Submitted by Steven on July 21, 2000 - 8:45am
The other day, I witnessed a mother sitting next to one of our Internet terminals breastfeeding her infant. At first, I was stunned, probably because I have only seen this performed once, but another thought entered my mind at this odd moment: Is this woman in violation of our “anti-naked” Internet policies? This led me to think that she should be breastfeeding her kid in the stacks, preferably in the section on breastfeeding (should she have any questions or problems, she could just pick up a book).Remembering last weeks essay about chat rooms in libraries, I then had one of my rare strokes of genius. The library can be used as a dating service...
Submitted by Blake on July 20, 2000 - 11:48pm
Thinking about doing online reference? Someone
suggested a link to this Handy resource regarding online refrence. It\'s
a good read for all those considering making this
move. I\'ve seen some discussion on the lists on this
topic, so I think some folks are making the
\"A hundred years ago, the only way to tap
into the expertise of a reference librarian was to
physically travel down to the library. In the past fifty
years, information seekers have had the choice of
visiting the library physically, or placing a phone call to
the reference desk. Today, a few pioneering library
systems are delivering reference service right to the
patron\'s home computer - - -via online communication.
Submitted by Steven on July 20, 2000 - 7:44pm
J.K. Rowling (what books has she written again?) is booked to have a reading at the Skydome (seats 60,000) on October 14th. 60,000 screaming children for an author, I love it!! Canoe.ca has the story.\"We really don\'t know how many people are going to come,\" confessed Greg Gatenby, the festival\'s effusive artistic director. \"So we thought rather than book a smaller space and have either a riot or tens of thousands of disappointed fans.\"
Submitted by Blake on July 20, 2000 - 6:13pm
Here\'s an interesting editorial from The Concord Monitor that comes out against filtering, saying that librarians should keep the control and not give it to \"computer-filtering software is as dumb as a post\".
\"As for pornography, library selection committees generally considered whether there was literary or social value to a particular publication. But the fact was that no library could put every book or every video or every magazine in its stacks, so judgments had to be made.
Submitted by Steven on July 20, 2000 - 5:03pm
The saga continues...The syringe that was used in the attack on a student in a library in Ohio contained water. The attacker is a member of the Air National Guard where immunization shots were being done. This story is from the Columbus Dispatch\"We have tight controls on the use and disposal of syringes,\'\' said Capt. Denise Varner, spokeswoman for the 121st Air Refueling Wing.\"
Submitted by Blake on July 20, 2000 - 4:05pm
R Hadden Writes :
It is always interesting when libraries make the Wall Street Journal, but recently the bathroom of one library got a special mention. You can learn more about the Phoenix Public Library at: www.ci.phoenix.az.us/library.html, but alas! There is no photograph of the colorful and delightful bathroom.
\"What a Way to Go: Architects Get Lavish Designing Public Lavatories --- With Liquid-Crystal Glass Doors And Waterfalls, the WC Gets New Meaning: Wicked Cool\" Wall Street Journal;Jul 19, 2000; By Motoko Rich;
\"Don\'t miss the public restrooms!\" Feedback, a travel guide for artists, designers and architects, declares about the main library in downtown Phoenix. The entryways to the lavatories are partitions made of translucent glass that change color every five seconds as tiny fiber-optic wires emit sparks of light...\"
Submitted by Blake on July 20, 2000 - 2:03pm
Harold Bloom at The National Post has written a sharply critical Story that has nothing good to say about the series, or the fans.
\"I will keep in mind that a host are reading it who simply will not read superior fare, such as Kenneth Grahame\'s The Wind in the Willows or the Alice books of Lewis Carroll. Is it better that they read Rowling than not read at all? Will they advance from Rowling to more difficult pleasures?\"
Submitted by Blake on July 20, 2000 - 1:54pm
Macedition has an interesting Editorial on the changing role of copywright. He argues that copywright is already dead, and says it wasn\'t killed by the internet, but by the motion picture industry, the recording industry and the major publishers. Also check out this Interview with the Head of the RIAA.
\"In the past century, though, the wealthy and powerful have been lobbying long and hard through international consortiums such as WIPO to shift the balance of power back to the publisher. \"
Submitted by Blake on July 20, 2000 - 9:59am
This \'R\' rated video thing has been floating aroun for a while now, The Denver Post has an Editorial that tried to make the point this is a bad idea.
