Submitted by Blake on April 9, 2001 - 7:02pm
Here\'s a funny (not funny Ha-Ha, but funny it\'s-so-pathetic-I-must-laugh funny) story from news.com on US Senate Majority Leader Dick Armey.
He said that since 97% of all federal Web sites failed to meet current privacy standards, there is no point trying to implement anymore standards.
\"We have an uphill battle,\" admitted Ed Mierzwinski, consumer program director for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and a member of the Privacy Coalition. \"But all this shows is that the (corporate) agenda has been adopted by the House leadership, which we already knew.\"
See Also another good story.
Submitted by Blake on April 9, 2001 - 6:01pm
Lee Hadden writes: \"We sometimes forget that many of the heroes in librarianship are not
necessarily the library staff, but the public library patrons. Here is an
account from the Washington Post about the integration of the public
library in Loudoun County, VA.\"
It was April 9, 1957, Loudoun County\'s only \"public\" library, in Purcellville, opened its doors to black patrons.
Submitted by Blake on April 9, 2001 - 1:28pm
Submitted by Ieleen on April 9, 2001 - 11:14am
Submitted by Ieleen on April 9, 2001 - 10:50am
Millions of books in the Library of Congress have deteriorated to the point where they can\'t be lent to users without risking irreparable damage.
Centuries-old print newspaper archives have been replaced by blurry reels of outdated microfilm degraded from years of overuse and time worn chemicals. [more...] from Wired News.
Submitted by Ieleen on April 9, 2001 - 10:45am
The workings of government in the first decades of the information era have been poorly recorded, archiving experts say. Years of valuable public records may have already been lost, creating a gap in the country\'s historical record.
Archivists, government watchdog groups and investigative reporters worry that unless the problem is solved, the lack of information could make it more difficult to hold government officials accountable for their decisions and policies. [more...] from Wired News.
Submitted by Blake on April 9, 2001 - 10:31am
Sarah Jean writes \"
Christina Dougherty has persuaded the library board to review its stolen-book policy at its next meeting April 18.... “I’ve ruled out libraries. I’m not going to get another library card.”
Is this something that public libraries should be considering? Are we pushing away potential library users? \"
The Tacoma, WA, Public Library gave her a $1,000 fine for materials taken by a thief using her stolen card.
Submitted by Blake on April 9, 2001 - 10:16am
Someone submitted This \"amusing (and alarming) article on Internet misinformation\" from AJR News Link\". It turns out some \"Journalists\" are even more useless than I thought they were.
\"What journalists need to do is learn to distinguish between the crap on the Web and the good stuff,\" says Yale University researcher and lecturer Fred Shapiro. \"It\'s a crucial skill and one that some journalists need to be taught.\"
Submitted by Blake on April 8, 2001 - 10:13pm
Looks like the Dirty Book
Guy may have won after all.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg\'s library system library board
leaders told librarians to consider limiting children\'s
access to selected library books. The library board
chairman and vice chairman asked for measures that
could be taken to \"safeguard\" children\'s \"access to
adult controversial books.\"
They also want to review the library\'s book selection
policy to ensure it reflects \"community standards in the
broadest possible sense.\"
\"We decided that, based on continuing concern
that we\'ve heard expressed, we would go and look at
our acquisition process and we\'d ask staff to look at
how accessible objectionable materials are to young
Submitted by Blake on April 8, 2001 - 10:05pm
Sarah Jean Passed
along Dubya\'s Statement on National Library Week
I am pleased to join my fellow Americans in observing
National Library Week. An educated citizenry provides
the foundation for a free and democratic
society.Libraries promote the sharing of knowledge,
connecting people of all ages with
valuable information resources. These dynamic and
modern institutions, and the librarians who staff them,
add immeasurably to our quality of life... \"
Submitted by Blake on April 8, 2001 - 4:19pm
Magazine has an Interesting Story on Fonts, or
I know, you\'re thinking, So? Well, according to this story,
there is alot of thought put into what font is used for
what. They even say typeface begins as a work of art!
