American Libraries Disservice To Persons With Disability

Here\'s an Interesting Article by Joe Redman, no explanation by me needed.

\"American libraries, on the other hand, have a tradition of professed inclusion and equality. Mission statements and codes of ethics have fought against censorship and for intellectual freedom. Concerning persons with a disability however, libraries have shown an uncharacteristic conservative trend of exclusion, reflecting societies attitudes instead of setting an example for change. Libraries, from institutional to public, have often found themselves in the position of being the only contact many persons with a disability have with the outside world. Libraries have even had a tradition of subtle social activism. \"


Questions of Design

The NY Times has a nifty story on the growing field involved in the study of usability. Membership in the Usability Professionals\' Association, a professional society, now numbers nearly 1,700.
Nothing like a blown election to raise awareness!

Open Archives Initiative Protocol

The goal of the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (referred to as the OAI protocol in the remainder of this document) is to supply and promote an application-independent interoperability framework that can be used by a variety of communities who are engaged in publishing content on the Web. The OAI protocol described in this document permits metadata harvesting.


Harry Potter too dangerous for school library

The Age has a Story on The Christian Outreach College on the Sunshine Coast (in Australia) banning Harry. The man in charge said he only had to read one chapter from the latest book - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - and he had been exposed to four murders.

\"I believe these are dangerous stories, because the children are learning about murder and casting spells,\" Dr Gullo said.


Publishers of Texts With Errors Pay Up

The Houston Chronicle has a Story in which said Sarah Wahl, head librarian for the Goose Creek Independent School District says the publishers of those 12 textbooks that are full of errors should receive stiffer fines in an effort to curtail mistakes. A recent legislative change allowed the State Board of Education to levy fines totaling $80,500 against nine textbook publishers last year for failing to correct errors.


Librarians--Playing many roles

A Story from on the budget cuts approved by the Decatur school board last month that will reduce the number of librarians next year from 23 to three!
They say that\'s a savings of $389,000, quick, what\'s 389,000 divided by 20?
19,450, how\'s that for an average pay check?



PDAK12 is a nice site run by John Rappold.

PDAK12 focuses on PDAs for Teachers, Adminstrators, and Technology coordinators in the K12 environment.

Taking a cue from \"Citizen Kane\", here is my Statement of Principles: No pictures of an apple, blackboard, or a teacher with a pointer.

Google Yourself A New Site

Wired has a nifty Little Story about a dude who lost his website, only to find it again on google.

\"That\'s when the light bulb went off,\" said Savin. \"I thought, wait a minute, they\'ve probably got my site.\"


Children and Computer Technology

This journal issue examines the available research on how computer use affects children’s development, whether it increases or decreases the disparities between rich and poor, and whether it can be used effectively to enhance learning.

Executive Summary for easy reading.


Thieves plunder libraries for profit

Detroit News has a Sad Story on the growing trend of rare book theft from libraries. Demand for rare books and maps is skyrocketing, and the best place to find one is a library. Put it on eBay for a quick profit!Of course, rare books are not the only stuff stolen!

\"If you steal an atlas, and say there are 100 maps in there that you can sell for $50 each to a decorator, or a collector, it is very, very lucrative for thieves,\" said Detroit rare book dealer John K. King, who recently caught a seller trying to pass on an almanac lifted from the Detroit Public Library. \"Now people are stealing them, cutting them up and selling them on eBay.\"


Praise For The Bookmobile has a Long Story on The Clinton-Essex-Franklin(NY) Library System Bookmobile. They want to add a rolling connection to the internet some day!

\"The libraries are becoming increasing important They’re no longer just (for) books; they’re part of the Information Age. They’re teaching schoolchildren how to access the information that’s available worldwide. They’re getting kids in the North Country ready for the dot-com jobs that are there.\"

Questia Takes Off

Questia is officially live now. has a Story.
Questia, ebrary and netlibrary are the big three for-profit on-line library competition for libraries. Ebrary charges on a per-page basis, NetLibrary focuses on providing e-books And Questia charges a per-month fee. They say Questia\'s texts were selected by a team of librarians. Now, will students pay for something that is already free and easy?

\'\'We\'re really a software solution in the same way that a word processor is a software solution,\'\' Williams says. \'\'Questia lets people write better papers, easier.\'\'


Copyright: Your Right or Theirs?

Wired has a Story on The DeCSS Case and the The DMCA

\"A copyright is a right to own and exploit your work. The copyright law is a property right of your creations,\" said Lehman. \"That includes the right to stop anyone from getting your copyrights. That is a fundamental right of the creator. Most creators don\'t do that, and want people to have access because they want to earn a living off that. That was the idea of the DMCA.\"


The papa of protocol

There\'s a Neat Little Story about Vinton Cerf at The USA Today. He was co-inventor of protocols called TCP/IP that run the \'net, the first commercial e-mail system at MCI in the \'80s and co-founded the Internet Society in 1992.

They also have a cool Internet Quiz, for those internet history buffs out there. I love history that only goes back a few years.


Free-Speech Advocates Fight Filtering

The NY Times has a Story on The Children\'s Internet Protection Act.
The A.C.L.U. will file a lawsuit within two months to attack the constitutionality of the law.

\"This law requires, for the first time in the nation\'s history, that local libraries censor speech for every adult and every child. That\'s got to present First Amendment problems,\" said Chris Hansen, a senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union.\"


Ladies and Gentlemen, the new Oprah Book is...

The best way to market a new book is to say that it will be the next \"Oprah\" book. Just make sure that the Oprah people know about it first.\"On Wednesday, WMA agent Mel Berger submitted Sandbox Wisdom: Revolutionize Your Brand with the Genius of Childhood, by Tom Asacker, to Warner. Accompanying the hardcover, which was originally published last March by Eastside Publishing, was a letter on Harpo letterhead, indicating that it was to be the next Oprah book club pick. There was just one problem: Harpo, the company that produces The Oprah Winfrey Show, says it has nothing to do with him. \'\'Tom Asacker has no affiliation with Oprah Winfrey, the Oprah Winfrey show or Harpo Productions, and we are looking into this matter further,\'\' a Harpo spokesman told Inside.\"


Monday Humor

I saw this library joke and thought you guys would like it:
One morning a chap went up to the counter in the library and asked the
librarian, \"Have you got any books about committing suicide?\"
The librarian said, \"Yes. Take a look over there, somewhere on the middle
The chap came back a few moments later and said, \"I can\'t find any at all.\"
The librarian replied, \"Yes, it\'s awful. The swines never bring \'em back!\"


Laura Bush, first lady of literacy has an Interview with Stanley Crouch, who read his stuff at the big presidential Inauguration in D.C.

\"Look, I\'m fairly sure [Laura Bush] is going to be doing things connected to literacy, making books available, teaching kids how to read -- literature is one thing, but reading is another, and those of us currently paying our rent as writers would probably be better off anyway if there were more focus on literacy rather than on celebrating professional authors.\"


54 Public Library Mission Statements

There\'s all kinds of cool stuff over on, not the least of which is 54 Public Library Mission Statements.

There\'s also a Photo Gallery of UN-Shy Librarians, And Plans to offer a print newsletter soon. Free E-NewsLetter, if you are adverse to paper.

Is nothing sacred?

Salon has a rather Interesting Story on Peggy Kamuf, a professor at the University of Southern California, insists that teaching kids to read initiates them into the patriarchal construct of the family unit and society at large, and learning to read is brutal and painful rite of passage.

She says learning to read is violent.



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