Board: Aging libraries need money (New York)

Will Gov. George Pataki and the Legislature approve the spending? Read about it Here. From the Syracuse Post-Standard.

The state board that oversees New York\'s public libraries
is recommending $90 million to pay for physical improvements for library buildings over the next five years.

The state Board of Regents said Tuesday that New York\'s 1,080 public libraries need $800 million for construction, while the state spends just $800,000
annually. The regents said their proposal, \"Libraries 2001,\"
would provide a \"first step\" toward meeting that goal.

H.R. 354 Vote Coming Up

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Volume 9, Number 6
February 8, 2000

In this issue:

Urgent Action Alert: Vote on Problematic Database Imminent; Ask
Your Representative to Vote Against H.R. 354 and For H.R. 1858
Today

Here we go again...! As early as the week of February 14, Rep.
Howard Coble\'s (R-NC) problematic database bill, H.R. 354, the
Collections of Information Antipiracy Act (which ALA opposes),
could come up for a vote in the House....Be sure to read on... -- Read More

E-Book in the stores

wired has a small Story about the first E-Book to make it into stores. This is what many see as the future of books, and libraries.

Author Carol Givner\'s book, Bing, Bang, Boom,published by Book-On-Disc is the first e-book to make the crossover to the bookshelves of the major chains.

Eight Barnes & Noble superstores are now
stocking the novel­-on-a-disk, which is showing up on the new-releases table right alongside John Grisham\'s latest hardcover.
\"There\'s no e-book section in any of these stores yet,\" said Givner, \"but that\'s just a matter of time.\" In readings, Givner attracts crowds of 50 or more who heard about her erotic thrillers through Internet buzz. -- Read More

Crackers still at it

One of Many Stories on the recent wave of DOS attacks on major web sites.

News.com also has a nice Wrap up story that explains how this kind of thing happens.

The weapons used to execute \"denial of service\" attacks, which crippled major Web sites this week, have existed in rudimentary form for decades. But security experts say several effective assault tools that help automate the launch of such attacks have been released only recently.

With names like Trinoo, Tribal Flood Network and Stacheldraht (German for \"barbed wire\"), these tools take advantage of otherwise innocent computers connected to the global network to launch a vast flood of traffic at their targets.

A cry for help from France

Judit Kiraly tschann@webstore.fr wrote in from France awhile ago with this request, I thought I would repost it for her.

\" I have \"inherited\" in December the presidency of the English-American Library of Nice. The problem is that what I know
about libraries is rather limited to my own experience of various establishments where I did my doctoral research.
It is a small, 20 000 volume English library in the south of France. I intend to do my best, but we are all voluntary and I am
the one who does most of the organising/running of it with the help of some very nice but totally unqualified voluntary
librarians. The place is reasionably organised and indexed, but when it comes to improving it - I definitely need professional
advice.--Read more for her questions. -- Read More

Knowledge Management and the Corporate Librarian

Steven Bird writes in from Australia... \"Found this article that supports the changing role of librarians. We need to be proactive in playing a role in Knowledge Management. We have the necessary skills...we have been managing \"knowledge\" as a profession for hundreds of years! Now all of a sudden IT people have discovered the value of managing knowledge and act like it\'s never been done before. What do Librarians do? get back in the corner of their library and cry about how we have missed another opportunity to show our true value! \"

The article is a good read, be sure to check it out.

\"It\'s something that\'s a great opportunity at the moment for librarians and information specialists to get involved in. If they don\'t get involved, it\'s their own fault,\" -- Read More

The Slashdot Effect

Slashdot.org is the inspiration for lisnews.com (as some of you were nice enough to point out). Forbes has a fantastic Story Here on slashdot, and the hordes of readers they have. If you\'ve ever visited slashdot, this story will be worth a read.

With an active readership estimated to be as high as 700,000--staggering by new-media standards--Slashdot has become a Web leviathan. \"[For] geeks like me,\" he chuckles, \"Slashdot is different. People who are just like you comment on it--people who actually know sometimes what they\'re talking about.\" -- Read More

Pro-filter groups plan big push

Michigan Live continues the great coverage of the filtering debate in MI here; with news of the latest push from the pro-filtering groups.

Two groups fighting for Internet filters at Herrick District Library are ready to launch a campaign blitz for the Feb. 22 ballot initiative, each using a different tactic.

The Family Research Council plans to establish a lobbying committee so the nonprofit group can openly campaign for the issue.

The American Family Association, on the other hand, is providing a sizable donation to the Holland Area Citizens Voting YES! to Protect Our Children. -- Read More

Ebay hit with antitrust suit

infodude writes \"Auction aggregator Bidder\'s Edge has filed an antitrust lawsuit against eBay Inc., charging that the auction giant engages in unfair business practices and is trying to monopolize the online auction market.

The Computer World Article \"

EBay is trying to stop Bidder\'s Edge from accessing eBay and then placing eBay product and price information on its own site. In addition, eBay\'s lawsuit alleges that Bidder\'s Edge, which lists information from numerous auction sites, engages in unfair business practices and computer fraud.

