Submitted by Ieleen on July 18, 2001 - 4:16am
A Gladstone, Missouri man found guilty of stealing some 58 books valued at about $800 has been forced to pay back $2,118 in damages and has been put on probation for one-year. He stole the books from a number of libraries and then attempted to sell them on E-Bay. Two online bidders contacted the library after purchasing the stolen books. More proof that crime doesn\'t pay, especially on E-Bay. [more...] from The Liberty Sun News.
Submitted by Blake on July 17, 2001 - 4:58pm
The National Library of Australia is celebrating 100 years down under. They\'ve set up a Nifty Website [The Text Version is nice too], that details the full history.
No Worries Mate!
Submitted by Blake on July 17, 2001 - 4:54pm
Three Tasini related stories that have most likely passed through LISNews in the past weeks, but you may have missed them, I apparently did, it\'s hard to keep up sometimes.
Freelancers Fear Blacklisting, a group of freelance writers are claiming that they are the next victims to be blacklisted.
Tasini Takes on The New York Times Again, Jonathan Tasini threatened another suit over what he sees as strong-arm tactics to subvert a ruling on freelancers\' rights.
Stop the Trash Trucks: A Tasini Case Damage-Control Proposal, considers an alternative that would protect the ultimate consumer as well as the future interests of all the creators and handlers of the material.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 17, 2001 - 3:49pm
Remember the people complaining about the proposed new Freeport, IL Public Library as reported earlier at LISNews Here -- And Here? The new library which would house a meeting room and a coffee shop? Well, the people obviously got through to the city\'s legislators. Funding for the new library was rejected in an 11-3 vote. According to the article, \"council members were swayed by phone calls, contacts opposed to funding.\" People want them to \"build it cheaper.\" Don\'t forget to read the comments by citizens at the bottom of the article. Read More Here. from The Journal Standard.
earlier stories: Everyone Can Contribute to Building a Library -- Library Criticized for Building Plans
Submitted by Ryan on July 17, 2001 - 3:13pm
Elcomsoft\'s Dmitri Sklyarov was arrested by U.S. federal agents in Las Vegas after his presentation at Defcon:
Dmitry Sklyarov, of Russian software company ElcomSoft, and author of Advanced eBook Processor, which removes restrictions on reading and printing from encrypted PDF files, was arrested for alleged violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. According to an item on ElcomSoft\'s site, Sklyarov is being held a Las Vegas prison pending judgement on a motion filled by Adobe in California. Adobe has objected to the publication of the software and a presentation, entitled \"eBook Security: Theory and Practice\", that Sklyarov made at Defcon, the annual hacker\'s convention in Las Vegas.
[More from The Register. See \"Russian E-Book Pirates Still Afloat\" for even more on Elcomsoft.]
Submitted by Ieleen on July 17, 2001 - 3:09pm
The Town of Holliday, Texas has no library. If it\'s up to one resident, Deborah Miller, they will soon be on their way to having their own Public library. Miller has accumulated 3,500 books in her home and is trying to gain support from local people to put forth the funding and the effort to build a real library. Read More from The Times Record News.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 17, 2001 - 2:59pm
For The San Francisco Chronicle, Nannette Asimov writes...
\"Once upon a time, a dozen years ago, California\'s leading educators declared that students would do well to read certain books. A list was prepared, but it languished and was soon forgotten. Then along came education standards -- new levels of excellence that students were supposed to meet -- and new money for school libraries, $158.5 million per year. Today, a new list of 2,700 books recommended by state educators appears on the Web, searchable by title, author, awards garnered and even cultural specificity. Click on the title, and a summary appears. The result is an easy-to-use guide for school librarians, teachers, parents and students looking for good books.\"
Submitted by Ieleen on July 17, 2001 - 12:07pm
From Wired News MJ Rose writes...
\"Shortly before midnight on July 9, Jeff Marsh of Marsh Technologies and Peter Zelchenko of VolumeOne placed an order on the Internet for what would be the first print-on-demand book ever to emerge from a fully automated vending machine. Twelve minutes later, the book slid out of a chute on the prototype MTI PerfectBook-080 in Marsh\'s office in Chesterfield, Missouri. The book was Robin Shamburg\'s novel, Mistress Ruby Ties It Together, which explores the bizarre world of sadomasochism. Marsh said it might seem like an odd choice for such a momentous event, \"but maybe it\'s appropriate. After all, we\'ve been on our knees and chained to our machines for the past several weeks,\" he said. My question is this: You want fries with that? [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on July 17, 2001 - 11:49am
A Federal Appeals Court has given Napster until August 9 to file an emergency appeal which will allow them to come back online. They\'ve been offline since July 2. [more...] from The Nando Times.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 17, 2001 - 11:27am
For Web Techniques, Robert Cannon writes...
