Internet Pornography Use Common in many Libraries

Bob Cox sent in This Story from It talks about a nationwide survey done by librarian David Burt, which found the viewing of pornography on the Internet by adults and minors is common in many of the country\'s public libraries. It\'s kind of an old story, seems worth a look though.
No kind words about the ALA.

\"Not only has it failed to acknowledge the extent of the problem, but it has established a party line which categorically discourages consideration of any kind or extent of filtering as a solution. Rather than facilitating an open and inclusive forum for discussion, the ALA has circled the wagons, thus disenfranchising thousands of librarians who do not agree with the official stance.\"


The ABCs of a profession on the rise.

Andrew Dillon has written a very cool Look at the IA Field.
He says making others aware of just what we do as professionals has always proved more difficult than it would appear. Sounds like librarianship, eh?
He talks about how IA related to the ballot troubles of the elections.

The ToyBrary

CNN has a short transcript on toy library in Los Angeles where kids can check out toys. An auction is being planned for later this year of a Shirley Temple Red Cross doll, it could bring in a million dollars.Can you just imagine how much fun it would be to be a ToyBrarian?


Contenders for the Crown: Six E-Libraries has what looks like An Interesting Report on what the call eLibraries.

\"E-libraries are poised to become an important component of the e-learning industry, particularly in the higher education market. A major impetus for the e-library industry\'s growth is its acceptance by publishers and other content providers. Virtually every major publisher - including Pearson, McGraw Hill, and Houghton Mifflin - has signed agreements to distribute works via e-libraries.

The six leading e-library firms profiled in the report are Questia, XanEdu, ebrary,, Jones e-global Library, and NetLibrary. Within the next year, e-library businesses will seek to prove the merits of their business models by gaining market acceptance. However, the long-term success factors for e-libraries will be content, channels to end-users, and connection to curriculum.\"

You Download a free overview of the report Here, it\'s a PDF. The full report is not free, you can only read the overview for free.


Cold War thinking at the Library of Congress

Mark C. Rosenzweig writes:Here\'s an Associated
Press Story
of residual Cold War thinking at the
Library of Congress.

My Response:

Open Letter to James Billington, Librarian of Congress

Dear Mr. Billington,

As the Chief Librarian and Archivist of the Reference
Center for Marxist Studies in New York City, an
independent educational institution with custodianship
of the library, documentation and records of the
Communist Party USA, it is of great interest to me how
the historical papers of the CPUSA, sent to the USSR
for safe-keeping during a turbulent period, have
become the property of the principals involved in the
recent announcement from your office \"Library of
Congress Opens to Researchers the Records of the
Communist Party, USA\".

Much More....


Pat Schroeder Answers a Few Questions

Pat Schroeder was nice enough to quickly answer my
request for an interview. She had just a few minutes to
answer a few
questions before she had to leave for an important
event. I am hoping to catch her again in a few weeks to
answer a few more questions.
You may be suprised on some of her answers.

If you don\'t know who she is, Read This before you read
her answers.

The questions and answers follow....

eBooks Rough Road

A couple not so encouraging eBook stories.
E-Books Barely a Blip on Publishing Radar says E-book sales barely show up in the $96 billion U.S. consumer electronics or publishing markets.
\"\"Reading an e-book is just like reading a book ... but it\'s just less fun, more expensive and heavier,\" said Robert Hertzberg, an analyst with Jupiter Research. \"That\'s not much of a marketing motto.\"

While Wired asks What if E-Books Cost Less?, one publisher is lowering prices to sell more books.

A new title for the ref desk?

Janet Clark was nice enough to point out Speed Bump ran a Funny Little Librarian Cartoon.

It\'s a funny on so many levels.


Book Publishing Quickies

I have accumulated more than a few Book / Publishing Industry related stories, so here they are...

Scholastic creates new online lesson plan the folks that bring you Harry Potter has a new web site that includes lesson plans and Web-page builders for teachers as well as education information for parents.

Conflicted Copy Rights is a three-part series on how royalty fees and payments for copyrighted works are established.

The Right to Read is an interesting look at the future, one version of the future.

A few more follow...


