Submitted by Blake on September 19, 2000 - 9:51am
Karen G. Schneider has written an interesting Column in the ALA Online on \"Excess Access\", a video produced and sold by the American Family Association (aka The AFA).
\"In 21 minutes, Excess Access portrays a small drama in a public library involving Internet pornography, and follows this story with discussions by “experts.” (Actually, it’s a church library, which might explain why you see a child pulling a picture book from a set of encyclopedias.) \"
It\'s interestin to read how far they go with this one.
Submitted by Blake on September 19, 2000 - 9:43am
In what can only be bad news, Wired is predicting a grim battle in Congress next year as a result of the ongoing Napster lawsuit. They Say the loser of the Napster case will be inmportant to this area of law.
The two-day international intellectual property conference was held last week.
\"We must protect the rights of the creator,\" Hatch said. \"But we cannot, in the name of copyright, unduly burden consumers and the promising technology the Internet presents to all of us.\"
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch
Submitted by Blake on September 19, 2000 - 9:38am
Brian writes \"A short Interview with author Judy Galbraith about the relationship between gifted students and school librarians, from Foreword magazine:
Question: It makes sense that school librarians would be a gifted student\'s natural ally. Have you found this to be the case?
Her Answer Follows...
Submitted by Ben on September 18, 2000 - 12:19pm
Public Information Office has some good suggestions about talking to people about filtering. Here\'s a sample, from their section on answering the tough questions:
The best way to deal with tough questions from library users, your board members, the mayor or a reporter is to be prepared. The following are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Listen -- don\'t judge. Anticipate which questions you will be asked and prepare your answers ahead of time.
- Acknowledge: \"You obviously have strong feelings. I respect your views. Let me give you another perspective.\"
- Reframe the question -- Why do you think students should be allowed to view pornography on the Internet? \"You\'re asking me about our Internet policy...\"
- Be honest. Tell the truth as you know it. \"My experience with the Internet is...\"
- Remember, it\'s not just what you say but how you say it. Speak simply, sincerely and with conviction.
- Less is more. Keep your answers short and to the point.
- Stick to your key message. Deliver it at least three times.
- Avoid use of negative/inflammatory words such as \"pornography.\"
- Don\'t fudge. If you don\'t know, say so.
- Never say \"No comment.\" A simple \"I\'m sorry I can\'t answer that\" will do.
Submitted by Blake on September 18, 2000 - 10:31am
Brian writes \"Friday was my day off, so I watched Dr. Laura\'s TV show about pornbraries. My impression is that she\'ll get cancelled fairly quickly in many markets; she doesn\'t have much of a TV presence, sighing and hmmphing around the set like a little kid. (I could be wrong: I didn\'t think Conan would stay on the air after I saw him shaking his way through his monologues at the beginning.) The big revelation was that an e-mail address was given out on the air: [email protected]. I noticed a bit of misinformation given on the show and on the Web-based Dr. Laura Activism Center she plugged, so I sent a note encouraging her to go do the right thing and take a moral stand for truth:
Read on for the letter...
Submitted by Steven on September 18, 2000 - 9:25am
The Edmonton Journal has this article on graduate students who are upset that their theses were sold on Contentville. It seems that they should file a complaint with the National Library.\"The students didn\'t know it, but the U.S. firm gained the rights to sell Canadian theses this summer through a subcontract with the company that reproduces academic work for the National Library.
Stephen Biggs, a senior doctoral student in psychology at York University, found his master\'s thesis listed for the average price of $57.50 US -- $54.62 for club members.\"
Submitted by Blake on September 18, 2000 - 9:23am
Wired has a story
that admits all that
is free on the web is not all good. The story goes into Questia and
ebrary.com, 2 companies working to bring some
authority control to the web, for a fee of course.
\"The element that the Internet is missing most
is valuable, authoritative information,\" said Christopher
Warnock, CEO of ebrary.com. \"For a lot of students, if
information doesn\'t exist on the Internet, it doesn\'t
Submitted by AnnaKh on September 18, 2000 - 7:44am
Studio B\'s been getting a facelift! Go take a look. Sorry about the slight vanishing act, but I\'m back with the
Studio B Buzz Highlights.
Submitted by Blake on September 17, 2000 - 1:16pm
I like This Story from
one of my favorite mags Business 2.0
on XML because the author attempts to control some of
the silly hype currently surrounding XML.
Three sad truths
Sad XML Truth No. 1: Designing a good format using
XML still requires human intelligence.
Sad XML Truth No. 2: XML does not mean less
Sad XML Truth No. 3: Interoperability isn’t an
engineering issue, it’s a business issue.
Submitted by Blake on September 17, 2000 - 12:25pm
Lee Hadden writes:
An article in the Wall Street
Journal, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, page
A24, talks about the celebration of Johannes Gutenberg
as the \"Man of the
Millennium\" in Mainz, and gives a brief account of his
career. See the site
(it also has an English translation) at: gutenberg.de
Submitted by Blake on September 17, 2000 - 11:21am
Cathy Gilletter was kind enough to send along an email
from Robert S. Willard, Executive Director National
Commission on Libraries and Information Science. He
was on the \"Lewd Libraries\" show on Friday,
and has more than
a few things to say about his experiences.
