An Academic Publishing Revolution on the Web?

Why have academics failed to make full use of the information manipulation and distribution tools offered by the Web? Ariadne\'s Philip Hunter investigates:

Just three or four years ago the Web community was getting used to the idea that the way we would work in future would be radically different from the way we work now. The world of coalface flatfile html markup would begin to disappear in favour of collaborative working, managed workflow, document versioning, on the fly pages constructed out of application independent xml chunks, site management tools and push-button publishing via multiple formats - html, xml, pdf, print, etc. Text appearing in more than one context would be stored in a central repository and repurposed according to particular requirements.

In the UK Higher Education sector, this doesn\'t seem to have happened. Worldwide in the university sector, it doesn\'t seem to have happened. Site management tools are being used here and there, and there are now decent text editors both available and widely used - this means that Web Editors are no longer expected to deal with basic markup chores all day every day. Some sites put together pages on the fly, using SSIs or ASP chunks. There are sites which interface with backend databases to provide user requested data in a user friendly format. However you will have to look hard for a Higher Education sector site which uses all of these techniques and which yokes them together with collaborative working and managed workflow. Higher Education is not using content management systems as a matter of course, and is not making use of the most sophisticated systems available.[ More ]


Libraries Corner Market

For The Daily Mail & Guardian, Barry Streek writes...

\"A Western Cape development agency, Wesgro, has initiated a novel approach for providing would-be entrepreneurs with information on small enterprises by establishing \"business corners\" in local libraries. Chief economist, Wolfgang Thomas said, \'In the search for low-cost, sustainable models for the dissemination of information to entrepreneurs, libraries have come forward as an ideal institution, accessible to the public, equipped to store and disseminate information.\' Ummm, isn\'t that what we do anyway? [more...]

Book Ban Rejected

For The Seattle Times, David Olson writes...

\"In its second book-banning vote in five years, the Federal Way Public Schools board Tuesday turned down several parents\' request to remove six books from high-school English classes. The complaining parents were offended by vulgar language and sexual and violent scenes in the novels. But school officials and other parents said the books are great literature and appropriate for teenagers in an advanced English class.\" I\'ll bet those same complaining parents use the f-word in front of their kids. [more...]


More to Comply with CIPA

From The Almagordo Daily News, Elva Osterreich writes...

\"Several previous attempts by the federal government to regulate library and school Internet access to children have been overturned by complaints from the ACLU and other organizations. CIPA is the latest version of the act and is currently being contested, but until the act is actually overturned, the school systems must comply or possibly lose certain federal and state support. Libraries and schools will be required to implement a means to block or filter access to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or that are harmful to minors on the Internet; implement technology that monitors on-line activities of minors; and determine a way to protect minors while using e-mail, chat rooms and other forms of electronic communication. School systems will be required to implement firewalls to prevent hacking or unauthorized access to information and implement security so personal information about minors cannot be disseminated. The most likely method of filtering Internet sites for the schools would be to contract with a national company which daily searches of the Internet for objectionable sites to filter.\" [more...]


Online Spanish-Language LIS Bibliography

Documents in Information Science is a free bibliography of over 5000 articles and papers on LIS and related topics, 2109 of which can be downloaded from their site. Although the title of each article or paper is given in the language in which it was written, abstracts are available in Spanish only.

Navigating the site is a bit difficult, but there is a lot of quality information here.


Library Kicks Off $76 Million Capital Campaign

After suffering through what Director Herb Elish describes as \"nearly a century of neglect,\" the Carnegie Library System of Pittsburgh is kicking off a $76 million capital campaign to renovate 19 facilities. One necessary area of improvement is compliance with ADA standards. [more...] from The Pittsburgh Business Times.


Boycott Adobe Launches has hit the web.

Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov was arrested by federal agents in Las Vegas, Nevada. His crime: pointing out major security flaws in Adobe PDF and eBook software.
Adobe decided to call in the FBI to prosecute him under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA.


Book smarts vs. street smarts in The Onion

From this week\'s edition of The Onion:

Street-Smart Teen Dies In Library
CHICAGO-- Street-smart teen Larry Witherspoon was found dead Monday at the Michigan Avenue branch of the Chicago Public Library, his urban know-how useless to him in the unfamiliar environment...


