Libraries and their ashes

Oneworld has An Amazing
piece on books, and libraries, and everything that interests us.

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

Library use rises sharply

InsideDenver Has a very encouraging

Story Here on how library use is way UP.

From 1991 to 1998 -- a period when big chain bookstores and the Internet blossomed into potential threats to America\'s libraries -- state circulation of libray books and other items grew dramatically. -- Read More

The Information Age: More to Come

Intellectualcapital.com has a great Opinion piece on Vannevar Bushs\"As We May Think\"

Bush\'s essay is astonishing for two reasons. First, his vision of personally
created, associated links of knowledge was prescient. He could see, even
then, the explosion of necessary information beyond a level any human could
manage, and he could imagine the evolution of technology into forms that
would make possible an easily accessible, easily searchable desk-based
library of personal and public knowledge. -- Read More

The book of the future?

Check out Futurebook.org for a look at the possible book of the future.

\"THE BOOK AS interface, the changing interface of collected thought... what is the future of
the book? With the computer revolution fast fulfilling its promise to make society rethink
communication, it is time for a good long look at this vehicle called book.\"

Library e-mails overdue notices

Alabama Live has a

Story on how one library system now can email overdue notices. An approache that may be used more often in the future.

About 7,000 local patrons receive library notices by e-mail, and Jefferson County library officials say theyhope more people will catch on and use the service in the future. -- Read More

Forget Copiers: Scanners You Can Take to the library

The NYTimes Has a Storyon cool new pen scanners.

If you have ever done research in a library, you have probably encountered this annoying situation: You\'ve found a paragraph ofhelpful information in an otherwise useless book. There is no point in lugging the book home for the sake of those 300 words. So you face twochoices: transcribe the paragraph by hand or trot over to the photocopy machine, stand in line, fish around for change and make three copies the wrong size before getting one that captures what you want. -- Read More

Harry Potter books Promote Hatred and Rebellion

OregonLive has a story HERE on the infamous Harry Potter.

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Complaining that Harry Potter\'s popular books for children will lead readers to \"hatred and rebellion,\" a couple in this central Oregon town is asking schools to ban them.

It\'s the latest in a controversy that pits parents who object to the adventure stories about witchcraft against parents who say the popular tales encourage children to read.

New Videotape Offered Free to Public Libraries

Get yout free video Here
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The new 38-minute videotape, Therapy in Action: The School-Age Child Who stutters, is getting rave reviews from speech-language pathologists, parents, teachers and physicians. The tape is an excellent resource and is certain to further the understanding of stuttering and what can be done to help the school-age child.\"

How Dialog Blew it

You would\'ve thought Databse Monster Dialog would have a big advantage over most others when it comes to the web. Not so says Forbes in This article on Dialogs troubles brought on by the web.


Dialog practically invented much of the indexing and boolean search technology that has allowed such outfits as Yahoo and Alta Vista to bring order to the chaos--and make their owners spectacularly wealthy in the process. -- Read More

Librarian Freed

From YAHOO! News.

Song Yongyi, a U.S.-based academic detained by China on
suspicion of gathering state secrets, left for home Saturday
after Beijing freed him in a gesture ahead of a pivotal
Congressional debate on its WTO entry.
Song, detained since August in a case that triggered appeals
to China by U.S. academics, lawmakers and diplomats, left
the Chinese capital on Northwest Airlines flight NW088 to
Detroit, a U.S. offici -- Read More

Water flood BYU Library

news.excite.com has a Story on flooing at the Bringham Young University in UT.

\"Thousands of Brigham Young University students and library employees were startled in the Harold B. Lee Library when they heard: \"Please gather your belongings and immediately evacuate the building in an orderly fashion\" around 12:15 p.m. on Thursday.\" -- Read More

Free The Chinese Librarian!

Dickinson College has set up a site where people can
check for updates on the status of Dickinson College scholar and librarian Yongyi Song who was arrested in China on charges of \"the purchase and illegal provision of intelligence to foreign people.\" on Christmas Eve. They have started an online petition and awareness campaign aimed at securing his release.

The Info Connect LIS directory 2000

Godfrey Oswald, webmaster at The Info Connect LIS Directory
2000 The Info Connect LIS directory 2000 wrote in.


\"The
popular web site set up in 1995 exclusively for
information scientists, librarians and other information
professionals worldwide,with over 3000 live links, moved
address a few days ago!!! http://www.fortunecity.com/tattooine/jabba/365/Page1.htm

Gates foundation gives $1 million to libraries

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donates to Chicago\'s library system. Read about it Here. From the The Chicago Tribune

Chicago\'s library system will receive money and gifts totaling $1 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to expand public access to the Internet, Mayor Richard Daley announced Thursday.

Library gets $1 million for upgrades

The Library Legacy Foundation presented its first installment. Read about it Here. From the The Toledo Blade

The Library Legacy Foundation yesterday presented its first installment, a check for $1 million, to the board of the Toledo-Lucas County Library to help in paying for improvements to the system.

Libraries branch out in cyberspace

An Article from the Pioneer Planet. Link to it Here.

Libraries branch out in cyberspace.

The mad dash for public library Internet terminals begins shortly after 2 p.m. on school days. St. Paul students, some as young as 6 or 7, scramble to snare one of the coveted computers that provide free online access at neighborhood branches.

Fighting online racism

There\'s an article on Yahoo! News about the
United Nations World Conference on Racism, Racial
Discrimination and Xenophobia, taking place in 2001. They
have a modest goal of stopping racist propaganda on the
Internet.


European leaders called for international cooperation on
Thursday to stop the Internet\'s use as a tool for spreading
neo-Nazi and other racist propaganda.

``Worse still, the Web enables those who support such ideas
to network and promote their products, books and so-called
\'scientific\' and other reports by means of e-commerce, or
even to coordinate their subversive ac -- Read More

DoubleClick has more on you than you think.

A California woman filed suit yesterday against DoubleClick,
accusing the Web advertising firm of unlawfully obtaining
and selling
consumers\' private information. News.com has a
Story about the
first lawsuit over privacy concerns with ad tracking
software on the net.

\"
DoubleClick\'s new privacy
policy
states
that the company plans to use this information to build a
database
profiling consumers. The database will include consumers\'
names; addresses;
retail, catalog and online purchase histories; and
demographic data,
according to t -- Read More

Librarians support Clintons proposal.

The ALA has come out in support of US President Bill
Clintons proposal on after school and education
initiatives Read the release HERE

\"The nation\'s
librarians welcome the opportunity to enhance learning
opportunities
for kids through an expanded role in afterschool and
education
initiatives outlined by President Bill Clinton in his State
of the Union address Jan. 27.
Clinton called on Congress to double funding for afterschool
programs to $1 bill -- Read More

Libraries in a bind, and you might pay.

The NY Post has a story
HERE on
budget
problems in the New York Citiy Libraries.

Libraries should charge borrowers Blockbuster rates for
movie videos and CDs -- or come up with other money-raising
ideas -- to cover part of a $41million budget cut, the
mayor\'s new spending proposal says. -- Read More

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