Announcements

Internet Use/Public Library Use Study Released

The Urban Libraries Council, together with the School
of Information Studies
at SUNY at Buffalo (Got my MLS there), has released
the results of a 3000+ household national
telephone survey of Internet use and public library use.
Highlights, a
research report, and the questionnaire are available on
the ULC
website

The good news is we found some
astoundingly positive numbers. Forty percent
of the respondents indicate they use both the Internet
and the library.
Even better, three out of four Internet users tell us they
have used the
library in the past year. Sixty percent of the library users
are also
Internet users. -- Read More

Training of information professionals for the corp

Martin De Saulles writes \"Researcha (the global community for information professionals) asks whether library and information schools at US and UK universities are producing the right candidates for the private sector. There appears to be a consensus amongst employers that new graduates are not receiving appropriate training with an emphasis still placed on training candidates for public libraries. A major factor for this deficiency appears to be a lack of commercial experience amongst University faculty.


Visit the Researcha Web site to follow this debate and make your contribution in our Industry Issues discussion forum. Membership to Researcha is free and takes 2 minutes. \"

Reconstruction of Libraries in Kosovo

Initiatives to begin the reconstruction of public libraries in the
war-torn province of Kosovo were agreed at a recent meeting in The Hague.

Representatives of key players agreed a plan of action, which would
establish a network of mobile libraries throughout the country.
65 library buildings had been destroyed or severely damaged during
the recent conflict. Following the recommendations of a recent report
on libraries in Kosovo [see note], it was agreed that the quickest and
most effective way to serve the needs of people, in the greatest number
of communities, would be a mobile library and information service. -- Read More

Open Source Texts

OpenMind Publishing Group is taking its
first step to replace traditional textbook publishing with a personalized,
online process. OpenMind today announced the first-ever program that
carries the open source model into the textbook publishing industry.

For more information on OpenMind Publishing Group and/or to see a
demonstration please visit www.ompg.com or 919-688-4555.

Read on for the Full Press Release -- Read More

The Internet\'s Coming of Age

David writes \"NRC committee released a study regarding the past, present, and future of the internet; many in the lib./info. science community may find it interesting.
See nationalacademies.org for the details.\"

The report covers Growing Pains, Regulatory Caution, Guiding Principles and more. -- Read More

Beta test LibraryCard.com

Beta test participants sought. LibraryCard.com, a
vertical Web portal, is
seeking libraries to test free software that allows the
library to make
available via the Web the library\'s holdings. The service
will be free to
the library community, enabling any library to have a
Web presence - or an
additional Web presence. All a library needs is a file of
the library\'s
MARC records. LibraryCard will provide, in consultation
with the library,
appropriate PR to alert the library\'s local community to
the service.
Interested? Call toll free to 877/595-9095 ext. 448 and
speak to Lee
Ireland or email Lee at lri@librarycard.com.
LibraryCard.com is a vertical
portal that provides a classified index to Web resources
and a large
bibliographic database free for searching. Its mission
is to support U. S.
and Canadian libraries and literacy.

The Opentext Project

opentextproject.org writes \"the OpenText Project is now accepting content. OTP hopes to help educators share content. Please contribute. Please distribute and pass the word as well. --Thanks\"

\"The open source movement will encourage the creative expression of the community mind by productively coupling diversity of thought with social capital formation. This, in turn, will become a fundamental paradigm for knowledge creation in the new economy.\"

Searchable video contect available through Lexis-Nexis.com

Virage, Inc. a leading provider of software products and
application services that enable video for the Internet, and
LEXIS(r)-NEXIS(r), a leader in online information solutions for business,government, academic and legal professionals, announced the availability of searchable video content as part of the vast LEXIS(r)-NEXIS(r) services through the Virage(r) platform. -- Read More

XML for bibliographic data

Following several inquiries from the for-profit sector, Lane Medical
Library has decided to make it\'s XMLMARC software available without charge
for commercial use. Availability will be governed by the the Free Software
Foundation\'s GNU General Public License, version 2 (June 1991) or later at
the user\'s option. The new agreement governing all new licensees is
effective today, July 28, 2000, and is posted on our web site:
xmlmarc.stanford.edu -- Read More

Open Source Text Update

Matthew Lesesky Writes: <BR>
An update as to what is happening at OpenMind.
We have signed up some more content and profs how are interested
in using our system. We are actively recruiting others who may be
interested. It would be great to get leads from some of your
readers - they can email Scott Deluca - sdeluca@ompg.com. We are also
almost settled on a technology - metatext or versaware. Also, we
have brought on a biz dev hire and a editor.

Please let your readers know that we need their help, about our
progress, and please point them to our websites at ompg.com and opentextproject.org.

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