King a trendsetter

Wired has cool story on Stephen King and his new E-Book. They call it \"a move suggesting that e-books are penetrating the mainstream market\". Read the full Here.

\"I\'m curious to see what sort of response there is and whether or not this is the future,\" King said in a statement. -- Read More

Twelve librarians to consider controversial book

The book, `We All Fall Down,\' was written by Robert Cormier, a respected and award-winning author of literature for young adults is under fire in Arlington, Texas, where all the librarians in the school district are meeting to decide the books fate. Read about it from The Star-Telegram

The Boles Junior High School library removed the book after the parent of a 12- year-old complained. The student had taken the book home to read for extra credit in a seventh-grade English class. -- Read More

No Filters, no aid in NJ

A Monmouth County New Jersey lawmaker wants public libraries and school districts to restrict Internet access for minors or risk losing state library aid. Read about it at The Asbury Park Press

\"In a news conference at the Statehouse yesterday, Corodemus compared allowing children to surf the Web freely with letting them play on a busy highway. Many parents are vigilant about policing what their children can see on computers at home, he said, so libraries should be no different. \"
A parent complained to the library trustees and the town\'s governing body about an incident, in which she said her son\'s \"mind was molested\", her son came across a graphic sexual image. -- Read More

Trouble with the OPAC

Have you ever seen an entire story devoted to an OPAC? Well Here\'s one from McCalls.com on the troubles with a new OPAC in Bucks County, PA. It seems the new system has more than a few bugs, enough to render it almost useless. $695,000 down the drain?

\"Taos went online in late December. It hardly has performed as expected -- instead of speeding up the search process, Taos has caused logjams at each of the system\'s seven branches. It has not been unusual for Taos to crash, Moody said, freezing the searches of everyone using a computer terminal to track down a book.\" -- Read More

Collection of Book and Computer Images

Here\'s a Handy Site that has hundreds of clip art images for librarians. Put together by Anthony Wilson and suggested by Bob Cox, the site has:
GIFs of Books, Computers & Documents
Animated GIFs
Backgrounds
and a few Odds & Ends.

Filters on in TX

The Houston Chronicle reports that the library in Montogomery County went against advice from the library advisory board, librarian and county attorney, and installed filters. Now that\'s a committment to censorship!

\"If we make an error, we need to make it on the side of the children,\" said County Judge Alan Sadler.

\"If a lawsuit is filed, we are going to come out on the short end of the stick\" said County Attorney Frank Bass on any challenges that will come up over the filters. -- Read More

You got mail

Another library system has begun e-mailing an alert to patrons with overdue books and other materials. Read about it Here from The Record.

\"The way Marian De Caterina, head of Newburgh\'s automated services, sees it, the new system saves the library and its patrons money by getting notices out faster and cheaper. And with Newburgh charging 10 cents a day for books and 25 cents a day for videos, it adds up.\" -- Read More

Library: Child control not in cards

Here\'s an interesting story on the library in Massachusetts that allows young patrons rent R-Rated Videos. It seems there is more opposition than originally expected.

A patron showed up, carrying a petition with approximately 135 signatures, asking the executive board to consider changing that policy. -- Read More

The Image of Librarians Changing?

The Columbia News Service has a nice Article Here on the image of librarians, and how it is changing. It even includes a picture of the famous \"Belly Dancing Librarian\".


\"Librarians know the stereotype well. They laugh at it, but also discuss how it affects their self-image and professional status. Sometimes they go out of their way to overturn it. Some librarians think that the cliche has a certain basis in fact, and that the information revolution, far from changing the stereotype, may actually be reinforcing it. \" -- Read More

Thwart Not The Librarian

Bob Cox sent in this \"Cooooool\" link. You may have seen the \"Why you should fall to your knees and worship a librarian\", but now you can Buy The TShirt too.

\"Ok, sure. We\'ve all got our little preconceived notions about what ibrarians are and what they do. Many people think of them as diminutive civil servants, scuttling about \"Sssh-ing\" people and stamping things. Well, think again buster.\"

A look at author Tom Robbins

CNN has a nice long look at Author Tom Robbins HERE

The story covers his life story, and goes into depth on his books and fans. Even a serious Robbins fan might learn a thing or two from this one. -- Read More

Open Source Encyclopedia

Someone suggested this site, a novel idea in the open-source community.


\"Suppose scholars the world over learned of a serious online encyclopedia effort in which the results were not proprietary to the encyclopedists, but were freely distributable under an open content license in virtually any desired medium. How quickly would the encyclopedia grow?\"


Check out Nupedia.com

E-Book Club

This story from Wired reports on the first ever exclusively E-Pub book club.

Ebooksonthe.net is the site.

\"Membership is free and books are discounted from 20 to 30 percent. I just based my club on the book club I\'ve been buying books from for years,\" said Connie Foster, who founded the club.

Who owns ideas

Jon Katz has a really neat Story over on Slashdot that deals with the timely topic of copyright and intellectual property. I especially like this quote from Thomas Jefferson.

\"That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density at any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation. Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property.\" -- Read More

No Money for decency commission.

CNet has a story
that says the \"Internet decency commission\" that was set up
by the Chi
ld Online Protection Act
does not have any money or even
an office. The Commisions job was evaluating high-tech tools
and other methods
to keep online pornography away from children.
Of course that was if Congress gave the commission any
money or
resources. This cenrtainly raises doubts about The
Government\'s commitment to this issue.

So if a commision dies in Washington, and no one cares,
does it make a sound?

Privacy in Cyberspace

The ABA (American Bar Asscociation) has an interesting
\"Facts About Privacy and Cyberspace\" Handbook posted on
their website in PDF format. It talks about interesting
topics like:
What information is collected by Government Agencies?
What can happen if someone\'s privacy isn\'t protected?
Is deleted Email really gone?
and Is this a problem in Cyberspace?

They really do a good job covering a wide range of privacy
topics. Check out the
ABA Website For the entire report

Library Cops?

An interesting response from a librarian in Michigan over
proposed legislation that would require libraries that use
the Internet to have one or more computer terminals that are
\"restricted from receiving obscene matter or sexually
explicit mater that is harmful to minors.\"

\"Does this
mean if the Venus de Milo is shown we throw the person out
of the library?\" pondered Ron Loyd, co-director of the
Northfield Township Library. \"It leaves the librarian as the
library cop.\"

Read the full story at MI Li -- Read More

Book Dispute gone too far

What started as a challenge to a book, has turned very ugly
in Oregon. A students mother didn\'t like one of the books
being used to teach history, and has now turned into an ugly
war of words. Read about it Here at the Register Guard


\"I\'ve never done anything inappropriate, I haven\'t even come
out as angry at these people,\" Kelly Dunn said. \"Now we\'re
going to be persecuted. Oh, boy. My daughter, she came to me
for help, and now they\'re punish -- Read More

Comments on the DMCA

The U.S. Copywrite Office has posted the comments they
received on the Digital Millenium Copywrite Act
HERE.

You can also read more on the DMCA
HERE.

Board of Trustees at city of Boston Public Library

Be sure to check out this interesting series of articles
from Boston on the
appointment of a State Rep. Under investigation for ethics
violations to the BPL Board of Tustees.



Don Saklad
writes

\"The Board of trustees of our city
of Boston public library
department represent the public interest in improving our
urban public library! -- Read More

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