Internet

The Internet Made Them Do It

I thought I would post this quote from George Bush, from the debate on October 11, 2000. The question was about the differences on gun control. Anyone have any comments?


But let me say something about Columbine. And listen, we\'ve got gun laws. He says we ought to have gun-free schools. Everybody believes that. I\'m sure every state in the union has got them. You can\'t carry a gun into a school, and there ought to be a consequence when you do carry a gun into a school.


But Columbine spoke to a larger issue, and it\'s really a matter of culture. It\'s a culture that somewhere along the line we begun to disrespect life, where a child can walk in and have their heart turn dark as a result of being on the Internet and walk in and decide to take somebody else\'s life.


So gun laws are important, no question about it, but so is loving children and character education classes and faith-based programs being a part of after-school programs.\" -- Read More

Authority Control on the Web

Barbara B. Tillett, Ph.D. The Director, Integrated Library System Program Office at The LOC has written a nice presentation given at The Bicentenial Conference on Bibliographic Control for the New Millennium. The Full text of her paper is available, or the Summary is
here. She talks about the current trends taking shape in this area, like the DC for Authorities and the basic data elements recommended in the IFLA \"Minimal Level Authority Record\", and The Dublin Core.

Publishers invest in online library

Random House, Bertelsmann, and McGraw Hill are ganging up to make an investment in online library company ebrary. They are putting up a collection of books, journals, maps, periodicals, and digitally archived material, and they say most of this was previously inaccessible via the Web. No membership or subscription fees, but printing will cost you.

\"\"As a publisher -- as well as an investor -- we welcome this innovative yet practical approach to making content available to all in digital form, using a model that will also bring our authors additional revenue while safeguarding their copyrights from unauthorized exploitation,\" said Richard Sarnoff, president of Random House Ventures, in a statement.\"

Ebrary\'s site says it\'ll launch in Fall of 2000.Implications for traditional libraries?

Factors Affecting the Usability of Web Sites

Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine has a nice Article on the usabilty of web sites.

\"This article contemplates factors affecting the usabilty of web sites. It addresses issues from both the disciplines of psychology and computing and attempts to consider the relevance of these issues with regards to a study carried out at the Centre for Information Environments Research at Brunel University. The study was developed in order to investigate issues affecting the usability of web sites. A test site was created and investigations revealed some interesting findings, some of which are detailed in the article.

The Latest at COPA

This Story, from Wired, gives an update on
the Commission on Child Online Protection [COPA]unanimously endorsed a largely hands-off approach to the Internet, while saying that practices such as mislabeling adult sites as innocuous should be against the law. The final report does not recommend additional criminal laws or a .xxx or .sex top-level domain. Instead, it calls for more \"public education\" and \"responsible adult empowerment.\"

Be sure to check out the COPA Research Papers , a collection of Pro and Con reports from a wide spectrum of folks on both sides of the debate, including:
European Union, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Morality in Media, OCLC Office of Research, Peacefire.org, and U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Science.

Metadata to the Rescue?

Internet
World
has a nice
Story
that likens the internet to a library where
books are strewn across the floor rather than arranged
in neatly organized stacks. They say libraries have
\"metadata\": specific descriptive elements like \"subject\"
and \"author\" that are recorded and indexed in a
standardized way, unlike the net, which is a big mess.
Maybe The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative will finally
take off.?

\"What we see is that the necessary expertise to
develop metadata applications is declining,\" says
Stuart Weibel, co-director of the Dublin Core Metadata
Initiative.

Tell us about your digital divide initiative

The Digital Divide Network is beginning the
groundwork to develop a searchable, national
database of public Internet
access points and other local digital divide initiatives.
Users will be able
to input their location and find out what\'s going on in
their community
regarding the digital divide. We\'ve partnered with a
range of national
organizations and government entities, including the
American Library
Association, the US Departments of Education and
Commerce, HUD, PowerUp, and
other institutions to gather the latest information on the
types of digital
divide initiatives available in each community across
the US.

digitaldividenetwork.org/database-form.adp

There is more... -- Read More

A New Kind of Illiteracy

MSNBC has a Story on a report from The Gartner Group on the digital divide. They say that 75 percent of U.S. households would be linked to the Internet by 2005, up from 50 percent today. That\'s the good news. The bad news is millions will not be \"Wired\". I\'m not sure if they took into account your friendly neighborhood library.

\"The fate of the 50 million adults who will suddenly find themselves functionally \'illiterate\' in the new economy is an issue of profound importance,\" -- Read More

The end of the internet?

Bob Cox sent in This Story from The BBC. Talks
about Journalist Alan Travis,who wrotea history of
censorship in the UK, \"Bound and Gagged, A Secret
History of Obscenity in Britain \". He seems to think
the internet will come under increasingly restrictive
laws.

\"Unfortunately, I think the great libertarian days
of cyberspace, whereby you can have a very powerful
medium beamed into every home which won\'t in some
way be limited in terms of what material comes
through, is over.\" -- Read More

Do You Still Need A Library Card?

Wired has a story
that admits all that
is free on the web is not all good. The story goes into Questia and
ebrary.com, 2 companies working to bring some
authority control to the web, for a fee of course.

\"The element that the Internet is missing most
is valuable, authoritative information,\" said Christopher
Warnock, CEO of ebrary.com. \"For a lot of students, if
information doesn\'t exist on the Internet, it doesn\'t
exist.\" -- Read More

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