Submitted by Blake on January 18, 2001 - 4:44pm
The executive board of the American Library Association (ALA) voted
yesterday to initiate legal action challenging the recently enacted
Children\'s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), signed into law on December
21. The decision came after more than a week of intense discussion
among leaders and members during the association\'s annual Midwinter
Meeting. The ALA contends the act is unconstitutional and creates an
infringement of First Amendment protections.
CNET has a Story and so does ZD Net.
Submitted by Blake on January 18, 2001 - 9:30am
State officials formally announced the Web site on Monday, Martin Luther King Day, so I\'m a little behind on this one.
The Missouri State Archives worked with St. Louis Circuit Court and Washington University to put 170 pages of the original Scott documents online.
\"In 1846, Dred Scott and his wife Harriet filed suit for their freedom in the St. Louis Circuit Court. This suit began an eleven-year legal fight that ended in the U.S. Supreme Court, which issued a landmark decision declaring that Scott remain a slave. This decision contributed to rising tensions between the free and slave states just before the American Civil War.
The records displayed in this exhibit document the Scotts\' early struggle to gain their freedom through litigation and are the only extant records of this significant case as it was heard in the St. Louis Circuit Court.
Submitted by Blake on January 18, 2001 - 9:24am
Bob Cox sent in This Story from Scientific American. It\'s a look back from the future, 2500 to be exact. They actually look back to the first society to leave a vivid written record, and it\'s impact on the future.
\"It was mainly war that brought ruin to walled Uruk and to all its royal successors. Whether we moderns will better manage our own overarmed world is far from a foregone conclusion.\"
Submitted by Blake on January 18, 2001 - 9:21am
This Story from Wired says content owners and digital rights management companies are discouraging the growth of digital music by taking liberties with their control of copyrights.
This One says First-sale rights do not exsist on software, since you only \"licensed\" it.
While This One from CNET says some bad things about the new \"Product Activation technology\" from Microsoft. The technology FORCES each user to register the software over the Internet or by phone.
And of course many people feel Mandatory Library Censorware is the worst of all.
Submitted by Blake on January 18, 2001 - 9:14am
Someone suggested \"At Salon Table Talk:
What You Checked Out of The Library Today\" over on Salon.
A topic for everyone, but especially for those of us who either cannot or will not buy books in abundance. Besides, libraries are about the coolest places on Earth, yes? So, tell us what book(s) you checked out today! CDs, videos, records, etc etc are OK too!
Me, I took one on a 350 year old Native American Village in my backyard.
Submitted by Blake on January 17, 2001 - 8:50pm
Lois Fundis writes \" The New York
Times has a Story that one of the nation\'s oldest
magazines (founded 1857), under a new management,
is being redesigned but still focused on \"exploration of
big ideas, big subjects, the American experiment. I do
not mean to get highbrow about it, but that is what The
Atlantic is about.\" It also mentions their longstanding
rivalry with Harper\'s, also founded in the 1850s: \"the
difference between New York and Boston\".
Submitted by Blake on January 17, 2001 - 3:25pm
Lois Fundis writes \"Craig Wilson, in his Wednesday (Jan. 17) column in the Life section of USA Today, praises librarians for our devotion to and skill at \"the hunt\" -- tracking down odd bits of information -- from a public-library reference librarian who helped him when he was a young reporter, to the modern librarians at USA Today. \"The bells and whistles at their disposal were far more advanced than anything Mrs. Susman had back in Saratoga Springs, but the game was the same. They were always ready to dig.\"
Submitted by Blake on January 17, 2001 - 8:42am
Submitted by Blake on January 17, 2001 - 8:27am
One-third of the overall U.S. population uses the Internet at home, compared to just 16% of Latinos and 19% of African Americans, according to recent U.S. Department of Commerce statistics. Cyberstate.org has grand plans to help close the digital divide.
While the LA Times says Minorities Use the Web Differently. African Americans were more likely than other groups to focus on career advancement and professional development, education, family and relationships and entertainment. Latinos were more likely to use the Internet as a major source of news content, particularly for international news.
Meanwhile in the UK the divide seems to be at Work as well, A survey of 200 large firms across Britain, conducted by KPMG\'s legal arm, KLegal, found that 30% did not provide staff below middle management level with internet access. That figure increased to 40% when specialist information technology firms were stripped out of the sample.
In a somewhat related story, BT is turning pay phones into temprarially free internet kiosks, Story Here.
Submitted by Blake on January 16, 2001 - 5:14pm
Submitted by Blake on January 16, 2001 - 4:32pm
CNN is one place with The Story on how bad science textbooks seem to be. Twelve of the most popular science textbooks used at middle schools across the United States are riddled with 500 pages worth of errors. The part that scared me was They tried to contact textbook authors with questions but in many cases the people listed said they didn\'t write the book, some didn\'t even know their names were listed!
