Submitted by Blake on February 22, 2001 - 12:04pm
Questia seems to be using what some might consider questionable advertising techniques, personally I\'d call it SPAM, or worse, but make up your own mind.
Steven Bell pointed out (On COLLIB-L) some interesting posts he found on the new Google Groups (the old deja.com), so I did some searching, and found some very \"interesting\" posts from \"people\" about Questia. Interesting and people are emphasized here to highlight the important words I am questioning. They seem to be spamming, a number of academic oriented newsgroups, and Ebay under what may be considered false pretenses. The people posting the messages try to make it look like they are not affiliated with Questia (most of the time), but some evidence shows this is may not be entirely true. If they are really using this type of advertising they are guilty of fraud at worst, and being a slimy corporation at best. I have sent this story along to Questia for comment, and I really hope to hear back.
Read on to see what I found.
Submitted by Blake on February 22, 2001 - 10:10am
You may recall This Story from Feb 6th on a man\'s request to remove The Bible from The Marion County Public Library. Well, Here\'s The Follow Up As expected, library officials have rejected a request to remove the Bible from their permanent collection.
\"The Holy Bible is the source of a significant portion of western cultural expression and has been a wellspring of inspiration for artists, poets and musicians over the centuries,\" wrote Library Director Julie Sieg in denying the request.
Submitted by Steven on February 22, 2001 - 9:40am
Wired has this article on the Google takeover of deja\'s archives. Google has temporarily taken the archive offline, and people are angry. They also believe that the coding that google is going to use for the database should be open source.\"Some suggest the best place for the archives would be the Library of Congress. But one former Deja user wants to create an open-source, community-based Usenet archive and has asked Google to contribute the programming code of the old Deja service to the open-source community and give the project full access to the Usenet archive.\"
Submitted by AnnaKh on February 21, 2001 - 8:41pm
If you like ALA controversies, try this one relating to their decision to use the Marriott Hotel near Moscone Center in San Francisco as the headquarters hotel for this year\'s annual conference. The decision was made quite a while ago, but not before it was widely known that Marriott was under a boycott for labor troubles. The boycott is endorsed by many important groups city officials, including the Mayor. Read on for an open letter regarding this situation.
Submitted by Blake on February 21, 2001 - 5:53pm
Mary H. Musgrave writes:
\"Just thought I\'d point out that last night’s episode of Futurama was partially set in a library. Seems Fry was the only \"person\"; not affected by a brain invasion that made everybody stupid. When he went looking for the \"BIG BRAIN\"; the place he thought he would find it was the Library. Sure enough, it was there and he used several literary classics to curb its powers and destroy it. The funniest part (you had to really watch to catch it) was the stereotypical librarian who was trying to shelve a book and was trying to put it back on the shelf horizontally instead of vertically. That only lasted a few seconds, but I thought it was a hoot. Hope others that didn\'t see the episode will get a chance to see it later.
Below is the info about the actual episode.
Submitted by Blake on February 21, 2001 - 5:50pm
Bill Lucey writes:
\"The New York Times and Newstand Inc. have agreed to provide an online
version of the New York Times print edition beginning this spring. The online
version will include all the advertisements, photos and graphics found in the
print edition. Copies will be sold on a single-copy or subscription basis.
According the New York Times, the new online version will be available at
NYTimes.com in the second quarter of the year; by the fourth
quarter it\'s expected to be available at NewsStand.com, which will
also include other major newspapers nationwide.
For more information, see: ``Times to announce Deals With Newstand, an
Submitted by Ieleen on February 21, 2001 - 11:13am
This one comes by way of Christianity Today \"What is it about the Children\'s Internet Protection Act that, for the past four months or so, had pundits and politicians tied up in knots? One might have expected the law, which requires schools and libraries that receive federal technology funds to use anti-pornography filtering software, to be met with the same praises and damnations one always hears. But that didn\'t happen this time. Instead, Republicans and social conservatives found themselves praising federal control of schools and libraries, something that\'s been anathema, since long before the Contract with America.\" [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on February 21, 2001 - 10:15am
With surveys finding that a quarter of Internet users are alarmed about their loss of privacy, Internet service providers could find that a company called Safeweb, with the help of the CIA, will reassure customers about the safety of Internet surfing.
Using Safeweb also evades software that schools and libraries have installed on computers to limit Internet sites students can visit. [more...]
Submitted by Blake on February 20, 2001 - 5:43pm
Submitted by Ieleen on February 20, 2001 - 4:29pm
Wired had this to report today on the continuing saga of the missing e-rate funds.....\"The e-rate has been hailed as a lifesaver for bringing schools and libraries into the information age. Now a study by the General Accounting Office reveals that $1.3 billion in e-rate funding has gone unspent, leaving some schools without the Net access that they are entitled to. What happened to the money? [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on February 20, 2001 - 1:24pm
Alfred Kazin, writing in The Los Angeles Times, called Oprah\'s Book Club the \"carpet bombing of the American mind.\" Some critics disagree...
Submitted by Ieleen on February 20, 2001 - 12:43pm
\"This article will present some personal observations of the impact of information technology on the traditional skills of librarians, drawn from experiences in the higher education sector and tainted by an obsessive interest in cataloguing. I believe that the development of information processing and communication technologies has had, is having, and will continue to have, such a profound influence on library and information services that all other factors such as finance and costs, politics, social expectations and management styles pale into insignificance.\" [more...]
