Submitted by Blake on May 9, 2001 - 1:38pm
The Houston Chronicle is Reporting Questia laid off half of its work force Tuesday. They are also slowing down the pace at which books are added to the site because it was too hard to raise enough additional cash from investors to justify the pace at which it was adding books. Laid-off employees will receive eight weeks of pay and 60 days of benefits, not too bad I guess. They\'ve also had a fivefold increase in the number of paying subscribers in the past two weeks alone, that puts the number at around 5,000.
Submitted by Blake on May 9, 2001 - 11:25am
Carrie passed along This NYTimes Story on Richmond, VA\'s decision to buy 23,000 new Apple iBook laptops. That\'ll be enough for every teacher and student in its middle and high schools.
Meanwhile in Montreal, the English Montreal School Board is considering reducing staffing hours at its elementary-school libraries. Yet more bad new from Canada, it never seems to stop. Full Story
Submitted by Ieleen on May 8, 2001 - 5:53pm
This one comes via ALA Online...
From the smallest rural public library to the academic library at the Ohio State University, libraries across the state of Ohio are scrambling to cut programs and services
Submitted by Ieleen on May 8, 2001 - 5:04pm
From The New York Times...
Under the E-Rate plan, the FCC currently requires telephone companies to contribute 6.9 percent of their interstate and international toll revenue to schools and libraries for Internet service and other technology expenses. Phone companies are allowed by law to recover a portion of these funds via what\'s called a Universal Service Fee. In light of certain telecompanies charging consumers several times the amount the carrier actually pays, the FCC is considering placing a cap on the amount telephone companies can charge consumers for the Universal Service Fee. [more...] from The New York Times.
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Submitted by Blake on May 8, 2001 - 3:28pm
Idahostatesman.com has a cool Story on a traveling library created in 1898 by the women of the Boise Colombian Club. The books were loaded into wooden crates and shipped by stagecoach or train to a library station. The article outlines the entire history of libraries in ID.
Submitted by Blake on May 8, 2001 - 3:24pm
eCompany has a nice Story on the DMCA.
They say Media companies are quick to invoke the DMCA but it won\'t work. The DMCA is clearly losing the war being fought against it on two fronts.
1. The law is being invoked in cases where its ability to deter anybody\'s behavior is questionable
2. It\'s being used to preempt rights that are close to Americans\' hearts.
R.I.P. stupid law
Submitted by Blake on May 8, 2001 - 12:11pm
Amy Hollingsworth writes \"Since 20% of our subscribers are libraries, I thought you might want to post this. It\'s a terrible situation: people trying to access information on homeschooling will instead be sent to a porn site. It\'s one of those sites that doesn\'t let you escape; it keeps opening multiple windows until the browser or computer crashes.
We appreciate any help you can offer in getting the word out!
Sites that originally linked to Home Education Magazine through home-ed-press.com should now use: www.home-ed-magazine.com.
Full Relase Follows
Submitted by Blake on May 8, 2001 - 10:27am
Submitted by Blake on May 8, 2001 - 10:18am
Bob Cox sent along This Story that takes a very different look at \"Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper\" by Nicholson Baker.
I know, you\'re probably about sick of hearing about this book, but this story is very different. The author worries that this influential book will lead us to consider the concept of the life cycle of literature in unhelpful ways.
\"Rather than join Baker in mourning the long dead, we should draw attention to and drum up support for efforts to keep books alive, if only momentarily.\"
Submitted by Ieleen on May 7, 2001 - 11:03am
Wired has this one about AOL and RuleSpace joining forces in implementing filtering software. Although civil liberties advocates are still skeptical, RuleSpace and AOL report that the filter has been working well due to content recognition technology, parental controls and user feedback. Proponents feel that if AOL is using it, it has to be good.
Submitted by Blake on May 6, 2001 - 7:12pm
Lee Hadden writes: \"Many of the cartoons
produced before 1950 used and satirized racial and
ethnic stereotypes. In an article in Friday\'s Wall Street
Journal, May 4,
2001, first page, \"Bunny in Blackface: Why Cartoon
Network Won\'t Run 12 Bugs
Pix: Its Plans for a June Retrospective Sparked
Concerns Over Taste; Two
Agendas Inside AOL.\"
Some of the Bugs Bunny cartoons produced during
World War II showed
racial and ethnic stereotypes against the Japanese and
Germans. Other Bugs
Bunny cartoons showed racial stereotypes and
demeaning situations that are
offensive to today\'s sensibilities.
The owners of the original Bugs Bunny cartoons did
not want these
offensive cartoons shown, even for historical
retrospective reviews. The control over the cartoons is
slipping, as is the
censorship efforts to prevent their being seen.
Read more about it in the Wall Street Journal.\"
You should be able to see some of them Here at Throttlebox.com
Submitted by Blake on May 6, 2001 - 7:08pm
John Guscott says his report you may have seen here
before was updated on May
1 and has doubled in length.
