Pulitzer Prize winner praises power of libraries at Mercer

Read this Story from the Macon Telegraph.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough spent more than an hour Monday night singing the praise of libraries. -- Read More

Dialog Refocuses on Fast Growing Technology Divisions; Sells Information Service

Read this Press Release from Dialog.com.

The Dialog Corporation (LSE: DLG, NASDAQ:DIAL), a leading provider of Internet-based information, technology and e-commerce solutions, today announced the proposed refinancing and restructuring of the Group through the sale of its Information Services Division (ISD) to The Thomson Corporation [TSE: TOC] which will enable the repayment of all the Group\'s outstanding senior and high yield debt. Separately, Dialog reported financial results for the year ended December 31, 1999.

The overall effect of these proposals is to reposition the Group - which will be renamed Bright Station plc (http://www.brightstation.com) - to focus on its eCommerce and Web Solutions businesses, with an additional £27.9 ($44) million of new equity investment. These divisions can now be developed to their full potential. The Board is also proposing the creation of an investment business that will focus on developing promising Internet and eCommerce start-ups, leveraging the Company\'s leading edge technologies, management experience and new capital.

Senator Fighting for school libraries

US Senator Jack Reed has introduced a bill to provide $275
million in funding to school libraries to purchase new
reference materials. S.1262, the Elementary and Secondary
School Library Media Resources, Training and Advanced
Technology Assistance Act, would provide critical funding
for school libraries and increase student access to the most
up-to-date library materials. You can even submit
examples of out-of-date reference books in your school
library Here.
The School Library Bill Page is at reed.senate.gov -- Read More

Staffing shortages close library

The Savannah
Morning News
has a Story on the lack of
libarians in a new library. The article does not say
what caused the shortage. Because of staffing shortages, the
library originally opened at just eight hours a week and
that was increased as new people were hired.Is this good news for those
currently working on their MLS? -- Read More

The geek ego

Frank Ryan writes \"Here is a good story - and a true
one!

A consultant colleague who specialised in thesaurus
construction was at a party. She was button-holed by an IT
\"techie\" who was very keen to make an impression. In the
course of their conversation he realised that what they
had in common was \"databases\". He described at length a
database of internal documents that he and his colleagues
had constructed and how after a few thousand records they
started to add \"tags\" to the records i.e. specific
words describing their content.

At this point my colleague interrupted and said \"Oh, you
mean a thesaurus of controlled terms\". The downcast
techie replied \"Has this been done before\"?

Dharna in Pondicherry.

The Hindu, Online edition of India\'s National Newspaper on indiaserver.com, has a story on a dharna going on in Pondicherry.

\"Members of the Pondicherry State Library and Information Assistants Association will stage a dharna in front of the Assembly premises on March 27 (the day when budget session of the Assembly is scheduled to begin). \" -- Read More

Cyborgs and Semantic Interoperability

Thomas J. Hennen Jr. writes \"This is (partly) satire.

In the February 2000 issue of Wired Magazine is the article \"Cyborg 1.0\" It is subtitled: \"Kevin Warwick outlines his plan to become one with his computer.\" Warwick, what a great irony, for catalogers, no? Warwick, a research in Great Britain, not a Framework or \"container.\" decribes his experiment to implant a chip in his arm and an attempt to record his emotions and then play them back to his nervous system, eventually, he hopes, over the web! He fears heights, so he will climb a cliff, record the emotion and play it back to his nervous system over the net. Spooky, no? See:
wired.com for the full story.

Readers may be familiar with the attempts by library folk to catalog the net using the Dublin Core and the Warwick Framework. (References below). These catalogers worry that the net is being indexed by search engines that can\'t possibly keep up with fast growing and chaotic web resources. -- Read More

Publish Online Or Perish?

The Standard has a good story on E-Books from the business point of view.

\"The book publishing industry relies on a business model that dates back centuries – and it likes it that way, thank you very much. While every other media industry has flocked to the Net, the staid book world has used the Web for merely advertising its latest releases.


But the page is turning. \" -- Read More

Bill collectors heed libraries page

This Story from The Orlando Sentinel, has a great first line:


\"If you hate being shushed by librarians, brace yourself for something even worse: A collection agency may soon be calling about those long-overdue books. The Seminole County Public Library System is joining a handful of others in Florida taking advantage of a 1996 law allowing public libraries to use collection agencies to go after their worst offenders.\"


Of course they do arrest people for overdure books in FL too. -- Read More

Hackers had Gates credit card data

I know it\'s not exactly funny, or exactly relevant, but News.com is reporting that A teenager arrested in Wales for allegedly hacking into e-commerce Web sites obtained the credit card details of Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft and the world\'s richest man. You can read the full story Here

tool offers privacy without crippling browsing habits

In a folow up to our What Banner Ads are saying about us story, CNN has this in depth story on one company, IDcide, that has developed a cure for this by providing a browser plug-in that discriminates between first-party (coming from the site you\'re visiting) and third-party (coming from other servers) cookies. The tool, called the Privacy Companion, can provide varying levels of security -- either blocking no cookies, just third-party cookies, or all cookies. -- Read More

