Rulings on Book Covers Worry Publishers

The IP Law Center has a must read legal
Story on the legalities of book covers.

Beyond that, other media companies worry that any favorable rulings for the plaintiffs could spur additional class action suits against book publishers, magazine publishers and broadcasters. In fact, attorneys representing the plaintiffs in both cases have other class action suits pending against Penguin Putnam and Simon & Schuster based on false statements on the cover of \"McNally\'s Dilemma.\" Plaintiffs in these suits also allege that the cover of the book is commercial speech that must conform to false advertising statutes. -- Read More

Parents, Staff Clash Over Book Removal

The LATimes has a story on the fight over weeding the stacks at Topeka Drive Elementary School.

A team of district librarians and clerks clashed Tuesday with parents and the librarian at Topeka Drive Elementary School over the removal of hundreds of old books from library shelves.
The Northridge school had paid the Los Angeles Unified School district\'s library services division $500 to spend a day weeding the library of obsolete books, but parents asked the team to leave after a heated hourlong debate over which books should go.

Archivists grapple with digital pace

Boston.com has an exciting archivist
Story on the troubles facing todays archivists.

Actually, the biggest problem is one scholars and archivists already confront. It\'s not an excess of access but the reverse. For the wonderful world of digitized information and on line everything has a dark archival underbelly: The more sophisticated information technology becomes, and the more readily accessible in the present, the harder it is to preserve and the less accessible it becomes in the future.

Stanford Project to Test Method for Preserving Dig

Infodude writes \"To assuage fears about the permanence of articles published in electronic journals, Stanford University researchers will test a computerized variation on an age-old archiving strategy: Make lots of copies, and keep them in different locations.

http://www.chronicle.com/free/2000/02/2000021001t.htm \"

The Proust Portal: Frances National Library Goes

Infodude writes \"On Jan. 24, the National Library of France ( www.bnf.fr ) became the largest single library
available online. While other major libraries are also moving to the Internet, the BNF is the only
national library so far to put entire books online. The British and German national libraries offer only samples of texts on the Net, while other public libraries such as the U.S. Library of Congress and the National Australia Library primarily post images and documents. French officials, flush with their coup, predict it will take other libraries around five years to catch up. In French, of course. Story at http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/feb2000/nf00208b.htm \"

Why filtering is Unconstitutional

From Findlaw.com

The current filtering debate reminded me of the CDA debate from a few years ago, so I thought I would let the supreme court speak for me. The following paragraphs are taken from the Supreme Court Ruling on the CDA. While they did not rule on filtering perse, the text of the decision may apply to filtering. States that force libraries into filtering may find these laws ruled unconstitutional.

 


We find this argument singularly unpersuasive. The dramatic expansion of this new marketplace of ideas contradicts the factual basis of this contention. The record demonstrates that the growth of the Internet has been and continues to be phenomenal. As a matter of constitutional tradition, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, we presume that governmental regulation of the content of speech is more likely to interfere with the free exchange of ideas than to encourage it. The interest in encouraging freedom of expression in a democratic society outweighs any theoretical but unproven benefit of censorship.

Read on to make your own decision... -- Read More

Filtering Internet in Public Libraries

Jamie over at slashdot continues to report from the belly of the beast, Holland, MI. Checkit out here

At the League of Women Voters meeting in Holland\'s library on Monday night, I felt like I\'d walked into a ridiculous play, perhaps one like George Bernard Shaw\'s Heartbreak House.Monday night\'s meeting at the library was an informational forum arranged by the League of Women Voters. It opened with a detailed talk by a lawyer about exactly what the local ballot initiative means in legal terms, which was interesting to me but which many attendees found tedious. Oddly enough, the first item on his agenda was the First Amendment, which he simply skipped as too complicated. In the final analysis, of course, it may be the only legal issue of any importance. -- Read More

Librarian beats Boyle for top job

Lynne Brindley has become the first professional librarian to head the British Library since it was formally separated from the British Museum in 1972. Read this story Here. From Yahoo! News (UK).

TWO strands of important news emerged from the British Library in London yesterday. The first was that Lynne Brindley had got the chief executive\'s job. The second was that James Boyle had not.

Ms Brindley, a university librarian and former management consultant, becomes the institution\'s first female chief executive.

School Dumps Captain Underpants

LISnews\' very own Blake Carver used to be called \"Captain Underpants\", what an extraordinary coincidence! Anyway, check out this story. From Yahoo! News.

``Captain Underpants\'\' has proved no match for elementary school officials here, who have banished the cape-and-underwear-clad character from their library.

\"The Adventures of Captain Underpants: An Epic Novel,\'\' one in a series of four, features bathroom humor and two
mischievous boys.

Officials at Maple Hill School say the problem was that some fourth-graders started acting like the boys in the book.

Libraries try to get a reading on future needs

The Sacramento Public Library plans its future. Read about it Here. From the The Sacramento Bee.

\"What we\'re doing is having workshop participants envision what they want their library to be in the year 2020,\" said Richard Killian, library director. \"What are the things we need to do as a library, not to just keep up, but to move ahead?\"

Starting today, library officials will hold the workshops around the county.

Board: Aging libraries need money (New York)

Will Gov. George Pataki and the Legislature approve the spending? Read about it Here. From the Syracuse Post-Standard.

The state board that oversees New York\'s public libraries
is recommending $90 million to pay for physical improvements for library buildings over the next five years.

