Submitted by Blake on February 8, 2001 - 3:04pm
The Shylibrarian is having a Library Dream Contest.
Report your LIBRARY DREAM or NIGHTMARE to THE SHY LIBRARIAN and The BEST LIBRARY DREAM or NIGHTMARE, as judged by The Shy Librarian staff,
will be awarded a 14-karat gold coin commemorating the 125th anniversary
of the Canadian Library of Parliament.Not a bad deal.
Submitted by Blake on February 8, 2001 - 3:01pm
A Nice Story from Infotoday on how libraries need to use and improve their Internet presence. Your libraries web site can be used as a portal to guide your patrons to the information they need, and that makes a good first impression, and brings your patrons back for more!
Submitted by Blake on February 8, 2001 - 12:47pm
Holly Blosser writes \"Washington Gov. Gary Locke is proposing abolishing law libraries in correction facilities to save money. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has this article
about it. This would place all the burden on the Washington State Law Library, and they definitely don\'t have the resources to handle these requests. Doesn\'t make much sense to me, and I think there will be much opposition to this plan (or I hope so, at least).
Submitted by Blake on February 8, 2001 - 12:45pm
Deb Rollins writes \"
\"Digging Through Maine\'s Closet\", starting with Edna St. Vincent Millay\'s nightgown! Focuses on some special collections in southern Maine, from the Maine Times weekly newspaper... \"
They cover Collections of historic records and other materials all over the great state of Maine.
Submitted by Blake on February 7, 2001 - 6:59pm
MY SA.com has a Story that I would imagine speaks for most libraries being affected by CIPA.
\"\"There are a lot of gray areas that have yet to be resolved about this law,\" said Laura Isenstein, director of the San Antonio Library. \"From what we understand there are several organizations that say they will be filing lawsuits about it. We don\'t know what\'s going to happen with those suits, and it\'s a possibility it could affect how the law will be enacted. Right now, it\'s too early to say.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 7, 2001 - 6:57pm
Gordon Dunsire has written a Nice Piece that appears in Impact. Here\'s the intro....
\"This article will present some personal observations of the impact of information technology on the traditional skills of librarians, drawn from experiences in the higher education sector and tainted by an obsessive interest in cataloguing. I believe that the development of information processing and communication technologies has had, is having, and will continue to have, such a profound influence on library and information services that all other factors such as finance and costs, politics, social expectations and management styles pale into insignificance.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 7, 2001 - 6:55pm
Donna Sent along this Story from Tech Source on The Impact of Computers on Schools. It talks about Donald Tapscot\'s \"Growing Up Digital: The Rise of the Net Generation\" and \"Failure to Connect: How Computers Affect Our Children’s Minds—for Better and Worse\" by Jane Healy. Two books that took 2 very different looks at the computer and it\'s affects on schools.
\"The thrill of using technology in the classroom is compelling. However, it must be tempered by concern for productive use and an awareness of the possible negative effects of computers on young learners. Keeping students’ physical well-being in mind, teachers must carefully arrange computers in the classroom (taking ergonomics into account) and set time limits for computer use. An informed, balanced approach to technology infusion is key, and Tapscott and Healy\'s books are a must-read for all willing to reengineer themselves for 21st-century education.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 7, 2001 - 1:36pm
Bob Cox sent in another Book Theft Story. As rare books get rarer, libraries become targets.
\"Libraries are really sitting ducks, as lay people become aware of how much some of their things might be worth,\" said Ken Sanders, security committee chairman for the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America.
Submitted by Blake on February 7, 2001 - 10:18am
This Story from The Washington Post should scare you.
It\'s a story about Patricia Schroeder (president of the Washington- and New York-based Association of American Publishers) and she says the AAP should \"have a very serious issue with librarians.\"
She says publishers do not believe that the public should have the same fair use rights in the electronic world as the prit world and the AAP is looking for ways to charge library patrons for information.
Submitted by AnnaKh on February 7, 2001 - 4:01am
The Library of Congress has recovered a large number of documents of the Communist Party of the United States which were taken to the Soviet Union for safe-keeping during the Cold War. The problem is, they didn\'t consult the still-existing Communist Party about the colletion of documents. The CP, naturally, is interested in gaining access to its own documents and would like to keep them in its own archive. They weren\'t even consulted about the creation of the access tool for the documents. Mark Rosenzweig, who is the librarian at the Reference Center for Marxist Studies, has written an open letter to the LC about the issue. It can be found in the latest issue of Library Juice, along with some discussion and LC\'s original press release.
Submitted by Blake on February 6, 2001 - 6:37pm
I post this one, more to comment on the story, not to report any findings.
This Story was picked up and reported on by about everyone.
A preliminary study of 150 people aged 20 to 35 has shown that more than one in 10 are suffering from severe problems with their memory.
