Submitted by Ieleen on July 5, 2001 - 10:38am
From The Roll Call (Washington, DC) -
As if there\'s any surprise here... It seems that members of Congress were chomping at the bit to pass a bill requiring disclosure of financial donors to Presidential libraries until someone proposed an amendment to that bill which would include all non-profits named or controlled by Congress to be bound by the same law. Now, because it could cause everyone else\'s activities, besides the President\'s, to come under scrutiny, support for the bill has declined. Gives new meaning to the term \"double standard,\" if\'n ya\' ask me. [more...]
Submitted by Ryan on July 5, 2001 - 10:29am
The Washington Post reports on the challenges faced by public libraries around the United States in their effort to provide e-books to their patrons:
Joseph Sigurani used to have to trek 10 miles to borrow a verse of Shakespeare or the latest true-crime novel. These days, he simply reaches for his computer.
Through an e-book lending program being rolled out at hundreds of public libraries across the country, Sigurani can access practically any work he desires, at any hour of day, from the comfort of his home just northeast of Silicon Valley. And all for free. . . The services may be every bibliophile\'s dream, but publishing houses worry that the lending programs will cannibalize their revenue and destroy financial incentives for popular writers. The fear isn\'t so much about the demise of old-fashioned paper books - after all, no one\'s quite figured out how to make a digital book as enchanting as fresh print. It\'s more about whether free electronic libraries unfairly compete with the digital initiatives of booksellers, effectively devaluing their copyrights.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 5, 2001 - 10:23am
From The Courier Times (Bucks County, PA) - Gwen Shrift writes...
\"As a kid, Lih-Yun Lin led genteel raids on her local library, at the head of a line of curious classmates. This was 50 or so years ago in Taiwan, not then a place where libraries catered to children. But Lih-Yun was hooked. Lih-Yun, now known as Betty Tsai, is still fascinated by libraries and works on behalf of Asian-Americans in her profession and operators of small Chinese restaurants, among others. Those who know her say she quickly identifies needs and works tirelessly to meet them. Over a career spanning nearly 40 years in this country, Tsai has also impressed her fellow librarians. The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, which she helped found in 1980, honored her last month with its first Ching-chih Chen Leadership Award.\" [more...]
Submitted by Ryan on July 3, 2001 - 5:48pm
Barnes and Noble teams up with Adobe to fight Russian pirates while Fathom\'s partnership with OverDrive promises free access to a mountain of scholarly content: a roundup of e-book news from Wired.
Submitted by Blake on July 3, 2001 - 12:25pm
ZDNet is running A Story on what our passwords say about us.
A recent study, run by CentralNic in The UK, questioned 1,200 office workers. About half of the people surveyed used a password that had to do with their family, a third of office workers used something they are a fan of.
How many of you have \"dewey\" or \"book\"?
Submitted by Blake on July 3, 2001 - 12:19pm
HBSWK has a Story on corporate research and development and how much it is changing.
There\'s a new paradigm to consider that takes into account both internal and external research and development efforts to create what they call a \"company innovation system.\"
Submitted by Blake on July 3, 2001 - 10:55am
Amanda Credaro writes
\"This may possibly be the only website in existance
devoted to *school library* humor.
(There\'s also a smattering of serious stuff too)
\"People under the age of 18 years should be
This school librarian will not tolerate abuse of
bullying, resistance to learning, or unnecessary
Enter the library at your own risk, and prepare for
You WILL study, you WILL read, you WILL enjoy
Submitted by Ieleen on July 3, 2001 - 10:38am
In the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Victor Greto writes...
\"If newspapers are the first draft of history, does it matter if we have the actual draft, or just the information contained in the draft?\" Now there\'s a thought. What he\'s talking about here has to do with the brouhaha over Nick Baker\'s Book Double Fold. You know, that scathing report about librarians as thoughtless destroyers of history. [more...]
Submitted by Ryan on July 2, 2001 - 11:00pm
MIT\'s Technology Review profiles the pioneering information theorist Claude Shannon:
The entire science of information theory grew out of one electrifying paper that Shannon published in 1948, when he was a 32-year-old researcher at Bell Laboratories. Shannon showed how the once-vague notion of information could be defined and quantified with absolute precision. He demonstrated the essential unity of all information media, pointing out that text, telephone signals, radio waves, pictures, film and every other mode of communication could be encoded in the universal language of binary digits, or bits—a term that his article was the first to use in print. Shannon laid forth the idea that once information became digital, it could be transmitted without error. This was a breathtaking conceptual leap that led directly to such familiar and robust objects as CDs. Shannon had written \"a blueprint for the digital age,\" says MIT information theorist Robert Gallager, who is still awed by the 1948 paper.
A statue of Claude Shannon was erected in his hometown of Gaylord, Michigan on October 6, 2000.
Submitted by Celine on July 2, 2001 - 9:58pm
The \"digital librarian\" referred to in this story from the Jerusalem Post is actually Gammasite, automated cataloging software which apparently learns to \"work like the human mind\". The notion is a little misleading as it \"catalogs\" only digital material (word-processed documents, intranet pages, web pages etc.), but it has a number of major clients who use it as a knowledge management tool.
