Submitted by Blake on February 2, 2000 - 6:41pm
It looks like Song Yongyi is almost home, according to the BBC in this short Update
The US embassy in Beijing says the Chinese-born academic, Song Yongyi, has left China for the United States.
The embassy welcomed the Chinese authorities\' decision to release him.
Mr Song, who worked as a librarian and researcher in Pennsylvania, was detained during a visit to Beijing last August.
Submitted by Blake on February 2, 2000 - 6:33pm
Lawnesnetwork has a Story on the Intellectual Property battle that is heating up at colleges across the US.
As the Internet continues to shake up traditional notions of intellectual property, a storm is brewing in academia over the ownership of writings, class notes, and inventions generated by faculty members.
Submitted by Steve on February 1, 2000 - 3:45pm
Things are changing in Wyoming. Read about it Here. From the The Grand Rapids Press.
But perhaps the biggest addition to the \"City of Vision and Progress\" came last week when city officials got
their first glimpse at plans for a $7.5 million library. The bold, unusual building is full of unconventional items.
At first glance, the innovative design seems uncharacteristic for Wyoming, a city with a no-frills,
working-class feel. But that\'s exactly what City Manager Don Mason is going for.
\"It kind of grabs you when you first look at it, but I think that\'s what it needs to do,\" Mason said. \"There isn\'t anything like this in West Michigan. People are going to Wyoming to see the library.\"
Submitted by Steve on February 1, 2000 - 3:38pm
Overdue books have become quite a problem. Have a look Here. From the The News-Journal Online.
Books about Jesse James ride off library shelves into the sunset, while patrons who borrow wedding etiquette manuals often rudely fail to return the book after the ceremony. \"All kinds of books are not returned. But the ones that really don\'t come back are pregnancy and childbirth, wedding etiquette,witchcraft, cults or that type of thing,\" said Elizabeth Potts, director of the Maury County Library System. \"Jack the Ripper, anything on Jesse James, you can forget.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 1, 2000 - 12:12pm
[email protected] wrote in to recommend the FOI-L State and Local Freedom of Information Issues list:\"
Please consider news regarding FOI; state local freedom of information,open government and open meeting sunshine principles at the state local level and how public libraries could be affected.\"
Check it out
Submitted by Blake on February 1, 2000 - 11:59am
You can stop Doubleclick\'s ability to track you, on and off line, HERE .
If you don\'t opt out, Doubleclick\'s ads have the ability to track you over multiple sites, and match that up with their database.
build a database profiling consumers. The database will include consumers\' names;
addresses; retail, catalog and online purchase histories; and demographic data, according
to the policy.
Submitted by Blake on February 1, 2000 - 9:36am
A Story on
Surf Watch, the filtering software, and the companies
decision to block out Gun Sites.
Concerned by violence in the nation\'s schools, a California
company has beefed up its online filtering software to block
thousands of new Web pages hawking guns and ammunition.
SurfWatch Software officials said the new version
shipped in November filters Web sites that \"primarily sell
guns, weapons, ammunition or poisonous substances and sites
that allow online purchasing or ordering information,
including lists of prices and dealer locations.\"
The renewed effort follows a series of school shootings
in recent years, especially April\'s deadly rampage at
Columbine High School in Colorado.
For years, companies that make Internet filtering
software have blocked guns and ammunition sites...
Submitted by Blake on February 1, 2000 - 9:30am
picked up a story from Soutch Carolina HERE on an interesting new law proposal.
A state lawmaker has proposed a bill that would hold
library officials criminally liable if they let children see
The legislation, introduced by Sen. Mike Fair, R-Greenville,
was inspired by the Greenville County Library Board\'s
refusal to install Internet filtering software on computers.
Using filtering software to block adult Web sites in the
nation\'s libraries has been a controversial issue between
free-speech advocates and those wanting to shield kids from
the seamier side of
Submitted by Blake on January 31, 2000 - 9:13pm
Andy Oram wrote an article on the consequences of database protection Laws, HERE that is worth a read.
