Don\'t Rush LC To Collect The Web

The Advocate has a nice Editorial on The Library of Congress. Remeber that report from The National Research Council that said the Library of Congress could turn into no more than a \"museum of books\" if it didn\'t take steps to apply its archival talents to the digital world? Well Jared Kendall say Pish Posh to that silly idea. He thinks LC would be better of putting the collection it has online, rather collecting what it online.

\"Reliability is what the Web needs more of, not storage space. The Library of Congress doesn\'t need the Web. The Web needs the Library of Congress. \" -- Read More

New professional development newsletter!

Rachel
writes \"lisjobs.com has
started a professional development email newsletter.
lisjobs.com/
newsletter/
First issue in September,
but now it needs subscribers and contributers!
\"

lisjobs.com AND
LISNews aren\'t related in anyway, we just have good
domain names. Rachel does a great job, be sure to
check out all LISJobs has to offer.

whitehouse.com?

Someone wrote in with this from the World Net Daily

\"It looks like the majority of traffic going through the firewall is pornography.\" -- White House employee, speaking on condition of anonymity

Library is NOT day care

An article by JS online reminds all parents that the library is not a day care facility.\"Although delighted when children explore the shelves and surf the Internet on library computers, librarians locally and nationally increasingly are taking steps to make it clear that parents - not staff - are responsible for monitoring what youngsters read and view.\" -- Read More

Law library for laymen

Here\'s a nifty story on the opening of York County (VA) law library. The library consists of a few computers and some printed materials. The library\'s computerized databases include Virginia Law on Disc; and Federal Law Solution, which has U.S. Code and information on U.S. Supreme Court and Fourth District Court cases. Print materials in the library\'s archives include the Code of Virginia; York County Code; and Michie\'s Jurisprudence, an encyclopedia of legal information for Virginia and West Virginia.

\"The software, in addition to Internet access, should be enough to get people started and answer a lot of questions, County Attorney James Barnett said.\" -- Read More

Anonymous publishing on the web

CNET has a Story on a new idea from AT&T. PUBLIS is a new system that will allow anonymous publishing on the web. Since it allows free distribution of files online, without any checks by copyright owners or law enforcement, Publius has been talked about in the same breath as Napster, Gnutella and Freenet.

\"\"The ultimate kick for us as developers is if some organization such as Amnesty International starts to refer people to our systems,\" said Avi Rubin, the AT&T Labs researcher who is leading the project. \"We\'d like to see it used in the real world, by real world people who can\'t express their ideas.\" -- Read More

Looksmart Extends its Reach with New Portal Partnerships

Looksmart always defined itself as a competitor to Yahoo! It is spreading its tentacles into many major web portals such that more and more Internet users will be treated to the handiwork of Looksmart\'s staff of 200 professional editors. -- Read More

Cyberporn in the library

Here\'s a great article from First Monday (A Peer Reviewed Internet Journal) on how libraries and librarians are dealing with all the XXX web sites.

\"This article examines the conflict that cyberporn raises between the mission of libraries, the rights of library patrons, and the law. In the first part of this essay, the terms \"pornography\", \"obscenity\", and \"child pornography\" are defined, followed by an exploration of the issues surrounding the availability of cyberporn on public accessible computers in libraries. The views of librarians on cyberporn are examined as well as legal and feminist perspectives. -- Read More

Book Drop Bomb

According to this article from Denver Post, someone put a pipe bomb in a library book drop.\"On the sidewalk near the library\'s main doors, police found a message spray-painted in black: \"If you don\'t stop your harassment you will be murdered,\" Thomas said.\" -- Read More

Ebook on Your Cell Phone

Wired has a Story on Australian Internet consultant Sharon Hague and her new book The Faithfulness Myth. This EBook is different, beacause it has been WAP enabled. Which means you can read it on your cell phone. I\'ll be giving this a shot this week some time, and I\'ll let you know how it looks.

\"\"The whole WAP doorway opened up because I entered a competition for WAP developers run by Nokia,\" Hague said. \"They lent me a WAP phone and I got hooked. It inspired me to make the book available in a mobile and electronic format. \" -- Read More

The Exploding Dictionary

Thi
s
is pretty cool. The
Exploding Dictionary
takes a novel approach to
looking up a word. You can look up a word, and then
every word in the definition is a link to the definiton of
that word.