\"The books have a very large number of errors, many irrelevant photographs, complicated illustrations, experiments that could not possibly work, and drawings that represented impossible situations,\"
Submitted by Blake on January 16, 2001 - 3:48pm
Lois Fundis writes \"The Washington Post, covering ALA Midwinter, interviews ALA President Nancy Kranich and explains that not only do libraries still count, \"Libraries may get hot\" -- not only because the incoming First Lady is a former librarian, but because \"Libraries are like the ultimate 3-D web sites.\" \"
From the story:
\"Good question. Whom do we ask? AltaVista? Google? Ask Jeeves.com? Nahhh. Let\'s ask a librarian.\"
This is the kind of story I just love to read!
Submitted by Blake on January 16, 2001 - 2:58pm
Richard Peck, author of \"A Year Down Yonder,\" and David Small, illustrator of \"So You Want To Be President?\" are the 2001 winners of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals, the most prestigious awards in children\'s literature.
Submitted by Blake on January 16, 2001 - 2:06pm
Irene Wood sent this along originallyAnn Ferrari has written a nice movie review and was kind enough to share it with us:
I few weeks ago I watched a great British movie called \"Shooting the Past\"
which was a Mobil Masterpiece Theater production in 1999. It\'s the best
and most suspenseful portrayal of a library that I\'ve ever seen in a movie, so
I thought I\'d write up a review. (By the way, it\'s available for sale from
Amazon.com, and I managed to borrow it through my local library).
Shooting the Past is the story of a British photographic library housed on
an old estate......
Submitted by Blake on January 16, 2001 - 11:22am
Sharon Giles Writes:
\"From the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library (from their alert service LibLines)
With the opening of Sophie\'s Agora and Internet Café the HAM-TMC Library will have wireless capabilities. This means that our patrons with laptops and other portable computers may gain access to the internet without being constricted to the computer labs.
There will be 6 access points in the library\'s café, each capable of supporting 250 users anywhere in the library. However, to ensure that signals reach every level of the library, access points will be installed on each floor, allowing laptop users internet access from the stacks, study carrells and study rooms.
Whether you use a laptop or a handheld device all that is needed to access the wireless ports is a wireless PC card adapter.
Click here for more information on wireless technology.
Submitted by Blake on January 16, 2001 - 11:11am
Don Saklad writes \"Seth Finkelstein\'s Free Speech Pages - Censorware Essays are available online at
In case you don\'t know who he is, Seth says:
\"I was one of the very first people arguing against censorware and pointing out the deeps flaws, as early as 1995. Now, that\'s free-speech gospel. But it was a lonely stance back then.
I co-Founded Censorware Project, and spent a lot of time volunteering my skills as chief programmer. Unfortunately, increasing legal risk and lack of desperately needed defense/support for me ended my participation.
With all that programming, I still managed to write some early essays criticizing censorware.
Submitted by Blake on January 16, 2001 - 11:09am
Brian writes \"business2.com
has a Story on the Vatican Library (established in 1451), \"Long closed to those outside the church, the world\'s oldest library has staked out a storefront on the Web.\"
Submitted by Blake on January 16, 2001 - 11:07am
Brock writes \"
Here´s something funny if you need a story for your next edition...Inside Edition is looking for a librarian between 21 and 35 to switch lives
with a Las Vegas showgirl for their \"Switch\" segment. Don\'t ask me why.
The site is flash-only so you to click the link from the homepage \"
Submitted by Steven on January 16, 2001 - 9:05am
Whoa!! Two humor pieces in a row! A friend (thanks Denise) sent me this story from Yahoo a few days ago, but I forgot to post it here. It seems that a library in the UK had to close for a bit while they changed some 300 lightbulbs. I guess we now know the answer to that long asked question.\"The answer is five days and a team of electricians if the bulbs that need changing happen to be in Peckham Library.
The question which has amused generations of schoolchildren and adults alike has finally been answered by Southwark council. It has closed the £4.5 million library - which opened last May - while its 300 light bulbs are replaced by a team of four workers.\"
Submitted by Steven on January 16, 2001 - 8:55am
I put this one from the National Post in the humor category, because it put a smile on my face. There is a bar in Toronto called the Munster Hall Pub where talking is not allowed for two hours on Sundays because they watch a British Soap Opera. It\'s pretty ironic that libraries are getting more and more loud and pubs/bars are getting quiet.\"No one does talk, or even whispers, during the show. It\'s like being in a library. \'\'It is strange,\'\' says Mr. Hamilton. \'\'But in my family -- there\'s eight of us -- you just know not to call during Coronation Street.\"