Blake at LISNews.com has gotten all three candidates for ALA President to agree to answer questions from LISNews readers. Post your questions here; Blake will filter and send tomorrow, so hurry up now. [note]: all questions have been sent to the candidates.
Ben writes: "Although The Alexandria Business Plan is filled with business speak (thanks to a well meaning business student) it is actually about creating an inter library card catalog & collaborative filtering network. There is also a link to comments on the plan."
Dew writes in: "An 'Ask Slashdot' query asks about the existance of 'Open Source software for maintaining a small to medium sized library card-catalog.' The library in question is about 5K volumes. Hilarity ensues." Hmm maybe the underground should take off hits for this one as ask /. links back to us... :P
Gene Wilburn at the Royal Ontario Museum has written a HOW-TO for setting up public kiosks. While its current version doesn't cover several important issues for those wishing to lock down public workstations in libraries, he calls for contributions in those areas. The complete text of the Kiosk HOW-TO is online and waiting for your review.
today's New York Times reports that "The Scout Report, a highly regarded publication that monitors the Internet for new and useful research resources, is facing a loss of financing when its three-year grant from the National Science Foundation runs out next spring." it would be a shame to see this consistently high-quality service go by the wayside. the NYTimes article is available for free if you've signed up...
Michelle Bejian of the UMich School of Information has written "The GNU Project FTP Site: A Digital Collection Supporting a Social Movement". It's an overview of the combination of volunteer and mechanical processes which enable ongoing development of that very large collection along with its history. Particularly interesting is how it's all driven by the free software ethic. Funny, when I was a umich i-school student I was fascinated by micropayment schemes... ;)
as seen at lisnews: Dialog is not healthy, and if the reasons don't signify the changing times in libraries who knows what what does. See the full story here, evidently from forbes.com. And don't miss the "Demolition Derby" table attached to the story, which profile the struggles of competitors... note that J Gastro is anything but obscure... hmm, maybe JWJ will have to switch to google and mp3.
If you've been a linux fan for a while you're probably familiar with Joe Pranevich's timely overviews of what's new in major kernel releases. As seen at slashdot, he's recently updated Wonderful World of Linux 2.4 to cover everything in Linux 2.3.99-pre3 (i.e. the kernel is in feature-freeze (aka bugfix only) until 2.4 shows up). His overview comes from LinuxToday.com.
If you're a librarian and you haven't thought through what napster means yet, get thinking. Many folks are perturbed about how easy it is to violate copyright using napster. "Docster: Instant Document Delivery" describes a napster-like system for libraries which builds copyright compliance in from the start.