Submitted by Blake on March 15, 2000 - 11:26am
Microsoft is slowing turning into a mutual fund, buying large stakes in companies that are in the internet industry. The newest buy is RealNames, a company that allows people to use keywords, instead of URLs to navigate the web. CNet has the story Here.
Nico Popp said the company wants \"to eliminate the URL from the user experience.\"
Does this sound like too much control?
Submitted by Steve on March 15, 2000 - 9:04am
Read this story Here. From Yahoo UK.
Roald Dahl, one of the world\'s most popular children\'s novelists and author of \"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory\", has been voted Britain\'s favourite author in a poll.
Submitted by Steve on March 15, 2000 - 8:56am
\'The Catcher in the Rye\' is challenged yet again. Read this story Here From the The Huntsville Times.
In a 4-3 decision, the Limestone County Board of Education voted Monday night to allow the controversial novel \'\'The Catcher in the Rye\'\' to remain in libraries at the county\'s five high schools.
But the seven-member school board, meeting at East Limestone High School, was told a West Limestone High School parent has asked to have banned the book \'Tell Me Everything,\' also optional reading for high school students.
Submitted by Steve on March 15, 2000 - 8:48am
Read the latest on this story Here. From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
A book challenged by a parent for its sexual and violent content will not be removed from all junior high school
libraries because it describes issues faced by Arlington students,school officials announced yesterday.
The book, `We All Fall Down\' by Robert Cormier, was challenged by a parent of a 12-year- old Boles Junior High student. The school removed the book in January. Yesterday, all junior high librarians reviewed it.
Submitted by Steve on March 15, 2000 - 8:42am
Read this story on the Van Hollen bill Here. From the Baltimore Sun.
William D. Ivins III was in the quiet room at the Wheaton Regional Library when he saw something disquieting in a nearby computer area.
Three young boys, between 10 and 12, were viewing sexually
explicit material over the Internet. One was participating in a sex chatroom. Two others were viewing pornographic pictures.
Submitted by Blake on March 14, 2000 - 1:56pm
InfoToday has a very interesting piece on an agreement between Innovative Interfaces and NetLibrary that will develop enhancements to its Innopac and Millennium library automation systems to help manage the acquisition of netLibrary’s e-books into library collections.
They say this will alloe tighter integration of e-books into the online catalogs of Innopac and Millennium.Very cool stuff, if they pull it off.
Submitted by Blake on March 14, 2000 - 12:28pm
Wired has cool story on Stephen King and his new E-Book. They call it \"a move suggesting that e-books are penetrating the mainstream market\". Read the full Here.
\"I\'m curious to see what sort of response there is and whether or not this is the future,\" King said in a statement.
Submitted by Blake on March 14, 2000 - 12:23pm
The book, `We All Fall Down,\' was written by Robert Cormier, a respected and award-winning author of literature for young adults is under fire in Arlington, Texas, where all the librarians in the school district are meeting to decide the books fate. Read about it from The Star-Telegram
The Boles Junior High School library removed the book after the parent of a 12- year-old complained. The student had taken the book home to read for extra credit in a seventh-grade English class.
Submitted by Blake on March 14, 2000 - 12:15pm
A Monmouth County New Jersey lawmaker wants public libraries and school districts to restrict Internet access for minors or risk losing state library aid. Read about it at The Asbury Park Press
\"In a news conference at the Statehouse yesterday, Corodemus compared allowing children to surf the Web freely with letting them play on a busy highway. Many parents are vigilant about policing what their children can see on computers at home, he said, so libraries should be no different. \"
A parent complained to the library trustees and the town\'s governing body about an incident, in which she said her son\'s \"mind was molested\", her son came across a graphic sexual image.
Submitted by Blake on March 14, 2000 - 11:00am
Have you ever seen an entire story devoted to an OPAC? Well Here\'s one from McCalls.com on the troubles with a new OPAC in Bucks County, PA. It seems the new system has more than a few bugs, enough to render it almost useless. $695,000 down the drain?
\"Taos went online in late December. It hardly has performed as expected -- instead of speeding up the search process, Taos has caused logjams at each of the system\'s seven branches. It has not been unusual for Taos to crash, Moody said, freezing the searches of everyone using a computer terminal to track down a book.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 14, 2000 - 10:53am
Here\'s a Handy Site that has hundreds of clip art images for librarians. Put together by Anthony Wilson and suggested by Bob Cox, the site has:
GIFs of Books, Computers & Documents
and a few Odds & Ends.
Submitted by Blake on March 14, 2000 - 10:47am
The Houston Chronicle reports that the library in Montogomery County went against advice from the library advisory board, librarian and county attorney, and installed filters. Now that\'s a committment to censorship!
\"If we make an error, we need to make it on the side of the children,\" said County Judge Alan Sadler.
\"If a lawsuit is filed, we are going to come out on the short end of the stick\" said County Attorney Frank Bass on any challenges that will come up over the filters.
Submitted by Blake on March 14, 2000 - 10:42am
Another library system has begun e-mailing an alert to patrons with overdue books and other materials. Read about it Here from The Record.
\"The way Marian De Caterina, head of Newburgh\'s automated services, sees it, the new system saves the library and its patrons money by getting notices out faster and cheaper. And with Newburgh charging 10 cents a day for books and 25 cents a day for videos, it adds up.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 14, 2000 - 10:36am
Here\'s an interesting story on the library in Massachusetts that allows young patrons rent R-Rated Videos. It seems there is more opposition than originally expected.
A patron showed up, carrying a petition with approximately 135 signatures, asking the executive board to consider changing that policy.
Submitted by Blake on March 13, 2000 - 8:31pm
The Columbia News Service has a nice Article Here on the image of librarians, and how it is changing. It even includes a picture of the famous \"Belly Dancing Librarian\".
\"Librarians know the stereotype well. They laugh at it, but also discuss how it affects their self-image and professional status. Sometimes they go out of their way to overturn it. Some librarians think that the cliche has a certain basis in fact, and that the information revolution, far from changing the stereotype, may actually be reinforcing it. \"
Submitted by Blake on March 13, 2000 - 4:12pm
Bob Cox sent in this \"Cooooool\" link. You may have seen the \"Why you should fall to your knees and worship a librarian\", but now you can Buy The TShirt too.
\"Ok, sure. We\'ve all got our little preconceived notions about what ibrarians are and what they do. Many people think of them as diminutive civil servants, scuttling about \"Sssh-ing\" people and stamping things. Well, think again buster.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 13, 2000 - 3:08pm
CNN has a nice long look at Author Tom Robbins HERE
The story covers his life story, and goes into depth on his books and fans. Even a serious Robbins fan might learn a thing or two from this one.
Submitted by Blake on March 13, 2000 - 2:58pm
Someone suggested this site, a novel idea in the open-source community.
\"Suppose scholars the world over learned of a serious online encyclopedia effort in which the results were not proprietary to the encyclopedists, but were freely distributable under an open content license in virtually any desired medium. How quickly would the encyclopedia grow?\"
Check out Nupedia.com
Submitted by Blake on March 13, 2000 - 2:39pm
This story from Wired reports on the first ever exclusively E-Pub book club.
Ebooksonthe.net is the site.
\"Membership is free and books are discounted from 20 to 30 percent. I just based my club on the book club I\'ve been buying books from for years,\" said Connie Foster, who founded the club.
Submitted by Blake on March 13, 2000 - 2:19pm
Jon Katz has a really neat Story over on Slashdot that deals with the timely topic of copyright and intellectual property. I especially like this quote from Thomas Jefferson.
\"That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density at any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation. Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property.\"