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This is going in the international category, but it could actually affect us here at home.
Despite the protests in Seattle, most people still don\'t know what the WTO is or what it is doing. Far from working for free trade, the WTO primarily works for the deregulation and privatization of economic activity on a global scale. Already, hundreds of US laws have been overriden by WTO rules. As you may have heard, these are laws protecting health, the environment, and labor rights. But did you know that cultural services, like eduction and libraries, are also covered by WTO rules? It can be considered a \"trade barrier\" for a community to provide publically funded library service where an international company tries to offer a competing service on a for-profit basis (for example, electronic \"library\" services like e-books).
There was a program at this summer\'s ALA conference discussing the implications of the WTO for libraries. American Libraries gave it a brief writeup, with the facetious title, Are Libraries a barrier to free trade?
IFLA came out with a strong statement against these WTO rules before the Seattle meeting. The Canadian Library Association also released a strong anti-WTO statement. After the meeting, ALA followed suit, alerted by the Social Responsibilities Round Table.
Read on for the resolution approved by ALA Council. -- Read More
With the Internet being such a big part of the library now, this legislation could impact the LIS world in a big way.
Originally the Commencement address
at the School of Information Science and Policy,
SUNY/Albany on Sunday, May 19, 1996, GraceAnne
DeCandido has written \"Ten Graces for New Librarians\" a very
informative guide for all new librarians. Read it
love it, live it! -- Read More
I am seeking information on how libaries and their parent municipalities are, or will be, dealing with the new audit requirements that will soon be required as a part of GASB 34.
For more information see:
GASB 34 will be implemented for fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2001 (for large entities), with a three-year phase-in of the standard for all government jurisidictions. Most observers are describing it as the most monumental change in government financial reporting in American history. The common wisdom is that failure to follow the guidelines set by the Government Accounting Standards Board will cost communities dearly when their bonds are rated.
Traditionally, state and local governmental agencies have used cash accounting methods to report infrastructure assets like roads, bridges, water and sewer facilities and, of course libraries. With cash accounting,the capital cost of an infrastructure investment appears in an agency’s annual financial report during the year in which the cost of construction is incurred. The value of existing physical assets do not appear on financial reports. -- Read More
There attempts to catalog the net using the Dublin Core and the Warwick Framework. (References below). The catalogers worry that search engines that can’t possibly keep up with fast growing and chaotic web resources are indexing the net.. They seek semantic interoperability -tell me that\'s not an eight-bit concept!
They worry that on the web there is no controlled vocabulary such as one finds in cataloging rules. The word means one thing to an engineer, quite another thing to a orthodontist, still another to a card player. A rose by any other name may smell as sweet but a bridge by the same name should smell different to a proper search engine. Search engines will never catch the nuances without the help of catalogers for the web. Enter the Dublin Core, the OCLC CORC project and the Warwick framework, to try to catch, rather than reap, the whirlwind. -- Read More
I stumbled on \"The XML Files: The Truth Will Be Out There\" a
paper written by Cara Bradley on how XML will be
used in libraries. She covers A Brief History of Markup
Languages, and XMl in libraries. It\'s worth the read if
you\'re a geek like me.
\"XML looms on the
horizon but the truth about the role it will play in digital
representation is not yet known, and its potential impact
on library and information environments remains just
that, potential. Yet, the relationship between XML and
these information climates seems promising; as Exner
and Turner note, \"XML is certainly a significant advance
in the handling of data and information in the Web
environment, and anything that affects information will
also impact the library field\" (\"Examining XML\").
Librarians are well-advised to be aware of
technological developments that may have a profound
impact on the way they manage and deliver information.
XML is one such technology deserving of attention. \"
In March of this year, seventeen U.S. librarians, scholars and educators
participated in an 11-day educational tour of libraries, archives,
universities, and cultural and historical sites in Cuba. Organized by
Rhonda Neugebauer, the delegation traveled to five cities and held
discussions with Cuban librarians and informational professionals about
their work, philosophy, values, their perceptions of their role in society
and their obligation to provide access and delivery of information to their
MessengerNews.net has a well balanced Story on filtering. This sums up the battle on filtering going on in many American public libraries very well. Nothing earth shattering in this one, just nice for not taking a side.
