Congressional Web Learning Report

The NY Times has a Story on The Commission on Web-based Education. They had
identified seven key points in its report on harnessing the learning power of the Internet.

\"If you throw a rock in Washington, D.C., you\'re bound to hit someone in favor of wide expansion of broadband -- there are lots of people pulling for it,\"


Google of Archives Stories

Library of Congress has 5 million U.S. history items online. The 5 million images belong to a project called \"American Memory,\" available at

Meanwhile, USC has nearly $2 million worth of Ernest Hemingway\'s letters. Now the USC where students and researchers can study how authors develop their ideas and their works. \"I\'m still giddy about it,\" professor Matthew Bruccoli said. Denver Post Story

Also, More than 150 copies of the complete legal papers of Abraham Lincoln will soon be going out to law schools across the country, thanks to a grant received recently by The Lincoln Legal Papers research project. Full Story.

Thanks to Bob Cox for most of these.

Laura Bush is no Jackie O

Bob Cox sent this one in.

I can\'t remember for sure if This Story started it, but there has been a very spirited discussion on LM_NET about Laura Bush, and her \"Librarian Like\" appearance.

\"Mrs. Bush\'s look is pretty, practical and proper, but it lacks the flair to spark any major fashion following - except perhaps, in those parts of the South where fashion seems stuck in the 1980s,\" one reporter wrote in an article for the Orlando Sentinel.


E-Book Forecast: Cloudy

This Story from Wired takes more than a little of the wind out of the eBook hype. They say some are forecasting the death of e-books, already. A recent study says textbooks and print-on-demand publishing will do well. With sites like Baen Free Library giving them away, I wonder how strong sales will be.

\"Forecasts may vary, but everything points to a very attractive and growing market that\'s a mix of print and electronic formats existing with each other,\" Sadler said. \"Over time, e-books will be a great value proposition.\"

Squelching Campus Dissent

Some colleges are creating free-speech zones and allowing students to protest only in \"the zone\". No more rights to post a flier on the wall of the student union or anywhere else. Speech policies have been adopted at GWU and KSU, the UC at Berkeley, and the U of Mississippi and discussed at Oklahoma State U. and Notre Dame.

The Chronicle has the Full Story.


Fun Book Links

I found a couple interesting book links on Memepool this morning.

The is a Yahoo! Club called Book Hell, \"It\'s Where Bad Books Go When they DIE!!!\", devoted to the collecting of obscure, esoteric and otherwise weird books.

Then there is the BOOK HAPPY World of Weird Books (the former site of the Kooks Museum).


How Many Librarians Does It Take....

A couple months ago we ran This Story on the Peckham Library in London. It won the Stirling Prize for architecture.

Well, today I ran across This Story on the library. Now they say they need to close the building for five days and have a team of electricians change 300 light bulbs. The new bulbs are a \"gargantuan exercise\", they need to set up platforms, and even move books around to change the bulbs.

\"This means every six to seven months the building will be forced to close whilst staff remove the books, workmen move the shelves and erect the tower platforms and electricians come in to unscrew and replace the light bulbs.\"


UCITA: What Does it Mean for Libraries?

Online has a nice Feature on UCITA and what it means for you as a librarian.

\"Copyright laws have always provided for fair use exceptions for nonprofit educational and research use, and criticism, to name just a few exceptional areas. Opponents of UCITA fear the effective extinction of such fair use rights under UCITA. Librarians also fear they will have imposed on them contract clauses that prohibit lending materials or that prohibit activities or uses that libraries may make in carrying out their preservation efforts.\"


Chudnov on Open Source and Libraries

Online has an Interview with Dan Chudnov, from, a cool site that highlights free software you can use in you library. It\'s a good interview for all you librarian geeks out there, way to go Dan!

I guess there are a few of us that can write code and site at the reference desk out there.


The Internet Filter Farce

Bob Cox sent in This Editorial from that says the real scandal of the filtering controversy is the filters themselves don\'t--and can\'t--work as promised. Another Story says more and more schools are using filters.

The remedy for the abuse of digital technology is more digital technology.\"


More on Journal Prices

Lee Hadden writes :\"
The price increases for academic journals to libraries has finally
made the Wall Street Journal. The Monday, Jan. 8, 2001 copy, page A26, has
an article by Charles Goldsmith, \"Publish or Perish, But At What Cost to
Academia? World\'s Research Libraries Balk at High Price of Journal

Seems like we are seeing these stories more often these days. This story likens the journal arena to \"a restaurant that makes you bring your own food and cook it yourself, then presents you with an outragous check and a cover charge.\". The libraries are being queezed by high prices, and with competetion shrinking, don\'t expect the double digit price increases to ease up. They say the median amount spent on journals at research libraries is now over $4 Million!

