Submitted by Celine on August 22, 2001 - 2:25pm
British Internet monitoring company Envisional have carried out research which shows that over 7,000 copyrighted books are now available free on the internet. These pirated works are being swapped \"on Napster-like file-sharing systems\". The most popular are apparently science fiction and fantasy. Read the full story from Excite News.
Internet monitoring - hmm, sounds like what I do all day!
Submitted by Ieleen on August 22, 2001 - 1:51pm
Last spring the University of Virginia conducted an experiment in which they provided students with e-textbooks. Apparently it works. So much so that Microsoft is offering its reader through library vendor Follett, and some major publishers, including Harcourt and McGraw-Hill (not Tim and Faith), are jumping on the e-textbook bandwagon. The belief is that generation D will find the
e-textbooks much friendler to use than the traditional, and much more cumbersome tomes of bygone days. more... from On Magazine.
Submitted by Ryan on August 22, 2001 - 1:49pm
British supermarket giant Tesco is among the corporations
lining up to endow curatorships and (possibly) profit from
the privatization of services at the British Library:
The British Library is planning a huge injection of private money that could see curators being sponsored by Tesco and services run for profit by big business. The Independent on Sunday can reveal that barely four years after its £520m London home was finally completed, the library is to undergo a radical commercial makeover to attract more funds.
Sponsorship ideas being floated by library directors include creating posts that might include a \"Tesco curator for cookery\" or an anthropology librarian funded by Endemol, producers of reality TV show Big Brother. . . Private bidders may also be asked to pay the salaries of new specialists in other \"fashionable areas\" such as gardening, sport and DIY. The libraryis also considering plans to invite private investors to build and run new facilities. . .
More from The Independent.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 22, 2001 - 1:37pm
For CNet News, Erich Luening writes...
\"Online retail giant Amazon.com is looking beyond individual consumers with a new program intended to attract organizations such as libraries, schools and businesses.
The new Corporate Accounts Program allows institutional purchasers to create a managed account with a payment method other than credit card, by which they can buy books, software, videos and other goods online, the company announced Wednesday. \"Whether it is local librarians ordering hard-to-find titles, corporate librarians purchasing training materials or small businesses buying software printers, these customers will now be able to use purchase orders as a method of payment at Amazon.com,\" Jason Kilar, vice president of media products at Amazon.com, said in a statement.\" more...
Submitted by Ieleen on August 22, 2001 - 1:30pm
For the Indianapolis Star, Matt Schwartz writes...
\"The guillotine\'s blade is poised above a naked spine. The victim waits silently, his last words already written onto his body. Soon, the blade hits with a thunk. This is no medieval tale. This is right out of the 21st century. The executioner is a librarian. He is cutting out and photographing the pages from bound newspaper volumes and transferring the images to microfilm. His victim, critics say, is Indiana\'s history... Most of the newspapers were thrown away after the process was complete. About half came from bound volumes whose spines were cut away, disbound in library parlance, so the pages could lie flat as they were filmed.\" more...
Submitted by Blake on August 22, 2001 - 1:25pm
Someone writes \"Wayne State University recognizes librarian/archivist by naming her recipient of Emerging Corporate Leadership Award. Article also discusses archival services conducted by her company, which are somewhat unique to the archival world.
Also, a rather non-traditional article for you to include. Most of your material cited relate to \"mainstream\" librarianship. This services as just another reminder of how versatile librarians/archivists can be.
Full Story from Detroit News \"
Submitted by Matt on August 22, 2001 - 11:05am
Yahoo News reports on the results of a new survey conducted for the Associated Press showing half of respondents rating Internet skills as very important for school. Most students were able to find the majority of the resources they need for writing assignments on the internet:
``Most students depend on the Internet to get their stuff,\'\' said 16-year-old Jeff Sands of Horsham, Pa. ``You can most find anything by going onto Yahoo,\'\' an Internet search engine.
``The Internet makes it too easy sometimes,\'\' said Campbell, a 17-year-old from New London, Pa. ``I still think you should go to the library.
Submitted by Ryan on August 22, 2001 - 10:28am
The New York Public Library has aquired the literary and personal archive of Jack Kerouac:
The archive, the largest Kerouac holding in any institution, contains manuscripts, notebooks, letters, journals and personal items saved from the time he was 11 until his death at 47 in 1969. . . Meticulously organized by Kerouac himself, the archive comprises more than 1,050 manuscripts and typescripts, including novels, short stories, prose pieces, poems and fragments, a handful of them in scroll form; 130 notebooks for almost all of his works, published and unpublished; and 52 journals, from 1934 to 1960, which include material used in \"The Town and the City,\" \"On the Road\" and \"Big Sur.\"
More from the New York Times (registration required) and even more from the Boston Globe.
The NYPL has provided a bit more information on the contents of the collection here .
