Submitted by Blake on April 19, 2001 - 8:32am
The Daily Star has some Good News from Senator Charles Schumer.
\"America\'s neglected libraries are crumbling,\" Schumer said. \"In a modern world where education is the key to success, our libraries are out of date and out of place.\"
The bad news, passed along by Alison Hendon, is on RIF, she says:
\"We got an email message today at our library telling us that RIF funding was
not included in the federal budget. RIF (as you doubtless know) stands for
Reading Is Fundamental and is a program that gives away books to children as
a reward for reading. It is usually run through schools and libraries.
This is from Here
Submitted by Blake on April 19, 2001 - 8:26am
CNET has This Story that says A combination of new technologies, recent laws and international restrictions--sometimes related, more often not--are making possible a kind of online regulation once thought impossible.
Meanwhile, More than 60 federal Web sites violate U.S. privacy rules by using unauthorized software to track the browsing and buying habits of Internet users, according to a congressional report, Full Story @ CNN
The BBC simply says \"Cybercops arrest online liberty\"
This Story on your slowly eroding freedoms online.
Wired takes a look at a different kind of censorship in This Story on the increasing power of corporations.
Submitted by Blake on April 18, 2001 - 1:47pm
Brian writes \"A library in Florida tries out Sunday hours and discovers that people come in and check out books. Story in the St. Petersburg Times.\"
And a completely unrelated story from NY has the memebers of New York City\'s largest librarians\' union getting a 16% raise. They [City Hall] had to defend the unusually large raises by saying they are having \"extraordinary\" problems with recruiting and retaining librarians See the NYTimes Story.
Submitted by Blake on April 18, 2001 - 1:41pm
Steve Benson writes \"A comprehensive survey of user satisfaction in public libraries in New South Wales has found that the greatest appeal of their services is for recreation and fun. The survey was done on 15,000 library visitors and the results are detailed in this this Sydney Morning Herald article \"
I wonder if this would be any different in other countries?
Submitted by Ieleen on April 17, 2001 - 3:01pm
When he was a congressman in 1970, George Bush voted to create the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. Now, his son wants to eliminate it. [more...] from The Columbus Dispatch.
Submitted by Ieleen on April 17, 2001 - 10:37am
\"Authors and agents say what\'s at stake in the upcoming lawsuit over interpretation of book contracts is the entire future of the electronic publishing industry.
In Random House v. Rosettabooks, filed Feb. 27, Random House alleges it owns the electronic titles based on a clause in the author\'s original contracts that gives the publisher the right to \"print, publish and sell in book form.\" [more...] from Wired News.
Submitted by Blake on April 16, 2001 - 6:54pm
2001 Pulitzer Prize Winners have been announced. Some of the winners include....
FICTION - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
DRAMA - Proof by David Auburn
HISTORY - Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis
GENERAL NON-FICTION - Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan by Herbert P. Bix.
Submitted by Ieleen on April 16, 2001 - 3:12pm
Brian Jacques, best selling children\'s author of the Redwall series of books, as well as others, was recently interviewed by Andrea Sachs for Time Magazine. Read his interview [Here...]
Submitted by Blake on April 16, 2001 - 11:46am
Ryan writes: \"Interesting article from front page of (the early edition, the one I bought at the subway station on Saturday afternoon) Sunday\'s New York Times on the burying of the Bettmann photo archives in Pennsylvania for the remote/merely-theoretical(?) enjoyment of the generations to come. Raises the question of archives for archives\' sake, why have \'em if we can\'t use \'em, private property vs. public\'s claim on cultural legacy. I didn\'t know much about the state of the Bettmann archives before I read this--
Full NY Times Story \"
Submitted by Blake on April 16, 2001 - 11:05am
Librarians are popping up in the darndest places these days. The Rogue Librarian, Carrie Bickner, has a Story over on A List Apart
Her story Down By Law is about the new US federal filtering mandates. She says \"The law is an ass\"
\"The flow of information is necessary to any free society, and libraries are a key mechanism in that flow. It\'s important to protect children from harmful subject matter, but clumsy, half-baked measures will not achieve that goal—they will only succeed in sacrificing the First Amendment. If libraries are forced to filter Internet access, the cost will be intellectual freedom.\"
Submitted by Blake on April 15, 2001 - 11:34pm
A few days back Helen wrote \"Check out a recent ad
by HP Labs, featuring librarian Eugenie Prime. Not sure
if this is a step forward or a step back . . . The Ad PDF \"
It\'s been submitted a few more times, with
one person taking a slightly different view, one person
\"The April 16th issue of Time has a very repugnant
ad by HP sterotyping
every librarian who ever existed - you might want to tell
them what you
think, pages 70-71, Not to mention that primpy frumpy
whatever is not a librarian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!\"
I just don\'t know what to say on this one. In a
profession obsessed with image, what does This Ad say about us?