Lawsuit to put reverse engineering to the test

The Boston Globe has a report on a program, called CPHack, that will let any Cyber Patrol user decipher the list and that also deciphers the main password for Cyber Patrol. Anybody with this password can turn off Cyber Patrol, thus defeating the purpose of the program. Slashdot has a great story on this issue too. Now Mattel attorneys are bulk-emailing subpoenas even to people who linked to the cphack code! -- Read More

So much for musty libraries


The Roanoke Times
Has this nice story on how well the
Chesapeake Public Library System is doing.

\"Last year,
an article in the magazine American Libraries ranked the
Chesapeake system seventh best in the nation among libraries
serving a population between 100,000 and 250,000.
    On the local level, 99.4 percent of Chesapeake\'s
residents approve of their library service, the highest mark
earned by any branch of the city\'s government. -- Read More

AFA leader still wants filters

Michigan Live has This Story on Gary Glenn and his speach for the Holland Area Family Association\'s annual spring breakfast at Hope College\'s Maas Center. The breakfast typically focuses on anti-pornography issues.

\"There is no doubt in my mind there will be filters on the computers at Herrick District Library and every other library in the state,\" Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, told a Holland audience Saturday.\" -- Read More

Battling Plagiarism Through the Internet

A story at APBNews.com has some ways to help battle Plagiarism as it becomes more and more popular.

\"The Glatt Plagiarism Screening Program replaces every fifth word in a suspect paper with a standard size blank and asks the student to replace the missing words. The number of correct responses, the amount of time it takes to complete the task and other factors are considered in assessing the final \"plagiarism probability score.\" -- Read More

First e-ditions of e-books

Thomas J. Hennen Jr. writes \"Three things have made the news lately that brought parts of the web to a halt:
the hacker attacks on Yahoo,
Brittanica\'s launch as a free online encyclopedia,
and Stephen King\'s e-book \"Riding the Dollar - oops I mean- Bullet.\"

Isn\'t it nice, in a way, that two of the three were book related?

But I have a serious concern! :-)

What will happen to collectors? How does one get a first edition of an e-book? King may have missed an historic chance here! Why didn\'t he and the publishers issue a first edition for e-book collectors? -- Read More

Access to R rated video for children under 17

Barb O writes \"I would like feedback from those \"in the field\" regarding if there are set policies for restriction of \'R\' rated videos in place, how long have they been in place and are they working? \"

A few weeks back we had a few stories on this topic from MA and PA, check them out, and let Barb know what you think. You can get Links to the stories by clicking below. Is 13 too young to view \'R\' rated videos from the library? Is it our job to decide what children watch? What Would The Librarian Do? -- Read More

Libraries Make Do With Lack of New Funds

The
Salt Lake City Tribune
is reporting that the declined to
set aside $1 million for state college and university
libraries, so some colleges are in a pinch for funds.

\"The schools had hoped the Legislature would earmark
funds to bolster their holdings and keep pace with journal
costs, following up on $1 million it provided for that
purpose last year. The money was to be divided among the
state\'s nine public institutions. But this year\'s request
was ignored.
    And now schools are grappling with the loss of
anticipated funding. -- Read More

Open Source Library Systems: Getting Started

Dan Chudnov over at OSS4Lib.org has written an excellent article for those not familiar with what open source projects, and how they can be used in libraries.

The biggest news in the software industry in recent months is open source. Every week in the technology news we can read about IBM or Oracle or Netscape or Corel announcing plans to release flagship products as open source or a version of these products that runs on an open source operating system such as Linux. In its defense against the Department of Justice, Microsoft has pointed to Linux and its growing market share as evidence that Microsoft cannot exert unfair monopoly power over the software industry. Dozens of new open source products along with regular news of upgrades, bug fixes, and innovative new features for these products are announced every day at web sites followed by thousands. -- Read More

Canadian Poetry Archive

Canadian Poetry Archive now available!


The Canadian Poetry Archive features some 1,000 poems, dating from 1826 to 1925, by more than 100 early English- and French-language Canadian poets.
The database also includes biographies of some of this period\'s more prominent poets, including Pauline Johnson, Archibald Lampman, Susanna Moodie, Émile Nelligan, Charles G.D. Roberts and Duncan Campbell Scott.

\"The richness and diversity of the poetry represented in our Canadian Poetry Archive remind us that Canada has a long and distinguished literary tradition,\" said National Librarian Roch Carrier.
The Canadian Poetry Archive can be found on the Internet at:
The National Library of Canada

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