The state Board of Regents said Tuesday that New York\'s 1,080 public libraries need $800 million for construction, while the state spends just $800,000
annually. The regents said their proposal, \"Libraries 2001,\"
would provide a \"first step\" toward meeting that goal.

H.R. 354 Vote Coming Up

Infodude writes No URL available yet.

ALAWON: American Library Association Washington Office
Newsline
Volume 9, Number 6
February 8, 2000

In this issue:

Urgent Action Alert: Vote on Problematic Database Imminent; Ask
Your Representative to Vote Against H.R. 354 and For H.R. 1858
Today

Here we go again...! As early as the week of February 14, Rep.
Howard Coble\'s (R-NC) problematic database bill, H.R. 354, the
Collections of Information Antipiracy Act (which ALA opposes),
could come up for a vote in the House....Be sure to read on... -- Read More

E-Book in the stores

wired has a small Story about the first E-Book to make it into stores. This is what many see as the future of books, and libraries.

Author Carol Givner\'s book, Bing, Bang, Boom,published by Book-On-Disc is the first e-book to make the crossover to the bookshelves of the major chains.

Eight Barnes & Noble superstores are now
stocking the novel­-on-a-disk, which is showing up on the new-releases table right alongside John Grisham\'s latest hardcover.
\"There\'s no e-book section in any of these stores yet,\" said Givner, \"but that\'s just a matter of time.\" In readings, Givner attracts crowds of 50 or more who heard about her erotic thrillers through Internet buzz. -- Read More

Crackers still at it

One of Many Stories on the recent wave of DOS attacks on major web sites.

News.com also has a nice Wrap up story that explains how this kind of thing happens.

The weapons used to execute \"denial of service\" attacks, which crippled major Web sites this week, have existed in rudimentary form for decades. But security experts say several effective assault tools that help automate the launch of such attacks have been released only recently.

With names like Trinoo, Tribal Flood Network and Stacheldraht (German for \"barbed wire\"), these tools take advantage of otherwise innocent computers connected to the global network to launch a vast flood of traffic at their targets.

A cry for help from France

Judit Kiraly tschann@webstore.fr wrote in from France awhile ago with this request, I thought I would repost it for her.

\" I have \"inherited\" in December the presidency of the English-American Library of Nice. The problem is that what I know
about libraries is rather limited to my own experience of various establishments where I did my doctoral research.
It is a small, 20 000 volume English library in the south of France. I intend to do my best, but we are all voluntary and I am
the one who does most of the organising/running of it with the help of some very nice but totally unqualified voluntary
librarians. The place is reasionably organised and indexed, but when it comes to improving it - I definitely need professional
advice.--Read more for her questions. -- Read More

Knowledge Management and the Corporate Librarian

Steven Bird writes in from Australia... \"Found this article that supports the changing role of librarians. We need to be proactive in playing a role in Knowledge Management. We have the necessary skills...we have been managing \"knowledge\" as a profession for hundreds of years! Now all of a sudden IT people have discovered the value of managing knowledge and act like it\'s never been done before. What do Librarians do? get back in the corner of their library and cry about how we have missed another opportunity to show our true value! \"

The article is a good read, be sure to check it out.

\"It\'s something that\'s a great opportunity at the moment for librarians and information specialists to get involved in. If they don\'t get involved, it\'s their own fault,\" -- Read More

The Slashdot Effect

Slashdot.org is the inspiration for lisnews.com (as some of you were nice enough to point out). Forbes has a fantastic Story Here on slashdot, and the hordes of readers they have. If you\'ve ever visited slashdot, this story will be worth a read.

With an active readership estimated to be as high as 700,000--staggering by new-media standards--Slashdot has become a Web leviathan. \"[For] geeks like me,\" he chuckles, \"Slashdot is different. People who are just like you comment on it--people who actually know sometimes what they\'re talking about.\" -- Read More

Pro-filter groups plan big push

Michigan Live continues the great coverage of the filtering debate in MI here; with news of the latest push from the pro-filtering groups.

Two groups fighting for Internet filters at Herrick District Library are ready to launch a campaign blitz for the Feb. 22 ballot initiative, each using a different tactic.

The Family Research Council plans to establish a lobbying committee so the nonprofit group can openly campaign for the issue.

The American Family Association, on the other hand, is providing a sizable donation to the Holland Area Citizens Voting YES! to Protect Our Children. -- Read More

Ebay hit with antitrust suit

infodude writes \"Auction aggregator Bidder\'s Edge has filed an antitrust lawsuit against eBay Inc., charging that the auction giant engages in unfair business practices and is trying to monopolize the online auction market.

The Computer World Article \"

EBay is trying to stop Bidder\'s Edge from accessing eBay and then placing eBay product and price information on its own site. In addition, eBay\'s lawsuit alleges that Bidder\'s Edge, which lists information from numerous auction sites, engages in unfair business practices and computer fraud.

Meeting the Information Literacy Needs of Spanish Speakers

Dawn Smith writes \"I was curious to see what sort of technology services are offered to multicultural patrons - specifically Hispanic & Spanish speaking patrons - at libraries around the country. It seems to me that there is a huge gap in these services. The New York public library offers one computer class in Spanish (for all of the branches too, not just the main library)! I am doing some research on this, I would be really interested in comments, or even a story. Thanks!
Dawn Smith \"

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