Submitted by Blake on March 11, 2001 - 10:04am
The ACLU has a
press release Posted Here on the CA filtering case from last
year. They call it a \"resounding victory for civil liberties\".
In this case an appeals court said a parent may not
force a public library to install filters.
the opinion is Online
This Related Case from FL, where the
Florida Supreme Court said the CDA gives AOL Time
Warner, immunity from a lawsuit filed by a Florida
woman, whose 11-year-old son appeared in a lewd
videotape sold by one AOL subscriber to another.
Submitted by Blake on March 11, 2001 - 9:28am
Andrew Porteus writes \"The
Casino Niagara Cares foundation recently donated
$50,000 to the Niagara Falls (Ont.) Public Library to
establish the \"Casino Niagara Cares Regional
Submitted by Ieleen on March 9, 2001 - 3:38pm
From The New York Times
The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating stock sales by Jeffrey P. Bezos, the chairman of Amazon.com, in early February just before a Wall Street firm released a negative research report on the company, according to a person close to the matter.
Submitted by Ieleen on March 9, 2001 - 3:10pm
Criminals using fake library cards have taken $10,000 worth of materials from at 16 libraries around Dayton, OH. About $5000 worth of DVDs, CDs, videos, and books have yet to be recovered, according to the
Dayton Daily News. The most popular items for theft were new AV materials. One of the affected libraries is considering reduced borrowing limits for new patrons.
Submitted by Blake on March 9, 2001 - 1:06pm
Ross Tyner writes \"The article \"The Dreams of Webzines Fizzle Out\" in today\'s New York Times describes the difficulties e-zines like Salon and Slate are having in trying to make a buck. So much so that they\'re trying to entice subscribers by offering their products in other media, e.g. audio and (gasp) print. \"
From the article:
\"\"We realized pretty early that being an independent, Web-only provider was not entirely viable,\" said Michael Hirschorn, editor in chief of Inside.com. \"You had to find other ways to become viable.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 9, 2001 - 11:11am
SO what\'s new in the world of eBooks you ask? Well, it seems they are still not sure What Ebook Readers Want (but they have an idea, cheap cheap), of course they may be The Internet\'s Latest Premature Undertaking, since every major New York book publisher is building an e-book, and no one buys the darn things.
Of course that hasn\'t stopped Steven King, he has a DreamCatcher preview online.
One publisher, so far, says No new e-fiction The Future of e-books expected to be in education, information. And the LawSuits are probably just begining!
Submitted by Blake on March 8, 2001 - 9:03pm
Bob Cox never Stops!
He sent in this Story on the
eighth annual Spelling Bee for Literacy held at the
Airport Hilton in Grand Rapids, MI.
Guess who won?
\"Thursday\'s winners were -- go figure -- a team
from the Kent District Library. \"
And the secret to winning?
\"All I did was just keep reading, which is really
best way to learn how to spell,\"
Submitted by Blake on March 8, 2001 - 8:59pm
The fight is on in TX over the proposed new Uniform
Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA). The
law got passed easily last year in Virginia and
Maryland, but now people have smartened up, and are
fighting it as hard as they can.
has the Full Story.
\"Long before the bill was filed, members in
both houses had already received a barrage of e-mails
and letters expressing opposition,\"
Submitted by Blake on March 8, 2001 - 6:14pm
TechLawJournal has an interesting Speech Transcript given by Rep. Rick Boucher.
He starts the speech by saying:\"I want to spend a few minutes this afternoon talking about the importance of fair use rights -- not just to equipment manufacturers -- but to all consumers of information of in our society\"Sounds like he is someone in politics who is on our side.
Submitted by Blake on March 8, 2001 - 6:11pm
Cabot passed along this PDF File. It was passed around the Canadian Govt. on Government Advocacy Day.
They cover all the good reasons why Canada needs a new National Library [even more than they need Krispy Kreme\'s], and how the folks in Canada will win big with a new library. The old one sounds like it\'s quite a mess.
Submitted by Ieleen on March 8, 2001 - 3:52pm
Not that people wouldn\'t have already thought about this..., but it\'s still a little disturbing to think that while most parents warn their children about divulging personal information about themselves in order to keep their kids safe, Junior may not know that he shouldn\'t give out mom and dad\'s personal information.
