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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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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.

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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:
politicos.co.uk)


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.\"

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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

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Copyright Law and Free Information

A couple interesting legal stories
Copyright laws out of balance from siliconvalley.com 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.

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