nature of librarianship at the opening of the 21st Century, looking at the current state of the profession and some directions in which it is likely to evolve.
The students, spread out geographically over the country, created the site through electronic collaboration, without meeting face-to-face.
The site itself embodies both the traditional and the new in library and information science, exhibiting students\' skills in selecting, summarizing and presenting print and electronic information in useful ways, all in an electronic format.
The updates for this week include e-books, Detroit Library reopens, librarian gets fired, Internet vouchers, libraries as social centers, and filibustering. Happy Columbus Day!! -- Read More
The complaint that there is no context to validate the credibility of what we find online is creating an opportunity for a new breed of \"context providers.\" Two of them are profiled in this article on Traffick - a look at SiteSherpa and Project Napa. -- Read More
Charles Levendosky has written an excellent piece on censorship.
The campaign season often gives rise to dumb ideas. Weeks ago, the
released statistics showing that youth and school violence is at its
lowest level in more than a decade. Yet, members of Congress chose
month to blame the film and television industries for rising teen
The message to Hollywood: Get rid of the violence on your own, or
pass legislation that does it for you. The political chorus was
by Democratic candidate for president Al Gore, his running mate,
Lieberman, and Lynne Cheney, wife of Republican vice presidential
nominee Dick Cheney.
Politicians don\'t believe the American people can find the off button
their television sets.
There is pleanty more, be sure to read on... -- Read More
Wired has a Story on the company Gemstar-TV Guide International, which licenses the technology for e-books to Thomson Mulitmedia, appling to trademark the stand-alone word \"EBOOK\" as well as the name \"Gemstar EBOOK\". I think I\'ll trademark the word book.
\"The term e-book has a generic meaning in the industry and to the general public, said trademark lawyer Laura Hein of the Minneapolis law firm Gray Plant Mooty. She said a fundamental principle of trademark law is that in order to qualify, the word one chooses needs to identify the source of the product or the services rather than the product or the service itself. \"
Washingtonpost.com is one of the places with the Story on the big gift to the LOC. Nice guy John Kluge is giving $60 million To The Library of Congress.
The donation will establish the John W. Kluge Center for scholars and a $1 million annual prize for lifetime achievement in scholarly endeavors.
\"We must do more to bridge existing information gaps between academia and government,\" Rep. Bill Thomas said yesterday. \"Mr. Kluge\'s generous gift to the Library of Congress will help us do just that.\"
Knowledge Management Mag has an Article that caught my eye because of the opening line. \"Lessons from library science and architecture inform today\'s Web designs\". They talk with Louis Rosenfeld, president of Argus Associates [He\'s got an MLS] about information architecture and all sorts of cool tredny stuff.
\"Rosenfeld...\"We could see that the information technology revolution was going to create some problems,\" he recalls of the early days of the discipline. \"We saw an opportunity to do the kinds of things that librarians had been doing for centuries in ways to make them work in the new digital world.\"
So it turns out librarians are still usefull, but now we can be called \"Information Architects\", that has a nice ring to it. Looking for a new job?
The Industry Standard has some rather interesting Observations on the Frankfurt e-book awards. They say the books are available in digital format, BUT most of titles first gained attention as print books, and easily obtained by walking into a bookstore [or a library]. The finalists for the award are listed Here.
\"Microsoft paid for these awards, and it\'s pretty obvious they rely on big publishers to provide content for MS Reader,\" says Connie Foster, who runs the e-publisher Ebooksonthe.net in Bar Harbor, Maine. \"There was never any intention of awarding the independent publishers. This was just one big marketing ploy.\"
The Digital Divide Network is beginning the
groundwork to develop a searchable, national
database of public Internet
access points and other local digital divide initiatives.
Users will be able
to input their location and find out what\'s going on in
regarding the digital divide. We\'ve partnered with a
range of national
organizations and government entities, including the
Association, the US Departments of Education and
Commerce, HUD, PowerUp, and
other institutions to gather the latest information on the
types of digital
divide initiatives available in each community across
There is more... -- Read More
Family.org has a
Page with a number of resources for the
pro-filtering camp. Includes \"\'HEIDI BORTON’S
STORY\", the librarian turned filtering activist, and a News Release that goes after the ALA for
Banned Books Week.
\"Banned Books Week is a
fraud,\" said Dick Carpenter, Education Policy Analyst for
Focus on the Family. \"Nothing is banned. There are no
book burnings. -- Read More
An unrealted (or is it?) stolen map Story from ABC. They talk
just-published book about the notorious map thief,
Gilbert Bland. The
book \"The Island of Lost Maps,\" by Miles Harvey
states some reasons that Bland was able to get
away with what he did, and some of the reasons
involved for his actions. They also talk about the
librarians at the various institutions he
plundered, as well as police and university officials.
\"The allure of antique maps is even stronger,
not just for their art and craft — renderings of far-off
lands, decorated by wind-blowing gods, sea monsters,
naked Amazons or other imaginary attractions — but for
the possibilities that lie beyond their limited or
MSNBC has a Story on a report from The Gartner Group on the digital divide. They say that 75 percent of U.S. households would be linked to the Internet by 2005, up from 50 percent today. That\'s the good news. The bad news is millions will not be \"Wired\". I\'m not sure if they took into account your friendly neighborhood library.
\"The fate of the 50 million adults who will suddenly find themselves functionally \'illiterate\' in the new economy is an issue of profound importance,\" -- Read More