Submitted by Blake on December 6, 2000 - 8:42am
Slashdot has a interesting look at eBooks, \"The Plant\" in particular. He says that King has demonstrated that the Net is a powerful new tool for selling books rather than a technology that replaces them. He goes on to say that the web site is a lesson in how not to sell and market a novel, and the web is a good way to distribute textbooks.
Submitted by Steven on December 5, 2000 - 11:43pm
CNET has this story on Ebrary closing a deal that would allow them to offer lots of research titles to many people. It looks that they will try to secure the academic market in the narrowing e-book business.\"The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company is building a virtual library that will allow students, teachers or other researchers to search for and read digital books online for free. Researchers also will have the option to buy materials, offered online as .pdf (portable document format) files, in print form for a fee.\"
Submitted by Steven on December 5, 2000 - 11:34pm
Should a 12 year old be allowed to check out an R-Rated video? Is it censorship if we do not allow them to do so? In this opinion piece from the Spokesman Review, the writers state that it may be in the best interests of the library to abide by the rules that the movie theaters have. This may be easier to enforce in the public library setting: There are less people there, and it would be harder for the kiddies to get access to the films. What do y\'all think?\"The library can calm this tempest in a teapot by abiding by the rating label on the video cover. In the movie industry an R rating means children 17 and under are not to be allowed to see a movie unless accompanied by an adult. The library should adopt a similar policy: No one under age 18 should be allowed to check out one of its R-rated videos.\"
Submitted by Steven on December 5, 2000 - 11:24pm
Here is a pretty neat story from the Charlston Gazette. A library has decided to take cans of food as payment for overdue library materials. The food is then distributed to homeless shelters.\"Your momentary joy at recovering the long-lost book probably has faded fast amid thoughts of the fine that has accrued over the months.
But fear not. With a can of creamed corn or a box of wild rice, you can return Harry to his home without straining your pocketbook - and help feed people in need at the same time.\"
Submitted by Steven on December 5, 2000 - 11:17pm
No, this is not a repeat from a few weeks ago. Yet another library has opened it\'s doors without really being complete. My mother always told me that first impressions were very important. Head and Shoulders has also made it clear that you only get one shot to make a good first impression. However, despite the fact that the library is slightly bare, the residents love the new place. The full story is a available from the Binghamton Press.\"Although Wednesday marks the one-month anniversary of Broome County Library opening its doors at its new $7.8-million location on Court Street, the building is still not fully operational.\"
Submitted by Ben on December 5, 2000 - 2:11pm
MSNBC is reporting that ZapMe! has zapped public schools with an ultimatum: pay for your free computers or we\'re taking them back.
According to the article, the company is blaming Ralph Nader (a popular pastime these days) because the notion of advertising to a captive audience didn\'t sit well with some folks.
This is an important warning sign to public libraries, too: if your partnership with a corporation sours, you may find yourself worse off than before you started.
Submitted by AnnaKh on December 5, 2000 - 3:54am
Submitted by Blake on December 4, 2000 - 9:11pm
Washington Post has a short but sweet editorial on filtering.
They say the new Education Department appropriations
bill could hobble Internet access for schools and
libraries that get help from the government \"e-rate.\"
They say that mandating filtering puts too heavy a
on schools or libraries that want to go their own way.
Submitted by Blake on December 4, 2000 - 8:03pm
Brian writes \"Wired News reports that officials of a portal called Rediff.com are going on trial in India for providing access to pornography.
Great quote from a Rediff employee: \"Even God cannot alter the way a search engine works.\"
Submitted by Blake on December 4, 2000 - 8:53am
Computers In Libraries has a report on how the Digital Library thing is going in Europe. They also include a nice definition of the term, \"Digital Library\".
\"Digital libraries are organizations that provide the resources, including the specialized staff, to select, structure, offer intellectual access to, interpret, distribute, preserve the integrity of, and ensure the persistence over time of collections of digital works so that they are readily and economically available for use by a defined community or set of communities\"
Submitted by Blake on December 4, 2000 - 8:49am
It\'s not as sexy as Herion, as much fun as crack or as trendy as X...The Detroit Metro Times calls book buying a \"great addiction\". I think more than a few of us suffer from this addiction, and This Article takes a look at it.
