Submitted by Blake on December 29, 2000 - 10:19am
Motherjones.com has a nice Story on how the Town of Johnsburg, NY put together the money and the people power to build a new library. A heart warming story on how the library has become the center of the small town.
\"When a small town set out to create a library, it took the first step toward building something far more elusive--a community.\"
Submitted by Steven on December 28, 2000 - 11:18pm
The last Friday updates for the year include Home Depot, eagle scouts, bookmobiles, coffee beans, updating the classics, LOC, and much much more. Have a Happy New Year!!
Submitted by Blake on December 28, 2000 - 3:49pm
Lee Hadden Writes:
\"The Associated Press has an article today about the Vietnamese
Cultural Inspectors, who have recently burned over six tons of books,
newspapers and other publications that were deemed \"poisonous cultural
items\"and thus unsuitable for reading by citizens of Vietnam. According to
another story about this today from Public Radio, International, among the
\"superstitious\" items burned were religious books and newspapers from
abroad, including Bibles and Catholic publications.\"
Submitted by Blake on December 28, 2000 - 1:59pm
Brian writes \"http://www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,40850,00.html
Wired News has a story about news sites charging fees for the right to link to articles.
This is a funny story, apparently iCopyright.com thinks they have the ability to get $50 from people who link to sites they \"protect\". One of those sites, The Albuquerque Journal, when asked about the $50, says -
\"I don\'t know. We certainly wouldn\'t go after you. We link to other sites. We encourage people to link to us.\"
Submitted by Steven on December 28, 2000 - 10:03am
I saw this sad story from Inside Denver about cutbacks in school libraries, and I thought sharing may help ease the pain. Here are only a few frightening facts:(1)Part-time aides replace librarians who also have been trained as teachers.
(2)Two of five public schools have either no trained librarian or one who works less than half-time, according to the state library.
(3)Since 1994, staffing relative to enrollment has dropped more than 10 percent.
As jobs disappear and librarians retire, the pipeline is drying up. By 2010, the state library predicts, there could be no new library media graduates in Colorado.\"
Submitted by Blake on December 27, 2000 - 4:20pm
The LA Times has a Story on some books in CA. They say officials pulled 10 biographies of gay people from the shelves of a junior high campus. The ACLU cries censorship, while the school officials that pulled the books say the books reading level was too high for Orangeview students, and that the books presented a safety hazard because students who checked them out might be harassed by other students. How\'s that for a nifty excuse?The books are part of a series called \"Lives of Notable Gay Men and Lesbians\".
\"We all know why these books have been banned,\" Matthews said. \"The books were banned because they had a positive statement to make to kids about gay and lesbian people. The books were banned because of deep-seated prejudice.\"
Submitted by Blake on December 27, 2000 - 11:01am
Onlineinc.com has a Report Card on all the major librarian portal sites. They were tough graders, not many A\'s were given out! They didn\'t grade us, though I\'m not sure we fit with the rest of the portals they review. LibraryLand, Internet Public Library Services for Librarians, and Internet Library for Librarians all got A\'s.
\"The ideal library portal will have the most thorough coverage possible in several areas of the library profession for all types of libraries.\"
Submitted by Blake on December 27, 2000 - 10:45am
Submitted by AnnaKh on December 23, 2000 - 2:59am
In a survey conducted by Buson-Marstelle, one third of reporters interviewed claimed that the internet is their first point of reference. 57 percent were said to faithfully believe that the Internet was a reliable source of information. On an even more interesting note, only a quarter of these journalists said that they would turn to their company’s archives or library for information.[more]
We can only hope that these news professionals have been given the training needed to discern the true quality and reliability of online information. Unfortunately notorious past mistakes suggest that this may not be the case.
Submitted by Steven on December 21, 2000 - 11:01pm
Friday updates for this week include Harry Potter in Vietnam, a library with no books, parents responsibility, funding losses, flooding, the future, and much more.
