Submitted by Blake on March 3, 2000 - 11:02am
The NYTimes has a nice\"Story on a woman in Africa who still deals books the old fashioned way.
Oddly enough, there can still be romance in being a bookseller, an embattled yet ennobled calling these days. More accurately, let\'s say there can be passion and adventure in trafficking in books: buying, selling and bartering them, rather like dealing for salt along the old trade routes. A woman who owns a bookstore in Cape Town, South Africa, does just that. She bargains in books and jokingly refers to herself as \"the last of the great salt-trading people.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 3, 2000 - 10:58am
This story from the LATimes foucuses on a different kind of book, all together.
Paging through old cookbooks published by women\'s organizations is more fun
than reading novels. Along with recipes, they offer tender memories of families
and friends, historical insights, unassuming humor, inspirational tidbits, practical
It\'s like peeping into other people\'s lives, at least the parts of their lives that
revolved around the kitchen and dining room. The bonus is access to treasured
family recipes, set down in print for what was probably the first and only time.
Submitted by Blake on March 2, 2000 - 9:15pm
Here\'s one from the Atlantic Monthly an article entitled \"The Kept University\". It focuses more on medical and science end of things, but it helps to explain the decline in support for many socially valued
disciplines like Library and Information Science. With more and more universities accepting the market driven model it is what brings in the money that begins to shape policy. The authors mention other signs of the universities selling out to the marketplace. These include distance learning, overuse of adjuncts, etc...
Commercially sponsored research is putting at risk the
paramount value of higher education -- disinterested
inquiry. Even more alarming, the authors argue,
universities themselves are behaving more and more like
Submitted by AnnaKh on March 2, 2000 - 5:56pm
Books, patents, business and intellectual property are all intertwined at Amazon.com. There is now a growing boycott of Amazon.com. The boycott is a result of the company\'s legal pursuit of patent right infringement for a patent many people say should not have been granted because the idea was neither unique nor new. Should libraries support the boycott? Read on…
Submitted by Blake on March 2, 2000 - 5:39pm
KAREN KAPLAN, LATimes Staff Writer spent a couple of weeks testing two electronic books now on the market: NuvoMedia\'s Rocket EBook and the SoftBook Reader by SoftBook Press. Read it HERE
All in all, the e-books are reminiscent of the early personal computers from the 1970s. You can tell their time will come, but it\'s not here yet. Someday, books printed on paper will be replaced by lightweight digital readers that can store hundreds of titles, download books from the Web that cost a fraction of the price of their pulpy ancestors, and even eliminate the need for a light while reading in bed at night.
That day is still far away.
Submitted by Blake on March 2, 2000 - 2:30pm
This Story from NJ.
The Township Council and the Library Board are at odds over installing software that would block sexually explicit Web sites on computers in public libraries.
\"If a person decides to walk into the library and expose themselves, they would be arrested, and we have [minors] accessing\" adult sites, said Orson.
Other council members were more hard-lined.
\"I never thought I would see libraries become porn shops,\" said Councilman Joseph DiDonato. \"We have the power of the purse strings. We could cut off their funds if we want.\"
\"The [library] board should consider the use of our technology in light of what\'s going on there now,\"
Submitted by Blake on March 2, 2000 - 2:19pm
The Miami Herald reports on the lack of books at a local library.
A new library has been built at Carol City Elementary after three years of construction. But it is missing one important component: books.
The Carol City Elementary School Parent Teacher Association said in a press release that bookshelves at the new library ``stand 80 to 90 percent empty.\'\'
``The library\'s lack of materials is so stark as to be shocking for anyone entering for the first time,\'\' the PTA said.
The group is holding an emergency meeting at the school at 7 tonight to plan strategy for getting books into the library.
Submitted by Blake on March 2, 2000 - 2:13pm
I\'ve been waiting a long time for a story from The Onion.com
Nation\'s Teens Disappointed by Banned Books
Huckleberry Finn, Slaughterhouse Five, and The Catcher In The Rye are just a few of the many banned books to which U.S. teens are reacting with disappointment, the American Library Association reported Monday.
\"I was really psyched to read Huck Finn when my English teacher told me it was banned, because I figured, you know, it would be dirty,\" said Joshua Appel, a sophomore at Rocky Mount (VA) High School and one of 14,000 teenagers recently surveyed by the ALA. \"But it was totally lame: There was no sex or violence or anything. They say \'nigger\' in it, but I can hear that on half my CDs.\"
Submitted by AnnaKh on March 1, 2000 - 4:26pm
USA Today reported yesterday that the Utah State Senate unanimously voted to withhold state funding from libraries that did not shield childeren under 18 from Web sites featuring obscene material.
The senate also approved a measure to ban from prisons, jails and juvenile detention centers magazines and other materials that \"features nudity\".
The bills now go to Governor Mike Leavitt.
Submitted by Blake on March 1, 2000 - 2:56pm
TORONTO (CP) - A tentative deal was reached late Monday between the city\'s public library and its workers.
The 2,500 library workers had set a weekend strike deadline, but the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 416 and city officials agreed to keep talking.
The main issues in the dispute were wages, job security, hours of work and shift premiums.
A strike would have closed 98 libraries.
The agreement is subject to ratification by both the board and the union.
Submitted by Blake on March 1, 2000 - 2:21pm
Salon has a story here on two new web sites.
StopDrLaura.com, and DrLaura.org. These 2 sites are anti-Dr. Laura sites. Remember the kind words she had for the ALA, and librarians, not long ago? StopDrLaura.com, is a very well designed site, not the average protest site to say the least.
As of 18:15gmt drlaura.org is not up yet, The Salon article does say they are to be launched today March 1, 2000.
