Submitted by Blake on March 30, 2001 - 11:59am
Gerry sent along This One from ActiveDayton.com on the recovery of about $2,500 worth of stolen CDs, DVDs, videos and books taken from local libraries in OH.
Meanwhile, the Wapakoneta News has This One on the Auglaize County library.
They say all these thefts raise the question of whether libraries even should offer to their patrons recently released videos and CDs — or whether they should at least cut back on the ones they buy.
Submitted by Blake on March 30, 2001 - 11:52am
E-Rights for E-Writers is a story on the Supreme Court judges hearing a case that could set a legal standard for copyright in the electronic age.
Bob Cox sent along This Story that says the route to literary success is to be young and gifted but most of all be gorgeous! They accuse literary agents of touting talent to publishers like a \' beauty pageant\'
And The Chicago Times Says Margaret Mitchell\'s estate has filed suit in Atlanta to block publication of a novel that tells the late writer\'s \"Gone With the Wind\" story from the perspective of a former slave who is an illegitimate half-sister of Mitchell\'s heroine, Scarlett O\'Hara.
And, last but not least, A Librarian to help pick Newbery award
Submitted by Blake on March 30, 2001 - 11:44am
Private Passions, Public Legacy is the first full-scale display of a collection of 447 rare books, manuscripts, and maps from the estate of Paul Mellon.
The Tiny Rosenbach Museum at 2010 Delancey Place in Philadelphia, that sounds like a neat place. They\'ve staging exhibitions of some relevance to its collections
Studying Malcolm X A Columbia Universtiy project delves into black leader\'s life and papers.
\'\'Very few historical figures are more powerful in death than in life, but Malcolm is one of them,\'\' Marable said, sitting in his book-lined office. \'\'How do you explain it? How does a man go from Public Enemy No. 1 to white America - to having his image engraved on a US postage stamp?\'\'
Submitted by Blake on March 29, 2001 - 10:51am
Bob Cox sent along This Story from the
Washington Post on Laura Bush.
It has a few more details on her \"library days\". She got
her MLS at the University of Texas (did you know she
and Hillary are the only 1st ladies with grad degrees?)
.She first worked as a public librarian.
\"And then I moved back to Austin and was a school
librarian\". After that she quit for him to do his
Submitted by Blake on March 28, 2001 - 6:16pm
Brian writes \"Business 2.0 has an Article about the development of metadata and recognition-software approaches to finding images on the Web. \"
The article talks about the DIG35 standard, a standard they says is simple and universal enough to succeed. There are companies that are devising ways to automatically identify metadata within photos and videos, to save all that work that goes into typing it in.
So could this be done for books automatically to?
Submitted by Blake on March 28, 2001 - 6:12pm
Fiona writes \"The annual ISI Science Citation awards have been announced! An antidote to the Oscars, the Citation awards count citations and give awards to those that get the most mentions. Surely a prestigious addition to any scholarly bookshelf.
Full Story \"
They say in the world of science, ISI citations are likened to The Oscars, they measure how often a scientific publication is cited in the research of others.
Submitted by Blake on March 28, 2001 - 5:00pm
Bob Cox sent along this from The Columbus Dispatch. A rather Sad Story on some empty libraries.
Last summer librarians in 132 Columbus schools weeded 225,000 old books.
The titles included \"Seven Fun Disco Outfits You Can Make?\", I can\'t believe they got rid of that one, disco will never die!
But anywhoo... Now the shelves sit empty until they get the money for new books, which they say is on the way.
\"To be honest with you, we have not had money for libraries since the 1980s,\'\' said Brenda Gonzalez, supervisor of instructional information services for Columbus schools.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 28, 2001 - 4:54pm
Array Development has an Interesting Story on the digital revolution in publishing.
They argue printed books will disappear because digitization offers not due to the fact that they are cheaper but because knowledge-based products must come ready to be integrated with smart products and digitized communication, printed works are just not ready for that.
\"Printed books and newspapers simply cannot be integrated smoothly as digital versions could. With the digital revolution, the vast human knowledge stored in libraries will be at our finger tips, just as good as if we had read it all.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 28, 2001 - 3:08pm
CNN has A Look At search engines.
With the internet over 550 billion pages, they say much of the most interesting and valuable content remains hard to find, and search engines are just having a hard time keeping up.
I never seem to have any trouble, is it just me?
Meanwhile This Story talks about the The Internet Engineering Task Force and it\'s work to keep things moving.
And the USA Today wonders aloud if the Net\'s free ride is ending. Will we have to pay for Yahoo! in the future?
Submitted by Blake on March 28, 2001 - 10:57am
The American Family Association has a Story that hits the ALA pretty hard.
