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\"The Internet\'s gain in stature as an information resource has been the reference librarian\'s loss.
After all, the library isn\'t the first place most people think of when they need a digital gateway to information.\"
Now ask yourself, whose fault is that?
Whose fault is it that people even need to ask this question-
\"With all these commercial online reference services, will librarians become obsolete?\"
Here\'s an interesting one from interactionarchitect.com on how \"skeptical Internet users\" are using the internet. Skeptical Internet Users are those who are motivated by the Internet\'s promise of offering value, not by how cool it is. They don\'t use search engines, that is too much work, they just check out a few web sites regularly. They are unforgicing and ready to never visit your site again! Sounds like they need to visit a library and ask for some help!
This News.com Story on The Collaborative Digital Reference Service (CDRS) is quite interesting. The trial run began Friday, about 60 libraries took questions from library patrons. The first question sent through CDRS came from a library in England and was answered in Santa Monica, CA. The question asked for the most recent books published in English about ancient Byzantine cuisine.
\"Rather than watch idly as Internet companies like AskJeeves, Google or Yahoo fill the void, librarians believe their expertise, research collections and specialized catalogs not available on the Internet enable them to answer questions quickly and completely--for free.\" -- Read More
Here\'s a really cool site sent in by Bob Cox. The Internet Search FAQ covers all the bases, \"how can I find\", \"how can I find it faster?\", \"should I pay?\", and \"where can I get help?\", are all covered.
\"Although this website was compiled originally for writers, it has become increasingly clear that this FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) list is of use to anyone who wants to find their way around the Net. \"
Wired is reporting The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has narrowed the field down to 10 finalists in the race to become the new DOT-COM! Check out the final TLD\'s and the folks sponsoring them.
Brian writes \"thestandard.com is one place reporting on ICANN\'s plans for the new TLDs.
\"staff of ICANN recommended Friday that no new top-level domains distinguishing between kid-friendly and kid-unfriendly material be added to the Internet at this time.\" \"
They got 44 proposals on new names, and say only 17 of those are being considered.
\"Because of the inadequacies in the proposed technical and business measures to actually promote kid-friendly content, the evaluation team does not recommend selecting a dot-kids domain in the current phase of the TLD program,\" the staff report said. \"In addition, because of the controversy surrounding, and poor definition of the hoped-for benefits of dot-xxx, we also recommend against its selection at this time.\"
Here\'s an interesting story from Newscientist.com on internet searching. The idea here is the strategies you use when you surf the Web are exactly the same as the ones hunter-gatherers used to find food. They say we are plugged into the information superhighway, but deep down we\'re still a caveman. It\'s called \"foraging theory\", very interesting stuff.
Newsbytes.com is reporting New Hampshire court granted the father of a public school student access to obtain records of all students who used a computer in the school. The interenet records could not be considered as having the same legal protection as \"library user\" files, because the records could be produced with confidential information redacted.
So if library records can be produced without confidential information are they open too?
In this article on Traffick.com,
Nicholas Mercader suggests that early working models of the peer-to-peer file sharing concept are just the beginning of a major rethinking of search and retrieval on the Internet. -- Read More
2 Stories take different views on The
\"Surveying the Digital Future\" study by the University of California at Los Angeles Center for Communication Policy.
Says internet users are watching television 4.6 hours less per week than nonusers.
\"The influence of the Internet will dwarf television,\" said Jeffrey Cole, director of the center. \"The Internet has become the fastest-growing electronic technology in world history.\"
Says nearly two-thirds of all Americans have ventured online, and the majority of them deny that the Internet creates social isolation, ah.... denial.
\"What we\'ve found is that almost no one is afraid of the government monitoring us,\" they said. \"They\'re afraid corporations are watching what they do.\"