Researchers work to eradicate broken hyperlinks is reporting Here that researchers are working on a way to erradicate the dreaded 404 messages.

Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley say they have come a step closer to solving a frustrating problem familiar to most Web surfers--the broken hyperlink.

In a recent academic paper, computer scientists Thomas A. Phelps and Robert Wilensky outlined a way to create links among Web pages that will work even if documents are moved elsewhere. While researchers have tried to tackle the issue before, Internet search experts said the paper describes a potentially elegant solution to a widespread and long-recognized puzzle.


City fires library director

This story from NJ on an angry library board. This is interesting because they are talking about hiring a private company now.

Frustrated with the rapid decline of its library system, the board of trustees has ousted its longtime director and may hire a private company to run day-to-day operations.

The board voted last week to fire Library Director Kwaku Amoabeng as of today following a board-commissioned study that called the overall library service \"pathetic\" and suggested that only a complete overhaul would save the once-proud institution.


Parent works to force action on Harry Potter

Thomas writes \"
I found this story for lisnews.

-- A Zeeland parent is trying to break the spell that has taken the popular Harry Potter books off school library shelves.

Zeeland Superintendent Gary Feenstra and Curriculum Director Chris Guimond-Cairns received written complaints Tuesday from parent Nancy Zennie, who wants Feenstra to drop his restrictions that prevent Harry Potter books from being read aloud in class, placed on school library shelves and circulated freely.



janet clark writes \"All the discussion about e-books reminds me of a piece by Isaac Asimov (in an essay \'The Ancient and the ultimate\', _Asimov on science_, 1982. Maybe it\'s old hat to everyone, but it is relevant.

BREAKTHROUGH! Introducing the Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge device - B.O.O.K.
BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in thecnology; no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It\'s easy to use. Even a child can operate it.\"

Union talk at library more than whisper

A story on labour troubles in FL.

Nonprofessional employees at the Orange County Library System are again trying to form a union.\"It\'s just been really difficult [at the library],\" said Sandi Rogers, an audio-visual clerk. \"It\'s very bitter and very divisive.\"

For the past two weeks, union representatives have been distributing a petition among the 180-plus support staff at the downtown library and 12 branches.

Why the Open Directory Is not Open

Andrew Goodman writes \"Close scrutiny of the Open Directory Project ( is uncovering a series of series flaws in this and other volunteer-edited directories.

\"Open Directory Category Editors are volunteers -- indeed, an army or self-governing republic of net-citizens -- but their numbers are, nonetheless, finite. It\'s not open to all comers. A recent scathing commentary by one disgruntled ex-editor, Gary Mosher, has described the army of editors as \"as a horrible mix of corrupt generals and untrained privates,\" since \"there are only two kinds of \'guide\' volunteer: The passionate, often self-interested, \'subject spammer\' and the virtuously motivated, but web-ignorant, \'want-to-belonger\'.\"


Noticiario de Información y Documentación

Carlos Benito Amat writes I\'ve noticed your splendid service through the latest edition (February, 2000) of D.Lib Magazine.
Maybe you\'d like to know about other initiatives like LISNews, for instance NIDo.
NIDo stands for Noticiario de Información y Documentación (or News in Information and Documentation) and is a free service based in Spain with a similiar profile: news in the Library and Information Science fields.
Obviously, stories are written in Spanish. The are updated weekly by a group of 3 documentalists also on a non professional basis.

You can go for it at


Weblife: electronic books

Another call for the death of the printed word.

If you believe the hype, library stacks are quaking, paper manufacturers are white as their sheets and publishers are taking cover. Why? Because, according to internet visionaries, the book is dead.
Yes, the book, that hand-held paper and print creation we\'ve loved for around 1300 years, is going to become extinct. We won\'t stop reading or writing. It\'s just that, as Dick Brass, Microsoft\'s vice president of technology and development said, by 2020 \"90% of everything you read will be delivered in an electronic form\".

how to draw Satan book pulled

This Story from the Las Vegas Sun.

\"Draw 50 Monsters,\" written by Lee J. Ames and published by Doubleday, was checked out of the public school\'s library by a student this week.

A local elementary school is being criticized by a Christian pastor for having a library book that teaches students to sketch caricatures of the devil.

The principal of Joseph Neal Elementary School removed the book from the school\'s shelves Thursday, pending review by the library committee.

And while the complaint is primarily based on religion, the controversy is further exacerbated by a culture of fear and confusion about school violence.


Library liability measure is stalled

Story on the death of an scary law in SC.

