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Wired has a very interesting story on Peacefire.org\'s report on the problems with I-Gear, Internet-filtering software from software firm Symantec. It pokes holes in the software and the sites it blocks.
\"It shows how far people are willing to go in censoring people under 18 without applying critical examination of the tools,\" said Bennett Haselton, 21, who founded Peacefire in 1996 to promote \"free access for the Net generation.\" -- Read More
\"In universities, high schools, and elementary schools these e-books already are in high demand.\" -- Read More
Someone wrote in with this.
With the advent of so many electronic resources in public libraries, the role of non-print media in the collection is often overlooked. Our limited resouces are often divided between electronic and paper resources. Yet, in looking at my own libraries circulation statistics, a great deal of our circulation is in the form of non-print media.
Non-print media is also frought with conflict. Public libraries, who have no problem buying bestsellers in paper, veer away from top media titles.
It seems like we have just enough media to pacify the community without any attempt at being proactive in this area.\"
What do you think?
This NYTimes story has an interesting take on how authors jump to big publishers after hiting it big. They usually move on to big publishers for more money, and job security.
There are authors who have gone from large to much smaller houses, although most of the time the author who hits it big with a first book published by a small house feels the need for the security and the money that the bigger house provides. So in book publishing, it\'s not a gauche or even stupid to go home from the dance with a stranger.
Stephen King is making his new book available as an E-Book that you can download from the web At simonandschuster.com. The book, which is a 66-page ghost story titled \"Riding the Bullet,\" is the first example of a famous author creating a work purely for electronic download. You will be able to buy the book for $2.50 through various websites. What do you think, will this become common place now?
Itellectualcapital.com has a nice Article Here on censorship in public schools, and one school in VA in particular. There is also a nice follow up piece Here that talks about reader\'s responses to the original article.
Did you know that filters can do cool things like speed up your network, block cookies, and stop those annoying ads? This article from Forbes outlines these points.
Web-filtering software has been available for nearly five years, but much of it has been either too consumer-oriented--designed simply to screen pornography, for example--or too technical for even moderately savvy PC users.
That\'s starting to change, and several new offerings could be useful to small businesses looking to boost productivity.
While there are some much debated privacy issues surrounding Web filters, a practical reason for using them is they accelerate the speed at which information is downloaded by blocking advertisements, animation, pop-up screens and background music. The less time computers take to sort through this kind of material, the more work employees can accomplish. -- Read More
One of the largest British book collections in private hands, comprising more than 4,000 volumes and with works by Shakespeare, Chaucer and Dickens, is to go to auction from July 11-13, Christie\'s has said.
The private library of William Foyle, the founder of London\'s famous Foyles bookstore who died in 1963, is expected to realise more than six million pounds, the auctioneers said.
An interesting Story from news.com on how cheating filters is getting one man in trouble.
Since age 17, Haselton has been publishing ways to circumvent filters and has exposed companies\' secret lists of blocked Web sites to show that many are neither pornographic nor offensive.
His latest target, Symantec subsidiary iGear, is a filtering program widely used in New York public schools. Haselton gained access to iGear\'s system and claims he found that many of the sites it bars are not, in fact, pornographic. But when he posted a link on his Web site to iGear\'s list of blocked sites, the company\'s lawyers sent a letter to his Internet service provider, saying that the link was infringing the company\'s copyrights.
\"I\'m not intimidated because I know what I did was legal,\" Haselton said yesterday. \"But I\'m a little surprised at their reaction.\" -- Read More
Once Labour MPs could be relied up to recommend robust reading. Marx maybe, or something with a social conscience. Now they are falling over themselves to endorse a public schoolboy called Harry Potter.
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist - which perennially topped the lists of Labour MPs\' favourite novels before the 1997 election - has been overtaken by J.K.Rowling\'s classless Harry Potter. Only one of 100 MPs asked to donate a book to their local library chose Robert Tressell\'s distinctly Old Labour classic.
