Submitted by Blake on April 29, 2001 - 9:59pm
The Oklahoma City Council finally decided Tuesday to
pay court-ordered legal fees for a man who sued after
police confiscated his rented videotape of \"The Tin
Drum\" because they believed it
contained child pornography.
Then they promptly forgot to actually authorize the
$143,047 payment. The city has now spent more than
$700,000 to settle the case.
James writes: \"The civic leaders have
dragged their collective feet for years, thereby fully
disclosing what fools they are. The reluctance to pay up
shows their ignorance and fundamentilst training in
that instead of paying for their lose, they continue to
keep the issue alive, perhaps hoping that god will take
pity on them and strike the ACLU and Michael Camfiled
dead and remove the \"sin\" of freedom to read and view
from Oklahoma City.\"
You can read more at the
Newspaper in America) The
Oklahoman Archives aren\'t free, but there does
appear to be a number of stories on this subject. This
entire thing is just a sad joke.
Submitted by Blake on April 29, 2001 - 7:40pm
Judy Westbrook was kind enough to send along more
information on Robert S. Martin, just nominated to be
Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
He was in charge of this outsourcing study , \"The
Impact of Outsourcing and Privatization on Library
Services and Management\". The study examined in
detail outsourcing of cataloging, selection, and
management of library operations. They say they found
no evidence that outsourcing per se represents a threat
to library governance, or to the role of the library in
protecting the First Amendment rights of the public.
Submitted by Blake on April 29, 2001 - 4:09pm
Oswald writes \"I recently returned from an
extensive trip last week to some European countries to
obtain routine outside photographs of the national
libraries, as part of my ongoing book project to update
the 1999 Internet version of the forthcoming Book of
I was left dumbstruck for more than half an hour when I
made my first trip to the new Bibliothèques Nationale in
south Paris, having seen
the old building in central Paris many times before.
But on the way home, I realised a new entry for the book
project will be a great idea: The most fascinating library
buildings in the world
I will naturaly want the opinions of all librarians to be
paramount, and not just mine, so I have decided to ask
librarians to give me their
vote for the most fascinating library buildings in the
Find out how you can vote.........
Submitted by Blake on April 29, 2001 - 12:53am
Ron Force writes
\"An editorial in the Spokane (WA)
Spokesman-Review decries the elimination of the
Reading is Fundamental program in the Bush
education budget. They contrast the $23 million spent
on distributing books with the proposed $350 million
for testing. \" Kids won\'t learn to love reading if Big
Brother merely hands them a test. How about giving
them good books?\"
Full Story \"
Submitted by Blake on April 27, 2001 - 5:56pm
\"Okay, so now that it\'s mandatory that governments (libraries)
use filters, can we (in conjunciton) with libraries start sueing the
pants off of all the corporations selling filters as selling defective
products? And after we kill all of them off, or they restrict
themselves to all non-government users, we sue the government for not
providing libraries with filters - as there is no effective market for
So if libraries are required to install filters, and the law turns out to be constitutional, is there any kind of legal recourse a library would have if the filters screw things up?
I\'d love to hold Microsoft responsible when Windows crashes and destroys all my data, is this the same kind of thing? My car broke down, can I sue Chrysler?
Ultimatly who is responsible when something you are forced to use doesn\'t work? Who decides if they aren\'t working?
Submitted by Blake on April 27, 2001 - 1:58pm
There\'s a neat Audio Interview [You need Real Player] with author Simon Winchester over on NPR.
\"...who voices his frustration with the misuse of Roget\'s Thesaurus. Roget apparently never intended his book to be used for finding synonyms at all -- its creation was merely a game to pass the time. Winchester is author of the bestselling book, The Professor and the Madman. His article on Roget will appear in Atlantic magazine\".
I\'m pretty sure it\'s in the issue I have at home, so I think the article is already out.
Submitted by Blake on April 27, 2001 - 11:24am
It was Amnesty Week at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh so Lucille Colamarino returned a book due on November 10, 1924, that is $12,500 in fines. She was awarded a calendar organizer as a joke and a crown and sash for returning the book. Full Story
Is there a record for the most overdue book ever returned?
Submitted by Blake on April 27, 2001 - 11:18am
Submitted by Ben on April 27, 2001 - 8:49am
A review in The New Republic begins:
\"Some children dream of becoming astronauts when they grow up; others dream of becoming librarians. A.S. Byatt\'s characters fall into the second category...\"
Submitted by Blake on April 26, 2001 - 12:31pm
Submitted by Blake on April 26, 2001 - 11:24am
Ann Bartow has written an intersting Paper that looks at how technology and legal issues are affecting libraries. It\'s a great paper that covers the past, present and future of the legal issues that surround libraries.
