Factors Affecting the Usability of Web Sites

Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine has a nice Article on the usabilty of web sites.

\"This article contemplates factors affecting the usabilty of web sites. It addresses issues from both the disciplines of psychology and computing and attempts to consider the relevance of these issues with regards to a study carried out at the Centre for Information Environments Research at Brunel University. The study was developed in order to investigate issues affecting the usability of web sites. A test site was created and investigations revealed some interesting findings, some of which are detailed in the article.

Demystifying the e-Book

Bibliofuture has a great Article by Ana Arias Terry on E-Books. It covers the basics of E-Books, who makes them, how they work, and what the future holds.

\"If e-book content sellers such as alternative presses and device vendors intend to stay in the e-book game, they will want to pay special attention to the demands of the market and heed their preferences. Otherwise, they run the risk of finding themselves in the print pages of historical discussions.\".

Open Source Texts

OpenMind Publishing Group is taking its
first step to replace traditional textbook publishing with a personalized,
online process. OpenMind today announced the first-ever program that
carries the open source model into the textbook publishing industry.

For more information on OpenMind Publishing Group and/or to see a
demonstration please visit www.ompg.com or 919-688-4555.

Read on for the Full Press Release -- Read More

Knowledge Management Software Market Growing

IDC has a research Report on the future on Knowledge Management. They say the software market in this segment will grow the worldwide market from $1.4 billion in 1999 to $5.4 billion in 2004.They also have a nice definition of knowledge management.
\"The importance of examining organizational processes and technologies and developing solutions that harvest and deliver the right information to the right people at the right time\"

\"The need to more intelligently support the decisions of employees while improving productivity will create and sustain demand for knowledge management access software,\" said Brian McDonough, senior research analyst with IDC\'s Knowledge Management program. \"The infrastructure is largely in place. Consolidation among vendors through acquisitions or strategic partnerships will occur to further spur rapid market adoption.\"

National Archives Week

I don\'t know how I missed it, but this is National Archives Week!

Archives Week is an annual, weeklong observance of the importance of archival and historical records to our lives.

Just so you don\'t miss it in the coming years:


ARCHIVES WEEK DATES, 2000-2003

October 8-15, 2000
October 7-14, 2001
October 6-13, 2002
October 5-12, 2003


Give your favorite archivist a Big Kiss!


National Archives and Records Administration

The Latest at COPA

This Story, from Wired, gives an update on
the Commission on Child Online Protection [COPA]unanimously endorsed a largely hands-off approach to the Internet, while saying that practices such as mislabeling adult sites as innocuous should be against the law. The final report does not recommend additional criminal laws or a .xxx or .sex top-level domain. Instead, it calls for more \"public education\" and \"responsible adult empowerment.\"

Be sure to check out the COPA Research Papers , a collection of Pro and Con reports from a wide spectrum of folks on both sides of the debate, including:
European Union, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Morality in Media, OCLC Office of Research, Peacefire.org, and U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Science.

Library\'s Bookstore Pays Off

Bob Cox sent in This Story from Alabama Live that is good news for all those considering an addition to the library. The Birmingham, Alabama Public Library added a bookstore last December to replace the spring and fall book sales the library once had. In a report to the Sept. 28 board meeting, Library Director Jack Bulow said the Bookstore brought in $13,000 in its first nine months of operation. Not bad!

News librarians roles expanding

E&P Online has a Story that talks about News librarians. They say news librarians are much better appreciated these days, and their roles are expanding. The skills the librarians possess are becoming increasingly important. Journalists run the risk of smothering in the information overload, librarians/news researchers help make sense of it all. Now why can\'t other librarians get this kind of respect?

A new book is out that should be of some use to journalists who want to be better skilled at using the Internet as an integral part of their reporting. \"Super Searchers In The News\" (Information Today Inc.), written by Paula Hane and edited by Reva Basch, takes the approach of interviewing 10 experts in using the Internet as a news research tool.

Harry Potter and the Christian Fundamentalist

Someone pointed us to the funnytimes.com cartoon for the week of October 4, 2000, it\'s entitled \"Harry Potter and the Christian Fundamentalist\".

Check it out.

B Buzz Highlights -- Used Bookstore, Copyright

Today on the highlights, we take a look at a public library that\'s opened a used bookstore and copyright concerns at publishers. -- Read More

No More Fair Use under DMCA

The DMCA continues to send shivers down my spine. Wired has a Story that has some not-so-nice things to say. Critics of the DMCA say it could lead to a pay-per-use world where consumers don\'t truly own the books, movies and music they purchase. On Oct. 28, the librarian of Congress will announce new rules governing the access provisions of the DMCA. Remember:

Fair use is not a defense to the DMCA.

