Submitted by Celine on June 13, 2001 - 3:41pm
England and Wales have just adopted national standards for libraries, which call for improvements such as longer opening hours, free or cheap Internet access and convenient locations. The Guardian reports that this has led to a battle between modernists and traditionalists \"for the soul of the library\". Tower Hamlets in London has closed 5 of its 12 branch libraries in order to open 7 new hi-tech \"idea stores\", located in shopping centers and open supermarket hours. Several other cities are looking at a similar move, but there are concerns about the closures of branch libraries. The story is an interesting look at the future of public libraries and the changes that lie ahead.
Submitted by Blake on June 13, 2001 - 2:57pm
A New Haven Register Story on an exhibit by Leslie Ann Williams and Seth Godfrey, called \"The Bonfire of Liberties.\" They detail book banning from as far back as the rewriting of Mayan history through the banishing of \"Huckleberry Finn\" and beyond. They are also including Web sites and filtering. It\'s at the New Haven Free Public Library.
\"We\'re hoping this will provoke a reaction. Reading levels are down,\" he said, adding that too many people rely solely on television for entertainment. \"And because of that, there\'s a mindlessness that dilutes critical thinking.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 13, 2001 - 11:57am
BrillsContent has a Story by Harold Bloom on the curious history of what we scrawl in the margins of books.
\"We read in order to live, even if in dark passages we read in order to survive. It may be that Jackson is right. Moses said to Joshua: \"Would to God that all the Lord\'s people were prophets!\" Perhaps it would be good if all readers violated the Marginalia Taboo.\"
Submitted by Brian on June 13, 2001 - 11:57am
It\'s that age-old story: Racist guy wants to speak in library, library says okay, library changes mind and says no, racist sues library. The Chicago Tribune reported this week that a judge has denied the Schaumburg Township District Library\'s motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the library by Illinois\' favorite white supremacist, Matt Hale. Here\'s the story.
What the Trib story doesn\'t say is that the Schaumburg library board turned Hale down the day after his appearance at the Peoria PL turned into a nasty clash between his supporters and protesters. Chairs were thrown, mace was sprayed, and the local TV news cameras were there. I\'m wondering if Schaumburg would have a better case if, instead of outright denying the request for Hale to speak there, they had made their approval contingent on Hale or his supporters putting up some money for extra security.
Submitted by Blake on June 13, 2001 - 9:57am
Yet Another Story on the big flap in Alaska.
You may recall Mayor George Wuerch removed a gay pride exhibit from the city library. Now they say a torrent of messages from both sides has poured into Wuerch\'s office since he ruled on June 5 against the display at Z.J. Loussac Public Library. This quote made it all worth reading.
\"Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!\" wrote Linda Carleton, a mother of two whose family owns an electrical contracting business. \"You have made me proud. I was so excited I faxed this good news to Dr. Laura,\" a reference to talk radio host Laura Schlessinger. In an interview, Carleton said, \"I don\'t want my children going to the library and thinking it is an acceptable lifestyle.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 13, 2001 - 9:51am
Cabot writes \"A small Ottawa company is gearing up to store more than 300 years of the United States\' most precious memories in Canada\'s capital.
Cold North Wind, which digitizes newspapers so
they can be searched and viewed over the Internet,
has teamed with the National Newspaper Association
(NNA) in a deal that will see Cold North digitize
microfilmed editions of 3,600 NNA-member newspapers, bringing as many as 500 million news
pages to Internet.
Full Story \"
Submitted by Celine on June 13, 2001 - 12:32am
The Guardian (UK) has this story on how Britain is becoming the
new centre for the illegal trafficking of rare books and
manuscripts, many of which have been stolen from European
While they can\'t seem to keep the illegal stuff out, the
good stuff is getting away.
This story from The Independent on how British libraries
are not able to
compete with \"wealthy American libraries\" which are
offering big bucks to buy up the papers of famous modern
British authors including Ted Hughes, Martin Amis and Salman
Now if someone will just point me at one of these wealthy
Submitted by Blake on June 12, 2001 - 11:04pm
Bob Cox pointed out Forbes is running
a really neato Series of Questions.
They Include, Who was the first person to envision the
Internet? Does the Web site of the Girl Scouts of
America contain cookies? Will there ever be
compatibility among operating systems?
And... Who first called it \"surfing the Web\"?
Of course we all know it was Jean Armour Polly, a
former public librarian working on an article about the
Internet in 1992.
It\'s a really fun look at some of the questions you
never thought to ask, not that you would know who to
ask if you\'d have thought of it in the first place.
Submitted by Blake on June 12, 2001 - 6:36pm
I just like the title of this one, when was the last time you saw the word \"Flub\" in the title of a story?
