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The biggest news in the software industry in recent months is open source. Every week in the technology news we can read about IBM or Oracle or Netscape or Corel announcing plans to release flagship products as open source or a version of these products that runs on an open source operating system such as Linux. In its defense against the Department of Justice, Microsoft has pointed to Linux and its growing market share as evidence that Microsoft cannot exert unfair monopoly power over the software industry. Dozens of new open source products along with regular news of upgrades, bug fixes, and innovative new features for these products are announced every day at web sites followed by thousands. -- Read More
Canadian Poetry Archive now available!
The Canadian Poetry Archive features some 1,000 poems, dating from 1826 to 1925, by more than 100 early English- and French-language Canadian poets.
The database also includes biographies of some of this period\'s more prominent poets, including Pauline Johnson, Archibald Lampman, Susanna Moodie, Émile Nelligan, Charles G.D. Roberts and Duncan Campbell Scott.
\"The richness and diversity of the poetry represented in our Canadian Poetry Archive remind us that Canada has a long and distinguished literary tradition,\" said National Librarian Roch Carrier.
The Canadian Poetry Archive can be found on the Internet at:
The National Library of Canada
Edweek.org has a report on an interesting study done that has shown a correlation between appropriate and sufficient library collections and qualified library personnel an performance on standardized tests.
The reports conclude that test scores increase as school librarians spend more time collaborating with and providing training to teachers, providing input into curricula, and managing information technology for the school.
The full results will be reported in next month\'s School Library Journal.\' -- Read More
Andover, NH (Not MA) is a town with two libraries, and TheConcord Monitor has an interesting
story on the goings on in this small town.
\". This is
a true tale of two libraries, after all. And truth, as it
turns out, is stranger and sweeter than fiction. So bring on
the happy ending.
It has all the makings of a best seller: a small-town drama
twined with courtroom suspense, a plot crammed with history
and mystery, a quirky little subplot sketching life in this
poetically named setting, a cast of characters that includes
good guys and good guys and . . -- Read More
The well-worn library copy of \"War and Peace\" shoved underneath the bed with the dust bunnies could cost you some percentage points on your next loan.
Nearly one year after the High Point Public Library turned its truant members over to a professional collection agency, more than 2,200 people have faced paying the fines or putting a seven-year blemish on their credit reports, according to the library\'s latest report released at its monthly Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday. -- Read More
A Greenville County Library board with six new members aboard opened the possibility of filtering the Internet Wednesday by sending the controversial issue for a committee revamp.
\"I think site-oriented filtering might be the answer,\" said operations committee chairman Doug Churdar, a new member who said he will try to craft an Internet policy for board consideration within two months. Site filtering is a method of policing in which a filter blocks entire Web sites based on content rather than certain key words. -- Read More
When I read our literature, I wonder if we are at a crossroads, a crisis, a transition or a transformation. We are called everything from cybrarians, to resource managers, to intelligence professionals to dodo birds and unemployed. (Hathorn 1997)
However, let me assure you--I am a librarian. I work in a library at The Ohio State University which supports the teaching, research and service needs of the College of Veterinary Medicine independent of the format, medium or container in which information resides. -- Read More
A Hiawatha couple is asking the Cedar Rapids school district to withdraw the popular Harry Potter books from school libraries.
Brad and Brenda Birdnow will present their request to remove \"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s Stone\" to the district\'s PTA Reconsideration Committee at 4:15 p.m. today at the Educational Service Center, 346 Second Ave. SW.
Brad Birdnow said he and his wife object to the way the book romantically portrays witches, warlocks, wizards, goblins and evil sorcerers.
Read this article from Excite News about this unique form of protest . It would be interesting to get some responses to this article. Does this protest infringe on the right to access information? How about its impact on library staff?
Each day University students, faculty and staff check out about 300 books from the Shapiro Undergraduate Library. But Thursday a group of graduate students borrowed nearly 3,000 books in less than three hours.
The 50 students checked out the books to protest how the University administration handled the conflict between the Students of Color Coalition and the senior honor society
Michigamua. -- Read More
Someone sent in this story from The Journal of Mundane Behavior that \"considers a practical example of practical conduct\", mainly, people searching in the library. It\'s a rather in-depth look at, well, the mundane behaviors that people go through when seraching in the library.
\"In observing the practical accomplishment of searching in the library it is manifestly and unquestionably clear that space and place do not simply \'contain\' activities, as it were, but are irredeemably implicated in the organisation and accomplishment of activities, and implicated in some rather interesting and largely ignored ways. \" -- Read More
Richard M. Smith has written an excellent piece on what companies can learn about you from banner ads. He writes:
I have been tracking over the last couple of months, what information is being sent from my own computer to DoubleClick ad servers. I chose to focus on DoubleClick because they are largest provider of banner ads
on the Internet. Their servers currently send out more than a billion banner ads every day according to a recent company press release.