\"Movie theaters at least try to keep children from seeing R-rated movies, and Blockbuster says it won\'t rent those movies to kids. But armed with a library card, Colorado children can check out Rrated movies for free.\"
Here is the line that caught my eye:\"No one in Denver, Douglas County or Jefferson County has complained to the local libraries...\"
Submitted by Steven on July 20, 2000 - 9:23am
Stephen King will start posting parts of his story, \"The Plant\" on his web site on Monday, but if less than 75% of his readers don\'t pay him a dollar, it will not continue. Newsday has the article.\"Although King has yet to spell out how readers will pay for his prose, it\'s expected that the U.S. Postal .Service will be carrying thousands of envelopes with dollars or dollar checks in them starting Monday.\"
Submitted by Blake on July 20, 2000 - 12:25am
Bob Cox has sent in many a link over these past few
months, but this has got to be the coolest. North TX U
Library has an online display of Pop-Up and
Check out the website, the images move, just like
books. They go back as far as 1811, many fine
Submitted by Blake on July 19, 2000 - 5:50pm
In a follow up to the Whoopi troubles in WI, JS Online has a
OP-ED piece that puts it all
into perspective. He says both sides over
\"Society does this kind of thing all the
time. Kids can\'t go into a store and buy Playboy; they
can\'t see an R-rated movie by themselves; they can\'t
browse through the stacks at an adult bookstore.
Computers and cable television have lockout options
that try to keep pornography away from children.
Submitted by Blake on July 19, 2000 - 4:29pm
Reginald A writes :
I just read the ED Week July 12 Article \"Science Group Bemoans Quality of
and was thinking that
the findings of the AAAS Project 2061 were spot on: that textbooks and the
general math and science curricula were \"a mile wide and an inch deep.\"
Clearly this is an area where a library could work in partnership with a
school system. Of course, policy drives this sort of thing...that\'s why the
curricula and the textbooks are in the shape they are. Still, those school
systems - or individual teachers - who are willing and able to draw on the
expertise of the library, could add some sorely-needed depth to a math and
Submitted by Blake on July 19, 2000 - 2:50pm
Freedomforum has a nice Story that goes over some legal issues facing us in The US.
First Amendment experts urged a special study committee yesterday not to seek to protect children against Internet pornography by recommending measures that fail to pass constitutional muster.
Submitted by AnnaKh on July 19, 2000 - 2:12pm
This discussion of a \"truly open directory\" may lead in some new directions beyond the existing Open Directory Project.
Submitted by Blake on July 19, 2000 - 12:39pm
CNN.com looks at all the hype surronding the Potter books in This Story. Interesting that a book is causing people to go so crazy.
\"Is it dumb?\" asks Dr. Alan Entin, president of the media psychology division of the American Psychological Association. \"Sure, it\'s dumb. But they line up for records, too. So it\'s no more dumb than that
Submitted by Steven on July 19, 2000 - 9:49am
This Commentary by Paul McMasters from Freedom Forum is filled with excellent points on First Amendment issues and libraries. Many good lines here for Friday\'s \"Quote of the Week\"\"we must rely on the fact that our children are remarkably resilient, relentlessly individual and essentially good. They have thrived on extensive First Amendment rights and deserve to arrive at adulthood with those rights intact.\"
Submitted by Steven on July 19, 2000 - 9:27am
The New York Times has this neat article on a plan to combine all the software in schools into one database. The program is entitled Schools Interoperability Framework and involves more than 80 software companies (Mr. Gates and all).\"The new standards, which were developed by the software companies and educators, will allow schools to link together the separate programs that run various functions, including the library\'s checkout system, the school\'s front office, and the cafeteria and transportation systems.\"
Submitted by Steven on July 19, 2000 - 9:15am
Someone wrote in about yet another sory on reduction in library services. This one at one of the major research libraries in Australia. The article is from the Sydney Morning Herald.\"The number of users who visited the buildings on Macquarie Street had dropped by 21 per cent in the past three years to a million a year. At the same time, Web access has increased more than 16-fold to 14 million. \"It\'s a shift of the way services are delivered by the library,\" the spokesman said.
Submitted by AnnaKh on July 18, 2000 - 10:21pm
There are hundreds of reasons to Love being a librarian,
I can think of a few interesting ones such as: We earn so much money we can afford life\'s luxuries which would be food, water, and a roof over our head.
We get to teach others we are priceless which is why no one seems to know much we are worth.