October 31, 2001

Berkeley Library To Reject Web Filter Software
The Berkeley Public Library has decided not to comply with a federal censorship law that requires libraries and schools to implement strict measures to block access to online pornography - a move that cuts off the library from federal funds.
Check it out: Parents have control
The bottom line is that of the 359,807 books housed by the library, only 129,062 could be checked out by children with restricted library cards. The remaining 230,745 books designated for young adults and adults would be off-limits to young readers.
Hi kids! Can you say 'hard disk failure'? I can, can you?

October 29, 2001

Volunteers catalog county's graveyards
"It had been a long time since anything like that had been done," says Linda Talley, the county museum's genealogy librarian. "There wasn't a list anywhere."

October 28, 2001

AfterLife.org Weird.

October 27, 2001

Google mulls premium subscription services
Google is considering offering premium subscription services as a way of boosting its revenues. Niche searches of specialist publications, hi-tech industries and for medical information targeted at enterprise and academic clients are among the options on the table for the popular search engine firm, CNET reports, citing unnamed sources at the firm.

October 26, 2001

I have seen the future. And it is Searchlight. Not two days ago I was discussing with my Information Storage and Retrieval class that what the user needs is an interface that will bring up available books, journals, databases and web resources - all from one search box. Tada! The California Digital Library rocks socks.

October 24, 2001

Collector bequeaths huge archive of Cuban music to a Florida university
"There is an old proverb which I learned reading Lin Yutang, the Chinese philosopher who was educated at Harvard," he said. "'You must learn to get old gracefully.' You have to say goodbye to some things. I'm not going to have the collection anymore, but on the other hand, I know that many people will get to use it."

October 23, 2001

Paper Still Rules Paperless World
It wasn't too long ago that technology idealists were predicting the advent of a paper-free world. Paper-thin electronic displays, they said, would take the place of wood pulp and ink, and civilized society would never again bear the indignities of dog ears and paper cuts.

Perhaps that age is still to come, but for now, at least, paper is king.

Indeed, during a press conference Monday by a host of imaging companies who are betting that paper will be with us for a while, one tech executive said that he believes paper will become the dominant display format for "mobile professionals" -- the millions of on-the-go businesspeople who carry their data around in cell phones and Palms, who find themselves needing to print documents at the most inconvenient locations.

The new service that will allow devices like cell phones and PDAs to print pretty documents is called PrintMe, an ambitious project that aims to "give people everywhere the freedom to access and print their e-mail messages, Internet content and other documents at any time, anywhere, from any mobile device, to any printer."
Portals Back Filtering Scheme
Three of the biggest companies on the Net will start encouraging other firms on Tuesday to adopt a system that will allow parents to restrict access to websites they find objectionable. The companies hope the system will ward off the threat of government regulation.

ACRLNEC Fall 2001 Conference Any of y'all going to this? If so, let me know as I'll be there and we can raise the roof. Or something.

October 22, 2001

Book decency rules weak, parents say
Parents who have been fighting the use of what they call "pornographic" literature in Fairfax County schools say a set of new guidelines created by the school system does not address their concerns.
Online library could boost college presses
In signing with ebrary, the presses agree to provide digitized versions of books that will be made available for browsing online, at no cost to the press. If ebrary users want to print or download portions of those books, they can do so for a fee, and a percentage of that fee will be disbursed to publishers.

One on one with Brewster Kahle, co-founder of Internet Archive
When the world's largest library opens next week, there will be no lines and no dues.

October 21, 2001

North Country libraries increase
circulation, technology
The Black Watch Memorial Library in Ticonderoga is one of numerous North Country libraries getting a building project under way because of increased usage.
But I thought the web was going to keep people away from libraries. You know, making librarians obsolete and all . . .
Human train helps transport books at new library
Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday, more than 400 children and residents formed a human chain along the length of Broadway to pass hand to hand such children's favorites as "Curious George," "The Great Quillow" and "Baboushka and the Three Kings" into the county library system's newest branch.

