Submitted by Blake on February 24, 2000 - 4:51pm
A story from the Conservative news on bible trouble in GA.
A public library system in Georgia faces a lawsuit for banning the display and distribution of small paperback Bibles in designated \"free literature\" areas.
Stuart J. Roth, an attorney with the ACLJ.
\"The law is very clear about this issue: if a library permits the display and distribution of other materials, it cannot legally exclude the Bible because the material is religious in nature.\"
The complaint said library officials allow other materials to be distributed in that area, including newspapers such as The South Georgia Business Journal and religious publications including the National Jewish Voice and The Testimony of Truth.
Submitted by Blake on February 24, 2000 - 4:13pm
Someone suggested this rather technical article from IEMagazine on some new uses for XML and LDAP.
The slogan for enterprise application integration (EAI) projects ought to be: “The difficult we do immediately, the impossible takes a little longer.” The need for enterprise application integration is greater than ever. A lot of application integration is still done the old-fashioned way, with batch file transfers under manual control. However, the last few years have brought several important technologies adapted for EAI: object orientation, application servers, and now lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP) and extensible markup language (XML).
Submitted by Blake on February 24, 2000 - 4:00pm
Someone sent in This Story from the desertnews, it takes a good
look at ebooks.
Nancy Tessman is director of the Salt
Lake City Library, the institution that has become the Utah
focal point of the recent Library of Congress project, the
Center for the Book.
\"There\'s room for it all,\" she says. \"At the library,
we\'re not seeing anything but the traditional book format.
There is absolutely no sign of a lack of devotion to the
book itself. People want access to technological
information, but it is an option. The more access people
have, whether on the Web or on television, the more they
turn to traditional forces. Our book circulation is up
Submitted by Blake on February 24, 2000 - 3:42pm
David Fiander writes \"The folks over at slashdot are getting all excited about a a story about a new paper out of UMich that talks about the problems of data preservation in the digital age. As if it\'s a new problem, and not just a seriously exacerbated one \"
From Slashdot\"Recently there was an Ask Slashdot about the the problem of preserving digital material. The basic idea was that we are creating a massive wealth of digital information, but have no clear plan for preserving it. What happens to all of those poems I write when I try to access them for my grandkids? What about the pictures of my kids I took with that digital camera? Can I still get to them in time to embarrass them in the future?
Submitted by Blake on February 24, 2000 - 10:47am
Librarians in Toronto, Canada, are set to strike.
Talks to avert a strike that would close the city\'s 98 libraries at midnight tonight are on the verge of collapse, a union official said yesterday.
The city\'s 2,500 librarians will walk if a deal isn\'t reached by the strike deadline. \"We haven\'t had the major issues dealt with at this point,\" said Toronto Civic Employees\' Union Local 416 president Brian Cochrane.
Submitted by Blake on February 24, 2000 - 10:41am
A story from Philadelphia shows kids
where to get R-Rated movies.
UPDATEA Report on the lack of protests.
the Philadelphia system\'s decision to open access for
children as young as 12, down from 14.
Last year, the Free Library of Philadelphia got into a flap
over its policy of letting children as young as 14 borrow
Yesterday, library president Elliot L. Shelkrot acknowledged
that the policy had been changed. Now borrowers as young as
12 have access to all material, including videos.
\"The change in age is in response to the public,\" Shelkrot
Only in four systems surveyed, including Detroit and San
Diego, were borrowers required to be 18 or older to take
Submitted by Blake on February 23, 2000 - 4:46pm
I\'m posting this one because it is so full of great quotes.
It\'s from Techserver.com
The pictures of child molestation, bestiality and other hardcore pornography were as shocking as they were graphic. But just as shocking was the place they were found - on computers at the downtown Minneapolis Public Library.
\"You\'d think a library would be a safe place, but I won\'t bring my daughter back there.\"
They have heard of related acts of sex and violence that have occurred in the library. They have heard that anyone walking through the library can see pornography on computers.
Some librarians wonder if their rights are being violated. Forty-seven of the approximately 140 downtown library employees signed a public letter of protest saying they feel \"harassed and intimidated by working in a public environment\" where they might \"be exposed to degrading or pornographic pictures.\"
Click on read more for a few more...
