Library Juice 1:18 - May 13, 1998


Quote of the week: 
"It does not matter how many books you may have, but whether they are 
good or not."  - SENECA 
1. Free Pint (UK-based email newsletter on web resources) 
2. Internet Resources Newsletter (science oriented) 
3. American Libraries Online, May 11 edition 
4. Headlines from LJ Digital ( 
5. Encryption Special Report--_Washington Post_ 
6. "The Libraries FAQ" 
7. Organization for a Liberated Society (OLS) 
8. A Glossary of Literary Terms and A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices 
9. The Düsseldorf Virtual Library 
10. Spectrum Initiative reminder 
11. Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) Update 
12. BUBL 5:15 (BUBL Link - Dewey Classification Internet Guide) 
13. Rachel's Environment and Health Weekly (free email newsletter) 
14. Gays and Lesbians: Reference and Bibliographical Works Annotated 
15. Website for Leyland Publishers and Gay Sunshine Press 
16. Ad for New York Times online archives 
17. Two from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 
18. 655,369 short stories and novels online at 
19. Student projects from U. of Alberta's SLIS  (digital oriented) 
20. Digital Info Interchange Standards and Digital Preservation - Resources 
21. Senate May Soon Consider Internet Filtering Bill (EPIC Alert) 
22. Upcoming Conferences and Events advertised in The EPIC Alert 
23. E-MAIL Privacy Discussed by Virginia Supreme Court Justice Kinser 
1. Free Pint (UK-based email newsletter on web resources) 
We publish the free fortnightly newsletter "Free Pint" which is written 
by information professionals in the UK who give tips on how to make the 
most of the Web and where to find the best resources. 
We have just published the 13th issue which has been sent to more than 
7500 subscribers.  Therefore, if you would like to reserve your free 
copy or see the archive of past issues then may I invite you to visit 
our Web site at 
Kind regards, 
William Hann 
Managing Editor, Free Pint 
2. Internet Resources Newsletter (science oriented) 
The May issue of Internet Resources Newsletter, 
the free Web resource for academics, students, engineers, 
scientists, and social scientists, is now available on the Web at: 
(Note! the 'W's in 'libWWW' are in upper case!) 
Featured in this issue: 
   Over 100 new good quality Web sites 
   New email resources 
   Nice Web site of the month report 
   The Internet in Print (reviews of Internet magazines, etc) 
         Chest, MIDAS, RUDI, OMNI, ELDIS, Netskills, Biz/ed 
   Recent Internet Books in the Library 
   Get a life ! Leisure Time 
   Stop Press! How to Find Out in Chemical & Process Engineering - New 
Published by the Internet Resource Centre at Heriot-Watt University 
To unsubscribe from NetInLib-Announce, 
3. American Libraries Online, May 11 edition 
News stories appearing in the May 11 American Libraries Online 
*  Computer Crash Hits Suburban Chicago Libraries 
*  Funding Measure Squeaks by in Cleveland 
*  Dallas Voters OK $10-Million Library Bond 
*  SLC Gets 3,000 Applications for Initial Universal-Service Discounts 
*  National Library Legislative Day Draws 450 Advocates to D.C. 
