Mitch Freedman elected ALA President, says \'First Daughter\'

Mitch Freedman has won the ALA election, says First Daughter Jenna Freedman (a librarian in New Rochelle, NY). An email sent this afternoon to friends and other supporters read:

\"The President-Elect apologizes for not sending this message out himself; he\'s got a work thing he can\'t get out of at the moment. Feel free to pass the news along to people whose e-mail addresses I don\'t have on me... And someone call Sandy!\"

Read on for the estimated vote count...


Net Filtering Site Hacked and Defaced

This is almost funny...
CyberNanny\'s web site has been defaced by a hacker called Hackweiser. It appears that Hackweiser has a sense of humor. If you type in the CyberNanny address, or click on the link, you\'ll get a prominent notice stating that \"it has been compromised and its admins \"may be \'trying\' to figure out what the f*** has happened to their site\". You can also read more here at The Register.


2001 Pulitzer Prize Winners

2001 Pulitzer Prize Winners have been announced. Some of the winners include....

FICTION - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

DRAMA - Proof by David Auburn

HISTORY - Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis

GENERAL NON-FICTION - Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan by Herbert P. Bix.


Changing English Words

Always helpful Lee Hadden writes:\" The column \"Newscripts\" in the journal Chemical and Engineering News
of the American Chemical Society, April 9, 2001, issue, page 64, has an
interesting account and a review of a new dictionary that documents the way
words in English are changing their meanings. The title is \"The Dictionary
of Dangerous Words\" by Digby Anderson (see:

For example, \"accident\" no longer refers to an accident any more, but
to society\'s aversions to the fact that anything is beyond our control.
\"...Accidents do not happen by accident anymore.\"


M.I.T Course Materials OnLine

Alistair Kwun, and others, passed along This Release from MIT where they have some lofty plans to make course materials available online.

They call the project \"OpenCourseWare\", and will put lecture notes, course outlines, reading lists and assignments for each course online.

Other stories Wired, CNET, MSNBC and The NY Times


Copyright Law and Free Information

A couple interesting legal stories
Copyright laws out of balance from covers some of the problems with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Public libraries are in jeopardy under this law.

Free as Air, Free As Water, Free As Knowledge is a speech given at the Library Information Technology Association.


The Lure of Easy Columns

Someone submitted This \"amusing (and alarming) article on Internet misinformation\" from AJR News Link\". It turns out some \"Journalists\" are even more useless than I thought they were.

\"What journalists need to do is learn to distinguish between the crap on the Web and the good stuff,\" says Yale University researcher and lecturer Fred Shapiro. \"It\'s a crucial skill and one that some journalists need to be taught.\"


Web Reference Via XRefer

Newsbytes has this article about Xrefer providing reference service to content providers, for a fee (about $1500).\"Daryl Rayner,\'s marketing director, said that since the Web portal has been running for some time, many content providers have approached the company with information that is suitable for publishing on the Web. The problem has been that their information has been highly specialized, as well as having a higher value that our standard service,\" she said.\"


Hardware Stores in Montclair, New Jersey

I saw this story in the New York Times today. A company has created a new top level domain, .geo, which would allow people to search geographically via the web. Pretty cool idea, but ICANN hasn\'t approved it...yet.\"It is possible to find local services like movie theaters and car dealers on the Internet by typing your ZIP code into a search box on many Web sites. But the success of these searches depends on the indexing capabilities of the particular search engine, in addition to how well the site has been registered, two factors that can vary a great deal. It may be easy to find Web sites for museums in Florence, Italy, but shouldn\'t it be just as easy to find out what time the hardware store down the street closes?\"


ISI Citation Awards

Fiona writes \"The annual ISI Science Citation awards have been announced! An antidote to the Oscars, the Citation awards count citations and give awards to those that get the most mentions. Surely a prestigious addition to any scholarly bookshelf.

Full Story \"

They say in the world of science, ISI citations are likened to The Oscars, they measure how often a scientific publication is cited in the research of others.



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