Submitted by Blake on October 8, 2000 - 4:04pm
Chronicle has a Story on a TX town that is trying to
figure out how to keep books that include vulgar words
out of classrooms.
The district\'s school libraries already require parental
permission for children to check out books from author
J.K. Rowling\'s you know what series. They say they put
the policy in place to give parents who don\'t want their
children reading such material a way to prevent
\"\"In today\'s public schools, there seem to be a
lot of books creeping in that have four-letter profanity in
them,\" board member John Couch said. \"We happened
to discover some in the fifth and sixth grades, and we\'re
concerned that that kind of language is getting past
some of the teachers and into the hands of students.
Submitted by Blake on October 8, 2000 - 2:40pm
Daniel Chudnov has the
Docster list up and running now.This list is
those wishing to help build and test a
docster-like prototype, and is open to all participants.
This project is
specifically aimed at shared discovery and analysis of
and legal changes to existing p2p (Peer to Peer)
models we will need to make to make
instant document delivery real and equitable for all
involved. See the
docster proposal at oss4li
b.org/readings/docster.php for more
The list can be found on Sourceforge at :
Submitted by Blake on October 6, 2000 - 3:32pm
David writes \"NRC committee released a study regarding the past, present, and future of the internet; many in the lib./info. science community may find it interesting.
See nationalacademies.org for the details.\"
The report covers Growing Pains, Regulatory Caution, Guiding Principles and more.
Submitted by Blake on October 6, 2000 - 1:28pm
Librarians in the 21st Century was created by a class of graduate students in the Master of Library Science program in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.
Their assignment was to create an information resource for the World Wide Web that explored the nature of librarianship at the opening of the 21st Century, looking at the current state of the profession and some directions in which it is likely to evolve.
The students, spread out geographically over the country, created the site through electronic collaboration, without meeting face-to-face.
The site itself embodies both the traditional and the new in library and information science, exhibiting students\' skills in selecting, summarizing and presenting print and electronic information in useful ways, all in an electronic format.
Submitted by Steven on October 6, 2000 - 12:32am
The updates for this week include e-books, Detroit Library reopens, librarian gets fired, Internet vouchers, libraries as social centers, and filibustering. Happy Columbus Day!!
Submitted by AnnaKh on October 5, 2000 - 11:38pm
The complaint that there is no context to validate the credibility of what we find online is creating an opportunity for a new breed of \"context providers.\" Two of them are profiled in this article on Traffick - a look at SiteSherpa and Project Napa.
Submitted by Blake on October 5, 2000 - 8:54pm
Charles Levendosky has written an excellent piece on censorship.
The campaign season often gives rise to dumb ideas. Weeks ago, the
released statistics showing that youth and school violence is at its
lowest level in more than a decade. Yet, members of Congress chose
month to blame the film and television industries for rising teen
The message to Hollywood: Get rid of the violence on your own, or
pass legislation that does it for you. The political chorus was
by Democratic candidate for president Al Gore, his running mate,
Lieberman, and Lynne Cheney, wife of Republican vice presidential
nominee Dick Cheney.
Politicians don\'t believe the American people can find the off button
their television sets.
There is pleanty more, be sure to read on...
Submitted by Blake on October 5, 2000 - 4:10pm
Wired has a Story on the company Gemstar-TV Guide International, which licenses the technology for e-books to Thomson Mulitmedia, appling to trademark the stand-alone word \"EBOOK\" as well as the name \"Gemstar EBOOK\". I think I\'ll trademark the word book.
\"The term e-book has a generic meaning in the industry and to the general public, said trademark lawyer Laura Hein of the Minneapolis law firm Gray Plant Mooty. She said a fundamental principle of trademark law is that in order to qualify, the word one chooses needs to identify the source of the product or the services rather than the product or the service itself. \"
Submitted by Blake on October 5, 2000 - 4:07pm
Washingtonpost.com is one of the places with the Story on the big gift to the LOC. Nice guy John Kluge is giving $60 million To The Library of Congress.
The donation will establish the John W. Kluge Center for scholars and a $1 million annual prize for lifetime achievement in scholarly endeavors.
\"We must do more to bridge existing information gaps between academia and government,\" Rep. Bill Thomas said yesterday. \"Mr. Kluge\'s generous gift to the Library of Congress will help us do just that.\"
Submitted by Blake on October 5, 2000 - 9:18am
Knowledge Management Mag has an Article that caught my eye because of the opening line. \"Lessons from library science and architecture inform today\'s Web designs\". They talk with Louis Rosenfeld, president of Argus Associates [He\'s got an MLS] about information architecture and all sorts of cool tredny stuff.
\"Rosenfeld...\"We could see that the information technology revolution was going to create some problems,\" he recalls of the early days of the discipline. \"We saw an opportunity to do the kinds of things that librarians had been doing for centuries in ways to make them work in the new digital world.\"
So it turns out librarians are still usefull, but now we can be called \"Information Architects\", that has a nice ring to it. Looking for a new job?
