Submitted by Ben on March 20, 2001 - 1:25pm
US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki has put together reading lists for soldiers from raw recruits (Tom Brokaw\'s The Greatest Generation) all the way up to generals (Clausewitz, Kissinger and Thucydides).
Gen. Shinseki says, \"There is no better way to develop the sure knowledge and confidence required of our calling than a disciplined, focused commitment to a personal course of reading and study.\"
I don\'t often agree with warmongers, but -- right on, Brother!
Submitted by Ieleen on March 20, 2001 - 11:08am
I have never researched how many times in history the ALA has taken an issue to the Supreme Court, but [this one...] according to ABC News, may well be headed that way.
It is expected that if the ruling is handed down that libraries must comply or lose federal funds, some libraries will ultimately decide to give up the funding in order to prove their point. Is this the common sense approach?
Submitted by Blake on March 20, 2001 - 10:46am
Charles Davis writes \"From
Controversial plans to turn part of Oxford\'s
Bodleian Library into a pay-as-you-enter visitor
centre have been withdrawn.
After much opposition, the University has
decided to withdraw temporarily its planning
application for more consultation with city council
planning officers. \"
Submitted by Ieleen on March 20, 2001 - 10:20am
David Plotnikoff [writes...]
Libraries bracing for CIPA\'s arrival have almost no idea how it will affect them and when. The law, the latest in a long set of Internet filtering proposals championed by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., doesn\'t contain specific details on the mechanics of compliance. The FCC is drawing up regulations and time lines for its implementation. [more...] from the Silicon Valley
Submitted by Blake on March 19, 2001 - 2:33pm
Submitted by Ieleen on March 19, 2001 - 12:45pm
SIRS Mandarin, Inc. has announced the launch of the SIRS Resource Center, an evolving collection of educational Internet resources for students, teachers and librarians. Lesson plans, online reference tools and library resources
can be found in this free, interactive resource guide.
Submitted by Ieleen on March 19, 2001 - 12:25pm
Michael Liedtke [writes...]
AltaVista will add an online newsstand to its main index Monday to make its results more topical and useful to surfers looking for up-to-the-minute information.
With the new service, Palo Alto-based AltaVista will automatically produce the top stories related to search requests. Clicking on a news center at the top search page will provide a complete index of all the latest online stories about the requested topic.
The new feature, licensed from San Francisco-based Moreover, addresses a glaring shortcoming for even the most powerful search engines. [more...]
Submitted by Blake on March 19, 2001 - 11:37am
Charles Davis sent in a couple stories on the libraries at Oxford.
Ex-US President Clinton will visit Oxford on May 25th to open the Rothermere American Institute, within which the
Vere Harmsworth Library sits.
The Full Story
Another Story On the radical plan to turn the university library into a pay-as-you-enter visitor centre is provoking a fierce war of words. They call it the \"theme park proposal\", \'sacrilegious\' and \'a desecration\'.
Are there any other libraries that charge to enter?
Submitted by Steven on March 19, 2001 - 10:11am
The New York Times has an article on filtering. The fight is ready to begin and the ACLU and ALA are poised.
\"hen Jeffery Pollock ran for Congress last year, he posted his forceful opinions on more than a dozen topics on his Web site, pollock4congress .com, including his support for the federally mandated use of Internet \"filtering\" software to block pornography in schools and libraries. Then he discovered that his own site was blocked by one of those filtering programs, Cyber Patrol.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 18, 2001 - 3:51pm
Who says librarians are boring?
Bob Cox sent along This Story on Lucy Dudko, a softly spoken mother and librarian was arrested after a crazy jail break attempt. She hijacked a helicopter at gunpoint in 1999 and forced the pilot to land in the exercise yard of a prison, where her boy friend was waiting for her to bust him out.
Submitted by Blake on March 16, 2001 - 4:54pm
One More Story on the Dirty-Book
Guy. This time the Charlotte Public Library trustees say
they will not change their policy for selecting library
books to accomodate his tempor tantrums.
The nine-page policy says the library offers
collections to meet the demographics of all its citizens
and on all points of view.
