Over $1 Billion in E-Rate Money Lost Under Reams of Bureaucratic Red Tape

Wired had this to report today on the continuing saga of the missing e-rate funds.....\"The e-rate has been hailed as a lifesaver for bringing schools and libraries into the information age. Now a study by the General Accounting Office reveals that $1.3 billion in e-rate funding has gone unspent, leaving some schools without the Net access that they are entitled to. What happened to the money? [more...]

Is Oprah\'s Book Club About More Than Feel Good Hype?

Alfred Kazin, writing in The Los Angeles Times, called Oprah\'s Book Club the \"carpet bombing of the American mind.\" Some critics disagree...
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Clerical Aspects of Library Services De-Skilled by Information Technology

\"This article will present some personal observations of the impact of information technology on the traditional skills of librarians, drawn from experiences in the higher education sector and tainted by an obsessive interest in cataloguing. I believe that the development of information processing and communication technologies has had, is having, and will continue to have, such a profound influence on library and information services that all other factors such as finance and costs, politics, social expectations and management styles pale into insignificance.\" [more...]

Story by Gordon Dunsire

\"Impact - Journal of the Career Development Group\"

February 20, 2001

Network Solutions Sells You Out

If you have ever registered a domain name through Network Solutions (like I did) your personal information is now being sold, no, more than sold, aggressively marketed.

There are stories at the Wall Street Journal and CNN.
You can see the ad Here, to see how they are marketing you and what should be your private information.
This really, really bothers me, and I don\'t think they are the only ones doing it. I recently registered BuffaloStories.com through someone else, and the very next day got a call from a web hosting company.

Copyright or Copy Wrong?

Wired has a Story on The DMCA and the looming showdown in the US congress. Orrin Hatch wants to open up hearings to discuss the effects of the Napster ruling.

\"I have been troubled by the possible practical problems that may arise from this decision,\" Hatch said. \"I am troubled as a strong supporter and prime author of much of our copyright law and intellectual property rights.\"

Consumer Reports Filtering Study Flawed?

Here is an interesting twist on the filtering study by Consumer Reports. It seems that the Information and Technology Association of America thinks that the methodology and the conclusions drawn from the study are flawed. Make your own judgements. Read the ITAA press release here, and an article on the whole shebang here.\"\"Like automobile seat belts, filtering software is not 100 percent effective, said ITAA President Harris Miller. \"But no responsible adult allows family members to drive without first buckling up. We think kids should be as safe as possible, whether they are rolling down the road or cruising through cyberspace.\". -- Read More

New list on Integrated Library Systems

Erik Lewis writes \"
After much thought and deliberation I have founded a new listserv to deal with library
automation. I don\'t feel there is a single list or website in existence that is what I consider a top notch source of information on the subject of
Integrated Library Systems. So I have started one with the purpose of sharing information about library automation. Hopefully this will allow
better communication amongst the vendors and consumers so that a better measure of what we want is available. I also hope that it serves to aid in making smart purchases and serves to share information concerning how to deal with the various vendors and consultants in this field. Hopefully we will also discuss future advances and standards. The list is meant to be
open to all. To subscribe please send a blank email to the following address.
ils-subscribe@topica.com
\"

Laura Bush Goes Own Way

Phil Quinones was kind enough to send in This Story on Laura Bush from The LA Times.

\"Laura Welch Bush, 54, is a self-described introvert who likes singer Van Morrison and margaritas on the rocks. She smoked for years, then quit, but sneaked a few during her husband\'s 1994 run for governor. She has a graduate degree in library science, but is baffled by computers. She goes to bed early with a good novel. Her shoes are organized by color and her books by the Dewey Decimal System.\"

Help needed from Librarians to complete book project

Godfrey Oswald writes \"Dear Librarians

I am near the final completion of a major project, to update the
Info Connect List of LIS Records 1999.

This is a factual reference book (first published in 1997), of the
major records on libraries, information science and librarianship,
akin to the \"Guinness Book of Records\".

It includes such records as, the oldest university library in the
world,the most expensive library in the world, the largest public
library in Europe, the 100 largest and important libraries in the
world, the first CD-ROM database.

The new edition is to be called \"The Book of Library Records\"
and is to be made available in book printed and electronic version.

I am seeking information on any new entries to add to the new edition.

Here is how you can help me.... -- Read More

Access to Bookstore Data

Samantha Cook wrote\"
\"Did anyone see Friday night\'s edition of 20/20?