Meeting the Information Literacy Needs of Spanish Speakers

Dawn Smith writes \"I was curious to see what sort of technology services are offered to multicultural patrons - specifically Hispanic & Spanish speaking patrons - at libraries around the country. It seems to me that there is a huge gap in these services. The New York public library offers one computer class in Spanish (for all of the branches too, not just the main library)! I am doing some research on this, I would be really interested in comments, or even a story. Thanks!
Dawn Smith \"

Bryan College Fire - Scopes Monkey Trial documents

Dawn Loomis writes \"Bryan College in Tennessee had a fire over the weekend. The library was severely damaged. Included in that damage was the original docments from the Scopes Monkey Trial. \"
Check it out HERE

The most significant loss of the college\'s memorabilia from the trial of John Scopes, a science teacher prosecuted for teaching evolution, was William Jennings Bryan\'s personal copy of Charles Darwin\'s \'\'The Origin of Species.\'\'

Utah requiring libraries to filter Net

Freedomforum.org, which is always a great resource for IF and censorship news, has a Story from the filtering front.

The House Public Utilities and Technology Committee has unanimously approved a bill that would block state funding to any public library that does not restrict minors from accessing obscene material.

The sponsor, state Rep. Marlon Snow, R-Orem, the bill is intended to ensure that children are not viewing obscene material, intentionally or unintentionally, at the public library. -- Read More

Misinformation Services - Nation’s School Libraries Desperate for Funding

Read this story Here. From ABCnews.com.

In America’s schools these days, students can learn more than the usual reading,writing and arithmetic. They can find out the benefits of asbestos insulation, the geography of
the U.S.S.R. or how man will someday walk on the moon.

Groups Fight Potter Banning

Publishers Weekly has a very short Blurb on the groups rallying for Hary Potter.


A number of industry organizations are beginning to rally to the defense of the Harry Potter titles, which, according to the American Library Association, were the most frequently banned books last year.

The focal point for the industry initiative is the actions taken last November by Gary Feenstra, the superintendent of Zeeland, Mich., public schools, who prohibited the Potter titles from being read in classrooms and limited access to the books by placing them in the school library where students could only check them out with parental permission. In addition, Feenstra ruled that the district would not buy any forthcoming additions to the series. -- Read More

Information Seeking on the web

First Monday, \"A Peer reviewed Journal\", has a short study on how people search. See it HERE,

This paper presents findings from a study of how knowledge workers use the Web to seek external information as part of their daily work. Thirty-four users from seven companies took part in the study. Participants were mainly IT specialists, managers, and research/marketing/consulting staff working in organizations that included a large utility company, a major bank, and a consulting firm.

The research presented here suggests that people who use the Web as an information resource to support their daily work activities engage in a range of complementary modes of information seeking, varying from undirected viewing that does not pursue a specific information need, to formal searching that retrieves focused information for action or decision making. -- Read More

Ink-on-Newsprint Periodicals Disappearing Into Cyberspace

SFGate has an interesting opinion piece on the future of the newspaper.

Irony abounds today in the newspaper industry. I\'m convinced that its ink-on-paper product -- the one you\'re likely holding in your hands now -- is doomed. Yet this is hard for most people in my business to imagine, because net profit margins are a healthy 10 percent and ad revenues are booming. -- Read More

Automatic Metadata Generator

Ian Macintosh writes: \"tSA Consulting Pty Ltd, based in Canberra, Australia, has announced the release of Klarity (www.klarity.com.au

Klarity is a software program developed to automatically categorise documents based on the concepts found in the text.
Klarity is made available as an API, ready to incorporate into business systems. \"


I played around with the Demonstration online with mixed results. What\'s cool is it also works with the seldom used DC meta tags, which are an OCLC idea. -- Read More

Latest Innovations in Web Search Technology

Andrew Goodman wrote in to point out an interesting series from Traffick.com \"A Six-part series on innovations in web searching begins this week. At Traffick.com

First instalment is on \"popularity engines.\"
Here


For the next six weeks: (1) popularity engines; (2) better meta-search; (3) meaning-based search; (4) natural language interfaces; (5) on the labor-intensive side, live human help that finds you information while you wait; and finally (6) pay-for-placement search engines.

Yahoo Was Hacked

YAHOO! was down on
2/7/99 due a denial of service attack.
News.com has The
story.

These pranks have generally targeted much
smaller sites to date. But
Yahoo\'s outage today shows that even Internet giants with
ostensibly
enormous networking resources are not immune from such
attac -- Read More

Probe of EBay Hinges On Rights to Data

Maureen writes \"Probe of EBay Hinges On Rights to Data
Territorial Disputes On Web
From Washingtonpost.com
Washington Post
Saturday, February 5, 2000
One of the fundamental issues of the Internet--the property rights of those who compile vast data storehouses on the global network--is now under scrutiny by lawmakers, regulators and the courts. \"

...the company\'s \"senior intellectual property counsel,\" Jay Monahan, acknowledged yesterday that the company has had \"some discussions with staff at the Justice Department regarding eBay and the online trading business generally.\" The company suggested that Justice was doing the bidding of Bidder\'s Edge and other competitors. -- Read More

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