Submitted by Blake on March 14, 2001 - 7:30pm
According to an old story in The Globe and Mail, sent in by alert reader Robert Aubin, (which I can\'t find),
Canadian authorities show
an alarming tendency to \"appease a narrow and sometimes extreme constituency\". You can check out this
WebSite for more information.
\"Canada enjoys a Charter of Rights and Freedoms which protects our right to free
expression. Yet it takes constant vigilance, determination and, sadly,
sometimes a lot of money to protect those rights against authorities who should
Submitted by Blake on March 14, 2001 - 6:15pm
FirstMonday has an interesting Story on the destruction of original newspapers and their replacement by microfilm.
It\'s an interesting response to an interesting Story that appeared last month.
If you\'ve never read FirstMonday, check it out, they have some very interesting stories.
Submitted by Blake on March 14, 2001 - 3:50pm
internetnews.com is just one of many places with The Story on yet another dot.com dot.death. Britannica.com is stopping the free stuff online.
The focus of the site will shift toward reference, education and learning content, and away from topical features and they laid off 68 of 220 employees
\"Frankly, I was surprised that the company launched as a free site. Britannica.com has killer content and a tremendous brand with a value that is already established,\"
Submitted by Blake on March 14, 2001 - 2:04pm
Slashdot has an interesting jon Katz Story on the digital divide.
He says That computer and Net use are exploding among all age groups and class, racial and ethnic categories. The much-hyped tech slump has mostly hit poorly run, ill-conceived dot.coms, not mainstream technological use or growth.
SO is the digital divide really shrinking?
Does it matter?
Submitted by Blake on March 14, 2001 - 2:00pm
The NY Times has This Story on its chief executive stepping down, and the poor climate it is succeeding in.
While, Salon has A Story that says the rush to bury Yahoo! prematurely is the latest sign of a manic-depressive marketplace.
Clay Shirkey\'s Take is a bit less gloomy, he says the Internet itself is still a growing force in the business world, and TK stepping down from Yahoo! is a good sign.
Personally, I love Yahoo!, it always helps me avoid Search Rage
Submitted by Blake on March 14, 2001 - 10:12am
Ever-helpfull Charles Davis sent in this one From UK Daily Telegraph on a growing campaign to stop the British Library from throwing out thousands of historic
overseas newspapers was launched yesterday.
There is a legal obligation to keep a
copy of every British newspaper and the library is committed to keeping
Commonwealth papers, not so for foreign papers though.
I can\'t seem to find a link for this movement, anyone else know anything?
\"Michael Crump, director of reader services at the library, said such appeals
were \"sentimental\". \"The reality is that we have limited resources and limited
space. There are 32km [20 miles] of newspapers in the library and this is
growing by a third of a kilometre [364 yards] a year.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 13, 2001 - 9:15pm
Submitted by Blake on March 13, 2001 - 7:04pm
A sad message just came across SIGIA-L.
Argus Associates is the latest victim of the dot.com down.turn.
Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville did a wonderful job in bringing Information Architecture into the mainstream over the past few years.
They say they will continue participating in the development of the IA Community and hope to maintain the Argus Center for Information Architecture
What they say they did:
* Writing a best-selling O\'Reilly book that expanded awareness of the
practice and value of information architecture.
* Growing a consistently profitable (10 years in a row) consulting practice
that designed IA solutions for more than 100 clients, including some of the
world\'s largest corporations.
* Participating in the creation of a new community of information architects
through ACIA and ASIS&T publications and events.
* Building the strongest co-located team of information architects in the
Submitted by Blake on March 13, 2001 - 3:58pm
Submitted by Blake on March 13, 2001 - 1:13pm
Brian from Librarism.com writes \"The Register has an Interview with cyberpunk author Pat Cadigan, who mentions an unusual bit of indexing done at the greeting card company where she used to work:
\"In my last year at Hallmark we finally began putting verses on computer. They had to assign a 4 digit serial number to each sentiment, for each area of feeling.\"
Ah, I just love 432543\'s Day.... the flowers.. the candy...
