Submitted by Blake on October 30, 2000 - 8:55am
Jud Barry writes:
What is librarianship? Your readers might be interested in the Defining Librarianship website, which is looking for the common ground of librarianship-a source of ethical behavior-on which all librarians stand.
All librarians: whether a modified librarian whose body-pierced unconventionality need not mean a lack of professionalism, an anarchist librarian preparing to catalog the revolution, a librarian in frankly pro-censorship China, or a librarian for the equally (but differently) pro-censorship Concerned Women for America.
They can go to Defining Librarianship and help find the common ground.
Submitted by Blake on October 30, 2000 - 8:50am
ZD Net is Reporting more on how the U.S. Copyright Office (part of the Library of Congress) has backed the right of companies to limit access to their content when it is offered on the Internet.
The Copyright Office said people should be able to read filtering software\'s black lists, and allow folks to bypass malfunctioning security features of software and other copyrighted goods they have purchased. This gives copyright holders a whole new level of protection.
\"The decision will \'significantly impede efforts for libraries to continue to provide information in the digital age.\'
-- Miriam Nisbet, American Library Association \"
Submitted by Blake on October 30, 2000 - 8:45am
Pressgazettenews.com has an Op-Ed Piece on the political-library climate in Green Bay. The Brown County Board of Supervisors (A conservative bunch?) actually voted to keep a library branch open, even though the money doesn\'t seem to be there.
\"People here may be conservative in many respects, but when it comes to public-policy issues that involve making hard choices, the people they elect to serve on the County Board might just be a bunch of bleeding-heart liberals.
Submitted by Blake on October 30, 2000 - 8:40am
Ohio.com has a Story on the Akron library system consideration of changing the filtering policy. They says the internet has \"put librarians at the vortex of a debate over information and censorship that is forcing them to rethink their role in the electronic age\".
I do like the job descrition in this one though, \"A librarian\'s job finding information for people\".
The Ohio Public Library Information Network says:
\"OPLIN\'s stance is that the state of Ohio shouldn\'t be mucking around telling locally elected boards of trustees and their staffs, who know what\'s going on in their own neighborhood, what to do.
I think Mucking is a librarian-only term.
Submitted by Blake on October 30, 2000 - 8:34am
2 Stories take different views on The
\"Surveying the Digital Future\" study by the University of California at Los Angeles Center for Communication Policy.
Says internet users are watching television 4.6 hours less per week than nonusers.
\"The influence of the Internet will dwarf television,\" said Jeffrey Cole, director of the center. \"The Internet has become the fastest-growing electronic technology in world history.\"
Says nearly two-thirds of all Americans have ventured online, and the majority of them deny that the Internet creates social isolation, ah.... denial.
\"What we\'ve found is that almost no one is afraid of the government monitoring us,\" they said. \"They\'re afraid corporations are watching what they do.\"
Submitted by Blake on October 29, 2000 - 10:09pm
I am majoring engineering and I want to enter a
university that has an excellent science library.
Now I go to New york public library-science and
industrial and business
library to search books and journals. I do not know
whether it can be
compared with the best science libraies in universities.
Does anyone know of any Library Rankings for
Science Libraries?Or can anyone suggest a good
Submitted by Blake on October 29, 2000 - 10:06pm
Times has a nice Story from Karen Schneider on the
image of the library profession.
\"Call me a loser,
but I\'ve actually read the same book twice in the same
week, just because I liked it, then took time to discuss it
with friends. \"
Submitted by Blake on October 28, 2000 - 11:56pm
Lee Hadden sent this in:
\" An article in the Wall
Street Journal by Anna Wilde Matthews, \"Copyrights
on Web Content Are Backed\" (Friday, Oct. 27, page
B10), discusses a decision
by the Library of Congress\'s Copyright Office, to limit
access to the content
of web pages on the Internet. The argument between
entertainment companies has been around for some
time, and the decision will
protect the copyright of commercial endeavors with only
Submitted by AnnaKh on October 28, 2000 - 5:03pm
Hennen\'s American Public Library Ratings 2000
The newly revised HAPLR Web site was re-opened with new data today announced Thomas J. Hennen Jr., its author. HAPLR 2000 is featured in the November 2000 issue of American Libraries magazine, a publication of the American Libraries Association. The previous edition was featured in the September 1999 issue.
Submitted by Blake on October 26, 2000 - 5:51pm
Olinux.com has an Interview with Sergey Brin from google, who talk about how google works, and their very interesting mission:\"Google\'s mission is to organize the world\'s information, making it universally accessible and useful.
Sounds like a library? They have over 6,000 servers that run RedHat 6.2 linux, serve 50 million searches per day, and over 25,000 websites use their engine!
They [Olinux.com] have a google of interviews with other open source folks, if you\'re interested
Submitted by Blake on October 26, 2000 - 4:41pm
Sunspot.net has a Story on how The North Carroll library had been experimenting with shelving adult and children\'s nonfiction books together, but now the county library board of trustees has voted to stop interfiling the books. They had consolidated 31,581 adult and childrens nonfiction books into the adult section in June, to make more room for children\'s fiction books in the children\'s section, and to allow patrons to find information in a single place.
\"\"It exposed children to adult materials, We were incredulous that this was being done - it was just so inappropriate.\" said Donna Schott of Manchester, an active library patron.