John Stossel\'s \"Give Me a
Break\" segment
had a story
regarding the
government\'s right to access a
bookstore\'s customer information list. The information
about a suspect\'s
buying habits and book material would be used to add
to the evidence to
prosecute an individual (for example, if they bought
materials regarding
bombs, weapons, creating home drug labs, etc.). I\'m
as concerned about
these issues as the next person, but feeling as if my
buying habits and book
selections could be scrutinized by the government, and
that they could be
used to solidify criminal charges against me, is a
troubling thought. How
often does someone read materials just for information
and knowledge, with
no intention of committing a criminal act? Admittedly,
this source is a
television \"news\" magazine, and has been known to
make errors in its
reporting, but if there is any validity to the story, we are
in serious
trouble.

The government is (once again) on an extremely
slippery slope, sticking its
oversized nose into its citizens homes and lives. \"

Many People Inefficient at Reaching Their Online Destinations

This is interesting.

Alexa Research did a \"comprehensive two-year study\" to determine that people are stupid, or at least that\'s how I took it.
They say an alarming number of Web users are not particularly efficient at reaching their online destinations. People are so stupid they\'ll even type a complete URL into the search box of a search engine (something I see all the time in the logs for LISNews).

These findings are based on an examination of more than 42 million search pages.

It\'s funny they seem to blame the users, not the people who design the software and serach engines. As a WebMaster I think it\'s my fault when people can\'t figure out my site, which makes me the stupid one, but maybe that\'s just me.

“This study shows that for many, there’s a conceptual misunderstanding of how to effectively navigate the Web,” said Work. “Some people think that their homepage is the Web, that they have to go through their homepage in order to get to the site they want, without realizing that any website can be accessed directly. This notion is supported by our Web traffic popularity rankings, where eight of the top 10 sites are portals and/or search engines.”

online resource for legal research professionals

T. R. Halvorson writes:

LexNotes is a new, free online resource for legal
research professionals. It provides categorized and searchable links to
research sources, bibliographies, pathfinders, articles, reviews, papers,
legal news, and tips. The domain was registered January 23, 2001 and the
site went \"live\" February 12, 2001.

Highlights of the Resources follow... -- Read More

Showgirl for a day

Brian writes \" Article about the librarian who did the switch-jobs-with-a-Vegas-showgirl stint on \"Inside Edition.\"


Jennifer Lucas, a really good looking (my opinion)electronic resources librarian for King County Library System in Seattle traded places with a Las Vegas showgirl.

“It wasn’t like I was topless or anything, but I felt naked — I don’t normally walk around in a g-string, with feathers coming out of my head.”

PUBLIB Best Books of 2000

PUBLIB has posted the PUBLIB Best Books of 2000 (Favorite books read, but not necessarily written, in 2000).

All the titles were contributed by PUBLIB members.

A few titles include, Paco Underhill Why We Buy , Anne Elizabeth Simon The Real Science Behind the X-Files , and Miles Harvey The Island of Lost Maps .

Questia prospects questionable?

Brian writes \"Wired News has an article about a potential stumbling block for Questia and other e-pub subscription services: Will college students be willing to pay?\"


How do you convince cash-strapped college students to pay 5 to 10 percent of their disposable incomes on subscriptions?

\"We found there\'s a real need (for this type of service),\" said Troy Williams, founder, president and CEO of Questia. \"We found that the Internet was not helping (students) get their papers done.\"

Hyper Over Hyperlinks

Someone writes \" The appeals court sent the case back to the District Court for a trial on the issue of whether the city of Cookeville unconstitutionally denied Davidian a link solely because it didn\'t like what he had to say about Cookeville.
has the
American Journalism Review has the
Story \".

Geoffrey Davidian asked for a link to his online newspaper, didn\'t get it, so he sued them.

The end of searching as we know it

Brian writes \"How will we find good information in \"the coming age of P2P\"?


Will a Doogle (distributed Google) arise? Will metadata come to the rescue?


These issues came up at a conference in San Francisco. Wired News has the Story .
\"

XML4Lib Electronic Discussion

An electronic discussion on XML and its use in libraries.


The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is now being used by libraries
for a variety of purposes. The purpose of this electronic discussion
is to assist library staff in learning about XML and how to apply it
to library problems and opportunities.


The discussion archive is browsable and (soon to be) searchable at
the XML4Lib web site.


TO SUBSCRIBE:
Send the mesage \"subscribe xml4lib YOUR NAME\" to
listserv@sunsite.berkeley.edu

Archivists make technology work for them

CS Monitor.com has a Story on how archivists are using technology to over come all the problems other technologies cause.

\"You\'re going to have to have a technology room off of all these repositories so you can have MS-DOS, Java, HTML,\" Mr. Neff says. \"We don\'t know which [program] is going to go the way of the 8-track.\"

Poetry and Manuscripts

Andrew Porteus, a librarian from across the river, is running The Niagara Falls Poetry Project.


Examining a Renaissance Italian Manuscript in the Computer Age is an interesting site recommened by Bob Cox, that deals with the intellectual provenance of the text.


Finally, for no reason, Everything you need to know about The Simpsons.

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