Story by Gordon Dunsire
\"Impact - Journal of the Career Development Group\"
February 20, 2001
Submitted by Blake on February 20, 2001 - 11:09am
If you have ever registered a domain name through Network Solutions (like I did) your personal information is now being sold, no, more than sold, aggressively marketed.
There are stories at the Wall Street Journal and CNN.
You can see the ad Here, to see how they are marketing you and what should be your private information.
This really, really bothers me, and I don\'t think they are the only ones doing it. I recently registered BuffaloStories.com through someone else, and the very next day got a call from a web hosting company.
Submitted by Blake on February 20, 2001 - 11:02am
Wired has a Story on The DMCA and the looming showdown in the US congress. Orrin Hatch wants to open up hearings to discuss the effects of the Napster ruling.
\"I have been troubled by the possible practical problems that may arise from this decision,\" Hatch said. \"I am troubled as a strong supporter and prime author of much of our copyright law and intellectual property rights.\"
Submitted by Steven on February 20, 2001 - 9:34am
Here is an interesting twist on the filtering study by Consumer Reports. It seems that the Information and Technology Association of America thinks that the methodology and the conclusions drawn from the study are flawed. Make your own judgements. Read the ITAA press release here, and an article on the whole shebang here.\"\"Like automobile seat belts, filtering software is not 100 percent effective, said ITAA President Harris Miller. \"But no responsible adult allows family members to drive without first buckling up. We think kids should be as safe as possible, whether they are rolling down the road or cruising through cyberspace.\".
Submitted by Blake on February 19, 2001 - 6:15pm
Erik Lewis writes \"
After much thought and deliberation I have founded a new listserv to deal with library
automation. I don\'t feel there is a single list or website in existence that is what I consider a top notch source of information on the subject of
Integrated Library Systems. So I have started one with the purpose of sharing information about library automation. Hopefully this will allow
better communication amongst the vendors and consumers so that a better measure of what we want is available. I also hope that it serves to aid in making smart purchases and serves to share information concerning how to deal with the various vendors and consultants in this field. Hopefully we will also discuss future advances and standards. The list is meant to be
open to all. To subscribe please send a blank email to the following address.
Submitted by Blake on February 19, 2001 - 3:44pm
Phil Quinones was kind enough to send in This Story on Laura Bush from The LA Times.
\"Laura Welch Bush, 54, is a self-described introvert who likes singer Van Morrison and margaritas on the rocks. She smoked for years, then quit, but sneaked a few during her husband\'s 1994 run for governor. She has a graduate degree in library science, but is baffled by computers. She goes to bed early with a good novel. Her shoes are organized by color and her books by the Dewey Decimal System.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 19, 2001 - 3:41pm
Godfrey Oswald writes \"Dear Librarians
I am near the final completion of a major project, to update the
Info Connect List of LIS Records 1999.
This is a factual reference book (first published in 1997), of the
major records on libraries, information science and librarianship,
akin to the \"Guinness Book of Records\".
It includes such records as, the oldest university library in the
world,the most expensive library in the world, the largest public
library in Europe, the 100 largest and important libraries in the
world, the first CD-ROM database.
The new edition is to be called \"The Book of Library Records\"
and is to be made available in book printed and electronic version.
I am seeking information on any new entries to add to the new edition.
Here is how you can help me....
Submitted by Blake on February 18, 2001 - 7:29pm
Samantha Cook wrote\"
\"Did anyone see Friday night\'s edition of 20/20?
John Stossel\'s \"Give Me a
had a story
government\'s right to access a
bookstore\'s customer information list. The information
about a suspect\'s
buying habits and book material would be used to add
to the evidence to
prosecute an individual (for example, if they bought
bombs, weapons, creating home drug labs, etc.). I\'m
as concerned about
these issues as the next person, but feeling as if my
buying habits and book
selections could be scrutinized by the government, and
that they could be
used to solidify criminal charges against me, is a
troubling thought. How
often does someone read materials just for information
and knowledge, with
no intention of committing a criminal act? Admittedly,
this source is a
television \"news\" magazine, and has been known to
make errors in its
reporting, but if there is any validity to the story, we are
The government is (once again) on an extremely
slippery slope, sticking its
oversized nose into its citizens homes and lives. \"
Submitted by Blake on February 18, 2001 - 4:06pm
This is interesting.
Alexa Research did a \"comprehensive two-year study\" to determine that people are stupid, or at least that\'s how I took it.
They say an alarming number of Web users are not particularly efficient at reaching their online destinations. People are so stupid they\'ll even type a complete URL into the search box of a search engine (something I see all the time in the logs for LISNews).
These findings are based on an examination of more than 42 million search pages.
It\'s funny they seem to blame the users, not the people who design the software and serach engines. As a WebMaster I think it\'s my fault when people can\'t figure out my site, which makes me the stupid one, but maybe that\'s just me.
“This study shows that for many, there’s a conceptual misunderstanding of how to effectively navigate the Web,” said Work. “Some people think that their homepage is the Web, that they have to go through their homepage in order to get to the site they want, without realizing that any website can be accessed directly. This notion is supported by our Web traffic popularity rankings, where eight of the top 10 sites are portals and/or search engines.”