Submitted by Steven on December 21, 2000 - 12:01pm
The Spokesman-Review, in the press alot lately, has this piece on the latest grasp to take away the first amendment rights of library users. It includes, in my opinion, the quote of the week.\"Blaming the library for exposure to pornography is like blaming the lake if your child walks up to it alone, falls in and then drowns. The only viable mechanism for protecting children from the questionable content of the Internet, eating too much junk food or drowning in the lake is action by the responsible agency governing this jurisdiction: the parents. Their guidance is more loving, more educational and a hundred times more effective then regulatory control.\"
Submitted by Steven on December 21, 2000 - 11:54am
Wired News has an interesting story about a site called Rosetta Books which provides e-books on backlisted print titles. A pretty strange concept, but hey, you never know...\"Rosettabooks currently owns the exclusive electronic rights to 100 classics such as Aldous Huxley\'s Brave New World, Kurt Vonnegut\'s Slaughterhouse Five, William Styron\'s Sophie\'s Choice, and Pat Conroy\'s Prince of Tides.
Over 500 more titles are in various states of negotiation and an additional 1,000 have been targeted for acquisition. Strategic alliances with BN.com for a Rosettabooks boutique and prominence on the Contentville.com site are already in place.\"
There are a few other stories there too.
Submitted by Blake on December 21, 2000 - 11:10am
In yet another example of clueless corporate idiocy, Warner Bros. is going after Harry Potter Fan sites. They purchased the film and merchandising rights, as well as the trademarks and copyrights to the characters, from the books\' author, J.K. Rowling. For some reason, they now think no one should have a tribute site, to show how much they love Harry Potter.
\"I\'ve just read the news that the Evil Dark Arts experts a.k.a. Warner Brothers are trying to cast some dark charms and shut down this site. GOLLY! What total ROT. We have got to get some good charms and wand waving to seriously sort them out,\" wrote a fellow Harry Potter fan on Field\'s Web site.
Full Story over at ZD Net.
Submitted by Blake on December 21, 2000 - 11:06am
Brian sent in This One at The Standard on British Telecom\'s idiotitic legal moves to get money from ISP\'s.
After discovering, in a routine check, that it owned the patent for the hyperlink, BT wrote to 17 U.S. ISPs, asking them to pay for the privilege of using the technology through licensing agreements. Nerver mind that someone did it Way Back in the 60\'s in CA.
Submitted by Blake on December 21, 2000 - 11:01am
ZD Net has an Editorial By Matthew Rothenberg on all the filtering action.
\"Yes, using the library is a privilege, but it\'s one that citizens of the town pay for. Adults should have uncensored access to all of its content. Maybe next, the library will choose issues that it thinks you shouldn\'t hear about and filter them out of the newspaper for you, too.\"
Submitted by Blake on December 21, 2000 - 10:57am
A couple more stories on Distance Ed
CNN has a Report on The Web-based Education Commission has said a \"national mobilization\" is necessary, one that \"evokes a response similar in scope to other great American opportunities or crises\" such as the historic race to the moon or finding a cure for polio.
A Wired Report is similiar.
Can we really compare the internet with going to the moon?
Submitted by AnnaKh on December 21, 2000 - 4:01am
The recently convened Web-based Education Commission was made up of a diverse group of businesspeople, lawmakers and educators, including John Gage, director of science for Sun Microsystems, Rep. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia), and Florence McGinn, a teacher and founder of an online literary magazine. (one has to ask where the librarians were.)
The recent report released by the commision has received mixed reviews. These varying opinions are available in this article, \'E-Learning is Good; Now What?\', from Wired Magazine.
Submitted by Blake on December 20, 2000 - 5:54pm
The NY Times has a Nice Story on the impact of the WWW on the W. It\'s a nice look at the past, present and future of the web.
\"In a remarkably short period, the World Wide Web has touched or has promised to alter — some would say threaten — virtually every aspect of modern life.\"
Submitted by Blake on December 20, 2000 - 5:50pm
Holly writes \"An update to a story from back in November about citizens trying to restrict R-rated movies at the Post Falls (ID) Public Library. The highlight of This Story is this quote:
But \"Pretty Woman,\" a film in which actress Julia Roberts portrays a prostitute, is pure pornography.\"
That pretty much sums up the whole problem with the term \"pornography,\" doesn\'t it? \"
Submitted by AnnaKh on December 20, 2000 - 5:49pm
Geoffrey Nunberg argues in this article that they certainly will, and he is hi tech enough to be a major researcher at the Xerox PARC lab (he is a linguist.) This article is a couple of years old but still feels fresh. It provides a nice bird\'s eye view of American libraries and how they fit into the whole contemporary \"information\" landscape. He addresses many of the problems that libraries are beginning to face in the current situation and has suggestions for how they can be dealt with.