Copyright Decision Threatens Freedom to Link

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 01/29/2000 - 12:11

Could hyperlinks become illegal? The NYTimes has a story on a ruling that may cause all linking to be considered illegal.

In a ruling that could undermine the freedom to create links on the Web, a federal judge in Utah has temporarily barred two critics of the Mormon Church from posting on their Web site the Internet addresses of other sites featuring pirated copies of a Mormon text.

Libraries and their ashes

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 01/29/2000 - 11:50

Oneworld has An Amazing
piece on books, and libraries, and everything that interests us.

Our mistake, perhaps, has been to look upon a library as an all-encompassing and neutral space. Any library is, by definition, the result of a choice, necessarily limited in its scope. The earliest Mesopotamian libraries we know of, leading back to the third millennium BC, were born under these conditions.

The Information Age: More to Come

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 01/29/2000 - 11:35
Topic has a great Opinion piece on Vannevar Bushs\"As We May Think\"Bush\'s essay is astonishing for two reasons. First, his vision of personally
created, associated links of knowledge was prescient. He could see, even
then, the explosion of necessary information beyond a level any human could
manage, and he could imagine the evolution of technology into forms that
would make possible an easily accessible, easily searchable desk-based
library of personal and public knowledge.

The book of the future?

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 01/29/2000 - 11:31

Check out for a look at the possible book of the future.\"THE BOOK AS interface, the changing interface of collected thought... what is the future of
the book? With the computer revolution fast fulfilling its promise to make society rethink
communication, it is time for a good long look at this vehicle called book.\"

Forget Copiers: Scanners You Can Take to the library

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 01/29/2000 - 11:19

The NYTimes Has a Storyon cool new pen scanners.

If you have ever done research in a library, you have probably encountered this annoying situation: You\'ve found a paragraph ofhelpful information in an otherwise useless book. There is no point in lugging the book home for the sake of those 300 words. So you face twochoices: transcribe the paragraph by hand or trot over to the photocopy machine, stand in line, fish around for change and make three copies the wrong size before getting one that captures what you want.

Harry Potter books Promote Hatred and Rebellion

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 01/29/2000 - 11:14

OregonLive has a story HERE on the infamous Harry Potter.\"

Complaining that Harry Potter\'s popular books for children will lead readers to \"hatred and rebellion,\" a couple in this central Oregon town is asking schools to ban them.

It\'s the latest in a controversy that pits parents who object to the adventure stories about witchcraft against parents who say the popular tales encourage children to read.

New Videotape Offered Free to Public Libraries

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 01/29/2000 - 11:08

Get yout free video Here
The new 38-minute videotape, Therapy in Action: The School-Age Child Who stutters, is getting rave reviews from speech-language pathologists, parents, teachers and physicians. The tape is an excellent resource and is certain to further the understanding of stuttering and what can be done to help the school-age child.\"