Calling the new public library \"the only X-rated shop in town\", Don Otis has no kind words for libraries that do not have filters. He says the library director, chairman and the entire board of trustees have surrendered to the agenda of the ALA. Further, a librarian who dares to stand for reasonable standards risks the intolerance of the ALA.
\"Steal a child\'s innocence and you shatter his faith. As Sir Edmund Burke wisely observed, \"Tell me what are the prevailing sentiments that occupy the minds of your young people and I will tell you what is to be the character of the next generation.\" A morally prudent society can ill afford to ignore the senseless arguments espoused by those intolerant of Judeo-Christian principles.\"
Submitted by AnnaKh on March 27, 2001 - 10:35pm
Bryan Nichols has written a very funny and perceptive piece on the CIPA as a Machiavellian cure for our current ersatz economic recession. He writes for the online version of the Iowa State Daily.
He notes: \"Congress... is using CIPA as a way to get out of our current economic slump.\" ...everyone has an interest in getting cheaper, better, faster pornography. The Internet is perfect for this. In fact, according to CNN, 37 percent of Internet users access pornographic sites...
Submitted by Blake on March 27, 2001 - 5:25pm
I asked all three ALA candidates one simple, final question. Why should we vote for them.
Here is his answer:
\"From my teen days as a page at the Newark [N.J.] Public Library through the years at U.C. Berkeley\'s School of Librarianship & the Free Speech Movement, the Library of Congress, Hennepin County Library, New York Public Library, Columbia University\'s library school, and the Westchester Library System (WLS), I have fought for free access and information equity. Today, as our libraries face laws mandating filters, the loss or privatization of government information, a growing digital divide, and the outsourcing of library service and management, we need a strong ALA more than ever.\"
Plenty more, so read on...
Submitted by Ieleen on March 27, 2001 - 4:52pm
[this one] doesn\'t make some people nervous about online privacy, nothing will.
It seems that a number of the 400 wealthiest people in America, as listed by Forbes magazine, were ripped off by a busboy who used library computers to do the dirty deed. You\'ll be surprised at the names on this list and how many millions of dollars the thug is accused of stealing. And, he accomplished it via the Internet. One item of interest, he didn\'t try to rip off Bill Gates, whose name tops the list of America\'s most wealthy. [more...] from the New York Post.
Submitted by Ieleen on March 27, 2001 - 4:11pm
Although JK Rowland has experienced tremendous success, she remembers a time when life wasn\'t all that easy. Karen Jenkins Holt tells us [more...] from Brill\'s Content.
Submitted by Ieleen on March 27, 2001 - 4:03pm
Charlotte Abbot wrote a report on E-Books for Contentville
According to her, the reason e-book innovation is a little slow is because \"publishers and authors are just now waking up from 500 years of paper-bound thinking.\" [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on March 27, 2001 - 3:38pm
This comes by way of a colleague. Does the Internet really need a Patron Saint? Perhaps this will solve the filtering issue. [more...] from Christianity Today
Submitted by Blake on March 27, 2001 - 1:52pm
SF Gate has This Editorial on the filtering hoo haa, sent in by Bob Cox.
They say that CIPA will do what no other ratings system (eg. MPAA) has tried to do, It doesn\'t just say what\'s good or bad, it will just block your access to the \"bad\".
This article makes more than a few good arguments against CIPA, example, CIPA effectively makes public Internet usage controlled by corporations.
\"For the federal government to put pressure on schools and libraries to filter the Internet is far more insidious than the MPAA or other rating schemes for entertainment media, because the Internet is far more than just an entertainment medium.\"
Submitted by Steven on March 27, 2001 - 1:02pm
Hello LISNews readers. I just wanted to let you know that I have started a mailing list for Library Stuff. Every friday, I will send out a summary of the weeks news, plus a few web sites of interest, and maybe a few library tid-bits. If you want to be added to the list, send an e-mail to me at Steven@librarystuff.net.
Submitted by Ieleen on March 27, 2001 - 11:55am
[This one] comes by way of The Register
\"Tempting users with a free concert and the opportunity to hear Napster founder Shawn Fanning talk about programming, Napster hopes enough punters will show in the US capital on 3 April that legislators will back file sharing as a legitimate means of distributing music.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 27, 2001 - 9:40am
Wired has a good Story on the new OPAC at Sonoma State University. Rather than following DDC or LC they use ARS, a system that is completely random. It\'s all done with computers and robots.
They say librarians are happy and say randomness is what makes the system so effective. Cal State Northridge was the first library to get ARS, UNLV aand Eastern Michigan University also have the Automated Retrieval System. No more browsing the stacks for the perfect book.
\"\"I think there was a lot of trepidation up front, especially by traditional users like faculty who are very devoted to the idea of browsing shelves, and of having everything exactly where it was last year,\" Butler said. \"There was some anxiety. But once we explained what it does for us, then they began to understand the principle at work.\"