Engineering Our Own Library Catalog

Engineering Our Own Library Catalog is a nifty story from Infotoday on how the library and computing staff at Packer Engineering worked together to create an in-house customized online catalog.
It\'s interesting to see how they went about building an OPAC from the ground up.


Your Own Library for Only 19.95 Per Month

This one comes from Wired

With subscription knowledge services such as Questia, ebrary, netlibrary and XanEdu reproducing like viruses all over the Internet, some see the demise of the local library coming much sooner than later. Whether these fee-based services are really a better alternative remains to be seen. Although it\'s true that it is a multi-hundred million dollar business, some are skeptical as to whether the longevity will really be in their favor.

Will Libraries Survive?

The American Prospect has an Interesting Story on the past and future of libraries. Geoffrey Nunberg makes some very interesting points.

\"If we truly believe that universal access is both a public good and a private right, though, we have to realize that the public interest in obtaining information won\'t be satisfied simply by providing everyone with access to a computer and modem, no more than the public interest in reading books was satisfied once Carnegie had provided buildings to house them.\"


NewBreed Librarian

NewBreed Librarian is a bimonthly publication intended to foster a sense of community for those new to librarianship, whether in school or just out. Every two months, you\'ll find a feature article and an interview with someone – not necessarily a librarian – contributing to the work that we do. You\'ll find Susu, advice goddess, in our Columns section, as well as TechTalk and letters from our readers. NewBreed will highlight progressive librarians and other information professionals in our People section, and we\'re always open to your nominations. As NewBreed matures, we hope to develop a searchable database in our Jobs category and include samples of grad school admission essays, resumes, cover letters, etc. in Xtras. Most importantly, NewBreed aims to use the web to build community and foster collaboration among librarians. We\'re molding the Networks section with this objective in mind.


Librarian\'s Day Can Be One For The Books

CTNow has a nice Story on how we spend our days.

\"\"In a perfect world,\" she says, \"we never should have to do that. In a perfect world, people return books on time, and we never have to collect fines.\"


Seven dumb things you can ask Jeeves

Here\'s A Good One from Traffick on some simple questions Jeeves can\'t answer.

Why can\'t I tie my shoe? What time is it here?

I just noticed they changed the answer to the Are You Gay? question.


FTC Approves Children\'s Safe Harbor Program

[This one] comes from Newsbytes via the Washington Post...
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved its first Children\'s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) safe harbor program - the Council of Better Business Bureau\'s Children\'s Advertising Review Unit (CARU). [more...]

Cutting TV may make kids gentler

The Seattle Times is one place running This Story on a report that says cutting back on the time children spend watching television and playing video games may lead to a decrease in aggressive behavior.

In a somewhat related stat, Donna Marentette passed along this from Statistics Canada-
According to new figures from Statistics Canada, the average Canadian watched 21.6 hours of television a week in 1999, down one hour from the year before and the lowest average viewership in two decades.

During the same time, the number of households with at least one regular Internet user jumped from 36% to 42%.


The Electronic Commons

The American Prospect has a Story that advocates Building a Global Public Library out of the internet. They say this could have significant benefits for traditional, bricks-and-mortar libraries that face burdens from growing costs.

\"Instead of trying to maintain large collections, especially of infrequently used materials, conventional libraries will increasingly reconfigure themselves as information centers that provide guidance and access to online sources, some of which will be commercial and impose new charges. The development of more extensive, trustworthy online sources in the public domain will make this transition more affordable and desirable. \"


Bjork, yes; Britney, no

Brian writes \"The Chicago Tribune has a Meaty Article about the New Grove II. It\'s refreshing that the online version of NG2 isn\'t even mentioned until halfway through. The 29-volume set puts more emphasis on popular and world music than the old edition; it doesn\'t mention Britney Spears, but Icelandic song goddess Bjork is covered. \"We had quite a lively internal debate about whether to include the Spice Girls,\" an editor says.



Questia Q&A

Infotoday has an Interview with Questia president, and CEO, Troy Williams.

\"We do believe people who want to read that text will go into the library and borrow it. Second, we think it\'s going to increase patronage in a library. If the result of a full-text search identifies 12 books with specific, relevant paragraphs, then a student can go into a library with confidence.\"


Ohio Public Schools No Longer Required to Have Libraries

Beginning December 31, 2000, new operating standards went into effect for Ohio school libraries. Ohio schools are no longer required house libraries in their buildings. Despite concerns expressed by the library community, the Ohio Board of Education approved revisions to Section
3301-35-03-B-2 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC), which had previously required that every school building have a library. The section also addressed areas of collection development, staffing, instruction, and funding of school libraries.