As Fair Use is slowly taken away from us using laws like the DMCA, Copyright Term Extension Act, and who knows that else, I really think this is the kind of thing we need to be worried about. Where is the passion and emotion I see in the filtering issue when it comes to legal issues?
Submitted by Blake on April 26, 2001 - 9:53am
Godfrey Oswald writes: \"Hello
Due to the massive response I have received around the world for WAP sites for
inclusion in the Info Connect Directory, I have decided to provide links here
to a selection of reference WAP sites of interest to librarians that have been
The full list of all WAP sites will be available with the launch of the Info
Connect LIS Directory WAP version (based on WML).
The current list of reference WAP sites for librarians is at:
When you get to this link, scroll down till you get to \"WAP sites for
Please help me by e-mailing more WAP sites.
Godfrey Oswald MSc.
information scientist and author.
Submitted by Blake on April 25, 2001 - 7:19pm
Scientific American has an Interesting Story by Tim Berners-Lee (you may know him from such projects as the WWW) on what they call \"The Semantic Web\"
The Semantic Web will bring structure to the meaningful content of Web pages, creating an environment where software agents roaming from page to page can readily carry out sophisticated tasks for users. Kinda like what librarians do now.
Submitted by Blake on April 25, 2001 - 7:16pm
MyLibrary is A Model for Implementing a User-centered, Customizable Interface to a Library\'s Collection of Information Resources.
Read All About It in this paper by Eric Lease Morgan.
It integrates principles of librarianship (collection, organziation, dissemination, and evaluation) with globably networked computing resources creating a dynamic, customer-driven front-end to any library\'s set of materials.
Possible Conference coming soon.
Submitted by Blake on April 25, 2001 - 7:12pm
CNN is just one place you can Read About \"The Wind Done Gone\" appearing for sale on eBay. It must\'ve been pulled, I searched and found 0 results.
The Chicago Tribune has a Story on comments by the author, Alice Randall.
She says that the book is a parody of Margaret Mitchell\'s famous 1936 novel \"Gone With the Wind\" and not, as a federal judge ruled, a sequel.
\"I would never write a sequel to `Gone With the Wind.\' I\'m not a romance novelist. I didn\'t seek to exploit her characters but explode them,\"
Submitted by Blake on April 25, 2001 - 6:35pm
Sarah Jean writes \"Progressive Librarian
Issue number 17, Summer 2000
The mystery and the act: towards a YA human sexuality collection by Teri Weesner
\"Young people viewing internet porn have an information need that can be addressed by youth services librarians and library collections. To ignore this information need is just as inaccurate and inappropriate as young people gleaning their information from internet pornography and cybersex chat.\" \"
Submitted by Blake on April 24, 2001 - 3:38pm
Submitted by Blake on April 24, 2001 - 3:31pm
popularmechanics.com has a Review of Several different eBooks.
e-books.org is a nice eBook portal for those of you with an interest, not unlike eBookAd.com.
Nature has a Story that proclaims \"Paper could soon be obsolete\"!. It\'s on E Ink\'s \'electronic paper\'. Neat stuff that is pretty much vaporware right now, but if they do make it to market it promises to have some very useful applications. Paper already publised on this subject (no pun intended).
Submitted by Blake on April 24, 2001 - 10:18am
Steven Bell writes: \"Take a look at the April 30, 2001 issue of Time magazine. On page Y17 (special bonus section \"YOUR BUSINESS\") has a story titled \"You\'ve Got Books\" E-libraries Want to Reinvent Term Papers.\" Questia and its plan to offer an electronic alternative to libraries is the main subject of the story, though e-brary and NetLibrary are mentioned. The story makes Questia sound like the greatest invention since sliced white bread. I find it annoying that the story completely overlooks the amazing strides academic libraries are making in creating digital libraries, and no academic library leaders were interviewed for the story. However, some might say the story is just a fluff piece to put the spotlight on one more dot-com enterprise. Still, my letter to editor is on its way. \"
Submitted by Blake on April 23, 2001 - 4:23pm
Kathleene writes:\"This is an (IMHO) horrifying piece about the ALA/ACLU lawsuit to stop
mantatory filtering. The author clearly refuses to understand the ALA\'s
position or the real problems with filters. It\'s the tired old \"the ALA
wants libraries to peddle porn to kids\" argument, but given a clear voice
and a highly-respected forum. He compares the lawsuit to Yahoo!\'s decision
to stop selling porn after the \"huge public outcry\" (which I thought much
exaggerated by the press).\"
I posted a couple quotes from the story below. He makes some interesting points.
Wall Street Journal, Editorial Page, April 20, 2001; Review & Outlook, \"Porn Again\"