January 27, 2006
Libraries Aren't Day-Care Centers (Fort Wayne)
Opinions: The need for a university librarian (Sierra Leone)
Wikipedia: It's Free, But It's Also Fallible. (Sacramento)
Posted by kstover2 at 3:49 PM
January 13, 2006
Interview with Peter Morville
Interview with Peter Morville, author of Ambient Findability.
“Ambient findability describes a world at the crossroads of ubiquitous computing and the Internet in which we can find anyone or anything from anywhere at anytime.”
Read the interview here.
Check out Ambient Findability
Call No. 005.72 M849a
Library and Information Science Library New Books
Posted by kstover2 at 11:57 AM
January 12, 2006
LIS Library New Journal
Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals
Call Number: 069.505Co
Print Holdings: Vol. 2 (2005) to date in LIS Library
Posted by kstover2 at 1:43 PM
January 10, 2006
Internet Filter Policy
From The Columbian:
Library Tackles Issue of Web Use
The Fort Vancouver Regional Library Board of Trustees spent two hours Monday searching for the line between impinging on adults' access to information and creating a place seen as safe and welcoming to children.
Trustees met to discuss changing the Internet policy that guides Fort Vancouver's 13 libraries. The board has been attacked for years by critics who have said that allowing anyone unfiltered access to the Internet amounts to providing a public peep show. Two failed attempts to pass a bond measure for new library buildings have faced an opposition campaign by those who object to the Internet policy.
Complete article here
January 5, 2006
2005 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award
From Library Journal:
"John Doe" To Get 2005 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award
— January 5, 2006
The 2005 Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award, to be awarded at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting January 21 in San Antonio, will be given to an unidentified recipient: "John Doe" of the court case John Doe v. Gonzales, a legal challenge to a National Security Letter requesting library patron records. The award is presented by the faculty of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. "It takes courage to defend the principles of intellectual freedom in libraries—to insist that every person has the right to read, think and inquire without fear," said Leigh Estabrook, director of the Library Research Center and Professor at GSLIS. "This year we honor an unnamed individual for his or her courage in defending intellectual freedom when it was not even possible to talk to friends, family or other professionals. This person not only stood alone at the moment of upholding principle; but has to remain isolated because of the gag order under the USA PATRIOT Act."
Though the award will be accepted by a third party—accepting it would violate the gag order—the identity of John Doe is an open secret. The Washington Post has identified the plaintiff as George Christian of Library Connection Inc., a Windsor, CT-based consortium. However, neither the Library Connection nor the American Civil Liberties Union, which represents the plaintiff, has commented publicly. ALA and other groups have supported "John Doe," saying it was important to speak out on these issues during the debate about reauthorizing the USA PATRIOT Act.
Link to article here.
Posted by kstover2 at 11:11 AM
Sony Releases New E-Book
From ABC News:
Sony today issued the latest electronic challenge to the printed page.
The Sony Reader, introduced here at the Consumer Electronics Show, is a book-size device that can store hundreds of volumes and display them, one page at a time, on a screen that uses innovative electronic-ink technology to eliminate the glare and flicker that make prolonged reading on traditional computer and handheld displays so uncomfortable.
Electronic books are not new, but they've never caught on big, at least partly because of the aforementioned display problems. Battery life has also been an issue: A fair amount of juice is necessary to keep a conventional LCD illuminated—and up to now, most devices that support electronic books have had LCD screens. Another problem with books on LCDs is that they don't look so great in bright sunlight.
Complete article here.
Posted by kstover2 at 10:54 AM