The Seven Most Critical Challenges That Face SLMS\'s

Doug Johnson has written a great article Seven Most Critical Challenges That Face Our Profession.
He suggests seven areas where every library media specialist can and should take action.

They include, Remaining experts in helping others make meaning out of technology, Keeping our core values, Staying connected and more.

\"A person recently commented to me that one must be mad to go into school librarianship. He’s right, of course, on a number of levels. You have to mad (passionate) for stories, computers, and especially work with kids.\"

Fear, Intimidation Cloud Internet Filtering Issue

In an effort to assuage the legal concerns of local officials who want to keep pornography away from kids in public libraries, a New York City-based public interest legal group is offering its services for free to libraries that want to install anti-pornography Internet filtering systems on public computer terminals. [more...] from CNS News.


Misspelling Words to Avoid the Filters

Someone passed along This One from The NY Times on ways to keep from being blocked. I was way ahead of the curve on this one, I\'ve been misspelling words for a year and a half now! Now I finally have a good excuse.

It\'s a sad day for journalism — and for the American public — when a news organization has to resort to consciously misspelling words in order to reach its readers,\" said Judith F. Krug, a journal subscriber and director of the American Library Association\'s Office for Intellectual Freedom, in an interview via e-mail.



Video killed the radio star

Someone writes \"Dr. Laura\" TV show got canceled

Salon has a Story \"

If you ever saw the show, this shouldn\'t be a suprise. She was boring and offensive at the same time.


EFF Plans Nationwide Protest Of Blocking Law

Web-issue lobby group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said today it is organizing a nationwide protest slated for Friday, April 20, opposing implementation of congressionally mandated Internet blocking in schools and libraries [more...] from NewsBytes


More Bad News for Ohio Libraries

Ohio\'s Governor Taft has proposed eliminating a $12 million allotment in the general revenue fund for the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN). His plan would fund the network solely through general library funding. A preliminary study by the Ohio Library Council (OLC)estimates the state\'s public libraries could lose $84 million if the proposal is enacted.
[more...] from The Columbus Dispatch


3rd-grade class sees porn, not dinosaurs

UW-Milwaukee Student writes \"This happens in a public school and people are worried about pornography on the internet at the library? Story On a 3rd-grade class who thought they were watching a video about dinosaurs w an X-rated tape inadvertently left in the VCR by a janitor. \"

It\'s funny because it happened to someone else.

Congratulations Canada on the BeerBrary!

Congratulations Canada on completion of the first
National BeerBrary.

Canada, home of the Canadian Penguin, North
America\'s first black Prime Minister (Jean Chrétien),
and the 20 hour metric clock, has just announced the
Canadian National BeerBrary has been completed.
Tim Horton (Canadian King for some 35 years)
was on hand at the celebration in the Canadian capital,
Construction took over 12 years, and cost over
$356 Million Canadian \"Loonies\" (That\'s about
US). It is estimated almost 100 Canadians lost their
lives transporting the huge 12 ton ice blocks that make
up the 125 Meter (That\'s about 10 US floors) structure
that is
now the tallest structure in Canada. Ice was used to
ensure the 25,000 different Canadian Beers would stay
chilled in the BeerBrary. Since the average temperature
in Toronto never gets above freezing (That\'s -13 C) the
ice building is expected to last until global warming
causes the ice sheet Canada was built on to melt into
the sea.

\"This is a great day for all 23 Canadian States\", said
The Head of the BeerBrary , Don Cherry, \"It moves
Canada ahead of all other countries in alcohol
preservation, ahead of even New Orleans, and

Anti-filter editorial filtered

The Censorware Project has an interesting

Story on a Column from The Chicago Tribune that criticized blocking software and the laws requiring its use.The column was then blocked by CYBERsitter, beacuse \"\"he used the words \"porno[graphy]\", \"Internet porn[ography]\" and \"Peacefire\".\"


Web Sites for Kids Not Following Privacy Rules

The Federal Trade Commission has established a set of rules for developers of child-oriented web sites. According to a recent investigation, over half of the 162 sites tested failed to adhere to them. [more...] from the Nando Times

Rights for Writers in E-Major

How do you apply a decades-old copyright law in an era where Napster, Google and Lexis-Nexis reign over desktops?

That is just one of the dilemmas that Supreme Court judges hashed out in a hearing on Wednesday for a case that could set a legal standard for copyright in the electronic age.
[more...] from Wired News.