Information Highways 2001 Conference & Product Exhibition

When: March 26-27, 2001
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto ON
Theme: e-content / people. knowledge. business

Information Highways is Canada\'s leading event for the Internet content community and a premier learning experience about user-driven Internet content. The program features 5 topic streams including Knowledge Management at Work; Government Online; Enterprise Knowledge ROI; Internet Publishing & Distribution; and Power Users. For more information on keynotes, programming, exhibiting, or registering for INFORMATION HIGHWAYS 2001, click, email info @ or call (416) 488-7372.


E-book Primer

Sarah Ormes sent in this, An E-book Primer. They say integrating e-books into library services looks like being one of the biggest challenges libraries have to face in the next few years.
It\'s a long look at eBooks and has a large number of references to learn more.

Also check out all the other Issue Papers at the site.

L.A. Theatre Works Audio Theatre Collection

Angie MacCambridge Writes:L.A. Theatre Works has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to provide - free of charge - audiocassettes from our Audio Theatre Collection to underserved libraries in all 50 states. This information could benefit libraries in your area.

Learn More about this program below....

Reg On Harry Haters

If we ban Harry Potter, is Macbeth next? is a story on, you guessed it, the ol\' banning of Harry trick.

Reg has written a nice response to the story.

He writes:

I think the people who ban Harry Potter are twits.

But if one is going to argue against them, one must understand the point of their assertions.



Saint of the \'Net

Brian writes \" is one of a number of sites with This Story:

The Pope is reportedly going to name Isidore of Seville as the patron saint of computer programmers and the Internet. Isidore wrote a 20-volume encyclopedia in the 7th century.

One guy jokes, \"If we\'re talking about Silicon Valley, I had always assumed that San Jose was the patron saint of the Internet.\"


No phony birthday parties for \'Catcher in the Rye\'

The Buffalo News has a little article about the \"Catcher in the Rye\"turning 50!

NEW YORK - This year marks the 50th anniversary of J.D. Salinger\'s \"The Catcher in the Rye.\" But don\'t expect to hear that from his publisher.\"


Google takes Deja

It seems that Google has taken over the rest of Deja. The beta site can be found here and the press release can be read here. On a related note, look for old dot com buddies at Dotcomdropout.


Meet your honey at the library

Just in time for Valentines Day, A survey was conducted to rate the importance of different character traits in a potential mate. The answers seem to point at meeting the right guy at the library (that\'s apparently where the smart guys hang out) and the right girl at the gym! \"Women who are looking for long-term relationships place
an extremely high premium on intelligence,\" says Luci Richards, a long time
counselor at The Allied Network. The dating service has interviewed over 8,000
women over the last ten years. As for the men surveyed - attractiveness and
being physical fit were ranked highest.\"


Children\'s Safe Harbor Coming to a Living Room Near You

With the barrage of information surrounding filtering issues in libraries in an effort to protect children from the dangers of surfing the Internet, comes a different perspective in relation to accomplishing the same level of protection in the television viewing arena. It seems that the concept of a \"Safe Harbor,\" which we now know as the Children\'s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) extends to the Children\'s Protection from Violent Programming Act, (someone gimme an acronym puh-leeeeze).

The measure would require the Federal Communications Commission to \"prohibit the distribution of violent television programming,\" during times when kids are most prone to watch TV, according to Rep. Ronnie Shows (D-Miss.), the chief patron of the House bill, which he said he\'ll introduce this week.

To view this story,Click Here. ---- For more from CNS News, Click Here


Ohio Governor Freezes Library Funds, While PA\'s Governor Ridge Gives \'em Boost

From Library Journal .

The state of Ohio has historically been very strong in its support of public libraries, ranking somewhere near the top in funding. The state of Pennsylvania, however, has notoriously been at the opposite end of the library funding universe, suffering from barely-existent book budgets, low salaries and often inadequate facilities.

Last week, it was reported that beginning in 2001, Ohio public schools are no longer required to house libraries or employ degreed librarians. According to This one, it looks as though there\'s more bad news ahead for libraries in the state of Ohio, only this time it affects public libraries. Ohio\'s Governor Taft has frozen library funding, while Pennsylvania gets another big funding boost from Governor Ridge. Way to go Govs.


Britannica Does Britney

Wired has a Story on and the \"spicy\" content designed to appeal to the young-and-bookish set.

\"Interestingly, we seem to be attracting more single people in their 20s than in the past,\" said Jocelyn Turpin, executive producer at \"The shift is partially the result of the more grownup features we\'ve developed.\"



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