10 Reasons Why the Internet Is No Substitute for a Library

AlaOnline has an Older Story that gives us 10 reasons why the Internet is no substitute for a library.

The Internet Is Ubiquitous but Books Are Portable, and Not Everything Is on the Internet, are just 2.
This article originally appeared in American Libraries, April 2001, p. 76–78.


A Proposed \"Anti-Thesaurus\" Metadata Tag

Anne Gometz writes \"Nicholas Carroll of Hasting Research Inc. has posted a paper prosposing a new metadata tag. If implemented this could be of great help to librarians, the world\'s most intensive web users (IMHO). See \"The Anti-Thesaurus: A Proposal For Improving Internet Search While Reducing Unnecessary Traffic Loads\" at for details. \"


Why the Internet Doesn\'t Change Everything

HBS Working Knowledge has an interesting Story by Debora L. Spar on the changes the internet has brought, and why they aren\'t entirely different from other changes we\'ve seen in the past.

This was Excerpted from her book, Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Discovery, Chaos, and Wealth from the Compass to the Internet.

\"The one thing that I think will be most dramatic, though, is the ability of the Internet to sneak information around the governments who would be most likely to try to stop its flow.\"


Yahoo adopts paid search listings is Saying Yahoo! plans to integrate Overture\'s [you may know them as] paid listings, or \"sponsor matches,\" with its directory pages by Thursday.

I\'m not sure what to think of this, but I\'m sure I don\'t like it. Is this going to taint my search results?

\"Yahoo Sponsor Matches is consistent with our strategy to leverage our core strengths in order to build growing and diverse revenues,\" Yahoo CEO Terry Semel said in a statement. \"Millions of Internet searches conducted on Yahoo each day are commercial in nature, giving businesses tremendous opportunity to market their products and services through enhanced placement in our search results.\"


The End of the Net

MSNBC has an Interview with Lawrence Lessig who argues huge corporations are ruining the Internet.
In “The Future of Ideas” he warns that the Net is in danger of being controlled by special interests who will not only take our dollars but limit our speech and our ability to produce creative works.

\"What’s surprising to me is that there’s been very little reflection on the importance of maintaining balance, and the dangers of this very strong protection, where dinosaurs get to protect themselves against innovation.\"

Seems like a funny place to have an interview on this topic, eh? They mention AOL Time Warner, but not MSFT.


New IE Bug Could Cause Hardcore Porn to Appear on Your Computer

The new Internet Explorer has a bug in it that could cause pornography to pop up on your computer screen whenever you conduct a general search for information. According to some users, the browser will just spontaneously open pages displaying pornography, gambling, and work-at-home schemes. more from Wired News.


Internet Public Library in the News

Stumbled across this one today in a New Hampshire newspaper. It\'s about the Internet Public Library.

Here\'s the pitch...
\"It\'s always been difficult to separate the good information from the bad on the Internet. That\'s where the Internet Public Library steps in. The site, begun by library studies graduate students at the University of Michigan, separates the chaff from the wheat. The IPL shows the way to academic periodicals and complete online texts (the writings of Abraham Lincoln, for example), offers tips for students writing papers, provides librarians with valuable resources, and much more.\" The article also provides a list of links and summaries to a few web sites, such as The Car Connection, Bob & Ray, Monsters, Inc, and more.


Amazon losing ground in core area

It seems amazon has lost some ground in the book sales war.

CNET Says Amazon is losing ground in the business that the company was created for: selling books.

Amazon has lost significant market share to archenemy Barnes&


Google makes more of the web visible

Search Engine Watch report in today\'s edition of the newsletter SearchDay that Google is making even greater inroads into the invisible web. Google is now indexing a number of file formats that most other search engines ignore, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Rich Text Format and PostScript files. This is in addition to PDF files, which Google started indexing earlier this year. Read the full story for more details. I couldn\'t find details on Google\'s own site yet, but no doubt they will be appearing soon.


Looking at weblogs

Over at LLRX there is an interesting feature by Cindy Curling, A Closer Look at Weblogs. It includes some background to the \'blog phenomenon, a look at different types of weblog as well as tips on creating your own. There is a list of recommended library-related weblogs (LISNews is not there but many of my other favourites are).



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