Submitted by Blake on May 11, 2000 - 6:48pm
Don Saklad writes \"Massachusetts Public Records Division is about to issue an
order on city of Boston Public Library interlibrary loan
department officer D. Keller and president Bernard Margolis
to comply and disclose legitimately public information.
Details about how you can get your supervisory, managerial
and executive public library officials to comply with state
FOI freedom of information, open government and open public
meeting sunshine intellectual freedom principles
http://www.ma.lwv.org/guideto.htm#Minutes and Other Public Records
Submitted by Blake on May 11, 2000 - 6:47pm
someone writes \"Here is an article for you to post... Very interested in your readers thoughts. \"
dbusiness.com has a rather interesting
article that presents OpenMind, a company that is using the open source model originated by software developers to the textbook publishing business.
Paul Elliot, founder of the company, which incorporated in April, told dbusiness.com, \"We\'re proposing to bring textbook content to the academic community in an open-source environment.\"
Submitted by Steven on May 11, 2000 - 4:06pm
The Akron Beacon Journal has this story about a man who owes over $4,000 in overdue fines.
\"In books, he likes to read about welding and chess. In music, Horace Young leans toward country. And in videos, he enjoys horror and comedy.
There\'s just one problem: Police say Young doesn\'t like to return the books, compact discs and videos that he checks out at the library.\"
Submitted by Blake on May 11, 2000 - 10:06am
A story from The Chicago Tribune tells us that a woman wants a book pulled from her sons school. Why?
\"a children\'s book about Marvin Redpost, a grade schooler who kisses his elbow and becomes a girl, is inappropriate for her son and is seeking to have it banned from his school library.
Submitted by Blake on May 10, 2000 - 9:45pm
Star-Tribune reports that the downtown
Minneapolis Library announced plans Friday to stop the
controversial practice of allowing patrons to use
computers to view obscene material on the Internet.
Read about it Here.
Submitted by Blake on May 10, 2000 - 9:30pm
Post is running a Story on a woman who, after her
falied, started a
weekend retreat for readers. A canadian Author and a
few lucky people spend
a themed weekend together.
Submitted by Blake on May 10, 2000 - 9:25pm
has a Report on a new study under way
on EBooks. The University of Pennsylvania Library will
study Ebooks and how they are used. Check out the Study Website for more info.
Submitted by AnnaKh on May 9, 2000 - 3:07pm
Mickey mouse and friends have a new publisher. Here is an article to tell you where they are now.
\"New York, May 8 (Bloomberg) -- Bertelsmann AG\'s Random House Inc. said it will publish books based on characters from Walt Disney Co., replacing a licensing agreement that the world\'s No. 2 media company has with Golden Books Family Entertainment Inc.
The agreement, which begins Jan. 1, gives Random House Children\'s Books the right to publish Disney-based books, including coloring and activity books and storybooks, in the U.S. and Canada. Random House is the world\'s largest publisher of general-interest consumer books in the English language.\"
Submitted by Steven on May 9, 2000 - 1:17am
The Washington Times has this story on outdated school libraries.
\"Browse a typical school library and you\'ll learn that humans haven\'t yet set foot on the moon and \"stewardesses\" must quit working when they get married.
Although the latest research indicates that a well-stocked and well-staffed school library actually boosts students\' scores on standardized tests, many school libraries contain books that are outdated by decades and often filled with offensive stereotypes.\"
Submitted by Blake on May 8, 2000 - 11:44pm
Michelle writes \"Hello, you folks look very well
connected and knowledgeable -- so I am asking you for
some tips on locating something.
I am helping develop a corporate library for my
company. I am looking for library book & magazine
checkout software that is either Windows-based or
preferably web-based (to use on our company\'s
intranet). Can you give me any ideas about where I
might start my search, or some relevant terms that
might help me on a web search?
Thanks for any tips you can provide.
Winnebago comes to mind...
What are some other possibilities?