Libraries for Looters

Gerry sent along This One from on the recovery of about $2,500 worth of stolen CDs, DVDs, videos and books taken from local libraries in OH.

Meanwhile, the Wapakoneta News has This One on the Auglaize County library.
They say all these thefts raise the question of whether libraries even should offer to their patrons recently released videos and CDs — or whether they should at least cut back on the ones they buy.

A Look At Publishing

E-Rights for E-Writers is a story on the Supreme Court judges hearing a case that could set a legal standard for copyright in the electronic age.

Bob Cox sent along This Story that says the route to literary success is to be young and gifted but most of all be gorgeous! They accuse literary agents of touting talent to publishers like a \' beauty pageant\'

And The Chicago Times Says Margaret Mitchell\'s estate has filed suit in Atlanta to block publication of a novel that tells the late writer\'s \"Gone With the Wind\" story from the perspective of a former slave who is an illegitimate half-sister of Mitchell\'s heroine, Scarlett O\'Hara.

And, last but not least, A Librarian to help pick Newbery award


Diverse Collections

Private Passions, Public Legacy is the first full-scale display of a collection of 447 rare books, manuscripts, and maps from the estate of Paul Mellon.

The Tiny Rosenbach Museum at 2010 Delancey Place in Philadelphia, that sounds like a neat place. They\'ve staging exhibitions of some relevance to its collections

Studying Malcolm X A Columbia Universtiy project delves into black leader\'s life and papers.

\'\'Very few historical figures are more powerful in death than in life, but Malcolm is one of them,\'\' Marable said, sitting in his book-lined office. \'\'How do you explain it? How does a man go from Public Enemy No. 1 to white America - to having his image engraved on a US postage stamp?\'\'

Another Look at Laura Bush

Bob Cox sent along This Story from the
Washington Post on Laura Bush.

It has a few more details on her \"library days\". She got
her MLS at the University of Texas (did you know she
and Hillary are the only 1st ladies with grad degrees?)
.She first worked as a public librarian.

\"And then I moved back to Austin and was a school
librarian\". After that she quit for him to do his
political thing.

Keywords: j.lo, oscars, dress ...

Brian writes \"Business 2.0 has an Article about the development of metadata and recognition-software approaches to finding images on the Web. \"

The article talks about the DIG35 standard, a standard they says is simple and universal enough to succeed. There are companies that are devising ways to automatically identify metadata within photos and videos, to save all that work that goes into typing it in.
So could this be done for books automatically to?


ISI Citation Awards

Fiona writes \"The annual ISI Science Citation awards have been announced! An antidote to the Oscars, the Citation awards count citations and give awards to those that get the most mentions. Surely a prestigious addition to any scholarly bookshelf.

Full Story \"

They say in the world of science, ISI citations are likened to The Oscars, they measure how often a scientific publication is cited in the research of others.


Library inventories don\'t stack up

Bob Cox sent along this from The Columbus Dispatch. A rather Sad Story on some empty libraries.

Last summer librarians in 132 Columbus schools weeded 225,000 old books.
The titles included \"Seven Fun Disco Outfits You Can Make?\", I can\'t believe they got rid of that one, disco will never die!

But anywhoo... Now the shelves sit empty until they get the money for new books, which they say is on the way.

\"To be honest with you, we have not had money for libraries since the 1980s,\'\' said Brenda Gonzalez, supervisor of instructional information services for Columbus schools.\"

Will Printed Books Disappear?

Array Development has an Interesting Story on the digital revolution in publishing.

They argue printed books will disappear because digitization offers not due to the fact that they are cheaper but because knowledge-based products must come ready to be integrated with smart products and digitized communication, printed works are just not ready for that.

\"Printed books and newspapers simply cannot be integrated smoothly as digital versions could. With the digital revolution, the vast human knowledge stored in libraries will be at our finger tips, just as good as if we had read it all.\"

Search engines grapple with constant Web growth

CNN has A Look At search engines.

With the internet over 550 billion pages, they say much of the most interesting and valuable content remains hard to find, and search engines are just having a hard time keeping up.
I never seem to have any trouble, is it just me?

Meanwhile This Story talks about the The Internet Engineering Task Force and it\'s work to keep things moving.

And the USA Today wonders aloud if the Net\'s free ride is ending. Will we have to pay for Yahoo! in the future?



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