Innovative design aims to create showcase library

Things are changing in Wyoming. Read about it Here. From the The Grand Rapids Press.

But perhaps the biggest addition to the \"City of Vision and Progress\" came last week when city officials got
their first glimpse at plans for a $7.5 million library. The bold, unusual building is full of unconventional items.

At first glance, the innovative design seems uncharacteristic for Wyoming, a city with a no-frills,
working-class feel. But that\'s exactly what City Manager Don Mason is going for.

\"It kind of grabs you when you first look at it, but I think that\'s what it needs to do,\" Mason said. \"There isn\'t anything like this in West Michigan. People are going to Wyoming to see the library.\"

Libraries taking more steps to find overdue books

Overdue books have become quite a problem. Have a look Here. From the The News-Journal Online.

Books about Jesse James ride off library shelves into the sunset, while patrons who borrow wedding etiquette manuals often rudely fail to return the book after the ceremony. \"All kinds of books are not returned. But the ones that really don\'t come back are pregnancy and childbirth, wedding etiquette,witchcraft, cults or that type of thing,\" said Elizabeth Potts, director of the Maury County Library System. \"Jack the Ripper, anything on Jesse James, you can forget.\"

State and Local Freedom of Information Issues

dsaklad@gnu.org wrote in to recommend the FOI-L State and Local Freedom of Information Issues list:\"
Please consider news regarding FOI; state local freedom of information,open government and open meeting sunshine principles at the state local level and how public libraries could be affected.\"


Check it out
Here

Opting out of Doubleclicks cookies

You can stop Doubleclick\'s ability to track you, on and off line, HERE .

If you don\'t opt out, Doubleclick\'s ads have the ability to track you over multiple sites, and match that up with their database.


DoubleClick\'s new privacy policy states that the company plans to use this information to
build a database profiling consumers. The database will include consumers\' names;
addresses; retail, catalog and online purchase histories; and demographic data, according
to the policy. -- Read More

Web Filter Blocks More Gun Sites

A Story on
Surf Watch, the filtering software, and the companies
decision to block out Gun Sites.


Concerned by violence in the nation\'s schools, a California
company has beefed up its online filtering software to block
thousands of new Web pages hawking guns and ammunition.

SurfWatch Software officials said the new version
shipped in November filters Web sites that \"primarily sell
guns, weapons, ammunition or poisonous substances and sites
that allow online purchasing or ordering information,
including lists of prices and dealer locations.\"

The renewed effort follows a series of school shootings
in recent years, especially April\'s deadly rampage at
Columbine High School in Colorado.

For years, companies that make Internet filtering
software have blocked guns and ammunition sites... -- Read More

Law Would Prosecute Libraries for Kiddie Porn

Yahoo News
picked up a story from Soutch Carolina HERE on an interesting new law proposal.

A state lawmaker has proposed a bill that would hold
library officials criminally liable if they let children see
pornography online.
The legislation, introduced by Sen. Mike Fair, R-Greenville,
was inspired by the Greenville County Library Board\'s
refusal to install Internet filtering software on computers.
Using filtering software to block adult Web sites in the
nation\'s libraries has been a controversial issue between
free-speech advocates and those wanting to shield kids from
the seamier side of -- Read More

Coping with Database Protection Laws

Andy Oram wrote an article on the consequences of database protection Laws, HERE that is worth a read.


The 1990s have witnessed the creation of an entire new category of intellectual property—the collection—as well as a new (sui generis) right of ownership. In this article I will try to summarize the issues that content providers and their representatives should be alert to when dealing with laws concerning “collections of information”, a term I will use interchangeably with the term databases. -- Read More

Song Yongyi Update | China Frees Scholar Who Worke

Step Schmitt writes \"The NYTimes story on the freed librarian is here.

