Submitted by Blake on April 26, 2000 - 5:08pm
The Financial Times has a lengthy Article on the incredible popularity of Harry Potter.
\"From toys and computer games to designer sportswear and pop music, children are, increasingly, a market to be reckoned with. But not until last year, when global sales of J.K. Rowling\'s three Harry Potter books took off, had anyone thought that reading - that most Victorian of pastimes - could seriously compete with the high-tech, multimedia entertainments of today\"
Submitted by Blake on April 26, 2000 - 3:32pm
R Hadden sent in this story from theNew Scientist, they have a very interesting Story on a nifty sounding paper.
\"IT\'S goodbye to the idea of the paperless office: a new electronic pen could bring paper back with a bang. Instead of tapping away on a computer keyboard, the new pen lets you scribble e-mails freehand on special paper and then send it across the Internet via your mobile phone.\"
Submitted by Blake on April 26, 2000 - 3:28pm
Yahoo Internet Life is carrying a rant from Roger Ebert on E-Books.
\"My own time line runs a little differently: By 2002, e-books are being sharply discounted in bins near the door of Best Buy. By 2003, e-book enthusiasts join DiscoVision, Commodore, and Pixelvision fans in trading their relics on eBay. By 2004, several books have analyzed the e-book debacle. By 2020, they\'re all out of print.\"
Submitted by Blake on April 26, 2000 - 2:15pm
Janet Forde writes:
The New England School of Law\'s Library has had so many people come in
asking for a book only knowing it\'s color they have done an index of their
reference room by color...Here\'s the link.
Submitted by AnnaKh on April 26, 2000 - 12:15pm
This Traffick interview showcases Onepage, one amongst several \"metabrowsing\" tools. Metabrowsing is a newly-coined term for an activity that may someday gain a following: placing customized info from different websites into a single browser window. It\'s not exactly the same as a customized news page; some would say that it\'s better. Others might wonder if it\'s worth the trouble. Still others might just want to buy a couple of extra computers and leave them on all the time!
Other tools in this genre include Quickbrowse and Octopus.
Submitted by Blake on April 26, 2000 - 11:10am
The Rocky Mountain News has a Story on a study that showed libraries help children score 10 percent to 18 percent higher on reading tests.
\"Further, collaboration between library media specialists and classroom teachers on instruction is key to boosting reading skills, according to the study done by the Library Research Service of the state Department of Education.\"
Check out LRS.org, they have an executive summary PDF available.
Submitted by AnnaKh on April 25, 2000 - 6:22pm
(as seen at oss4lib.org)
If you\'re a librarian and you haven\'t thought through what napster means yet, get thinking. Many folks are perturbed about how easy it is to violate copyright using napster. \"Docster: Instant Document Delivery\" describes a napster-like system for libraries which builds copyright compliance in from the start.
btw Blake suggested reposting this here -- so it isn\'t entirely shameless promotion on my part. :)
Submitted by Blake on April 25, 2000 - 5:25pm
Upside.com has a nice opinion Piece on E-Books.
\"a long history of research on new products shows consumers resist buying products, even if they have marginal benefits, because they lack compatibility. I\'m not talking about technical compatibility -- technologically oriented firms seem to understand this well -- but compatibility with consumers\' past experiences and values. \"
Submitted by AnnaKh on April 25, 2000 - 4:11pm
Chris Sherman describes the whirlwind proceedings at the Fifth Annual Search Engine Conference at this Information Today article. He assures us that the sessions generated more heat than light.
Submitted by Blake on April 25, 2000 - 1:43pm
Ron Force writes:The Washington Post has a very interesting Article entitled \"The Last Book: The Future of WordsThe future of reading, writing, storytelling, the words we use and the very way we think just might be a crotchety old guy named Harvey Ross, the inventor of the Bookbuilder, a machine that produces bound books on demand from electronic files. Imagine a PAPER copy of ANY book EVER written in your library!
Submitted by Steven on April 25, 2000 - 9:58am
The Chicago Sun Times has this article on the circulation of e-books in libraries.
Patrons who are checking out e-books from their local library are finding them easy to use, but not as easy to read from as traditional printed books. However, they are still flocking to their local library to use them.
\"At the Algonquin Area Public Library, which began offering the gadgets last summer, patrons typically wait several weeks to check out one of six e-books. The library is adding a seventh.\"
Submitted by Blake on April 24, 2000 - 8:45pm
CNET has a
funny (In a sad way) Story on AOL\'s
\"youth filters\" that are filtering out sites like Ralph
Nader\'s Green Party or Ross Perot\'s Reform Party, and
The Democratic National Committee is blocked.