A Senate bill that would have held public libraries criminally liable for allowing children to view smut on the Internet has stalled.
A Senate Judiciary subcommittee decided to not deal with the bill after a public hearing this week.
\"I\'m confident it (the bill) won\'t go anywhere,\" said Jim Johnson, director of the South Carolina State Library.
\"I don\'t think it\'s appropriate for anybody to set library policies other than a county\'s local library board,\" Johnson said. \"It would be the same thing if the state told the library what books to buy.\"


Eating between the lines

The Toronto Star has This Story on how osme libraries are letting people eat. Good to see libraries changing with the times.

For years, librarians have read the riot act to patrons caught eating or drinking in the stacks. But they now say the influence of Chapters and other big bookstores - where customers wander the aisles with food and drink from the in-store cafés - has spilled over to libraries, making it tougher to enforce the no-food-or-drink rule. ``I think people are a little on edge\'\' about the change, said chief librarian Mike Ridley. ``There\'s concern that the collection may be at risk. The fact is, people take books out and do even worse things to them at home.\'\'

Archivists lose on appeal

The Boston Herald was one of many papers in the U.S. to pick up on this story.

A group of historians and librarians who oppose a rule that lets federal agencies destroy computer records as long as they keep a copy on paper or microfilm lost a Supreme Court appeal today.

The court, without comment, turned away an appeal in which the librarians and historians argued that paper records cannot be searched and indexed as easily as electronic records.

U.S. Govt Wants to trace you on the net

According to Wired, the little privacy we have on the internet may be too much.

The ease of hiding one\'s identity on the Net is giving police migraines and justifies providing broad new powers to law enforcement, the White House says in a forthcoming report.
The federal government should take steps to improve online traceability and promote international cooperation to identify Internet users, according to a draft of the report commissioned by President Clinton.

Schools ban book

AZCentral has this report on a book that went too far.

For Dysart Unified School District, the answer is easy: you pull the book off the library shelves when it has explicit sexual content and doesn\'t advance the goals of the district, which includes promoting family values.

So Detour for Emmy by Marilyn Reynolds came off the shelves of Dysart elementary schools when a mother of two girls, sixth- and seventh-graders, complained.

Dysart Superintendent Margo Seck said she has pulled the entire \"True-to-Life Series from Hamilton High\" until officials have time to read the series.


Internet filters legally stump libraries has a nice story on the legal troubles filtering has
brought to libraries across the U.S.

What can libraries legally do to protect children and
adults against objectionable Web sites without infringing on
the constitutional rights of others?
Before the Internet, librarians were always able to separate
\"age appropriate\" materials, said Mary Haney, director of
the Hennessey Public Library.
\"With the Internet, you don\'t have that luxury,\" she said.
\"It\'s created a really difficult ethical issue for



Richard Wayne writes \"SciNet ( from whom many of us bought CD servers, seems to be out of business. The URL still works, but the phones have been disconnected. \"


The Censorship Pages

This handy site, sent in by Bob Cox, is a great reference for those interested in Censorship. With links to Bannded Books, Discussions, Quotes, articles, and other useful censorship information. These pages provide the resources needed to explore how, and why censorship happens not only in the United States, but all around the world.


DoubleClick backs off

Yahoo\'s News reports that we are safe from prying eyes for now.

Bowing to intense pressure from government authorities, investors and privacy advocates, Web advertising firm DoubleClick on Thursday backed off plans to amass a giant online database of people\'s names and Internet habits.`This is a great first step forward for Internet privacy,\'\' said Ari Schwartz of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington-based group that tracks civil liberties on the Internet.

``Companies will better recognize they have to take privacy into account before building technologies or
business practices on the Internet,\'\' he said.


Libraries face new privacy issues over Web use

Read this article Here. From the Rutland Herald.

While access to the World Wide Web comes unfiltered to the public library here, most children must have a parent or guardian looking over their shoulder if they want to surf the Net.

\"The supervision of a child\'s selection of books is up to
the parents,\" Poultney town librarian Daphne Bartholomew said. \"It seemed to us it should be the same with the Internet.\"

No one under 14 years old can access the Internet
without adult supervision, she said. That policy, set
several years ago, mirrors checkout guidelines for
written materials. Library cards are only issued to
residents 15 years and older.


Library experiments with new way to read

More on E-books Here.
From the Ames Tribune.

The Ames Public Library has a new way to read a book.

Using the ubiquitous computer technology, library personnel are experimenting with an “e-book” and have enlisted 17 patrons volunteers to try it out. The trial will last until July, at which time the library will decide whether to purchase more. It has one now.

“The whole purpose is to find out if people like it and if
we should buy more of them,” said Marianne Malinowski, adult collection manager at the Ames Public Library.


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