Submitted by Blake on February 23, 2000 - 4:28pm
The BBC has a story on how computers will start to decompose with important records.
Vital archaeological records could be
lost forever because the computers
they are stored on become quickly
The physical site is nearly always
completely destroyed during a dig,
but archaeologists claim the
knowledge they glean from the
ground is then available for posterity.\"The irony is that archaeological
information held in magnetic format
is decaying faster than it ever did in
the ground,\" warns William Kilbride of
the Archaeology Data Service (ADS)
at the University of York.
Submitted by Blake on February 23, 2000 - 2:33pm
A story on the new library in San Francisco, CA.
A city-commissioned report calling for $28 million in fixes to the 3-year-old Main Library received its first public airing.
The $240,000 report was commissioned to find solutions to a shortage of library shelf space and to complaints that books were difficult to find. But several of the nearly 60 people who attended Thursday night\'s meeting were disabled and worried the direction of the study would exclude them from the library\'s services.
\"Get a little sense,\" said the 54-year-old San Francisco resident as he addressed the commissioners and the team of library experts that worked on the study. \"I can\'t believe the commission paid to have this survey done.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 23, 2000 - 11:51am
News.com is running a story on how MSN is dropping support for newsgroups. We are removing newsgroups from MSN servers because we now have a better communication vehicle provided by MSN Web Communities--including chat, message boards, email and Web pages,\" the representative wrote in an email. While newsgroups will no longer be supported on MSN.com, they will still be available at the company\'s corporate Web site, Microsoft.com.
News.com seems to think this is the begining of the end for newsgroups. What does the LIS community think of this? Most librarians are subscribed to a number of different lists, and use them as a primary source for news and information. Certainly this is not the begining of the end, or is it?
Submitted by Blake on February 23, 2000 - 9:37am
Bob Cox sent in this St
Voters on Tuesday rejected a measure that would have
required the city to stop funding the Herrick District
Library unless it installs Internet filters on its
In unofficial results, voters in Holland rejected the
measure, 4,379 to 3,626.
Thousands cast their ballots on an ordinance that has
divided the conservative west Michigan com
Submitted by Blake on February 22, 2000 - 9:21pm
Harry sure does get in alot of trouble. Full story Here from mlive.com
Zeeland\'s Board of Education stood behind a decision Monday that limits access in the district to the Harry Potter book series.
Superintendent Gary Feenstra issued a memo to staff in November that prohibits Zeeland teachers from reading the books aloud in class.
Checkout of the first three books of the series, written by Scottish author J.K. Rowling, is restricted to fifth- through eighth-graders who show written permission from their parents. Feenstra\'s order also says the district will buy no more installments in the series.\"You can\'t pretend there is no such thing as right and wrong,\" Van Rhee said.
Lisa VanDerKolk said that even though the books are a work of fiction, the witchcraft and wizardry could still give children ideas. \"This stuff is real, and kids can get mixed up in it,\" she said.
Submitted by Blake on February 22, 2000 - 9:17pm
A story out of OH, on the fight over a book.
A book about the devil, demons, the underworld, and the occult is never again going to leave Northwood High School.
In a compromise with two parents who wanted the book removed altogether, school board members have decided to prohibit students from taking the book from the library.
\"They were concerned about students taking it home to use without supervision,\" James Herr holtz, principal, said. \"Now it is to be a reference book, and I think it was a win-win situation.\"
\"I wanted the book out, but I felt that was the most I was going to get,\" Mrs. Richardson added. \"It could be a stepping stone for pursuing more information like this and with all the violence that is going on, we have to realize how influential [children] are.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 22, 2000 - 9:13pm
This Story is a follow up on the report we had a few weeks ago on a charge of censorship in a library.
In the aftermath of a charge of censorship, the Schaumburg Township library board has revised its policy on how new materials are added to its collection.
On Monday, the board voted to add an appeals process to the policy. The move came a month after the board denied a request by Hoffman Estates resident Christopher Bollyn to donate a copy of \"Final Judgment\" by Michael Collins Piper to the library.
