LC expropriates CPUSA Docs

The Library of Congress has recovered a large number of documents of the Communist Party of the United States which were taken to the Soviet Union for safe-keeping during the Cold War. The problem is, they didn\'t consult the still-existing Communist Party about the colletion of documents. The CP, naturally, is interested in gaining access to its own documents and would like to keep them in its own archive. They weren\'t even consulted about the creation of the access tool for the documents. Mark Rosenzweig, who is the librarian at the Reference Center for Marxist Studies, has written an open letter to the LC about the issue. It can be found in the latest issue of Library Juice, along with some discussion and LC\'s original press release.

Worthless Study Proves Nothing

I post this one, more to comment on the story, not to report any findings.
This Story was picked up and reported on by about everyone.
A preliminary study of 150 people aged 20 to 35 has shown that more than one in 10 are suffering from severe problems with their memory.
Tiny study, actually, not even a study, a preliminary study, shows some people are stupid, and all of a sudden this is the headline I read... \"Computer-mad generation has a memory crash\" There are so many things wrong with this story I will not waste my time with it.

Please read the entire story critically, and make up your own mind.


Library rankings stir some debate

Occasional LISNews contributor Thomas Hennen also does his Hennen\'s American Public Library Ratings that are often discussion in the press after they come out.

JS Online has a In Depth look at the Ratings, and includes an interview with Thomas.

\"There\'s a whole group of people who don\'t want to measure or compare anything because if we compare, we\'ll hurt each other\'s feelings,\" Hennen said. \"I\'ve never said this is the only way to evaluate libraries.\"

Boston Public Library Long Range Plan

Don Saklad writes \"Boston Public Library makes available the Long Range Plans after years of keeping public participation at too long an arms reach. by censoring BPL documentation


Library thefts uncovered

Bob Cox sent in this Pioneer Planet Story on the big find of Hundreds (over 800)of books missing from Twin Cities libraries in a mans home. The police expect to seek felony theft charges against 36-year-old man. In one case he checked out every copy of an aquarium book carried at three Dakota County libraries, using different names. Full Story

``His reading tastes were rather eclectic,\'\' said Roseanne Byrne, assistant director of the Dakota County library system. ``I think he probably was playing a wonderful game, a complicated game, and wanted to see how far it would go for whatever reason.\'\'

Precursors of Search Engines

Always Helpful Brian from writes \" Knowledge Management magazine has an Article which discusses DDC as a paper filing system and makes suggestions for the indexing of e-docs. \"

They close with an interesting thought:

\"One lesson from the past, however, is still an important one. We should be reluctant to accept any sort of closed classification system in a world as full of change as ours is. We should use technology not as an excuse to create a single new system but as a way to gain access under as many systems as possible.\"


Image Search Engines

The February edition of the CPL Internet Gazette is online now!! Don\'t forget to sign up for the mailing list. This month, the articles include Image Search Engines, Black History Month, and more. Here is the article on Image Search Engines.\"Many of the search engine companies have begun to apply multimedia capabilities to their repertoire. AltaVista, Go, Excite , Fast, and Yahoo have all started offering this service, with no doubt more to be added in the future. There are web sites out there, however, whose primary duty is searching for images. Besides the web sites mentioned above, this article will discuss two of these sites as well as a fee-based database entitled The Associated Press Archive, which we subscribe to here in Suffolk County.\"

Resident asks for Bible Ban from library

A few weeks ago someone challenged the book \"It\'s Perfectly Normal\", describing it as pornographic, in The Marion County Public Library. Well, in response, this week someone else challenged The Bible, saying it\'s filled with more vulgarity and sexual material than the children\'s sex-education book that recently survived challenge. He is hoping to convince commissioners they have no business regulating the content of library books, and doesn\'t really want it removed.
Full Story.

\"It\'s filthy, it has pornography, cannibalism like you wouldn\'t believe,\" he said. \"Because it\'s hidden within the covers of something called the Holy Bible, who would dare question it at the risk of their immortal souls?\"


Family Room Approach Would Work

In this opinion piece by Tom Jackson of the Tampa Tribune, the tap-on-the-shoulder method is discussed to keep patrons away from porn. I don\'t know, I\'m not sure I would want to touch someone who doing that at my library.\"Until the thinking filter can be developed, the best remedy is one Bonjour already has in place. Call it the Family Room Solution.

Pasco library PCs occupy conspicuous locations within the various branches. Patrons who surf outside their age group get a tap on the shoulder by a library staffer; abusers lose Internet privileges.

