Submitted by Ryan on July 27, 2001 - 5:08pm
Massachusetts libraries are getting more than $2.4 million in federal funds to upgrade their IT and improve accessibility:
The state Board of Library Commissioners is dispensing the federal money to more than 80 public, academic, school, regional and special libraries across the state. The money will fund such projects as digitizing historical resources, upgrading network systems and increasing access for people with disabilities. The money comes from the national Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is mandated under the 1996 Federal Library Services and Technology Act to promote access to learning and information resources for all types of libraries and for people of all ages.
(More from Federal Computer Week.)
Submitted by Blake on July 27, 2001 - 4:37pm
I\'m not sure if it has an application in the library world, but, the \'ATM for books\' is eight feet long, 38 inches wide, it can produce a book in 12 minutes, and costs $82,000. The MTI PerfectBook-080 machine could change book stores as we know them. Instead of allowing books to go out of print, you can store them as digital files and publish them \"on demand\" in bookstores, while customers wait, using self-contained book printers.
Does something like this have a place in a library?
Digital Mass Has The Story
Submitted by Blake on July 27, 2001 - 4:33pm
I seem to have collected quite a few DMCA related stories.
The Copyright Cops Go Too Far from Business 2.0 says the DMCA still has some big problems, but handcuffs aren\'t the answer. Wired Says The DMCA continues to enjoy remarkably broad support on Capitol Hill. No bill has yet been introduced in Congress to amend the DMCA for one simple reason: Official Washington loves the law precisely as much as hackers and programmers despise it. A Small Glimmer of Hope seems to be Rep. Rick Boucher, his office will draft a bill to be introduced later this year.
Linux Planet is calling it Digital Millennium Rape Act.
If you aren\'t familiar with the DMCA, read it and weep.
Submitted by Ryan on July 27, 2001 - 2:31pm
\"Lie of the Land: The Secret Life of Maps\", an exhibit investigating how maps have been used distort or justify our perceptions of the world, has just opened at the British Library:
Some maps deliberately set out to deceive. Many show a selective view and reflect only the interests of the people who made them. Stunning maps from ancient to modern reveal a secret world. In every case there is more than meets the eye. As well as over 100 maps and other exhibits from the British Library\'s superlative collections, there are interactive screens and events to help you explore the themes further . . .
Highlights from the exhibit are available online.
Submitted by Blake on July 27, 2001 - 1:48pm
Bob Cox sent along This Washington Post Story on A 1603 Painting in Toronto Purports to Show the Young William Shakespeare, if they prove to be right, the picture may be the only one of him painted while he was still alive.
The owner says the portrait was painted by an ancestor named John Sanders, who may have been an actor in a theatrical company owned by Shakespeare.
\"It looks to be quite conceivably a 1603 painting of someone. Whether it is Shakespeare, we won\'t be able to answer,\" says Christina Corsiglia, curator of European art of the Art Gallery of Ontario. \"We don\'t know what he ultimately looked like.\"
Submitted by Celine on July 26, 2001 - 3:48pm
Time has this article on the conflict between publishers and libraries over issues of copyright in the electronic age. Not an in-depth look, but an interesting overview all the same.
Submitted by Celine on July 26, 2001 - 3:43pm
The International Herald Tribune today has this review of the book \"Libraries in the Ancient World\" by Lionel Casson. It includes a look at the history of the original library of Alexandria as well as descriptions of \"curses invoked by different cultures to protect their libraries from thieves\". Now, that might be quite useful!
Submitted by Ryan on July 26, 2001 - 2:58pm
Something to liven up your afternoon - a short and funny parody of \"Cops\" from The Cartoon Network featuring a librarian on patrol to bust folks with overdue books!
Scroll to the bottom and click on the link labeled \"Overdue.\" Flash software is required to view the cartoons.
Here\'s The Latest Link.
Submitted by Blake on July 26, 2001 - 2:21pm
John Guscott writes \"Just wanted to let you know that the NPR show The Connection had
a program called \"The Future of the Public Library\" on air last week.
The show is Archived.
The guests were Catherine Dibbell, Director of Public Services from
Boston Public Library, Suzie Neubauer from the Robbins Library in
Arlington MA and myself. The show focused on what libraries are doing
today in the wake of increasing competition from mega-bookstores and the
Internet. Not exactly news to librarians, but since it was a call-in show,
it\'s interesting to hear the public\'s take on this issue.\"
Submitted by Ben on July 26, 2001 - 2:16pm
Submitted by Blake on July 26, 2001 - 1:06pm
Matt Eberle suggested
This One from The Washington Post on the Bibliotheca Alexandrina which is scheduled to open in the fall.
