Library Discards LP\'s

According to this article in Cadillac News, a library had decided to rid itself of its LP collection.\"The record collection is being stopped for two reasons: we couldn\'t buy them anymore and the demand wasn\'t there (from patrons)\"


ALA Erotica program

Someone sent in this: \"Found this following a link from the American Family Association site. Call to action against ALA.

Librarians Discuss Stocking Erotica \"

From the story

\"Public universities appear to be taking the lead in developing erotica collections, but many community librarians have now been emboldened by the ALA seminar.

To make matters worse, the ALA favors giving children the same access to explicit materials that is afforded adults.


Reading habit has declined in Sri Lanka

This Story tells us reading is declining in Sri Lanka due to lack of interest in reading and leisure. Is this happening in other countries?

\"The survey was conducted under the direction of Cultural and Religious Affairs Ministry. The report on the survey says that 63.7 per cent admitted that their reading habit has dropped. Most Sri Lankans are monolingual. Their principal language of communication is Sinhala, only 16.1 percent of them could read English and 0.9 percent Tamil. Of those who consider Tamil as their principle language of communication 35.4 percent could read Sinhala and 4.8 percent English.


The dot matters

More problems with filters, this one with AOL. You can get past the filtering software by adding a dot at the end of the URL. The article appeared on New Jersey Online\"members designated as mature teens cannot access the Web site However, under the workaround, if a mature teen using AOL simply enters a \".\" at the end of \",\" the site becomes accessible.\"


Friday Updates

Friday updates for this week include Missing Pages in Harry Potter, Bill Gates\'s Money, Ugly Library Building, Library Lemonade Stand, Save the Bookmobile,, Library of the Future, a Broken Library, the Secret to Harry Potter, Netlibrary News, More Stealing from Libraries, and the Quote of the Week!! Enjoy!!

Digital Audio Books

Wired has this story on the next generation of talking books.\" talking books, users can navigate through different pages, chapters, or even sentences. People can search for a given word, or start the audio at any given point using a special keypad.\"


Top 10 Signs You Did Not Learn Anything In LIbrary School

This is dedicated to Blake, who I think could use a
laugh after this rough week.
You know you did not learn much in library
school is you think a MARC record is something that
once belonged in a stereo.


Web Bugs

A Story from tells the dangers of \"Web Bugs\", Web bugs are little electronic tags that help Web sites and advertisers track visitors, rather than using cookies, they use little tiny images to track you.

\"A Web bug \"is like a beacon, so that every time you hit a Web page it sends a ping or call-back to the server saying \'Hi, this is who I am and this is where I am,\'\" said Craig Nathan\"


Wasting money on Potter?

Brian Smith writes \"Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn plays the role of wet-blanket grump and asks whether the money libraries are spending on multiple copies of Goblet of Fire would have gone to better use buying a bunch of other books.
Story at The Chicago Tribune

Also in today\'s Tribune, a letter-writing muggle repeats the dumb-ass warning that Potter=Wicca=danger.



All Computers Filtered Except One

The St. Petersburg Times has this article on a decision in a library to filter all computers but one. There might as well be a sign over the one unfiltered terminal that reads View Porn Here!!.\"It\'s censorship -- it\'s bald-faced censorship -- and that is what the First Amendment is supposed to protect us from,\" said Joe Redner, a nude-nightclub owner and county commission candidate.\"


E-Rate a Success

It looks like filling out all of those E-rate forms has paid off. Computer User has this article on a report by the Education and Library Networks Coalition.\"The report released today by EDLINC is another confirmation that the E-rate program is a very powerful tool in leveling the playing field for everyone in our country, regardless of economic or geographic background,\" FCC Chairman William Kennard said in a statement released today.\"


Harry Gets Patrons Excited

There are about a million Harry Potter stories buzzing aroung the net news sources now. This One from The Orlando Sentinel has a stronger library angle than most.

\"As librarians, this has us excited,\" said Nancy Gear of the Deltona branch. \"If kids read this book, and they see that they like books, we can get them to read other books. It`s that simple. But you have to get them to want to read.\"


Library rejects censorship software

Normally when I find a story on filtering the title isn\'t quite as heroic as this one. This one, however, is different. The entire article reads as if it came from the ALA OIF.

\"You can find censorship at the Hayward Library, but only information about it in books, magazines and Internet files.

As a policy, the library has been fighting censorship for 37 years.

Library commissioners reaffirmed the principle of free access to information last week as they decided not to install filtering software on library computers.


New site for web weaving librarians

Kathy Leeds writes in about Innovative Internet Applications in Libraries.

Intended primarily for the library community, Innovative Internet Applications in Libraries is a sampling of new and interesting uses of the Web by public, corporate, academic, and school libraries. The project (begun in 1995 by Ken Middleton) has sought to provide best practice models of both traditional and non-traditional library service provision using Internet technology.

Suggestions for new links are welcomed in categories from interactive readers advisory to personalized interfaces to virtual reference and local database creation and access. Innovations may involve either form or content or both.


Free Harry Potter!

Excite news carried this editorial about the censoring of Harry Potter\"When libraries, courts and schools like those in Zeeland place a ban or restriction on a book because a few parents disapprove of its theme, it stifles a child\'s learning opportunity and places a restriction on the selection of works children are able to chose and learn from. Harry Potter.\"


Serving Diverse Population

Here is an interesting column out of Excite news. I agree with the topic, but check out the first paragraph...Is it me or does this make no sense at all?\"Widespread use of the Internet in educational applications has made the public library all but obsolete. Although the Internet is accessible virtually everywhere, there is a problem with relying solely on cyberspace to educate the masses.\"If Public Libraries cease to exist, who will help in \"educating the masses\"?


The Fastest Librarian on Earth

The Story from Wayne State U Campus News, entitled \"What\'s that stereotypical image of librarians?\" shows us that not all librarians are little old ladies with cats (OK, so most of us are, but not all!)

\"Race car driving women are rare, but rarer still are female national champions in ProRally racing -- a closed-road sport sponsored by the SportsCar Club of America.

Cindy Krolikowski, interim assistant director of Purdy/Kresge Library, and adjunct professor of collection development in WSU\'s Library and Information Science Program, is both.


Project Gutenberg a tuff read

The Seattle Times has a Story on Project Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg. is the online book project that hopes to have 10,000 books in the collection by next year. All the books are public domain, so you\'ll find older stuff from Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, Feodor Dostoyevsky, etc...

\"All of this is nice, but none of this information answers the most glaring question: Why would anyone want to read a 300- to 500-page book on a computer screen? Would you?

Plain English on Data Quality

DM Review has a Story on a survey to see what business has learned from the enormous expenditures organizations made to \"fix\" the Y2K data design defect. Guess what? Nothing.

\"The fact of the matter is that 62 percent of information professionals believe that their organization and others have not learned important lessons from their Y2K experiences and have not changed their data design processes.

National Library of Lebanon

A Story on the new National Library in Lebanon. The newly reconstructed library will contain 250,000 books, reconstruction of the National Museum cost $5 million. The first library was damaged during the civil war.

“Without a National Library, a cultural pillar, Lebanon will lose the intellectual heritage that we’re so proud of,”, said Youssef Beydoun, Education Minister



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