John Aravosis, president of the Internet consulting firm Wired Strategies, is the firebrand behind the site. \"She\'s outrageous. She\'s beyond the pale of \'I\'m a Christian, I don\'t like gay people,\'\" says Aravosis.
Submitted by Blake on March 1, 2000 - 10:43am
This story from The Times in Indiana
A 22-year-old man was arrested early Tuesday after he allegedly entered the Hobart branch of the Lake County Public Library through its roof.
The Hobart man was apprehended during police surveillance of the library.
Det. Corp. Steve Houck and Officer David Grissom were sitting in the darkened library about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday when they saw a man scuttle across the library floor on his hands and knees, Finnerty said.
\"He was a cat burglar, pure and simple. ... He (moved) like a little spider, \" Finnerty said. \"The waiting paid off. The surprise was on him, for a change.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 1, 2000 - 10:40am
Wired has this interesting Story on how authors are using the Web and DIY to start a career.
Publishers are paying more than attention to promotion-savvy e-authors who are building readership one chapter at a time. They\'re paying sizable advances -- especially to authors of fantastic tales.
The Internet is proving to be the milieu of choice for authors to post their serialized fiction
Submitted by Blake on February 29, 2000 - 10:54am
Not everyone is happy about the video rental policy in MA, Story Here.
An Easthampton woman whose 13-year-old son recently came home from the library with several R-rated videos is mounting a campaign to give parents a say in what their children can check out from the library\'s collection.
Bennett, however, was not so happy. She and \"quite a few\" supporters plan to petition the library\'s executive board at its monthly meeting March 13 to set up a card system for library patrons under the age of 17 that will allow parents to indicate whether their children should be allowed to check out R-rated videos.
\"I\'m not (trying to) take away anybody\'s freedom,\" Bennett said yesterday, stressing that it should be up to parents to decide for their own children under age 17 whether they should have access to films that the movie industry has deemed suitable only for those aged 17 and above.
Submitted by Blake on February 29, 2000 - 10:50am
The Citizen Times has a story on how filtering is become as issue in NC.
At issue is whether government-funded public library systems should install Internet \"filters\" designed to stop computer users from visiting sites deemed obscene or offensive, and if so, whether such filters unconstitutionally censor material.
For some library users, such as Art Joseph of Asheville, the question has a clear-cut answer. \"You need some type of filter. You can access anything on the Internet and I don\'t think the library is the place for that.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 28, 2000 - 2:38pm
Texas-based Genetic Savings and Clone last week opened its doors to pet lovers who want to store the DNA of a cherished animal companion in the hopes that one day they will be cloned.
The research effort expects to successfully clone Missy, a mongrel adopted from a dog pound, within three months to a year.
At least two dozen surrogate canine mothers have been implanted with clone embryos and the researchers are waiting to see which, if any, develop into pregnancies.
Submitted by Blake on February 28, 2000 - 2:29pm
Someone suggested these 2 stories on epubs.
This one from Salon.In three years\' time, electronic-book devices will weigh less than a pound, run eight hours and cost as little as $99. By 2009, expect e-books to outsell the traditional paper variety in many categories, and in 2020, Webster\'s dictionary will alter the definition of \"book\" to include titles read onscreen. In typical Microsoft style, Hill figures that if Redmond puts its weight behind the idea, it can move mountains. \"It\'s one thing for a small device-manufacturer to go to a publisher and ask them to put titles in electronic form. It\'s quite another for Microsoft to do it,\" he says.
and this one from the gomez advisors
Visitors to Borders.com can click on links to three unrelated sites, each of which offer a selection of e-books and technologies to read them. In addition to giving customers variety, the plan will also allow Borders to learn more about which technologies and formats its customers prefer.
Borders has lagged behind its competitors in using the Web to help create customer loyalty. But now bibliophiles will have direct links to Peanut Press, which offers titles that can be read on a Palm Pilot; ION Systems, which provides technology to read books on personal computers; and SoftBook Press, which offers a dedicated hand-held device for electronic reading.
Submitted by Blake on February 28, 2000 - 1:02am
This Story from Phillynews on UPenn going digital.
Aided by a $218,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Penn\'s library has begun publishing online every new history work that Oxford University Press produces over five years, roughly 1,500 titles.
Sixty-four complete digital replicas of printed books already are available for free to members of the Penn community through the library\'s digital books Web site. Penn librarians were briefed on the project last week. Those outside Penn can sample three books from the public portion of the site, HERE.\"For a long time I have been interested in books online and how they might impact the future of publishing,\" Barry said.
Mosher recalled: \"We were talking about the fact that the world seems to be divided into people who believe that in 10 years all books will be digital, and people who say, \'Never during our lifetimes will that happen! Who wants to read a bloody digital book?\'
\"What we thought was that there was too much emotion and not enough empirical evidence about the behavior of people reading [digital] books.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 27, 2000 - 2:42pm
This Editorial from Michigan Live provides another view from MI.
I\'m a First Amendment kind of guy and I
value the freedom of the press and
freedom of speech, but I think what is going on here
doesn\'t have anything to do with the freedom of anything
except the freedom to look at people involved in carnal
pleasures. The fact of the matter is that there is an
abundance of adults who are intrigued by pornography,
and they want to take a peek at it every so often.
Submitted by Blake on February 25, 2000 - 11:01am
This Story from Hudsonville, MI.
The Gary Byker Memorial Library\'s Internet computers, which
had been unplugged since December, will fire up once again
after a city commission decision Wednesday to repeal an
Internet filter ordinance.
The city commission voted 6-1 in favor of an ordinance
submitted by about 80 Hudsonville residents asking that an
ordinance to filter all but one computer be repealed.