Submitted by Celine on June 28, 2001 - 2:13pm
When a student had trouble aligning the margins on his research paper, he asked the school librarian for help. She had her suspicions and uncovered the real problem - his entire paper was lifted (margin formatting and all) directly from the internet. This story leads in to a detailed discussion of the increasingly common problem of internet plagiarism among school and college students and the measures that are being taken to deal with it.
[This story is from the New York Times so you need to register to have access to it - but it\'s free.]
Submitted by Ieleen on June 28, 2001 - 12:35pm
People at the Lee County Library System in Florida seem to have trouble holding onto emplyees. Since 1999, they have lost ten administrators. Some blame the director. [more...] from News Press.
Submitted by Ieleen on June 28, 2001 - 12:23pm
Michael Geist writes...
\"The development of cyberlaw has long been shaped by the belief that the Internet is borderless. Many observers argue that without borders, the Internet is impervious to the real-space laws that govern traditional geographic boundaries.\" [more...] from Globe Technology.
Submitted by Blake on June 28, 2001 - 12:18pm
ALA Online has a Nifty List of the 10 Reasons Why the Internet Is No Substitute for a Library.
#1: Not Everything Is on the Internet.
#10: The Internet Is Ubiquitous but Books Are Portable.
Read the story for the full list.
That reminds me... I first learned the definition of Ubiquitous from Monday Night Football.
Submitted by Ieleen on June 28, 2001 - 11:04am
Submitted by Blake on June 28, 2001 - 11:01am
Someone passed along This Link to a release that states, in part:\"the Department of Education will not be including any \"specialists\" in the Excellent Teaching Program (national certification & mentoring program). The Department has taken the position that the Statute that established the program was not intended to include teachers who did not have a full time class asigned to them.\"
Submitted by Ieleen on June 28, 2001 - 10:51am
By now everyone has heard of the Minneapolis 12, who filed a sexual harassment complaint with the EEOC over exposure to Internet porn on the job. According to constitution attorney Robert Peck, \"Because libraries exist to provide citizens with access to information, pornographic material \"that is within the protection of the First Amendment cannot be banned.\" [more...] from The Freedom Forum.
Submitted by Celine on June 27, 2001 - 6:38pm
Thanks to the ever-excellent Library Juice, I discovered that the students at SLIS, University of Michigan have started a new webzine, Finger. It has lots of interesting articles, including one about Questia vs. \"real\" libraries, interviews, oh lots of good stuff. I would have liked to see a little introductory piece on \"this is who we are and what this zine is about\" but maybe that\'s just me... Still, it made me proud of my library school roots!
Submitted by Blake on June 27, 2001 - 3:37pm
Desley writes :\"Do you or any of the readers see the advantage of e-books for small Public Libraries? Can you see grandma curling up with the cat and an eBook reader on a cold winter\'s night?
If a grandchild wanted to give a loved grandparent an eBook as a gift where could they lovingly write the inscription for the grandparent to treasure for many years, or, for that matter, where could grandma write her inscription to the beloved grandchild to be treasured as well?
I see their value in the academic field or for the \'serious\' reader but I would be disappointed if they were to take over the world and deprive many of the pleasure of the feel of a \'real\' book. Maybe I am just a softie but the feel of a real book is like the caress of a loved one.
Hey, all you out there in LISNews Land!!! What do you think?\"
Submitted by Ieleen on June 27, 2001 - 1:18pm
Ever hear of a library being forced to close because of toxic mold? Libraries aren\'t at the forefront of this article, but it mentions public facilities, including libraries being forced to close because of toxic mild infestations. Yuck. [more...] from The Houston Chronicle.
**Related article by Robin Wilson -
Mold and Fear Seep Into a Department. (Thanks Ryan).
Submitted by Ieleen on June 27, 2001 - 12:50pm
Jennifer Lin writes...
\"The complaint from Center City neighbors on the east side of town was loud and persistent: We want a library.
