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?

jsonline.com 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 ActiveDayton.com 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?



The American Family Association has a Story that hits the ALA pretty hard.

Calling the new public library \"the only X-rated shop in town\", Don Otis has no kind words for libraries that do not have filters. He says the library director, chairman and the entire board of trustees have surrendered to the agenda of the ALA. Further, a librarian who dares to stand for reasonable standards risks the intolerance of the ALA.

\"Steal a child\'s innocence and you shatter his faith. As Sir Edmund Burke wisely observed, \"Tell me what are the prevailing sentiments that occupy the minds of your young people and I will tell you what is to be the character of the next generation.\" A morally prudent society can ill afford to ignore the senseless arguments espoused by those intolerant of Judeo-Christian principles.\"


CIPA - the Supply Side

Bryan Nichols has written a very funny and perceptive piece on the CIPA as a Machiavellian cure for our current ersatz economic recession. He writes for the online version of the Iowa State Daily.

He notes: \"Congress... is using CIPA as a way to get out of our current economic slump.\" ...everyone has an interest in getting cheaper, better, faster pornography. The Internet is perfect for this. In fact, according to CNN, 37 percent of Internet users access pornographic sites...


Why Vote for Mitch Freedman?

I asked all three ALA candidates one simple, final question. Why should we vote for them.
Here is his answer:
\"From my teen days as a page at the Newark [N.J.] Public Library through the years at U.C. Berkeley\'s School of Librarianship & the Free Speech Movement, the Library of Congress, Hennepin County Library, New York Public Library, Columbia University\'s library school, and the Westchester Library System (WLS), I have fought for free access and information equity. Today, as our libraries face laws mandating filters, the loss or privatization of government information, a growing digital divide, and the outsourcing of library service and management, we need a strong ALA more than ever.\"

Plenty more, so read on...


Library Used to Commit Biggest Cyber-Fraud in History

[this one]
doesn\'t make some people nervous about online privacy, nothing will.
It seems that a number of the 400 wealthiest people in America, as listed by Forbes magazine, were ripped off by a busboy who used library computers to do the dirty deed. You\'ll be surprised at the names on this list and how many millions of dollars the thug is accused of stealing. And, he accomplished it via the Internet. One item of interest, he didn\'t try to rip off Bill Gates, whose name tops the list of America\'s most wealthy. [more...] from the New York Post.



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