*  ACLU Holds "Cyber March" to Oppose Mandatory Filtering 
*  Libertarians Drop Ventura County Library Suit 
*  Felony Abuse Charges Filed Following Internet Encounter 
American Libraries* Web site also features the latest *Internet Librarian* 
columns by Karen Schneider; AL*s *Career Leads* job ads; listings of 
conferences, continuing-education courses, exhibitions, and other events 
from AL*s *Datebook*; Tables of Contents for the current year 
4. Headlines from LJ Digital ( 
Headlines from LJ Digital (, the electronic 
offshoot of Library Journal magazine, the oldest independent national 
library publication: 
--FCC's Kennard: No E-rate discounts Until Fall 
--Three Options for SLC Restructuring 
--Libraries Black and Blue over E-rate Forms 
--CA Library Settles Suit, Backs Off Internet User Pledge 
--ACLU Files Suit to Overturn New Mexico Law Similar to One Already Voided 
--Gale Names Shelton Shugar VP/Chief Technology Officer 
--Alabama Contracts With Brodart 
--Burke's Cimarron Rose Wins Top Edgar Award 
--Book on South Africa Awarded NYPL Journalism Prize 
Positions open include: 
--Technology Manager, New City Library, NY 
--Library Director, Boise PL, Idaho 
--Assistant or Associate Professor, Valdosta State University, GA 
(sent to Web4Lib. Information: ) 
5. Encryption Special Report--_Washington Post_ 
The _Washington Post_ provides this a guide to both the technical and 
political aspects of encryption. In addition to a primer on the topic, 
there is information on encryption legislation, key players in the debate, 
and selected stories and opinion pieces from the _Post_ and the LEGI-SLATE 
News Service. [JS] 
The Scout Report's Web page: 
6. "The Libraries FAQ" 
The Libraries FAQ arose out of questions asked on 
and other library related newsgroups. It is a collection of basic 
information regarding libraries and librarianship and an introductory 
guide to library resources on the Internet. 
1.2 Where can I find the latest version of the Libraries FAQ? 
The Libraries FAQ is posted on the 16th of every other month to 
news.answers, soc.answers and It is archived at: 
A continually updated hypertext version of the Libraries FAQ can be 
found at the Libraries FAQ Homepage: 
1.3 How can I contribute to the Libraries FAQ? 
The Libraries FAQ has benefited enormously from the input of its 
readers. Your comments concerning updates, additions, or corrections 
to the FAQ are always welcome. I would especially like to hear about 
important library resources outside the US and Canada. Please send 
suggestions to Anthony Wilson (paw[at] 
The Libraries FAQ was created by Steve Bergson 
(safran-can[at] Steve is also the creator of the Medical 
Libraries FAQ, 
7. Organization for a Liberated Society (OLS) 
I thought folks might be interested in this experiment in organizing on 
the web. It has its problems, but I think it is a worthwhile attempt at 
forming a bottom-up, radically democratic mass movement. 
Organization for a Liberated Society (OLS) 
Sent to the anarchist librarians list by Chris Pelton 
8. A Glossary of Literary Terms and A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices 
Professor Robert Harris of Southern California College provides this handy 
site, which offers quick definitions of over 60 rhetorical devices from 
alliteration to zeugma, as well as a glossary of literary terms. The site 
can be searched or browsed via pull-down menus. Derived from a book written 
by the provider in 1980, the site offers short definitions as well as 
examples of the terms. Note that there is some overlap between the two 
databases. [JS] 
The Scout Report's Web page: 
9. The Düsseldorf Virtual Library 
- A Collection of Internet Resources of Academic and General Interest - 
(mainly, but not only, for german speaking internet users, and users 
interested in 
german sources) 
Thomas Hilberer 
10. Spectrum Initiative reminder 
Take a look at the Spectrum Initiative's home page on the ALA server. 
This defines minority status as that which is based on the legal 
definition of a minority.  The GLBTF tried to get the committee to include 
sexual minorities in the language of the Spectrum Initiative, but did not 
succeed. In any event, glbt folks who meet the legal standard of 
"ethnicity" can apply.  Go get that money! 
11. Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) Update 
                    Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting 
               Media analysis, critiques and news reports 
New and Improved FAIR web site! 
If you have been dissapointed with the state of FAIR's web site, we are 
happy to report that the site has been updated and improved 
considerably. Media activists, researchers, and the curious can now 
easily access FAIR materials old and new. Some of what you will find: 
--The media's Social Security debate- what's missing from the picture? 
--Jeff Cohen's columns on the media's obsession with sex and the Clinton 
--John Stossel's Greed special-- read FAIR's analysis of his latest 
example free-market boosterism. 
---FAIR's classic critique  of the Gulf War coverage, "Media on the 
--Updated subject lists, like "Issues in the News" 
--New pages: 
        -International coverage 
        -Media Outlets 
--Channel One 
--New page on coverage of President Clinton. 
