slashdot: Protesting DMCA

Yesterday a number of Washington, D.C. area Linux User Group (LUG) members met outside the U.S. Capitol to protest the deconstruction of fair use implied by the DMCA. Timothy of slashdot wrote up the experience; his writeup and a bunch of great photos are available here.

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Need a bookmobile? Sell fake pigs!

Brian Smith sent in this link toPJStar.com which has a story on local fundraising efforts.
Peoria Public Library is selling fiberglas swine to local businesses, for the purpose of raising funds for a new bookmobile. Pigs will be decorated and displayed, a la the \"Cows on Parade\" in Chicago last year.

The 5-foot-long fiberglass replicas due Friday are destined for artistic expression as part of a Peoria Public Library fund-raiser for a new bookmobile. Under the Peoria Is Great (PIG) program, Friends of the Library have sold 16 of the porkers at $500 a pop to local businesses or organizations.

The buyers have engaged artists to thematically decorate the pigs, which will be displayed early next month at the offices of sponsors before being offered for sale.

Hacker cuts library catalog access

MySan Antonio.com has a report on a mischievious hacker that shut an OPAC down in San Antonio, TX.

\"
I warn you before,\" it read in part. The hacker also left greetings for friends and signed himself as the \"Great Magoo.\" He blamed President Clinton for his actions.\"

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The Internet is a waste of time

I really wanted to put this one under Humor.The Times of India has a very funny story by John O\'Farrell, who seems to honestly believe the internet is a waste of time.

\"The usefulness of the Internet has been hyped out of all proportion. All it does is make information more easily available. The downside of this is that in doing so it creates an enormous amount of new material, most of which is just information for its own sake. Clearly, there are some specialist occupations for whom the Internet is a vital resource, but since I am not a white supremacist with an interest in hardcore pornography, I find that most of the sites are not really for me.\"

He does go on to defend Libraries....

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LITA Regional Institute:

Dan Schweer writes \"The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) and Nylink are please to present \"A LITA Regional Institute: Proxy Web Servers & Authentication.\" This one-day program from the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, provides instruction on the theory of proxy servers and their use in library situations. This institute is being offered nationally on a limited basis. Seating is limited so please register early. Register before April 1 and be entered into a drawing for an O\'Reilly technology book!

Click below for the Workshop description:

Harper Collins Plans Grand Celebration as Classic Fantasy Tale Comes of Age

Company Press Release

SOURCE: Harper Collins Children\'s Books

In celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis\' best-selling classic fantasy, Harper Collins Children\'s Books announces a massive year-long program of activities culminating in
a celebrity anniversary gala event in New York this November. The program, underwritten by Harper Collins, is anticipated to reach over 10 million American children.

Celebrations will involve every school in the U.S., partnerships with major media sponsors and one of the largest children\'s charities in the country. Libraries, bookstores and a host of non-traditional retail outlets will take part. Fans will be able to follow the festivities on the web-site, http://www.narnia.com, which will be launched this summer. Monthly announcements will reveal the various aspects and details of the plan which include the introduction of a ``once in a lifetime\'\' special collector\'s
edition of the entire Chronicles of Narnia.

Addition to library inspires awe

Read this Story from the Toledo Blade.

Alonzo Costilla walked away impressed. Kim Johnson walked away wondering if she was still in Toledo.

Both came to see the grand opening yesterday of the 85,000-square-foot addition to the Toledo-Lucas County Main Public Library.

Library festival goes medieval

Read this Story from the Register Guard.

Glen and Zarifah Spain depend on the Eugene Public Library to supplement the courses they teach their two 6-year-old children,Nathan and Jemila, at home.

It\'s not only the books the couple values, but also the educational programs the library sponsors.

This past week, the family joined more than 100 children and their parents for the fourth annual Great Redwall Faire, an event sponsored by the library that examines the medieval period.

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Fund-raiser set for library at Columbine

A group of average people has organized a not-so-average event to help raise some of the $3.1 million needed
to build a new library for Columbine High School.

Take a look at this Story from the Denver Post.

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Pulitzer Prize winner praises power of libraries at Mercer

Read this Story from the Macon Telegraph.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough spent more than an hour Monday night singing the praise of libraries.

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Dialog Refocuses on Fast Growing Technology Divisions; Sells Information Service

Read this Press Release from Dialog.com.

The Dialog Corporation (LSE: DLG, NASDAQ:DIAL), a leading provider of Internet-based information, technology and e-commerce solutions, today announced the proposed refinancing and restructuring of the Group through the sale of its Information Services Division (ISD) to The Thomson Corporation [TSE: TOC] which will enable the repayment of all the Group\'s outstanding senior and high yield debt. Separately, Dialog reported financial results for the year ended December 31, 1999.

