Submitted by Blake on April 27, 2001 - 5:56pm
\"Okay, so now that it\'s mandatory that governments (libraries)
use filters, can we (in conjunciton) with libraries start sueing the
pants off of all the corporations selling filters as selling defective
products? And after we kill all of them off, or they restrict
themselves to all non-government users, we sue the government for not
providing libraries with filters - as there is no effective market for
So if libraries are required to install filters, and the law turns out to be constitutional, is there any kind of legal recourse a library would have if the filters screw things up?
I\'d love to hold Microsoft responsible when Windows crashes and destroys all my data, is this the same kind of thing? My car broke down, can I sue Chrysler?
Ultimatly who is responsible when something you are forced to use doesn\'t work? Who decides if they aren\'t working?
Submitted by Blake on April 27, 2001 - 1:58pm
There\'s a neat Audio Interview [You need Real Player] with author Simon Winchester over on NPR.
\"...who voices his frustration with the misuse of Roget\'s Thesaurus. Roget apparently never intended his book to be used for finding synonyms at all -- its creation was merely a game to pass the time. Winchester is author of the bestselling book, The Professor and the Madman. His article on Roget will appear in Atlantic magazine\".
I\'m pretty sure it\'s in the issue I have at home, so I think the article is already out.
Submitted by Blake on April 27, 2001 - 11:24am
It was Amnesty Week at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh so Lucille Colamarino returned a book due on November 10, 1924, that is $12,500 in fines. She was awarded a calendar organizer as a joke and a crown and sash for returning the book. Full Story
Is there a record for the most overdue book ever returned?
Submitted by Blake on April 27, 2001 - 11:18am
Submitted by Ben on April 27, 2001 - 8:49am
A review in The New Republic begins:
\"Some children dream of becoming astronauts when they grow up; others dream of becoming librarians. A.S. Byatt\'s characters fall into the second category...\"
Submitted by Blake on April 26, 2001 - 12:31pm
Submitted by Blake on April 26, 2001 - 11:24am
Ann Bartow has written an intersting Paper that looks at how technology and legal issues are affecting libraries. It\'s a great paper that covers the past, present and future of the legal issues that surround libraries.
As Fair Use is slowly taken away from us using laws like the DMCA, Copyright Term Extension Act, and who knows that else, I really think this is the kind of thing we need to be worried about. Where is the passion and emotion I see in the filtering issue when it comes to legal issues?
Submitted by Blake on April 26, 2001 - 9:53am
Godfrey Oswald writes: \"Hello
Due to the massive response I have received around the world for WAP sites for
inclusion in the Info Connect Directory, I have decided to provide links here
to a selection of reference WAP sites of interest to librarians that have been
The full list of all WAP sites will be available with the launch of the Info
Connect LIS Directory WAP version (based on WML).
The current list of reference WAP sites for librarians is at:
When you get to this link, scroll down till you get to \"WAP sites for
Please help me by e-mailing more WAP sites.
Godfrey Oswald MSc.
information scientist and author.
Submitted by Blake on April 25, 2001 - 7:19pm
Scientific American has an Interesting Story by Tim Berners-Lee (you may know him from such projects as the WWW) on what they call \"The Semantic Web\"
The Semantic Web will bring structure to the meaningful content of Web pages, creating an environment where software agents roaming from page to page can readily carry out sophisticated tasks for users. Kinda like what librarians do now.
Submitted by Blake on April 25, 2001 - 7:16pm
MyLibrary is A Model for Implementing a User-centered, Customizable Interface to a Library\'s Collection of Information Resources.
Read All About It in this paper by Eric Lease Morgan.
It integrates principles of librarianship (collection, organziation, dissemination, and evaluation) with globably networked computing resources creating a dynamic, customer-driven front-end to any library\'s set of materials.
Possible Conference coming soon.
Submitted by Blake on April 25, 2001 - 7:12pm
CNN is just one place you can Read About \"The Wind Done Gone\" appearing for sale on eBay. It must\'ve been pulled, I searched and found 0 results.
The Chicago Tribune has a Story on comments by the author, Alice Randall.
She says that the book is a parody of Margaret Mitchell\'s famous 1936 novel \"Gone With the Wind\" and not, as a federal judge ruled, a sequel.