Network Scanners Looking for Vulnerable Sites to Hack

This e-mail comes by way of a listserve from the tech support help desk: Those of you involved in network security might want to keep an eye open for possible problems associated with the following:

We do not wish to panic or alarm anyone but we have been informed that a large amount of network scanning is occurring on the Internet, today in particular, with machines seeking out vulnerable sites. Some sites that
have been scanned or hacked have traced these matters back to IPs out of the Far East. For more technical information, you may visit the following link:
Thank You. Again, we do not want to alarm anyone. We just want to make sure you are aware of this.\"


Library Boss Stays - Library Commission Chair Thrown Out

Nothing gets people\'s suspicion up any more than monetary discrepencies and misappropriation of funds. Nothing gets people on the defense more than trying to justify them. [more...] from Macomb Daily.


Law Library Going Bookless

I can remember my first visit to a law library. I was amazed at how how voluminous everything seemed (bad pun). Well, not anymore. This library is going bookless. They recently auctioned off their books and shelving for pennies on the dollar and will be relocating to a more suitable location on the fourth floor where there will be a computer, printer and a few books in a small room.
I wonder what they\'ll do with all that space. [more...] from St. Joseph News.


Person Injured in Detroit Libary Explosion

An explosion occurred at the Detroit Public Library Thursday morning. One library worker was injured and is listed in serious condition. The cause is believed to be a problem with the air conditioning system. [more...]
Here\'s another story from the Detroit News.


The Average Reader Doesn\'t Care About Quality

Newspapers are dissing book reviews. Reasons cited are \"the average reader really doesn\'t care about quality.\" I wonder, according to whom? One editor says \"book review sections only appeal to a small, elite, older readership.\" Ya don\'t say... The article also goes on to say that \"newspaper editors don\'t read books.\" Now, that doesn\'t surprise me. [more...] from Salon.


Baker & Taylor to Offer Library E-Book Infrastructure

Baker and Taylor has signed a deal with Reciprocal to develop a \"digital library and content delivery system\" for B&T\'s client libraries:

Baker & Taylor has signed an exclusive multiyear deal with digital infrastructure provider Reciprocal to deliver books in electronic form to thousands of B&T\'s client libraries.

Under the agreement, Reciprocal will build a digital library and content-delivery system for the library market to the specifications of Baker & Taylor\'s Informata e-commerce business unit. Content will be delivered to libraries as part of a digital subscription service provided by Informata, enabling library patrons to browse e-books online or download and check them out of the library for specified periods. Baker & Taylor and other wholesalers will sell digital content through Informata\'s subscription service to libraries for their patrons\' use, and Reciprocal will resell content in markets that Baker & Taylor does not currently serve. [More from Publishers Weekly (free registration now required.)]

Here is Reciprocal\'s press release on the deal.

School Board Considers Banning Books With Dirty Words

A Brunswick, Georgia school board is considering banning books that contain profanity. The biggest offender is Salinger\'s \"Catcher in the Rye,\" which contains references to homosexuality, drinking and probably the f-word. Ya know, I\'ve never even read that book. [more...] from ABC News.

George W.Bush in the Reading Room

Charles Davis writes \"On 19th July George W. Bush was at the Reading Room of the British Museum,
where he and his librarian wife, Laura, read to children during a morning of cultural events.
Bush said: \"The Reading Room is spectacular. Did you know they
have a book there where people signed in to read there? Karl Marx, Lenin, Mark Twain
and now George W. Bush. From one end of the spectrum to the other.\"
Full Story \"


Book Business Is Latest Battleground

Carrie sent along This NYTimes Story on the second stage in the legal fight over the ground rules of media contracts and copyright law in the Internet age, the first being Napster.

Now writers are fighting with the traditional media companies over the application of old-media concepts in the new-media world. Now they fight over questions about the meaning of the word book and the experience of reading pixels instead of print.
They are focusing on the RosettaBooks case.

Mayan scribes/librarians

Ursula writes \"Here\'s a Story from the New York Times on the very interesting (and often painful) lives of the \"keepers of the royal libraries\" in Mayan culture.\"

They came from the noble class , sometimes from the royal family itself, but, if their king lost, the were captured, humiliated in a public ceremony, mutilated and finally executed.
Seems almost as bad as a the board meetings of today.


This is Your Brain on Vacation

For The Dallas Morning News, Tim Wyatt has written an article on homework sites for kids to refresh their minds on what they may have lost during the summer. He\'s included some pretty cool links that are definitely worth checking out. [more...]


Annoucement Comes - EPFL Branches Will Close on September 1

As has been reported here, the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD has been forced to close five of its branches. The announcement came yesterday on which five are to get the axe on September 1 of this year. The collections from each branch will be divided up among local schools and other community organizations. [more...] from SunSpot.



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