Submitted by Blake on June 16, 2000 - 11:15am
Now Here\'s a library I can respect. Florida Gulf Coast University is buying 500 E-Books this fall for the students. Students will be able to access electronic books through the university’s OPAC.
\"Bryant Hinson, director of library programs for netLibrary, said the advantage of eBooks is access.
“Anymore, kids are more apt to go to an electronic version than a print version. Also, electronic books can’t be stolen, pages can’t be ripped out and they don’t need a spot on a shelf,” he said.\"
I just love to see librarians making bold moves like this.
Submitted by Blake on June 15, 2000 - 10:39pm
Marva Chung writes : The June 10,2000 issue of the
Globe and Mail (page A23)reports the following
story, titled, \"Volunteer-run library source of pride in
The Vaughan Library Board ordered the Gallanough
Library closed becasue a
large library was built in the neighbourhood, however,
the residents fought
to keep it open. The Gallanough Resource Centre (it
can\'t be called a
library), is now up and running thanks to the residents
and a wealthy
resident who bequeathed the building to be used as a
library. It is now a
privately run charitable organization with 75 volunteers
and one part-time
employee. Memberships cost $10.00 per family and
$5.00 for singles.
This reminds us of the adage \"the more things change
the more they stay the
same\" -- libraries being operated on members\'
Submitted by Blake on June 15, 2000 - 10:11pm
Times has an interesting Article on the new effort to
build an electronic library so as to pass along the
power of electronic searching.
\"\"I hate the library,
so I try to avoid it,\" Carrie Larkworthy said. \"It\'s such a
big facility that you have to search through.\"
She\'s a student at Harvard University. How\'s that
for a scary quote?
Submitted by Steven on June 15, 2000 - 4:23pm
This is an interesting story from the Toledo Blade. A library rejected a donation of a biography of Martha Sanger (an abortion-rights activist) that it saw to be \"badly written...comes across as a polemic, not a biography\". Four years later, the donator is crying censorship.
\"Ironically, the author of the book, Dr. George Grant, sees nothing wrong with the library\'s decision to not carry his book. \"Institutions are full of agendas. Libraries are run by humans, so they will always reflect a particular bent,\" Dr. Grant said.
Submitted by Steven on June 15, 2000 - 3:13pm
The Bergen Record has this article about the staff at one library who are picketing in demand of salary increases.
\"We\'ve had several patrons say they never thought they would see librarians picketing,\" said Jane Tarantino, the children\'s librarian. \"It\'s keeping people aware that the situation hasn\'t been resolved. The librarians should be paid their worth.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 15, 2000 - 2:45pm
The National Post up in Canada has a rather interesting Story on the death of intellectual property. They touch on music and words, and how things are changing because of the web.
\"In the case of the written word, book writers can make livings, even fortunes, because the market is global and literacy is higher than ever in history. \"
Submitted by Blake on June 15, 2000 - 10:02am
Submitted by Blake on June 14, 2000 - 10:18pm
writes \"After seven years online, the UCSD
Communication department chair Carol
Padden has censored the project hosted at
burn.ucsd.edu. She has made
her decision against the wishes of the majority of
and graduate students and without consulting or even
informing any of
the department faculty or students involved with the
under pressures from the UC president Richard
Atkinson. No explanation
or justification for the shutdown was given, nor was any
for a hearing or reconsideration of the decision. Host
simultaneously removed from campus DNS servers,
nonexistent. Only a few hours advance warning was
given to BURN! project
representatives, leaving them no way to even contact
most system users
to inform them of what had happened or to arrange for
moving to another
Submitted by Steven on June 14, 2000 - 3:30pm
The Chicago Tribune has this rather intresting article about the future of e-books. Eric Goss, the group product manager for amazon.com, has his own opinion on the matter.\"This is great technology,\" Goss said, holding higher not the e-book device, but the plain, old, ordinary paperback. \"Nothing has come along to supersede the printed book in 400 years. Right now, this is a superior technology.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 14, 2000 - 1:39pm
Brian writes \"Here\'s one of the most insulting and sad things I\'ve read in a while. An economist is quoted in a Chicago Tribune column on the need for a \"family-friendly economy\" as saying:
\"If a 7-Eleven can be open 24 hours, why not a public library?\"
chicagotribune.com for the complete story. I did read it, and I don\'t quite understand why having 24 hour libraries equals family friendly living. Certainly not friendly for the librarians families!