\"A United States-based scholar detained in China for more than five months on vague charges of \"providing confidential materials to foreigners\" was released today. \" -- Read More

Good News for Disabled Individuals and Information

Bill Stark writes \"28,000,000 Americans have a hearing loss, and this sensory loss means that much informational and entertainment media is not accessible to them. The Captioned Media Program (CMP) at www.cfv.org is a free-loan open-captioned media program for these persons, their families, and the information professionals who serve them. Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education, CMP has over 4,000 items available for loan to qualified users. \"

Ebook resources

CNET has a great beginners guide to ebooks HERE

But don\'t say goodbye to your hardcovers just yet. No one knows if the majority will
take to digitized reading. Changing paradigms--especially for something as basic as reading--takes time,
and the quirks of these early-generation products won\'t help. Even under the best circumstances, it will be
years before you see e-books on every street corner.

Long Domain Names: How Long Is Too Long?

Internetnews
is
Reporting that you can now register a domain name up to 67 characters long.

With the most recent count of Web sites reported to be a whopping 9 million and growing, the demand for domain names is exploding as well. To supply more choices to those looking to label their Web sites, a number of domain name registrars have enabled users to register names as long as 67 characters.

netLibrary Donating 150,000 eBooks to 100 top PL

LJDigital has a Press Release from NetLibrary

To further the use of electronic books in libraries, e-book publisher netLibrary has
announced it is donating 150,000 digital volumes to 100 public libraries across the country
during the coming months. The \"netLibrary eBook Intorduction Program\" will provide free
24-hour access to the titles for six months, at which time the participating libraries will
have the option to purchase as many of the volumes as they desire. -- Read More

Copyright Decision Threatens Freedom to Link

Could hyperlinks become illegal? The NYTimes has a story on a ruling that may cause all linking to be considered illegal.

In a ruling that could undermine the freedom to create links on the Web, a federal judge in Utah has temporarily barred two critics of the Mormon Church from posting on their Web site the Internet addresses of other sites featuring pirated copies of a Mormon text. -- Read More

Great editorial cartoon from Tom Tolls

The November 16, 1999 Tom Tolls Editorial Cartoon HERE is a must see!

Libraries and their ashes

Oneworld has An Amazing
piece on books, and libraries, and everything that interests us.

Our mistake, perhaps, has been to look upon a library as an all-encompassing and neutral space. Any library is, by definition, the result of a choice, necessarily limited in its scope. The earliest Mesopotamian libraries we know of, leading back to the third millennium BC, were born under these conditions. -- Read More

Library use rises sharply

InsideDenver Has a very encouraging

Story Here on how library use is way UP.

From 1991 to 1998 -- a period when big chain bookstores and the Internet blossomed into potential threats to America\'s libraries -- state circulation of libray books and other items grew dramatically. -- Read More

The Information Age: More to Come

Intellectualcapital.com has a great Opinion piece on Vannevar Bushs\"As We May Think\"

Bush\'s essay is astonishing for two reasons. First, his vision of personally
created, associated links of knowledge was prescient. He could see, even
then, the explosion of necessary information beyond a level any human could
manage, and he could imagine the evolution of technology into forms that
would make possible an easily accessible, easily searchable desk-based
library of personal and public knowledge. -- Read More

The book of the future?

Check out Futurebook.org for a look at the possible book of the future.

\"THE BOOK AS interface, the changing interface of collected thought... what is the future of
the book? With the computer revolution fast fulfilling its promise to make society rethink
communication, it is time for a good long look at this vehicle called book.\"

Library e-mails overdue notices

Alabama Live has a

Story on how one library system now can email overdue notices. An approache that may be used more often in the future.

About 7,000 local patrons receive library notices by e-mail, and Jefferson County library officials say theyhope more people will catch on and use the service in the future. -- Read More

Forget Copiers: Scanners You Can Take to the library

The NYTimes Has a Storyon cool new pen scanners.

If you have ever done research in a library, you have probably encountered this annoying situation: You\'ve found a paragraph ofhelpful information in an otherwise useless book. There is no point in lugging the book home for the sake of those 300 words. So you face twochoices: transcribe the paragraph by hand or trot over to the photocopy machine, stand in line, fish around for change and make three copies the wrong size before getting one that captures what you want. -- Read More

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