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.)
Submitted by Blake on August 30, 2000 - 11:21am
Brian writes \"In a Chicago Tribune article on the horrors of looking \"matronly,\" an image consultant is quoted as saying:
\"I don\'t think it requires an age ... it\'s an attitude. When people no longer have any sexual zing. It\'s the funky librarian look, Mumsy, skirts full, eyewear outdated, a missing sexual energy, an attachment to the past.\"
chicagotribune.com has the full Story\"
Urbanites are a funny bunch, so preocupied with what others think of them, now that I think about it, so are \"We\".
Submitted by Ben on August 30, 2000 - 10:13am
The Straits Times of Singapore reports that various sources show books may be losing out to videos. One factoid about the US says that \"in 1998, the number of videos rented each day was double the number of library books checked out.\" Well, sure -- it takes more than 90 minutes to read a book.
\"Research into reading habits in Japan shows children are reading fewer books each year. In the US, people are twice as likely to [rent] a video than borrow a book from the library.\"
Submitted by Steven on August 29, 2000 - 11:38pm
Here is a cute article from the DesMoines Register about the old lady who said Shhh!! all the time.\"The thousands of books were well past their prime and so was the woman who ran the place. Miss Library Lady was about 99 years old, wore her hair in a tight gray bun and looked at you over the edge of her half-glasses. Her vocabulary amounted to little more than \"No talking\" and \"Be quiet\" and \"Shhhh.\"
Submitted by Steven on August 29, 2000 - 11:20pm
The Free Lance Star has a follow-up story on the three children who were abandoned in a library.\"Three small children abandoned in a library a week ago by their mother will stay in foster care for now, despite their father’s plea for custody.\"
Submitted by Blake on August 29, 2000 - 8:31pm
Ben Ostrowsky writes:
The city of
International Museum of
It sounds cool, but the main reason offered is that it
would benefit the
failing museum. There\'s not enough parking and
there\'s not enough room,
but hey, anything to save a museum, right?
\"They told me in the beginning a long time ago that they
square feet, and we don\'t have nearly enough,\"
[museum founder Mort
Walker] said, pointing out that the museum has 55,000
Submitted by Blake on August 29, 2000 - 8:30pm
Ben Ostrowsky Writes:
Library System in
Seattle has gotten some
great publicity in the
Seattle Times recently.
I can go to my local library and take out a wide range of
nonfiction materials. But, when looking for information
on a specific
topic, the most useful books often reside at other
libraries, are checked
out or can\'t leave the building. Yet, if I search the
Internet at home, I
can usually find the information I need, instantly.
Well, maybe not all the information I need, or at least as
authoritative sources as I should have to be
well-informed. It turns out
the library has precious online resources that are
available only through
a library\'s Web site.
Submitted by Blake on August 29, 2000 - 8:28pm
R Hadden Writes:
The Wall Street Journal has an item on today\'s front
August 29, 2000) in the \"Work Week\" column, about a
\"Inspiration hit Charles \"Duke\" Oakley one day as he
cruised past a
Cirque du Soleil big top. Mr. Oakley, then facilities
director for the
University of California at Los Angeles, decided a tent
would make a fine
temporary library. So the school built a
36,000-square-foot vinyl fabric
affair, complete with aluminum skeleton, lights and fire
UCLA\'s Mr. Oakley, now in private practice, ...misses
library since it was taken down. \"It was a little festive,
and it was a
little unusual,\" he says.\"`
There is no indication of when this event
happened, nor any comments
from the library staff about library concerns such as
insect control or
humidity levels or potential for vandalism.
Submitted by AnnaKh on August 29, 2000 - 5:54pm
ALA recently paid a PR firm a huge sum of money for a branding campaign, which was unveiled at the annual conference in July. Called \"@yourlibrary,\" the campaign gives libraries the opportunity to use the famous \"@\" sign to market their services. A television ad showing how exciting and electronic libraries really are was shown to conference goers at the opening session. ALA\'s announcement of the campaign is worth reading, as is a discussion about it on the ALA Council listserv, published in a recent Library Juice.
Submitted by AnnaKh on August 29, 2000 - 11:58am
Wherewithal founders Steve Thomas and Darrin Skinner have spent two years designing a powerful search technology which is scalable to the growth of the Internet. They believe they have overcome the fixed taxonomy problem that limits the usefulness of conventional web directories like Looksmart, ODP, and Yahoo. This
article at Traffick takes an early look at this fledgling service.
Another fledgling directory using volunteer reviewers is Zeal. Zeal\'s volunteers gain points which can be exchanged for charitable donations. This is Traffick\'s review of Zeal: \"Volunteer Directory Seeks Zealots.\"