Submitted by Ieleen on October 8, 2001 - 7:35pm
From Newsday, someone has written an article about the famous book ban of \'76 that resulted in a Supreme Court decision limiting the authority of school officials to ban material on the basis that they find it personally offensive. more...
Submitted by Blake on October 8, 2001 - 10:45am
stuart yeates writes \"
The BBC is carrying a story about how ``information about hazardous chemicals\'\' is being pulled from websites in the name of national security. There appears to be very little assessment of whether this censorship could be counterproductive, in that it lowers the threat visability and thus preparedness. It also fails to mention that many of the pages are cached on Google\" and similar engines.
Submitted by Jill on October 6, 2001 - 10:27pm
From the Ann Arbor News, library staff picketed all day
\"The library workers, represented by the Ann Arbor Education
Association and the Michigan Education Association, dispute the
library management\'s contention that librarians are overpaid when
compared to other libraries in the market.\"
Submitted by Jill on October 6, 2001 - 10:21pm
The Plain Dealer from Cleveland reports about research
a local library. The librarian said it was research about diseases
transferred between animals and humans.
\"She remembered that the man said he was from Egypt and had
come to the area to work at Case Farms, a chicken farm in nearby
Holmes County. He also wanted information about water treatment
systems and diseases that could be transferred between humans and
Fearful, the librarian told her supervisor and the supervisor called
the county prosecutor and the local FBI office Sept. 12 or Sept. 13.
Submitted by Blake on October 6, 2001 - 4:06pm
Mefi pointed me to This Awesome little OP-ED piece from Roger
He sums up what\'s going on very well, I think. He says all
is well with the web, I just hope he\'s right.
\"The Internet Bubble has been compared to the Tulip
Craze, when 17th-century investors bid the price of Dutch
bulbs to insane heights. Both bubbles burst. The collapse of
the Internet economy was inevitable, and clears the way for
sane and reasonable rebuilding. Good news: There are more
tulips in the world than ever before
Submitted by Ryan on October 5, 2001 - 10:35pm
Eliades Acosta Matos, director of the José Martí National Library, reports on Cuban libraries under the embargo:
The cost of the embargo to the cultural life of the Cuban nation is immense and difficult to reduce to numbers. Still, it can be gleaned from the difficulties we face in acquiring the paper we need to print books, magazines and journals, and in obtaining the oil we need to generate the electricity that ensures, for instance, that our public libraries are not forced to reduce their evening hours . . . Of course, other technologies as well, computers, photocopy machines, microfilm readers, television sets or music players, items essential to the daily operation of any library, also face these same travel-related restrictions. And how could there be a normal and fluid exchange between Cuban and American colleagues when U. S. citizens face a fine of up to 250,000 dollars and ten years imprisonment if they travel, for instance, to a library conference in Cuba without first obtaining a license from the U. S. Treasury Department?
More from Movable Type. Thanks to librarian.net.
Submitted by Ryan on October 5, 2001 - 10:30pm
Joost G. Kircz envisions a hybrid future for the scientific literature:
Discussion about the value of electronic documents is often hampered by starting from what is usual in the paper world and attempting to impose that on an electronic environment. In order to grasp the impact of the current electronic revolution, and formulate a policy for the future, we examine the aims and content of scientific communication. We then critically discuss the recommendations of an International Working Group [see Learned Publishing 2000:13(4) Oct. 251-8], and show the tension between these very reasonable recommendations and the reality of electronic publishing. We conclude that the scientific article will change considerably but that, in its new more composite form as an ensemble of various textual and non-textual components, it will retain many of the current cultural and scientific requirements with regard to editorial, quality and integrity.
More (as either a RealPage or PDF file) from Learned Publishing.
Submitted by Jill on October 5, 2001 - 5:08pm
A neat web site for learning about literary classics.
From the press release:
\"While Chicagoans are reading To Kill a Mockingbird next week
during the city\'s ``One Book One Chicago\'\' program, they\'ll have an
award-winning resource at their public libraries that helps them to
understand the historical and social context in which the book was
written in the 1950s. \"
See the FULL
STORY to learn how to access the site.
Submitted by Blake on October 5, 2001 - 4:15pm
Bethesda, Md., USA – (October 5, 2001) NISO, the National Information
Standards Organization and the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI)
announce the approval by ANSI of the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set
(Z39.85-2001). DCMI began in 1995 with an invitational workshop in Dublin,
Ohio that brought together librarians, digital library researchers, content
providers, and text-markup experts to improve discovery standards for
information resources. The original Dublin Core emerged as a small set of
descriptors that quickly drew global interest from a wide variety of
information providers in the arts, sciences, education, business, and
This standard is available for free downloading or hardcopy purchase at:
Submitted by Blake on October 5, 2001 - 3:27pm
Submitted by Blake on October 5, 2001 - 3:11pm
Jay passed along A little Friday Funny courtesy of The Naked Novelist.They asked which authors would people would most like to see in the nude, and which would they would least like to see in the nude.
Jeffrey Archer was the author they would least like to see naked, strangely Frank McCourt, the author of Angela\'s Ashes had 821 votes to get naked.
