Wired has a nice little story on RFID technology. Although originally designed for security, these \"tags\" which are a combination of microchip and radio antenna, have a number of benefits within the library. Self-checkout is quicker and a shelf can be easily scanned to check its contents. Also check-out(ouch!) UK Bookstores\' plans for RFID
Here\'s A Fun One from News.com on teenager\'s natural affinity for instant messaging, video games, movies, open source, and eBay and how those abilities be understood and applied to lifelong learning.
According to Seely Brown, there is a new kind of digital divide now, and it is the divide between faculty and students.
\"The real catch for me is not that this is an end in itself. I\'m not arguing that we should never have text qua print text. I\'m suggesting that this may be a powerful way in for kids in terms of appreciating more their vernacular, in order then to be able to open up experiences, get a more expressive medium...and then build on that.\"
Sections of the retooled Library of Congress Web site are available for examination - the finished site will be unveiled at ALA\'s 2002 convention, according to an article in the new Library of Congress Gazette (only available online to LOC employees, unfortunately.)
LLRX writes \"Lynn Peterson\'s Public Records \"To the Ends of the Earth\" Part 2 is now up.
Risa Sacks continues her interview with public records research expert Lynn Peterson, as reprinted from the book, Super Searchers Go To The Source. Topics covered include asset searching, missing persons, competitive intelligence, and super searcher tips.\"
Ender, The Duke_Of_URL passed along this NYTimes Story that says the winds of change are blowing in the field known as text-to-speech.
New programs do more than simply read text out loud: they can also turn it into MP3 files, which let you listen to your documents — e-mail, Web pages, reports, manuals, electronic books, or anything else you can type or download — as you commute, work out or work outside.
Bob Cox sent over This One on a new device installed earlier this month at the Osaka Prefectural Central Library allows blind PC users to read graphic information via a tactile display that can approximate an image on a Windows screen using 3,072 pop-up plastic pins, each 1.6 mm in diameter. At a cost of 5 million yen (That\'s about $40,000 USD) I\'m not sure we\'ll be seeing them very often.
\"\"By using the (tactile) display, the blind can understand the visual information contained in books and Web sites, which was impossible before,\" said librarian Masayuki Sugita, who is blind.\"
From the Pioneer Press:
When Minneapolis tears down its 41-year-old library this fall to build a new one, some artifacts that have defined the feel, the smell, the muffled sounds of that public space will go away.
The old card catalog, that wooden, bedrawered box on sturdy legs — gone. And the rickety old conveyor belt, laden with buckets in which books are delivered to patrons? Forget about it.
It will be out with the old. But no one knows for sure what will constitute the new . . .
New legislation has been introduced into the Senate that would place adult Web sites into a special \"red-light district.\" According to Newsbytes, \"the law would instruct the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to set up a new domain name - such as “dot-prn” - for pornographic Web sites. Owners of adult sites would have 12 months to move their businesses following the creation of the new domain. The bill, dubbed the “Family Privacy Protection Act” also would require e-mail advertisements that include explicit content to be clearly labeled as containing sexually oriented material.\" The bill would not infringe upon free speech, because it would still allow access, but would simply place the material into a specific area. More
A Swedish Engineering student has found yat another major security flaw in the IE browser. According to Andreas Sandblad, the security settings can be bypassed when users hit the back buttons, allowing for malicious code to be automatically embedded into the site\'s URL, and opening the user up to a potential hack attack. More