vive la difference! Hosts Mother-Daughter Safer Sex Workshops in the Library

Read this press release Here.

In honor of National Condom Week (Feb. 14-21) and Valentine\'s Day, vive la difference! is beginning a series of free mother-daughter safer sex workshops in the public libraries of Los Angeles. The first workshop is scheduled for Feb. 19 at the Los Feliz Branch in east Hollywood.

Ontario Libraries Receive $8.4-Million Grant

Read this press release Here.

Ontario Libraries Receive $8.4-Million Grant to Provide Library Patrons With Increased Internet Access From Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Library offers proficiency test assistance

Read about this program Here. From the Cleveland Live at cleveland.com.

The Mentor Public Library is offering help to students preparing for proficiency tests.

The project, called Access Plus: Partnership for Proficiency, is a joint effort with the Cleveland Area
Metropolitan Library System.

Chatham checks out library

College first to leave management to outside company. Read about it Here. From the The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Chatham College has turned management of its campus library over to a Maryland company under an 18-month contract, hoping to boost efficiency and enable the school to increase technology offerings on campus.

Southern Connecticut State University libarian accused of larcency

Read about it Here. From the The Boston Globe\'s boston.com.

A Southern Connecticut State University librarian is accused of stocking her home library with books and other items she purchased with taxpayers\'money.

Librarian casts doubt on Plans

An interesting story from New Zealand. Read about it Here. From the The Press On-line.

The Invercargill City Council has proposed contracting out some of its services, including the public library.

The Netscape Museum

If you\'re into the short history of the web, be sure to
check
out the \"Netscape Museum\" HERE

  \"Origin of a Browser\" is a project dedicated to web
archaeology - the study and preservation of rapidly
disappearing artifacts associated with the Early Netscape
Period

Everyone is an expert on the web

The NYTimes has a story on the proliferation of so called expert sites on the web. They liken it to a virtual library, with out the \"intimidation\".

\"I think sometimes people are looking to avoid going to a professional,\" Mr. Russo said. \"Sometimes it\'s easier to not be face to face with someone.\" Visitors to most of these expert sites can disguise their identities by adopting screen names and can even choose to have their questions and answers hidden from public view.

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Support pours in for library

Heartwarming News for the little library on the prarie, from MSNBC

A federal lawsuit involving the Wright County Library system and the estate of Laura Ingalls Wilder has gained national attention and support.

“We have been getting responses from all over the country,” said Carrie Cline, a librarian. “People have been e-mailing us, ‘What can I do to help.’” -- Read More

Open policy aided rare-book theft from Lawrence library

Eight valuable books taken from locked display case. Read about it Here. From the Post-Crescent.

Lawrence University\'s Seeley G. Mudd Library Heritage Room is some book nook. The curtained, dimly lit alcove is home to a collection of 2,600 rare volumes dating from the 16th
century. Some of the volumes in the Heritage Room are illuminated manuscripts. Some are art books designed to be pieces of art themselves.

Although it houses a book collector\'s wealth of treasure, the room is not under lock and key.

Sarasota library debuts e-mail reading club

Read about it Here. From the The Herald-Tribune News Coast.

Using the most basic of Internet tools, the Sarasota County Public Library\'s Online Book Club could be a trendsetter for libraries across the nation.

What is Cyber Space

A good read from Boston.com discussing just what this thing called Cyberspace is. I\'m not sure what or where it is, but I know I\'m there an awful lot.


No one had even heard of cyberspace until William Gibson coined the term in his 1984 cyberpunk novel NEUROMANCER. Now just about everyone in the industrialized world seems to know about it. But even scholars who have spent years studying it can\'t agree on what it really is. -- Read More

History meets high tech in Maps

Silicon Valley has an interesting STORY on the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative an ambitious, decentralized project to map all manner of cultural and historical data from around the globe. -- Read More

Malicious HTML

CERT has issued a Report warning internet uses of malicious HTML.
They also posted a Solution Here


A web site may inadvertently include malicious HTML tags or script in a dynamically generated page based on unvalidated input from untrustworthy sources. This can be a problem when a web server does not adequately ensure that generated pages are properly encoded to prevent unintended execution of scripts, and when input is not validated to prevent malicious HTML from being presented to the user. -- Read More

Sarasota library debuts e-mail reading club

The Sarasota FL News has a very interesting Story on the first Email Book club.Certainly a great idea that promotes the library, and makes it easier for patrons to find great books.


This is not your traditional reading club, with a handful of people discussing a work of fiction. Rather, it\'s a new kind of library outreach aimed at time-challenged, tech-savvy book lovers.
\"Monday through Friday, a chapter of a new best-selling book will be e-mailed directly to you,\" Burns said. \"Over the week you get the first two or three chapters of the book.\" -- Read More

NOT Viewing Pornography

From The Santa Rosa Press Democrat


\"A Story on Page B1 Sunday on the use of Sonoma County library computers by patrons to view pornography incorrectly described the use of a computer at the Petaluma library by Jim Trumbel of Sonoma. He was not using it to view pornography on the internet. The word NOT was inadvertantly left out of the story.

Internet promises salvation

--or an even bigger knowledge gap


The Daily Mail and Gaurdian in South Africa, has a Story on the promise, and problems, the internet brings.

The internet is being proposed as a cure-all for the developing world\'s education problems ... but barriers of electric power, telephone lines and basic literacy put it beyond the reach of most third world pupils. -- Read More

Books are not just for reading now

I almost wanted to put this in Humor.

The Lansing State Journal Has a Story on the newest home decorating trend, Books!

They\'re books, but they\'re not just for reading anymore.

\"Sometimes we have interior decorators buy books by the yard for customers,\" said Ray Walsh, owner of Archives Book Shop and the Curious Book Shop in East Lansing. \"It really does add a personal touch,\" he said.

\"Every once in awhile we get someone who has model homes who buys books for display so the house doesn\'t look empty,\" Walsh said. -- Read More

Old library embraces the age of automation

A story on two local NY libraries moves to upgrade outdated sytems.

Actually, the future\'s here in most libraries, but in Sullivan County, automation has taken awhile to catch on. For these and many rural libraries the move into the 21st century has been costly, with additional hardware, maintenance and staff time required to get books in the system. -- Read More

Hear Here - Talking books on the net

There has been some buzz lately on how the future of the net is not really the printed word, but rather the spoken one. Newsbytes has a story on Amazon buying into a Talking-Book Digitizer-audio company Audible. Read more Here


Remember Audible also has a deal with Microsoft.

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