Submitted by Steven on July 9, 2000 - 9:20am
Building a new library these days involves a lot of decisions...how many computers, how many internet terminals, and, oh yeah, how many shelves for books. A new library in Seattle has decided to put more emphasis on books. From the Seattle Times\"Before designing a $159 million building - a hall to honor books, learning and the story of the human condition - it was worth finding out whether the future could make all of that a bit quaint. Would books, as we know them, cease to exist? Would e-books and Web TV rule the day? Should new libraries trim the space given to bookshelves?\"
Submitted by Steven on July 7, 2000 - 10:46pm
Forbes has this article on what a few librarians have done to make more money. \"The whole New Economy is based on information, but information without access to it is no good,\" says Lynn Boyden, who recently quit as an administrator at the Information Studies Department at UCLA for a job at e-consultancy Arc. \"What they teach you in library school is that you have to process raw data to get information, information to get knowledge, and knowledge to get wisdom.\"
Submitted by Blake on July 7, 2000 - 8:15pm
Bob Cox sent along This Story from Philly.com on Franklin Electronic Publishers new Ebook-Like device called the \"eBookman\". They say it\'s a combination electronic-book reader, MP3 music player, and personal digital assistant.At just $129.95, this could be the one to watch.
\"Last week, it announced that it would work with Microsoft Corp. to incorporate Microsoft Reader software into eBookman. \"This is the first time Microsoft is licensing its Reader software to a third party for use on the third party\'s platform,\" said Gregory J. Winsky, Franklin\'s executive vice president.
Submitted by Blake on July 7, 2000 - 3:48pm
ZDNet has a Story on how crazy this Harry thing has become. Amazon will deliver 250,000 books on Saturday alone! Barnesandnoble.com said it is getting more than 7,000 orders for the book daily.
\"We can\'t overstate the logistical challenge Amazon and its shipping partners are overcoming by offering Saturday delivery for 250,000 orders on two continents,\" wrote Lauren Cooks Levitan
Submitted by Blake on July 7, 2000 - 1:21pm
Ron Force writes \"Employees at Multnomah County libraries now have more clout when it comes to disciplining unruly patrons.
Staffers can issue visitors who break any 21 of the library\'s 23 rules with carbon-copied tickets. The slips, which ban offenders from the building for a period of time, are the library\'s answer to an increase in behavior problems.
spokane.net has The Story\"
What do you think? Would you write up bad patrons?
Submitted by Blake on July 7, 2000 - 11:49am
Traffick.com has a very useful Story on Portals. The authors really cover all the bases on Portals and what they are all about. Give it a look if you need to know more on portals.
Submitted by Steven on July 7, 2000 - 11:42am
Friday updates for this week include bomb making tools in libraries, cell phone bans, cool shelf management devices, helping patrons surf the net, collection development, and library auctions on e-bay. Enjoy!!
Submitted by Blake on July 7, 2000 - 11:21am
Jack Colbert sent in word on his new project building virtual (3-D) libraries on the WWW. This project is
called \"librarea\", and it features fully navigable library
floors, ceilings, etc, which contain links to web-based information
resources. This is a non-profit, non-commercial project and it\'s
completely free to any librarian who wishes to participate. Right now, we
have 14 librarian/builders, from 4 different countries, participating in
this project. Check out Activeworlds.com for more.
Submitted by Blake on July 7, 2000 - 11:17am
Kerry Smith sent in a Link to her site The Researching Librarian. This site was created for librarians--new or experienced--who find themselves needing to perform
Intended as a supplement to the print resources available in library collections, this site gathers links to
selected web resources useful for research: freely searchable citation databases, funding information,
relevant journals, statistics and statistical methods, and useful research tools.
Submitted by Blake on July 7, 2000 - 11:15am
National Geographic has a nice Story on The Library of Alexandria in Egypt. The Great Library was destroyed, 1,400 or more years ago and has now been rebuilt. This time it cost 180 million US Dollars. No word on how many papyrus scrolls they have to lend this time. The New version has \"he world\'s most advanced
cataloguing system, computerised book transport,
CD-roms, microfilms, internet connections and a fire
prevention system to ensure it doesn\'t suffer the same
fate as its predecessor. \"
Submitted by Blake on July 7, 2000 - 11:04am
Linguafranca.com has a Story on academic publishing and how things are changing. Gutenberg-e is a new project that will be giving out twenty-thousand-dollar postdoctoral grants grants to young scholars.