The 1990s have witnessed the creation of an entire new category of intellectual property—the collection—as well as a new (sui generis) right of ownership. In this article I will try to summarize the issues that content providers and their representatives should be alert to when dealing with laws concerning “collections of information”, a term I will use interchangeably with the term databases.
Submitted by Blake on January 31, 2000 - 2:30pm
Step Schmitt writes \"The NYTimes story on the freed librarian is here.
\"A United States-based scholar detained in China for more than five months on vague charges of \"providing confidential materials to foreigners\" was released today. \"
Submitted by Blake on January 29, 2000 - 12:48pm
Bill Stark writes \"28,000,000 Americans have a hearing loss, and this sensory loss means that much informational and entertainment media is not accessible to them. The Captioned Media Program (CMP) at www.cfv.org is a free-loan open-captioned media program for these persons, their families, and the information professionals who serve them. Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education, CMP has over 4,000 items available for loan to qualified users. \"
Submitted by Blake on January 29, 2000 - 12:42pm
CNET has a great beginners guide to ebooks HERE
But don\'t say goodbye to your hardcovers just yet. No one knows if the majority will
take to digitized reading. Changing paradigms--especially for something as basic as reading--takes time,
and the quirks of these early-generation products won\'t help. Even under the best circumstances, it will be
years before you see e-books on every street corner.
Submitted by Blake on January 29, 2000 - 12:29pm
Reporting that you can now register a domain name up to 67 characters long.
With the most recent count of Web sites reported to be a whopping 9 million and growing, the demand for domain names is exploding as well. To supply more choices to those looking to label their Web sites, a number of domain name registrars have enabled users to register names as long as 67 characters.
Submitted by Blake on January 29, 2000 - 12:19pm
LJDigital has a Press Release from NetLibrary
To further the use of electronic books in libraries, e-book publisher netLibrary has
announced it is donating 150,000 digital volumes to 100 public libraries across the country
during the coming months. The \"netLibrary eBook Intorduction Program\" will provide free
24-hour access to the titles for six months, at which time the participating libraries will
have the option to purchase as many of the volumes as they desire.
Submitted by Blake on January 29, 2000 - 12:11pm
Could hyperlinks become illegal? The NYTimes has a story on a ruling that may cause all linking to be considered illegal.
In a ruling that could undermine the freedom to create links on the Web, a federal judge in Utah has temporarily barred two critics of the Mormon Church from posting on their Web site the Internet addresses of other sites featuring pirated copies of a Mormon text.
Submitted by Blake on January 29, 2000 - 12:01pm
The November 16, 1999 Tom Tolls Editorial Cartoon HERE is a must see!
Submitted by Blake on January 29, 2000 - 11:50am
Oneworld has An Amazing
piece on books, and libraries, and everything that interests us.
Our mistake, perhaps, has been to look upon a library as an all-encompassing and neutral space. Any library is, by definition, the result of a choice, necessarily limited in its scope. The earliest Mesopotamian libraries we know of, leading back to the third millennium BC, were born under these conditions.
Submitted by Blake on January 29, 2000 - 11:43am
InsideDenver Has a very encouraging
Story Here on how library use is way UP.
From 1991 to 1998 -- a period when big chain bookstores and the Internet blossomed into potential threats to America\'s libraries -- state circulation of libray books and other items grew dramatically.
Submitted by Blake on January 29, 2000 - 11:35am
Intellectualcapital.com has a great Opinion piece on Vannevar Bushs\"As We May Think\"
Bush\'s essay is astonishing for two reasons. First, his vision of personally
created, associated links of knowledge was prescient. He could see, even
then, the explosion of necessary information beyond a level any human could
manage, and he could imagine the evolution of technology into forms that
would make possible an easily accessible, easily searchable desk-based
library of personal and public knowledge.
Submitted by Blake on January 29, 2000 - 11:31am
Check out Futurebook.org for a look at the possible book of the future.
\"THE BOOK AS interface, the changing interface of collected thought... what is the future of
the book? With the computer revolution fast fulfilling its promise to make society rethink
communication, it is time for a good long look at this vehicle called book.\"