Submitted by Ieleen on August 22, 2001 - 9:18am
Authors in New Zealand are threatening to pull their books off the shelves of public libraries in protest over a funding cut for writers. Apparently the government has decided to take away $100,000 from the $1.1 million fund. The fund was established as a means of compensating writers for lost royalties as a result of libraries freely distributing their work. more... from The News Room
Submitted by Ieleen on August 21, 2001 - 5:42pm
The Orange County Public Library (CA) has a cool program to help illiterate parents learn to read to their kids. They have inmates at the jail record childrens books on tape. Jill Klubek, the library\'s family-literacy specialist, says, \"what matters is the voice, not where it\'s coming from.\" The inmates are doing other things for kids too, such as \"knitting hats for kids with cancer, recording books for the blind, and repairing bikes for poor kids.\" Judging from the article, it looks like everyone benefits, even the inmates. more... from The Orange County Register.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 21, 2001 - 5:26pm
Submitted by Ieleen on August 21, 2001 - 5:13pm
In Grantsville, MD they\'re building a new library, thanks to support from the community. So far, the town has raised $160,000. According to Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, \"The most important thing is what this says about your community. Libraries across the country are being neglected as people spend hours in front of the TV. If this was a typical community, I would have a lot more faith in America. This community could be a role model for the rest of the country.\" more... from The Times News.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 21, 2001 - 4:54pm
For News-Press, Jennifer Booth Reed writes...
\"Cyber porn. Online cults. Electronic crime manuals. Parents, relax. The virtual bad guys are out there, but children are safe from Internet smut — at least as long as they’re at school. But some question whether the safety precautions create too great of a roadblock to online research and study. The Lee County School District this year, in compliance with a new federal law, has cracked down even further on Internet use and strengthened its barriers against harmful materials. The 2001 Children’s Internet Protection Act requires school districts and public libraries to block access to pornography and other harmful materials. It threatens to yank money from districts and libraries that don’t comply. In Lee County $1 million per year is at stake.\" more...
Submitted by Blake on August 21, 2001 - 3:01pm
Sue Jones writes \"Since Harry\'s been a topic here, thought your readers might enjoy this compilation
It\'s a big archive of 20 something Harry cartoons from the editorial pages of papers from all over.
Many of them seem to stay with the \"Harry got my kid off of TV/Computers\". Funny Stuff!
Submitted by Ieleen on August 21, 2001 - 1:35pm
According to an article at ITN, in regard to a study conducted by the University of Ulster, \"At least two million people in Britain are totally illiterate and unable to make sense of basic information such as bus timetables or supermarket labels.\" more...
Submitted by Ieleen on August 21, 2001 - 1:12pm
Florida Today recently had a reader write-in for those wishing to express whether they are for or against Harry Potter. The event was in response to the release of the video \"Harry Potter: Witchcraft Repackaged - Making Evil Look Innocent.\" The original LISNews posting can be found Here. If you like reader opinions, these are sure to give you a boost. One, in particular, is just downright funny. A reader responds...\"...Will all Sunday school kids have charred action figures of Harry Potter, who was burned in the fires of hell? This sounds like a case of my occult is better than your occult.\"
Click here for Harry Lovers or
Click here for Harry Haters
Submitted by Ieleen on August 21, 2001 - 12:35pm
For Syracuse Online, Jerry Rosen writes...
\"From the halls of Hogwarts to the Quidditch fields, the wizardry of J.K. Rowling\'s Harry Potter books have cast a spell over young and old alike. The first four books of a planned seven-book series describing the coming of age and education of Potter, a young wizard, have sold well over 24 million copies. While the worldwide reception of the books has been generally spectacular, some groups, primarily fundamental Christians, have protested against their use in schools. They claim the books promote witchcraft and the occult over Christian values. Madeline Loiacono, religious educator at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Clay, doesn\'t see that side of the books. What she sees are parallels between Harry Potter and the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.\" more...
Submitted by Ieleen on August 21, 2001 - 11:46am
The folks in Freeport (IL) are still scrounging for dollars to fund the new library. The battle of wits between the city council, library board members, the mayor, and joe citizen is ongoing. The latest proposal is to use money from the landfill, which is to close next year. They have now hired a consulting firm, at a fee not to exceed
$12,000. One would assume that if they could all pull their acts together, they could save the 12G and put it toward the library project. Politics. Ya gotta love \'em. more...
Submitted by Matt on August 21, 2001 - 11:37am
The guardian has a story on ePenguin. Penguin books is preparing to make \"hundreds\" of books available for download. Some titles will even be released online before being available in print.
Information on the Penguin site suggests that the books will be available in either Adobe or Microsoft eBook format. If you send e-mail to [email protected] they will send you a free sample eBook. It doesn\'t say if more will follow on an approval basis.
Submitted by Blake on August 21, 2001 - 11:34am
Niels Ferguson, a professional cryptographer has written, Censorship in action: why I don\'t publish my HDCP results, which takes a look at why the DMCA is bad news.
\"There are lawyers who claim that a scientific paper like mine is a circumvention technology within the meaning of the DMCA, because it explains the weaknesses of a system. I have been advised by a US lawyer who works in this field that if I publish my paper, I might very well be prosecuted and/or sued under US law. \"
No, he\'s not American.