\"That says it all really,\" said MP Austin Mitchell, who modestly bequeathed his own book, Westminster In Pictures to Grimsby library. \"I\'m only shocked they are not recommending
management manuals and the latest public relations texts.\"
Most of the books in the nation\'s public school libraries predate the 1969 moon landing, the end of the Vietnam War and the breakup of the Soviet Union, according to critics who say schools need help in offering students newer, relevant works.
And more importantly, says one lawmaker seeking federal funding, the outdated books often don\'t reflect the
diversity of today\'s schoolrooms.
\"Students continually encounter books from a period when authors viewed the world from only a white perspective,\" said Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat who argues that Congress can and should help school libraries update their materials.
Dr. Alexa Canady was on academic probation as an
undergraduate at the University of Michigan, so she has
a hard time believing she is now a mentor to young
women. \"I didn\'t consider myself a role model until it
became clear that other people did,\" said Canady, chief
of neurosurgery at Children\'s Hospital of Michigan in
Canady was at the Flint Public Library talking to a group
of mostly women and girls Tuesday about the significant
role libraries have played in her life. The program was
part of the library\'s Women\'s History Month celebration.
Since openingone year ago thanks to the approval of a $2.85 million bond, the Eagle Public Library has more than doubled its collection and circulation rates. And the number of people visiting the library has jumped from 50 to 288 each day.
The Ann Arbor District Library\'s former finance director used library accounts to buy several thousand dollars
worth of personal merchandise and services, including a
dishwasher, medical care and vehicle repairs, authorities
alleged in court records.
Ann Arbor police and the library board\'s president on
Tuesday confirmed that an embezzlement investigation is
under way because of purchases Don Dely made with a library debit card andcharge account between 1997 and November of last year. No charges have been filed.
Foxnews has this story from ATHENS, Greece
It began with a small fire. About 200 religious zealots and ultra-conservatives fed the flames in January with copies of a book they call blasphemous because of passages about the possible sexual longings of Jesus Christ.
The book burning, however, was just kindling for a bigger confrontation. Political leaders, clergymen and scholars have been drawn onto the unstable ground between the nation\'s commitment to free expression and the Orthodox Christian heritage that figures strongly in Greece\'s ethnic identity. -- Read More
Super alert reader Bob Cox sends in This Link to a funny cartoon.
Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley say they have come a step closer to solving a frustrating problem familiar to most Web surfers--the broken hyperlink.
In a recent academic paper, computer scientists Thomas A. Phelps and Robert Wilensky outlined a way to create links among Web pages that will work even if documents are moved elsewhere. While researchers have tried to tackle the issue before, Internet search experts said the paper describes a potentially elegant solution to a widespread and long-recognized puzzle. -- Read More
This story from NJ on an angry library board. This is interesting because they are talking about hiring a private company now.
Frustrated with the rapid decline of its library system, the board of trustees has ousted its longtime director and may hire a private company to run day-to-day operations.
The board voted last week to fire Library Director Kwaku Amoabeng as of today following a board-commissioned study that called the overall library service \"pathetic\" and suggested that only a complete overhaul would save the once-proud institution. -- Read More
-- A Zeeland parent is trying to break the spell that has taken the popular Harry Potter books off school library shelves.
Zeeland Superintendent Gary Feenstra and Curriculum Director Chris Guimond-Cairns received written complaints Tuesday from parent Nancy Zennie, who wants Feenstra to drop his restrictions that prevent Harry Potter books from being read aloud in class, placed on school library shelves and circulated freely. -- Read More
janet clark writes \"All the discussion about e-books reminds me of a piece by Isaac Asimov (in an essay \'The Ancient and the ultimate\', _Asimov on science_, 1982. Maybe it\'s old hat to everyone, but it is relevant.
BREAKTHROUGH! Introducing the Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge device - B.O.O.K.
BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in thecnology; no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It\'s easy to use. Even a child can operate it.\" -- Read More