I used a packet sniffer to do
the monitoring. I found more than a dozen examples from different Web sites of information being transmitted to DoubleClick that most people who consider rather
sensitive. All this information can be tied to me, because all transmissions to the DoubleClick ad servers also include the same unique ID number in a DoubleClick
cookie. I found both personally identifiable information and transactional data being sent to DoubleClick servers.
Personal data I saw being sent to DoubleClick servers included:
My Email address
My full name
My mailing address (street, city, state, and Zip code)
My phone number
Read on, it\'s scary... -- Read More
Dan Chudnov writes \"The Open Source Systems for Libraries (oss4lib) site has a new home at www.oss4lib.org.
oss4lib was started by librarians at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at Yale University in February 1999; within a year over 30 projects have been listed there. The new site is hosted by sourceforge.net and not a minute too soon: this article in Linux Journal, while mixing its issues rather significantly, points to oss4lib amongst many ongoing initiatives to move education toward open computing. \"
If you\'re not familiar with open sorce projects you should look into them, you\'re looking at one now. Be sure to check out OSS4lib for great software.
DigitalMass has a very interesting acticle on filtering. They focus on filtering for the workplace, but this technology could easily be applied to a library. This technology would apparently give the librarians more control over what is blocked. This may, of course, put the librarian in the position of censor, but it\'s worth a read.
\"eSniff sells a box that plugs into the company\'s network. It silently monitors all traffic and flags instances of potential problem activity, saving copies on a secured disk.\" -- Read More
This is London has this story on a 73 year old man in England, borrowed The Bulpington Of Blup by HG Wells from Clapton library in August 1939, and just returned it this week, the funny thing is he paid his fine!
At least he wasn\'t Arrested!
\"He noticed on the flyleaf that the fine for overdue books in 1939 had been a penny (1d) a week. He calculated he had kept the book for 3,145 weeks, which he converted to £13.25, before sending back the book with a cheque for the same amount. \" -- Read More
You think you\'re having a bad day.
\"The computerized catalog system at the New York Public Library has been down since Monday, forcing users in all 85 branches to search the stacks visually and librarians to check out books by hand.\"
It\'s the place where Gregory Peck got the idea for his ordinary-Joe hairdo in \"To Kill a Mockingbird,\" where Alfred Hitchcock got the lowdown on flight patterns for \"The Birds,\" where George Roy Hill first glimpsed the bookie joints he wanted to depict in \"The Sting,\" and where Steven Spielberg learned about shark behavior for \"Jaws.\"
For 84 years, its voluminous clipping files -- organized by topic and crammed with photographs -- were used to design the look and feel of thousands of movies and television shows, from the cop shop in the 1950s TV series \"Dragnet\" and the rocket control panels in 1995\'s \"Apollo 13\" to the
restaurants in this year\'s Jacqueline Susann biopic, \"Isn\'t She Great.\" -- Read More
To the delight of publishers, girls are showing a voracious appetite for learning about their predecessors -- a pursuit that has propelled historical fiction into an unexpected big-bucks commodity.
Historical novels and biographies were once the preoccupation of a devoted but small band of readers. Now they\'re flying off bookshelves, particularly those books aimed at 7- to 14-year-old girls. -- Read More
David Ettinger writes:Below is the text of a letter to the editor of The New York Times I recently wrote which was published this past Sunday:
Whatever Happened to the Class of \'93?\" (Feb. 20) looked at how the Internet had defined the careers of Stanford graduates, turning some into quick millionaires. It described one graduate -- one of the first
employees of Yahoo who now heads its Web cataloging team -- as possibly the \"world\'s richest librarian.\"
I don\'t begrudge her her good fortune, but her situation contrasts markedly with that of thousands of dedicated professionals with library science degrees and extremely modest incomes who, like her, love what they do, but whose work is scarcely recognized by society, monetarily or
Washington, Feb. 20
David Ettinger is a librarian at the Gelman Library at George Washington University.
Publishersweekly.com has a nice story on National Poetry Month.
It\'s been five years since the Academy of American Poets designated April National Poetry Month, and this year\'s month-long literary celebration and marketing frenzy will feature more promotions, readings and bookstore events than ever. -- Read More
The LA Times has a rather interesting look at filtering programs. It\'s a look at programs for use at home, by parents, as a way to control what their children see.The author, Lawrence J. Magid , compares the pros and cons of several popular filters.
\"Whether you use a filtering program, be sure to talk with your kids about safety on the Internet. Remind them to never give out any personal information or arrange a face-to-face visit with anyone they encounter online. Filtering technology has its place, but it\'s no substitute for old-fashioned parenting.\" -- Read More