Submitted by Blake on October 26, 2000 - 9:08am
Our own Thomas Hennen made it into the Chicago Sun-Times yesterday in a little Story. Hennen\'s American Public Library Ratings was released and The Naperville Public Libraries, in IL, was the top of the heap. This is the third straight rating as the best library in the country for its size for Naperville.
You can also check out the full ratings online at the HAPLR 2000 Ratings Page
Submitted by Blake on October 26, 2000 - 9:02am
The Toronto Star has the Full Report on J.K. Rowling\'s huge reading at Sky Dome in T.O. on Monday. 20,000 folks showed up to hear her do some reading even though seats down in front were $235(I think that\'s about 2 bucks in U.S. Dollars).
\"A young boy, maybe 10, sat between his mother and his sister. He wore no costume and made no fuss, but he carried a copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
As Rowling read, he followed along. The first time she spoke a line as Harry, he broke into an enormous grin. \"
Submitted by Steven on October 26, 2000 - 8:44am
Someone sent in this Story from Wisinfo.com. Things must be pretty boring in Neenah, because the Library Board voted 4-3 last week against the implementation of a dress and grooming code. It says the Library Board struggled to develop an acceptable and enforceable code. The first proposal specified 22 items of inappropriate clothing, including underwear worn as outerwear. Is there a fashion trend starting at the libraries in WI?
\"The consideration of a dress code has generated diverse opinions among library employees and has led to the resignation of one circulation clerk.\"
Submitted by Blake on October 25, 2000 - 5:28pm
Kell Yusuf writes \"...the question seems answered by a recent Rosensweig email in the affirmative.
Given his official ALA association, that\'s the only inference to be made when he writes:
\"`masturbation,\' for example, is not a vice: it\'s a normal sexual outlet and it should be actively described as such to children and they should be taught about it by trained professionals! That\'s pedagogically and medically sound. That\'s in the best interests of the child. We should, to put it bluntly, be sex-positive, in favor of sex education, of providing information about abortion...\" and \"...ALA [should] find allies in the educational profession, in the legal profession, among politicians, in the social work and child development profession...\"
Why not be more blunt or go further? Let\'s recruit librarians to actively locate and collect net porno and train children to find it on the net to support their sexual curiosity and thus encourage them to use this material for jerkin\' off. What better way to support our allies on these other professions? The full text of his email missive is dated Oct. 11, 2000, a more recent one than the email from him posted before at:
Submitted by Blake on October 25, 2000 - 5:21pm
Lois Fundis writes \"Apparently even Congress is beginning to realize that \"The Internet-filtering software pushed by Congress to protect children from smut online is blocking far more than pornography....The software\'s uneven performance puts a snag in the politically attractive solution that Congress is trying to include in an education spending bill before it adjourns.\"
And even a vice-president of SurfCONTROL, maker of CyberPatrol and SurfWatch, admits, \"My chief criticism is that I don\'t think it\'s necessary because schools are already doing what they need to do to protect their students.\"
Yahoo! News has the Full Story
Submitted by Blake on October 24, 2000 - 7:02pm
I was doing some house cleaning and thought I\'d share some interesting search terms people have entered on LISNews.com, some are strange, some are funny. Judge For Yourself:
"Do you have sex"
chocolate chip cookies
Natural resources of Texas
Arrowhead Trail Accomidations camping
church of Satan
monster of shark
eyes de la quimica
Little Black Sambo
pictures of the human heart
obsessive compulsive disorder
my brother sam is dead
Bye, bye bacteria
The Executive Producer
are not are too
Submitted by Blake on October 24, 2000 - 6:04pm
Cliif Urr writes \"This interesting article, referred to from the peterme.com web log, seems to invite professional communicators to undertake tasks that seem virtually identical to what librarians do. Also, distinguishes \"maps\" from \"stories\" as a way to organize information, and claims \"maps\" are supplanting stories for this task. Sample text: \"From a postmodernist perspective, we might instead begin to value the idea that technical communicators\' talents lie not in their skills at taking (and simplifying) dictation but in constructing novel and useful (if contingent) structures in fields of information. In other words, business and technical communicators do not write documentation or author reports, but make maps. What better job than mapmaker in an era when information is portrayed to users as a confusing, jumbled tsunami of data?\"
Read It Here
Submitted by Blake on October 24, 2000 - 10:00am
News.com has a Story on a new piece of software called ImageFilter from LookThatUp. They say the software classifies visual information by color, texture, shape and spatial configuration, It\'ll then analyze the data to make a sort of fingerprint for each image that is compared to other images. If it finds a questionable image, ImageFilter will email you! All those hours wasted surfing for porn at the local public library are over! Now you can just sign up and let this little baby get your porn for you!Now, I know your saying to your self, \"Blake, what does this mean to me, the average librarian?\", well I\'ll tell you!
I have 3 magic words for you....
Submitted by Blake on October 24, 2000 - 9:32am
T. Herman Zweibel, Publisher Emeritus over at The Onion has decded He Will Decide What is Appropriate for Children, so stop worrying about filters and banning books and all that junk, leave it up to Herman!
\"This Republic has once again succumbed to the notion, common in prosperous times, that children are precious porcelain cherubs who should be kept in velvet-lined gilt boxes and protected from the harsh realities of life. They say I should not be publishing the swear-words in my news-paper, nor the teats above the front-page fold, where children may see them.