PBS Announces American Field Guide-An Unprecedented Online Resource

PBS has created a great web site! This is a must see for
public reference staff. From the Press
\"The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and Oregon Public
Broadcasting (OPB) announce the launch of the AMERICAN FIELD
GUIDE Web site (www.PBS.org/afg). This unparalleled initiative draws on the rich video libraries of
local public television stations, bringing users searchable access to
more than 1,000 online video clips comprising 150 hours of outdoors
productions. This content -- available together for the first time ever
-- ranges from cliff-climbing in Maine to an intriguing look at the life
of wolves in Yellowstone. An extensive resource area for educators
complements the easy-to-use site.

Nearly 30 local public television stations collaborated to provide
captivating outdoor video content, representing all 50
states.\"(It does require Real Player.)


Beefy Library Security

Another Ryan writes \"We would all do well to take a leaf from the book of the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

Full, uh, story from The Onion\"

New security will include, requiring a birth certificate and two forms of photo ID for a library card. The daily children\'s story hour has been shortened to 20 minutes. And while the library has always officially had a no-loitering rule on the books, it will now be strictly enforced, they are, after all, the most prominent public building in the second largest city in Iowa

Please note the source on this one before you take it seriously.


Bankroll an author

jen writes \"For amounts ranging from $250 to $50,000, book lovers can become art patrons -- patrons of the art of literature. They can adopt a particular book by a particular favorite writer and guarantee that it will always stay in print. Or, like a literary Santa Claus, they can donate an entire set of great works at cut-rate prices to a school or library.

Full Story from stltoday.com\"

This book brought to you by Blake, or LISNews, or worse yet, Pepsi.


SLMs as Tech Gurus In Demand

Someone submitted This One From the Richmond Times Dispatch that says School librarians are in short supply because, as technology gurus, they\'re in demand elsewhere.

This may be the second or third time we\'ve run this type of story, and for some reason they always seem to focus on School Librarians. Never any mention of the shortage driving salaries up, however.

\"The challenge has just been staying abreast,\" Walls said. \"Things change so fast. . . . That\'s been the hardest thing, the most exciting thing too.\"

The Library Services and Technology Act

John W. Berry, President, The American Library Association
[2001-02, writes: \"The Library Services and Technology Act, LSTA, the only federal legislation that funds libraries exclusively, needs to be reauthorized by Congress before September 30, 2002. The American Library Association (ALA) is working with many other library groups to assure that LSTA continues to provide federal dollars to serve as a catalyst for change in libraries nationwide.

The coalition is proposing minor changes that will improve library services while creating a sound and effective legislative strategy to encourage Congress to approve reauthorization as quickly as possible. Your assistance in helping us achieve these goals is both critical and greatly appreciated.\"



Stephen King Banned in Florida Middle School

Stephen King\'s book \"Different Seasons\" (which contains the novellas The Body and Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption) has been pulled from a middle school library shelf.
\"West Hernando Middle School has decided to limit the availability of a second Stephen King book after a student was offended by the prison rape scenes in a story that was the basis for the movie The Shawshank Redemption.

A committee of parents, students and staff decided Thursday to pull Different Seasons, a 1982 compilation of four King stories, from shelves accessible to students. Now, it will be kept in a room accessible only to teachers.\"

Read the
full story
from St Petersburg Times


Writing for Search Engines

From Search Engine
comes this article about \"the subject of developing
content for a web site that maintains a good balance between
ranking well in the Search Engines and appeals to the intended
audience.\" This is a special report from the Search Engine
Strategies 2001 Conference, August 16-17, San Francisco CA.
Lots of
tips and links!

Full Story (scroll down the page a bit to the story)


At Age 30, E-Mail Matures to Adulthood

Reuters reports about e-mail, first invented in 1971. A lot of
good information and history about e-mail.

\"Thirty years on, e-mail has become a vital form of communication
whose usefulness was demonstrated in the during the devastating
attacks on New York and Washington last month. \"

Full Story


2,800 books were not miscataloged says Tech

The battle of the mis-cataloged books rages on.

The library technician accused of poor cataloging skills says the high school librarian should \"change the data on the library cards\" himself, and stop blaming her for problems surrounding at least 2,800 books he says were miscataloged before they were sent to him.
She has written a letter than says, in part \"\"Is there but one standard by which books may be cataloged? If so, whose standard should that be? Should the standard for elementary students be the same as for high school or college students?\"

Now I\'m no cataloger, but I did take a couple classes, and I swear there was some mention of standards somewhere in there, and it seems like a Librarian would know more than a Technician on such an issue, but what do I know?Full Story from ZWire.


S.F. Public bans Net filters

The Great Bob Cox sent along This One from SF Gate on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors banning Internet filters on most public-access computers at the city\'s libraries.

They cited the usual arguments against filtering. The proposal allows library officials to decide the policy for computers primarily used by children under the age of 13.

Bayinsider has a Second Story as well.

\"I believe this clearly to be a free speech issue,\" said Supervisor Mark Leno, who sponsored the ban.


