Submitted by Blake on October 25, 2000 - 5:21pm
Lois Fundis writes \"Apparently even Congress is beginning to realize that \"The Internet-filtering software pushed by Congress to protect children from smut online is blocking far more than pornography....The software\'s uneven performance puts a snag in the politically attractive solution that Congress is trying to include in an education spending bill before it adjourns.\"
And even a vice-president of SurfCONTROL, maker of CyberPatrol and SurfWatch, admits, \"My chief criticism is that I don\'t think it\'s necessary because schools are already doing what they need to do to protect their students.\"
Yahoo! News has the Full Story
Submitted by Blake on October 24, 2000 - 7:02pm
I was doing some house cleaning and thought I\'d share some interesting search terms people have entered on LISNews.com, some are strange, some are funny. Judge For Yourself:
"Do you have sex"
chocolate chip cookies
Natural resources of Texas
Arrowhead Trail Accomidations camping
church of Satan
monster of shark
eyes de la quimica
Little Black Sambo
pictures of the human heart
obsessive compulsive disorder
my brother sam is dead
Bye, bye bacteria
The Executive Producer
are not are too
Submitted by Blake on October 24, 2000 - 6:04pm
Cliif Urr writes \"This interesting article, referred to from the peterme.com web log, seems to invite professional communicators to undertake tasks that seem virtually identical to what librarians do. Also, distinguishes \"maps\" from \"stories\" as a way to organize information, and claims \"maps\" are supplanting stories for this task. Sample text: \"From a postmodernist perspective, we might instead begin to value the idea that technical communicators\' talents lie not in their skills at taking (and simplifying) dictation but in constructing novel and useful (if contingent) structures in fields of information. In other words, business and technical communicators do not write documentation or author reports, but make maps. What better job than mapmaker in an era when information is portrayed to users as a confusing, jumbled tsunami of data?\"
Read It Here
Submitted by Blake on October 24, 2000 - 10:00am
News.com has a Story on a new piece of software called ImageFilter from LookThatUp. They say the software classifies visual information by color, texture, shape and spatial configuration, It\'ll then analyze the data to make a sort of fingerprint for each image that is compared to other images. If it finds a questionable image, ImageFilter will email you! All those hours wasted surfing for porn at the local public library are over! Now you can just sign up and let this little baby get your porn for you!Now, I know your saying to your self, \"Blake, what does this mean to me, the average librarian?\", well I\'ll tell you!
I have 3 magic words for you....
Submitted by Blake on October 24, 2000 - 9:32am
T. Herman Zweibel, Publisher Emeritus over at The Onion has decded He Will Decide What is Appropriate for Children, so stop worrying about filters and banning books and all that junk, leave it up to Herman!
\"This Republic has once again succumbed to the notion, common in prosperous times, that children are precious porcelain cherubs who should be kept in velvet-lined gilt boxes and protected from the harsh realities of life. They say I should not be publishing the swear-words in my news-paper, nor the teats above the front-page fold, where children may see them.
Submitted by Blake on October 24, 2000 - 9:29am
The Frankfurt eBook Award Winners have been announced. Awards were given out in the following catagories:
Original eBook Category
eBook Converted from Print Category
and The GRAND PRIZE WINNERS. (\"Paradise Square\" and \"When Pride Still Mattered\")
Submitted by Steven on October 23, 2000 - 11:34pm
I know its not Friday, but I found a bunch of articles that I thought you guys might like. Here they are, in no particular order: new Clinton Library, author controversy, library closings, evolving libraries, Filters only a bandaid, and libraries as technology training centers.
Submitted by Blake on October 23, 2000 - 10:24pm
Newsobserver.com has a nice Story on the school library of the year 2000. Most of it won\'t be news to you (did you know the school personnel once known as librarians prefer to be called \"media specialists\" now?), but it is still a nice look at how things are going in some school libraries.
\"The more resources you have, the farther you can get beyond the school walls and the more relevant an education will be,\" Bradburn said. \"At the the low end we have schools that have very little technology, maybe just one computer with Internet access.\"
Submitted by Blake on October 23, 2000 - 3:59pm
Mayor Mel Lastman [Toronto\'s chief Muggle] gave J.K. Rowling the key to the city yesterday, and when she spoke at a fundaraiser for the Osborne Collection of the Toronto Library, she admitted she\'s just terrified about the big event. Part of the International Festival of Authors is a reading by Rowling at the Sky Dome, Never Been?(it\'s quite a place, worth the trip, wherever you are). Her biggest audience in the past was 2,000 in Germany, the Sky Dome holds 36,000. Did you know her friends call her Jo?
``The reading is a way to reach a lot of children. But I\'m plainly not a rock star, not the Rolling Stones.\'\'
The Full Story is at The T.O. Star
Submitted by Blake on October 23, 2000 - 3:31pm
Cluebot.com has posted a Letter from some conservative groups, including American Family Association of Oregon, and Libertarian Party of Mississippi who all oppose library filtering [H.R. 4577]. They choose education over filtering.
