Submitted by Blake on May 22, 2001 - 5:30pm
AOL announced that it is raising its monthly fee to $23.90, its first price hike in more than three years, and This News.com story says that competitors such as EarthLink won\'t be far behind in trying to boost rates.I\'ve seen elsewhere that DSL and Cable Modem companies are raising rates as well.
According to a recent survey by Telecommunications Reports International, the number of U.S. homes with Internet access dropped slightly during the first quarter of 200 (Let\'s just ass-u-me it\'s accurate).
So... Does all this point to more people using their friendly neighborhood library to access the internet, and if so, is this even good for libraries?
Submitted by Ben on May 22, 2001 - 11:43am
Frank Rich reports in the New York Times that porn is not only big business, it\'s part of mainstream American entertainment.
As one person put it, \"We realized that when there are 700 million porn rentals a year, it can\'t just be a million perverts renting 700 videos each.\"
Collection development librarians, take note.
Submitted by Blake on May 21, 2001 - 7:01pm
Submitted by Blake on May 21, 2001 - 5:42pm
The Chronicle of Higher Education has a Report on The University of Virginia and a new eBook program.
They have a few courses \"designed to take advantage of two of the most celebrated features of digital textbooks -- their capacity to hold reams of data and their ability to let readers easily search for any word or phrase.\"
The books still have bugs, sometimes crash, and the screens are small, but it\'s interesting to see people doing this sort of thing.
Submitted by Brian on May 21, 2001 - 12:51pm
The Who Is E-mailing Our Kids Act was introduced in Congress last week as H.R. 1846. If it becomes law, this bill would require schools and libraries in the e-rate program to block access to anonymous e-mail and Web surfing services. Presumably, we\'ll then know who is sending e-mail to our kids.
In related news, giant pink dragons are playing croquet with leprechauns on my front lawn.
Submitted by Blake on May 21, 2001 - 11:30am
The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it would hear a Justice Department appeal aimed at allowing the federal government to enforce a 1998 law intended to protect minors from Internet pornography. Expect a decision this fall.
Story from Yahoo!
Submitted by Blake on May 21, 2001 - 11:25am
Guy writes \"The guy who runs centralbooking.com said nation\'s librarians, a group that gets riled up about as often as a tray of peat moss in this article
Funny! He obviously doesn\'t know any librarians! \"
It\'s from another review of \"Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper\"
Claudia Bennett writes:\"Nicholson argues that the American people have been \"tricked\" into thinking that newsprint and books turn to dust, and librarians have unconsciously destroyed priceless information, including some off-the-record remarks Richard Nixon once made. Nicholson tells McHenry: \"There are so many bizarre contradictions in all of this. . .I found myself kind of moaning and saying--typing--\'It\'s worse than you thought. Entire Interview\"
Submitted by Steven on May 21, 2001 - 10:02am
My wife saw this cartoon in the paper today. We haven\'t had a funny one here in a while. I don\'t know how long they will keep it up, so if you miss it, I will have it on my site tomorrow.
Submitted by Blake on May 18, 2001 - 1:13pm
Lee Hadden Writes:\"We should all be aware of the danger of passing along apocryphal
e-mails, whether they are about exaggerated stories or myths or urban
legends. A healthy dose of skepticism is necessary to prevent the spread of
some seriously incorrect stories.
An excellent example of what harm can happen when an e-mail is
believed and sent out without checking the truth of the story can be found
in an article in yesterday\'s Washington Post. A woman had forwarded a story
that people were sabotaging gasoline pumps in an attempt to spread AIDS,
and she has seriously regretted ever since her forwarding the e-mail
message to others. Read about her Many Travails at the Washington Post
site: or read her story in a paper version: Leef Smith, \"Apocryphal E-mail
Bedevils Va. Sender.\" Thursday, May 17, 2001, page B01.\"
I\'ve always been a huge fan of
Urban Legends, and hope to start my own someday... something about me and Shania Twain or some such thing.
Submitted by Brian on May 18, 2001 - 12:37pm
Today\'s Chicago Tribune has a nifty profile of the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO), a non-profit group which promotes the literary use of hypertext and multimedia. As distinguished from e-books, \"[e]lectronic literature is not simply a new way of doing business; it is a new way of writing and reading.\"
Submitted by Blake on May 18, 2001 - 10:32am
Lee Hadden writes:\"Erling Hoh has an article in today\'s (May 16, 2001) Washington Times
about the re-creation of the \"Great Library\" of Alexandria in Egypt. This
article describes the history of the ancient library, and how the new one
is built and how it will be run.