Submitted by Blake on June 14, 2000 - 10:00am
SF Gate has a great Story for the image obsessed librarian. A woman says she wanted to know what books her daughter had out so she could return them on time, and the librarian got \"huffy\" with her.
\"``We\'re talking about children here,\'\' said Shurtleff. ``And the librarians were so huffy with me, like they were really looking out for my daughter. It made me feel really defensive.\'\'
Submitted by Steven on June 14, 2000 - 9:31am
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal published this article about the amount of books that inmates in segregation are allowed to have with them at one time. The inmates said that the rule (which said that they can only have three) violated their first amendment rights. They won the case, but the appeals court disagreed, and it was over-ruled.
\"The center\'s inmates, who are segregated for violating prison disciplinary rules, can only have three state-issued paperback books in addition to their own religious book, such as a Bible or Qur\'an.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 13, 2000 - 7:33pm
The Post-gazette has a follow up Story on that trouble at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library.
\"Yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Walter R. Little granted a motion reducing the size of the board of trustees of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library from 17 to 12 members and eliminating the position of lifetime trustee.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 13, 2000 - 7:31pm
Yahoo! News has a rather depressing Story on a mac cover-up at Harvard. Intel forced the school to cover and shut off all the iMacs when they were in the Science Center doing an exhibit.
\"We like to maintain the facilities for students ... [but we were] asked in a way that we couldn\'t say no.\" Steen said he brought down the curtain on the iMacs \"only after multiple requests and great reluctance.\"
So Why does this matter?
Submitted by Steven on June 13, 2000 - 12:49pm
Librarians and Parents beware. As this article from the New York Post states, Barney the Dinosaur books have been found in New York which contain hidden pornography.
\"The discoveries in Putnam County and on Staten Island are similar to that of a Long Island tot who found a picture of a topless woman and steamy massage instructions in French underneath an electronic music box glued to the book.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 13, 2000 - 10:58am
This Article from The McKinsey Quarterly takes a look at data storage. Though they focus on the corporate world, most of the good info could easily be used in a large library. How many records will your OPAC have in a year...2...3?
\"Storage represented only 25 percent of the price of a typical server system in 1997, but it now accounts for more than half; the peripheral storage component of a server system costs more than the server itself.
Submitted by Blake on June 13, 2000 - 10:36am
watinee nilngam writes \"
I would like to ask you about my problem and I hope that you can help and solve my problem certainly.I have the hard assignment about finding the meaning of information science and the relation between information science and many field (politic,culture or economy).All of these must appear in update articles.\"
Tuff question...anyone out there have a good anwer? How do we in this area fit in to \"the big picture\"?
Submitted by Steven on June 13, 2000 - 9:42am
The Sun Sentinel has this article about a library that stayed out of its county system, saved its taxpayers money, and is very content.
\"Some might say that 10 donated books and $100 wouldn\'t amount to much. But in Highland Beach, that combination equaled a nifty way to dodge taxes that later laid the foundation for a sophisticated library.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 12, 2000 - 11:37pm
Williams of Global Learning Outreach fame (http://www.glo.org).
sent in this News Bulletin from the Friends of Cuban
MORE ARRESTS FAIL TO STOP LIBRARY
Despite a flurry of repressive actions by the Cuban
government in recent months, it appears likely that the
fiftieth independent library will soon open its doors in
the island nation.
Submitted by Steven on June 12, 2000 - 9:57pm
Wired News has this interesting article on Stephen King\'s new adventure. He is asking his readers if he should place a book on his web site. Read King\'s letter and vote on his web site.
\"King explains that he has been intrigued by the success of Riding the Bullet -- his e-book novella released early this spring which sold over 500,000 copies.\"