Submitted by Blake on March 1, 2001 - 3:31pm
ABA Network has a Story on all the stupid patents the the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been issuing. 1-Click ordering is of course the most famous example. People like NoWebPatents.org try to talk some sense, but it seems to fall on deaf ears.
\"Law professor Pamela Samuelson of the University of California, Berkeley, charges that the PTO \"simply can’t be competent in issuing [business-method] patents\" because of examiners’ insufficient training and \"woefully inadequate prior art\"—the legal term for previously published descriptions of a patented invention. \"Besides,\" she says, \"the Constitution was intended to allow patents for technology. And business methods aren’t that.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 1, 2001 - 1:49pm
If you speak leagalease, Tim says there is a copy of the DOJ \"Petition for Writ of Certiorari\" that went to the Supreme Court
about going after the
the Child Online Protection Act (COPA). This
proceeding is now titled Ashcroft v. ACLU.
HTML Version and the PDF Version
The original on the case is here:Third Circuit\'s opinion.
Submitted by Blake on March 1, 2001 - 1:44pm
Submitted by Blake on February 28, 2001 - 7:48pm
News librarians have been a big part of computer-assisted journalism projects in news papers. This Story from a cool site ibiblio.org is about how The News & Observer in NC came to undertake computer-assisted investigative reporting projects.
\". News research librarians, alert to their potential role in CAJ
are exploring techniques and resources beyond database journalism. While
most news librarians are not centrally involved in this area of
investigative reporting, they are keeping current with development by
attending workshops and seminars as well as by keeping up to date with the
growing literature on CAJ.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 28, 2001 - 7:07pm
Bob Cox sent along This Story on the Wilmington Institute Free Library\'s basement.
They have issues of Time dating from 1924 and Scientific American from 1846 and a full 20-volume original set of The North American Indian. They just don\'t have the money to properly maintain the archives.
\"Attics and basements are the worst places to keep your materials,\" Dimunation said. \"When you have extended spikes in either temperature or humidity, it subjects the paper and bindings to expansion and contraction. Those are the extremes we try to avoid when we store books in a rare book vault.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 28, 2001 - 5:53pm
Wired has an Audio Story that says Independent booksellers are regaining ground on the mega-retailers both in stores and online, with a stong and devoted following.
Submitted by Blake on February 28, 2001 - 10:26am
So you thought the US was the only one passing stupid laws? (UCITA), well Here\'s A Story on one in Australia. This one may be even worse for libraries than the UCITA.
\"Libraries will have exemptions similar to the ones they already hold for distributing information but they will not be able to build up searchable collections, or provide material in competition with commercial providers.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 28, 2001 - 10:17am
Brian writes \"Transforming information retrieval on the Web: a new direction\" is a KM World article which discusses a couple models of Web organization and suggests an AI approach to information retrieval. The Web Version of the article doesn\'t include the print edition\'s diagrams, which could have been done better anyway.\"
Submitted by Steven on February 28, 2001 - 10:17am
The web is full of spelling errors, and now there is a site that catches them. Human Spell Check is watching, so you better check, double check, and triple check your spelling.
Submitted by Ieleen on February 28, 2001 - 9:56am
In today\'s New York Times, Rebecca S. Weiner writes...
Advocates for the E-rate, a program that subsidizes Internet connections for the country\'s schools and libraries, are worried that President George W. Bush\'s proposal to consolidate federal education technology programs into a single block grant could stifle its success.
Submitted by Blake on February 27, 2001 - 7:12pm
Linda Mbonambi writes:\"
I am researching on staff recognition to other insitutions. I want to find out how do they do it, and what kind of rewards do they give to their staff and what criteria do they use to recognise a staff member in a library setting. We as staff recognition team would like to apply some methods to our staff as a way of motivating them.\"
eMail her and let her know how you do it.
Submitted by Ieleen on February 27, 2001 - 4:39pm
From the Cincinnati Enquirer...
For six years, Mark Pierce lived under a piece of canvas near the Ohio River. He slept on a foam mattress retrieved from a Dumpster. He kept clean with jugs of water. In his own words, he was “tired, depressed, resentful and hateful” - just one of the region\'s estimated 1,400 homeless. Then Mr. Pierce found the Internet, and everything changed. He became a man with a home page, if not a home. [more...]