The library\'s criteria to decide whether to acquire a book, ranges from the reputation or significance of the author to reviews of the material and its cost.
Submitted by Blake on February 22, 2000 - 5:06pm
A Super Duper story HERE on the new director of the Detroit Public Library
Maurice Wheeler is the first African-American male to head the 135-year-old institution. At 41, he\'s also the youngest. And while many of the previous directors were bespectacled, the new director\'s glasses are decidedly hip.
\"I think we should be providing services that excite people,\" Wheeler says. \"This is not going to be the library of the past where you had to be afraid that the librarian would shush you. We want the library to be a social place. A place where everyone belongs.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 22, 2000 - 3:09pm
Jamie at Slashdot.org continues his Must Read Filtering Series with this challenge.
Rules for the $100 offer are as follows. Find a search result URL that shows naked people, for a search on \"chocolate chip cookies\" or \"chocolate chip cookie recipes.\" I\'ll accept any variant that an inexperienced Web-surfer might search for. Your result must appear on one of the first five pages of results returned (typically the first 50 results). I\'ll accept any major search engine. Send me the exact query you used; I will only accept queries I can verify to work as claimed. You aren\'t allowed to put up a cookie page, submit it, then change its content; to prevent this, you have until 11:59 PM EST, Wednesday the 23rd. Only the first person gets the money; order is determined by timestamp of Received: headers at my server. I\'ll mail you a check or donate it to your favorite charity. This offer is made by me personally, not Slashdot, Andover.net, or VA Linux. Notify me at [email protected].
Submitted by Jessamyn on February 22, 2000 - 2:48pm
In yet another step towards embracing new technologies at the expense of user freedom, some libraries have started issuing so-called smart cards which allow patrons to access the Internet at varying levels, from \"full access\" [i.e. only mildly filtered] to \"restricted access\" [only safe sites]. Chat and newsgroups are never allowed and the viewing of obscene material may result in the loss of Internet privileges.
Submitted by Blake on February 22, 2000 - 11:28am
Experiences draw group leaders into library Internet filter fight
The issue of requiring Internet filters at Herrick District Library has polarized the community.
And it\'s brought into the public eye several local people who have never been in the political spotlight before.
Those on the pro-filter side share a common passion -- the fight against pornography.
All say their passion on the issue stems from personal pain.
Filter vote will prolong debate \"I\'m just trying to make this a safe place to live,\" said Irv Bos, vice president of the local chapter of the Mississippi-based American Family Association.
\"I\'m so frustrated the community is bitter about this. I just don\'t understand the hearts and minds of those who criticize us,\" Bos said.
Submitted by Blake on February 22, 2000 - 11:21am
In this essay taken from the current print edition of the London Review of Books, appearing online exclusively at Books Unlimited, comparative mythologist Wendy Doniger investigates why we love the wizard of Hogwarts.
Young Harry Potter\'s parents are dead. So far, so good: many of the heroes and heroines of the classics of children\'s literature are orphans, while others have invisible, unmentionable or irrelevant parents. The sorrow of grieving, not to mention the terror of helplessness, is quickly glossed over in favour of the joy of a fantasised freedom.
Submitted by Blake on February 22, 2000 - 9:36am
Charles Greenberg writes
\"I\'m one of those librarians that doesn\'t have enough to
do already and has wondered why populist sentiment for
software inadequacies (bad design) couldn\'t be harnessed and
aggregated to actually help consumers identify the simplest
and most usable programs. I decided Y2K might be the year
that a community of software raters could be found to launch
this, so I started techsimple.com
I do this on my own time with my own home resources, but I
believe there will be eventual benefit for librarians that
want an idea of what programs are simplest to use in a
number of categories, or they may want to refer library
users to my site.
I just started this site and need populist participation.
Librarians and educational technologists who have studied
usability and design will recognize that my rating survey
for each program is based on Jakob Nielsen\'s useit.com usability
heuristics for software design. Privacy for all individual
ratings and identities is maintained, and I don\'t see why a
rater couldn\'t have the application being rated open at the
same time they complete the survey.
I would appreciate feedback and