Submitted by Steven on June 30, 2000 - 12:00am
The New York Times has this article on what search companies are doing in order to make their products more user friendly. They are using humans in order to fill a void that the engines have difficulty with. Hmmm, we now know where some of the Librarians have gone.\"To cope, many search engines have concluded that simply indexing more pages is not the answer. Instead, they have decided to rely on the one resource that was once considered a cop-out: human judgment. Search engines have become more like cyborgs, part human, part machine.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 29, 2000 - 4:45pm
The secret is out: The title of the fourth book in the Harry Potter series is \"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 29, 2000 - 4:42pm
Legal pressures on linking continue to increase. The RIAA, The Mormons, Napster, these are just a few of the lawsuits that appear to be testing the legalities of the WWW itself. Will a legal ruling in the United States have any effect on the WWW? After all, it is the WORLD WIDE web, not the USW. As large corporations, with deep pockets, fight to keep the power and influence they are used to, they increasingly lash out (legally) at the web. Regardless of the outcome, the web may be changed by lawsuits sometime soon.
If linking becomes illegal, even in some instances, what will become of the net?
If a site is “illegal”, how do you find it?
Do sites that link to it become illegal also?
Submitted by Blake on June 29, 2000 - 10:55am
This Article makes some sense. They say the future of Ebooks is in files you can download to, view on and print out from the computer you already own. Short and Sweet!
\"The economics look good too: E-books require no printing, binding, inventory or shipping costs, allowing these savings to be passed on to the author in the form of higher royalties.\"
Submitted by Steven on June 28, 2000 - 1:30pm
Michigan Live has an article on fine collecting at libraries. Should we be so dependant on fines for our budget?\"Fewer Ogemaw County court cases mean fewer fines from law violators. Shrinking penal fines, in turn, are slicing about $52,000 from the library\'s budget this year and last. That\'s a deeper cut than the 95-year-old institution can stomach.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 28, 2000 - 11:57am
Even after COPPA was just found to be unconstitutional, John McCain feels compeled to puch filtering again. This time he introduced a sex-filtering amendment to a spending bill. It seems to be very obvious the Supreme Court is not allowing this kind of thing.
McCain said the measure was necessary to protect American children from the \"technological sophistication of online predators\" and websites featuring sex, racism, anti-semitism, drug-making information, and bomb recipes.
It\'s always for the children. Maybe we should out law everything that is no good for children. He did say conservative icon Laura Schlessinger agreed with his proposal. Which leads me to believe it\'s a terrible idea. Good Story at Wired
Submitted by Blake on June 28, 2000 - 10:55am
Blaira writes \"I would like to know how other medium sized public libraries do their collection development (specifically the staffing component) Does one librarian do all the buying for a system, or a committee, or does each branch order separately.
Which works better, both for the library budget and the patrons? \"
My question is, are committees ever the best way to get something accomplished?
Submitted by Blake on June 27, 2000 - 6:21pm
Wired has a Story on the continuing battle between the RIAA and the web. This ruling could call into question all linking. Remeber a U.S. District Court has ruled that websites can legally provide links to any pages on all other sites (deep linking). The RIAA wants to make it illegal to link to anything that is illegal.
\"If this kind of automated hyperlinking is ruled illegal, the Internet is going to grind to a halt,\" said Ira Rothken, legal counsel for MP3Board.com.
Submitted by Steven on June 27, 2000 - 4:52pm
In its quest for world domination, Google has announced that it has indexed more than 1 billion URLs. Read about it here. Google also made the news with the announcement by Yahoo!! that it will start using Google as its default engine. You can read about that here.
Submitted by Blake on June 27, 2000 - 2:46pm
MassLive has a sad, sad, Story on books being trashed and thrased at the Forbes Library.
\"According to library director Blaise Bisaillon, dozens of volumes of art, photography and music books have been vandalized over the last 10 months by an unknown assailant.
Submitted by Blake on June 27, 2000 - 2:43pm
Brian writes \"At the 6th Conference on Human Factors and the Web last week, some researchers delivered a paper called, \"When Kids Use the Web: A Naturalistic Comparison of Children\'s Navigation Behavior and Subjective Preferences on Two WWW Sites.\"
Although the study used a small group of subjects (eight 12yo\'s and eight 16yo\'s) and was limited to fact-finding activities on only two websites, it does seem like it may have some useful information for librarians who either design the youth services areas of their institutions\' sites or train tweens and teens to do research on the Web.
