Submitted by Ieleen on August 30, 2001 - 11:38am
There\'s a new version of software that will read scanned documents and convert the text into a format that you can edit. It also will recognize up to 114 languages. While it\'s doing all that, it\'ll even proof itself to make sure it captured every character from the original. Then, if you want it to, it\'ll read everything back to you, in one of 14 languages, over your computer\'s speakers. While that\'s all well and good, I\'m still waiting for the software program that will do the dishes, fix dinner, change diapers, put the laundry away, scoop out the litterbox, sort the trash, and walk the dog. more...
Submitted by Ieleen on August 30, 2001 - 11:25am
Katie Dean writes...
\"Over the next year, schools will be in danger of losing precious technology funding unless they can certify they have a filtering system that blocks obscene websites.
The Children\'s Internet Protection Act requires that by Oct. 28, schools must certify that they are either in compliance with filtering requirements, or are in the process of becoming compliant by evaluating blocking software. For many schools, it will be easy to comply. According to the Consortium for School Networking, 75 percent of schools use filtering already.\" more... from Wired News.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 30, 2001 - 11:15am
Roger Aylworth, writing for The Chico Enterprise Record, asks...\"Do free weekly newspapers belong in a library lobby?\"
A decision by the Meriam Library at Chico State University says, \"no.\" and the decision has some publishers screaming foul. more...
Submitted by Matt on August 30, 2001 - 11:12am
The Toronto Star reports that Toronto\'s librarian\'s are planning to follow Chicago\'s lead. The first idea Toronto borrowed from Chicago was the cows.
Although the program could begin as soon as next year, the mayor has yet to embrace the program and no book has been chosen.
Credit for the original idea goes to the Washington Center for the Book. See also...
Submitted by Ieleen on August 30, 2001 - 11:04am
The Aurura, (CO) Public School System is avoiding the controversy over Lois Lowry\'s \"The Giver,\" altogether. According to a spokesperson for the school district, \"That book is not included in any curriculum within the district,\" Lynch said. \"As far as I know, it\'s not even in any media centers.\" more... from The Aurora Sentinel.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 30, 2001 - 10:39am
For The Tribune Chronicle, John Booth writes...
\"By next fall, students in Trumbull County, OH will have a card catalog at their fingertips that stretches from Bloomfield to Hubbard, from Kinsman to Newton Falls. The final pieces of the puzzle are ready to fall into place, thanks to grant money enabling 16 school libraries in four districts to automate their card catalogs and link their computers to a countywide network. Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds awarded through the State Library of Ohio will provide more than $156,000 for the projects. In order to earn the grant, the schools had to agree to spend one-quarter of the funding - just more than $52,000.\" more...
Submitted by Blake on August 29, 2001 - 6:05pm
Jill passed along This SFWeekly Story on the San Francisco Center for the Book, a nonprofit gallery/schoolhouse/studio in Potrero Hill. The center supports the book arts -- that is, letterpress printing, typography, bookbinding, ya know, stuff that librarians just looooove
\"Most people simply read books, but I like to smell them. New books are the best: Slightly sweet and enticingly chemical, they reek of glue and ink and other mysterious binding fluids.\"
Submitted by Blake on August 29, 2001 - 6:01pm
News.com has a nice little Piece on Stanford Law School professor and technology pundit Lawrence Lessig\'s keynote address at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo.
\"Employees at Smith & Wesson don\'t worry if guns kill police officers,\" Lessig said. \"Some uses are illegal and some are not. But if you wrote code that could be used for good or bad, you\'re arrested and sent to jail...There\'s something screwed up about that.\"
My analogy is this:My car goes about 100, which is totally illegal, and yet I bought this car, and it\'s legal, and I can make it go 100mph if I\'m so inclined.
Imagine if they passed a law that made it illegal for just Ford to sell cars that went over the speed limit.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 29, 2001 - 4:24pm
Submitted by Ieleen on August 29, 2001 - 3:57pm
MSNBC has this one. Richard M. Smith of the Privacy Foundation writes,
\"One of the biggest issues in analyzing technology and privacy is the way that databases with unique identifiers can be merged. I’ve got an example below that illustrates the problem, particularly where public records databases are concerned.\" much more...
Submitted by Ieleen on August 29, 2001 - 3:44pm
From NewsRoom, someone writes...
\"An Australian businessman has won the right to have an internet defamation case against US publishing giant Dow Jones heard in Melbourne. Dow Jones argued the case should by heard in the United States, because that\'s where the company\'s internet site server is. However, the Victorian Supreme Court judge ruled in his 75-page judgement that \"publication\" occurred where the story was read, not where it was stored. The case has significant implications for internet publishers, as it could mean they are required to comply with the laws of any country in which content may be viewed.\" more...
