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janet clark writes \"All the discussion about e-books reminds me of a piece by Isaac Asimov (in an essay \'The Ancient and the ultimate\', _Asimov on science_, 1982. Maybe it\'s old hat to everyone, but it is relevant.
BREAKTHROUGH! Introducing the Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge device - B.O.O.K.
BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in thecnology; no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It\'s easy to use. Even a child can operate it.\" -- Read More
A story on labour troubles in FL.
Nonprofessional employees at the Orange County Library System are again trying to form a union.\"It\'s just been really difficult [at the library],\" said Sandi Rogers, an audio-visual clerk. \"It\'s very bitter and very divisive.\"
For the past two weeks, union representatives have been distributing a petition among the 180-plus support staff at the downtown library and 12 branches. -- Read More
Andrew Goodman writes \"Close scrutiny of the Open Directory Project (www.dmoz.org) is uncovering a series of series flaws in this and other volunteer-edited directories.
\"Open Directory Category Editors are volunteers -- indeed, an army or self-governing republic of net-citizens -- but their numbers are, nonetheless, finite. It\'s not open to all comers. A recent scathing commentary by one disgruntled ex-editor, Gary Mosher, has described the army of editors as \"as a horrible mix of corrupt generals and untrained privates,\" since \"there are only two kinds of \'guide\' volunteer: The passionate, often self-interested, \'subject spammer\' and the virtuously motivated, but web-ignorant, \'want-to-belonger\'.\" -- Read More
Carlos Benito Amat writes I\'ve noticed your splendid service through the latest edition (February, 2000) of D.Lib Magazine.
Maybe you\'d like to know about other initiatives like LISNews, for instance NIDo.
NIDo stands for Noticiario de Información y Documentación (or News in Information and Documentation) and is a free service based in Spain with a similiar profile: news in the Library and Information Science fields.
Obviously, stories are written in Spanish. The are updated weekly by a group of 3 documentalists also on a non professional basis.
You can go for it at http://www.sisdoc.es/html/Servicios/Recursos/nido.html
Another call for the death of the printed word.
If you believe the hype, library stacks are quaking, paper manufacturers are white as their sheets and publishers are taking cover. Why? Because, according to internet visionaries, the book is dead.
Yes, the book, that hand-held paper and print creation we\'ve loved for around 1300 years, is going to become extinct. We won\'t stop reading or writing. It\'s just that, as Dick Brass, Microsoft\'s vice president of technology and development said, by 2020 \"90% of everything you read will be delivered in an electronic form\". -- Read More
This Story from the Las Vegas Sun.
\"Draw 50 Monsters,\" written by Lee J. Ames and published by Doubleday, was checked out of the public school\'s library by a student this week.
A local elementary school is being criticized by a Christian pastor for having a library book that teaches students to sketch caricatures of the devil.
The principal of Joseph Neal Elementary School removed the book from the school\'s shelves Thursday, pending review by the library committee.
And while the complaint is primarily based on religion, the controversy is further exacerbated by a culture of fear and confusion about school violence. -- Read More
Story on the death of an scary law in SC.
A Senate bill that would have held public libraries criminally liable for allowing children to view smut on the Internet has stalled.
A Senate Judiciary subcommittee decided to not deal with the bill after a public hearing this week.
\"I\'m confident it (the bill) won\'t go anywhere,\" said Jim Johnson, director of the South Carolina State Library.
\"I don\'t think it\'s appropriate for anybody to set library policies other than a county\'s local library board,\" Johnson said. \"It would be the same thing if the state told the library what books to buy.\" -- Read More
The Toronto Star has This Story on how osme libraries are letting people eat. Good to see libraries changing with the times.
For years, librarians have read the riot act to patrons caught eating or drinking in the stacks. But they now say the influence of Chapters and other big bookstores - where customers wander the aisles with food and drink from the in-store cafés - has spilled over to libraries, making it tougher to enforce the no-food-or-drink rule. ``I think people are a little on edge\'\' about the change, said chief librarian Mike Ridley. ``There\'s concern that the collection may be at risk. The fact is, people take books out and do even worse things to them at home.\'\' -- Read More
The Boston Herald was one of many papers in the U.S. to pick up on this story.
A group of historians and librarians who oppose a rule that lets federal agencies destroy computer records as long as they keep a copy on paper or microfilm lost a Supreme Court appeal today.
