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...]
Submitted by Ieleen on July 17, 2001 - 10:41am
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.
Submitted by Ryan on July 16, 2001 - 10:43am
A short piece on \"Belgium: Two Looks,\" a newly opened photography exhibit at the Cuban National Library:
Klaude Kacking, director of the newspaper Cuban Review, which is sponsoring the exhibition, noted that two years of professional work had gone into the display and that it had received support from the Kingdom of Belgium’s embassy in Cuba, the National Library and a group of other sponsors. He noted that the exhibition had first been displayed in Brussels before moving to Havana, allowing the two cities to get to know each others’ cultures and peoples, through a display that characterizes the now traditional ties of friendship. He also noted that it was significant that the exhibition was opened on February 14, the international day of lovers. [More from Granma Internacional.]
More on Cuban\'s expanding relationship with
Belgium, also from Granma
Submitted by Blake on July 15, 2001 - 7:32pm
urnal has This Story on The Bureau of Braille
and Talking Book Library Services, down in Florida.
It is the largest library of its kind in the world. It\'s so
busy that the U.S. Postal Service has assigned the
library its own ZIP code. The library covers
89,160-square feet, has a combined collection of more
than 2.1 million copies of books in Braille and on tape,
and a circulation of more than 1 million per year.
Submitted by Blake on July 15, 2001 - 7:29pm
ZDNet Says the Concise
Oxford Dictionary has decided to include the shorthand
language in its revised edition published on Thursday.
Examples that have found a place in the dictionary
include BBLR (be back later) and
HAND (have a nice day). They are joined by
emoticons--representations of facial
expressions such as :) and :(.
Submitted by Blake on July 15, 2001 - 7:20pm
Submitted by Blake on July 15, 2001 - 7:08pm
Tired of sitting on the reference desk? Had enough of
Well. maybe you should think about becoming a
Web data analyst. This Story
says the current lack of brainpower available to interpret
Web data means demand for analytic talent far
outweighs supply—by at least 2-to-1. That means even
enterprises willing to shell out big bucks for qualified
analysts will have trouble finding them.
Attributes needed for the job include statistical skills, IT
savvy and project management experience.
Submitted by Blake on July 15, 2001 - 5:56pm
Here\'s An Interesting Story on
virtual libraries from New Zealand.
The author says digital libraries are
computer-based systems that do the jobs good
librarians do in the real world – acquisition, extraction of
metadata, indexing, cataloguing and organising.
\"Digital Libraries hold the possibility that we
might regain perspective on the billions of pieces of
information in the web ocean. Witten believes his
Greenstone will help, expressing his hopes through a
Maori prayer, \"May peace and calmness surround you
and may the ocean of your travels be as smooth as the
polished greenstone.\" \"