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
dashTomdot pointed out an article at Salon that asks the medical/legal question "Who's at fault when software fails?" It's a good reminder that the upper bound is never simply what is possible...
According to ARL SPEC Flyer #245, Electronic Reserves Operations in ARL Libraries, "23 libraries (59%) were using their own "home-grown" web-based systems." We've already seen two pop up here (OSCR and FreeReserves)...
according to the author, the presentation on this page "may be of interest to anyone interested in what Linux can do at a Library... It might be of interest to you even if you don't work for a Library, but are curious about what Linux can do."
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... ;)