Submitted by Steven on September 6, 2000 - 10:25am
Here is an article from Newsbytes about those \"Ask A\" services that companies like Webhelp.com seem to think will rule the web searching realm in the future. A word to the wise when using these services...patience, patience, patience.\"After about six minutes, Shawn showed me a page with general information on Dalmatians and asked if this was what I was looking for. I said, \"No, I wanted to buy a Dalmatian.\"
About six or seven minutes later Shawn returned with a list of Dalmatians for sale on eBay.\"
Submitted by Ben on September 6, 2000 - 7:39am
Henry Norr writes in the San Francisco Chronicle about e-books. His verdict: Won\'t it be wonderful when all our books are e-books? But for now, Norr writes, there are obstacles. Electronic, reusable paper with a programmable substrate of ink will be e-books\' salvation, he says, but not for a decade or so.
The fundamental issue is purely pragmatic: After centuries of evolution not only in paper production and printing but also in design, we\'ve arrived at paper-based forms that are supremely well adapted to the task of displaying information.
Submitted by Blake on September 5, 2000 - 11:16pm
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Submitted by Blake on September 5, 2000 - 3:57pm
Timmy writes \"I saw this one over on librarian.net. The USAToday Travel Guide has an intersting story on some of the best library reading rooms from around the country, written by Ginnie Cooper, a librarian.\"
Full StoryThey include Louisville Free Public Library, Denver Public Library, The Library of Congress, and others.
Submitted by Blake on September 5, 2000 - 3:55pm
Bob Cox sent in this Link to Howard Besser\'s Shirt Database. This database has been constructed by Howard Besser\'s library school students using cataloging instructions, with technical assistance from the Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE and design assistance from Masako Sho. There are 533 t-shirts in the database. See also Howard\'s 1996 Ann Arbor TShirt Exhibition.
Try Sample Search: book
Submitted by Blake on September 5, 2000 - 9:54am
forbes.com has \"The Story Of E-Books\". \"E-books, which are starting to go from novelty to mainstream, are definitely compelling. You can get them in minutes without going to a bookstore, customize the way they look, search through text, insert electronic bookmarks and even look up the meanings of words. \"
And from Buisnessweek:
Digital Talking Books Speak Volumes for the Disabled \"But books on audiocassette may soon go the way of the 78-rpm record. A dynamic new technology for spoken-word recordings, called digital talking books (DTBs), promises to rapidly replace tapes. The technology is about three years old and not commonly available in bookstores yet. But DTBs offer the flexibility of a print book harnessed to the power of a computer. You can download them from the Web. And best of all, whole libraries can now be fit on a few disks.\"
Submitted by Blake on September 5, 2000 - 9:48am
Someone writes \"cnn.com has a \"Story about Used books sales, and how much libraries can make on them\"
From New England to the West Coast, large-scale sales of donated second-hand books -- ranging from 40,000 to a half-million volumes per sale -- are bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
\"They\'re profitable, and in many places, they\'ve become very popular community events,\" said Christine Bragale, spokeswoman for Goodwill Industries. \"
Submitted by Blake on September 5, 2000 - 9:37am
opentextproject.org writes \"the OpenText Project is now accepting content. OTP hopes to help educators share content. Please contribute. Please distribute and pass the word as well. --Thanks\"
\"The open source movement will encourage the creative expression of the community mind by productively coupling diversity of thought with social capital formation. This, in turn, will become a fundamental paradigm for knowledge creation in the new economy.\"
Submitted by Steven on September 5, 2000 - 12:18am
Magazine publishers such as Forbes and Wired are going to placing barcodes in their magazines with which users will scan (with a device known as the CueCat) to bring up related web sites. The article appeared in the Washington Post.\"
Forbes magazine last week shipped its 810,000 subscribers a new computer gadget it hopes will turn its pages into a new form of hyperlink to the Internet, as part of an experiment aimed at bridging the divide between old and new media.\"
Submitted by Ben on September 4, 2000 - 5:19pm
The Nando Times is carrying an AP story that LC is grappling with digital preservation. New baseball cards are appearing on three-inch CD-ROM discs, bringing up questions not only of physical preservation but compatible hardware and software.