From: \"Bob Willard\"This week marks the
premiere of the syndicated
television show hosted by
Dr. Laura Schlessinger. The program dealing with
specifically access to inappropriate material on the
will air this Friday (9/15). The show is placed in different
different cities; a locator is at
identifies the broadcast time in all cities where the
show is broadcast.
am disappointed to report that the name chosen for this
I participated in the show and I thought I would share
the whole process.
Submitted by AnnaKh on September 17, 2000 - 7:36am
In the animal world we have aggregations such as: a pride of lions, a pod of whales, a gaggle of geese, a murmuration of starlings, and so forth. James Lipton, in his book An Exaltation of Larks (Penguin Books, 1993) says that the technical term for such aggregations is venery. Lipton’s book provides rules for turning the creation of terms of venery into a game. His rules amount essentially to all players coming up with terms of venery, with one judge determining categories and later awarding points to the best terms.
There are even terms of venery that change depending on exactly where the group is. For example, geese on land are a flock, in flight they\'re a skein, and in the water a plump. Venery is at times age related, as in a kindle of kittens but a clowder of cats.
What might there be for us humans? How about a bean pot of accountants or a tintinnabulation of politicians? Perhaps we should consider a worth of librarians. We could get tagged with worse! And librarians ARE worth a lot!
Submitted by Blake on September 16, 2000 - 1:47pm
Dr. Laura’s big “LEWD LIBRARIES” show is over. Both sides made some good points, but there was not much new offered, and it was rather boring as far as talk shows go. I pulled out some quotes from both sides, for those of you who can’t or won’t watch the show. I was supreised The ALA declined to go on the show.
Dr. Laura-“I would be first online with the sign to oppose censorship in the library ”
Submitted by Blake on September 15, 2000 - 6:04pm
For anyone thinking of making the jump to the dot.com world, News.com has a story on what cities are \"most affordable\", that is, highest pay, lowest cost of living.
\"The first-of-its-kind survey, released exclusively to CNET News.com , uses detailed salary information from more than 570,000 workers who filled out questionnaires at Techies.com. Workers run the gamut from technical writers and telephone call-center operators to senior vice presidents and chief technology officers.
Read on for the winners and losers...
Submitted by Blake on September 15, 2000 - 3:52pm
Slashdot has an Update and report from Hollan, MI on the big fitlering fight. They went to the Holland library\'s open board meeting on Tuesday night; and the report is Here. It\'s worth the read, for both sides of the issue
\"The latest issue of the American Family Association Journal has an article titled \"Low percentage of Christians using Internet filtering shows ignorance of the dangers.\" They claim that \"Seven out of 10 Christians have Internet access -- but only one out of 10 has filtered Internet access.\"
Submitted by Steven on September 15, 2000 - 9:11am
Be sure to check out the feature article in this months Searcher Magazine. Paul S. Piper discusses many aspects of web site evaluation and misinformation. There is also a nice list of sites that track these Internet hoaxes. A must read for public librarians.\"Misinformation on the Internet is, and will always be, a problem. One of the attributes of the Internet — the fact that nearly anyone can publish on it — creates an environment of freedom and simultaneously an environment that lacks quality control. That lack of quality control often requires the Internet user to perform the filtering done for us transparently in magazines, newsletters, journals, encyclopedias, books, and so on.\"
Submitted by Steven on September 15, 2000 - 12:12am
Friday updates for this week include Books as Punishment, building revival, JFK Library, Another librarian strike, $20 Million donation, A novel idea, Auditing the library, Stelaing books in Boston, Civil War Newspapres found, banned books, etc...
Submitted by Blake on September 14, 2000 - 8:25pm
Lee Hadden writes :
In a letter to Nature (Vol 407, 7 Sept 2000, page 13) Alice Sharp
Pierson and Peter Cotgreave of the Save British Science Society, have used
citation analysis of the publications of scientists who have received
degrees in Britain in 1988, to indicate that the brain drain of British
science is a real occurrence. Recently, the British government has
announced substantial new investment in the British science base as a means
to stop the brain drain of British scientists and engineers. The
investigators, \"Using bibliographic data, we report here a statistically
significant difference between the quality of scientists who trained in the
United Kingdom but are now in the United States, and those who stayed in
the United Kingdom.\"
Submitted by Blake on September 14, 2000 - 7:05pm
Dr. Laura\'s show (The Friday, September 15, 2000 \"LEWD LIBRARIES\") was recently filmed at the Denver Public Library. You can find out if the show airs in your neck of the woods Here
\"Library officials said Tuesday that the show taped a 15-year-old girl using a computer at the library to access pornographic Web sites. The youngster also checked out an R-rated video.
Library spokewoman Anya Breitenbach said library officials declined an invitation to appear on the show. \"We felt it was a set-up, and we weren\'t interested.\"
Submitted by Blake on September 14, 2000 - 5:11pm
Harsh words from The Chicago Sun Times\"Have we as a society become so desensitized that the idea of children accessing hard-core pornography in a children\'s library does not bother us? I sincerely hope this is not the case.\"
I\'m afraid it is. And the library profession defends it as acceptable, if not desirable, behavior.