In addition, items from the FAIR archives are being added to the site 
weekly. Please stop and check out our progress in the weeks and months 
to come. Or, simply bookmark the "What's New?" page 
( to keep up to date. 
If you have a site of your own, feel free to link it to FAIR's site. 
Most importantly, remember to spread the word about FAIR's web page! 
12.  BUBL 5:15 (BUBL Link - Dewey Classification Internet Guide) 
BUBL Link, the well known Dewey Decimal Classification Internet Guide 
(discussed in the May 2, 1997 Scout Report --, a 
product of the Andersonian Library, Strathclyde University (UK), has 
recently unveiled this site, which provides Link's contents via subject 
access; between five and fifteen quality resources for each of over 1,100 
subjects. Resources are divided into eleven broad sections, and are 
accessible through large pull down menus within each of those sections. 
Descriptive information is available for each resource. For those who 
prefer subject to classified organization, BUBL 5:15 provides a quick and 
intuitive interface to a large number of quality resources. [JS] 
The Scout Report's Web page: 
13. Rachel's Environment and Health Weekly (free email newsletter) 
Environmental Research Foundation provides an electronic version of 
RACHEL'S ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH WEEKLY free of charge. Back issues available 
by E-mail; to get instructions, send E-mail to 
with the single word HELP in the message. 
Back issues also available via the three following means of access: 
Subscriptions are free. 
To subscribe to the email version of RACHEL's Weekly, E-mail the words 
Even though subscriptions are free, it costs ERF considerable time and 
money to produce this timely publication. ERF would like to continue to 
provide this service free. There are two ways that you can help this 
First, you can help by making a tax-deductible contribution (anything 
you can afford, whether $5.00 or $500.00) to: 
Environmental Research Foundation 
P.O. Box 5036 
Annapolis, MD 21403-7036 
Please do  not send credit card information via E-mail. For further 
information about making tax-deductible contributions to E.R.F. by credit 
card please phone us toll free at 1-888-2RACHEL. Attn.: Peter Montague, 
The second means by which you can help is outlined in the following 
memo sent to RACHEL'S WEEKLY readers on May 7, 1998 
Dear Rachel's Reader: 
As the saying goes: "if at first you don't succeed; try, try, again." 
That's just what Environmental Research Foundation and Rachel's 
Environment & Health Weekly are doing. Last year, we asked you to write a 
letter to help us secure funding from the telecommunications company, 
Working Assets. 
While we were not chosen to receive funding from Working Assets in 1997, 
we are hopeful for 1998. Working Assets is now accepting nominations to 
fund non-profit groups who are fighting for Peace, Civil Rights, Economic 
or Social Justice and the Environment. 36 non-profits will be chosen to 
receive funding from Working Assets at the end of 1998. You could help 
secure our nomination and selection by simply writing a short (one 
paragraph) letter of support. 
Please send your letter in support of ERF's nomination to: 
Ms. Clarice Corell, Donations Manager 
Working Assets 
701 Montgomery Street, 4th Floor 
San Francisco, CA 94111 
Nominations will only be accepted from Working Assets customers and must 
be received by May 31, 1998. Thanks for your support of ERF and Rachel's. 
--Peter Montague 
14.  Gays and Lesbians: Reference and Bibliographical Works Annotated 
This site is an annotated guide to 152 gay and lesbian reference works and 
bibliographies. (Printed it runs to 57 pages) 
It will eventually have an introduction...and also an index (when I can 
figure out a good way to make one...any ideas?) 
This is a dynamic site & will be further developed and amplified as I go 
Only titles I've actually examined have been included, thus will soon add: 
Completely Queer: the Gay and Lesbian Encyclopedia (1998)...arrived, but 
not yet in my hands. 
& Leggere omossuale; bibliografia (1984)...when my ILL request comes 
& Queer theory (bib)...about to order 
Corrections, needs for clarifiction (the intro when I get to it will 
clarify the need, purpose, scope, usefulness of the guide), suggestions 
for inclusion are welcome. Thanks Cal (are you out there?) for the bib. 
data you gave me...much appreciated. 
