The PANDORA Project

The PANDORA Archive of selected Australian online publications such as electronic journals, organisational sites, government publications and ephemera. They have developed policy and procedures for the preservation of and provision of access to Australian online publications and a service for indexing and abstracting agencies by archiving indexed and abstracted items upon request and allocating a persistent identifier to them.
The current focus of the PANDORA Project is the development of an improved collecting system for gathering Web sites for the PANDORA archive.


B Buzz Highlights -- Savin\' the bookstore and dislikin\' the privacy policy cha

Is it Wednesday? I always get so confused after these three day holidays. Luckily the Studio B Buzz gets put together anyway. Today\'s highlights include an
attempt to save the City Lights bookstore and consumer group reaction to Amazon\'s Privacy Policy.


Dr. Laura in the Library
has a Story on every librarians favorite, Dr. Laura. She has a TV show (?) which recently did some filming at the Denver Public Library.

\"Library officials said Tuesday that the show taped a 15-year-old girl using a computer at the library to access pornographic Web sites.
The youngster also checked out an R-rated video.Library spokewoman Anya Breitenbach said library officials declined an invitation to appear on the show.

\"We felt it was a set-up, and we weren\'t interested.\"


A Little Searching Help

Here is an article from Newsbytes about those \"Ask A\" services that companies like 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.\"

E-books not a good read yet, says SF Chronicle

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.

Vertical portal news

Andrew writes:
We hear a lot these days about the fact that web
is going
\"vertical.\" And many new vertical portals are being
launched, helping
communities and researchers to focus better than ever
on special topics.
Vertical portals are major web sites or community
destinations focused on
specific topics, niches, or demographic affiliations. To
keep on top of the
latest news relating to vertical portals, their
development, their
successes and failures, and the communities they
seek to connect with, try
Vertical Buzz, a handy, hand-edited digest of vertical
portal news.

Published every two weeks and designed to save you

To Subscribe: Send a blank email to
[email protected] .

A companion web site about vertical portals is slated to
launch in the late


Best Reading Rooms

Timmy writes \"I saw this one over on 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.

TShirts OPAC

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


Ebooks Continue Growth 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.\"

Used books sales

Someone writes \" 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. \"


The Opentext Project 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.\"

Try and Circulate This!!

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.\"


LC grapples with digital preservation

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?\"

Topic: changes their privacy policy has changed its privacy policy, writes ALA Councilor Mark Rosenzweig on the Anarchist Librarians list.

\"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.

Rare Free Offerings from the Behemoth(s)

Free content from legal publishing giants Lexis and Westlaw? It can\'t be
true... ahhh, grasshopper, but it can. Will it last, is the
real question.

Three Types of Censorship that Librarians Don\'t Talk About

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.


Libraries reflect nation\'s sexual fixation

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.\"


Friday Updates

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.

B Buzz Highlights -- EInk, new Amazon privacy policy, for whom the e-book tolls

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.


British Royal Mint issues 50p \"Public Libraries\" coin

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 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 correspondent. Read on for a brief history of public libraries in the UK...


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