Read the full report for an interesting look
into the future. They\'ve selected crucial technologies
that public library administrators, trustees, managers
and professionals should be watching.
Next Generation Online Publishing
Language and Translation Software
And several more.
Submitted by Blake on May 6, 2001 - 7:02pm
Alert reader Charles Davis sent along This Story from
ananova.com on a
man that filed a $1.5 million claim against a
California city, after a cat who lives in the public library
The cat was apparently uninjured.
The cat is featured on the
website, and even has it\'s own FAQ. They say it\'s usually lounging on
bookshelves or cabinets
and is popular with the library\'s readers.
The man says his assistance dog was attacked by
LC moments after they entered the library in
Escondido.MGTC passed along Two more Stories on the same thing.
I don\'t quite know what to say on this one, some
animals just get along like, well, cats and dogs.
Submitted by Blake on May 6, 2001 - 6:56pm
Lee Hadden writes \"While many librarians and
library supporters have criticized Nicholson
Baker\'s attack on library stewardship in his book
\"Double Fold,\" few have
picked up on his sartorial prejudices against male
bowties. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal on
May 4, 2001, on page
W17 by Joseph Epstein, \"Fit to be Tied: The Enemies of
Civilization Find a
New Target, Just Below the Chin.\" describes and
illustrates this prejudice
Mr. Epstein notes that Mr. Baker \"...seems to have his
turned out in bowties: A man named Verner Clapp is a
wearer,\" and the historian and former Librarian of
Congress Daniel Boorstein
is described as a \"chronic bowtie wearer.\"
If Mr. Baker is mistrustful of male librarians simply
because they wear
bowties, then he is seeing a trend to maybe match the
old stereotype of the
female librarian in hairbun, breastwatch, and reading
glasses on a string of
fake pearls, finger poised to go \"Shush!\" I am thus
tempted to join the ranks
and change my work uniform to something more in
keeping with guild
guidelines. I might trade in my four-in-ones for the
Daniel Moyniham look.
But then, I might not.\"
Submitted by Blake on May 4, 2001 - 6:49pm
The Atlantic Monthly has a Story on eBook World conference in New York. They say the consensus from the conference was that digital delivery of most \"print\" is inevitable. I guess only time will tell if they were right.
Out of Print, But Into Digital from Wired, takes a look at octavo.com a company that uses digital technology to capture images of rare books, manuscripts and other materials on CD-ROMs.
Seems like a more useful eBook for now.
Submitted by Blake on May 4, 2001 - 6:44pm
LA Times Story on the new Central Library and the name that is stiring up some Controversy.
The Story from Seattle is a bit different, it mostly focuses on the team designing the new Central Library. The library is busy evolving even before it gets built.
Hopefully to avoid The Mess in Paris. The new National Library which has \"stupendously impractical architecture\", a large stairway that is slippery in the rain and open to the winds, awkwardly structured spaces for both researchers and staff, impractically situated toilets and so on.
Submitted by Ieleen on May 4, 2001 - 12:01pm
Lisa Bowman writes...
Groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union, American Library Association and EFF have been wildly successful overturning crackdowns on Internet content, including the Communications Decency Act. But so far, they\'ve been on the losing side of battles to protect free speech in the face of corporate copyright owners seeking unprecedented digital privileges--battles such as the DeCSS case. [more...] from ZDNet.
Submitted by Ieleen on May 4, 2001 - 11:15am
John McNaughton writes... \"The RIAA is so obsessed with the supposed threat of the internet to its members\' prosperity, it is prepared to go to unbelievable lengths to stamp out that threat. Readers of this column will be aware that the RIAA is suing a US magazine for publishing the code of a small computer program called DeCSS that unscrambles DVD files so that Linux users can play their own disks. What is perhaps less well known is that a company that prints the DeCSS code on a T-shirt is also being sued. Sooner or later, free societies are going to have to rein in the pretensions and power of the RIAA. If this nonsense isn\'t stopped, the days when you could do what you please with your own hard disk are numbered.\"
[more...] from The Observer.
Submitted by AnnaKh on May 3, 2001 - 11:25pm
\"Your libraries are on the way to destruction,\" claimed the enemy cataloger. \"You have no chance to survive make your time. HA HA HA HA ....\" Solution? Take off every \"zig\"!! Move zig. For great justice.
Submitted by Ben on May 3, 2001 - 4:36pm
Mitch Freedman has won the ALA election, says First Daughter Jenna Freedman (a librarian in New Rochelle, NY). An email sent this afternoon to friends and other supporters read:
\"The President-Elect apologizes for not sending this message out himself; he\'s got a work thing he can\'t get out of at the moment. Feel free to pass the news along to people whose e-mail addresses I don\'t have on me... And someone call Sandy!\"
Read on for the estimated vote count...