Submitted by Blake on April 14, 2001 - 5:00pm
Good Ol\' slashdot pointed me to This
article from the San Francisco
Chronicle on The remains of the fabled 1960\'s
Free Speech Movement.
They have 35,000 pages online now. They say
the text has been entered by hand by workers in India.
Check out the
FSM-A Site to
see what you missed in the 60\'s.
This weekend was also the FSM Symposium at UC Berkeley.
Submitted by Blake on April 14, 2001 - 4:53pm
A Story on Yahoo! is making the rounds.
They say searching for anything related to the words
\"Nazi,\" \"Ku Klux Klan\" or even \"hate\" on Yahoo! will now
bring up banners promoting peace and tolerance. It
doesn\'t work for me, but maybe this is a plan for the
In other Yahoo! news...Now you See Boobies and
Now You Don\'t. They started to peddle
porn, but gave up when groupd like the AFA put up a
fuss.Remember, if you don\'t like it, that means it\'s
no good for anyone.
Submitted by Blake on April 13, 2001 - 11:54am
Always helpful Lee Hadden writes:\" The column \"Newscripts\" in the journal Chemical and Engineering News
of the American Chemical Society, April 9, 2001, issue, page 64, has an
interesting account and a review of a new dictionary that documents the way
words in English are changing their meanings. The title is \"The Dictionary
of Dangerous Words\" by Digby Anderson (see:
For example, \"accident\" no longer refers to an accident any more, but
to society\'s aversions to the fact that anything is beyond our control.
\"...Accidents do not happen by accident anymore.\"
Submitted by Blake on April 13, 2001 - 11:20am
Here\'s a Story someone passed along on the ALA reaction to the latest US budget.
They say President Bush proposed cutting federal spending on libraries by $39 million.
There\'s a rather odd quote in this story:
\"Mrs. Bush understands very well how libraries are serving this nation\'s communities,\" says Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the Washington office of the American Library Association. \"Certainly, the budget doesn\'t reflect that.\"
Did I miss something here? Is Laura now making budget recommendations?
Anywhooo... They say the funding cut could underwrite the cost of 867 librarians at an average salary of $46,000. Or it could buy nearly 1.1 million hardcover books or 161,463 magazine subscriptions.
Submitted by Blake on April 13, 2001 - 10:25am
Alistair Kwun, and others, passed along This Release from MIT where they have some lofty plans to make course materials available online.
They call the project \"OpenCourseWare\", and will put lecture notes, course outlines, reading lists and assignments for each course online.
Other stories Wired, CNET, MSNBC and The NY Times
Submitted by AnnaKh on April 12, 2001 - 5:58pm
This week Library Juice published a discussion thread on Questia from COLLIB-L, the second in a series. The first one was published last December. Last July, Library Juice published an editorial called Questioning Questia. At issue is the company\'s decision to bypass libraries and offer access to their digitized collection of 50,000 books directly to students, for a fee.
Submitted by Ieleen on April 12, 2001 - 5:14pm
Librarians, teachers, and book stores say a notable increase has occurred in reading interest among children. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 75 percent of fourth-graders report reading for fun at least once a week. Of that group, 43 percent say they read every day. [more...] from Salon.
Submitted by Ieleen on April 12, 2001 - 4:57pm
Although the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are still duking it out with the Federal government over the Children\'s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), some libraries are already putting filters in place in order to beat the deadline. [more...] from The Columbus Dispatch.
Submitted by Ieleen on April 12, 2001 - 4:46pm