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The working group, appointed by library directors at University of
Wisconsin campus libraries, began their work in March 1999.
Their charge, defined by members of the Council of Wisconsin
Libraries Distance Education Committee, was to develop a web-
based tutorial intended for new users of university-level libraries.
These freshmen, sophomores or returning adults would be
taking one or more courses at a distance. The tutorial is intended
to provide library research assistance to students who do not
have easy and immediate access to traditional bibliographic
instruction. -- Read More
Publishers Weekly reports that The Association of American Publishers\' has developed an \"action plan\" with regard to e-books that could be implemented by an association task force. The memberships goal in backing the study was to help the publishing industry \"seize the initiative\" in dealing with the fledgling e-book market, thereby preventing an outside entity from imposing its own standards on publishers.
Has the ALA started something like this? DO we as librarians need something like this? Are libraries ready for this future? -- Read More
News.com is reporting on an interesting court ruling in CA.
\"A federal appeals court today cleared the way for a law professor to post previously banned encryption software on the Internet, finding that computer code qualifies as speech protected by the First Amendment.
The decision hands the U.S. government yet another defeat in its efforts to keep intact federal rules limiting the export of encryption software. Academics and civil liberties groups have mounted several attacks on the regulations, winning a similar result before an appeals court in California, a decision currently under review.\" -- Read More
Cnet is reporting on legal moves in the DeCSS battle.
\"Free speech lawyers have appealed a preliminary injunction granted against
72 Web site operators accused of stealing trade secrets by circulating a
program online that lets people crack the security on DVDs.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
submitted its appeal this week following the January order issued by a
Santa Clara County Superior Court judge in California.
Marcel Larocque writes:\"Memorable Canadians www.nlc-bnc.ca/bioindex is the new Web-based biographical index available through National Library of Canada\'s Web site . You can now search a growing database of over 200 eminent Canadian personalities using any of four efficient indexes: name, subject, endeavour and electronic resource. Memorable Canadians provides quick and direct access to biographical information on important Canadians who have contributed to the Canadian cultural landscape. If you are looking for Canadian biography, start here!\" -- Read More
A new company focused on meeting the needs of librarians at the nation\'s colleges and universities for used, rare, out-of-print and antiquarian books, is opening up for business at 21northmain.com. The site includes the inventories of more than 2,500 used-book dealers nationwide, for a total online inventory of more than 10 million titles.
Two years ago, poet laureate Robert Pinsky launched a campaign to discover American\'s favorite poem. He received nearly 18,000 written, videotaped and recorded suggestions, and has found the most popular one -- Robert Frost\'s \"The Road Not Taken.\"
Pinsky presented some of the results from his project Monday to the Library of Congress for its archives: 100 video and audio recordings of Americans from all walks of life reading their favorite verses. -- Read More
Unless you\'ve been on Mars, you know that the U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson says that Microsoft is doing \"violence\" to the competitive process. He has ruled Microsoft \"maintained its monopoly power by anti-competitive means and attempted to monopolize the Web browser market\". You can read the entire ruling At the usdoj.gov. The best story I found was from Jon Katz at Slashdot. He takes a rather interesting outlook on Microsoft and the place it holds on the industry.
\"The Microsoft Age began to unravel when programmers all over the earth connected and demonstrated that they could create a viable, ethical alternative operating system, sharing freely what was costing everybody else billions. It was accelerated by Bill Gates\' profound and distinctly non-visionary arrogance.\"Read on for a few more stories that may be of interest. -- Read More
A special commission here in NY is calling for a rethinking of the way libraries across the state are paid for. New York should contribute far more state funds to local libraries and base the allocation on need, according to the Regents Commission on Library Services, which for the last 18 months has been looking at ways of improving the state\'s vast library system. Read the story at The Times Union, Albany. -- Read More
cnsnews.com has an interview with Vint Cerf he\'s one of the two engineers who invented what has become the Internet. He said the future will see waves of advances in many areas because of the system.
