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Super Helpful Lee Hadden writes:
An article in the September 4, 2000 issue of the Scientist talks about attempts to get medical information and access to articles available throughout the third world by e-publishing. Sponsored by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, publishers and scientist and representatives of medical literature societies got together to hash out plans to make current medical information available to poorer nations.
Bob Cox sent in this Yahoo Interenet Life has an Interview with James Billington, \"the nation\'s chief archivist\". They cover whats going online, and where he sees the library heading in the future. Including the obvious and over-asked question, will we need libraries in the future? -- Read More
The LOC has posted the replies on the DMCA. Comments included from American Library Association, American Association of Law Libraries, Association of Research Libraries, Medical Library Association,and the Special Libraries Association
This is a bad law that was written to protect big publishers and large corporations.
email@example.com writes \"PictureAustralia was launched this week by the National Library of Australia to provide access to the pictorial collections of a number of Australia\'s leading cultural institutions. http://www.pictureaustralia.org brings together almost 500,000 images of Australia and Australians from the collections of the National Library, the National Archives, the University of Queensland, the State Library of New South Wales, the Australian War Memorial and the State Library of Victoria. \"
The PANDORA Archive of selected Australian online publications such as electronic journals, organisational sites, government publications and ephemera. They have developed policy and procedures for the preservation of and provision of access to Australian online publications and a service for indexing and abstracting agencies by archiving indexed and abstracted items upon request and allocating a persistent identifier to them.
The current focus of the PANDORA Project is the development of an improved collecting system for gathering Web sites for the PANDORA archive.
Is it Wednesday? I always get so confused after these three day holidays. Luckily the Studio B Buzz gets put together anyway. Today\'s highlights include an
\"Library officials said Tuesday that the show taped a 15-year-old girl using a computer at the library to access pornographic Web sites.
The youngster also checked out an R-rated video.Library spokewoman Anya Breitenbach said library officials declined an invitation to appear on the show.
\"We felt it was a set-up, and we weren\'t interested.\" -- Read More
Here is an article from Newsbytes about those \"Ask A\" services that companies like Webhelp.com seem to think will rule the web searching realm in the future. A word to the wise when using these services...patience, patience, patience.\"After about six minutes, Shawn showed me a page with general information on Dalmatians and asked if this was what I was looking for. I said, \"No, I wanted to buy a Dalmatian.\"
About six or seven minutes later Shawn returned with a list of Dalmatians for sale on eBay.\" -- Read More
Henry Norr writes in the San Francisco Chronicle about e-books. His verdict: Won\'t it be wonderful when all our books are e-books? But for now, Norr writes, there are obstacles. Electronic, reusable paper with a programmable substrate of ink will be e-books\' salvation, he says, but not for a decade or so.
The fundamental issue is purely pragmatic: After centuries of evolution not only in paper production and printing but also in design, we\'ve arrived at paper-based forms that are supremely well adapted to the task of displaying information.
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Timmy writes \"I saw this one over on librarian.net. The USAToday Travel Guide has an intersting story on some of the best library reading rooms from around the country, written by Ginnie Cooper, a librarian.\"
Full StoryThey include Louisville Free Public Library, Denver Public Library, The Library of Congress, and others.
Bob Cox sent in this Link to Howard Besser\'s Shirt Database. This database has been constructed by Howard Besser\'s library school students using cataloging instructions, with technical assistance from the Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE and design assistance from Masako Sho. There are 533 t-shirts in the database. See also Howard\'s 1996 Ann Arbor TShirt Exhibition.
forbes.com has \"The Story Of E-Books\". \"E-books, which are starting to go from novelty to mainstream, are definitely compelling. You can get them in minutes without going to a bookstore, customize the way they look, search through text, insert electronic bookmarks and even look up the meanings of words. \"
And from Buisnessweek:
Digital Talking Books Speak Volumes for the Disabled \"But books on audiocassette may soon go the way of the 78-rpm record. A dynamic new technology for spoken-word recordings, called digital talking books (DTBs), promises to rapidly replace tapes. The technology is about three years old and not commonly available in bookstores yet. But DTBs offer the flexibility of a print book harnessed to the power of a computer. You can download them from the Web. And best of all, whole libraries can now be fit on a few disks.\"
From New England to the West Coast, large-scale sales of donated second-hand books -- ranging from 40,000 to a half-million volumes per sale -- are bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
\"They\'re profitable, and in many places, they\'ve become very popular community events,\" said Christine Bragale, spokeswoman for Goodwill Industries. \"
opentextproject.org writes \"the OpenText Project is now accepting content. OTP hopes to help educators share content. Please contribute. Please distribute and pass the word as well. --Thanks\"
\"The open source movement will encourage the creative expression of the community mind by productively coupling diversity of thought with social capital formation. This, in turn, will become a fundamental paradigm for knowledge creation in the new economy.\"
Magazine publishers such as Forbes and Wired are going to placing barcodes in their magazines with which users will scan (with a device known as the CueCat) to bring up related web sites. The article appeared in the Washington Post.\"
Forbes magazine last week shipped its 810,000 subscribers a new computer gadget it hopes will turn its pages into a new form of hyperlink to the Internet, as part of an experiment aimed at bridging the divide between old and new media.\" -- Read More
The Nando Times is carrying an AP story that LC is grappling with digital preservation. New baseball cards are appearing on three-inch CD-ROM discs, bringing up questions not only of physical preservation but compatible hardware and software.
\"One problem is the hardware,\" [curator Harry] Katz said. \"Technology moves so fast that in a few years today\'s computers may be obsolete. No use keeping the disks if they can\'t be read. How much equipment do we have to preserve, too?\"
\"They state that they will indeed sell [your] information to whomever they wish... Why is this a library issue? Because libraries have traditionally and
correctly defended the privacy of our patrons records. Now we promote in our libraries behavior which jeopardizes that privacy...\"
Read on for the full text of Councilor Rosenzweig\'s letter. -- Read More
Three Types of Censorship that Librarians Don\'t Talk About, an article by Sanford Berman in the Minnesota Library Association Newsletter, discusses intellectual freedom from a different perspective from usual. The threat, as Berman sees it, is not primarily from outside challenges to \"controversial\" materials, but from market based censorship (e.g. the power of the big publishers to manipulate the review stream), government censorship of small, independent publishers, and librarians\' self-censorship.