For more information about the Great Library of Alexandria project,
read more about it at The Washington Times
Submitted by Blake on May 17, 2001 - 5:47pm
17 May 1991
10 years ago today was the first General release of the WWW on central CERN machines.
Check out w3.org for more, including the original Presentation to \"C5\" Committee.
It\'s such a cute age, isn\'t it?
Submitted by Blake on May 17, 2001 - 2:01pm
BJ Hampton writes \"Who wants to stand up for the “civil rights” of the anonymous toe-sucker who recently made an appearance at the Antelope Valley Community College Library? The current debates about internet filtering are apropos here. Do professional librarians truly want to abandon their role as trusted sources of information for their communities to become dumping grounds for any view, irrespective of its accuracy, honesty, appropriateness, and values? Regrettably, many have confused the first amendment’s prohibition against government regulation of speech and expression with a guarantee of an audience or a tax-payer funded forum. If such is the case, then the toe-sucker deserves praise and support as a “bold presenter of a minority view”, rather than prosecution.
Libraries must not allow the glitter of new technology to blind them to the need for safety, security, and judgment exercised for the benefit of their community. This story obviously highlights problems of standard crime prevention, but should also raise issues regarding the role of the librarian’s judgment in setting standards for the allocation of library resources.\"
Submitted by Blake on May 17, 2001 - 9:33am
James Nimmo writes:\"Professors are drawing
parallels between Harry Potter stories and classic
medieval legends, proposing that medieval archetypes
are persistent throughout popular culture.\"
You can read the Full Story at the NY Times.
Submitted by Blake on May 17, 2001 - 9:30am
Margaret was nice enough to send along This
Story on a brave new plan to start \"splinternets\".
The author says the current one Internet Is Not
Enough because the Internet is subject to substantial
regulation. The solution is more Internets, not more
Future networks could offer porn-free
surfing—others, porn-only, perhaps with privacy
guarantees. Maybe a library only internet too?
Submitted by Blake on May 16, 2001 - 11:40pm
writes \"This week is Library and Information Week in
Australia. If you would like information about the week
If you would like to participate in an online quiz
that is part of the activities organised for LIW, please
And Desly Ryan adds:\"
Next week downunder in God\'s great country of
Australia we will be celebrating \'Australian Library and
Information Week\' the theme this year is
\"Libraries Knowledge Outlook\".
At our branch here we are having Author/Sailor Lesley
Black come on Wednesday morning and tell us about
her adventures sailing around the Pacific Ocean.
On Thursday Aboriginal Artists, brother and sister Clive
and Hazel Cowburn will be here explaining the motifs of
their artwork and demonstrating how unique aboriginal
art is. Both events are open to the public and we hope
the locals will come and enjoy them. Some school and
kindergarten classes will be coming to the art
workshop and we will be doing a mural to hang in the
Submitted by Steven on May 16, 2001 - 11:35pm
From Excite. Public libraries now have until July of 2002 to certify that they have filters. ALA and the ACLU were at the forefront.
\"Public libraries will have until July 2002 to certify that they
have adopted Internet filtering technologies required by a new federal law, under terms
of an agreement reached in U.S. district court.
The agreement came during a hearing on the twin lawsuits filed by the American Civil
Liberties Union and the American Library Association challenging portions of the
Children\'s Internet Protection Act.\".
Read the brief story here
Submitted by AnnaKh on May 16, 2001 - 7:13pm
The bad news about the copyright grab just keeps on coming. It really looks like we are losing something important, and we have to act. Here is a story in the San Diego Union Tribune about how actual laws are being copyrighted - and the copyright found to be valid in court cases, including a Federal appeals court. In other words, governments are not free to distribute the whole of the law - in some cases you have to buy it from a private party in order to read it, or your library has to buy it (as long as that is still allowed - publishers are working on that now). This is so bad you\'d think it is a hoax, but it seems to be real. Slashdot has a discussion on this article from a few days ago.
Submitted by Ben on May 16, 2001 - 5:53pm
Submitted by Blake on May 16, 2001 - 5:07pm
Today\'s Chronicle has a very good Look At the dicey relationship between academic libraries and all the new for-profit cybraries.
Professors are afraid they make it too easy for students to plagiarize and the sparten collections and impending dot-doom that hovers over them leaves academic librarians uneasy about using them.
This is the best look at this topic I\'ve read to date, check it out if this area is of interest.
\"Library users, he says, like being able to look online to see what an e-book offers. But many apparently looked only long enough to decide if it was worth walking to the library to do what students and professors have traditionally done -- check out a good, old-fashioned book\"