\"I would never write a sequel to `Gone With the Wind.\' I\'m not a romance novelist. I didn\'t seek to exploit her characters but explode them,\"
Submitted by Blake on April 25, 2001 - 6:35pm
Sarah Jean writes \"Progressive Librarian
Issue number 17, Summer 2000
The mystery and the act: towards a YA human sexuality collection by Teri Weesner
\"Young people viewing internet porn have an information need that can be addressed by youth services librarians and library collections. To ignore this information need is just as inaccurate and inappropriate as young people gleaning their information from internet pornography and cybersex chat.\" \"
Submitted by Blake on April 24, 2001 - 3:38pm
Submitted by Blake on April 24, 2001 - 3:31pm
popularmechanics.com has a Review of Several different eBooks.
e-books.org is a nice eBook portal for those of you with an interest, not unlike eBookAd.com.
Nature has a Story that proclaims \"Paper could soon be obsolete\"!. It\'s on E Ink\'s \'electronic paper\'. Neat stuff that is pretty much vaporware right now, but if they do make it to market it promises to have some very useful applications. Paper already publised on this subject (no pun intended).
Submitted by Blake on April 24, 2001 - 10:18am
Steven Bell writes: \"Take a look at the April 30, 2001 issue of Time magazine. On page Y17 (special bonus section \"YOUR BUSINESS\") has a story titled \"You\'ve Got Books\" E-libraries Want to Reinvent Term Papers.\" Questia and its plan to offer an electronic alternative to libraries is the main subject of the story, though e-brary and NetLibrary are mentioned. The story makes Questia sound like the greatest invention since sliced white bread. I find it annoying that the story completely overlooks the amazing strides academic libraries are making in creating digital libraries, and no academic library leaders were interviewed for the story. However, some might say the story is just a fluff piece to put the spotlight on one more dot-com enterprise. Still, my letter to editor is on its way. \"
Submitted by Blake on April 23, 2001 - 4:23pm
Kathleene writes:\"This is an (IMHO) horrifying piece about the ALA/ACLU lawsuit to stop
mantatory filtering. The author clearly refuses to understand the ALA\'s
position or the real problems with filters. It\'s the tired old \"the ALA
wants libraries to peddle porn to kids\" argument, but given a clear voice
and a highly-respected forum. He compares the lawsuit to Yahoo!\'s decision
to stop selling porn after the \"huge public outcry\" (which I thought much
exaggerated by the press).\"
I posted a couple quotes from the story below. He makes some interesting points.
Wall Street Journal, Editorial Page, April 20, 2001; Review & Outlook, \"Porn Again\"
Submitted by Blake on April 23, 2001 - 1:30pm
Skip Auld writes:
\"Is anyone aware
of tests of an Internet filter called \"American Family Online,\" a product
created by a subsidiary of the American Family Association
(http://www.afo.net/)? It\'s been called an \"effective, low-cost filtering
program ... available for $1-2 per month per computer when used by government
customers.\" Please contact Skip Auld, Assistant Director at Chesterfield County
(Va.) Public Library ([email protected]) with any information\"
Now that it\'s law to use filters, what are you using?
Submitted by Blake on April 23, 2001 - 1:04pm
siliconvalley.com has a Story on a few companies going after the college student market by collecting academic texts that readers can search and view via the Web on any PC. They say college students are \"very attractive to us because of the photocopying and research they do\". Attractive college students... I know there\'s a joke there somewhere.
``The expected market growth will not occur quickly enough to meet the profitability imperatives of all players currently in the market, particularly those with high burn rates and questionable value propositions,\'\' Eduventures.com\'s Chen wrote in a February report.
Submitted by Blake on April 23, 2001 - 10:48am
Will the library crimes never stop?
Missouri libraries found someone Selling Stolen Books on eBay. Library officials first learned the books were missing in January after receiving a call from a New York man who purchased an O\'Brian book over the Internet that had the library\'s stamp and bar code.
In Tennessee, after her request to automate the library was Turned Down librarian Elizabeth Potts took matters into her own hands, then Someone Stole it. A giant pickle jar stuffed with money was stolen.
\'\'I just think it\'s kind of low down,\'\' Potts said. \'\'Somebody stole our pickle jar, and that was money we were collecting to fund automation of the library.\'\'
Submitted by Blake on April 23, 2001 - 10:34am
Chron.com has a sad, yet not suprising Story on the state of Questia. After almost 3 years, more than $110 million in VC, and a 300-person staff, they have yet to hit even 1,000 paying subscribers. That\'s not a mistake, not even One Thousand.
They had hoped to have 50,000 titles by February, but only have about 35,000 and another 5,000 of them not completely cleared of copyright restrictions.