Friday Updates

This weeks Friday updates include Contentville, more on the strike in Ohio, more medical than porn, volunteer quizzed, genomes, hurrah for Minneapolis, Baker and Taylor fiasco, librarian gets and award, Detroit library gets money, and much more. Does anyone have a good Quote of the Week? I couldn\'t find one.

2:00pm Blake Butts in...Someone just suggested 2 different quotes of the week. Read on for them.....

Bootlegging the books

R Hadden writes: Only a few days after the new Harry Potter book came out, a bootleg
(or should we call it a bookleg?) copy was available for free for reading
or downloading on the Internet. Someone had scanned all 700+ pages of their
copy, and then posted the entire book on the web.
According to an article in the Washington Post, publishers who are
pushing for profits in the new world of e-books are also fearful of the new
challenges to copyright and the ease of exchanging files across the world
wide web. It is more difficult to monitor the exchange of relatively
smaller text files than it is to monitor larger files exchanged by Napster
or movie pirates.

To view the entire Article, go to
The Washington Post

Don\'t Steal This Book

Can the Association of American Publishers and Microsoft pull the plug
on bootleg books on the Internet?

Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt

Kevin Brook suggested this CNN Story on the amazing new library in Egypt. It\'s 11 stories high, looks impressive, and is built on the site of the original

\"The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the brainchild of Alexandrian historian Mustafa al-Abbadi more
than 20 years ago, is located in the same city as the famed Pharos lighthouse, one of the seven
wonders of the ancient world which stood for 16 centuries before collapsing in an earthquake in
1349. \"


Preventing an e-book Napster

MSNBC has a Report on the Microsoft/Barnes and Noble E-Book venture. One of the interesting things about this venture is the idea they can stop piracy. The idea is to “help set up an honest, reasonably priced, robust market” for e-books, so no one will want to steal them! In a realted story, the desktop version of the eBook Reader will offer a full set of features and support for the highest levels of security, the Pocket PC version does not. Pocket PC glitch: Few readable e-books

\"“The lessons of the music industry are not lost on my friends here,” said Brass, referring to top officials from, Time Warner Inc. and Simon & Schuster\"

Don\'t Rush LC To Collect The Web

The Advocate has a nice Editorial on The Library of Congress. Remeber that report from The National Research Council that said the Library of Congress could turn into no more than a \"museum of books\" if it didn\'t take steps to apply its archival talents to the digital world? Well Jared Kendall say Pish Posh to that silly idea. He thinks LC would be better of putting the collection it has online, rather collecting what it online.

\"Reliability is what the Web needs more of, not storage space. The Library of Congress doesn\'t need the Web. The Web needs the Library of Congress. \"


New professional development newsletter!

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Someone wrote in with this from the World Net Daily

\"It looks like the majority of traffic going through the firewall is pornography.\" -- White House employee, speaking on condition of anonymity


Library is NOT day care

An article by JS online reminds all parents that the library is not a day care facility.\"Although delighted when children explore the shelves and surf the Internet on library computers, librarians locally and nationally increasingly are taking steps to make it clear that parents - not staff - are responsible for monitoring what youngsters read and view.\"

Law library for laymen

Here\'s a nifty story on the opening of York County (VA) law library. The library consists of a few computers and some printed materials. The library\'s computerized databases include Virginia Law on Disc; and Federal Law Solution, which has U.S. Code and information on U.S. Supreme Court and Fourth District Court cases. Print materials in the library\'s archives include the Code of Virginia; York County Code; and Michie\'s Jurisprudence, an encyclopedia of legal information for Virginia and West Virginia.

\"The software, in addition to Internet access, should be enough to get people started and answer a lot of questions, County Attorney James Barnett said.\"

Anonymous publishing on the web

CNET has a Story on a new idea from AT&T. PUBLIS is a new system that will allow anonymous publishing on the web. Since it allows free distribution of files online, without any checks by copyright owners or law enforcement, Publius has been talked about in the same breath as Napster, Gnutella and Freenet.