Submitted by Blake on February 27, 2001 - 12:58pm
Brian from over at writes librarism.com \"Business Week takes a look at the Web version of the new New Grove Dictionary of Music Here \"
In case you missed it, you can Check It Out and use it free for a short time.
This article Says:
\"The Grove used to be a stodgy tome dedicated to long, turgid essays on classical composers and the esoterica of operatic arias. That\'s all still there. But this updated edition also has an incredible profusion of information about rock, jazz, folk, blues, country, and other musical styles -- quite a change.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 27, 2001 - 10:10am
Slashdot told me Infoworld is running This Story on UCITA.
There\'s a new coalition called Americans for Fair
Electronic Commerce Transactions (AFFECT), formed by merging several anti-UCITA groups. If you are in the states of California, Delaware, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, Arizona or Texas you need to be aware of this law.
AFFECT\'s website is at http://affect.ucita.com, check it out.
Submitted by Blake on February 26, 2001 - 7:54pm
Here\'s a Sad Story from Yahoo! on web advertising. The Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB)says we need bigger ads on web pages!I guess since Consumers Want Online Content for Free, what else are they to do?
It\'s funny that they think if they make the ad bigger I\'ll pay attention to it!The ads are already so disgusting on News.com stories I don\'t even go there any more. I really do not mind small ads, but they took it way to far. It just stinks they can track so much of your movements on the web.
\"There\'s a widespread understanding in the industry that we need bigger sizes to help the advertisers, clients and marketers get a better message across and use the capability of interactivity in the medium,\" said Richy Glassberg, vice chairman of the IAB and chief executive of Phase2Media.
Submitted by Blake on February 26, 2001 - 6:17pm
There\'s a story
here, about school libraries in California that have been forced into the hall,
the auditorium, and other odd places.
They say due to booming enrollment and state-mandated class-size reduction,
there is just no room for the library any more. They go so far as to say
\"The traditional school library is obsolete in Simi Valley\"!
The article says \"Library-media center facilities at every one of the
district\'s 20 elementary campuses fail to meet the state recommendation of
2,250 square feet for every 650 students.\" This is in Simi Valley, CA.
Is this common else where? It\'s the first I\'ve heard of it.
Submitted by Blake on February 26, 2001 - 6:10pm
Could it be that Gutenberg was not the first to market with the printing press?
Paul Needham and Blaise Aguera y Arcas (library folks at Princeton University) think he may not have been the first.
It seems like more of a technicality to me, but Read The Full Story from National Geographic and decide for yourself.
Submitted by Blake on February 26, 2001 - 5:40pm
Here\'s Some Good News from Infotoday.com. Kim Howells, the U.K. Minister of State for Competition and Consumer Affairs, has delayed the merger, and referred the matter to the Competition Commission. They say the Commission will report by the end of May.
Howells said that the proposed acquisition raises competition concerns that “relate to the market power which the merged company would have in the market for scientific, technical, and medical (STM) journals, and which could have an adverse effect on competition in that market.”
Submitted by Blake on February 26, 2001 - 2:37pm
Charles Davis writes \"From \"The Times\" 6 February 2001
Historic copies of comics, including The Beano, The Dandy and The Eagle, are believed to have been stolen from the British Library.
library spokesman said: \'We are bringing in external security consultants this week to advise and look at security measures.\' He added: \'This
couldn’t happen at the St Pancras Reading Room because of the type of security we’ve got there.\' \"
Submitted by Blake on February 26, 2001 - 1:53pm
Lee Hadden Writes:\"Word lovers may be interested in a new trend to eliminate English words
creeping into the German language usage through globalization. Politicians
and other \"Kultur Fuhrers\" are beginning a populist move to create an
\"Academy for the Cultivation and Protection of the German Language,\" similar
in concept to the French Academy, which will search for German language word
substitutes for foreign words being used in German.
The English press, as usual, is having a lot of fun with this. One
English tabloid ran the story under the headlines \"Germans Haff Vays of
Read more about it in the Washington Post