With the adoption of the new standards, the language addressing school libraries, now contained in Section
3301-35-06-I-1, states that \"Student support services \'may\' include access to library media and information technology programs...\" There are no longer any guidelines for facilities, collection development, staffing, instruction, or funding. Under the new code, school libraries in the state of Ohio are optional. In addition, school districts are no longer required to hire librarians with an MLS. Previously, each district, regardless of size, was only required to employ one degreed professional librarian.

Section 3301.07 D of the Ohio Revised Code does address school libraries by assigning responsibility to the State Board of Education for setting standards for
schools to provide \"efficient and effective
instructional materials and equipment, including library facilities.\" School library programs that do not provide
critical educational resource services that are valued in their environment will have little support within the school district and risk losing their space and funding. Ohio school libraries are already notoriously underfunded, and their ability to provide such critical educational resources is severely hindered.

Research shows that strong school library programs
have a positive effect on student achievement.
With this lowering of standards in Ohio school libraries, one can only wonder what the future holds for students in Ohio schools.

For more information on Ohio School Operating Standards, Click Here


What Makes Librarianship Exciting To Me

So now that I know what makes librarianship exciting to you, here\'s what makes it exciting to me.

I\'ve given this some thought, well, more than some thought, alot
of thought. I wandered around at the ALA
Midwinter meeting
, surrounded by thousands of librarians
looking for inspiration, and answers. I sat and thought. I
pondered, postulated, theorized and waxed poetic, looking for the
perfect answer. I looked at other
peoples answers
. I even asked jeeves what
he thought


Who\'s Afraid of E-books?

Brian writes \"Fortune has a Story about college text e-book publishers.

An excerpt:
When Lindsay Hyde, a Harvard freshman, was scrambling to finish a ten-page term paper, she visited the library only once. She did most of her research online, from the comfort of her dorm room. \"It\'s all about accessibility,\" she says. She doesn\'t care whether she reads off paper or online. It\'s all the same. That\'s good news for e-textbook makers. \"

The Free E-Book Market Economy

In a survey of nearly 3,000 people shows that a large percentage of Americans are willing to read books on a variety of electronic platforms (laptops, PDAs and dedicated e-book devices), they just won\'t pay for them.
Full Story at The Standard.

Meanwhile, This Story says Adobe is hard at work on technology that makes them useful tools for business travelers and students.

\"We don\'t necessarily think that that\'s the narrow range where e-books should be pigeonholed,\" said Kevin Nathanson, group product manager for Adobe e-books. \"We look at it as part of a much broader universe.\"

Children \'should be freer to roam internet\'

The Gaurdian has a Story on the Institute of Public Policy Research, a UK thinktank, that says Children should take a \"surfing proficiency test\" at 11, that would allow them a freer ride on the information superhighway.

\"\"We want to stress that it is not a completely negative test - it would also be about making sure that children are aware of what they can find in positive terms,\" said Mr Tambini. \"For example, information that could help them with their schoolwork. At present, they are not learning this in their classes - school computers filter out too much information.\"


Why be a librarian?

Lee Hadden writes:\" The Winter 2001 issue of Occupational Outlook Quarterly (published as
a government document by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics) has a cover
story about the library profession. Entitled \"Librarians: Information
Experts for an Information Age,\" this 14 page article is available in PDF
format from their homepage at:

This interesting article has information on library job growth
projections, future salaries in the profession (\"More jobs, more money\"),
and some idea of where the field is going. Not only does it ask (and
answer) the question, \"Why be a librarian?\", the article also suggests what
other things a graduate can do with a library degree. A good recruiting
     Cool. And free.


LoC Fire Safety Woes

Holly writes
\"Bad news for the Library of Congress from this Story from Yahoo News:

\"``Some of the most valuable and irreplaceable
collections in the library have the worst fire protection,\'\'
according to the agency, established to bring Congress
into compliance with the health, safety and
environmental laws that apply everywhere else\".

This includes items like a perfect copy of the Gutenberg

Very scary!


Iowa State Library Gets Evicted

Yikes! Just found this one in Library Journal online. It seems that the Iowa State Library has been kicked out lock, stock and barrel by the legislature. Pack your gear kids, you\'ve been evicted.

UCITA on legislative agenda in four states

UCITA was passed in Maryland and Virginia last year, things are only getting worse, Arizona, Oklahoma, Delaware, and Texas are scheduled to take up the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA) this year. UCITA is opposed by leading bar associations, the attorneys general of more than 20 states, consumer groups, and everyone else with more than 2 active brain cells. CNN has the Full Story.



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