Submitted by Blake on December 18, 2000 - 5:40pm
Peter Murray writes \"Last month a call for participation was posted to several mailing lists for a survey on
web proxy use in libraries. A report based on survey responses is now available at:
Seventy-four responses came in from the survey. By far, the most popular use of
proxy servers in libraries is for remote resource access. The turn-key solution
EZproxy was by far the most popular, followed by Innovative\'s Web Access
Management product and the freely available Squid and Apache proxy servers.
Proxies for filtering and proxies for bandwidth conservation are equally popular
reasons in libraries. Microsoft Proxy server is a popular package for these
uses, but a wide variety of software packages are in use. Proxy servers are
also being used to gather statistics on resource use.
The report has numerous anecdotes and information from specific libraries,
including URLs to user documentation, description of systems, and software
Interested in adding your own library\'s experiences to the report? You can
still take the survey at the URL below; I\'ll periodically recompile the
responses and update the report:
Submitted by Blake on December 18, 2000 - 5:33pm
Congress Passes Labor HHS Education Appropriations Bill with Filtering Rider Attached
In a 292 to 60 vote, the House of Representatives has passed the Labor HHS Education Appropriations Bill (HR 4577) with the McCain- Santorum-Istook-Pickering Internet filtering rider attached. The Senate also passed the bill with a voice vote (no voting numbers available).
The filtering rider mandates that libraries and schools use valuable resources to install and maintain unreliable Internet filters, or be stripped of key federal funding. With this bill, the federal government has seized control over families and communities and blocked their power to make decisions about the ways they protect their children.
From the ALA
Submitted by Blake on December 18, 2000 - 3:00pm
Susan Hill writes \"Greetings! Our library recently was moved in upon by a Mama Cat and her five kittens. All five kittens have been adopted, but Mama remains. Cats in public libraries are not a new phenomenon. In fact, there is a web site devoted to the literary feline.
Thought this might be a fun time to take a break from it all and have fun with some library kitties.\"
You can check out a pic of her cat, and the rest of the story, below. Feel free to ad your own!
Submitted by AnnaKh on December 18, 2000 - 10:11am
How are the the strategies you use when you surf the Web similiar to the ones hunter-gatherers used to find food? [more].
This is the intriguing question posed by New Scientist in this article by Rachel Chalmers, \'Surf Like A Bushman\'.
Submitted by Blake on December 18, 2000 - 8:32am
Here\'s a short but sweet Story from Feedmag on our love / hate relationship with \"Old Books\". They call the LOC plan to digitize all it\'s books a \"fit of visionary enthusiasm\", and raise some interesting questions on the rush to digitize everything.
\"How much difference is there, really, between revering old books simply because they\'re old and ignoring them for the same reason?\"
Submitted by Blake on December 18, 2000 - 8:28am
Wired has a Story on Featurewell.com, a site the creator says, could help redefine how people organize for their rights via the Web.
\"Writers\' freedom is often associated with causes such as Salman Rushdie, or cases of censorship in Africa and the developing world. But I argue that writers\' freedom is also the power to control the dissemination of your work.\"
Submitted by Blake on December 17, 2000 - 8:00pm
LISNews is one of my hobbies, one of my other hobbies is
Investing. The Nasdaq Market has had a rough few months, and
Microsoft is a big part of that market. I\'ve been hearing
alot of talk about all the money being lost in the market,
which got me to thinking....
The Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation has been a huge supporter of libraries around
Bill Gates set up the GLF, in part, with money made from
The GLF gave almost $35 Million to libraries last year. The
GLF paid almost $24 Million in Taxes last year (Still think
the rich are undertaxed?).
So now that Microsoft stock has gone from 119 to 47 (They
lost over 11% on Friday alone) what will become of the fund?
With libraries being a small part (1%) of the fund
distributions, will this money begin to shrink?
Can anyone shed some light on this for me? I\'m curious about
the status of the fund as I\'m a big fan of the fund and what
Submitted by Blake on December 17, 2000 - 7:31pm
Dennis S. Karjala a Professor of Law @ Arizona State
University has put together a good resource for all those
interested in Copyright Law. Check Out His
\"On October 7, 1998, both the House and the Senate
passed S. 505, the \"Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension
Act,\"extending the already-too-long term of copyright
protection by another 20 years. The legislation purports to
cover even works already in existence--a windfall gift to
special interests of what rightfully belongs to the public.