\"Since the remodeled library opened in November 1998, staff have only caught children looking at pornography twice.
\"I don\'t think two incidents ... is a serious problem,\" Cynthia Weiss, director of the Kendall Young Library, said .
\"Right now, with e-books, you really have the worst of both worlds, digital and print, instead of the goodness you get with a print book,\" Nielsen says. \"I can see that changing, but not tomorrow.\" -- Read More
Friday Updates for this week include Talking books by MP3, fireplace library, protect our kids, Detroit library closed, police protection, e-books, NYU pipe burst, and much more!! -- Read More
Intellectual Property: An Historical Perspective on the Commodification of Information, by Darcy Sharman, a recent grad of the University of Alberta library school, presents a look at the development of commodified information from early beginnings to the technological present. It is an interesting paper that has relevence for the current practice of librarianship, because librarians make information available for free (with public or community funding) at a time when there is increasing pressure to view all information as a commodity.
The introduction is ahead: -- Read More
Murdock\'s Lies and the Representation of Information, by Australian professor Gordon Fletcher, takes a critical, postmodern view of the recent question, \"What is Information?\" Information Theory has encouraged us to look at information as something uniform, but this distracts us from what is actually represented by it. This paper looks at examples of information as artefacts, from a material culture perspective, and as stories, all with the point of providing insight into the social nature of what now circulates electronically in commodified form.
Go ahead for an excerpt from the conclusion: -- Read More
Someone posted this question on a list, and it got me thinking...
I am wondering if anyone knows more about the
implications of the UnCover suit? It seems to me -- woefully ignorant of
coprught law -- that this suit is similar to the recent Napster one and the
Screen Actors Guild one...in which musicians or actors are demanding payment
for each use of their material. Is this correct?
Next, I am wondering how this UnCover decision plays out in the academic
world. I have always had to sign away copyright to the publisher of the jrnl
in which my piece was to appear. (I am particularly sensitive about this
right now as I\'ve recently gone thru a period of strained relations with the
press that holds the copyright on one of my articles.) What is the future of
academic publishing after this decision? Will jrnls only publish articles
that have a re-sale value?
Library science is a field transformed by the cyber-revolution. A generation ago, \"the librarian had the crepe-soled shoes and the bun and was holding court in a book-lined environment,\" says Carol Hoffmann, assistant to the director of the University of Pittsburgh\'s library system.
The Argus Leader is Reporting The historic Carnegie Free Library building in downtown Sioux Falls will be a town hall for the public with some office space for city employees, the City Council decided Tuesday.
Andrew Carnegie - The Bill Gates of the past. -- Read More
Amos Hausner, a lawyer for U.S. scholar Robert Eisenman, said the decision inhibits the free use of scientific knowledge.
“It’s like copyrighting scientific truth, like Einstein copyrighting ‘e equals mc2,’” Hausner said. “These ancient texts are part of the scientific knowledge.”
Next up to be copywritten (if that\'s a word) The Bible?! -- Read More
Bob Cox sent in the IFLANET Library Humour site. You can read, and laugh along, with such classics as :
REVEYRAND\'S LIBRARY LAWS
The Top 13 Obscure Campus Library Rules
And many, many more.
Q: What happens when you cross a librarian and a lawyer?
A: You get all the information you want, but you can\'t understand it.
Super Helpful Lee Hadden writes:
An article in the September 4, 2000 issue of the Scientist talks about attempts to get medical information and access to articles available throughout the third world by e-publishing. Sponsored by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, publishers and scientist and representatives of medical literature societies got together to hash out plans to make current medical information available to poorer nations.
Bob Cox sent in this Yahoo Interenet Life has an Interview with James Billington, \"the nation\'s chief archivist\". They cover whats going online, and where he sees the library heading in the future. Including the obvious and over-asked question, will we need libraries in the future? -- Read More
The LOC has posted the replies on the DMCA. Comments included from American Library Association, American Association of Law Libraries, Association of Research Libraries, Medical Library Association,and the Special Libraries Association
This is a bad law that was written to protect big publishers and large corporations.