(Actually an older version of this...downloaded from Word & put on the web 
as a text document... titles included there have been 
deleted...although the arrangement of categories has been amplified & 
consequently some titles appear in different parts of the guide. Anyone 
who has links to that text should consider it completely superseded by the 
present site) 
Other GL sites helpful in reference: 
gay & lesbian nat'l and intern'l organizations with websites 
selected on basis of reference usefulness 
gay & lesbian Northwest and British Columbia organizations with 
websites..seeks to be comprehensive 
Non-gl sites that may be useful to some- 
Political Science reference sources: 
German Literature and Language reference sources: 
That's it for now. 
(sent to Gay-Libn by Alvin Fritz) 
15.  Website for Leyland Publishers and Gay Sunshine Press 
I had the opportunity to visit with Winston Leyland, publisher of both 
Gay Sunshine Press and Leyland Publications. 
He now has a web site ( and some of you might 
not know that for most of his titles, he puts out a limited edition of 
hardcovers aimed at libraries.  The latter have to be ordered directly 
from him, not via jobbers. 
Happy searching... 
(sent to Gay-Libn by Adan Griego) 
16.  Ad for New York Times online archives 
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** For New York Times articles beyond the last 365 
   days, you can link from the Archives to Lexis-Nexis, 
   a searchable archive of over 1 billion articles, 
   including New York Times articles spanning 
   the last 18 years. 
("You could look it up" with thanks to Casey Stengel) 
17.  Two from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 
_Monthly Labor Review_ [.pdf] 
National Industry-Occupation Employment Matrix 
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released these two information 
resources. The first is a web version of the well-known print publication 
_Monthly Labor Review_. Articles (Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format) and 
departments associated with the print publication can be accessed at the 
site. Departments include Labor Month in Review and Book Reviews. 
Unfortunately, the current labor statistics section, which makes up an 
important part of the publication, is not duplicated, but there is a 
pointer to BLS' data page, where this data can be found. At present, the 
full text of articles is available back to June of 1997, with partial full 
text back to January. The second site is a fascinating searchable and 
browsable database that allows users to track the employment distribution 
of an occupation among industries. Data are available for both 1996 and 
2006 (projection). Users can search or browse by industry or occupation. 
Results can be sorted by employment or projected (percent or numeric) 
change in employment. Data are available for over 500 occupations within 
240 industries. [JS] 
The Scout Report's Web page: 
18. 655,369 short stories and novels online at 
Librarian Ranks Half Million Pieces of Fiction 
SEATTLE, Wash. -- May 12, 1998 /XPN/ -- Alexandria Digital Literature's 
digital librarian, Hypatia, has rated 655,369 short stories and novels for 
its Internet patrons on its site at 
Alexandria's digital librarian is a "collaborative filter." Hypatia makes 
highly accurate personalized reading recommendations based upon the ratings 
of the hundreds of thousands of patron rankings of various works of fiction. 
"I don't usually write fan letters to websites, but I have to say I'm most 
impressed, and will pass the word accordingly," said Cassy Beach, SysOp for 
CompuServe's SFLIT Forum. 
"By July of 1998, Hypatia, Alexandria's digital recommender will rate it's 
1,000,000th piece of literature," says Dave Howell, Alexandria Digital 
Literature's publisher. 
Alexandria Digital Literature currently offers readers the ability to 
immediately download out-of-print, hard to find short stories, novellas, 
and full length novels from leading science fiction and fantasy writers. 
Readers purchase their selections using major credit cards. "We've made it 
easy to fill your laptop with enough fiction for a two week trip or to fill 
your hand-held computer with enough reading for a lazy afternoon in the 
backyard hammock,"  said Howell. 
Alexandria Digital Literature is available twenty-four hours a day on the 
Internet at 
Interview Contact: Marilyn Holt,  206-781-7196 
FAX: 206-789-8034 
Attention News and New Media Professionals: Change of mail address or beat 
assignment may be directed to <media[at]>  XPN makes no 
representation as to the accuracy of information transmitted herein. 
