Submitted by Steven on January 4, 2001 - 9:09am
In order for librarians to state their case on the matter of filtering, they need to see the other side of the controversy. This will make their argument stronger. Art Linkletter, in the Nando Times had this to say about filtering:\"Professional librarians go through years of schooling to acquire degrees in library science, and they are taught to discern worthy from unworthy material. Given limited resources to buy books, librarians routinely choose not to buy rubbish. Few, if any, libraries stock their shelves with unvarnished porn...The libraries\' argument is, to put it charitably, inconsistent.
Submitted by AnnaKh on January 3, 2001 - 9:07pm
Here is an article by Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman, of Focus on the Corporation fame, about the recent donation of 20,000 Coke ads to the Library of Congress. They attended the reception at the Jefferson Building, questioned the use of a public library to promote junk food, were thrown out and told never to return. I guess it was their physical removal that prompted them to title the story The Real Thing: Democracy as a Contact Sport.
The Thomas Jefferson quote in the article is wonderfully ironic: \"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws our country.\"
Submitted by Blake on January 3, 2001 - 7:36pm
SPARC and the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) today launch
DECLARING INDEPENDENCE: A GUIDE TO CREATING COMMUNITY-CONTROLLED
SCIENCE JOURNALS, a how-to handbook and web site that guides editors
and editorial board members of scientific journals toward responsible
journal publishing. To see the site or download a PDF version of the
handbook, please go to: arl.org/sparc/DI.
Submitted by Blake on January 3, 2001 - 6:35pm
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Submitted by Blake on January 3, 2001 - 4:12pm
ZD Net has an interesting Look At search engines. They say people get \"Web-rage\" after searching for 12 minutes, and not finding what you\'re looking for. They say all that information is just overwhelming.
\"A great majority, (86 percent) of Internet users feel that a more efficient way to search the Web for accurate information should be in place,\" Roper Starch Worldwide researchers wrote.\"
The other 14% must not actually use the internet.
Submitted by Blake on January 3, 2001 - 8:57am
Information liberation : Challenging the corruptions of information power by Brian Martin is now online as an eText, Here, links to the chapters are below.I\'ve only read 2 chapters, but it looks interesting.
Power tends to corrupt, and information power is no exception. Information Liberation analyses the corruptions of power in a range of crucial current areas in the information society, including mass media, intellectual property, surveillance, bureaucracies, defamation and research.
Reform solutions seldom get to the root of information problems. Information Liberation examines radical alternatives that undermine the power of vested interests. Alternatives include replacing mass media with network media, abolishing intellectual property, and changing social institutions that create a demand for surveillance. The book canvasses various strategies for moving toward these alternatives, focussing on grassroots action.
Information Liberation is provocative. Most readers will find something to disagree with. That\'s all part of the process. Everyone needs to be involved in discussing information policies and practices, rather than leaving the issues to experts and vested interests.\"
Submitted by Blake on January 3, 2001 - 8:50am
The New Republic has a book review of Book Business: Publishing Past Present and Future by Jason Epstein that turns out to be much more than a review. The author of the review has more than a few things to say about books and the publishing industry.
\"The conviction that not only will people always want books, and will want them as they have always had them--on the shelves in bookstores--and will travel great distances to get to them, has led me to put upward of 300,000 books in four buildings in my hometown in West Texas.\"
Submitted by Blake on January 2, 2001 - 6:38pm
Irina Ibraghimova was kind enough to send in This Story from Russia on Harry Potter. The books are selling very well in Russia. Even though former President Boris Yeltsin\'s memoir is disappearing twice as fast.
\"There\'s something about the books that makes people a little crazy,\" said Natalya Chuprova, research director for the Moscow-based Moskva bookstore chain. \"It\'s quite popular, especially for a foreign book.\"
Submitted by Blake on January 2, 2001 - 6:34pm
Sfgate has a story on the big \'ol mess at the SFPL. San Francisco Public Library administrators want $5.3 million for a first round of fixes. This after a $240,000 report that offered a long list of ways to fix the $137.5 million building. I guess money grows on trees around there.