\"\"The ultimate kick for us as developers is if some organization such as Amnesty International starts to refer people to our systems,\" said Avi Rubin, the AT&T Labs researcher who is leading the project. \"We\'d like to see it used in the real world, by real world people who can\'t express their ideas.\"


Looksmart Extends its Reach with New Portal Partnerships

Looksmart always defined itself as a competitor to Yahoo! It is spreading its tentacles into many major web portals such that more and more Internet users will be treated to the handiwork of Looksmart\'s staff of 200 professional editors.


Cyberporn in the library

Here\'s a great article from First Monday (A Peer Reviewed Internet Journal) on how libraries and librarians are dealing with all the XXX web sites.

\"This article examines the conflict that cyberporn raises between the mission of libraries, the rights of library patrons, and the law. In the first part of this essay, the terms \"pornography\", \"obscenity\", and \"child pornography\" are defined, followed by an exploration of the issues surrounding the availability of cyberporn on public accessible computers in libraries. The views of librarians on cyberporn are examined as well as legal and feminist perspectives.


Book Drop Bomb

According to this article from Denver Post, someone put a pipe bomb in a library book drop.\"On the sidewalk near the library\'s main doors, police found a message spray-painted in black: \"If you don\'t stop your harassment you will be murdered,\" Thomas said.\"


Ebook on Your Cell Phone

Wired has a Story on Australian Internet consultant Sharon Hague and her new book The Faithfulness Myth. This EBook is different, beacause it has been WAP enabled. Which means you can read it on your cell phone. I\'ll be giving this a shot this week some time, and I\'ll let you know how it looks.

\"\"The whole WAP doorway opened up because I entered a competition for WAP developers run by Nokia,\" Hague said. \"They lent me a WAP phone and I got hooked. It inspired me to make the book available in a mobile and electronic format. \"

The Exploding Dictionary

is pretty cool. The
Exploding Dictionary
takes a novel approach to
looking up a word. You can look up a word, and then
every word in the definition is a link to the definiton of
that word.

\"The basic idea was to take a set of
publicly available dictionaries, index them into a SQL
database, and then cross-reference them to near
death. :) As a researcher, this should be a very useful
resource. Hypertext is the researcher\'s dream come
true, allowing for instant jumps to related or unknown
material. The information is provided twice. First it is
displayed \'clean\', then below it is displayed with each
individual word hyperlinked.\"


Out with the old

Here is an opinion piece from the Times on the British Library thowing out old newspapers.\"The past never passes. It simply amasses,\" wrote the American poet Brad Leithauser. Librarians should take this to heart, but the Board of the British Library has decided that it is time to take on the role of winnower and to dispense with part of the piled-up past.\"


What has Harry Done for you?

Ruth writes:\"I am wondering if other libraries
(both public and academic) have seen the same
increase in overall usage we have seen. It seems like
since \"The Goblet of Fire\" came out every
library in our system has seen a significant jump in
usage, both adult and childrens. Are other systems
seeing this same phenomenon?\"

Harry did wonders for, is he doing the
same for libraries?Could this be his true magical


Free Speech Fettered

ABC News
had a rather interesting show on the other day. Free Speech
covered the new wave of attacks on the
1st Ammendment. The show was almost hard to
watch, due to what it covered, and
the web site does a good job covering most of what
was on the TV that night. The Chat
is pretty interesting.

need to pay close attention to such questions and be
aware of efforts by powerful people in government and
private institutions who believe it is their duty to curb
offensive language with speech codes or bans on
certain kinds of behavior.


The future library

Here is a cute article from the Columbus Dispatch. It shows a reference transaction of the future.\"Somewhere in the heart of Borneo in the year 2020: \"Hansen, I fear I\'ve been bitten by a snake. Any idea whether it\'s poisonous?\'\' Hansen snaps a digital photo of the snake as it slithers into the bush, then punches a number on his wireless phone. \"Good morning, Worthington Public Library information desk. How can I help you?\'\'


More on the strike

Two more articles on the strike in Ohio. One on how it is affecting contruction work, and another on the drop of circulation numbers.



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