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Happy Banned Books Week!!
An ugly situation in IA. Ankeny Iowa police needed information on a missing teen-age girl and asked Ankeny\'s Kirkendall Public Library staff for help. The library staff refused, citing a state law that requires all library transactions to be confidential. Luckily the girl turned up a couple days later. The Full Story is at The Des Moines Register
\"Libraries are places for free intellectual inquiry. They\'re not places for you to be watched,\" said Barbara Mack, an Iowa State University journalism professor.
\"It seems like there\'s publication of just about everything: credit cards, bank accounts, you name it. If the library is still able to keep this stuff confidential, more power to them,\"
Library patron Elden Bucher
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\"We think it\'s important to remind people that free speech has to be fought for on a daily basis,\" said Chris Finan, an organizer of the event and president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. \"It\'s often the best books that get attacked. If we can\'t use these books, we can\'t do a good job educating our children.\"
A funny thing happened the other day. Business 2.0
profiled one of the services the company I work for
offers. This included a screen shot of our web site, and
a nice review of our service. That wasn\'t the funny part.
The funny part was the reaction the article received
around the office. “Giddy” best summarizes the
responses of these 20 something dot.com employees
to having the web site they designed in a magazine.
Strange, considering it probably is viewed by more
people in a single day on the web, than will ever see it
in the magazine. But being in print made it some how
different, some how more worthy and important.
“Interesting”, I said to myself. “Perhaps the printed
word isn’t as dead as they say”. -- Read More
A Heart Warming
Story from PA on how well the libaries are doing.
It\'s nice to see good news for a change.
\"Since 1999, the Ridge administration has more
than doubled state aid for libraries, to $62 million a
year. It has earmarked another $12 million for
computers, software and online resources for libraries.
State officials are rewriting Pennsylvania\'s 39-year-old
library code - the legal document governing public
libraries - to improve operations and reward local
governments that increase funding for their
Bob Cox sen this in:Consider the plight of a
traditional librarian trying to
deal with the
Internet. Providing organized access to something as
volatile, dynamic, and
disorganized as the Internet is truly what they call in
opportunity\'. Founded in 1996 as a public nonprofit and
located in the
Presidio of San Francisco, the Internet Archive is
\'opportunity\' by taking snapshots of Internet sites at
periods, in essence preserving the place as it was, and
resulting archive available for scholars and
researchers. To gain
access to it, you must register and describe either a
project that requires
you to get your grubby virtual paws on the material or a
plan to deposit
material. As of March 2000, the Archive had 1billion
Web pages, 50,000 FTP
sites, and 16 million Usenet postings amounting to
well over 14 terabytes
of data. The site describes the challenges of
materials, how the snapshots (really Web crawls) are
taken, the limitations
to such automated processes, what plans for the future
are, and just why
digital libraries are important:
Dr. Laura Schlessinger\'s new television show is ailing.
The \"Dr. Laura\" syndicated talk show has drawn low ratings and protests from gay activists, and now production has been stopped for a week, officials said.
Show spokeswoman Linda Lipman said the move was part of a pre-planned hiatus. But it is surprising because the show premiered only last week.
The break will give Paramount a chance to retool the daytime show, according to Friday\'s Los Angeles Times and the New York Post.
Feedmag has an Interview with Brewster Kahle the founder of Alexa who has built what they claim is the largest library in the world. They have collected thirty terabytes of data, archiving both the web itself, and the patterns of traffic flowing through it on their servers. It\'s interesting to what he considers a library, and how much it costs to catalog a book (hint:he says that\'s a bad thing)
\"In just three years we got bigger than the Library of Congress, the biggest library on the planet,\" he says, arms outstretched, smiling. \"So the question is: What do we do now?\" -- Read More
A suggested Story from Salon.com on \"The Plant\". The latest numbers showed that just under 70 percent of those downloading \"The Plant\" paid for it. Mr. King has set 75 percent as the minimum for him to continue after part three, which will be available on his Web site Monday. Pay up!
