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Freedomforum.org has a Report on some Harry trouble in NH. A woman there is requesting that parents have more say in what teachers read to pupils. She wants teachers to give parents reading lists so they can decide whether their child should leave classrooms when certain books are read aloud.
She said Harry Potter teaches about killing, reincarnation and the occult. To prove her point, she read a segment of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer\'s Stone aloud to the board, and it speaks of drinking blood and damaging the mind and body of a witch.
Is this an unreasable request?
The NY Times has a short opinion on mandating filtering in libraries that get federal funding. They call is an \"an ill-conceived rider\", absurd and unconstitutional. They say a better way to approach this problem is schools and libraries monitor student use of the Internet while teaching each student how to avoid inappropriate sites.
NewsNet5 has a video report on libraries that focuses on the typical problems. This story is quite a slam on public libraries.
Check it out here, you\'ll need real player.
This story does not paint a very pretty picture of todays public libraries. If I didn\'t know any better I\'d think the AFA wrote this one.
Your neighborhood library is less like a church and more like a bus station...\"
Al writes \"
Not really a scoop as its ongoing but a nice article on the bbc site about the discussions around the .health TLD:
and the coverage on Slashdot
As always the odd insightful comment worth reading \"
This raises some interesting questions on quality control of web sites, especially medical web sites. Should a government be given control over certain sites to ensure they are reliable? Should anyone really be getting medical advice from a web site to begin with?
John Rappold writes \"PDAK12 is a new web site dedicated to using the Pocket PC Personal Digital Assistants in K-12. The site is geared towards teachers, librarians, technology coordinators, and administrative staff. Topics covered include deploying Pocket PCs, web and database connectivity, eBooks, software reviews, and many others.
The non-profit site is hosted by South Central Ohio Computer Association, one of twenty-four state agencies in Ohio that provide data and Internet services for K-12 districts. PDAK12 can be found at:
The NY Times has an insteresting Story on the employability of those with degrees from Online-Only Schools. 77% of HR officers said they believe an online degree from a real school, like Stanford or Harvard, is better than one from a school that exists only on the Internet.
\"There\'s some skepticism. Some employers feel like students are getting a degree-lite, or a watered-down degree.\"
I\'ve been on both sides of the online education market (as a student and a teacher) and I still prefer the ol\' classroom.
Charles Davis writes \"In August 1850 the Public Libraries Act received Royal Assent, allowing ordinary people to enjoy free access to books and laying the foundations of today\'s national UK network of public libraries.
To mark the 150th anniversary of the Act, which brought knowledge and literature within the reach of every member of society, a commemorative 50p coin has been produced by the Royal Mint.
Questia Media is hoping to entice students to pay as much as
$360 a year for online access to searchable books and
journals. The Chronicle
has the Full
says it will have more than 50,000 scholarly books and
journals by January, then they\'ll sell subscriptions for $20
or $30 a month, it allows the students to copy and \"paste\"
....the service\'s search-and-copy features
respond to the way students really do their papers. \"They\'re
not reading the books,\" says Troy Williams. -- Read More
\"\"What\'s exciting for readers is that we are just
scratching the surface today with the technology and the
content, and the potential for both is amazing,\" said Lyn
Blake, Amazon Books general manager.\"
I just like her
\"\"In a crowd of librarians, I stand out,\" he
said. \"The old ideas about librarians is slowly changing.
[People of color] are less than 3 percent in the
Someone suggested this rather odd story from
Police say a man accused of exposing his private parts at the library used his own library card to take out books at Chardon Public Library.
The man pleaded innocent Monday to a charge of public indecency, he says he only lifted his shirt to show the librarians his stomach and did not expose his genitals.
Note to self: Use someone else\'s library card next time!
Charles Davis writes \"RIBA Awards 2000
Peckham Library, London wins the
You really need to take a peek at this library, there are three different pics on Internettrash.com
Need a good definition for \"Knowledge\"? Don\'t understand hieracrchical browsing? Want to impress your friends by using the word \"Bucket\" when describing content?
Brian writes \"thestandard.com is one place reporting on ICANN\'s plans for the new TLDs.
\"staff of ICANN recommended Friday that no new top-level domains distinguishing between kid-friendly and kid-unfriendly material be added to the Internet at this time.\" \"
They got 44 proposals on new names, and say only 17 of those are being considered.
\"Because of the inadequacies in the proposed technical and business measures to actually promote kid-friendly content, the evaluation team does not recommend selecting a dot-kids domain in the current phase of the TLD program,\" the staff report said. \"In addition, because of the controversy surrounding, and poor definition of the hoped-for benefits of dot-xxx, we also recommend against its selection at this time.\"
Here\'s an interesting story from Newscientist.com on internet searching. The idea here is the strategies you use when you surf the Web are exactly the same as the ones hunter-gatherers used to find food. They say we are plugged into the information superhighway, but deep down we\'re still a caveman. It\'s called \"foraging theory\", very interesting stuff.
Charles Davis writes \"The image of a Bodleian Library, Oxford manuscript appears in the penultimate set of Royal Mail millennium stamps which double up as this year’s UK Christmas stamps.
Each of the four stamps in the set is designed to illustrate a millennium project with a Christian theme.
The 45p stamp marks the opening of a centre devoted to the story of St Patrick in Downpatrick, Co. Down, where the saint is reputed to be buried.
The stamp shows the opening of the Mass of Christmas Day, with a decorated initial P (opening the text, ‘Puer natus est’) and musical notation for plainsong, from a late-twelfth-century Gradual (MS. Rawl. C. 892, fol. 9r), the book containing the variable and fixed parts of the Mass to be sung by a choir or soloist.
The origin of the manuscript is in fact uncertain, but some of its liturgical features make a connection with the monastic cathedral of Downpatrick a possibility.
It was bequeathed to Oxford by Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755).
The photograph for the stamp was taken by Jacky Merralls and Nick Cistone in the Bodleian Photographic Studio.
This mercurycenter.com Story has some nice things to say about the libraries in the Silicon Valley Area. The future maybe home delivery of library books!
\"There\'s truly a renaissance going on with libraries, particularly in California,\" said Linda Crowe, president of the California Library Association, one of the conference\'s sponsors. \"Just five years ago, we didn\'t know much about the World Wide Web.\"
Rochester is just down the road from LISNews headquarters, so I thought I\'d post Post This Story on a sad little law library that no one seems to like, yet.
3 months ago The Monroe County Hall opened a law libary and it just doesn\'t get the traffic they had hoped for. There are only actually 15 or so people a day. Don\'t you wish you\'re library was like that sometimes?
\"\"This has nothing to do with freedom of expression, nor does it have anything to do with literature or culture,\"
stephanie davidson writes:
\"The U.S. Supreme Court granted cert on Monday in the case of York Times v. Tasini, a case that concerns the copyrights of freelance writers with respect to electronic distribution of the papers they write for. The case specifically involves writers who write for newspapers and other general-interest works, rather than scholarly journals, but the implications of a decision in favor of the authors could have implications for libraries who purchase electronic database subscriptions. Libraries are staying out of it at this point, but you can be sure they\'re following with rapt attention.