\"By and large, when it comes to protecting consumer privacy, the mantra in Washington has been self-regulation. Privacy gaffes by online companies are characterized as merely the normal growing pains of the new online economy. In addressing them, government has generally opted to negotiate resolutions with industry and consumer groups, rather than apply new regulations. As with many issues, however, when it comes to children, industry blunders have swiftly been greeted by the sound of the gavel coming down.\" [more...]
Submitted by Ryan on July 17, 2001 - 10:49am
Ralph Nader\'s Commercial Alert has accused Hotbot and other search engines of ordering query results based on fees paid to them:
COMMERCIAL ALERT, a 3-year-old group founded by consumer activist Ralph Nader, asked the FTC to investigate whether eight of the Web’s largest search engines are violating federal laws against deceptive advertising. The group said that the search engines are abandoning objective formulas to determine the order of their listed results, and selling the top spots to the highest bidders without making adequate disclosures to Web surfers. . . The complaint touches a hot-button issue affecting tens of millions of people who submit search queries each day. With more than 2 billion pages and more than 14 billion hyperlinks on the Web, search requests rank as the second most popular online activity after e-mail. [More from MSNBC].
Thanks again to the invaluable geeks at Slashdot :)
Submitted by Ieleen on July 17, 2001 - 10:48am
For The Charleston, (WV) Daily Mail, Dan Forinash writes...
\"In one episode of \"Seinfeld,\" an investigator tracks down Jerry Seinfeld for having a long overdue library book.
In Grafton, WV reality is mirroring television, but for residents with outstanding library books, reality might not be as funny. Fines, enticements, even police arrests used to gain return of overdue books.\" [more...]
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Submitted by Ieleen on July 17, 2001 - 10:37am
The public library in Rochester, NY has joined the E-Reference wave with their Ask a Librarian service. According to Larra Clark, spokeswoman for the ALA, \"More and more people are seeing the benefit of using a librarian because they are the experts in managing and disseminating information. We like to call librarians the ultimate search engines.\" [more...] from Rochester News.com
Submitted by Ryan on July 17, 2001 - 10:31am
Federal Computer Week reports on the National Archives\' antiquated and ineffectual National Personnel Records Center:
Requests for veterans’ records pour in to the National Personnel Records Center at a rate of 6,000 a day. But the records center, a massive warehouse in St. Louis, is ill-equipped to handle the demand. In an age when agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration can share electronic records almost instantly, the National Personnel Records Center still operates much as it did when it opened in 1955. . . On average, it takes workers at the records center 54 days to respond to written requests for records. But sometimes it takes years.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 17, 2001 - 10:22am
For The Mercury News, Dennis Knight writes...
\"Terence Crowley, taught library science with passion. One of his favorite teaching methods in the Library and Information Science Department at San Jose State University was to give students a word to research and watch them come back with the reams of information they had purveyed.\" [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on July 17, 2001 - 10:14am
From The Bradenton, (FL) Herald, Nick Mason writes...
\"The three-month free experiment ended with only 52 e-books checked out, a disappointing result that prompted library officials to decide not to spend a dime to continue making books available on computers.\" [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on July 17, 2001 - 9:50am
From The Flint, (MI) Journal...
Any idea how thieves could smuggle 2-by-3-foot folio-sized books out of the library without detection? I wonder if there were any staff on duty? [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on July 17, 2001 - 9:28am
From BusinessWeek, Stephen Wildstrom writes...
\"Record companies have fought digital distribution of music with every weapon at their disposal. They\'ve won a series of tactical victories, but what do you gain if you win a war against your own customers? The record producers might want to take a page from stodgy old book publishers, who are quietly building a system to distribute digital text, which could help see to it that owners of that text get paid for its use. Along the way, publishers are developing a system for locating and retrieving material on the Web--especially the sort of copyright works now found mostly in libraries.\" [more...]
Submitted by Ryan on July 16, 2001 - 4:09pm
Interesting piece from Salon on plans by the British government to inculcate school children with a respect for copyright law:
If members of the U.K.\'s Creative Industries Task Force have their way, British teenagers will soon be cramming for tests on intellectual property law and the legal implications of file-sharing. Schoolkids who download illicit MP3 files, cut and paste newspaper articles or e-mail them, or exchange JPEG files of Britney Spears will learn the error of their ways -- at least according to the copyright officials.
Thanks to Slashdot.