DMCA Threatens Libraries?

has a very provocative Article on how the
and E-Books are going to change what we
all take for granted now.

\"We still have the same old freedoms in using
paper books. But if e-books replace printed books, that
exception will do little good. With “electronic ink,” which
makes it possible to download new text onto an
apparently printed piece of paper, even newspapers
could become ephemeral. Imagine: no more used
book stores; no more lending a book to your friend; no
more borrowing one from the public library—no more
“leaks” that might give someone a chance to read
without paying. (And judging from the ads for Microsoft
Reader, no more anonymous purchasing of books
either.) This is the world publishers have in mind for us.


The new public library

The Nando
has a great St
on the latest trends being used in public
libraries as
competition increases from book stores, and the
internet. They give great coverage to everything from
coffee, to library buildings.

\"Imagine a place
where you can rent videos, get your hair braided or sing
in a rock \'n\' roll band. Imagine a place where you can
also attend plays, fax a document or walk among rows
and rows of computers.

Imagine Starbucks, and bonus
membership cards; market research, tracking systems
and snappy slogans. Imagine all of this at no

A Scholarly Treasure Within a Treasure

Larocque Marce writes:

A Manuscript Written on the Margins of a Book will be
available to the worldThe
National Library of Canada
has microfilmed
and sent to a Jerusalem publisher, a valuable 18th
century Hebrew printed
text containing 112 annotated pages of manuscript
commentary. \"The entire Torah world will thank you for
your gracious assistance in bringing these annotations
to light\", stated Rabbi Yosef Buxbaum, Dean of Machon
Yerushalayim, The Jerusalem Institute of Talmudic
Research, in a letter to Roch Carrier, the National
Librarian of Canada.

Information Sharing Key to Success

Small Cap has a nice report on a Knowledge Mangement Study.

According to a just-released study, that free-flow of information in the digital age presents a daunting set of challenges for global firms struggling to generate, retain and leverage knowledge. “The growth of the Internet and digital businesses, which have been so critical in fueling our booming economy, is conversely the very reason why knowledge is so difficult to share and leverage,\'\' says Windle B. Priem, President and CEO of Korn/Ferry International.
The study identified four key areas where tensions are rising.

Your PERMANENT record

Thomas J. Hennen Jr. writes: Those of us in Catholic grade schools of the 1950\'s know the terror that nuns induced with: \"That, young man, will be on your PERMANENT RECORD!\" Sister would record it and send it to the \"permanent record place\" at the parish, then it would go to the archdiosese and then, perhaps, ever and anon, to Vatican City by diplomatic pouch. :-)

Is that COLD terror or what? Makes you think about privacy, no?

The report, released April 10 is, according to their press release, the most comprehensive online privacy research effort to date, covers 30,000 Web site privacy policies over nine months and across all domains. rates the sites\' policies from 0 to 4 stars, based a site\'s privacy policy regarding release of personally identifiable information.


Librarians everywhere WIN EFF Pioneer Award

Andy Breeding writes \"Today\'s technology cover story on titled \"The Twilight of the Cryptogeeks\" mentions that \"Librarians everywhere\" were given an EFF Pioneer award.

Be sure to Check it out.

\"Whitfield Diffie bounds to the platform, He stands now before the audience with his neat gray beard, shoulder-length blond hair and sudden uncontained enthusiasm. \"Librarians!\" he exclaims. \"I\'m thrilled with this award.\"


The Web-Less Future

The Standard has a rather interesting Article on what the future holds for the web. The author presents several reasons why in the future we may move away from web pages. Technologies like wireless access, napster, and zaplets could change the way we interact with one another


Online library project Galileo needs support

The Atlanta Journal Constitution has this Report on Galileo, Georgia\'s free online library.

Georgia was one of the first states in the United States to start building a big online library that everybody in the state with a computer --- from professors to schoolchildren --- could use for free. Gov. Zell Miller liked the idea of making the new world of Internet services available to every student --- as in public education --- and Gov. Roy Barnes also has supported the project, which has cost $30 million so far.

But the project --- called Galileo; now most states have a version --- keeps facing the obstacles of too little money and attention.


Net Library -Nyet

Thomas J. Hennen Jr. writes:

Only those of a certain age argue about whether it was Pogo or the Alligator that said: Younger demographic groups just look it up on the web. :-)

What a difference a few months can make in the looking glass world of e-texts! Five months ago, I lamenated that NetLibrary (tm) was marketing to gen-exers not boomers like myself. But now NetLibrary has cut off both exers as individuals and me at the virtual knees! And, it appears, librarians like myself must share the blame.