Tiny study, actually, not even a study, a preliminary study, shows some people are stupid, and all of a sudden this is the headline I read... \"Computer-mad generation has a memory crash\" There are so many things wrong with this story I will not waste my time with it.
Please read the entire story critically, and make up your own mind.
Submitted by Blake on February 6, 2001 - 6:30pm
Occasional LISNews contributor Thomas Hennen also does his Hennen\'s American Public Library Ratings that are often discussion in the press after they come out.
JS Online has a In Depth look at the Ratings, and includes an interview with Thomas.
\"There\'s a whole group of people who don\'t want to measure or compare anything because if we compare, we\'ll hurt each other\'s feelings,\" Hennen said. \"I\'ve never said this is the only way to evaluate libraries.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 6, 2001 - 6:24pm
Don Saklad writes \"Boston Public Library makes available the Long Range Plans after years of keeping public participation at too long an arms reach. by censoring BPL documentation
Submitted by Blake on February 6, 2001 - 3:06pm
Bob Cox sent in this Pioneer Planet Story on the big find of Hundreds (over 800)of books missing from Twin Cities libraries in a mans home. The police expect to seek felony theft charges against 36-year-old man. In one case he checked out every copy of an aquarium book carried at three Dakota County libraries, using different names. Full Story
``His reading tastes were rather eclectic,\'\' said Roseanne Byrne, assistant director of the Dakota County library system. ``I think he probably was playing a wonderful game, a complicated game, and wanted to see how far it would go for whatever reason.\'\'
Submitted by Blake on February 6, 2001 - 12:33pm
Always Helpful Brian from Librarism.com writes \" Knowledge Management magazine has an Article which discusses DDC as a paper filing system and makes suggestions for the indexing of e-docs. \"
They close with an interesting thought:
\"One lesson from the past, however, is still an important one. We should be reluctant to accept any sort of closed classification system in a world as full of change as ours is. We should use technology not as an excuse to create a single new system but as a way to gain access under as many systems as possible.\"
Submitted by Steven on February 6, 2001 - 11:41am
The February edition of the CPL Internet Gazette is online now!! Don\'t forget to sign up for the mailing list. This month, the articles include Image Search Engines, Black History Month, and more. Here is the article on Image Search Engines.\"Many of the search engine companies have begun to apply multimedia capabilities to their repertoire. AltaVista, Go, Excite , Fast, and Yahoo have all started offering this service, with no doubt more to be added in the future. There are web sites out there, however, whose primary duty is searching for images. Besides the web sites mentioned above, this article will discuss two of these sites as well as a fee-based database entitled The Associated Press Archive, which we subscribe to here in Suffolk County.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 6, 2001 - 10:59am
A few weeks ago someone challenged the book \"It\'s Perfectly Normal\", describing it as pornographic, in The Marion County Public Library. Well, in response, this week someone else challenged The Bible, saying it\'s filled with more vulgarity and sexual material than the children\'s sex-education book that recently survived challenge. He is hoping to convince commissioners they have no business regulating the content of library books, and doesn\'t really want it removed.
\"It\'s filthy, it has pornography, cannibalism like you wouldn\'t believe,\" he said. \"Because it\'s hidden within the covers of something called the Holy Bible, who would dare question it at the risk of their immortal souls?\"
Submitted by Steven on February 6, 2001 - 9:03am
In this opinion piece by Tom Jackson of the Tampa Tribune, the tap-on-the-shoulder method is discussed to keep patrons away from porn. I don\'t know, I\'m not sure I would want to touch someone who doing that at my library.\"Until the thinking filter can be developed, the best remedy is one Bonjour already has in place. Call it the Family Room Solution.
Pasco library PCs occupy conspicuous locations within the various branches. Patrons who surf outside their age group get a tap on the shoulder by a library staffer; abusers lose Internet privileges.
It\'s effective. It\'s local. And, best of all, it\'s cheap.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 5, 2001 - 7:34pm
I wish I had watched \"Survivor\" more often. Maybe I
could understand how it felt to be the last man on the
island, I could use more references to the show, maybe
use more inside jokes that only the people who watch
that show would understand to help me with this
story. I am happy to report I\'m still on the
\"dot.com\" survivor island, no one has voted me off, and
I haven\'t packed up my gear and gone home of my free
will (I\'m still hoping that\'s how this one will end).
As some of you may know I work at a small (and
getting smaller) dot.com startup. You\'ve probably
noticed that all the news stories on the dot.com world
has been focused on layoffs lately, and this one will be
Submitted by Blake on February 5, 2001 - 3:21pm
Engineering Our Own Library Catalog is a nifty story from Infotoday on how the library and computing staff at Packer Engineering worked together to create an in-house customized online catalog.
It\'s interesting to see how they went about building an OPAC from the ground up.