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The Houston Chronicle reports that the library in Montogomery County went against advice from the library advisory board, librarian and county attorney, and installed filters. Now that\'s a committment to censorship!
\"If we make an error, we need to make it on the side of the children,\" said County Judge Alan Sadler.
\"If a lawsuit is filed, we are going to come out on the short end of the stick\" said County Attorney Frank Bass on any challenges that will come up over the filters. -- Read More
Another library system has begun e-mailing an alert to patrons with overdue books and other materials. Read about it Here from The Record.
\"The way Marian De Caterina, head of Newburgh\'s automated services, sees it, the new system saves the library and its patrons money by getting notices out faster and cheaper. And with Newburgh charging 10 cents a day for books and 25 cents a day for videos, it adds up.\" -- Read More
Here\'s an interesting story on the library in Massachusetts that allows young patrons rent R-Rated Videos. It seems there is more opposition than originally expected.
A patron showed up, carrying a petition with approximately 135 signatures, asking the executive board to consider changing that policy. -- Read More
\"Librarians know the stereotype well. They laugh at it, but also discuss how it affects their self-image and professional status. Sometimes they go out of their way to overturn it. Some librarians think that the cliche has a certain basis in fact, and that the information revolution, far from changing the stereotype, may actually be reinforcing it. \" -- Read More
\"Ok, sure. We\'ve all got our little preconceived notions about what ibrarians are and what they do. Many people think of them as diminutive civil servants, scuttling about \"Sssh-ing\" people and stamping things. Well, think again buster.\"
The story covers his life story, and goes into depth on his books and fans. Even a serious Robbins fan might learn a thing or two from this one. -- Read More
Someone suggested this site, a novel idea in the open-source community.
\"Suppose scholars the world over learned of a serious online encyclopedia effort in which the results were not proprietary to the encyclopedists, but were freely distributable under an open content license in virtually any desired medium. How quickly would the encyclopedia grow?\"
Check out Nupedia.com
This story from Wired reports on the first ever exclusively E-Pub book club.
Ebooksonthe.net is the site.
\"Membership is free and books are discounted from 20 to 30 percent. I just based my club on the book club I\'ve been buying books from for years,\" said Connie Foster, who founded the club.
\"That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density at any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation. Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property.\" -- Read More
CNet has a story
that says the \"Internet decency commission\" that was set up
by the Chi
ld Online Protection Act does not have any money or even
an office. The Commisions job was evaluating high-tech tools
and other methods
to keep online pornography away from children.
Of course that was if Congress gave the commission any
resources. This cenrtainly raises doubts about The
Government\'s commitment to this issue.
So if a commision dies in Washington, and no one cares,
does it make a sound?
The ABA (American Bar Asscociation) has an interesting
\"Facts About Privacy and Cyberspace\" Handbook posted on
their website in PDF format. It talks about interesting
What information is collected by Government Agencies?
What can happen if someone\'s privacy isn\'t protected?
Is deleted Email really gone?
and Is this a problem in Cyberspace?
They really do a good job covering a wide range of privacy
topics. Check out the
ABA Website For the entire report
An interesting response from a librarian in Michigan over
proposed legislation that would require libraries that use
the Internet to have one or more computer terminals that are
\"restricted from receiving obscene matter or sexually
explicit mater that is harmful to minors.\"
mean if the Venus de Milo is shown we throw the person out
of the library?\" pondered Ron Loyd, co-director of the
Northfield Township Library. \"It leaves the librarian as the
What started as a challenge to a book, has turned very ugly
in Oregon. A students mother didn\'t like one of the books
being used to teach history, and has now turned into an ugly
war of words. Read about it Here at the Register Guard
\"I\'ve never done anything inappropriate, I haven\'t even come
out as angry at these people,\" Kelly Dunn said. \"Now we\'re
going to be persecuted. Oh, boy. My daughter, she came to me
for help, and now they\'re punish -- Read More
The U.S. Copywrite Office has posted the comments they
received on the Digital Millenium Copywrite Act
You can also read more on the DMCA
Be sure to check out this interesting series of articles
from Boston on the
appointment of a State Rep. Under investigation for ethics
violations to the BPL Board of Tustees.
Don Saklad writes
\"The Board of trustees of our city
of Boston public library
department represent the public interest in improving our
urban public library! -- Read More
David Novak writes \"
FYI: The Spire Project pioneers better search
Breaking with a number of conventions, The Spire Project
mixes editorial advice on search techniques and search
strategy with the convenience of an ALL-IN-ONE search page.
It builds a cohesive story approach to finding information.
Of interest here is a fine analysis of searching the web
showing the various search techniques (Boolean, truncation,
proximity & field searching).
The Spire Project is a collection of
websites/mirrors/faqs/and free-shareware presenting search
assistance on topics like patents, country profiles,
statistics, and the web.
HighWire Press, a unit of Stanford University Libraries, provides access to the full text online versions of over 180 \"high-impact\" journals primarily in medicine, science and technology subjects. They do this by negotiating access with journal producing publishers and societies. On March 1, 2000 Highwire announced access to over 137,000 free online full-text articles. The number grows daily. The journals are a mix of back issues, trial subscriptions, regular subscriptions and entirely free access.
According to Michael A. Keller, Stanford University Librarian and publisher of HighWire Press, HighWire is working with publishers and scholarly societies \"to support and improve scholarly communication that is, to make the fruits of scholarly research as broadly available as possible.\" Some of the journal titles available from HighWire include Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of General Physiology, and others. As of March 10 the number of online journal articles with free access had grown to 139,867. The total number of accessible articles was 636,487.
Wired has a very interesting story on Peacefire.org\'s report on the problems with I-Gear, Internet-filtering software from software firm Symantec. It pokes holes in the software and the sites it blocks.
\"It shows how far people are willing to go in censoring people under 18 without applying critical examination of the tools,\" said Bennett Haselton, 21, who founded Peacefire in 1996 to promote \"free access for the Net generation.\" -- Read More
\"In universities, high schools, and elementary schools these e-books already are in high demand.\" -- Read More
Someone wrote in with this.
With the advent of so many electronic resources in public libraries, the role of non-print media in the collection is often overlooked. Our limited resouces are often divided between electronic and paper resources. Yet, in looking at my own libraries circulation statistics, a great deal of our circulation is in the form of non-print media.
Non-print media is also frought with conflict. Public libraries, who have no problem buying bestsellers in paper, veer away from top media titles.
It seems like we have just enough media to pacify the community without any attempt at being proactive in this area.\"
What do you think?