Submitted by Blake on May 8, 2000 - 3:33pm
Helene Blowers writes \"
Looking for a fun site that allows your child to interact with stories in either English or Spanish? Then check out StoryPlace: The Children\'s Digital Library at storyplace.org
This new web site, developed by staff from the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, is available in both English and Spanish versions, offers children and adults alike the \"virtual experience\" of visiting a children\'s library. Children can see and listen to on-line stories, participate in interactive activities, print-out take-home activities and locate great books to read. The site uses the latest multimedia technology (Flash 4.0) to deliver a fun and interactive environment for pre-school readers. Currently the Pre-School Library section of the site is ready, but our library staff are working hard on developing the next phase the \"Early Elementary Library.\"
Submitted by Blake on May 8, 2000 - 12:23pm
Brave librarians going against the grain in MN
The Pioneer Planet in MN continues is coverage of the trouble in the Minneapolis Public Library. This Story says that the librarians are upset over people viewing pornography in the library, and this could lead to a class action law suit.
``We\'re not just talking about naked ladies here. We\'re talking about the really raunchy stuff,\'\' said Robert Halagan, who represents seven librarians from the city\'s central library in downtown Minneapolis.
Submitted by Blake on May 8, 2000 - 12:19pm
CT Now has a Story on how a few books are getting libaries in trouble. Titles include \'After the First Death\', \'Deliverance\' and \'Kaffir Boy\'
Submitted by AnnaKh on May 8, 2000 - 10:55am
Yahoo.com has a brief Article about Stephen King talking to the public again.
\"It\'s nice to be here,\" King said to about 300 people gathered at the Bowery Ballroom.\" Actually, it\'s nice to be anywhere. King claimed to be nervous for his self-proclaimed coming-out party.\"
Submitted by Steven on May 7, 2000 - 9:20pm
The New York Times has this story about electronic books.
\"It was Tuesday evening on the 6:26 in a Long Island-bound train crowded with weary commuters lurching in the aisles, elbow to elbow, briefcase to briefcase. Unfolding a newspaper was unthinkable. Flipping through a hardcover might form an instant but awkward book club of strangers. So I rummaged in my purse in search of something for just such a literary emergency. Even in a rush-hour commute there was ample reading room for a novel stored in a Palm Pilot, which is smaller than a paperback yet mighty enough to carry 12 digital titles.\"
Submitted by Blake on May 7, 2000 - 12:53pm
running an intersting Story on the problems authors are
running into with online publishing. The publishers
obviously need a librarian to run things
the online publishing industry may be creating more
obstacles than opportunities for aspiring writers. Within
the next 18 months, the Web will add approximately
500,000 more titles.
Submitted by Blake on May 7, 2000 - 12:45pm
Tribune in San Diego, is Reporting \"Two books
containing pictures that a San Diego judge deemed
child pornography will remain on library shelves
because a committee of experts that reviewed the
questioned pages has concluded that the photographic
work is \"culturally and artistically significant,\" library
officials said yesterday. \"
Submitted by Blake on May 7, 2000 - 12:41pm
The State Ethics Commission failed to prove that a
veteran state lawmaker, and a tireless advocate of the
Boston Public Library, returned favors from lobbyists
when given free golf and meals, the state\'s highest
court ruled today.\"
Submitted by AnnaKh on May 6, 2000 - 7:48pm
Steve Matthews, publisher of BPubs.com, contributes this storyabout the future of vertical searching.
Submitted by Blake on May 5, 2000 - 4:38pm
Ron Force sent in this story
The New York Times has an editorial on the loss of city librarians to better paid jobs in the suburbs, entitled \"New York\'s Vanishing Librarians\"
The three public library systems that serve New York City are just recovering from the fiscal crisis of the 1970\'s, which left bookshelves empty, computer systems outdated and library buildings falling to pieces. Now the New York, Brooklyn and Queens library systems face a new problem -- the rapid departure of their professional librarians, who are leaving for better-paying jobs in the suburbs and other cities.