Submitted by Blake on October 5, 2000 - 9:12am
The Industry Standard has some rather interesting Observations on the Frankfurt e-book awards. They say the books are available in digital format, BUT most of titles first gained attention as print books, and easily obtained by walking into a bookstore [or a library]. The finalists for the award are listed Here.
\"Microsoft paid for these awards, and it\'s pretty obvious they rely on big publishers to provide content for MS Reader,\" says Connie Foster, who runs the e-publisher Ebooksonthe.net in Bar Harbor, Maine. \"There was never any intention of awarding the independent publishers. This was just one big marketing ploy.\"
Submitted by Blake on October 4, 2000 - 9:22pm
The Digital Divide Network is beginning the
groundwork to develop a searchable, national
database of public Internet
access points and other local digital divide initiatives.
Users will be able
to input their location and find out what\'s going on in
regarding the digital divide. We\'ve partnered with a
range of national
organizations and government entities, including the
Association, the US Departments of Education and
Commerce, HUD, PowerUp, and
other institutions to gather the latest information on the
types of digital
divide initiatives available in each community across
There is more...
Submitted by Blake on October 4, 2000 - 9:20pm
Family.org has a
Page with a number of resources for the
pro-filtering camp. Includes \"\'HEIDI BORTON’S
STORY\", the librarian turned filtering activist, and a News Release that goes after the ALA for
Banned Books Week.
\"Banned Books Week is a
fraud,\" said Dick Carpenter, Education Policy Analyst for
Focus on the Family. \"Nothing is banned. There are no
Submitted by Blake on October 4, 2000 - 9:14pm
An unrealted (or is it?) stolen map Story from ABC. They talk
just-published book about the notorious map thief,
Gilbert Bland. The
book \"The Island of Lost Maps,\" by Miles Harvey
states some reasons that Bland was able to get
away with what he did, and some of the reasons
involved for his actions. They also talk about the
librarians at the various institutions he
plundered, as well as police and university officials.
\"The allure of antique maps is even stronger,
not just for their art and craft — renderings of far-off
lands, decorated by wind-blowing gods, sea monsters,
naked Amazons or other imaginary attractions — but for
the possibilities that lie beyond their limited or
Submitted by Blake on October 4, 2000 - 5:54pm
MSNBC has a Story on a report from The Gartner Group on the digital divide. They say that 75 percent of U.S. households would be linked to the Internet by 2005, up from 50 percent today. That\'s the good news. The bad news is millions will not be \"Wired\". I\'m not sure if they took into account your friendly neighborhood library.
\"The fate of the 50 million adults who will suddenly find themselves functionally \'illiterate\' in the new economy is an issue of profound importance,\"
Submitted by Blake on October 4, 2000 - 3:22pm
Wired has an Interview with Representative Howard Berman who is the ranking Democrat on the House subcommittee on courts and intellectual property. He talks about the important issues in this area today.
\"The original vision of copyright law that is specifically referenced in our Constitution was designed to create a system that creators of tangible property, of books and other art forms, have a period of time where they can get compensated for that effort. They are given a property right in their creation on the theory that if that didn\'t happen, nobody would have the incentive to create anymore. It was just a simple recognition of the need to have some protection as an incentive to creators.
Submitted by Steven on October 3, 2000 - 11:37pm
CNN has this story about rare maps stolen from a university library in South Africa.\"Fifteen maps were stolen on Saturday from the William Cullen Library at the University of the Witwatersrand. They are extremely rare and extremely valuable,\" Dr. Alan Crump, a professor of fine arts at the university, told Reuters.\"
Submitted by Steven on October 3, 2000 - 11:31pm
Here is an article from the Belleville News-Democrat. It seems that everytime they fire someone at this library, they change the locks.\" Early Monday morning, several members of the library\'s Board of Trustees walked into the library\'s main branch on East Washington Street and told Director of Adult Services Michele Bruss that she was fired, effective immediately, and that she had 15 minutes to clean out her desk. While Bruss hurried to gather her belongings, a locksmith changed the locks on the building.\"
Submitted by Blake on October 3, 2000 - 6:13pm
Freedomforum.org has an Interview with Author Judy Blume. She\'s also the author of five of \"the 100 most frequently challenged books of the decade\" of the 1990s, so she knows a thing or two about censorship. She appears most often on that list. It\'s a great lengthy interview, and worth a read.
\"The pattern of targeting books adds up to three \"S\" words: sexuality, swearing and Satan, she noted.
\"Long, long, long, long before Harry Potter, I would go out and speak about the three S\'s,\" she said \"And that\'s been true for a very long time. People would choose to ban books — Satan\'s been there.\"
Submitted by Blake on October 3, 2000 - 6:09pm
Wired has a Story related to the Docster idea from OSS4LIB.org. The big concern at an book conference hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, was of course Piracy. They 50 percent of all new books will be electronic in form within 10 years and piracy could cripple the market. Let\'s hope piracy doesn\'t = library.