The court, without comment, turned away an appeal in which the librarians and historians argued that paper records cannot be searched and indexed as easily as electronic records. -- Read More
According to Wired, the little privacy we have on the internet may be too much.
The ease of hiding one\'s identity on the Net is giving police migraines and justifies providing broad new powers to law enforcement, the White House says in a forthcoming report.
The federal government should take steps to improve online traceability and promote international cooperation to identify Internet users, according to a draft of the report commissioned by President Clinton. -- Read More
AZCentral has this report on a book that went too far.
For Dysart Unified School District, the answer is easy: you pull the book off the library shelves when it has explicit sexual content and doesn\'t advance the goals of the district, which includes promoting family values.
So Detour for Emmy by Marilyn Reynolds came off the shelves of Dysart elementary schools when a mother of two girls, sixth- and seventh-graders, complained.
Dysart Superintendent Margo Seck said she has pulled the entire \"True-to-Life Series from Hamilton High\" until officials have time to read the series. -- Read More
Oklahoman.com has a nice story on the legal troubles filtering has
brought to libraries across the U.S.
What can libraries legally do to protect children and
adults against objectionable Web sites without infringing on
the constitutional rights of others?
Before the Internet, librarians were always able to separate
\"age appropriate\" materials, said Mary Haney, director of
the Hennessey Public Library.
\"With the Internet, you don\'t have that luxury,\" she said.
\"It\'s created a really difficult ethical issue for -- Read More
This handy site, sent in by Bob Cox, is a great reference for those interested in Censorship. With links to Bannded Books, Discussions, Quotes, articles, and other useful censorship information. These pages provide the resources needed to explore how, and why censorship happens not only in the United States, but all around the world.
Yahoo\'s News reports that we are safe from prying eyes for now.
Bowing to intense pressure from government authorities, investors and privacy advocates, Web advertising firm DoubleClick on Thursday backed off plans to amass a giant online database of people\'s names and Internet habits.`This is a great first step forward for Internet privacy,\'\' said Ari Schwartz of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington-based group that tracks civil liberties on the Internet.
``Companies will better recognize they have to take privacy into account before building technologies or
business practices on the Internet,\'\' he said.
While access to the World Wide Web comes unfiltered to the public library here, most children must have a parent or guardian looking over their shoulder if they want to surf the Net.
\"The supervision of a child\'s selection of books is up to
the parents,\" Poultney town librarian Daphne Bartholomew said. \"It seemed to us it should be the same with the Internet.\"
No one under 14 years old can access the Internet
without adult supervision, she said. That policy, set
several years ago, mirrors checkout guidelines for
written materials. Library cards are only issued to
residents 15 years and older.
The Ames Public Library has a new way to read a book.
Using the ubiquitous computer technology, library personnel are experimenting with an “e-book” and have enlisted 17 patrons volunteers to try it out. The trial will last until July, at which time the library will decide whether to purchase more. It has one now.
“The whole purpose is to find out if people like it and if
we should buy more of them,” said Marianne Malinowski, adult collection manager at the Ames Public Library.
The NYTimes has a nice\"Story on a woman in Africa who still deals books the old fashioned way.
Oddly enough, there can still be romance in being a bookseller, an embattled yet ennobled calling these days. More accurately, let\'s say there can be passion and adventure in trafficking in books: buying, selling and bartering them, rather like dealing for salt along the old trade routes. A woman who owns a bookstore in Cape Town, South Africa, does just that. She bargains in books and jokingly refers to herself as \"the last of the great salt-trading people.\" -- Read More
This story from the LATimes foucuses on a different kind of book, all together.
Paging through old cookbooks published by women\'s organizations is more fun
than reading novels. Along with recipes, they offer tender memories of families
and friends, historical insights, unassuming humor, inspirational tidbits, practical
It\'s like peeping into other people\'s lives, at least the parts of their lives that
revolved around the kitchen and dining room. The bonus is access to treasured
family recipes, set down in print for what was probably the first and only time. -- Read More
Here\'s one from the Atlantic Monthly an article entitled \"The Kept University\". It focuses more on medical and science end of things, but it helps to explain the decline in support for many socially valued
disciplines like Library and Information Science. With more and more universities accepting the market driven model it is what brings in the money that begins to shape policy. The authors mention other signs of the universities selling out to the marketplace. These include distance learning, overuse of adjuncts, etc...
Commercially sponsored research is putting at risk the
paramount value of higher education -- disinterested
inquiry. Even more alarming, the authors argue,
universities themselves are behaving more and more like