Read more at :
Submitted by Blake on June 26, 2000 - 11:02pm
You think your first day on the job was a tuff one?
another Story on the flooding at NDSU. It turns out
the new director just started 2 weeks ago! Her fourth
day at work was a flood that caused incredible amounts
of damage to the library.
\"What Pamela Drayson
calls \"our own Niagara Falls\" came crashing through
the library\'s southside windows and engulfed full
bookshelves and map cases Tuesday, her fourth day of
employment at NDSU. Marooned in the south Fargo
house where she moved one week earlier, Drayson
could not reach the library, even by
What a trooper! Kudos to her and
her staff for all the hard work.
Submitted by Blake on June 26, 2000 - 10:14pm
I wasn\'t sure whether or not to put this under
Mary Musgrave writes : \"this article that was in
Saturday\'s Dallas Morning
News. Haltom City is a
suburb of Ft. Worth.\"
\"Ms. Deaton and former
Haltom City librarian Laura Cleveland remembered
putting the time capsule in an area west of the library.
Ms. Cleveland, now the children\'s librarian in Watauga,
said while digging at the initial location they hit
something, but it turned out to be the sprinkler system.
After digging 10 or 12 more holes - and using a metal
probe to search them - they conceded their time
capsule was gone.
Submitted by Steven on June 26, 2000 - 10:12pm
Zdnet has this lengthy and interesting article about copyright and its effect on research libraries. In addition, are research libraries \"virtually\" kicking themselves out of businnes. \"As is so often the case when established industries meet the Internet, there is a paradox here: The libraries\' rush into digital technologies may be a sprint toward their demise. At the very least, a monumental transformation seems inevitable. Yet, there is no turning back.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 26, 2000 - 10:05pm
\"Canadian publishing company McClelland and
Stewart was donated by owner Avie Bennett to the
University of Toronto. Bennett is donating 75% of the
company\'s shares to the university. The remaining 25%
was sold to Random House.
U of T President Robert Prichard says the publisher will
be completely independent and will have no
relationship with the University of Toronto Press. Any
income received from ownership of the shares will be
used to fund an endowment in support of Canadian
writing and culture.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 26, 2000 - 4:14pm
Fiction Reviews from The Bookdragon Review
The Bookdragon Review
delivers genre fiction reviews, news and forthcoming title information to
subscribers on a monthly basis. This month\'s reviews include:
Mercedes Lackey\'s Brightly Burning \"is tragic, depressing and yet
hauntingly beautiful as Lackey produces one of her strongest titles in
Submitted by Blake on June 26, 2000 - 12:10pm
A while back we ran a poll “Librarians as Webmasters” to see what LISNews readers thought of the move of librarians out of the library, and into the web world. More and more employers are realizing that it takes more than basic programming and graphics skills to make a complete web site. Employees (Webmasters) also need to be able to organize the ever increasing amounts of information on the web. Librarians are uniquely suited for such a job. Afterall, who can organize better than a librarian. So what does it take?
Submitted by Blake on June 26, 2000 - 11:14am
The CBC has a nifty little Story on the location of the printer that is turnging out the new Harry Books.
\"The project, being bound and boxed south of Winnipeg, has been as closely guarded as a sorcerer\'s volume of incantations.
Submitted by Steven on June 24, 2000 - 12:06pm
Security guards in libraries. The News Gazette has an article about a library dealing with the issue. My take on it, keep the customers safe, hire the guard.\"Staff members have been lobbying for heightened security for more than a year. Sparking the recent call for more security was a March 30 incident in which a patron lost control, threatened librarians, threw a book and eventually had to be subdued by police in the parking lot.\"
Submitted by Steven on June 24, 2000 - 11:54am
Jacksonville.com has this article about a library that has doubled its overdue fines from a nickel to a dime. Yeah, that will make them bring back the materials on time.
\"Clay County libraries are cracking down on delinquent book-returners. From a nickel to a dime per day late, the overdue book fine doubled on June 1.\"