Someone sent in this Story from Salon on a complaint from a parent that prompted school officials to pull Aldous Huxley\'s novel \"Brave New World\" from library shelves in Alabama. \"Brave New World\" ranks 54th on the ALA\'s list of the top 100 books drawing complaints during the 1990s.
\"Kathleen Stone of Elberta filed the complaint in letters to the school and Gov. Don Siegelman. She said Wednesday the novel\'s references to orgies, self-flogging, suicide and the characters\' contempt for religion, marriage and family do not make it a good choice for high school students.
\"When you\'re a college student, it\'s one thing, but I don\'t think too much of assigning this to high school students,\" Stone said.
Friday updates for this week include antique newspaper dispute, Fool\'s Gold, Book banning is bad, Library Opera, digital revolution, e-books, and much, much, more. Enjoy!! -- Read More
Ready for the weekend? Before you shut down the computer check out the Studio B
Buzz highlights. A study predicts a strong book
publishing future but a survey shows that Internet users
prefer the paper kind.... -- Read More
Brian writes \"Despite the mayor\'s enthusiasm for
bicycles-as-transportation, Chicago Public Library still
has no secure bike parking for employees. Chicago
Tribune columnist Eric Zorn has the Story.
He suggests, in part:
\"Put a cage around one of
those indoor parking spaces now used by an
environmentally unfriendly, traffic-thickening car and
make it a bike locker for employees; shove supplies
aside somewhere in the bowels of the building and
designate a bike parking area; or let employees park
their bikes near their work spaces.\"
Bob Cox sent in This Story from The BBC. Talks
about Journalist Alan Travis,who wrotea history of
censorship in the UK, \"Bound and Gagged, A Secret
History of Obscenity in Britain \". He seems to think
the internet will come under increasingly restrictive
\"Unfortunately, I think the great libertarian days
of cyberspace, whereby you can have a very powerful
medium beamed into every home which won\'t in some
way be limited in terms of what material comes
through, is over.\" -- Read More
Pam Force wrote a fantastic in-depth look at childrens privacy concerns in the library.
How do we define privacy? And what are the problems behind the complex issue of children\'s privacy in the library? Privacy can be defined as the ability to control information about one\'s self. Respecting the privacy of others is tantamount to accepting others as members of the human race. Once gaining privacy was as simple as closing the curtains, but no longer. The internet has made the issue of privacy a very personal one for every individual, not just those who use it. -- Read More
The Digital Freedom Network is running a contest to show how inadequate censoring software can be.
\"The purpose of the contest is to have a little more fun with something whose greatest accomplishment is as an object of ridicule. It\'s the Corvair of programming,\" said DFN Internet Development Director Alan Brown of censorware.
Full details are here
The \'Gay Book\' stories continue. Someone [sorry I lost the name] sent in this Story I managed to find at Canada.com. The school trustees of a Vancouver suburb had the right to bar three books about same sex couples from kindergarten and first grade classrooms.
\"No society can be said to be truly free where only those whose morals are uninfluenced by religion are entitled to participate in deliberations related to moral issues of education in public schools...\"
Again, no word on how many children got gayed after reading the books. -- Read More
Mary Musgrave was the first one to send in The Story from TRNOnline. A federal judge struck down Wichita Falls, TX \"gay books\" library resolution saying the controversial rule was unconstitutional. The case stems from a two-year controversy over \"Heather Has Two Mommies\" and \"Daddy\'s Roommate\". They has set up a petition system to allow library patrons to ask the library to move children\'s books to other sections of the library.
It required the signatures of 300 card holders who were 18 or older and had lived in Wichita Falls for at least six months. No word on how many children turned gay from the books. -- Read More
\"It\'s not the normal way we do business,\" said Doug
Ross, chairman of the board, on Tuesday. \"If their only
intention is to see the books banned then they\'ll never
be happy, because were not in the business of banning
books or censoring material.\"
No word on how
many students were turned into witches.
Don\'t forget Banned Books Week
runs Sept. 23-30. Ban a book a day to celebrate! -- Read More