\"Because the main library has these problems, that\'s what we focus on. But the library is working, and lots of people are using it every day. These changes will make it better,\"
Submitted by Blake on January 2, 2001 - 4:59pm
Some folks that make and sell books are none too happy about Amazon\'s new used book sales. CNET has a story Here and there is a letter to Jeff Bezos Here from the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers.
\"If your aggressive promotion of used book sales becomes popular among Amazon\'s customers, this service will cut significantly into sales of new titles, directly harming authors and publishers,\"
Slashdot has a Discussion as well.
Submitted by Blake on January 2, 2001 - 4:15pm
Salon has a funny little Piece that includes some quotable quotes on librarians.
\"The problem with kissing Natasha was that, being a librarian, she was overflowing with interesting factoids and observations about the universe.\"
Submitted by Blake on January 2, 2001 - 4:13pm
Brian writes \"In the Chicago Tribune, libertarian columnist Steve Chapman says that the Children\'s Internet Protection Act is bad.
chicagotribune.com has the Story\"
\"If you were looking for a book for a school-age youngster and didn\'t have a good idea of what would be suitable, would you ask advice from (a) your local librarian, (b) the child\'s teacher, (c) a parent or (d) your U.S. senator? If you answered (d), then you\'re gonna love the Children\'s Internet Protection Act.\"
Submitted by Blake on January 2, 2001 - 10:54am
Lee Hadden sent in this one.The Washingtonpost has a Story on the Politics & Prose bookstore. Independent stores continue to struggle against the big chains.
\"I am filled with shelves; the shelves are filled with books; the books are filled with ideas. Of all stripes: liberal, conservative, kooky, kinky, cogent, cautious, cockamamie.\"
Submitted by AnnaKh on December 30, 2000 - 9:13pm
Many librarians with collection development responsibilities who understand the importance of the Alternative Press still don\'t select from it, saying they don\'t know how to find those materials or don\'t have the time. Bibliographic Tools for the Alternative Press, a regular feature in Counterpoise, the review journal of the Alternative Press, is a bibliography of resources you can use for exactly that purpose. (Of course, the reason we need to select from the alternative press is that the mainstream press does not provide a full range of perspectives, being slanted by its corporate point of view.)
Submitted by Blake on December 29, 2000 - 4:23pm
Former Education Secretary William Bennett is one of the folks out selling some new online schools. Bennett once gave schools\' efforts to increase use of computers in teaching an \"F-\". Cnet has the Full Story.
Washington Post has another story on the same thing. Sounds like a big gamble on some vaporware.
\"It\'s a back-to-basics approach,\" Bennett said. \"We\'re combining traditional learning and powerful technology.\"
Submitted by Blake on December 29, 2000 - 2:17pm
The Safeguarding the Wired Schoolhouse initiative, launched by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)is offering unfiltered advice on what educators can do to safeguard students online. Complete Story at NY Times.
They do not advocate mandatory filtering, but have established the framework to give educators a \"vendor-neutral\" process by which to make decisions about the various software options available. Trying to \"filter\" out all the ads from vendors for the people making the decisions.
Submitted by Blake on December 29, 2000 - 2:14pm
The NY Times has a Story on how Representatives from the ISTE, the National School Boards Association, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and others are trying to put together some sort of standards for clueless school admins.
\"Administrators need to be comfortable about not knowing everything, but they should know who knows,\" she said. \"They don\'t have to be a network administrator.\"
Submitted by Blake on December 29, 2000 - 12:28pm
Bob Cox sent in this press release from Cornell on a study by Cornell University librarians shows that many URLs, cited in student term-paper bibliographies often are incorrect or refer to documents that no longer exist. I\'m sure it\'s just a coincidence! Why would a student make up a URL?
They suggest that professors set guidelines for acceptable citations in course assignments. Also, they believe that collegiate libraries should create and maintain scholarly portals for authoritative web sites with a commitment to long-term access and instruct students on how to critically evaluate resources.
Submitted by Blake on December 29, 2000 - 10:19am
Motherjones.com has a nice Story on how the Town of Johnsburg, NY put together the money and the people power to build a new library. A heart warming story on how the library has become the center of the small town.
\"When a small town set out to create a library, it took the first step toward building something far more elusive--a community.\"