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Bill writes \"I found an article in The Chronicle last week you may be interested in. It Talks about a number of issues that may affect libraries in the future. The article is an interview with William Y. Arms who runs dlib magazine. He says that the quality and quantity of free information is growing. \"
\" It seems all the tools are available: a perl module for working with MARC records,
several for working with Z39.50 and XML, and even a web site apparently devoted to nearly this exact
topic. An actual, working, catalog, however, seems to be missing. Is this something that would be valuable?
I, for one, have nearly 5k volumes in my collection, and they\'re begging for some discipline.\"
Be sure to check out oss4lib.org is this kind of thing interests you. Open Source = Free
DLib.org has a
very interesting and technical Story on a new form of hyperlinking that
uses \"permissive, but robust\" linking structure, rather
than the current way of linking. Neat stuff, that could
make 404\'s a little less common.
achieved by providing multiple, independent
descriptions across boundaries where change is likely
to be uncoordinated. If the different descriptions are
property selected, then most uncoordinated changes
will be unlikely to cause all the descriptions to fail. \" -- Read More
Thinking about doing online reference? Someone
suggested a link to this Handy resource regarding online refrence. It\'s
a good read for all those considering making this
move. I\'ve seen some discussion on the lists on this
topic, so I think some folks are making the
\"A hundred years ago, the only way to tap
into the expertise of a reference librarian was to
physically travel down to the library. In the past fifty
years, information seekers have had the choice of
visiting the library physically, or placing a phone call to
the reference desk. Today, a few pioneering library
systems are delivering reference service right to the
patron\'s home computer - - -via online communication.
According to this article in Cadillac News, a library had decided to rid itself of its LP collection.\"The record collection is being stopped for two reasons: we couldn\'t buy them anymore and the demand wasn\'t there (from patrons)\" -- Read More
Wired has this story on the next generation of talking books.\"...digital talking books, users can navigate through different pages, chapters, or even sentences. People can search for a given word, or start the audio at any given point using a special keypad.\" -- Read More
David Novak writes \"An All-in-One search page you place on your computer. Many of the elements are new like a single form search engine (which translates syntax) and clickable image maps to international newspapers and search engines.
Comes from The Spire Project, publisher of a large site on research techniques and the Information Research FAQ.
Download it, keep it, pass it to a friend. -- Read More
The New York Times has this article on what search companies are doing in order to make their products more user friendly. They are using humans in order to fill a void that the engines have difficulty with. Hmmm, we now know where some of the Librarians have gone.\"To cope, many search engines have concluded that simply indexing more pages is not the answer. Instead, they have decided to rely on the one resource that was once considered a cop-out: human judgment. Search engines have become more like cyborgs, part human, part machine.\" -- Read More
ZDNet has a very interesting Story on the coming E-Book revolution. They are worried about piracy as more books become digitized. Of course some folks already have a solution. DOCSTER should be useful in that it has copywrite concerns built in! Imagine all the researchers you know, with a new bibliographic management tool that combined file storage with a napster-like communications protocol -- docster. Be sure to check out OSS4LIB.org for more on this. Publishing executives are worried about the future.
\"We don\'t want to be in a reactive mode the way the recording industry is,\" says Peter Jovanovich, former chairman of the Association of American Publishers and chief executive of Pearson PLC\'s Pearson Education unit.\"
More on Docster... -- Read More
Newsday has this article on a study by the National Science Foundation which states that 54% of homes now have computers.\"If you don\'t have a computer in your home, you\'re in the minority nationally, a federal poll has found. For the first time, more than half of American adults now have home computers, according to a National Science Foundation survey. And just under half are using their computers to go online.\" -- Read More