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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
Wired has an Interview with Representative Howard Berman who is the ranking Democrat on the House subcommittee on courts and intellectual property. He talks about the important issues in this area today.
\"The original vision of copyright law that is specifically referenced in our Constitution was designed to create a system that creators of tangible property, of books and other art forms, have a period of time where they can get compensated for that effort. They are given a property right in their creation on the theory that if that didn\'t happen, nobody would have the incentive to create anymore. It was just a simple recognition of the need to have some protection as an incentive to creators.
CNN has this story about rare maps stolen from a university library in South Africa.\"Fifteen maps were stolen on Saturday from the William Cullen Library at the University of the Witwatersrand. They are extremely rare and extremely valuable,\" Dr. Alan Crump, a professor of fine arts at the university, told Reuters.\" -- Read More
Here is an article from the Belleville News-Democrat. It seems that everytime they fire someone at this library, they change the locks.\" Early Monday morning, several members of the library\'s Board of Trustees walked into the library\'s main branch on East Washington Street and told Director of Adult Services Michele Bruss that she was fired, effective immediately, and that she had 15 minutes to clean out her desk. While Bruss hurried to gather her belongings, a locksmith changed the locks on the building.\" -- Read More
Freedomforum.org has an Interview with Author Judy Blume. She\'s also the author of five of \"the 100 most frequently challenged books of the decade\" of the 1990s, so she knows a thing or two about censorship. She appears most often on that list. It\'s a great lengthy interview, and worth a read.
\"The pattern of targeting books adds up to three \"S\" words: sexuality, swearing and Satan, she noted.
\"Long, long, long, long before Harry Potter, I would go out and speak about the three S\'s,\" she said \"And that\'s been true for a very long time. People would choose to ban books — Satan\'s been there.\"
Wired has a Story related to the Docster idea from OSS4LIB.org. The big concern at an book conference hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, was of course Piracy. They 50 percent of all new books will be electronic in form within 10 years and piracy could cripple the market. Let\'s hope piracy doesn\'t = library. -- Read More
Marcia Geyer writes \"I am seeking information (and willing to share what I receive so we\'ll all be better aware). The subject of my inquiry is, what are other academic libraries or the university I.T. staffs that support them doing to measure utilization of their local LAN and licensed gateway resources? I\'d like to establish contact with anyone who is doing measurement of either the information resources being used or the server and library\'s network resources being \"spent\" to support the information retrieval through the library -- even better, any attempts to correlate information access and resources used to facilitate it.
Read on for the details... -- Read More
A Parent in Exeter, NH has started alawsuit that could determine whether a computer file that tracks Internet use in a New Hampshire public school is a public document, similar in spirit to school budgets and the minutes of school board meetings. The NY Times has the Full Story.
\"Parents have a right to see which textbooks are being used in class and which books are on the school library shelves,\" Knight, who is 44, said in an interview. \"If certain Internet Web sites are also part of the curriculum, then it\'s the prerogative of parents to see those as well.\"
The U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) announces the completion of the sixth public library Internet study. Public Libraries and the Internet 2000: Summary Findings and Data Tables was prepared by Dr. John Carlo Bertot and Dr. Charles R. McClure for NCLIS. The summary findings of the 2000 study are available Here (It\'s a PDF)
A few results:
Internet connectivity in public libraries is 95.7%, up from 83.6% reported in the 1998 study. Ninety-four point five (94.5) percent of public libraries provide public access to the Internet. Suburban libraries saw the largest increase in connectivity, reporting a 20% increase in public Internet connectivity since 1998. Public library outlets have nearly doubled the number of public access workstations since 1998. Seventy-five (75) percent of public library outlets have eight or fewer workstations as compared to four or fewer in 1998.