Childrens Internet Protection Act FAQ

Prepared by Jenner & Block, ALA Legal Counsel, January 2001

No. Only libraries that receive Universal Service Discounts or funds
available under the Library Services and Technology Act or Title III of
the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 must certify
compliance with the Act.


Why books make thieves of us all

The Guardian has an Interesting Story on how folks in the UK love to steal books. While most folks wouldn\'t \"misappropriate my neighbour\'s ox or ass\", they seem to have no problem taking books from the library, or a books store.

\"As students we walked out of libraries with books up our jumpers, not with larcenous intent, but because check-out was such a hassle. The libraries turned a blind eye. Most of the books came back. We trusted one another. But, sometimes, one forgot.\"


Supreme Court Lets Stand Computer Anti-Porn Law

Here\'s a Story from Yahoo! (and Another from Wired)The U.S. Supreme Court said that a free-speech challenge by six professors to a VA law that bars public employees from using state computers to access porn on the Internet.

The profs argued the law violated their 1st Amendment \"academic freedom rights\" and would stop legitimate, work-related, intellectual inquiries.

So do this include Lego Porn?


During Information Glut, Publish and Perish?

Washington Post has Story on all those free newspapers and directories you see all over the place. They are gaining in popularity, street boxes are piling up, and so are the stacks of newspapers in libraries, recreation centers and in local businesses.

People are starting to complain the things are just a waste of space and an eye sore.

Harry Potter Set to Make Millions for Charity

J.K. Rowling says she plans to publish two Harry Potter specials to bring in up to $33 million for deprived children. Suppliers, printers, distributors and booksellers are all waiving their profits, fees and payments on the books. Three dollars from each sale will go to Comic Relief.

``You should buy them because they will save lives,\'\'

Full Story.


Experts See Online Speech Case as Bellwether

The NY Times has a Story on Yahoo!\'s decision to drop the Nazi auctions. This could lead to other litigants and governments in other countries to go after U.S. service providers and auctions. Yahoo! had originally said they could not control access to thier site based on geography (which was the excuse they used to not stop the auctions), but now they say They Are Trying to Target ads based on where you are.

\"We are not going to acquiesce in the notion that foreign countries have unlimited jurisdiction to regulate the content of U.S.-based sites.\"


One dollar twenty-five cents

Don Saklad Sent in this Story on a new ad campaign in Boston. Another Story on the same things says the campaign was developed after library officials held focus groups with area residents, who told them why they didn’t go to the library. This Story, from L.A., says all it takes is internet access to bring\'m in.

\'\'One of the big misconceptions at the library is that there will be a huge fine if they haven\'t returned a library book in years, like you\'ll need a second mortgage on your house,\'\' said library spokeswoman P.A. d\'Arbeloff. \'\'The maximum fine for any book is $1.25. The money is not what\'s important here. We want you in the library.\'\'


No Porn For You!!

Wired has this story on public employees in Virginia who are not allowed to access porn on their computers. Some professors say that it is against the law violates their first ammendment rights. I\'d love to see my old Psychology professors taking the dive into the world of pornography.\"The law, adopted in 1996, barred about 101,000 state employees, including faculty members, librarians and other researchers at state institutions, from using their state computers to access sites with sexually explicit content.

Sexually explicit is defined as any depiction or description of \"sexual excitement,\" \"sexual conduct,\" or \"a lewd exhibition of nudity.\"

Professors or other state employees must get written permission from their agency heads before accessing sexually explicit material.\"


Library Advertisements

Here is an article from The Herald about the new advertisement campaign from the Boston Public Library.\"Clearly, this isn’t your father’s library, where pinched-faced old biddies stood guard over their literary charges -- or at least that’s what the Boston Public Library’s first ad campaign wants you to think.

\"This is a community that is used to seeing all kinds of crazy ads on TV and billboards,\" said library spokesman P.A. d’Arbeloff. \"Why not have some fun? When you realize the ads are for the library, it sort of surprises you, and that’s one of the desired effects. Hopefully that will help people remember the message.\"


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