Submitted by Blake on May 30, 2001 - 12:26pm
Bernie Sloan has released his Preliminary Report on \"The Ready for Reference service\", a collaborative 24x7 live reference service being piloted by eight college and university libraries in the Alliance Library System in Illinois.
If you\'re interested in web-based reference work, this is a must read.
More information on the Ready for Reference project is available from the project Web site.
Submitted by Blake on May 30, 2001 - 12:22pm
Gaurdian Story on the ever growing journal boycott.
More than 800 British researchers have joined 22,000 others from 161 countries in a campaign to boycott publishers of scientific journals who refuse to make research papers freely available on the internet after six months.
\"Science depends on knowledge and technology being in the public domain,\" said Michael Ashburner
Submitted by Ieleen on May 29, 2001 - 12:53pm
Michael Bartlett writes, \"Reaction is mixed on a preliminary finding by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that a group of Minneapolis librarians was exposed to a sexually hostile work environment because of pornography downloaded on library computers.\" [more...] from NewsBytes.
Submitted by Brian on May 28, 2001 - 1:47pm
Today\'s Chicago Tribune carries an L.A. Times article about slash fiction -- homoerotic stories written mostly about TV characters by straight female fans.
I had heard of this stuff being written about Star Trek and Xena characters, but The A-Team? I pity the fool ...
Submitted by Blake on May 28, 2001 - 1:42pm
Bob Cox forwarded this along with this warning: \"Granted this is North Carolina orientated, but these \'people\' have a habit
of crossing state borders.\"
\"Several libraries in our area, Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, and Iredell so far, have probably been victimized by a book thief. She is very clever and evidently has had no trouble obtaining a library card in all these libraries as she presents identification. She has given the following names, April Bumgardner, Newyum, Hudson, Nelson, & Coleman so far. All the above libraries have overdue books checked out by this lady that unfortunately number more than 600 items so far. She used to work at a bookstore and it appears that many of these items are listed on her Internet site for sale.
Submitted by Blake on May 28, 2001 - 1:21pm
Lee Hadden writes: \"The Atlanta Journal- Constitution has An Article about the favorite
books of Newt Gingrich. If you have admirers of the Newt among your library
patrons, you may want to stock these titles:
His reading list includes the novels
\"Shogun\" by James Clavell, \"The Killer Angels\" by Michael Shaara and \"The
Unvanquished\" by Howard Fast. Nonfiction choices are \"Naturalist\" by Edward
O. Wilson and \"The Effective Executive\" by Peter Drucker.\"
\"it\'s safe to say that Al Gore\'s \"Earth in the Balance\" was not one of them\".
Submitted by Blake on May 28, 2001 - 1:17pm
Desley writes in from always sunny Australia: \"I would like to know if anyone on the site has any information on \'Shopfront libraries\' that is libraries in shopping centres, you call them malls over there. All information, comments etc would be appreciated as we are looking at changing the location of ours as the area has developed away from this site.\"
Email her at :
Submitted by Blake on May 28, 2001 - 1:03am
Mary Minow writes \"Rep. Felix Grucci introduced a bill May 15 to amend section 254 of the Communications Act of 1934 to require schools and libraries receiving universal service assistance to block access to Internet services that enable users to access the World Wide Web and transfer electronic mail in an anonymous manner. This Act is cited as the `Who Is E-Mailing Our Kids Act\'.
A library would need to certify that it`(i) is enforcing a policy regarding anonymous Internet connection that includes the operation of a technology protection measure with respect to any of its computers with Internet access that prevents use of such computers to access an online privacy service that enables a user--
`(I) to send electronic mail anonymously; or
`(II) to access the World Wide Web anonymously; and
`(ii) is enforcing the operation of such technology protection measure during any use of such computers.\';
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query Look up H.R. 1846 \"
Submitted by Blake on May 28, 2001 - 1:00am
Lee Hadden writes:\" According to an article in the March/April official newsletter of the
Library of Virginia, there will be projected service cuts there this year.
Under Republican Governor Gilmore\'s budget, the Library of Virginia\'s
funding will be cut 17.75%, starting as early as July 1st for fiscal year
A 54 year backlog of archival material will be curtailed due to a lack
of staff and funds to purchase archival supplies, delaying further the
release of these historic records. Saturday hours may be eliminated. Money
to preserve and conserve historic collections will be curtailed
significantly. Funding will be eliminated for the construction and
improvement of public library facilities across the commonwealth.
