Everyone is an expert on the web

The NYTimes has a story on the proliferation of so called expert sites on the web. They liken it to a virtual library, with out the \"intimidation\".

\"I think sometimes people are looking to avoid going to a professional,\" Mr. Russo said. \"Sometimes it\'s easier to not be face to face with someone.\" Visitors to most of these expert sites can disguise their identities by adopting screen names and can even choose to have their questions and answers hidden from public view.

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Support pours in for library

Heartwarming News for the little library on the prarie, from MSNBC

A federal lawsuit involving the Wright County Library system and the estate of Laura Ingalls Wilder has gained national attention and support.

“We have been getting responses from all over the country,” said Carrie Cline, a librarian. “People have been e-mailing us, ‘What can I do to help.’” -- Read More

Open policy aided rare-book theft from Lawrence library

Eight valuable books taken from locked display case. Read about it Here. From the Post-Crescent.

Lawrence University\'s Seeley G. Mudd Library Heritage Room is some book nook. The curtained, dimly lit alcove is home to a collection of 2,600 rare volumes dating from the 16th
century. Some of the volumes in the Heritage Room are illuminated manuscripts. Some are art books designed to be pieces of art themselves.

Although it houses a book collector\'s wealth of treasure, the room is not under lock and key.

Sarasota library debuts e-mail reading club

Read about it Here. From the The Herald-Tribune News Coast.

Using the most basic of Internet tools, the Sarasota County Public Library\'s Online Book Club could be a trendsetter for libraries across the nation.

What is Cyber Space

A good read from Boston.com discussing just what this thing called Cyberspace is. I\'m not sure what or where it is, but I know I\'m there an awful lot.


No one had even heard of cyberspace until William Gibson coined the term in his 1984 cyberpunk novel NEUROMANCER. Now just about everyone in the industrialized world seems to know about it. But even scholars who have spent years studying it can\'t agree on what it really is. -- Read More

History meets high tech in Maps

Silicon Valley has an interesting STORY on the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative an ambitious, decentralized project to map all manner of cultural and historical data from around the globe. -- Read More

Malicious HTML

CERT has issued a Report warning internet uses of malicious HTML.
They also posted a Solution Here


A web site may inadvertently include malicious HTML tags or script in a dynamically generated page based on unvalidated input from untrustworthy sources. This can be a problem when a web server does not adequately ensure that generated pages are properly encoded to prevent unintended execution of scripts, and when input is not validated to prevent malicious HTML from being presented to the user. -- Read More

Sarasota library debuts e-mail reading club

The Sarasota FL News has a very interesting Story on the first Email Book club.Certainly a great idea that promotes the library, and makes it easier for patrons to find great books.


This is not your traditional reading club, with a handful of people discussing a work of fiction. Rather, it\'s a new kind of library outreach aimed at time-challenged, tech-savvy book lovers.
\"Monday through Friday, a chapter of a new best-selling book will be e-mailed directly to you,\" Burns said. \"Over the week you get the first two or three chapters of the book.\" -- Read More

NOT Viewing Pornography

From The Santa Rosa Press Democrat


\"A Story on Page B1 Sunday on the use of Sonoma County library computers by patrons to view pornography incorrectly described the use of a computer at the Petaluma library by Jim Trumbel of Sonoma. He was not using it to view pornography on the internet. The word NOT was inadvertantly left out of the story.

Internet promises salvation

--or an even bigger knowledge gap


The Daily Mail and Gaurdian in South Africa, has a Story on the promise, and problems, the internet brings.

The internet is being proposed as a cure-all for the developing world\'s education problems ... but barriers of electric power, telephone lines and basic literacy put it beyond the reach of most third world pupils. -- Read More

Books are not just for reading now

I almost wanted to put this in Humor.

The Lansing State Journal Has a Story on the newest home decorating trend, Books!

They\'re books, but they\'re not just for reading anymore.

\"Sometimes we have interior decorators buy books by the yard for customers,\" said Ray Walsh, owner of Archives Book Shop and the Curious Book Shop in East Lansing. \"It really does add a personal touch,\" he said.

\"Every once in awhile we get someone who has model homes who buys books for display so the house doesn\'t look empty,\" Walsh said. -- Read More

Old library embraces the age of automation

A story on two local NY libraries moves to upgrade outdated sytems.

Actually, the future\'s here in most libraries, but in Sullivan County, automation has taken awhile to catch on. For these and many rural libraries the move into the 21st century has been costly, with additional hardware, maintenance and staff time required to get books in the system. -- Read More

Hear Here - Talking books on the net

There has been some buzz lately on how the future of the net is not really the printed word, but rather the spoken one. Newsbytes has a story on Amazon buying into a Talking-Book Digitizer-audio company Audible. Read more Here


Remember Audible also has a deal with Microsoft.

Booknews: Hot New Titles for Spring

Publishers Weekly is out with a List of hot new books. The list includes.

Fair Ball: A Fan\'s Case for Baseball
The Running Mate
I Capture the Castle
Murder in Greenwich: Who Killed Martha Moxley?

Librarian almost home

It looks like Song Yongyi is almost home, according to the BBC in this short Update

The US embassy in Beijing says the Chinese-born academic, Song Yongyi, has left China for the United States.

The embassy welcomed the Chinese authorities\' decision to release him.

Mr Song, who worked as a librarian and researcher in Pennsylvania, was detained during a visit to Beijing last August.

Ownership of IP in Academia

Lawnesnetwork has a Story on the Intellectual Property battle that is heating up at colleges across the US.

As the Internet continues to shake up traditional notions of intellectual property, a storm is brewing in academia over the ownership of writings, class notes, and inventions generated by faculty members. -- Read More

Innovative design aims to create showcase library

Things are changing in Wyoming. Read about it Here. From the The Grand Rapids Press.

But perhaps the biggest addition to the \"City of Vision and Progress\" came last week when city officials got
their first glimpse at plans for a $7.5 million library. The bold, unusual building is full of unconventional items.

At first glance, the innovative design seems uncharacteristic for Wyoming, a city with a no-frills,
working-class feel. But that\'s exactly what City Manager Don Mason is going for.

\"It kind of grabs you when you first look at it, but I think that\'s what it needs to do,\" Mason said. \"There isn\'t anything like this in West Michigan. People are going to Wyoming to see the library.\"

Libraries taking more steps to find overdue books

Overdue books have become quite a problem. Have a look Here. From the The News-Journal Online.

Books about Jesse James ride off library shelves into the sunset, while patrons who borrow wedding etiquette manuals often rudely fail to return the book after the ceremony. \"All kinds of books are not returned. But the ones that really don\'t come back are pregnancy and childbirth, wedding etiquette,witchcraft, cults or that type of thing,\" said Elizabeth Potts, director of the Maury County Library System. \"Jack the Ripper, anything on Jesse James, you can forget.\"

State and Local Freedom of Information Issues

dsaklad@gnu.org wrote in to recommend the FOI-L State and Local Freedom of Information Issues list:\"
Please consider news regarding FOI; state local freedom of information,open government and open meeting sunshine principles at the state local level and how public libraries could be affected.\"


Check it out
Here

Opting out of Doubleclicks cookies

You can stop Doubleclick\'s ability to track you, on and off line, HERE .

If you don\'t opt out, Doubleclick\'s ads have the ability to track you over multiple sites, and match that up with their database.


DoubleClick\'s new privacy policy states that the company plans to use this information to
build a database profiling consumers. The database will include consumers\' names;
addresses; retail, catalog and online purchase histories; and demographic data, according
to the policy. -- Read More

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