Submitted by Ieleen on August 29, 2001 - 3:21pm
Searchopolis has gone the way of the dinosaur. On August 18, they closed up shop and posted the following message: \"As of August 18, 2001, Searchopolis.com will no longer offer educational resources, including filtered search. We apologize to those users who have enjoyed Searchopolis\' free services and thank you for your support. While N2H2 makes no recommendation regarding alternative sources for filtered search, a recent major children\'s software magazine gave the following filtered search engines high marks:\" Yahooligans and Ask Jeeves for Kids. no more.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 29, 2001 - 3:09pm
It looks as though Google may decide to start charging site owners for fresh updates. According to the article at ZDNet UK, \"Google appears to be developing a service aimed at extracting revenue from online firms that want a fresher search of their Web sites, following in the footsteps of rivals AltaVista and Inktomi. more...
Submitted by Matt on August 29, 2001 - 3:07pm
Ananova reports: a German English teacher has determined the hidden meanings of the names in Harry Potter. Harry, for example, means: \"hero from a poor house.\" Harry is Heinrich meaning champion and Potter is from Potters Field, traditional burial ground of the poor.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 29, 2001 - 2:58pm
For the Tornado Insider, Marco Frojo writes...
\"In order to escape the tough competition that characterises the online music market, Hifind has decided to concentrate on a small but profitable niche, that of music for the world of cinema, radio and television production. In this way, while Napster continues to suffer amid general indifference, waiting for its new owner, Bertelsmann, to decide how to commercially exploit the company that cost more than a billion dollars, the Hamburg-based company (through its own subsidiary, Initaudio) has presented its new platform Audience, which should make its online debut in October, at the Internationale Funkaustellung (IFA) in Berlin.\" more...
Submitted by Blake on August 29, 2001 - 1:23pm
jen writes \"It\'s the novelist-as-celebrity.There\'s a new group of magazines with a new target audience. Readers. Book readers. Basically, the magazines try to avoid the sleepy, antiquarian end of literature while still extolling bookstores, book fairs, book stars and, of course, books. This is book culture as pop culture.\" -- Too bad they don\'t also extol public libraries. And who knew that Keith Richards had a mahogany-trimmed library? \"
Full Story from SLToday.com
\"We treat authors and books as another part of the entertainment industry -- just the way Spin or Rolling Stone or even Golf Digest cover their respective fields.\"
Submitted by Blake on August 29, 2001 - 1:20pm
Richard Feldman writes: \"Thought you might want to pick up the story on Santa Fe, NM main library\'s being closed for up to 4 months because of mold infestation. The local paper currently has a story. I don\'t know how long that link will continue to work.\"
Is there a plague of killer molds sweeping the nation I don\'t know about? I think this is mold story #4.
Submitted by Ryan on August 29, 2001 - 12:48pm
The Seattle Public Library System has been forced to formulate a policy to address the issue of unattended children being left at its branches:
At the Columbia branch on Rainier Avenue South, young-adult librarian Sarah Webb recalled a 3-year-old who often came with an older sister and then was left alone, or three little girls from 5 to 8 years old who were being left at the library more than six hours a day. \"Sometimes they get bored,\" Webb said. \"They run out of stuff to do. They get antsy. They\'re here six hours with nothing to eat.\"
A formal policy would provide guidance for staffers, who have typically been trained in library science, not child welfare. . .
More from the The Seattle Times.
Where are the child welfare authorities? And ALA wonders why so few people are interested in public library work . . .
Submitted by Ryan on August 29, 2001 - 11:30am
ALA Councilor at large Mark Rosenzweig writes:
Now that with the hue-and-cry about the State Deparment\'s attempt to recall the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) volume on Indonesia actually seems to have reversed the decision and the volume . . . there appears to be a new volume which has been revealed as being supressed by the government. This latest one is about the history of illegal, covert US involvement in the Greek coup which led to [a] brutal military dictatorship . . .
More from a brand new Library Juice.
More info on the U.S. effort to suppress information about its activities in Greece appears in today\'s Washington Post. Additional information about the effort to recall accidently released proof of U.S. ties to Indonesian death squads can be found here.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 29, 2001 - 11:28am
When trustees of the Magness, (TN) library fired the librarian for wanting to relocate the library and provide patrons with improved service, the rest of the library\'s employees walked off the job. According to the article, the board member who served Librarian Susan Curtis with a piece of paper stating that \"her services were no longer needed, said, \"The board wants to strive to make the Magness Library more of what the original benefactors described it to be. We can be the cornerstone of Main Street revitalization. The library shouldn\'t just be a dusty, old book depository. Donations like the $100,000 given by Carrier Corporation could open the doors to making the library a place where piano recitals could be conducted and small community plays could be held.\" more... from The Southern Standard. ---- Also be sure and read what the community says about it at the end of the article.