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.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 12, 2000 - 2:57pm
CNet has a story
that says the \"Internet decency commission\" that was set up
by the Chi
ld Online Protection Act does not have any money or even
an office. The Commisions job was evaluating high-tech tools
and other methods
to keep online pornography away from children.
Of course that was if Congress gave the commission any
resources. This cenrtainly raises doubts about The
Government\'s commitment to this issue.
So if a commision dies in Washington, and no one cares,
does it make a sound?
Submitted by Blake on March 12, 2000 - 2:48pm
The ABA (American Bar Asscociation) has an interesting
\"Facts About Privacy and Cyberspace\" Handbook posted on
their website in PDF format. It talks about interesting
What information is collected by Government Agencies?
What can happen if someone\'s privacy isn\'t protected?
Is deleted Email really gone?
and Is this a problem in Cyberspace?
They really do a good job covering a wide range of privacy
topics. Check out the
ABA Website For the entire report
Submitted by Blake on March 12, 2000 - 2:37pm
An interesting response from a librarian in Michigan over
proposed legislation that would require libraries that use
the Internet to have one or more computer terminals that are
\"restricted from receiving obscene matter or sexually
explicit mater that is harmful to minors.\"
mean if the Venus de Milo is shown we throw the person out
of the library?\" pondered Ron Loyd, co-director of the
Northfield Township Library. \"It leaves the librarian as the
Read the full story at MI Li
Submitted by Blake on March 12, 2000 - 2:31pm
What started as a challenge to a book, has turned very ugly
in Oregon. A students mother didn\'t like one of the books
being used to teach history, and has now turned into an ugly
war of words. Read about it Here at the Register Guard
\"I\'ve never done anything inappropriate, I haven\'t even come
out as angry at these people,\" Kelly Dunn said. \"Now we\'re
going to be persecuted. Oh, boy. My daughter, she came to me
for help, and now they\'re punish
Submitted by Blake on March 12, 2000 - 2:23pm
The U.S. Copywrite Office has posted the comments they
received on the Digital Millenium Copywrite Act
You can also read more on the DMCA
Submitted by Blake on March 12, 2000 - 2:18pm
Be sure to check out this interesting series of articles
from Boston on the
appointment of a State Rep. Under investigation for ethics
violations to the BPL Board of Tustees.
Don Saklad writes
\"The Board of trustees of our city
of Boston public library
department represent the public interest in improving our
urban public library!
Submitted by Blake on March 11, 2000 - 1:35am
David Novak writes \"
FYI: The Spire Project pioneers better search
Breaking with a number of conventions, The Spire Project
mixes editorial advice on search techniques and search
strategy with the convenience of an ALL-IN-ONE search page.
It builds a cohesive story approach to finding information.
Of interest here is a fine analysis of searching the web
showing the various search techniques (Boolean, truncation,
proximity & field searching).
The Spire Project is a collection of
websites/mirrors/faqs/and free-shareware presenting search
assistance on topics like patents, country profiles,
statistics, and the web.
Submitted by AnnaKh on March 10, 2000 - 12:19pm
HighWire Press, a unit of Stanford University Libraries, provides access to the full text online versions of over 180 \"high-impact\" journals primarily in medicine, science and technology subjects. They do this by negotiating access with journal producing publishers and societies. On March 1, 2000 Highwire announced access to over 137,000 free online full-text articles. The number grows daily. The journals are a mix of back issues, trial subscriptions, regular subscriptions and entirely free access.
According to Michael A. Keller, Stanford University Librarian and publisher of HighWire Press, HighWire is working with publishers and scholarly societies \"to support and improve scholarly communication that is, to make the fruits of scholarly research as broadly available as possible.\" Some of the journal titles available from HighWire include Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of General Physiology, and others. As of March 10 the number of online journal articles with free access had grown to 139,867. The total number of accessible articles was 636,487.
Submitted by Blake on March 9, 2000 - 6:16pm
Wired has a very interesting story on Peacefire.org\'s report on the problems with I-Gear, Internet-filtering software from software firm Symantec. It pokes holes in the software and the sites it blocks.
\"It shows how far people are willing to go in censoring people under 18 without applying critical examination of the tools,\" said Bennett Haselton, 21, who founded Peacefire in 1996 to promote \"free access for the Net generation.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 9, 2000 - 6:09pm
Someone suggested this story from Wired on the future of E-Books in academea.
\"In universities, high schools, and elementary schools these e-books already are in high demand.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 9, 2000 - 4:25pm
Someone wrote in with this.
With the advent of so many electronic resources in public libraries, the role of non-print media in the collection is often overlooked. Our limited resouces are often divided between electronic and paper resources. Yet, in looking at my own libraries circulation statistics, a great deal of our circulation is in the form of non-print media.
Non-print media is also frought with conflict. Public libraries, who have no problem buying bestsellers in paper, veer away from top media titles.
It seems like we have just enough media to pacify the community without any attempt at being proactive in this area.\"
What do you think?
Submitted by Blake on March 9, 2000 - 4:09pm
This NYTimes story has an interesting take on how authors jump to big publishers after hiting it big. They usually move on to big publishers for more money, and job security.
There are authors who have gone from large to much smaller houses, although most of the time the author who hits it big with a first book published by a small house feels the need for the security and the money that the bigger house provides. So in book publishing, it\'s not a gauche or even stupid to go home from the dance with a stranger.
Submitted by Blake on March 9, 2000 - 4:05pm
Stephen King is making his new book available as an E-Book that you can download from the web At simonandschuster.com. The book, which is a 66-page ghost story titled \"Riding the Bullet,\" is the first example of a famous author creating a work purely for electronic download. You will be able to buy the book for $2.50 through various websites. What do you think, will this become common place now?