Sites promoting gun use are available, including
Colt, Browning and the National Rifle Association. But
prominent gun safety organizations are blocked,
including the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Safer
Guns Now and the Million Mom March.
Submitted by Steven on April 24, 2000 - 3:56pm
This article appeared in the Montreal Gazette.
\"When it comes to excuses for not returning a library book on time, Vesna Dell\'Olio has heard them all.
The librarian has seen adults shuffle up to her counter with their heads down and their faces flushed, mumbling something about ex-husbands and ex-wives having made off with the book. Or people admitting that they didn\'t want to return their late books because they thought the fine would be too hefty.\"
Submitted by Blake on April 24, 2000 - 3:26pm
The Union Tribune has a follow up Story on the Story from last week that a judge ruled 2 library books were pornography, not art.
\"\"It raises concerns, obviously,\" said Beverley Becker, associate director of the association\'s Office for Intellectual Freedom. \"Material shouldn\'t be found illegal because one person finds it offensive.\"
Submitted by Blake on April 24, 2000 - 3:17pm
Another interesting site sent in by Bob Cox
A Page from Erica Olsen (The Librarian with the Cool T-Shirt).
A collection of short funny library stories
\"This happened about 10 years ago, in the last days of the card catalog. A student came to the reference desk, having been referred there by the security person near the front entrance. She said, \"The catalog said to see main entry for further information, so I went to the door but they couldn\'t help me.\" Keeping a straight face was very difficult.\"
Submitted by Blake on April 24, 2000 - 3:06pm
A Story from NC that has several people calling library materials \"pornographic\"
\"Six of eight speakers asked for some materials to be stored in areas off-limits to children, and for filters on computers to limit access to obscene information. The other two speakers asked the committee to look into extending children’s summer programs and to consider building a library somewhere on or near Murchison Road.\"\"“On Holy Thursday, let’s consider wisely what we are doing,” Barton said\"
Submitted by Steven on April 24, 2000 - 11:02am
Jon Carroll, a columnist for the San Fransisco Chronicle has this article about Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown\'s idea to hire Maya Angelou to become city librarian.
\"The library system in Oakland is in a state of semi-controlled chaos. One reason for that is that Jerry Brown has delayed appointing a new city librarian, the boss of said system. Indeed, libraries have seemed to rank just behind street shrubs among municipal priorities.\"
A well written \"librarian-friendly\" piece that adds to the debate as to who should be running libraries.
Submitted by Blake on April 23, 2000 - 10:51pm
Washington Post Has a fanatasticArticle on the Library
of Congress. Everything you wanted to know, and more.
\" Another truth America\'s Founding Fathers
held to be self-evident was that ignorance is the enemy
of democracy. In December 1800, before our young
government had finished moving to its new capital at
Washington, the good ship American left London
bearing 740 books bound for what was to become our
Submitted by Blake on April 23, 2000 - 10:45pm
on Giles writes:My colleague Jon Crossno
and I have recently published an article on our Library\'s
email alert service (University of Texas Southwestern
Medical Center at Dallas.) It\'s a weekly service that
alerts our users to new Library resouces and
biomedical sites and news on the Web. It\'s not just a
rehash of our printed newsletter.
\"Promoting the Library by E-Mail Alert Service\" was
published in the April/May 2000 issue of MLS: Marketing
Library Services, pgs.4-6. It\'s also online at Infotoday.com
Submitted by AnnaKh on April 23, 2000 - 9:08pm
libraries have a policy regarding the inclusion of
self-published or vanity
press works. But what of vanity
e-books?M.J. Rose has a relevant piece
in Wired magazine titled E-Books for Writers, Not
Readers.It is at: http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,35
notes that “while 5 percent of the survey
respondents said they BOUGHT Stephen
King\'s e-book, Riding the Bullet, less than 1 percent
claim to actually have READ
it.” So was the shooter firing blanks, one
wonders?The survey was by the Book Report
Network at: http:/
goes on to note that there are over 24 million writers in
the United States but
less than 5 percent have been published. Companies
such as Xlibris, iUniverse,
and Mightywords are wooing the other 95 percent, often
as not to what used to
be called vanity publishing. And the
public library issues are thought provoking,