Our President, a self-proclaimed supporter of the little
guy, signed the bill on October 27, 1998. Like the Congress,
President Clinton has sold out the interests of the American
people to a few owners of valuable copyrights from the
1920\'s and 1930\'s. This web site shows how and why this
action was a tragic mistake. It also supplies news on a
judicial challenge to the constitutionality of the term
extension legislation, and contains materials opposing
longer copyright terms generally in the hope that, when this
issue arises again (around the year 2015 or so), those
seeking to defend the public interest will have some
Submitted by Blake on December 17, 2000 - 7:26pm
Bob Cox writes:
Only a Liberryian.....
A Nice Story about a Liberryian who got all
dressed up as \"The Grinch\". \'Tis the season, after
\"It takes an hour-and-a-half, but today, I got it down
to an hour and 10 minutes,\" he said. \"And then when I get
home, it\'s another hour to get it all off.\"
Submitted by AnnaKh on December 16, 2000 - 1:42am
I have noticed that some LISNews readers consider ALA hopelessly lost and characterize it as wasting its time with issues like the Boy Scouts. I wonder how much these folks actually know about the American Library Association and what it does.
Readers may be interested in knowing about what ALA has planned for the upcoming Midwinter conference. The Midwinter conference is smaller than the annual conference and mostly focuses on business meetings of the various units and committees, but there are also some events that give a flavor for what ALA is doing. Read on for a recent news release describing what is going on at the ALA Midwinter conference next January.
Submitted by Blake on December 15, 2000 - 12:48pm
Submitted by Blake on December 15, 2000 - 11:42am
Cabot writes \" CBC has a Story
The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a small Vancouver bookstore, ending its longstanding battle over Canada Customs\' power to seize material it considered obscene. \"
Since 1984, Canada Customs had confiscated 262 items destined for the Little Sister\'s Book and Art Emporium, because officers said the material was obscene.
Submitted by Blake on December 15, 2000 - 10:54am
Helga Cronje was kind enought to suggest This Story from The Gaurdian on the not-so vast reach of the internet. They say not even 2% of the world\'s population is linked to the net, most people on the planet have not even made a telephone call and there are more telephone lines in a big city like Tokyo than in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. Looks like we have a long way to go.
Submitted by Blake on December 15, 2000 - 10:49am
Submitted by Blake on December 15, 2000 - 10:43am
Bob Cox sent in This Story from Salon on all those \"best of\" books. You know the ones, \"Best Short Stories\", \"Best Long Stories\", \"Best Boring Stories\".....
\"Preselection is one of those organizing principles -- like Oedipal conflict or right-wing conspiracy -- that seem, the minute you hear them, to make disparate phenomena fall into an understandable pattern. Oprah\'s Book Club, for instance, has had more influence on American literature than Lionel Trilling and Ralph Waldo Emerson combined. It\'s so popular because Winfrey is saying, \"This is a good book. Go and read it.\" \"
Submitted by Blake on December 15, 2000 - 10:40am
A couple of eBook stories-
One from Techweb.com that says the future is looking eBook-less.
\"My feeling now is that unless they improve their platforms, nobody\'s going to be reading these damn books,\"
And This One from The Atlantic Unbound on the eBooks of the 90\'s that were produced on CD-ROM.
Submitted by Blake on December 15, 2000 - 10:35am
Submitted by Steven on December 15, 2000 - 8:59am
The Friday updates for this week include industrial action down under, tower collapse, Internet book lending, books about books, University cuts resources, library visions, outdaded books, and much, much, much more. Have a nice weekend.
Submitted by Steven on December 13, 2000 - 10:12pm
Search Engine Guide has this really strange article about a man who was having a heart attack, jumped on Dogpile did a boolean search, and saved his own life. Who said that Internet was bad for you.\"While doing homework for a class at Sinclair Community College, Mr. Russell found himself facing an adversary even more dangerous than Simon Bar Sinister; chest pains. As the pains quickly became severe and a terrible pressure grew in his chest, Mr. Russell became concerned. He decided to launch a search on Dogpile to help him track down a list of heart attack symptoms to see if they matched what he was feeling. Relying on Dogpile\'s ability to handle Boolean search commands, Mr. Russell typed \'symptoms and \"heart attack\"\' to help him pinpoint the life saving information he needed fast.\"
Submitted by AnnaKh on December 13, 2000 - 5:35pm
Just in case you needed another reason not to use Amazon, here is an article in the New York Times about their efforts to prevent their workers from unionizing. (You may have to register to read the article, but that\'s free.) The article is a couple of weeks old, and newer stories are probably available, but I liked this one. If you want to get your books from a union shop, the place to go is Powell\'s, a great bookstore with a huge physical presence in Portland, OR. (Largest used book store west of the Mississippi, with lots of new books too.) You can get most things there. It\'s always my first stop when I\'m looking for a book.