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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
Books, patents, business and intellectual property are all intertwined at Amazon.com. There is now a growing boycott of Amazon.com. The boycott is a result of the company\'s legal pursuit of patent right infringement for a patent many people say should not have been granted because the idea was neither unique nor new. Should libraries support the boycott? Read on… -- Read More
KAREN KAPLAN, LATimes Staff Writer spent a couple of weeks testing two electronic books now on the market: NuvoMedia\'s Rocket EBook and the SoftBook Reader by SoftBook Press. Read it HERE
All in all, the e-books are reminiscent of the early personal computers from the 1970s. You can tell their time will come, but it\'s not here yet. Someday, books printed on paper will be replaced by lightweight digital readers that can store hundreds of titles, download books from the Web that cost a fraction of the price of their pulpy ancestors, and even eliminate the need for a light while reading in bed at night.
That day is still far away. -- Read More
This Story from NJ.
The Township Council and the Library Board are at odds over installing software that would block sexually explicit Web sites on computers in public libraries.
\"If a person decides to walk into the library and expose themselves, they would be arrested, and we have [minors] accessing\" adult sites, said Orson.
Other council members were more hard-lined.
\"I never thought I would see libraries become porn shops,\" said Councilman Joseph DiDonato. \"We have the power of the purse strings. We could cut off their funds if we want.\"
\"The [library] board should consider the use of our technology in light of what\'s going on there now,\"
The Miami Herald reports on the lack of books at a local library.
A new library has been built at Carol City Elementary after three years of construction. But it is missing one important component: books.
The Carol City Elementary School Parent Teacher Association said in a press release that bookshelves at the new library ``stand 80 to 90 percent empty.\'\'
``The library\'s lack of materials is so stark as to be shocking for anyone entering for the first time,\'\' the PTA said.
The group is holding an emergency meeting at the school at 7 tonight to plan strategy for getting books into the library. -- Read More
I\'ve been waiting a long time for a story from The Onion.com
Huckleberry Finn, Slaughterhouse Five, and The Catcher In The Rye are just a few of the many banned books to which U.S. teens are reacting with disappointment, the American Library Association reported Monday.
\"I was really psyched to read Huck Finn when my English teacher told me it was banned, because I figured, you know, it would be dirty,\" said Joshua Appel, a sophomore at Rocky Mount (VA) High School and one of 14,000 teenagers recently surveyed by the ALA. \"But it was totally lame: There was no sex or violence or anything. They say \'nigger\' in it, but I can hear that on half my CDs.\"
USA Today reported yesterday that the Utah State Senate unanimously voted to withhold state funding from libraries that did not shield childeren under 18 from Web sites featuring obscene material.
The senate also approved a measure to ban from prisons, jails and juvenile detention centers magazines and other materials that \"features nudity\".
The bills now go to Governor Mike Leavitt.
TORONTO (CP) - A tentative deal was reached late Monday between the city\'s public library and its workers.
The 2,500 library workers had set a weekend strike deadline, but the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 416 and city officials agreed to keep talking.
The main issues in the dispute were wages, job security, hours of work and shift premiums.
A strike would have closed 98 libraries.
The agreement is subject to ratification by both the board and the union.
Salon has a story here on two new web sites.
StopDrLaura.com, and DrLaura.org. These 2 sites are anti-Dr. Laura sites. Remember the kind words she had for the ALA, and librarians, not long ago? StopDrLaura.com, is a very well designed site, not the average protest site to say the least.
As of 18:15gmt drlaura.org is not up yet, The Salon article does say they are to be launched today March 1, 2000.
John Aravosis, president of the Internet consulting firm Wired Strategies, is the firebrand behind the site. \"She\'s outrageous. She\'s beyond the pale of \'I\'m a Christian, I don\'t like gay people,\'\" says Aravosis.
This story from The Times in Indiana
A 22-year-old man was arrested early Tuesday after he allegedly entered the Hobart branch of the Lake County Public Library through its roof.
The Hobart man was apprehended during police surveillance of the library.
Det. Corp. Steve Houck and Officer David Grissom were sitting in the darkened library about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday when they saw a man scuttle across the library floor on his hands and knees, Finnerty said.
\"He was a cat burglar, pure and simple. ... He (moved) like a little spider, \" Finnerty said. \"The waiting paid off. The surprise was on him, for a change.\"
Wired has this interesting Story on how authors are using the Web and DIY to start a career.
Publishers are paying more than attention to promotion-savvy e-authors who are building readership one chapter at a time. They\'re paying sizable advances -- especially to authors of fantastic tales.
The Internet is proving to be the milieu of choice for authors to post their serialized fiction
Not everyone is happy about the video rental policy in MA, Story Here.
An Easthampton woman whose 13-year-old son recently came home from the library with several R-rated videos is mounting a campaign to give parents a say in what their children can check out from the library\'s collection.
Bennett, however, was not so happy. She and \"quite a few\" supporters plan to petition the library\'s executive board at its monthly meeting March 13 to set up a card system for library patrons under the age of 17 that will allow parents to indicate whether their children should be allowed to check out R-rated videos.
\"I\'m not (trying to) take away anybody\'s freedom,\" Bennett said yesterday, stressing that it should be up to parents to decide for their own children under age 17 whether they should have access to films that the movie industry has deemed suitable only for those aged 17 and above.