Civil servants oppose library pay raise

Jacksonville Civil Service Board approves pay hike for librarians and other staff. Pay raises range from an additional 25 cents and hour to $2.12 more an hour. Library pay rate hikes were apparently approved when other area library pay rates were lower and Jacksonville didn\'t provide cost-of-living increases for other city employees for 2002. The Mayor however approved saying that, \"the library is long overdue.\" (An unintentional pun?) From the Anniston Star


Student Fakes Hate Crime in University Library

A Junior at the University of Arizona faked his own attack and told authorities that it was a hate crime. According to Ahmad Saad Nasim, he was beaten, pelted with eggs while his assailants shouted racial slurs at him. He finally confessed after being caught attempting to fake a second attack. After receiving cards and letters from numerous well-wishers form the first hoax, he even sent a letter to the school newspaper which stated, \"Many of you e-mailed to show your support, gave online get well cards and many kind messages that made me burst into tears,\" he wrote. \"My physical injuries will take time to wither away. But you Sun Devils have certainly taken care of the emotional pains I had.\" The DIstrict Attorney\'s Office, and the University are still deciding on whether to take disciplinary action. more... from The Arizona Republic.


Man Convicted of Molesting 6-year-old in Library

An Idaho man was convicted of child molestation after crawling under the table in the children\'s room at the library and reaching up under the skirt of a 6-year-old girl. In Idaho, such a conviction could result in a life sentence, especially for a repeat offender. more... from The Spokesman Review.


Libraries in Wisconsin are a Booming Business

It\'s growing season for libraries in Wisconsin. An increase in population has resulted in a library building boom as communities decide to expand facilities on a larger scale than they have in the past. According to the article, \"libraries are no longer traditional learning centers of bygone days, they are now community gathering places complete with tech labs, coffee shops, fireside reading areas and large multifunctional meeting areas.\" more... from The Milwaukee Business Journal.


These Books Will Never Be Overdue

The Nashville Public Library is experimenting with an idea. They\'re offering free e-books via their web site for research purposes. You can download such items as The Complete Idiot\'s Guide to Geography\" or \"The Mathematical Handbook of Formulas and Tables,\" along with other titles,
and it will be your\'s to use at your leisure... For 24-hours that is, then, *poof* just like that, the book disappears. Better read fast. more... from The Tennessean.

Libraries Look for Niche in Electronic Publishing World

A look at the factors affecting library adoption of e-books:

Like rolling earthquakes, new technology continues to rumble along the length and breadth of the publishing value chain . . . Curiously, however, in some cases, the earth actually moves, while in others, the perception that the earth might one day tremble is all that has happened. The latter, at least as far as trade publishing is concerned, is the situation with e-books on hand-held readers. As Henry Yuen, CEO of Gemstar, feared it might be—and as the general media have now affirmed to be the case—the e-reader marketplace appears \"dead on arrival,\" except for a small band of early adopters.

This is true in library circles as well. \"We are not lending e-books,\" noted Susan Kent, director of the Los Angeles Public Library. \"They are unwieldy and unreadable.\" In a very different environment, Lori Barkema, library director in Albert Lea, Minn., said, \"E-books are just not catching on. Not here, and not in the larger cities. And Minnesotans are big readers. It will be at least five years.\"

More from Publishers Weekly (registration required). This article was prepared for presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair\'s \"Big Questions\" conference being held on 10/8/01.

Calling it Blackmail, Library Board Agrees to Net Filtering

The Board of Trustees of the Charleston County Library System have decided that although they disagree with Web Filtering, referring to it as \"government blackmail,\" \"state sponsored censorship\" and \"the new Victorianism,\" it is much more lucrative to install filters rather than lose $250,000 in funds. more... from The Freedom Forum.


3,000 Stories and Still Going Strong

This is story #3,000 here at LISNews.com!
I am happy to say, LISNews is almost 2 years old, and we now have 3,000 stories. I have never been happier with the site, and the stories I get to read. Everyday the LISNews Authors impress me with the stories they find, and the things they write.
For me, the site has become such a joy to read and keep running because of them, we all owe them a hearty handshake and a big hug to show our appreciation!

Ieleen has been the most prolific author, with 326 stories posted, Ryan, Celine, Ben, Jill and Matt round out our exceptional team of the most active authors. Steven and Rory both manage to find time and take a take a break from their sites to contribute at LISNews.com. They help widen the variety and increase the number of stories you read here. Andrew, Bonnie, BrianS, Helga, and Thomas also contribute to round out our complete gang of dedicated authors.

None of us make anything on the site, I still don\'t know what motivates us, but I hopefully speak for everyone when I say, the next 3,000 stories will be even better than the first 3,000. Thanks you guys!


Cheating graduates a level

This Story from The Washington Times talks about how the age of the Internet has woven a host of new twists on the perennial problem of plagiarism. They say a 1998 poll of top U.S. high school students revealed that 80 percent had cheated — and 95 percent of those said they had escaped detection.

\"The only way to stop digital plagiarism,\" he says, \"is to create a centralized database of intellectual property that term papers can be checked against.\"


A detective story without a detective

The Chicago Tribune has a cool Book Review of \"The Grand Complication\" By Allen Kurzweill. Check It Out, sounds like a book a librarian could really enjoy.

\"It takes us inside the mind of a librarian to see the world according to the Dewey Decimal System.
Alexander Short, the protagonist-narrator, lives to categorize. His impulse is to reduce experience to a series of lists.\"



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