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A story on two local NY libraries moves to upgrade outdated sytems.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
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.
Fair Ball: A Fan\'s Case for Baseball
The Running Mate
I Capture the Castle
Murder in Greenwich: Who Killed Martha Moxley?
The US embassy in Beijing says the Chinese-born academic, Song Yongyi, has left China for the United States.
The embassy welcomed the Chinese authorities\' decision to release him.
Mr Song, who worked as a librarian and researcher in Pennsylvania, was detained during a visit to Beijing last August.
As the Internet continues to shake up traditional notions of intellectual property, a storm is brewing in academia over the ownership of writings, class notes, and inventions generated by faculty members. -- Read More
But perhaps the biggest addition to the \"City of Vision and Progress\" came last week when city officials got
their first glimpse at plans for a $7.5 million library. The bold, unusual building is full of unconventional items.
At first glance, the innovative design seems uncharacteristic for Wyoming, a city with a no-frills,
working-class feel. But that\'s exactly what City Manager Don Mason is going for.
\"It kind of grabs you when you first look at it, but I think that\'s what it needs to do,\" Mason said. \"There isn\'t anything like this in West Michigan. People are going to Wyoming to see the library.\"
Books about Jesse James ride off library shelves into the sunset, while patrons who borrow wedding etiquette manuals often rudely fail to return the book after the ceremony. \"All kinds of books are not returned. But the ones that really don\'t come back are pregnancy and childbirth, wedding etiquette,witchcraft, cults or that type of thing,\" said Elizabeth Potts, director of the Maury County Library System. \"Jack the Ripper, anything on Jesse James, you can forget.\"
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote in to recommend the FOI-L State and Local Freedom of Information Issues list:\"
Please consider news regarding FOI; state local freedom of information,open government and open meeting sunshine principles at the state local level and how public libraries could be affected.\"
Check it out
You can stop Doubleclick\'s ability to track you, on and off line, HERE .
If you don\'t opt out, Doubleclick\'s ads have the ability to track you over multiple sites, and match that up with their database.
build a database profiling consumers. The database will include consumers\' names;
addresses; retail, catalog and online purchase histories; and demographic data, according
to the policy. -- Read More
A Story on
Surf Watch, the filtering software, and the companies
decision to block out Gun Sites.
Concerned by violence in the nation\'s schools, a California
company has beefed up its online filtering software to block
thousands of new Web pages hawking guns and ammunition.
SurfWatch Software officials said the new version
shipped in November filters Web sites that \"primarily sell
guns, weapons, ammunition or poisonous substances and sites
that allow online purchasing or ordering information,
including lists of prices and dealer locations.\"
The renewed effort follows a series of school shootings
in recent years, especially April\'s deadly rampage at
Columbine High School in Colorado.
For years, companies that make Internet filtering
software have blocked guns and ammunition sites... -- Read More
A state lawmaker has proposed a bill that would hold
library officials criminally liable if they let children see
The legislation, introduced by Sen. Mike Fair, R-Greenville,
was inspired by the Greenville County Library Board\'s
refusal to install Internet filtering software on computers.
Using filtering software to block adult Web sites in the
nation\'s libraries has been a controversial issue between
free-speech advocates and those wanting to shield kids from
the seamier side of -- Read More
Andy Oram wrote an article on the consequences of database protection Laws, HERE that is worth a read.
The 1990s have witnessed the creation of an entire new category of intellectual property—the collection—as well as a new (sui generis) right of ownership. In this article I will try to summarize the issues that content providers and their representatives should be alert to when dealing with laws concerning “collections of information”, a term I will use interchangeably with the term databases. -- Read More
\"A United States-based scholar detained in China for more than five months on vague charges of \"providing confidential materials to foreigners\" was released today. \" -- Read More
Bill Stark writes \"28,000,000 Americans have a hearing loss, and this sensory loss means that much informational and entertainment media is not accessible to them. The Captioned Media Program (CMP) at www.cfv.org is a free-loan open-captioned media program for these persons, their families, and the information professionals who serve them. Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education, CMP has over 4,000 items available for loan to qualified users. \"
But don\'t say goodbye to your hardcovers just yet. No one knows if the majority will
take to digitized reading. Changing paradigms--especially for something as basic as reading--takes time,
and the quirks of these early-generation products won\'t help. Even under the best circumstances, it will be
years before you see e-books on every street corner.
With the most recent count of Web sites reported to be a whopping 9 million and growing, the demand for domain names is exploding as well. To supply more choices to those looking to label their Web sites, a number of domain name registrars have enabled users to register names as long as 67 characters.
To further the use of electronic books in libraries, e-book publisher netLibrary has
announced it is donating 150,000 digital volumes to 100 public libraries across the country
during the coming months. The \"netLibrary eBook Intorduction Program\" will provide free
24-hour access to the titles for six months, at which time the participating libraries will
have the option to purchase as many of the volumes as they desire. -- Read More
In a ruling that could undermine the freedom to create links on the Web, a federal judge in Utah has temporarily barred two critics of the Mormon Church from posting on their Web site the Internet addresses of other sites featuring pirated copies of a Mormon text. -- Read More
Our mistake, perhaps, has been to look upon a library as an all-encompassing and neutral space. Any library is, by definition, the result of a choice, necessarily limited in its scope. The earliest Mesopotamian libraries we know of, leading back to the third millennium BC, were born under these conditions. -- Read More