\"The ideal typeface for a book is like the perfect
narrator for a film: It draws the audience in and helps
set the tone and style. \"Every typeface has a
personality,\" says Lisa Clark, a book designer\"
Submitted by Blake on April 8, 2001 - 4:14pm
Two stories on \"Doublefold: Libraries and the Assault
on Paper\", a book that has some harsh words for some
library practices. The NY Times Story includes words from
James Billington, the librarian of Congress.
SunTimes also has a Book Review and further
comments on the book.
Submitted by Blake on April 6, 2001 - 4:36pm
If you haven\'t checked out this months NewBreedLibrarian you missed an Interview with Jeffrey Zeldman, and and Cool Report from the ACRL conference in Denver.
There\'s also a neat Interview were they asked three students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign why they chose to pursue an MLS.
I got my MLS to meet more women, live the Rock-N-Roll Lifestyle, and make millions so I can retire at 25.Things haven\'t worked out so well for me....
Submitted by Steven on April 6, 2001 - 10:58am
Newsbytes has this article about Xrefer providing reference service to content providers, for a fee (about $1500).\"Daryl Rayner, XRefer.com\'s marketing director, said that since the Web portal has been running for some time, many content providers have approached the company with information that is suitable for publishing on the Web. The problem has been that their information has been highly specialized, as well as having a higher value that our standard XRefer.com service,\" she said.\"
Submitted by Ieleen on April 6, 2001 - 10:37am
Congressional lawmakers are considering legislation that would make donors and donation amounts to presidential libraries public. As if we didn\'t know this was coming. Better make sure you get a receipt. [more...] from CNS News.
Submitted by Blake on April 5, 2001 - 10:05pm
Here\'s An Article I found on a part of librarianship
I\'m not sure I even knew exsisted.
They say content preservation is the main problem in
the management of audio-visual archives, and present
various options for taking care of your archives. Lots of
nice fancy charts and graphs in this one.
Submitted by Blake on April 5, 2001 - 6:12pm
Ever wonder why We don\'t have our own TLD?That is, why there is no LISNews.lib, or loc.lib.
Well, Searcher Magazine has a Story to answer your questions!
One reason was it cost $50,000 to apply for, another, who would run it? I\'m sure we\'re all looking forward to those exciting new .aero\'s!
Submitted by Blake on April 5, 2001 - 5:20pm
T. G. McFadden Writes:
\"Questia has recently made changes to its search-and-retrieval interface (in response to suggestions from users, according to the marketing side) that represent a pretty fair misunderstanding of how the typical undergraduate will want (or need) to use the database.
Prior to this change, the initial search screen (“Quick Search”) presented the standard author, title-word, and subject options. More advanced variations on these basic themes were available in the “Power Search” mode. Now, however, the initial search screen (still “Quick Search”) combines by default all of these search types into a single search statement. This has the following result, when the search concept is the rationalist philosopher Descartes.
Submitted by Steven on April 5, 2001 - 2:07pm
I saw this story in the New York Times today. A company has created a new top level domain, .geo, which would allow people to search geographically via the web. Pretty cool idea, but ICANN hasn\'t approved it...yet.\"It is possible to find local services like movie theaters and car dealers on the Internet by typing your ZIP code into a search box on many Web sites. But the success of these searches depends on the indexing capabilities of the particular search engine, in addition to how well the site has been registered, two factors that can vary a great deal. It may be easy to find Web sites for museums in Florence, Italy, but shouldn\'t it be just as easy to find out what time the hardware store down the street closes?\"
Submitted by Blake on April 5, 2001 - 1:47pm
The CBC has an audio interview with Judith Krug the Director of Intellectual Freedom At the ALA.
You can hear the hearings HERE (E-Rate and Filtering: a Review of the Children’s Internet Protection Act.
Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet)
Blocking XXX on the WWW takes a look at both sides of filtering.
Mona Charen\'s conservative views on filtering.
A Look at where some of your filtering money went (hint: adult novelty and drug paraphernalia)