The overall effect of these proposals is to reposition the Group - which will be renamed Bright Station plc (http://www.brightstation.com) - to focus on its eCommerce and Web Solutions businesses, with an additional £27.9 ($44) million of new equity investment. These divisions can now be developed to their full potential. The Board is also proposing the creation of an investment business that will focus on developing promising Internet and eCommerce start-ups, leveraging the Company\'s leading edge technologies, management experience and new capital.

Senator Fighting for school libraries

US Senator Jack Reed has introduced a bill to provide $275
million in funding to school libraries to purchase new
reference materials. S.1262, the Elementary and Secondary
School Library Media Resources, Training and Advanced
Technology Assistance Act, would provide critical funding
for school libraries and increase student access to the most
up-to-date library materials. You can even submit
examples of out-of-date reference books in your school
library Here.
The School Library Bill Page is at reed.senate.gov

Staffing shortages close library

The Savannah
Morning News
has a Story on the lack of
libarians in a new library. The article does not say
what caused the shortage. Because of staffing shortages, the
library originally opened at just eight hours a week and
that was increased as new people were hired.Is this good news for those
currently working on their MLS?

The geek ego

Frank Ryan writes \"Here is a good story - and a true
one!

A consultant colleague who specialised in thesaurus
construction was at a party. She was button-holed by an IT
\"techie\" who was very keen to make an impression. In the
course of their conversation he realised that what they
had in common was \"databases\". He described at length a
database of internal documents that he and his colleagues
had constructed and how after a few thousand records they
started to add \"tags\" to the records i.e. specific
words describing their content.

At this point my colleague interrupted and said \"Oh, you
mean a thesaurus of controlled terms\". The downcast
techie replied \"Has this been done before\"?

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Dharna in Pondicherry.

The Hindu, Online edition of India\'s National Newspaper on indiaserver.com, has a story on a dharna going on in Pondicherry.

\"Members of the Pondicherry State Library and Information Assistants Association will stage a dharna in front of the Assembly premises on March 27 (the day when budget session of the Assembly is scheduled to begin). \"

Cyborgs and Semantic Interoperability

Thomas J. Hennen Jr. writes \"This is (partly) satire.

In the February 2000 issue of Wired Magazine is the article \"Cyborg 1.0\" It is subtitled: \"Kevin Warwick outlines his plan to become one with his computer.\" Warwick, what a great irony, for catalogers, no? Warwick, a research in Great Britain, not a Framework or \"container.\" decribes his experiment to implant a chip in his arm and an attempt to record his emotions and then play them back to his nervous system, eventually, he hopes, over the web! He fears heights, so he will climb a cliff, record the emotion and play it back to his nervous system over the net. Spooky, no? See:
wired.com for the full story.

Readers may be familiar with the attempts by library folk to catalog the net using the Dublin Core and the Warwick Framework. (References below). These catalogers worry that the net is being indexed by search engines that can\'t possibly keep up with fast growing and chaotic web resources.

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Publish Online Or Perish?

The Standard has a good story on E-Books from the business point of view.

\"The book publishing industry relies on a business model that dates back centuries – and it likes it that way, thank you very much. While every other media industry has flocked to the Net, the staid book world has used the Web for merely advertising its latest releases.

But the page is turning. \"

Bill collectors heed libraries page

This Story from The Orlando Sentinel, has a great first line:

\"If you hate being shushed by librarians, brace yourself for something even worse: A collection agency may soon be calling about those long-overdue books. The Seminole County Public Library System is joining a handful of others in Florida taking advantage of a 1996 law allowing public libraries to use collection agencies to go after their worst offenders.\"

Of course they do arrest people for overdure books in FL too.

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Hackers had Gates credit card data

I know it\'s not exactly funny, or exactly relevant, but News.com is reporting that A teenager arrested in Wales for allegedly hacking into e-commerce Web sites obtained the credit card details of Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft and the world\'s richest man. You can read the full story Here

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tool offers privacy without crippling browsing habits

In a folow up to our What Banner Ads are saying about us story, CNN has this in depth story on one company, IDcide, that has developed a cure for this by providing a browser plug-in that discriminates between first-party (coming from the site you\'re visiting) and third-party (coming from other servers) cookies. The tool, called the Privacy Companion, can provide varying levels of security -- either blocking no cookies, just third-party cookies, or all cookies.

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