\"One problem is the hardware,\" [curator Harry] Katz said. \"Technology moves so fast that in a few years today\'s computers may be obsolete. No use keeping the disks if they can\'t be read. How much equipment do we have to preserve, too?\"
Submitted by Ben on September 3, 2000 - 1:17pm
\"They state that they will indeed sell [your] information to whomever they wish... Why is this a library issue? Because libraries have traditionally and
correctly defended the privacy of our patrons records. Now we promote in our libraries behavior which jeopardizes that privacy...\"
Read on for the full text of Councilor Rosenzweig\'s letter.
Submitted by AnnaKh on September 2, 2000 - 11:21am
Free content from legal publishing giants Lexis and Westlaw? It can\'t be
true... ahhh, grasshopper, but it can. Will it last, is the
Submitted by AnnaKh on September 1, 2000 - 2:48pm
Three Types of Censorship that Librarians Don\'t Talk About, an article by Sanford Berman in the Minnesota Library Association Newsletter, discusses intellectual freedom from a different perspective from usual. The threat, as Berman sees it, is not primarily from outside challenges to \"controversial\" materials, but from market based censorship (e.g. the power of the big publishers to manipulate the review stream), government censorship of small, independent publishers, and librarians\' self-censorship.
Submitted by Blake on September 1, 2000 - 10:17am
MI Live has a very interesting Editorial on the porn in libraries problem, and he\'s not blaming the libraries, or the ALA.
\"I have seen the enemy and he is us. Our nation has become extremely sexualized so there is no reason that shouldn\'t be reflected in our culture. Libraries and museums are the storehouses of a lot of our culture.\"
Submitted by Steven on September 1, 2000 - 8:57am
Friday updates for this week include getting kids to read, a neat photocopy machine, Nixon library fights back, short stories removed from reading list, no more stuffy library, library ruckus, the new Carnegie, word surfing, and much more.
Submitted by AnnaKh on September 1, 2000 - 8:36am
As you\'re packing your car to go to the beach, or loading up the fridge for the start of the NFL football season, take a couple of minutes to check out these news highlights, courtesy of Studio B Buzz.
Submitted by Ben on August 31, 2000 - 7:33am
The British Royal Mint has issued a commemorative 50-pence coin celebrating public libraries. It\'s available in silver and gold, and of course you can order online from RoyalMint.com. At around $40 in the US, the silver commemorative could be a great thank-you gift to a dedicated volunteer or outgoing board member, or perhaps to your favorite LISNews.com correspondent. Read on for a brief history of public libraries in the UK...
Submitted by Blake on August 30, 2000 - 1:46pm
R Hadden Writes:Rex Dalton wrote a short article in Nature, Vol. 406, August 17, 2000,
page 664, \"Deal on Reprints Could Mean Royalties for Scientists.\" It
describes the class action lawsuit with UnCover (now owned by Ingenta, a
British company), a document delivery supply company, over providing copies
of articles where the copyright is not owned by a journal, but is retained
by the individual author.
Submitted by AnnaKh on August 30, 2000 - 12:43pm
Hey, it\'s Wednesday, so it must be the midweek Studio B Buzz highlights. Strap in and stay tuned for Glassbook news, a study that shows Americans aren\'t likely to purchase e-books, and more...
Submitted by Blake on August 30, 2000 - 11:27am
I am working on putting together a trizia quiz to be published on LISNews next week. If you have some interesting trivia to contribute to the 1st annual \"LISNews.com Librarian Trivia Contest\" please Email Me : [email protected].
Be sure to check back next week for the exciting quiz, maybe you can win huge and exciting prizes. (Grand Prize will be less than $1.00us, so don\'t get too excited.)