October 17, 2001

Through some new friends I've made at school I'm being exposed to thoughts and ideas that hadn't really crossed my radar. One of which is the Cuba situation. The most recent Uncle Frank's Diary ties it into librarianship quite nicely thank you.
David Lynch's Weird, Wired World
Lynch, 55, is an oddity among Hollywood directors. Slight, with pinched features, and a voice that has a flat twang, he seems more like a perpetually annoyed librarian.
There should a be a punk rock band called Perpetually Annoyed Librarians.
Seeds cause library evacuation
Suspicious particles -- later identified to be a type of bird seed -- found in a package of books caused the evacuation of the Taunton High School library yesterday.

The school library was closed following the 8 a.m. discovery. Only two librarians were in the library at the time and for precautionary reasons they were sent to the nurse's office to have their hands washed.
I realize that I shouldn't be laughing at this considering what's going on in the world, but going to the nurses office to have your hands washed because you came into contact with birdseed?

October 16, 2001

Library Puts Valley History on the Web
Cal State Northridge project makes thousands of images from the region's past available on a new Internet site.

October 15, 2001

New TexShare cards good at public, college libraries
A program starting Monday in Fort Bend County enables public library patrons to borrow books and other resources from various college and university collections without extra charges.
Library to chronicle jazz pioneer
The Iberia Parish Library has begun laying the groundwork for an archives chronicling the life of jazz legend Willie "Bunk" Johnson. Johnson began his career in 1894 in New Orleans, and by his late 30s was a seasoned jazz musician who had traveled all over the country. By 1932, he was living in the New Iberia area where, beset with tragedy and difficulties, he all but disappeared into obscurity.

Officials at Cook library look for new answers to old problems One central facility or main library and branch?

October 14, 2001

October 13, 2001

Library board to study tighter guidelines
Library board members have agreed to consider the merits of guidelines set by a conservative library organization in response to a petition complaining that some material on its shelves could be inappropriate for children.
Ryan is looking for an "informal email book club". While I don't have a particular interest in the book he'd like to discuss, the idea of the email club is interesting. Surely one among us could put together a site that puts readers of niche titles in touch with one another? Sort of a clearinghouse for people looking to discuss certain books.
Pro-library petitions best nays Score one for library supporters.

October 12, 2001

Weed 'em and reap
Today, weeding requires many librarians to spend countless hours walking the stacks, pulling books. 3M's new Digital ID system aims to make the task less time-consuming by flagging books on weed lists while librarians are in the stacks for other reasons - like helping a patron find a book. The system also makes checkouts faster and lost books less likely.

October 11, 2001

undergroundpress.com is for sale. It's weird when you click a link fully expecting some insanely great new resource, only to find something terribly disappointing.

October 09, 2001

Thesaurus Construction 101 A day late and a dollar short - my thesaurus construction assignment was due three days ago.
The need for editors on the Web Two fundamental mistakes are made again and again with regard to content on the Web. The first is that volume is what it's about, that the more content you have the better. The second is that technology will automatically organize and publish content in a professional manner.Replace 'editor' with your favorite librarian/information professional moniker and you've got a good article about why librarians are increasingly important in the digital age.
Research on Learning and Performance A blog about . . . well, research on learning and performance. Smart stuff.
Alibris and OCLC Team Up to Offer New Services to Libraries and Library Users
Libraries that subscribe to WorldCat through the OCLC FirstSearch service, an online reference service, will have the option to link to Alibris where they'll find millions of out-of-print, out-of-stock, and rare books for sale. In addition, Alibris customers who cannot find the book they are looking for on the Alibris Library Services Web site will have the option to check WorldCat holdings for the item to determine whether it is available at a nearby library.

October 08, 2001

October 02, 2001

New digs, new look. Lets' get it on.

Please let me know if my liberal interpretation of the latest HTML recommendation is making your browser do nasty things. There will be an adjustment period I'm sure.