It\'s effective. It\'s local. And, best of all, it\'s cheap.\"


Life On Survivor Island

I wish I had watched \"Survivor\" more often. Maybe I
could understand how it felt to be the last man on the
island, I could use more references to the show, maybe
use more inside jokes that only the people who watch
that show would understand to help me with this
story. I am happy to report I\'m still on the
\"\" survivor island, no one has voted me off, and
I haven\'t packed up my gear and gone home of my free
will (I\'m still hoping that\'s how this one will end).
As some of you may know I work at a small (and
getting smaller) startup. You\'ve probably
noticed that all the news stories on the world
has been focused on layoffs lately, and this one will be
no different.

Engineering Our Own Library Catalog

Engineering Our Own Library Catalog is a nifty story from Infotoday on how the library and computing staff at Packer Engineering worked together to create an in-house customized online catalog.
It\'s interesting to see how they went about building an OPAC from the ground up.


Your Own Library for Only 19.95 Per Month

This one comes from Wired

With subscription knowledge services such as Questia, ebrary, netlibrary and XanEdu reproducing like viruses all over the Internet, some see the demise of the local library coming much sooner than later. Whether these fee-based services are really a better alternative remains to be seen. Although it\'s true that it is a multi-hundred million dollar business, some are skeptical as to whether the longevity will really be in their favor.

Will Libraries Survive?

The American Prospect has an Interesting Story on the past and future of libraries. Geoffrey Nunberg makes some very interesting points.

\"If we truly believe that universal access is both a public good and a private right, though, we have to realize that the public interest in obtaining information won\'t be satisfied simply by providing everyone with access to a computer and modem, no more than the public interest in reading books was satisfied once Carnegie had provided buildings to house them.\"


NewBreed Librarian

NewBreed Librarian is a bimonthly publication intended to foster a sense of community for those new to librarianship, whether in school or just out. Every two months, you\'ll find a feature article and an interview with someone – not necessarily a librarian – contributing to the work that we do. You\'ll find Susu, advice goddess, in our Columns section, as well as TechTalk and letters from our readers. NewBreed will highlight progressive librarians and other information professionals in our People section, and we\'re always open to your nominations. As NewBreed matures, we hope to develop a searchable database in our Jobs category and include samples of grad school admission essays, resumes, cover letters, etc. in Xtras. Most importantly, NewBreed aims to use the web to build community and foster collaboration among librarians. We\'re molding the Networks section with this objective in mind.


Librarian\'s Day Can Be One For The Books

CTNow has a nice Story on how we spend our days.

\"\"In a perfect world,\" she says, \"we never should have to do that. In a perfect world, people return books on time, and we never have to collect fines.\"


Seven dumb things you can ask Jeeves

Here\'s A Good One from Traffick on some simple questions Jeeves can\'t answer.

Why can\'t I tie my shoe? What time is it here?

I just noticed they changed the answer to the Are You Gay? question.


FTC Approves Children\'s Safe Harbor Program

[This one] comes from Newsbytes via the Washington Post...
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved its first Children\'s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) safe harbor program - the Council of Better Business Bureau\'s Children\'s Advertising Review Unit (CARU). [more...]

Cutting TV may make kids gentler

The Seattle Times is one place running This Story on a report that says cutting back on the time children spend watching television and playing video games may lead to a decrease in aggressive behavior.

In a somewhat related stat, Donna Marentette passed along this from Statistics Canada-
According to new figures from Statistics Canada, the average Canadian watched 21.6 hours of television a week in 1999, down one hour from the year before and the lowest average viewership in two decades.

During the same time, the number of households with at least one regular Internet user jumped from 36% to 42%.


The Electronic Commons

The American Prospect has a Story that advocates Building a Global Public Library out of the internet. They say this could have significant benefits for traditional, bricks-and-mortar libraries that face burdens from growing costs.

\"Instead of trying to maintain large collections, especially of infrequently used materials, conventional libraries will increasingly reconfigure themselves as information centers that provide guidance and access to online sources, some of which will be commercial and impose new charges. The development of more extensive, trustworthy online sources in the public domain will make this transition more affordable and desirable. \"


Bjork, yes; Britney, no

Brian writes \"The Chicago Tribune has a Meaty Article about the New Grove II. It\'s refreshing that the online version of NG2 isn\'t even mentioned until halfway through. The 29-volume set puts more emphasis on popular and world music than the old edition; it doesn\'t mention Britney Spears, but Icelandic song goddess Bjork is covered. \"We had quite a lively internal debate about whether to include the Spice Girls,\" an editor says.




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