According to emarketer, who claims to be the leading provider of Internet statistics, \"younger Americans and veteran Internet users are among the least concerned with online privacy.\" They found that 75 percent of children are willing to share personal information online about themselves and their family in exchange for goods and services.
\"Many parents with Internet connections at home fear that their children will share personal information over the net,\" said Rob Janes, an eMarketer analyst. \"Offerings of free gifts and such from Internet companies often lure these unassuming children into a trap.\" [more...]
Submitted by Blake on March 8, 2001 - 3:47pm
A couple of prison library stories.
News-Press.com has a Story on Boy Scout Brian Stewart to help establish an entire library at the Lee County Jail in FL. Working hard for that Eagle badge!
“The inmates read extensively because they don’t have a lot to do,” Scruggs said. “Sometimes the jail is a place where people learn to love to read.”
inlandempireonline has a Story on the new library in The California Institution for Women near Chino. The law library, established more than 15 years ago, is one of the most complete and largest in the state\'s prison system.
But do they have The Prisoners Dictionary?
Submitted by Ieleen on March 8, 2001 - 2:35pm
Martin Stone writes... \"Abilene, a high-speed nationwide Internet2 network, said today that state education networks in Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Virginia and Washington will connect to the backbone under a new policy allowing expanded access.
Partnerships with Internet2 universities and regional networking organizations will provide institutions such as elementary schools, secondary schools, community colleges, museums and libraries access to the national high-performance network...\" [more...] from NewsBytes
Submitted by Blake on March 8, 2001 - 1:26pm
Dr. John Ellison sent in thisLA Times Story that covers a state of CA Court of Appeal\'s decision. The judges ruled that libraries cannot be held liable when youngsters peruse pornographic material on Internet sites. A woman had brought the case after her 12-year-old son downloaded sexually explicit photographs at the library in Livermore. They say the judges based thier decision on a federal law that protects Internet providers from liability for failing to edit or restrict offensive material.
\"A public library is in a \'damned if you do, damned if you don\'t\' situation in deciding whether to restrict access to the Internet from its computers to prevent harm to minors,\" Justice Daniel Hanlon wrote\"
Submitted by Blake on March 8, 2001 - 11:23am
I know someone who will not like This Story from The Gaurdian on small bookshops in Britain. The author says the reason so many of them are closing is they can\'t provide the service big stores can, and they deserve to go out of business. Independent book retailers in Britain has fallen from 1,894 to 1,699 since 1995.
He says \"The amazing fact is not that 10% have closed, but that 90% have stayed open.\"
Submitted by AnnaKh on March 7, 2001 - 6:50pm
I interviewed ALA Presidential Candidate Mitch Freedman for Library Juice and published it this week. It\'s fairly long, and worth reading if you are trying to decide whom to vote for. I am supporting Mitch, and I hope it is not an abuse of my posting privileges to publicize an essentially supportive interview. It is informative though - by reading it you may decide you like him or don\'t like him (though I think you will like him). I have no plans to interview the other candidates. The interview is here:
Submitted by Blake on March 7, 2001 - 6:02pm
Bob Cox sent along This Story from SF Gate on Adobe Books in San Fransico. Sounds like quite a place.
\"Used bookstores, like cockfights, tend to attract a rather motley crowd of gawkers and hucksters, those seeking to broaden their own horizons by latching onto the matted feathers of someone else\'s life experience.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 7, 2001 - 5:59pm
CNN has an Interesting Look at some of the incredible money a few authors are making. Michael Crichton signed a two-book deal for $40 million, Stephen Carter sold his first and second novels for $4 million, Mary Higgins Clark got 5 books for $64 million, and of course there is Hillary Clinton\'s $8 million deal.
\"It\'s easy to blame the agents,\" says Farrar Straus & Giroux publisher Jonathan Galassi. \"But it\'s the publishers who throw these offers in the ring.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 7, 2001 - 4:21pm
Pat Liao sent along an interesting page from The U-Dub Engineering Library. They got all shaken up in the big earthquake in Seattle last week.
Check out the Earthquake Damage to the Engineering Library page, to see how things look.
Like Pat said, Some of them will
make you feel like you\'re in slanted room in a circus funhouse!
I hope no one had any books fall on them!
Submitted by Ieleen on March 7, 2001 - 3:06pm
Brian Krebs reports...
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on Monday called for hearings into the recent legal maelstrom created as a result of the clash between copyright law and digital file-sharing technologies...[more...] from NewsBytes