\"Nothing is more effective than efforts to educate parents and children about Internet safety and how to properly use online resources. Moreover, Internet filters are an imperfect solution to this important problem. With millions and millions of web sites already online, and more added every day, children will always be able to access content we might wish they couldn\'t. Education programs can help them to deal with the very real danger certain kinds of content could pose; Internet filters offer a false sense of security on this issue. \"
Submitted by Blake on October 23, 2000 - 11:23am
Here\'s an interesting essay from The Chronicle written by Wayne A. Wiegand,a professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
He says people go to the library to find stories to read. Folks are looking for material that inspires them or affirms their identities. Mr. Wiegand says the problem is librarians have little knowledge of why people read what they do, therefore librarians tend to lack a deeper understanding of how libraries serve some readers. This is a missed opportunity to show evidence to state legislatures and other sources of financial support that spending money on stories is important. Librarians are also often not able to help people find the right story to read and don\'t develop enough programs to connect readers to one another. He puts part of the blame on library and information-science programs, that have ignored the literature on reading usually undervalue the reading of stories.
What about you, do you know why people come in, what they are reading and why?
Submitted by Ben on October 23, 2000 - 9:44am
The Denver Post reports that \"police will be allowed to search customer purchase records\" at the Tattered Cover Book Store.
Astute readers will no doubt have already drawn a comparison to the 1998 case involving Kramerbooks & afterwords, the Washington DC bookstore that told Ken Starr to mind his own business. So why has a judge given the police carte blanche this time? Perhaps because they said the magic word: \"drugs\".
\"If it only takes one or two records from a bookstore to help us eliminate drugs on the street, then so be it,\" said Lt. Lori Moriarty, commander of the North Metro Drug Task Force, which is seeking the Tattered Cover records.
Ah, so that\'s the problem. It\'s not that Prohibition has failed again -- it\'s just those pesky booksellers who are protecting readers\' right to privacy...
Submitted by Blake on October 23, 2000 - 9:27am
CNN has posted a Transcript on a TalkBack Live show called \"Filtering the Internet for Children: Censorship or Protection?\"
It\'s interesting the first clip is the famous (or infamous) \"chocolate chip cookies\" incident.
\"She typed in chocolate chip cookies, hit the search button, and immediately there appeared before her eyes a picture of a nude woman.\"
Remember that one from February? If not, Read It
The transcipt is interesting, worth the read if you\'re into the filtering thing.
Submitted by Blake on October 22, 2000 - 10:59pm
The Chronicle has an Interview with William Y. Arms , the guy who runs Dlib Magazine. He has some interesting things to say about the future of libraries. Mr. Arms says that once people are able to get all they need from the internet, they will stop going to the library, ease of access leads to use, and the library is harder to use.
\"I think it may be possible to have substantial research programs without access to conventional libraries\".
Some provocative stuff in this one.
Submitted by Blake on October 22, 2000 - 10:53pm
I ran across this Page a part of Denise Plourde\'s cool Web Site. Her Library Humor page has a great section with An annotated bibliography of Library Cartoons, where cartoons have mentioned libraries or librarians. My favorite is Dilberts date with the libarian who is so smart she can read his mind. Blondie, Bloom County, Calvin and Hobbes and many more are included.
Submitted by Blake on October 22, 2000 - 10:44pm
The UCITA Saga continues.
The Federal Trade Commission will hold a public forum on October 26 and 27, 2000 to examine warranty protection for software and other high-tech goods and services marketed to consumers.
The public forum will be held at the Federal Trade Commission headquarters, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. on October 26, 2000 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on October 27, 2000 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
You can also see FTC staff comments to NCCUSL during the date
preceeding NCCUSL\'s approval of UCITA, the first on October
30, 1998, and the second on July 9, 1999.
Submitted by Blake on October 22, 2000 - 10:18pm
Bob Cox sent in this Story
from SF Gate
on antiquarian bookstores in San Francisco. They
interview store owners on the effects of the internet, and
the crazy real estate market in SF and how things in the
old book market are going.
\"It\'s not the quantity
of books sold, it\'s the quality. We\'re not about turnover.
The internet is driving them out of business
indirectly, due to high rent prices.
Submitted by Blake on October 22, 2000 - 10:13pm
The fourth part of the serial novel \"The Plant\" will
be posted on King\'s Web
site Monday. Further installments up to part 8 will be
available for $2 each, but the whole thing will still cost
you $13.00. He had said he would stop with the last
installment if people paying for the download dropped
below 75 percent. Anyone out there read it? Is it any
Submitted by Steven on October 22, 2000 - 12:14pm
I was rolling on the floor after reading this column from Fayettevillenc.com. A man goes into the library searching for porn, but finds himslef at a loss as to where to start. \"I’ve learned that when looking for something in the library, the best place to start is at the computerized directory. So I found one and began my search.
P-O-R-N-O-G-R-A-P-H-Y, I typed. Up popped an alphabetical list.
Porcupines, pork-free diet ... ah, here we are, pornography. This wasn’t going to take as long as I’d thought.I clicked on the first couple of listings I came to, wrote down the catalog numbers and went a huntin’ for porn.\"
Submitted by Blake on October 21, 2000 - 5:22pm
The DigitalDivideNetwork.org has released the results of a survey on using tax money for net access.
The survey, which polled 1900 respondents nationwide, found that over
three-quarters (76%) of those surveyed support the use of tax dollars to
train teachers to use the Internet. Additionally, 65% said they would
support the use of tax money to fund Internet access for libraries, and 60%
supported the government\'s role in bringing access to America\'s schools.