LISNews Features

China's censorship skewered

madcow writes "John Battelle goes off on GYMA (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL) and their buckling to China's censorious demands. An interesting read. "...[B]ut in the end, it's not GYMA's fault, nor, as much as I wish they'd take it on, is it even their problem. It's our government's problem. Since when is China policy somehow the job of private industry?""

Blog is providing access details for libraries

Ellen McCullough writes "I came across this while doing a Feedster search. This blog appears to be giving away user names, passwords, proxy info, etc. to access library-held and publisher electronic resources.
How can we stop this?"

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

kathleen de la pena mccook writes "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. Public Library and Stanford University.

"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality."

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
"Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech,"
December 10, 1964.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Prize Lecture is avalable January 15 in history at the Library of Congress.

For hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country, January 16 will be a day "on" for service -- not just a day off from work -- as they honor Martin Luther King Jr. by engaging in service activities for their communities and neighbors. Citizens in every state will join together to tutor children, build homes, clean parks, paint classrooms, deliver meals, and perform countless other acts of service.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C.
The King Mural, © the District of Columbia Public Library, by artist Don Miller, is a tour de force --the nation's definitive visual documentation of Dr. King's great influence on modern American society.

Martin Luther King Jr.-King Papers Project at Stanford. The King Papers Project's principal mission is to publish a definitive fourteen-volume edition of King's most significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings, and unpublished manuscripts.

"If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight."
— King, Martin Luther, Jr.

Beyond Vietnam
New York, N.Y.
4 April 1967."

NSA spying on Americans...60 Mins transcript.

mdoneil writes "Cryptome, has posted a transcript of a 60 Minutes show involving the NSA spying on US citizens inside the US without a warrant!

The transcript shows that not only were telecommunications such as telephone calls, mobile phone calls and computer data transmitted over the Internet monitored, but such innocuous things as baby monitors are being used to spy on average Americans.

See the entire transcript on this chilling revalation here"

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Ten Stories that Shaped 2005

It's that time again when the media looks at the year in ideas and we review the top stories of 2005. Below are some of the highlights of this year's library news. For some background, see the 2004 and 2003 recaps, as many of those stories are alive and well.
This year we look back at stories that cover Google, a good looking librarian, a curmudgeonly president, Wikis, Rootkits and more. The LIS world continues to be shaped by the stories you read here.

Update: 12/30 13:12 GMT by J :Added some late entries. Make sure you add your own memorable stories in the comments below! -- Read More

Disinformation, Security & Librarian Ethics

Kathleen writes "Librarians are encouraged to raise public awareness regarding the many ways in which disinformation and media manipulation are being used to mislead public opinion in all spheres of life. Here again is another example where we must be vigilant.

The Bush administration has been pressuring newspaper editors as reported by Howard Kurtz in the Washington Post :
Peter Ferrara of the Institute for Policy Innovation has acknowledged taking payments years ago from a half-dozen lobbyists, including Abramoff...

"There is nothing unethical about taking money from someone and writing an article."

The ALA encourages its members to help raise public consciousness regarding the many ways in which disinformation and media manipulation are being used to mislead public opinion in all spheres of life, and further encourages librarians to facilitate this awareness with collection development, library programming and public outreach that draws the public's attention to those alternative sources of information dedicated to countering and revealing the disinformation often purveyed by the mainstream media"

Search To Help Yourself Or Others

stevenj writes "Two new search engines are profiled in this article, not because they necessarily do a better job (they actually just license the search technology from Google or Yahoo), but because they are trying a new approach to attracting Internet searchers. And, depending on who you want to help, yourself or others, you can make a choice. randomly awards prizes to its searchers, while allows searchers to have a donation made to their favorite charity. Both engines use portions of advertising revenues to fund the prizes or donations. Which will you choose? Read more about this at: m.html?th&emc=th"

Embracing New Technologies Have An Implied Warning Label

Embracing new technologies have a implied warning label, especially when dealing with specialty software markets, like library software. Take as in my case, a Dynix library catalogue on Microsoft SQL 2000, Windows XP Professional x64, Then add to that one fat windows based library software client, SirsiDynix's Horizon client version 7. Will they work together?

Short answer: No, not "Out of the Box".

Long answer: Yes, but only if you know about the "workaround". And it comes with cavaents. -- Read More

USAPATRIOT ACT Debate: Spying on U.S. Citizens

kathleen writes "WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 - Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials.--New York Times.

The Washington Post states:
The revelations come amid a fierce congressional debate over reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act, an anti-terrorism law passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The Patriot Act granted the FBI new powers to conduct secret searches and surveillance in the United States.....Kate Martin, director of the Center for National Security Studies at George Washington University, said the secret order may amount to the president authorizing criminal activity...."This is as shocking a revelation as we have ever seen from the Bush administration," said Martin, who has been sharply critical of the administration's surveillance and detention policies. "It is, I believe, the first time a president has authorized government agencies to violate a specific criminal prohibition and eavesdrop on Americans.""

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