\"The basic idea was to take a set of
publicly available dictionaries, index them into a SQL
database, and then cross-reference them to near
death. :) As a researcher, this should be a very useful
resource. Hypertext is the researcher\'s dream come
true, allowing for instant jumps to related or unknown
material. The information is provided twice. First it is
displayed \'clean\', then below it is displayed with each
individual word hyperlinked.\"

Out with the old

Here is an opinion piece from the Times on the British Library thowing out old newspapers.\"The past never passes. It simply amasses,\" wrote the American poet Brad Leithauser. Librarians should take this to heart, but the Board of the British Library has decided that it is time to take on the role of winnower and to dispense with part of the piled-up past.\" -- Read More

What has Harry Done for you?

Ruth writes:\"I am wondering if other libraries
(both public and academic) have seen the same
increase in overall usage we have seen. It seems like
since \"The Goblet of Fire\" came out every
library in our system has seen a significant jump in
usage, both adult and childrens. Are other systems
seeing this same phenomenon?\"

Interesting...
Harry did wonders for Amazon.com, is he doing the
same for libraries?Could this be his true magical
powers?

Free Speech Fettered

ABC News
had a rather interesting show on the other day. Free Speech
Fettered
covered the new wave of attacks on the
1st Ammendment. The show was almost hard to
watch, due to what it covered, and
the web site does a good job covering most of what
was on the TV that night. The Chat
Transcipt
is pretty interesting.

\"Americans
need to pay close attention to such questions and be
aware of efforts by powerful people in government and
private institutions who believe it is their duty to curb
offensive language with speech codes or bans on
certain kinds of behavior. -- Read More

The future library

Here is a cute article from the Columbus Dispatch. It shows a reference transaction of the future.\"Somewhere in the heart of Borneo in the year 2020: \"Hansen, I fear I\'ve been bitten by a snake. Any idea whether it\'s poisonous?\'\' Hansen snaps a digital photo of the snake as it slithers into the bush, then punches a number on his wireless phone. \"Good morning, Worthington Public Library information desk. How can I help you?\'\' -- Read More

More on the strike

Two more articles on the strike in Ohio. One on how it is affecting contruction work, and another on the drop of circulation numbers.

What Your MLIS Never Taught You

The Other 90%: What Your MLIS Never Taught You is an article by Byron Anderson, originally a talk at last summer\'s ALA conference and later published in Counterpoise and then picked up in Library Juice. In it, he claims that 90% of what is published is semi-invisible to librarians, because it is not covered in the major review journals, which are dominated by the marketing apparati of the major publishing companies (which have grown ever larger as a result of merger-mania). Publications that are critical of the status quo are affected the most, since their interests vary from the corporate interests of the big publishers. This ultimately affects the nature of our library collections. Anderson criticises some of the major \"lessons\" of common collection development textbooks and offers alternatives. He also recommends that library schools teach new librarians about the publishing industry so they will be able to respond to these facts. I am skeptical of the 90% figure but strongly agree with Anderson\'s major points. Do you have any comments? Kudos? Threats?

New filtering plan working through Congress

The feds are at it again in the here in The States. A federal proposal that would require the installation of filtering software on school and library computers connected to the Internet is making it through the House and Senate. Slashdot has a Feature on this. Jon Katz came out strongly against the new law.
The NY Times has a Story that goes into some detail.

This could change things for all libraries. 1st Ammendmant anyone?

\"The compromise plan would require all schools and libraries using federal funding to purchase computers or connect those computers to the Internet to install filtering software to block child pornography, obscenity and materials deemed \"harmful\" to minors. Schools and libraries would also be required to develop, with community input, Internet use policies that address minors\' access to \"inappropriate\" materials online. \" -- Read More

Friday Updates

Friday updates for this week include Napster, Digital Bach, LOC stuff, great circulation stats, automated checkout, library book sales, university research money, Goodbye to books?, Filtering news, Finding Buried Treasure, Porn, No more quiet librarians, terrible landscaping, and much much more...plus, the Quote of the Week -- Read More

More from Ohio Strike

A couple new stories from Stark County, OH

Mediator Fails
Full Story on the federal mediator that tried twice this week to jump start talks between the Stark County District Library and its striking workers. And twice this week, Tom Connelly was rebuffed.


Picketing ALL Night
Full Story on how the picket line went all night. This is a good story to read, they have a timeline that gives you a good feel for what is going on down on the front lines.\"As the sun rises on Wednesday, pickets from Local 925 of the Service Employees International Union prepare for Day Three of their strike against the Stark County District Library.
Vanloads of guards from Troy, Mich.-based Huffmaster Companies come and go as they prepare for a shift change.\"

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