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Library accused of $4.2 million flub

I just like the title of this one, when was the last time you saw the word \"Flub\" in the title of a story?

The Detroit News is Reporting the Detroit Public Library\'s chief accountant says the Detroit Public library is mishandling millions of dollars worth of grant money. He was terminated last week after just five months on the job.

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Phone system offers help on social services

Kathleene sent along This Story from The St. Petersburg Times on a new way to contact social service agencies in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties (That\'s FL).

Just dial 211 and it\'ll connect you to someone who knows the network of agencies in the counties. They don\'t mention libraries in the article, but I would imagine you could get reffered to a library, maybe for some BiblioTherapy? At a cost of about $65,000 could a library set something like this up for itself? Maybe an academic library could set up an on-campus number?

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Academic Libraries Offer Live Web-Based Reference

Bernie Sloan has released his Preliminary Report on \"The Ready for Reference service\", a collaborative 24x7 live reference service being piloted by eight college and university libraries in the Alliance Library System in Illinois.

If you\'re interested in web-based reference work, this is a must read.

More information on the Ready for Reference project is available from the project Web site.

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Awareness Exchange Site Launched to Protect Kids Against Net Perils

It\'s called the Awareness Exchange, and it\'s goal is to help protect kids around the world from falling into the more dangerous realms of the Internet, including those inhabited by pedophiles, cybercriminals and racists. Some of the headings include - \"Yahoo! racist chatrooms \'untouchable\', Supreme Court to consider online porn law, Net crime plans unveiled, DotSafe, dot sure and eSchola, Focussing on filtering, Families... And So On - Tech Week: Protecting Kids Online, Parents believe Internet has positive impact on children, Computer shops to block child porn on internet, Home Office backtracks on its argument that UK laws exist to protect children online.\" There is also a discussion forum, a hotline and other resources available. To visit the site, Click Here.

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Technology Changes, Libraries Evolve

Richard Khavkine writes, \"Once repositories of unique and primary sources such as newspapers, government documents and journals, public libraries have steadily but noticeably conformed to the electronic times.\" [read more...] from The Monroe News Online.

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Supreme Court to Review The Child Online Protection Act

The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it would hear a Justice Department appeal aimed at allowing the federal government to enforce a 1998 law intended to protect minors from Internet pornography. Expect a decision this fall.

Story from Yahoo!

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Apocryphal e-mails

Lee Hadden Writes:\"We should all be aware of the danger of passing along apocryphal
e-mails, whether they are about exaggerated stories or myths or urban
legends. A healthy dose of skepticism is necessary to prevent the spread of
some seriously incorrect stories.
An excellent example of what harm can happen when an e-mail is
believed and sent out without checking the truth of the story can be found
in an article in yesterday\'s Washington Post. A woman had forwarded a story
that people were sabotaging gasoline pumps in an attempt to spread AIDS,
and she has seriously regretted ever since her forwarding the e-mail
message to others. Read about her Many Travails at the Washington Post
site: or read her story in a paper version: Leef Smith, \"Apocryphal E-mail
Bedevils Va. Sender.\" Thursday, May 17, 2001, page B01.\"

I\'ve always been a huge fan of
Urban Legends, and hope to start my own someday... something about me and Shania Twain or some such thing.

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Happy Birthday WWW

17 May 1991
10 years ago today was the first General release of the WWW on central CERN machines.

Check out w3.org for more, including the original Presentation to \"C5\" Committee.

It\'s such a cute age, isn\'t it?

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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...

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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.

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