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With workers firing up home computers and fax machines, children Web surfing, and others using the day at home to make long calls, telecommunications systems throughout the region slowed down or didn\'t function at all.
Bell Atlantic reported heavy congestion yesterday as people used phone lines while they tried to work at home rather than risk a treacherous drive to the office. -- Read More
The NY Times has a report on online learning.
An online class, the report concluded, can be a worthy and in some cases a great educational experience. But to work effectively, online class sizes should be limited. And Internet learning may be inappropriate for certain academic endeavors, most notably, the completion of an entire undergraduate degree program. -- Read More
The USA Today Reports
DoubleClick Inc., the Internet\'s largest advertising company, has begun tracking Web users by name and address as they move from one Web site to the next, USATODAY.com has learned.
The practice, known as profiling, gives marketers the ability to know the household, and in many cases the precise identity, of the person visiting any one of the 11,500 sites that use DoubleClick\'s ad-tracking \"cookies.\"
What made such profiling possible was DoubleClick\'s purchase in June of Abacus Direct Corp., a direct-marketing services company that maintains a database of names, addresses, telephone numbers and retail purchasing habits of 90% of American households -- Read More
The Cal Law Journal has a story on how and why librarians aren\'t getting rich.
\"Across the state, county law libraries are feeling the financial pinch. Cutbacks in the stacks have become commonplace and salaries are so stagnant that longtime government employees are looking elsewhere in search of better pay.\"
Story from gr.mlive.com
HOLLAND, MI -- Another conservative powerhouse is entering the local debate on Internet filters.
The Family Research Council is considering to what extent it will become involved in a campaign for a Feb. 22 ballot initiative that would require the Herrick District Library to install Internet filters on computers to prevent children from gaining access to pornography. -- Read More
Toronto library workers plan strike votes this week as bargaining for a first amalgamated contract continues.
Contract talks between the 2,500 workers, members of the Toronto Civic Employees Union, and Toronto Public Library have been ``painfully slow,\'\' union president Brian Cochrane said yesterday.
Syd Jones, the library system\'s director of marketing and communications, declined to comment except to say management is committed to reaching a settlement. -- Read More
Detained librarian admits stealing secrets, China says
By Jennifer Lin
and Cynthia J. McGroarty
INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The Chinese government says a Dickinson College librarian \"confessed\" to stealing state secrets. His wife in Carlisle, Pa., says it can\'t be true.
Either way, the future of Yongyi Song, an unassuming scholar who has become an international cause celebre, hangs in the balance as his detention in China continues into its sixth month.
The Greenville County Library Board on Monday rejected the use of filters in its efforts to deal with patrons viewing obscene materials and placed a greater responsibility on parents when their kids access the Internet on library computers.
The Greenville County Library Board has voted to make it more difficult for children to access sexually explicit material on the Internet, but it stopped short of installing filters.
Story Here -- Read More
Appleton officials plan to increase lifelong learning
If you\'re a lifelong learner, the Appleton Public Library has a book on you.
The \"book\" is a plan that charts a course for library service for the next five years. Chances are you, a neighbor or someone else you know had a hand in preparing it, as nearly 1,500 people gave their views through in-library surveys, focus groups and interviews. -- Read More
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An Anonymous Patron writes "Beyond PDF is an EContent Magazine article on the PDF which has solidified its place as the leader in electronic document distribution. They say even Adobe has recognized that the PDF format has certain limitations and recently come out with a platform to use the PDF as a front end to distribute information throughout the enterprise using XML."
djfiander writes "Boy Scouts rejoice. According to the story at Slashdot it was first published in a songbook in 1945 for which the copyright was never renewed. See the Slashdot story for all the links to the details, including a PDF of the original songbook."
Librmt writes "The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reviews familiar new technologies from a user perspective--including libraries and the King County Library System's new downloadable audiobooks. Story here."