Submitted by Ieleen on March 13, 2001 - 11:39am
This sad note comes via The Nando Times... Spy novelist Robert Ludlum, author of the Jason Bourne series of suspense thrillers and \"The Matarese Circle,\" died Monday at the age of 73. According to a representative from Ludlum\'s publisher, St. Martin\'s Press, the cause of death is believed to be a heart attack.
Submitted by Blake on March 13, 2001 - 11:18am
J.K. Rowling has created two little companion books ``Quidditch Through the Ages,\'\' and ``Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,\'\' were released Monday by Scholastic for $3.99, with the proceeds going to charity.
The BuffaloNews has the Story
Submitted by Blake on March 13, 2001 - 11:13am
Slashdot has a double interview with Michael Hart of the Project Gutenberg and Jimmy Wales of the Nupedia open content encyclopedia project. There\'s alot of talk on on the nature of copyright and online publishing, interesting stuff.
Submitted by Ieleen on March 13, 2001 - 11:05am
Board members of the foundation raising funds for the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, are so upset about the ongoing pardon scandal, which has called attention to their own activities, that they want to hang a \"Keep Out\" sign on the 3,000 square foot living space which was to be designated as the Clinton\'s residence in Little Rock.
The fear that the apartment, which is to be located within the library, could easily become a center for controversy and speculation, has caused some board members to recommend that the plans for the Clinton\'s living area be eliminated altogether.
Submitted by Ieleen on March 12, 2001 - 3:33pm
The American Civil Liberties Union has backed a ruling by a California court that states, that libraries cannot be forced to restrict Internet use by parents of minors. According to the state appeals court, this type of restriction is \"untenable under state and federal law.\" [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on March 12, 2001 - 2:37pm
The utterances of former President Bill Clinton and New York Senator Hillary Clinton will be among the newest entries into Bartlett\'s Familiar Quotations.
And, they ain\'t pretty ones either...It seems the folks at Bartlett have chosen to quote Bubba and spouse on marajuana, sex, the definition of the word \"is\" and what it means to stand by your man. Strangely enough, there are no quotations from any of the former President\'s hundreds of speeches over the years on important issues such as welfare reform, health care, foreign policy, taxes, or the size and role of government in society.
Now, that\'s not to say that other famous...or infamous individuals, depending upon the school of thought from whence you come, have always been quoted favorably by Bartlett\'s, however, I think the majority will agree that the Clintons have taken the proverbial cake when it comes to opening their mouths and inserting...well you know...unless your name is Monica...
Click Here for more of this story from Fox News.
Submitted by Ieleen on March 12, 2001 - 10:11am
David McGuire writes...
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday narrowly absolved America Online in a child pornography case, ruling 4-3 that the Internet giant should not be held responsible for the illicit activities of its customers. [more...] from NewsBytes.
Submitted by Blake on March 11, 2001 - 9:04pm
Price sent word of This Story from The Standard on twin lawsuits
filed on March 20.
Filed in Philly, against The Children\'s Internet
Protection Act [CIPA], by the ALA and
the ACLU, the
groups hope to overturn the law.
Submitted by Blake on March 11, 2001 - 6:09pm
Mitch Freedman\'s answers to you questions from a
couple months ago have come in. You can read them
In case you missed the first two, or need to refresh
your memory before you send in your ballot:
Ken Haycock\'s answers.
William Sannawald\'s Answers
Also, you can expect final words from all three
candidates, right here, towards the end of the week.
Submitted by Blake on March 11, 2001 - 10:20am
Washinton Post has a Story on books aimed
at young adults. The books are testing limits and
pushing envelopes by using \"salty\" language, and
mature themes. They say it\'s the librarians who define,
and drive, the quality of teen literature in America.
\"...his \"edgy teen, sex-drugs-rock-and-roll,
kind of fiction,\" as one publishing executive described it,
is mostly found on the Young Adult shelves of local