\"\"It seems unlikely that electronic books are going to
be any cheaper to publish,\" says Walter Lippincott, editorial director of Princeton
University Press. \"The big cost for a university press is the gatekeeper function.
Submitted by Blake on July 6, 2000 - 9:52pm
Cate V. McNeely wrtites : \"Check out: The Richmond Review (2/3rds down
for an article on a new collaboration between the
Public Library (B.C.) and FirstClass Systems to provide
online training to library customers. It is a partnership
that provides a
great service to visitors to the Library\'s web site and
revenue for both organizations.
\"The purpose is
to give people other options in learning, said librarian
“We’re saying to people you don’t just have to study in
the classroom, you can take courses from home, from
anywhere,” said Civkin.
FirstClass usually provides educational software to
large corporations but approached the Richmond
library because “they heard that we are innovative,”
Civkin said. \"
Submitted by Steven on July 6, 2000 - 6:38pm
The National Post has this heartwarming story about the similarities between Harry Potter and Tie Domi. \"Tie Domi has stood up against the toughest thugs in the National Hockey League, but the courage of left hooks and pulled sweaters and even haymakers is nothing compared to the courage Domi once showed a few years ago when he decided to do something worthwhile for Canadian children. He read out loud.\"
Submitted by Steven on July 6, 2000 - 6:01pm
Remember when libraries circulated books and only books. Welcome to the golf club library. From Honolulu Advertiser\"Castillo came up with the concept while talking to his wife about the tool-lending libraries she grew up with in Alaska. \"I thought it was kind of quaint how the community helped each other,\" Castillo said.\"
Submitted by AnnaKh on July 6, 2000 - 3:56pm
In the July edition of the Search Engine Report, Danny Sullivan has published this useful overview of various emerging services which attempt to harness the contributions of volunteers or relevant communities to build web directories. These include Zeal, Wherewithal, Clip2, Octopus, Quiver, and Hotrate.
Submitted by Blake on July 6, 2000 - 3:10pm
Hollysue suggested this story\"yahoo! has an instersting story that really shows how the WWW is making librarians more important than ever \"
\"``We figured, `We\'re going to be out of business in 10 years\' because people can look up things for themselves at home,\'\' says Long, who supervises the Ready Reference call-in service at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh. ``But people call us more now and they expect more because they figure we can just hit a button and - bllllllip! - we\'ll get the answer.\'\'
Submitted by Steven on July 6, 2000 - 12:11am
A colleague and I have this running joke that our library should be turned into a disco at night to raise money. I think this \"after hours\" reference service is a good idea too. From the Daily SouthTown\"So many people have questions (they) come up with in the middle of the night and nobody is there\" to provide answers, said Sara McCambridge, Homer Township reference librarian. Even while watching a game show such as \"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,\" if residents want to check on answers, they can call Night Owl, she said.\"
Submitted by Steven on July 5, 2000 - 11:57pm
For those of you who couldn\'t sleep at night awaiting a decision about whether or not those chairs in Newton, PA would be sold, the wait is over. Here is a follow-up story from Mcall.com.
\"We\'ve had many sleepless nights over these chairs,\" library President Philip Hagan said Monday night. \"Most library members are passionate about keeping them. We just want people to realize that the history of this library exceeds that of the chairs.\"
Submitted by AnnaKh on July 5, 2000 - 10:18pm
The ever inovative San
Francisco Public Library is starting a 6 month long
Experiment involving E-Books. Folks in SF can
browse, search, borrow, read and return 1,500
electronic books from their home or office. Salon has a very
interesting Story about this big
\"this simple little notice may have blasted
a big, fat hole in the business model of the electronic
book companies that plan to sell digital versions of
bestsellers for download over the Web. If you can
\"borrow\" an e-book for free, why would you ever bother
to buy one? \"
They aren\'t calling for the death of
the library, for a change, just the death of the publishing
Submitted by AnnaKh on July 5, 2000 - 9:43pm
It seems like the term Knowledge Management or KM
is popping up everyone these days. Knowledge
management is simply the capturing of knowledge
among employees in a company and using it as an
asset. We all know knowledge is power, so why are
businesses suddenly using the term? The answer is
something that librarians have known all along--that
sharing knowledge among others is beneficial to
everyone and unshared knowledge means nothing.
Librarians fit into this scheme because we possess
the wonderful ability to gather, organize, and analyze all
the information effectively. Librarians constantly share
their knowledge with other every day so why should
businesses be any different.