\"The technological measures, which may be as simple as a password, place restrictions on who can use the digital information and often disenfranchise the public. Whereas the public may use the same print resources in a law library, in the digital arena law libraries are no longer able to provide equal access to all users.\" -- Read More

Metadata to the Rescue?

Internet
World
has a nice
Story
that likens the internet to a library where
books are strewn across the floor rather than arranged
in neatly organized stacks. They say libraries have
\"metadata\": specific descriptive elements like \"subject\"
and \"author\" that are recorded and indexed in a
standardized way, unlike the net, which is a big mess.
Maybe The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative will finally
take off.?

\"What we see is that the necessary expertise to
develop metadata applications is declining,\" says
Stuart Weibel, co-director of the Dublin Core Metadata
Initiative.

Rare books stolen from Harvard

Ever vigilant Bob Cox sent in this Story from Boston.com on
some very rare books that went missing from Harvard.
In March, Chun Shum, a rare books specialist at the
library, discovered treasured volumes of poetry and
painting date back more than 1,000 years, had been
snatched from their protected perch in the rare book
room.

\'\'These are works of huge historic and
literary importance,\'\' said Nancy Cline, head librarian of
Harvard College, who oversees the world\'s largest
academic collection of books. \'\'It\'s very difficult to
estimate the impact of their loss.\'\'

Bush Pro-Filter

Governor George W. Bush, during a presidential
campaign stop Sunday in Holland, told a local Christian
radio station he believes filters that block \'pornography
and smut\' should be installed on all Internet services
available in public places such as libraries. As seen on
The Maranatha Christian News
Service
.

\"Gary Glenn, president of the
American Family Association of Michigan said \"On
behalf of millions of concerned Michigan parents, we
are deeply grateful to Governor Bush for his
unequivocal stand in support of Internet pornography
filters in libraries and other public places\"

Harry\'s A Girl?!

From The
Times UK
a shocking Story on the first
Harry Play. A 17 Year old girl will play Harry after J. K.
Rowling gave permission for a boarding school to
stage the world premiere of Harry Potter and the
Philosopher\'s Stone. North Foreland Lodge, a girls-only
school near Hook in Hampshire, wrote to the author
after two staff decided to adapt her first novel for its
Christmas production. She gave her approval, despite
a seven-year block on performing rights because of the
impending Hollywood film.

Profanity in books of concern in Santa Fe

The Houston
Chronicle
has a Story on a TX town that is trying to
figure out how to keep books that include vulgar words
out of classrooms.

The district\'s school libraries already require parental
permission for children to check out books from author
J.K. Rowling\'s you know what series. They say they put
the policy in place to give parents who don\'t want their
children reading such material a way to prevent
it.

\"\"In today\'s public schools, there seem to be a
lot of books creeping in that have four-letter profanity in
them,\" board member John Couch said. \"We happened
to discover some in the fifth and sixth grades, and we\'re
concerned that that kind of language is getting past
some of the teachers and into the hands of students.

Docster List Up and Running

Daniel Chudnov has the
Docster
list up and running now.This list is
intended for
those wishing to help build and test a
docster-like prototype, and is open to all participants.

This project is
specifically aimed at shared discovery and analysis of
technical, social,
and legal changes to existing p2p (Peer to Peer)
models we will need to make to make
instant document delivery real and equitable for all
involved. See the
docster proposal at oss4li
b.org/readings/docster.php
for more
background.


The list can be found on Sourceforge at :http://lists.sourceforge.net/mailman/listinfo/oss4lib-doc
ster\">
lists.sourceforge.net/mailman/listinfo/oss4lib-docster

The Internet\'s Coming of Age

David writes \"NRC committee released a study regarding the past, present, and future of the internet; many in the lib./info. science community may find it interesting.
See nationalacademies.org for the details.\"

The report covers Growing Pains, Regulatory Caution, Guiding Principles and more. -- Read More

Librarians in the 21st Century

Librarians in the 21st Century was created by a class of graduate students in the Master of Library Science program in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

Their assignment was to create an information resource for the World Wide Web that explored the nature of librarianship at the opening of the 21st Century, looking at the current state of the profession and some directions in which it is likely to evolve.

The students, spread out geographically over the country, created the site through electronic collaboration, without meeting face-to-face.


The site itself embodies both the traditional and the new in library and information science, exhibiting students\' skills in selecting, summarizing and presenting print and electronic information in useful ways, all in an electronic format.

Friday Updates

The updates for this week include e-books, Detroit Library reopens, librarian gets fired, Internet vouchers, libraries as social centers, and filibustering. Happy Columbus Day!! -- Read More

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