Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Old Dominion University and Stanford University are the four institutions chosen by the Library of Congress (Federal Computer Week) to test procedures for handling large digital collections slated for long-term preservation. The four will test varied methods of sending and receiving a variety of information formats(12G) from a collection involving September 11, 2001, now stored at George Mason University.
Under the final rule, the nationwide CRAs must establish a â€œcentralized sourceâ€? for accepting consumer requests for free credit reports (called annual file disclosures in the final rule). This centralized source must include a dedicated Internet Web site, a toll-free telephone number, and a postal address.
David Rothman writes this very insightful commentary about why Google is friendlier than proprietary databases.
"Public librarians love to talk up library databases as a free way to access high-quality information. But wait. There is something you may give up in return--your sanity, considering the Rube Goldbergish tortures that librarians or at least their database vendors often inflict on innocent users.
The AP reports that financial shortfalls are causing Texas libraries to drop two popular databases from its collections: HeritageQuest and STAT!Ref. The two sites are primarily used for research by genealogists and medical students. There may be a slight reprieve however, as the Dallas Morning News reports that library officials are starting a fund-raising campaign to keep the databases on-line.
Anonymous Patron shares this story with us.
"Industry experts have renewed their warning that the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, which comes into force next January, will place major new pressures on information professionals.
"The issues are as much cultural as technical or legal," said Guy Daines, principal policy officer at CILIP.
"The whole organisation needs to be aware of its responsibilities, otherwise it risks failing to comply with the Act."
Pete sends "This BBC report which states that according to reports in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, science is the most interconnected of all human activities, and requires a new series of maps to chart the changing scientific landscape.Knowledge has left books and libraries and is now changing more rapidly than ever before, say researchers."
Cliff Urr writes "An article to pass on - urgently, asap - to your library administration, board or senior management! This superb article is distinguished by its sharing *much facts and figures* on what the author calls "information disasters" in terms of dollars and cents, as well as the human and even tragic costs of bad or insufficient information.
madcow writes "An academic at Swarthmore gives a pretty succinct critique of the problems of information overload and the library catalog. "Iâ€™m to the point where I think weâ€™d be better off to just utterly erase our existing academic catalogs and forget about backwards-compatibility...""