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

The Latest at COPA

This Story, from Wired, gives an update on
the Commission on Child Online Protection [COPA]unanimously endorsed a largely hands-off approach to the Internet, while saying that practices such as mislabeling adult sites as innocuous should be against the law. The final report does not recommend additional criminal laws or a .xxx or .sex top-level domain. Instead, it calls for more \"public education\" and \"responsible adult empowerment.\"

Be sure to check out the COPA Research Papers , a collection of Pro and Con reports from a wide spectrum of folks on both sides of the debate, including:
European Union, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Morality in Media, OCLC Office of Research, Peacefire.org, and U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Science.

Library\'s Bookstore Pays Off

Bob Cox sent in This Story from Alabama Live that is good news for all those considering an addition to the library. The Birmingham, Alabama Public Library added a bookstore last December to replace the spring and fall book sales the library once had. In a report to the Sept. 28 board meeting, Library Director Jack Bulow said the Bookstore brought in $13,000 in its first nine months of operation. Not bad!

News librarians roles expanding

E&P Online has a Story that talks about News librarians. They say news librarians are much better appreciated these days, and their roles are expanding. The skills the librarians possess are becoming increasingly important. Journalists run the risk of smothering in the information overload, librarians/news researchers help make sense of it all. Now why can\'t other librarians get this kind of respect?

A new book is out that should be of some use to journalists who want to be better skilled at using the Internet as an integral part of their reporting. \"Super Searchers In The News\" (Information Today Inc.), written by Paula Hane and edited by Reva Basch, takes the approach of interviewing 10 experts in using the Internet as a news research tool.

Harry Potter and the Christian Fundamentalist

Someone pointed us to the funnytimes.com cartoon for the week of October 4, 2000, it\'s entitled \"Harry Potter and the Christian Fundamentalist\".

Check it out.

B Buzz Highlights -- Used Bookstore, Copyright

Today on the highlights, we take a look at a public library that\'s opened a used bookstore and copyright concerns at publishers. -- Read More

No More Fair Use under DMCA

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

Metadata to the Rescue?

Internet
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
take off.?

\"What we see is that the necessary expertise to
develop metadata applications is declining,\" says
Stuart Weibel, co-director of the Dublin Core Metadata
Initiative.

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