Nolan T. Yelich, Librarian of Virginia, said, \"These reductions are
compounded by the fact that the Library has never fully recovered from a 27
per cent reduction in its operating budget during the revenue shortfalls of
the early 1990\'s...\"
Further information about the Library of Virginia can be found at
their website of: http://www.lva.lib.va.us\"
Submitted by Ieleen on May 25, 2001 - 9:36am
It\'s called the Awareness Exchange, and it\'s goal is to help protect kids around the world from falling into the more dangerous realms of the Internet, including those inhabited by pedophiles, cybercriminals and racists. Some of the headings include - \"Yahoo! racist chatrooms \'untouchable\', Supreme Court to consider online porn law, Net crime plans unveiled, DotSafe, dot sure and eSchola, Focussing on filtering, Families... And So On - Tech Week: Protecting Kids Online, Parents believe Internet has positive impact on children, Computer shops to block child porn on internet, Home Office backtracks on its argument that UK laws exist to protect children online.\" There is also a discussion forum, a hotline and other resources available. To visit the site, Click Here.
Submitted by Blake on May 24, 2001 - 6:05pm
Bob Cox says Dallas News is running A Story that says 12 percent of its books are gone, and the library system has no collection agency for pursuing nearly $3.5 million in fines for overdue and lost materials.
Is there such thing as an acceptable loss rate?
Submitted by Blake on May 23, 2001 - 6:23pm
Stephen Francoeur writes \"The NY Times reports in this story on the findings of a study published this week in the JAMA about the unreliability of health information on the Web. \"
Not too suprising, I guess, they found that most of the time, health information on the Internet is hard to find, hard to read and often incorrect or incomplete, even on the best sites.
Submitted by Blake on May 23, 2001 - 6:21pm
Casey writes \"I don\'t know if you\'ve \"caught wind\" of this new scheme to charge publishers for book reviews, but I think it is absolutely the most horrible idea I\'ve seen in the book world. Makes me grind my teeth just to think about it. And to think they actually believe librarians will read these \"reviews\"!
Anyhow, a new Uncle Frank tackles the issue here at
Submitted by Brian on May 23, 2001 - 3:37pm
The Chicago Tribune has an article about two alternative distribution channels for literature: the Chapter-A-Day e-mail service; and Travelman Short Stories, which are being sold as fan-folded sheets from a machine in a London Underground station.
A quote from an American short-story author about the vending machine: "I don\'t think it would work here. So few people read short stories in this country. Selling them in the same way you sell gum or condoms, I don\'t think it would appeal to the same people who read short stories."
Submitted by Ieleen on May 23, 2001 - 11:03am
Rebecca Weiner of The New York Times writes, \"Prodded by high-profile efforts to close the gap between students with access to technology and students without, 98 percent of the country\'s public schools have been wired for Internet connections. But for many low-income students, that access disappears once schools close their doors for the summer.\" [more...] from The Daily News.
Submitted by Ieleen on May 23, 2001 - 10:46am
Richard Khavkine writes, \"Once repositories of unique and primary sources such as newspapers, government documents and journals, public libraries have steadily but noticeably conformed to the electronic times.\" [read more...] from The Monroe News Online.
Submitted by Ieleen on May 23, 2001 - 10:39am
Lionel Gasson has written a book about the history of libraries dating all the way back to ancient times. Who would have ever thought libraries to have such a colorful history dating all the way back to dinosaurs...well okay that may be an exaggeration since we all know the only readable text for that time was the Thesaurus...(ahem, sorry) ... Anyway, check out this review by Peter Jones at Books Online.
Submitted by Blake on May 23, 2001 - 9:27am
Lee Hadden writes: \" Steven Levy has an
interesting article in the May 28th issue of
Newsweek on what it is like to have your book placed
on the Internet for
people to download for free. A discussion of writers\'
infringement, and the World Wide Web.
Steven Levy. \"The Day I Got Napsterized: First they
Metallica. Then They Came for Tom Clancy. And Now
They Came for Me..\"
Newsweek. May 28, 2001. Page 44.
Read more about it at:
Submitted by Blake on May 22, 2001 - 6:05pm
Someone sent along This LATimes Story on Ian Thomas, that dude that got fired by U.S. Geological Survey when he posted a map of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge\'s caribou calving areas on a federal Web site. I\'m still not sure who to believe on this one.
It\'s a good story because they have a quote from Fred Stoss:
He became a cult hero because this is the story that everyone wanted to hear,\" Stoss said. \"There is urban legend growing out of this.\"
See also, the new Ian Thomas Web Site
Submitted by Blake on May 22, 2001 - 5:30pm
AOL announced that it is raising its monthly fee to $23.90, its first price hike in more than three years, and This News.com story says that competitors such as EarthLink won\'t be far behind in trying to boost rates.I\'ve seen elsewhere that DSL and Cable Modem companies are raising rates as well.
According to a recent survey by Telecommunications Reports International, the number of U.S. homes with Internet access dropped slightly during the first quarter of 200 (Let\'s just ass-u-me it\'s accurate).
So... Does all this point to more people using their friendly neighborhood library to access the internet, and if so, is this even good for libraries?