Library increases overdue book fines

Read this Story from the Ann Arbor News. Does anyone have any opinons on only using email for overdue notifications? It may save money but does it exclude many patrons, particularly on an economic level?

You\'d better make sure that\'s not a library book
languishing on the coffee table, forgotten for weeks.

Unless you\'ve given the Ann Arbor District Library your
e-mail address, you won\'t be getting an overdue notice.
As of March 6, the library stopped mailing notices to
customers, one of many cost-saving measures taken
since faced with an unexpected million dollar deficit.


Secretary bequeaths $350,000 to library

Read this Story from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Stung by the Great Depression, Helen M. Brown knew the
value of a dollar and appreciated those who helped make
her money work.

The tiny, tight-fisted West Sider spent hours at a time in
the Cleveland Public Library studying the stock market. It
was time well spent, for Brown and the library - her
charitable trust has bequeathed $350,000 to the library
system and thousands more to local institutions that
touched her life.


Web Privacy Report has released what they call the most comprehensive report ever done on web privacy standards. While more sites than ever are posting privacy policies and a large number ask for consumer permission regarding data usage, other sites still leave the door open to share user data without consent or are silent on their practices.
Only 3.5 percent commit to never share personally-identifiable information with third parties, nor use such data to contact a user without permission.

Boy Pinned and arrested in Library after fracas

HeraldNet in Washingston had this brief story.

\"A tough-talking 14-year-old boy got more than he bargained for after he allegedly waved a knife at a 46-year-old man outside the downtown Everett Library about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

According to witness statements, the man accidentally bumped the boy on the sidewalk outside the library. The man excused himself. The boy allegedly said, \"Darn right, you\'d better excuse yourself, old man,\" said Everett police Lt. Greg Lineberry.


Creationist wins suit library

JS Online in Milwaukee, has This Story on legal troubles brought on trying to exclude from the library religious services or instructional meetings.

\"The City of West Allis, WI violated a man\'s First Amendment rights when it refused him permission to use the public library\'s Constitution Room for a presentation about creationism, a federal judge ruled in a decision made public Tuesday.

\"The Library\'s Constitution Room is a designated public forum, and no compelling state interest has been advanced to support the exclusion of plaintiff from using it,\" U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman wrote in his decision.


Schools, libraries miss out on Net funding

A Report from The Union Leader says that New Hampshire schools and libraries are missing out on more than $2 million a year in federal funds due to overwhelming paper work.

\"There is a tremendous amount of paperwork, and it changes\" annually, said Theresa Pare, a librarian with the New Hampshire State Library. The program is now in its fourth year, and none of the paperwork is the same as previous years, she said.
\"The application process has been horrendous,\" agreed Judy Fillion, a director with the state Department of Education.


Portals\' News Originates with Old Media

The Project for Excellence in Journalism notes that political news is still produced mainly by \"old media.\" Personalized home pages such as My Yahoo tend to shunt important materials off in favor of newer items. Some web-based media, such as and MSN, are given higher marks for their efforts to combine shallow linking with original reporting. See Currents for the full story.


No More Snail Mail

Michigan Live has a Story on the doings at the Ann Arbor District Library. It seems they have stopped mailing over due notices, and only contact patrons by email. They have also more than doubled fines.

\"It\'s a major change in policy,\" said William Razgunas, a regular library user. \"Hollywood Video is for-profit, so they have no obligation to their customers to set the fine one way or another. But taxpayers don\'t support Hollywood Video.\"

Meeting Over Library Hours Tense

Read this Story from the Omaha (NE) Wold-Herald.

A City Hall meeting over the prospect of extending library hours grew contentious Monday afternoon, and one Omaha City Council member walked out in anger.

The meeting between Mayor Hal Daub, Councilman Marc Kraft and others was supposed to address increasing tension over when extended library hours, which had been budgeted for by the council, would be implemented.

\"The meeting did not go well with the mayor,\" Kraft said. \"I ended up walking out of it after having been insulted.\"


A look at the secret lives of librarians

The Daily Southtown in Chicago has This Great Article that is a series of interviews with local librarians. A nice look at the librarian of the 00\'s,


Lose the image of the hair up in a bun. Old Maid is just another card game to them, and some actually have tattoos and wear more than two earrings. Librarians throughout the Southland say they have plenty of passion, too — not for the discipline of tidy bookshelves and silent facilities, but for books and all the things that go along with reading and learning.P.S. Some are even male.\"


Books on Demand

Yahoo News picked up This Story on Bookstores where customers pick out titles and have them printed in minutes. It would be like having an unlimited number of books in stock. Combine this with an E-Book reader and your library could put together an impressive collection in no time!



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