Ever since the Free Library of Philadelphia closed the Mercantile Branch at 11th and Chestnut Streets in 1989, the swath of neighborhoods to the east of City Hall had had no library to call its own.\" [more...] from The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Submitted by Ieleen on June 27, 2001 - 12:34pm
A convicted child molester allegedly downloaded child pornography from an Internet-connected computer in a public library not equipped with filtering software designed to prevent access to pornographic Web sites. The library director said she doesn\'t regret not having filtered the computers. [more...] from The Providence Journal.
Submitted by Celine on June 27, 2001 - 12:24pm
The Globe and Mail reports that major technology companies have made a breakthrough in work on using power lines to transmit data.
\"As early as October, consumers in Canada and the United States will be able to use any plug in their house to connect computers to each other and to the Web. No extra wiring will be required. Instead, a small, $99 (U.S.) device will connect a home\'s electrical system to the existing cable or telephone Internet feed.\"
More in the full story. This sounds like a great idea in theory but, as someone currently living in California, I\'m not looking to buy into this system in any hurry!
Submitted by Celine on June 27, 2001 - 12:17pm
The National Library of Australia is celebrating its first 100 years with this beautifully designed site, Our Nation\'s Album. It chronicles the whole development of the library over the last century and has a nifty little timeline of major events running along the bottom of the screen. Worth a look.
Submitted by Ieleen on June 27, 2001 - 12:10pm
As part of a special drug awareness program, librarians in Australia are being trained in drug-related issues. [more...] from The Australian.
Submitted by Ieleen on June 27, 2001 - 10:29am
Robert Kent sends this one via e-mail:
\"Two shipments of books sent to independent libraries in Cuba have been confiscated in recent days, according to a report by Alida Viso Bello in the June 20 issue of CubaNet (www.cubanet.org). As reported by Havana librarian
Ricardo Gonzalez, a package of books sent to the Jorge Manach Library from Italy was recently intercepted by Cuban customs agents, who confiscated some of the books after declaring them to be \"counterrevolutionary\" and \"against
the interests of the nation.\" Mr. Gonzalez denounced this act as a violation of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which grants everyone the right to \"seek, receive and impart information and ideas
through any media and regardless of frontiers.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 27, 2001 - 10:05am
Charles Davis writes \"from
Classical chart-toppers the Mediaeval Baebes have
unveiled a new digital version of one of the UK\'s most
important 15th century texts.
The Sherborne Missal, which is worth £15 million, is one of
the most important treasures from the late Middle Ages and
has been saved for the nation by the British Library.
Following a £1.45 million fund-raising drive, the British Library has successfully digitised part of the manuscript, making a large touch-screen version available to all visitors. \"
Submitted by Ryan on June 26, 2001 - 5:17pm
Scott McCloud\'s smart and beautifully presented defense of file-sharing technology, and how it can benefit both artists and consumers, in two parts [Part 1 and Part 2]
\"When there\'s a direct exchange between creators of art and their audiences . . .small charges could earn those creators a decent living - while the army of middlemen . . .could go back to selling detergent, real estate, and two-by-fours.\"
[via Rebecca\'s Pocket]
Submitted by Blake on June 26, 2001 - 4:39pm
The Chronicle of Higher Education has put together a series of stories that examines the question of eBooks on college campuses.
The Chronicle is not free, but in short, the answer is, no one knows.
They interview Nicholson Baker, \"The job of the research library is to keep the stuff that people read.\", cover University of Virginia and it\'s bold experiment, go over the Key Players in Academic E-Publishing, and report on how hard it has been thus far for companies trying to make money in this market.
Submitted by Blake on June 26, 2001 - 3:06pm
James Nimmo writes: \"The Oklahoma County library (of Tin Drum fame), Metropolitan Library System
(MLS), has voted to impose censoring filters on adult terminals. Filters
were always in place for youth cards, while adults were offered a choice
between filtered and unfiltered internet access, but that choice has been
The vote was not unanimous--three stalwart commissioners stood up for
intellectual freedom or at least they are trying to squelch the First
Amendment law suit that will be filed.\"