Submitted by Blake on March 29, 2000 - 7:02pm
News.com has a story on a move by Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com to post statements that say they don\'t endorse the views expressed in \"The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion,\". The actions are already drawing criticism from an online civil rights group.
\"The book is anti-Semitic (and) used by haters every day of the week to promote their ideology,\" said Myrna Shinbaum, the ADL director of media relations. She said the ADL contacted the booksellers after receiving hundreds of complaints.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 29, 2000 - 6:49pm
This is a follow up to This Story on an ugly battle to ban the book \"My Brother Sam is Dead\" in an Oregon Elementary School. The parents have now decided to pull their children from the school.
``We have lost all faith in the public schools,\'\' Kelly Dunn said. ``Look what they can assign without our knowledge.\'\'
Read the full story at The Register Gaurd
Submitted by Blake on March 29, 2000 - 6:38pm
La Grange Park and Lyons public libraries in Chicago are now sending out select chapters of books to their patrons by email. Check out The Chicago Sun Times for the full story.
\"We\'re trying to find a balance between books and computers,\" said Dixie Conkis, executive director of the La Grange Park Library. \"It\'s a marriage of the old and the new.\"
\"The American Library Association said this is the only service of its kind. About 30 libraries across the country have signed up, said Suzanne Beecher, founder of the Chapter-A-Day Internet site, which made its online book club available to libraries in January.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 29, 2000 - 6:33pm
The USAToday has this story on a ruling in an important case involving the bility to link to other sites.
\"U.S. District Judge Harry Hupp said hyperlinking was not illegal as long as consumers understand whose site they are on and that one company has not simply duplicated another\'s page.
Submitted by AnnaKh on March 29, 2000 - 4:35pm
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.
Submitted by Blake on March 29, 2000 - 1:42pm
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.
Submitted by Blake on March 29, 2000 - 8:58am
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.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 28, 2000 - 11:40pm
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....
Submitted by Blake on March 28, 2000 - 6:13pm
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:
Submitted by Steve on March 28, 2000 - 11:58am
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.
Submitted by Steve on March 28, 2000 - 11:54am
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.
Submitted by Steve on March 28, 2000 - 11:50am
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.
Submitted by Steve on March 28, 2000 - 11:29am
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.
Submitted by Steve on March 28, 2000 - 11:25am
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.
Submitted by Steve on March 28, 2000 - 11:17am
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.
Submitted by Blake on March 28, 2000 - 9:27am
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
The School Library Bill Page is at reed.senate.gov
Submitted by Blake on March 28, 2000 - 9:19am
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?
Submitted by Blake on March 28, 2000 - 9:07am
Frank Ryan writes \"Here is a good story - and a true
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\"?
Submitted by Blake on March 27, 2000 - 9:26pm
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). \"
Submitted by Blake on March 27, 2000 - 9:15pm
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.