As with all large projects, they are dealing with years of delay, budget overruns and controversy over its warehouse-style collection policy.
\"We want to give maximum freedom to allow it to be an interlocutor\" with the world\'s great academic and research institutions, said Serageldin, The library director. \"One of the benefits is that it churns up intellectual activity in Egypt.\"
Submitted by Blake on July 26, 2001 - 12:27pm
Matt Eberle sent in This One on a would-be thief that tried to rob a library while the local policeman was giving a presentation on crime statistics.
The Citizen newspaper said Superintendent Christo Heunis was addressing business people last Tuesday when the building\'s alarm went off.
\"It was quite ironic. I was actually presenting crime figures at the time,\" the newspaper quoted Heunis as saying.
Submitted by AnnaKh on July 25, 2001 - 9:12pm
There is an open letter from librarians, written by Mark Rosenzweig, protesting the police violence at the anti-globalization demonstrations in Genoa, Italy, on the web and ready for your signature. I signed it, not because I am opposed to globalization per se, but I am opposed to the way it is happening and definitely opposed to the police response in Genoa, which has been incredibly brutal. The signable letter is at http://libr.org/PLG/Genoa.html, on the PLG site. It is also copied inside if you follow the internal LISNews link. You may also be interested in the Library Juice feature issue on what has happened in Genoa and it\'s coverage in the media. Apologies to those who object to anything non-library related, but as professionals we exist in the larger world.
Submitted by Blake on July 25, 2001 - 5:09pm
Don Warner Saklad passed along Mistakes and Failures at the Reference Desk By Lydia Olszak
This study, based on data collected through observation and structured interviews, explores the incidence of mistakes and failures by reference staff in an academic library. Three main questions are addressed: (1) what actions or behaviors constitute a mistake or failure? (2) what techniques are used by reference staff to alert each other of mistakes? and (3) do mistakes at the reference desk conform with the typology developed by Bosk in his study of medical mistakes? Results suggest that reference librarians must deal with competing goals and that providing a correct answer may not be the most important goal for every transaction.
Submitted by Blake on July 25, 2001 - 5:05pm
Always helpful Charles Davis passed along This Times UK Story
on several 400-year-old theology books that have disappeared from the Bodleian Library at Oxford, just days after thieves tried to
snatch precious watches, silver and gold from the university’s
neighbouring Ashmolean Museum.
The 17th-century books, worth about £20,000, had been
available to study on request and were not in display cases.
They think ten large volumes were smuggled out of the library, concealed in clothing.
Submitted by Blake on July 25, 2001 - 5:02pm
Cliff writes \"This is an interesting article especially because it suggests some interesting ideas on how this technology will or could be used. It\'s too bad publishers find this a threat rather than think of it as a business opportunity, but perhaps that\'s the bias of this article\'s writer. This kind of tech will make trees more endangered than ever, as books can join the ranks of \"throwaway\" status if this technology becomes widespread. One can imagine some publishers priting very cheap copies of books, meant to be thrown away (trashy novels, for example?)
Full Story from Digital Mass \"
Submitted by Celine on July 25, 2001 - 3:59pm
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $4.2 million to British libraries, reports this story from the Times (UK). The money will be used to provide information technology learning centres in 350 libraries serving some of the most deprived areas in the UK. It will be very welcome as the government wants all 4,300 of Britain\'s libraries to be online by next year, no easy task.
Submitted by Celine on July 25, 2001 - 1:26pm
Earlier this month, there was a story about the very funny site of Biblia, the Warrior Librarian, written by a school librarian and full of good stuff. Now, \"in an effort to compete with sites that look nicer than Biblia\'s old site\" Biblia is getting a major makeover and the site is now called Warrior Librarian Weekly. It\'s well worth a look, there\'s some great new content there too. Following Biblia\'s example...(there is no more to read).
Submitted by Blake on July 25, 2001 - 12:49pm
Matt Eberle writes \"September 1st is the deadline for the Public Library of Science demands to be met. 25,000 scientists have pledged to publish in, edit, review for, and subscribe to only journals that agree to make articles available after a 6 month embargo.
Submitted by Brian on July 25, 2001 - 12:02pm
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a man has been accused of downloading child pornography at a suburban library. Of course, it gets turned into a story about filtering: Library says no to Net filter despite porn case.
Strange how we never seem to get similar angles in other kinds of crime-in-the-library stories: "Library says no to security cameras despite assault," etc.