Submitted by Blake on February 5, 2000 - 11:02am
The writer of the popular \"Harry Potter\" children\'s books has been named author of the year in the British Book Awards after being beaten by \"Beowulf\" in two other recent prestigious literary competitions.
J. K. Rowling, whose books about the adventures of a child wizard enrolled in a witchcraft school have been the focus of controversy in the United States, beat five other contenders, including horror writer Stephen King, to take the prize Thursday night.
Her latest tale, \"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,\" had twice come second this year to Irish poet Seamus Heaney\'s translation of the Anglo Saxon epic poem \"Beowulf,\" which won the top prizes at both the Whitbread Book Awards and the South Bank Show Awards.
Submitted by Steve on February 4, 2000 - 1:33pm
Read this press release Here.
In honor of National Condom Week (Feb. 14-21) and Valentine\'s Day, vive la difference! is beginning a series of free mother-daughter safer sex workshops in the public libraries of Los Angeles. The first workshop is scheduled for Feb. 19 at the Los Feliz Branch in east Hollywood.
Submitted by Steve on February 4, 2000 - 1:25pm
Read this press release Here.
Ontario Libraries Receive $8.4-Million Grant to Provide Library Patrons With Increased Internet Access From Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Submitted by Steve on February 4, 2000 - 1:10pm
Read about this program Here. From the
href=\"http://www.cleveland.com/news/\">Cleveland Live at cleveland.com.
The Mentor Public Library is offering help to students preparing for proficiency tests.
The project, called Access Plus: Partnership for Proficiency, is a joint effort with the Cleveland Area
Metropolitan Library System.
Submitted by Steve on February 4, 2000 - 12:58pm
College first to leave management to outside company. Read about it Here. From the
href=\"http://www.post-gazette.com/default.asp\">The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Chatham College has turned management of its campus library over to a Maryland company under an 18-month contract, hoping to boost efficiency and enable the school to increase technology offerings on campus.
Submitted by Steve on February 4, 2000 - 12:53pm
Read about it Here.
href=\"http://www.boston.com/\">The Boston Globe\'s boston.com.
A Southern Connecticut State University librarian is accused of stocking her home library with books and other items she purchased with taxpayers\'money.
Submitted by Steve on February 4, 2000 - 12:44pm
An interesting story from New Zealand. Read about it Here.
href=\"http://www.press.co.nz/\">The Press On-line.
The Invercargill City Council has proposed contracting out some of its services, including the public library.
Submitted by Blake on February 4, 2000 - 12:10pm
If you\'re into the short history of the web, be sure to
out the \"Netscape Museum\"
\"Origin of a Browser\" is a project dedicated to web
archaeology - the study and preservation of rapidly
disappearing artifacts associated with the Early Netscape
Submitted by Blake on February 3, 2000 - 10:36pm
The NYTimes has a story on the proliferation of so called expert sites on the web. They liken it to a virtual library, with out the \"intimidation\".
\"I think sometimes people are looking to avoid going to a professional,\" Mr. Russo said. \"Sometimes it\'s easier to not be face to face with someone.\" Visitors to most of these expert sites can disguise their identities by adopting screen names and can even choose to have their questions and answers hidden from public view.
Submitted by Blake on February 3, 2000 - 10:31pm
Heartwarming News for the little library on the prarie, from MSNBC
A federal lawsuit involving the Wright County Library system and the estate of Laura Ingalls Wilder has gained national attention and support.
“We have been getting responses from all over the country,” said Carrie Cline, a librarian. “People have been e-mailing us, ‘What can I do to help.’”
Submitted by Steve on February 3, 2000 - 4:51pm
Eight valuable books taken from locked display case. Read about it Here.
Lawrence University\'s Seeley G. Mudd Library Heritage Room is some book nook. The curtained, dimly lit alcove is home to a collection of 2,600 rare volumes dating from the 16th
century. Some of the volumes in the Heritage Room are illuminated manuscripts. Some are art books designed to be pieces of art themselves.
Although it houses a book collector\'s wealth of treasure, the room is not under lock and key.
Submitted by Steve on February 3, 2000 - 4:30pm
Read about it Here.
href=\"http://www.newscoast.com/\">The Herald-Tribune News Coast.
Using the most basic of Internet tools, the Sarasota County Public Library\'s Online Book Club could be a trendsetter for libraries across the nation.
Submitted by Blake on February 3, 2000 - 4:30pm
A good read from Boston.com discussing just what this thing called Cyberspace is.
I\'m not sure what or where it is, but I know I\'m there an awful lot.
No one had even heard of cyberspace until William Gibson coined the term in his 1984 cyberpunk novel NEUROMANCER. Now just about everyone in the industrialized world seems to know about it. But even scholars who have spent years studying it can\'t agree on what it really is.
Submitted by Blake on February 3, 2000 - 4:13pm
Submitted by Blake on February 3, 2000 - 3:55pm
CERT has issued a Report warning internet uses of malicious HTML.
They also posted a Solution Here
A web site may inadvertently include malicious HTML tags or script in a dynamically generated page based on unvalidated input from untrustworthy sources. This can be a problem when a web server does not adequately ensure that generated pages are properly encoded to prevent unintended execution of scripts, and when input is not validated to prevent malicious HTML from being presented to the user.
Submitted by Blake on February 3, 2000 - 11:34am
The Sarasota FL News has a very interesting Story on the first Email Book club.
Certainly a great idea that promotes the library, and makes it easier for patrons to find great books.
This is not your traditional reading club, with a handful of people discussing a work of fiction. Rather, it\'s a new kind of library outreach aimed at time-challenged, tech-savvy book lovers.
\"Monday through Friday, a chapter of a new best-selling book will be e-mailed directly to you,\" Burns said. \"Over the week you get the first two or three chapters of the book.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 2, 2000 - 7:57pm
From The Santa Rosa Press Democrat
\"A Story on Page B1 Sunday on the use of Sonoma County library computers by patrons to view pornography incorrectly described the use of a computer at the Petaluma library by Jim Trumbel of Sonoma. He was not using it to view pornography on the internet. The word NOT was inadvertantly left out of the story.
Submitted by Blake on February 2, 2000 - 7:20pm
--or an even bigger knowledge gap
The Daily Mail and Gaurdian in South Africa, has a Story on the promise, and problems, the internet brings.
The internet is being proposed as a cure-all for the developing world\'s education problems ... but barriers of electric power, telephone lines and basic literacy put it beyond the reach of most third world pupils.
Submitted by Blake on February 2, 2000 - 7:13pm
I almost wanted to put this in Humor.
The Lansing State Journal Has a Story on the newest home decorating trend, Books!
They\'re books, but they\'re not just for reading anymore.
\"Sometimes we have interior decorators buy books by the yard for customers,\" said Ray Walsh, owner of Archives Book Shop and the Curious Book Shop in East Lansing. \"It really does add a personal touch,\" he said.
\"Every once in awhile we get someone who has model homes who buys books for display so the house doesn\'t look empty,\" Walsh said.
Submitted by Blake on February 2, 2000 - 7:04pm
A story on two local NY libraries moves to upgrade outdated sytems.
Actually, the future\'s here in most libraries, but in Sullivan County, automation has taken awhile to catch on. For these and many rural libraries the move into the 21st century has been costly, with additional hardware, maintenance and staff time required to get books in the system.