Problems with E-Rate

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 02/05/2000 - 11:48

The Pittsburg Post Gazettehas a Great 4 part series on the Problems with the E-Rate program.

A federal law designed to make sure that poor and rural children don\'t suffer technological discrimination because of the high cost of Internet service has created red tape, controversy and higher phone bills for millions of Americans. Post-Gazette staff writers Ann McFeatters, Karen MacPherson, Jack Torry and Eleanor Chute examine the issues in a four-part series.

Will the Library become little more than a Web portal?

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 02/05/2000 - 11:41

A Thought provocing article from the BostonHearld
The next few years may be some of the most challenging, and exciting, that libraries have ever faced.

Ever since humans first invented them some 5,000 years ago, libraries have been repositories of manuscripts and books. The advent of the Internet and the near-certain likelihood that most of the written word will soon be available on electronic, not paper media, raise questions about the role of libraries in our new, connected world.

Counterpoint: Library should not allow public porn

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 02/05/2000 - 11:36

An Editorial from The StarTribune in Minneapolis presents an intelligent argument for filtering on all library terminals.Perhaps the Minneapolis Public Library should consult with an attorney; I did. The First Amendment does not extend to obscene and indecent material. The question then becomes what is defined as obscene and indecent. I believe most people would agree with me. Displaying graphic photographs of a woman\'s genitalia on a computer monitor located in a high-traffic area where patrons (including children) must walk through is obscene and indecent.

Cell phone rule leaves Lexington libraries quieter

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 02/05/2000 - 11:31

A Story on a crack down on cell phone use in SC.

There\'s less talk in Lexington County\'s nine libraries these days, and officials are happy about it.
A two-month effort to curtail mobile telephone conversations among the bookshelves is working well, members of the County Library Board were told Tuesday.

Signs put up asking that such calls be made in hallways or outside are reducing the talk that annoys others users, library Executive Director Daniel MacNeill said.

\"I would say at this point this is all we need to do,\" he said.

quiet as a library.

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 02/05/2000 - 11:27

A Story from on a quiet first night of operations.

After months of planning and anticipation, the Central Library stayed open at night for the first time Wednesday.
It was, well, quiet as a library.

With the exception of nearly constant activity at eight Internet-access computers, patronage was sparse in almost every corner of the downtown library.

After a brief, post-work rush, there were few children on the children\'s floor, study carrels were mostly empty, photocopy rooms were dark and but a few eyes peered at periodicals.

How intellectual property laws stifle popular culture

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 02/05/2000 - 11:21

An Article from Reason Magazine outlines how copywright laws are causing problems for the online community.

There is an inherent conflict between intellectual property rights and freedom of speech, a tension between your right to control a story you\'ve written and my right to use it as raw material for my own work. Thanks to two trends, that tension is turning rapidly into a collision...

Is Usenet Becoming Yesterdays News?

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 02/05/2000 - 11:16

The Washington Post has a very interesting Article on how Usenet newsgroups are being used less and less.
For many Usenet denizens, this low-tech meeting place is an effective resource for person-to-person advice. \"My main use of Usenet . . . is consumer research,\" e-mailed Maria Post Rublee, a doctoral student at George Washington University and a regular in the misc.consumers.frugal-living, dc.dining, and rec.birds newsgroups. \"What Usenet adds is the real-life \'scoop\' that you won\'t get in books or magazines.\"

Bookmobile replacement goes online

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 02/05/2000 - 11:11

A Story from MN on how to use the internet as a bookmobile.
Northern Wisconsin library system linking books, patrons.
Members don\'t need to make long drives or lots of long-distance calls in search of a book located in a distant library. Materials in Presque Isle, for example, can be accessed from a terminal in the Superior Public Library.

Through interlibrary loan, materials can be delivered to people\'s home libraries. Through the mail-a-book program, they can even be sent to patrons\' homes.

Libraries Restrict Minors Access to Obscenity

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 02/05/2000 - 11:07

The Salt Lake City (UT) Tribune has a short Report on new filtering regulations.

The House Public Utilities and Technology Committee has unanimously approved a bill that would block state funding to any public library that does not restrict minors from accessing obscene material.
The sponsor, Rep. Marlon Snow, R-Orem, said the bill is intended to ensure that children are not viewing obscene material, intentionally or unintentionally, at the public library.