In the not too distant future consumers may receive an email at work from their refrigerator at home letting them know that the orange juice is getting low or the milk is so old it\'s about to walk out on its own - such a concept isn\'t just a television commercial, in fact, Internet-ready refrigerator prototypes are already being tested in some parts of the world said one of the inventors of the computer system that has helped make the world a smaller place.\" -- Read More
Library Juice lives
up to its\' usual level of excellence with the Job Search Supplement. An unbeatable
guide to resources and advice on finding a job in the
dog eat dog world of librarians. -- Read More
The Standard has a great round up on the battle between Mattel and two hackers, Eddy Jansson of Sweden and Matthew Skala of Canada who wrote CPHack, a program that lets people see a list of the sites that Cyber Patrol blocks. This is a very important case, it has issues in The DMCA, the freedom to link, copyright law, the First Amendment, and other info science interests.
\"The argument rests upon the anticircumvention provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The DMCA prohibits trafficking in devices whose primary purpose is to circumvent a technology meant to protect copyrighted works. CPHack would constitute such a device; mirroring it, as the law has been interpreted, would constitute a violation of the DMCA. So Mattel could prevail against distributors of CPHack whether or not the program itself was a violation of Mattel\'s copyright.\" -- Read More
\"The Post Gazette in Florida has this on a naughty librarian.
Dorothy \"Dot\" Corbett pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing more than $51,000 from the Bethel Park Library where she had been the director.
Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Kathleen A. Durkin ordered Corbett to make restitution to the library, but she already paid back the money in two payments last year.
Corbett disappeared in February 1999. She fled to Jacksonville, Fla., prompting an investigation that discovered more than $37,000 was missing from two of the library\'s accounts. -- Read More
Sick of reading stories about how teens use the net to cheat, build bombs, and generally do bad things? Well check out this positive story from
\"\"It\'s going to be a revolution,\" Stephen says. \"It\'s going to come to the point where you won\'t even have to leave your house to go to work, because you don\'t need to. Everything you can do, you can do it on the computer.\" -- Read More
Six of the world\'s leading educational and cultural institutions announced today that they will create Fathom, a new company formed to launch the premier site for knowledge and education on the web. Fathom will present the best public content and courses of universities, libraries, and museums on a wide variety of professional, cultural, and academic subjects. The consortium\'s website, Fathom.com, will introduce the first home for authenticated knowledge on the Internet, serving a worldwide audience of business and individual users.
\"Will I keep this e-book or not? I still haven\'t decided. Over the past two weeks it has alternately exasperated and enchanted me, and in the end it may be the way that it makes Salon\'s content so much more easily accessible to me that decides the matter.\" -- Read More
The Chronicle of Higher
Education has a most interesting
Article and related Dis
cussion on how library schools are making way for
specialties that train students for high-tech careers in which skills
at handling and organizing vast amounts of information are in
\"Today, students seeking master\'s
degrees in information at Michigan represent more than 50
majors, and only about a third of the program\'s graduates will
become traditional librarians. A growing number of them are
preparing for jobs with newfangled titles like information architect
and intelligence manager.\" -- Read More
The Globe and Mail, To mark International Children\'s Book Day, asked celebrated author Tim Wynne-Jones
for tips on feeding the reading gene.
How do you put words into your children\'s blood? Talk to them. Read to them. Not just their books but delightful passages from yours, from magazines, from the newspaper. Keep reading to kids until they close the door on you. Then whisper through the key-hole that sprag isn\'t really an adjective, it\'s a chock or a steel bar used to prevent a car from running backwards on an incline, but it could describe a mountain bike if you wanted it to. Take every opportunity to lower the bucket into the well. Be the well. Give your kid an education mazuma can\'t buy. \" -- Read More
MSNBC has an interseting write up on a librarian from OK.
I knew what I wanted to do when I graduated from Braggs High School, Donelson said. At Braggs, our library was a tiny little room and Id already gone through all the books before I graduated. We had our 30th reunion recently, and no one was surprised at what I went into. The karate part is what they found a little difficult to believe. I didnt know if I was in the right class. They were all talking grandchildren and I was talking about my karate class. -- Read More
The Chicago Tribune
has a nice report on E-Books, past, present and future.
When Jim Sachs took a few magazines for a 12-hour airplane ride back from Hong Kong in the fall of 1995, he had no idea that his folly would spawn an entire industry. After reading through the magazines, he faced a long flight with nothing to do but stare at the seatback in front of him.
Sachs, then general manager of the technology group at Hasbro Inc., said he would have needed to fill an entire carry-on bag with books to have enough reading material for the flight. If all the books were digitized and stored on his laptop computer, he thought, how much easier would that be than hauling around a small library?
Too bad reading on a laptop wasn\'t easier.