Technology

Iowa College has No Paper, No Books, No Libraries

Wired is reporting on an Iowa college\'s attempt at trying to prove that we don\'t need books, paper or libraries. I wonder, what really became of the librarians?
\"Instead of a library, the school has a resource center equipped with computer workstations that can access the Web, e-books and online journals. The resource center also houses several meeting tables, audio-visual materials and a few paper magazines, but no books. The school plans to be an entirely paper-free campus.\" Read More.

Israeli Teens Charged with Goner Virus Outbreak

Anyone recall the Goner email virus? The folks at NASA do. It seems that some Israeli kids were just having a little fun. One of the kids was an eighth-grader. They have since been indicted. Perhaps the authorities will cure the kids\' problem of having too much free time on their hands. Read More.

College Archives \'Dig\' Deeper

Here\'s A Wired Story on the immense digital archives larger universities are working on creating. I\'m helping with This One, and I\'ll be part of a panel discussion This Fall.
This could be a look into part of the library of the future. It\'s very interesting stuff.

Deploying Robot Librarians

Charles Davis writes \"The librarian of the future may work 23 hours a day, stopping only for a single
hour to do some necessary recharging before once again roaming library
stacks, scanning everything in sight into digital information jukeboxes that will
provide library patrons with access to research materials. And those materials
would be stored miles from the library itself.
Story at
TechTV.com \"

This is the second story on the RoboBrarian at Johns Hopkins, Here\'s The First.

The Wireless Student & the Library

Bill Drew QuickSubmitted his story, The Wireless Student & the Library. He covers ThinkPad University at the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville. The program has allowed them to take library materials, instruction, and services to students, as opposed to requiring students to come to a physical library.

ThinkPad U.

USA Today Web Site Hacked

Someone hacked into the web site of USA Today last Thursday and put up some phony news stories, including one stating that Iraq had fired a missile at Israel. The fake stories were only up for 15 minutes before the hack attack was detected, and the site shut down. There was no real damage done, and it only took them a few hours to restore things. No word yet on who might be responsible. The Story, from USA Today.

The Wireless Future of Library Computing: Implications of Docomo Cell Phones

Karl Bridges has written this Column on The Wireless Future of Library Computing.


We are at the beginning of a major shift in the library
computing paradigm. In the past we have witnessed the
movement from paper-based systems to mainframe
computing. This was followed by the movement to personal
computing based on ever more sophisticated and powerful
personal computers. In the past several years we have
begun to see the development of the use of portable
laptop computing - first through the use of hard wired
ports and, more recently, the use of wireless
connectivity. -- Read More

Why Your Email May Become Unusable

According to an article at Wired News, SPAM is increasing at such a rapid rate that it may render email unusable in as little as six months. There\'s even a link to a map that illustrates how SPAM is spread through a type of technological incest. Read More.

The Digital Drak Age

Here\'s One From Shift that says we need to transform some of our ideas about computing in order to preserve what we are creating now, for the future. They say We need a new universal storage mechanism: one that authenticates, protects and manages the data we create. In a future-conscious world, such functions would be a natural extension of the computing experience.

In Remote Library Stacks, an All-Seeing, Scanning Robot

Here\'s One from The NYTimes on libraries of the future, partially run by by robotic systems linked to the Internet.
They now have a robot that can move about inside a library and locate a book requested by a user, take it off the shelf and carry it to a nearby scanning station. In the system\'s envisaged final version, a second robot at the scanning station would scan specific pages of the book that the user was interested in. The user would then be able to leaf through the book over the Internet from any location.

This project is over at Johns Hopkins, and has A Web Site.

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