Today it\'s all about legal stuff in the B Buzz
Highlights. There\'s a Slashdot discussion on UCITA on
whether or not it applies to printed books, and Amazon
takes its patent battle to an appeals court. Read on.. -- Read More
The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reports that its local libraries are doing unexpectedly well -- so well, in fact, that several libraries will have to build new facilities soon. The article credits the Internet explosion and also touts libraries as a meeting place.
When the library opened in 1992, some residents questioned the need for such a facility. It would go unused, some said.
Eight years later, city officials said they have been \"astounded\" by the thousands of people who have passed through the library\'s glass doors. The library, which officials once thought would last decades, is running out of space to accommodate its many users.
\"It\'s been a surprise for the city,\" said library director Michael Bryan.
(Full disclosure: yes, the libraries mentioned are members of my employer, and boy are we proud.)
Prudence Cendoma Writes:
At the beginning of August,
I posted to several library listservs requesting data for
my research on
Spanish subject access to information. Unfortunately, I
have not been able to collect enough data from the 36
responses I received. However, the information I have
gathered so far is leading me
into some interesting territory, and I would like to
continue my research. I
thought perhaps if I posted some preliminary findings
and brief background
information it would generate more interest in my
Mary Ann Meyers has written an excellent piece on
\"Last Thursday I posted a response to Rory
Litwin\'s \"Editor\'s Note\" in
the current issue of *Library Juice*.
writing about intellectual freedom Rory posed
questions about \"freedom
from information.\" His insights provoked a response
from me, in part,
about the question of the rights of children. In addition,
recent PubLib discussions about visual sex in libraries
and about the
ALA wrestler poster, I have been thinking about the
stance (if any) on the differences (if any) between
graphical information. So I was glad to see this posting
about PamForce\'s article on
She goes on to share her ideas on
children\'s privacy, and responds to the original article
by Pam Force. -- Read More
\"For several years the library community has
asked itself to identify its core values. After the 1999
Congress on Professional Education recommended
that librarians core values be clarified, American Library
Association (ALA) president Sarah Long appointed a
task force to draft a core values statement for ALA
Council to review and ratify. The task force ultimately
produced five drafts of a core values statement. The fifth
draft was presented to ALA Council at the Annual
Conference in Chicago last July. It\'s a remarkable story
- this statement of core values in its journey to Chicago
and beyond. Beyond, because a statement of core
values has yet to be ratified by ALA Council. \"
Wired has a Story on Congressman Dick Armey,
and his views on filtering. Dick is in favor of filtering
software and other Net censorship measures. Bill Hart,
a retired Colorado professor, found that at least six
filtering programs blocked Armey\'s Freedom Works
site, probably because of the prolific use of the House
majority leader\'s shortened first name.
irony is that Armey is a big fan of censorware,\" said
Hart. \"I just wanted to show what a bad deal
censorware is. Not only is it wrong and ridiculous to try
to control what is seen on the Internet, censorware
doesn\'t even work properly.\"
For many years, most of the best American writers
found their way to Don Swaim\'s New York radio studio.
Listen in on these classic behind-the-scene
conversations here in RealAudio. They include:
Louis L\'Amour, playwrights Ed Bullins and Sherry
Kramer, Allen Ginsberg, Joseph Heller, Dave Smith,
Herbert Woodward Martin, and many others.
Check them out at Wired for
Here\'s a great article on the
debate between Censorship And Selection by Lester
Asheim. A very interesting read for those interested in
\"Our concern here, of course, is not with cases
where the librarian is merely carrying out an obligation
placed upon him by law. Where the decision is not his
to make, we can hardly hold him responsible for that de
cision. Thus, the library which does not stock a book
which may not be passed through customs or which is
punishable by law as pornographic, will not be
considered here. The real question of censorship
versus selection arises when the librarian, exercising
his own judgment, decides against a book which has
every legal right to representation on his shelves. In
other words, we should not have been concerned with
the librarian who refused to buy Ulysses for his library
before 1933 but we do have an interest in his re fusal
after the courts cleared it for general circulation in the