Julie Burchill, author of Naked Ambition, came in First Place, In second place was JK Rowling (Two people suggested that they would like to see her wearing nothing but a wizard\'s hat). David Baddiel, the comedian and author of Time for Bed, was the most voted for man.
Google Images is a good place to see what JK, Julie, and David look like with their clothes on.
Submitted by Matt on October 5, 2001 - 11:36am
Submitted by Jill on October 4, 2001 - 10:04pm
This story from The Herald in the UK, reports that UN aid
Afgan border is pouring..well, trotting in by donkey. But much of the
last shipment was books rather than food.
\"What were in most of the boxes? I asked one of the drivers.
\"Ketab,\" he replied, using the Dari word for books.
Some 204,000 books, educational aids, and stationery made up the
bulk of the consignment. Of about 220 tons, only six consisted of food,
a high protein porridge called Unimix.
\"Believe me when I say we are grateful for the books and the
possibility of some education for our children, but it is difficult to go
to school when you are weak or dead from hunger,\" said Haji
Mohammed, an Afghan refugee man from the Panjshir valley, who
was standing nearby. He explained, and apologised at the same time:
\"Books are important, but these things, the food, warm clothes and
medicines, are what will see us through this winter.\"
Submitted by Jill on October 4, 2001 - 9:33pm
OK, I posted this one because the title caught me eye and it made
me chuckle when I read it....see what you think. :-) From the
Oakmont Advance Leader Star:
\"It\'s not too late to become a FOOL. More FOOLs are needed to
continue bringing fun and learning to the children of Oakmont,
Verona and surrounding communities. \"
Submitted by Ben on October 4, 2001 - 4:30pm
The Associated Press reports that Duval County School District has decided to require a permission slip signed by a parent before any student can check out Harry Potter books. But that\'s not the end of this story...
Submitted by Blake on October 4, 2001 - 1:29pm
The Toronto Star and The National Post are both running stories on the National Library in Canada being in very rough shape. The library\'s entire newspaper collection is deteriorating in the basement, and About 25,000 items have been lost in 68 environmental accidents.
\"Sometimes, it doesn\'t look like a national library,\" he said. \"Since 1993, we\'ve suffered almost 70 accidents: flooding, leaks, pipes that have blown up. Since last January, we have gone through 10 accidents.\'\'
Submitted by Blake on October 4, 2001 - 1:01pm
InfoToday has a Nifty Story by Rachel and Sarah the Library Job Experts on advancing your own career in the library field, online. You may also want to check out their Up Coming Book, \"The Information Professional\'s Guide to Career Development Online\"
Good stuff to know if you need to get your name out there.
\"The online environment offers tremendous potential for librarians interested in professional development, whether it be by staying in touch with colleagues, creating an online resource or resume, or finding a new job. If you\'re comfortable interacting online, you\'ll find it easy to establish a network of associates—and a set of skills—that will be helpful in all stages of your career.\"
Submitted by AnnaKh on October 4, 2001 - 1:15am
ALA President-Elect, was recently interviewed by the folks
at New Breed
Librarian about his plans
for fighting for better pay for librarians in his
as President. It\'s a good read. Think what you want
about ALA, it was ALA members who elected Mitch, in part
because of the three candidates he was the one who
introduced this issue and was by far the most aggressive
on it. While it is hard to accomplish major change in a
one-year term, I feel that it is a start toward something
Submitted by Ryan on October 3, 2001 - 11:30pm
In a bid to lampoon the current state of copyright law, two Australian composers have secured the rights to 100,000,000,000 telephone tone sequences:
With the aid of a computer, [Nigel] Helyer and [Jon] Drummond have notated the tones of every imaginable phone number combination and, in turn, claimed the melodies as their own. Next time you make a phone call, therefore, chances are you\'ll be in breach of international copyright law.
If business can claim ownership over the elemental building blocks of human life, the composers say it\'s only fitting that artists lay claim to the \"DNA\" of business and are paid for it.
\"We\'re saying to (big business), \'Okay guys, the boot is on the other foot. If you really believe in copyright, you\'ve got to pay\',\" Helyer says.
More from The Age. More information (e.g. whether they own YOUR number) can be found at the project\'s website.
Submitted by Ryan on October 3, 2001 - 10:20pm
Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How It Threatens Creativity holds forth on just that in today\'s
\"It\'s hard to ask people to pay attention to the state of music in America right now,\" Vaidhyanathan said. \"However, the larger issue is about the richness of our democratic culture.\"
As more and more \"speech\" goes digital and as those digits get locked down with increasingly stronger clickwrap -- copyright and copy protection measures -- speech faces the very impediments the Constitution\'s framers took pains to avoid, Vaidhyanathan says.
\"It\'s very clear that reckless copyright enforcement can chill speech,\" he said. \"The message of my book is that we\'ve gone too far. There are ways in which the copyright system becomes an engine for democratic culture. But once you increase the protection to an absurd level, you end up having a negative effect on this process.\"
More. Sample chapters from Vaidhyanathan\'s new book are available at his homepage.