Submitted by Celine on July 2, 2001 - 9:48pm
The town of Washington, La. will soon have its first library, thanks to donated books, town government initiative and a former librarian alderwoman, reports this story from The Advocate (which - following the recent comments on difficult-to-identify local newspapers - has a helpful page with its full postal address in Baton Rouge, La. and area codes in the contact numbers).
Submitted by Celine on July 2, 2001 - 9:29pm
The governor of Michigan is creating a Department of Arts, History and Libraries, which sounds lovely, but apparently the plan includes placing the Library of Michigan under the governor\'s control rather than the Legislature and this is causing a bit of a ruckus, according to this story from the Detroit Free Press.
The governor has made certain concessions to get the bill through, including the requirement that the state librarian be \"degreed\" (what a strange word) and the Michigan Library Association is no longer opposing the change.
I\'m thinking of getting the quote \"you don\'t mess with libraries on the Capitol\" printed onto t-shirts.
Submitted by Celine on July 2, 2001 - 9:20pm
A number of academic libraries, in partnership with ProQuest, are working on a fully-searchable database containing 25,000 early English texts. The full story from The Chronicle of Higher Education.
\"The unusual project -- making business partners out of parties that are sometimes at odds with each other over pricing and access issues -- could eventually be a model for future collaborations between libraries and other content companies.\"
Submitted by Blake on July 2, 2001 - 5:08pm
Mary Minow sent along This Story from Reason.com on the MN 12.
Something I learned from this story, that I don\'t recall from all the others was According to press accounts, the EEOC is encouraging the library to settle the case by paying the librarians a total of $900,000.
The author sympathizes with the librarians, but says under the First Amendment, the librarians ought not be able to use the federal government, and the threat of massive legal liability, to force the library into making this decision.
\"This is just the latest great leap forward for harassment law. Harassment law already forces employers to suppress sexually suggestive displays (not by any means limited to pornography), sexual jokes, politically offensive statements, and religious proselytizing.\"
Submitted by Blake on July 2, 2001 - 2:49pm
There\'s a follow up to This Story at the Washington Post.
The Fairfax County School Board is ground zero for PABBIS. The library board said that only certain children will be permitted to read Ken Follett\'s \"The Pillars of the Earth\" by a 7 to 4 vote. Librarians are to restrict circulation to students in 10th through 12th grades.
\"Cathy Belter, a librarian, was one of the few board members to consider the radical notion that other times had other values and that violent scenes in a 1,000-page tome on medieval architecture do not necessarily mean Fairfax teenagers will arrive at school bearing crossbows and catapults.\"
Submitted by Ieleen on July 2, 2001 - 11:14am
Maybe everyone should go on a toxic mold seeking expedition. The discovery of some moldy books in the Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School Library in Pennsylvania, led the librarian to uncover the fact that much of their collection was outdated and needed to be discarded anyway. [more...] from The Mercury.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 2, 2001 - 10:45am
This one comes from Lake City, MI. It\'s a couple of months old, but I\'ve never heard of anything like this happening. [more...] from Cadillac News.
Submitted by Blake on July 2, 2001 - 10:40am
News.com is running This Story on the shortcomings of porn filters, and the rather daunting task they have keeping up.
It seems the new search engine for images at Google misses more than a few naked bodies, with the saftey turned on.
\"If you do some sort of flesh detector, what color is flesh?\" Wilde asked rhetorically. \"It\'s really that complex. And then what\'s pornographic? You have different sensitivities, especially internationally. Then there\'s hate, weapons and violence. It\'s a really, really difficult problem to solve.\"
Submitted by Ryan on July 2, 2001 - 10:34am
A great profile in the New York Times of the trials, travails, and impressive holdings of the Municipal Archives of the City of New York.
The collection — three million pounds of material, ranging from the original 1654 Dutch sales slip for the purchase of Coney Island, to a trove of stereoscopic Victorian pornography assembled by an antivice crusader — has weathered centuries of profound neglect. It has been appallingly lodged in a succession of makeshift spaces, including a city pier and the attic of a fire-prone pizza parlor. . .an improbable thing has happened as archivists have made these records available to scholars in recent years: New York City\'s history has been rewritten.
Submitted by Blake on July 2, 2001 - 10:32am
Kirstin Dougan writes \"As a LIS student and someone who reads a lot of news-related blogs, I have noticed a disturbing trend.
A lot of online newspaper sites don\'t clearly indicate what city or state they are from. Of course, some of them are obvious (e.g. Detroit Free Press), but some, like the \"Journal-Standard\" (in the LISNews article on the Freeport Public Library), give no indication what city they are published in.
Often the byline includes the city and not the state, which, if it is a small town, is not usually enough to pinpoint what state it is in. Perhaps they assume that only locals read the online stories, however, with the proliferation of blogs and ezines, this is not true. Am I the only one who wants to know _where_ some of these stories are occuring? (without having to dig for a colophon that may be many clicks away or non-existent)