The Detroit News is Reporting the Detroit Public Library\'s chief accountant says the Detroit Public library is mishandling millions of dollars worth of grant money. He was terminated last week after just five months on the job.
Submitted by Blake on June 12, 2001 - 6:32pm
Chris Mulder, State Agency Cataloger at State Library of North Carolina has written a nice Article about cataloging newspapers in an older edition of Mississippi Libraries. It almost makes me want to go back and do some cataloging.
\"Do you like mysteries? How about puzzles, riddles or mazes? Well, if you can answer \"yes\" to any of the above, you may be a natural-born newspaper cataloger. For me, newspapers offer the most fun a serials cataloger can have, even though they can also be very challenging.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 12, 2001 - 6:29pm
Submitted by Blake on June 12, 2001 - 2:09pm
Someone passed along This Story from the great city of Columbus, OH.
The Bexley Library has taken to auctioning books on the web to help raise money.
They\'ve been doing it for 2 years and have raised $1,800 by selling about 100 books online. The library\'s biggest items: two pamphlets and a signed letter from Booker T. Washington that went for $500.
\"They knew that they had some gems they were getting,\" said Sandy Lemkin, a reference librarian at Bexley Library. \"It\'s a wider audience that you can appeal to. When you\'re on eBay, you have wonderful exposure.\"
Submitted by Ryan on June 12, 2001 - 12:45pm
Conducting a collection survey? Today\'s New York Times profiles several free online purveyors of random numbers that can assist you in getting a valid sample...
Pay a visit to the home page of [a] purveyor of unpredictability, called Hotbits, and you will hear what sounds like the erratic clicking of a Geiger counter. It is the sound of neutrons in a radioactive substance spewing out electrons and gamma rays as they decay. This decay is random, as guaranteed by laws of quantum mechanics, so by training a Geiger counter on a sample of krypton 85 and feeding the signal to a computer, Hotbits generates a constant stream of random digits. Just fill out an electronic form, saying how many bits you want and they will be dispatched immediately over the Internet. . .
Submitted by Blake on June 12, 2001 - 11:47am
LGordon writes \"A new program to help provide new library books for the schools in Clark County, Nevada, is underway. Clark County Reads aims to help provide library books for the children of Las Vegas. In Clark County, school libraries provide an average of 7 books per student, while the national average is 18. With only $7.00 per student allocated for library expenditures, it is difficult for schools to purchase an adequate number of books to replace the aged books on the shelves\"
There is an
Editorial and the Full Story
Submitted by Blake on June 11, 2001 - 6:37pm
Salon has an interesting Story on our new found censorship impulse.
Charles Taylor comes out solidly on the side of free speech.
\"At the heart of that argument is the belief that society should be remade for everyone, not just children. Basically, my friend was arguing that all adult discourse should be rendered suitable for kids, that entertainment or writing specifically intended for adults is somehow dangerous and that, as journalists, we should all be required to adhere to a phony \"family newspaper\" standard. \"
Submitted by Blake on June 11, 2001 - 6:07pm
Wired showed the way to This Really Neat Study by the Xerox PARC User Interface Research Group on Information Foraging.
\"Information foraging theory is an approach to the analysis of human activities involving information access technologies. It aims to provide an understanding of how strategies and technologies for information seeking, gathering, and consumption are adapted to the flux of information in the environment. Much of the work is inspired by optimal foraging theory in biology and anthropology, which analyzes the adaptive value of food-foraging strategies. The theory focuses analysis on how the user gains value from interaction and the cost of that interaction. Adaptive behaviors and technologies are ones that have superior value in relation to cost (e.g. time). We use the theory to understand human-computer interaction, and to develop new design and engieering models.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 11, 2001 - 6:02pm
Found This Interesting paper by Kirsten Anderson on why feminism does matter in Library and Information Studies.
Some of her points include, Feminism is for everybody, The status of women and the status of librarianship, Female intensive, but not female dominant and Gender division of labour.
Check it Out.
Submitted by Blake on June 11, 2001 - 5:40pm
On This Story
Dan Lester writes: \"I\'d like to see any ALA policy or official statement that is opposed
to having library staff maintain normal order and decorum. And of course that means that you have to have policies relating to whatever normal order and decorum might be in your environment. In fact, I think that a bit of research will show that ALA has taken a position in several cases supporting reasonable policies for patron behavior.
Submitted by Blake on June 11, 2001 - 12:57pm
Slashdot told me about another cool story. This time NewScientist is running a Story on EInk. They say they have succeeded in making electronic paper work in full color. They say Laptops, palmtops and cellphones with rigid electronic paper screens will be on the market within the next two years.
Coming soon, eNewsPapers, eFoldUpBooks, ePaper?
Submitted by Blake on June 11, 2001 - 10:44am