If you or someone you love suffers with this addiction, Don\'t miss the Tips for compulsive book collectors
“When I go into a bookstore, the smell of a bookstore, or a library, really gets to me,” says Joy, a 30-something Wayne State English student. “I get excited about the idea of something new to read.”
Submitted by Blake on December 3, 2000 - 8:05pm
I found a site so cool, I added a new topic. If you\'re
in NE Ohio you already know about this cool site. AskUsQuestions.com
is an on-line library with a twist, it allows online chats
with librarians from local libraries.
This is such a damn cool idea. Not just because it allows
librarians to work from home, but because of the level of
service delivered to customers. Are more libraries doing
\"AskUsQuestions.com is a service developed by 15 public
libraries and the NOLA Regional Library System. Through the
service patrons from participating libraries can talk with
live experienced reference librarians on the Internet from
8:00 PM until 12:00 PM (EST) Sunday - Thursday.\"
cool domain name to boot!
Submitted by Blake on December 3, 2000 - 5:46pm
pean School Net has an interesting Story on what kids are learning
in school. They say teachers should encourage their classes
to \'steal\' information from many sources, including each
other, if they are to learn real-life research skills. They
talk about the \"ICT And Assessment In The Compulsory
School\", and a rather interesting 2 day long test.
Submitted by Blake on December 3, 2000 - 5:41pm
ZDNet has a Report on Two Internet users who successfully
defended themselves in a trial over internet free-speech.
\"Inherent in First Amendment protections is the right to
speak anonymously in diverse contexts,\" the judge wrote.
This seems to be the first time courst have ruled in favor
of the \"secret\" posters on message boards.
Submitted by Blake on December 3, 2000 - 5:34pm
Submitted by AnnaKh on December 1, 2000 - 3:31pm
Submitted by Ben on December 1, 2000 - 12:33pm
The Belfast Telegraph reports that panic buttons are to be installed in branches which have recently had security problems.
The board\'s Library Service has revealed that there were 67 reported incidents between September 1999 and September 2000.
These include 20 cases of abusive behaviour, nine attacks on staff and public, two \'sectarian problems\', 30 cases of damage to property and one alcohol related incident.
The bulk of the incidents involved abusive behaviour encountered by staff from teenagers.
Submitted by Blake on November 30, 2000 - 7:17pm
This story really bothers me.Bob Cox sent in This Story from Cleveland.com on DVD theft ring. A local CD Warehouse had more than 800 CDs and 90 DVDs from libraries in the store!!! They never even bothered to take off the library labels! Employees told police they thought the music and movies were library discards.
\"One of the suspects asked us how many CDs and DVDs were recovered,\" Lentz said. \"When we told him, he said, That’s nothing. We took thousands of them.\"
UPDATE: 12/1 9:45amA New Story today says the thefts were due to a crappy old security system (Sounds like tatle strips)
\"There\'s no security system made that can\'t be beaten,\" Wood said. \"If you\'re serious about stealing material, there\'s not much I can do about it.\"
Submitted by Blake on November 30, 2000 - 7:13pm
Wired has a Story on The Digital Millennium Copyright Act hearings yesterday.
\"These measures may also allow copyright owners to control use and disposition of copies of digital works long after the copyrights have passed into the public domain.... This unlimited control is contrary to the core principle of the first sale doctrine.\"
Submitted by Blake on November 30, 2000 - 7:10pm
Great Falls, MT is the setting for This Story. Ken Follet\'s \"Hammer of Eden\" is the book under fire this time. This time, though, the parents did some homework.
\"This information that the ALA has provided does not appear to us to be in the best interest of our children,\"Scherrer said.
“Legislators and library and school boards should understand that the ALA is a private trade association, with no legal right or authority to impose policy on a publicly supported institution\" Scherrer said. “We believe that if it weren\'t for the ALA\'s influence, we wouldn\'t be here.\"
Is it just me, or are more and more people rallying Against The ALA?