Academic Libraries

A Campus Fad That's Being Copied: Internet Plagiarism

The NYTimes Is Reporting on a study conducted on 23 college campuses that has found that Internet plagiarism is rising among students.
Thirty-eight percent of the undergraduate students surveyed said that in the last year they had engaged in one or more instances of "cut-and-paste" plagiarism involving the Internet, paraphrasing or copying anywhere from a few sentences to a full paragraph from the Web without citing the source. Almost half the students said they considered such behavior trivial or not cheating at all.

"There are a lot of students who are growing up with the Internet who are convinced that anything you find on the Internet is public knowledge and doesn't need to be cited," Professor McCabe said.

Old files stress Oakdale Prison

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports deep inside the prison at Oakdale sit hundreds, if not thousands, of files on former inmates, filling cabinets ringed by stacks of file boxes.
The records date from October 1984 to present and include paperwork on every person who has passed through the system - an estimated 20 million pages, up from 13 million four years ago. Similar records already have filled storage space at prisons in Anamosa, Fort Mad-ison, Mount Pleasant and Mitchellville.

Library of Congress saved roots of genre

An Anonymous Patron writes "This Says the Archive of American Folk Song was founded in 1928 within the Library's Music Division and curated by fabled folklorist John Lomax. In 1932, Lomax and his 17-year-old son, Alan, headed south with a 500-pound recording machine built into the trunk of their car. Sponsored by the Library, they were among the first folklorists to take equipment into the field, recording not only the folk songs they encountered but the personal histories of the musicians and the social and cultural contexts of the music.

The Lomaxes returned with a treasure trove of folk, blues, gospel, Cajun and Tex-Mex music. Alan Lomax recounted this and subsequent southern journeys in "The Land Where the Blu"

GAO: Archives' Proposed System Lacks Key Elements

Here's A Short internet.com piece on a new report [PDF] by the General Accounting Office that says The National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) proposed Electronic Records Archive (ERA) project is missing key elements of recognized industry standards.
Charged with preserving government records in perpetuity, NARA says electronic records "pose the biggest challenge ever" due to the rate of technological obsolescence combined with the expanding number of diverse electronic records created on different systems within the government.

Vast Martin Luther King archive displayed before sale

Charles Davis writes "from
An AFP Story on Sotheby's, which is to sell more than
7,000 items from King's archives next
month.

King's family wants to sell the entire
collection to a single buyer, which
they hope will display his archive."
They say it's been very important to the family that this archive be preserved in an institution, if possible, so that the public and scholars may have unfettered access.

Whitepapers from InformationWeek.com

InformationWeek offers free access to white papers and more if you register (for free). Here is one of the latest.

Wireless LAN Security - What Hackers Know That You Don't.

Link is below in the story.

Academic libraries use coffee to attract users

Here's an NPR All Things Considered audio story on how academic libraries are installing coffee bars, not only to attract students, but as a way to creatively finance resources. It's sort of a gee-whiz story, and pretty lame for NPR, but, well, there it is anyway.

Pay upgrade for librarians

Marlene writes " Youngstown State University studied their salary schedule and decided it was time for an upgrade. Position affected were..

"Administrative/professional employees hold midlevel, nonsupervisory positions — such as counselor, academic adviser, librarian , student activities specialist and computer center employee. They represent the lowest-paid employee group on campus, and the former salary structure had not been updated in about 20 years, officials said."

Digital Diamond New Jewel in Temple U's Crown

David Dillard has a story to tell about Temple University's Digital Diamond digitizing project: "...for those who would like to see a major chunk of Philadelphia in photographs that can be found through keyword term searches, this resource will be found to be a wonderful treasure." Read the (somewhat edited) text of his tale below...

British Library acquires unique 19th Century Famil

Charles Davis writes "Spotted at
The ResourceShelf.
A unique and important album of nineteenth-century Indian watercolours has been acquired by the British Library. The paintings show views of Mughal and pre-Mughal monuments in Delhi, many of which no longer survive...Following
conservation work the Metcalfe Album is now on display in the John Ritblat Treasures
Gallery at the British Library in London, until 1 October 2003. The album will also be
digitised and the images will be freely accessible on the Library's Collect Britain website at
www.bl.uk/collectbritain during 2004. Some information and images are already
available on the British Library website."

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