That includes items \"which reflect controversial,
unorthodox or even unpopular ideas.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 16, 2001 - 4:45pm
Jud writes \"The egregious Nicholson \"automation-is-a-money-pit\" Baker burps and gets into mass market at The New Yorker, while correctives to his hysteria, like the fine one in First Monday by Richard J. Cox (firstmonday.org), languish in relative online obscurity.
Nicholson still doesn\'t realize that automation is the key to his dream: guaranteeing preservation of last copies. For a much earlier-- and tongue-in-cheek--reply to Baker (I submitted it to the New Yorker, but for some reason they didn\'t run it) see \"Malodorous Catalog\" at librarians.freeservers.com \"
Submitted by Ieleen on March 16, 2001 - 11:59am
This one comes from The Nando Times. It seems that all over the U.S. crews are destroying city streets, homes and businesses in order to make room for high speed Internet access. The problem isn\'t so much what they\'re doing, but what they\'re leaving behind. [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on March 16, 2001 - 11:27am
In this month\'s Computers in Libraries, Fred R. Reenstjerna [writes...]
\"So what\'s the real story on ASPs? Do they work? Are they viable options for purchasing applications? Just as you may be surprised by the silly advice you\'d get from a Magic 8 Ball, you may be surprised to discover that you\'re probably using an ASP right now. If you have an Internet based e-mail account on Hotmail, AOL, or any similar service, you\'re an ASP user.\"
Submitted by Ben on March 16, 2001 - 9:07am
Submitted by Ieleen on March 15, 2001 - 3:24pm
In today\'s New York Times, Lisa Guernsey [writes...]
\"Last fall, a French judge named Jean-Jacques Gomez made Internet history, and attracted a flock of critics, when he ordered the Yahoo Web site to prevent French residents from viewing Nazi memorabilia in its online auctions.
To Yahoo, the appearance of Nazi uniforms and other objects was simply an unintended byproduct of the borderless Internet: the items, which were being offered by sellers all over the world, happened to be on French computer screens.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 15, 2001 - 12:33pm
Wired is running a Story about the reaction to high journal prices.
Since journal costs have skyrocketed to the point where they are just unaffordable to researchers, someone is attempting to reclaim control by creating alternatives to leading commercial publications that have gotten so stupidly over priced.
A new, nonprofit, online venture, The Electronic Society for Social Scientists (ELSSS), is offering journals that are at least 50 percent cheaper than major commercial academic publishers.
This is some very cool stuff, good ideas from smart people that change the market. Rather than just complaining about things, someone did something about it.
\"\"In the next three months decisions will be taken that will change significantly academic journal publishing in economics,\" -Manfredi La Manna creator of ELSSS.
Submitted by Blake on March 15, 2001 - 9:28am
Law.com is one of a million places to read This Story on the latest problems with Harry Potter.
A book entitled \"The Legend of Rah and the Muggles\" was written by Author Nancy Stouffer in 1984, way before Harry took over. \"Rah and the Muggles\" includes a character named Larry Potter, has a character named Lilly Potter, and they say J.K. Rowling\'s books use similar illustrations.
\"This is all absurd,\" -Scholastic Inc.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 15, 2001 - 9:23am
Slowly we seem to be losing more and more of our privacy. Those of us whose names are All over the web have even less, and some people want to keep it that way, and even want to take more, so they can make more money.
This Story (And Another) on \"the Online Privacy Alliance\" (that\'s such an ironic name for this group), a group made up of Microsoft, AOL Time Warner, IBM, AT&T, BellSouth and Sun Microsystems, explains what I mean. Not exactly a group of people I woud say want to make it easier for us to hide from them.
The ALA seems to be too worried about filtering and Boy Scouts to make much noise in this area. What\'s more important to you?
Submitted by AnnaKh on March 14, 2001 - 11:57pm
Ann Sparanese presented the following report to the hearing of the Latin American Subcommittee of the ALA International Relations Committee on the topic of the Cuban \"Independent Libraries\" in Washington, DC, at the ALA Midwinter Conference. Robert Kent and Company, whose emails you no doubt have seen, had taken his cause to this committee and expected a resolution from ALA Council which would have furthered his anti-Cuban cause. As a result of Mrs. Sparanese\'s report and other efforts, the LA Committee recommended \"no action.\" The report, which should satisfy readers as the \"last word\" on this issue, follows...