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But lately there are signs emerging that the traditional literary community is
warming to a new alien form; Time Warner Trade Publishing wants to post
chapters or excerpts from coming books on the Fatbrain site and the company\'s
chief executive, Laurence J. Kirshbaum, calls the concept \"brilliant.\" And some
prominent authors and agents are beginning to place short works or out-of-print
books on the site, which is already a literary refuge for amateur writers yearning
to share their oeuvres -- \"Psoriasis -- My 35-Year-Itch That Vanished\" or \"Did
Russia Send Us AIDS?\"
Nearly 80 per cent of the nation\'s local authorities have cut library
services to save money, rather than because they were being under-used.
Yet the expenditure (the public library service costs 26p per person per
week, the price of a first-class stamp) was minuscule against the benefits,
The novelist Margaret Drabble was among celebrities who denounced
yesterday the closure of local libraries around the country as nothing less
than philistine. -- Read More
This is a really neat article that claims the average degree of seperation on the web is 19 clicks. If you buy the 6 degrees theory, this is very similar.
Thus was born the \"19 clicks of separation\" theory of
the Web. This scientific effort to size the Web has
helped reveal the organic way in which the global
network is growing.
Like the celebrated \"six degrees of separation\" that
supposedly can connect any two people on the planet,
researchers at the University of Notre Dame recently
estimated that any two randomly selected sites on the
Web are connected, on average, by 19 clicks.
The Notre Dame team says, on average, you can get
from one site on the Web to any other randomly
selected site in about 19 clicks.
Ray McBride writes \"The 15th Annual Computers in Libraries 2000 Conference will be held March 15-17 in Washington D.C. at the Washington Hilton and Towers. It is billed as North America\'s largest technology conference & exhibition for Librarians and Information Managers. Sponsored by Information Today this years conference has something for everyone. For additional information visit InfotodayThe conference report is Here \"
The Story on how Michigan will encourage some kind of filtering in libraries.Though, it does not force filtering on the libraries.
Librarians at thousands of school and public libraries in Michigan would have to use Internet filters to keep minors away from porn sites, under a bill headed for a vote in the state Senate.
The bill by Sen. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton, was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. It requires libraries with Internet access to prevent those under 18 from viewing \"obscene matter or sexually explicit matter that is harmful to minors.\"
Beyond that, other media companies worry that any favorable rulings for the plaintiffs could spur additional class action suits against book publishers, magazine publishers and broadcasters. In fact, attorneys representing the plaintiffs in both cases have other class action suits pending against Penguin Putnam and Simon & Schuster based on false statements on the cover of \"McNally\'s Dilemma.\" Plaintiffs in these suits also allege that the cover of the book is commercial speech that must conform to false advertising statutes. -- Read More
A team of district librarians and clerks clashed Tuesday with parents and the librarian at Topeka Drive Elementary School over the removal of hundreds of old books from library shelves.
The Northridge school had paid the Los Angeles Unified School district\'s library services division $500 to spend a day weeding the library of obsolete books, but parents asked the team to leave after a heated hourlong debate over which books should go.
Actually, the biggest problem is one scholars and archivists already confront. It\'s not an excess of access but the reverse. For the wonderful world of digitized information and on line everything has a dark archival underbelly: The more sophisticated information technology becomes, and the more readily accessible in the present, the harder it is to preserve and the less accessible it becomes in the future.
Infodude writes \"To assuage fears about the permanence of articles published in electronic journals, Stanford University researchers will test a computerized variation on an age-old archiving strategy: Make lots of copies, and keep them in different locations.
Infodude writes \"On Jan. 24, the National Library of France ( www.bnf.fr ) became the largest single library
available online. While other major libraries are also moving to the Internet, the BNF is the only
national library so far to put entire books online. The British and German national libraries offer only samples of texts on the Net, while other public libraries such as the U.S. Library of Congress and the National Australia Library primarily post images and documents. French officials, flush with their coup, predict it will take other libraries around five years to catch up. In French, of course. Story at http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/feb2000/nf00208b.htm \"
We find this argument singularly unpersuasive. The dramatic expansion of this new marketplace of ideas contradicts the factual basis of this contention. The record demonstrates that the growth of the Internet has been and continues to be phenomenal. As a matter of constitutional tradition, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, we presume that governmental regulation of the content of speech is more likely to interfere with the free exchange of ideas than to encourage it. The interest in encouraging freedom of expression in a democratic society outweighs any theoretical but unproven benefit of censorship.
Read on to make your own decision... -- Read More
At the League of Women Voters meeting in Holland\'s library on Monday night, I felt like I\'d walked into a ridiculous play, perhaps one like George Bernard Shaw\'s Heartbreak House.Monday night\'s meeting at the library was an informational forum arranged by the League of Women Voters. It opened with a detailed talk by a lawyer about exactly what the local ballot initiative means in legal terms, which was interesting to me but which many attendees found tedious. Oddly enough, the first item on his agenda was the First Amendment, which he simply skipped as too complicated. In the final analysis, of course, it may be the only legal issue of any importance. -- Read More
TWO strands of important news emerged from the British Library in London yesterday. The first was that Lynne Brindley had got the chief executive\'s job. The second was that James Boyle had not.
Ms Brindley, a university librarian and former management consultant, becomes the institution\'s first female chief executive.
``Captain Underpants\'\' has proved no match for elementary school officials here, who have banished the cape-and-underwear-clad character from their library.
\"The Adventures of Captain Underpants: An Epic Novel,\'\' one in a series of four, features bathroom humor and two
Officials at Maple Hill School say the problem was that some fourth-graders started acting like the boys in the book.
\"What we\'re doing is having workshop participants envision what they want their library to be in the year 2020,\" said Richard Killian, library director. \"What are the things we need to do as a library, not to just keep up, but to move ahead?\"
Starting today, library officials will hold the workshops around the county.
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.
Infodude writes No URL available yet.
ALAWON: American Library Association Washington Office
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
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
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
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.
Judit Kiraly firstname.lastname@example.org 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