FULL-TEXT versions of releases are available for reproduction at 
To unsubscribe from NetInLib-Announce, 
19. Student projects from U. of Alberta's SLIS  (digital oriented) 
To: Multiple recipients of list <web4lib[at]> 
Subject: collection of student projects 
X-Comment: Web4Lib Information - 
Status: U 
  I would like to announce the availability of a collection of 
student projects at 
These projects were created by the students in the LIS 538 
(Automation in Libraries and Information Centres) course in the 
School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. 
They contain a substantial amount of useful information on a 
number of topics of current interest, and are being made available 
with the hope that they may be useful to the library community. 
  The project titles and authors are listed below. 
LIS 538 Term Projects - April 1998 
Electronic Journals and Academic Libraries (Liza Chan) 
Electronic Mail and the Library Patron (Dawna Turcotte) 
Librarian Webmasters (Sona Kothari) 
Librarians and Distance Education Technology: Roles and 
        Responsibilities (James Rout) 
A Librarian's Guide to LAN Technology (Michael Brundin) 
Making your Web Site Searchable: Search Engines for Local Web 
        Sites (Judy Brown) 
Metadata: Foundations, Potential and Applications (Katrina Hodgson) 
Multilingual Web Pages (Wing Yan Che) 
XML (Heather Empey) 
Dennis Ward 
School of Library and Information Studies 
University of Alberta 
Digital Collections: A Strategic Policy Framework for Creating and 
Preserving Digital Resources--AHDS 
Neil Beagrie and Daniel Greenstein of the Arts and Humanities Data Service, 
a program funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), UK, 
have authored this report, a public consultation and review draft. The 
study presents thirteen recommendations in the areas of long-term digital 
preservation, standards, the policy framework, and future research. Six 
case studies highlight some of the real-life considerations concerning 
digital preservation. At a time when content providers and libraries are 
racing headlong toward digitization of information resources, this study 
provides critical guidance. [JS] 
The Scout Report's Web page: 
20. Digital Info Interchange Standards and Digital Preservation - Resources 
                  The UK Arts & Humanities Data Service 
                 Provides New and Revised Resource Pages: 
          **Standards for the Interchange of Digital Information** 
                          **Digital Preservation** 
Two particularly fruitful resource pages have been announced by the British 
Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS). 
The first, "Standards for the Interchange of Digital Information," is an 
initial presentation of organizations that are working on relevant 
standards for the interchange of cultural resource material. These 
standards cover 
 * Technical standards for data interchange (eg encoding and compression) 
 * Data documentation standards (e.g. MARC, Dublin Core, CIMI). 
 * Controlled vocabularies (e.g. Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2), 
Art and Architecture Thesaurus). 
This exercise is the preliminary step to gathering and considering actual 
"best practices" in implementing and using particular standards for 
networking particular bodies of information and for maximising their 
The second resource page is a revised set of references to resources and 
initiatives on the preservation of digital resources. 
Both of these resources are recommended and will be linked to from the 
NINCH website. 
David Green 
See and search back issues of NINCH-ANNOUNCE at 
21.  Senate May Soon Consider Internet Filtering Bill (EPIC Alert) 
[from the EPIC Alert 5.06, May 12, 1998: ] 
The Senate may soon vote on the "Internet School Filtering Act" (S. 
1619). The bill would require schools and libraries receiving federal 
Internet subsidies to install filtering software designed to prevent 
children from accessing "inappropriate" material.  The bill would 
require schools and libraries receiving federal "e-rate" Internet 
subsidies to certify that they are using filtering software designed to 
prevent minors from accessing "inappropriate" material.  The Senate 
Commerce Committee approved the measure on March 12. 
The filtering bill was initially scheduled for a vote during the 
Senate's "Tech Week" (which began on May 11), when "non-controversial" 
technology legislation will be brought to the Senate floor.  Growing 
controversy surrounding the bill apparently led to its removal from the 
The bill raises serious constitutional questions.  In a decision issued 
on April 7, a federal judge in Virginia rejected an effort to dismiss a 
challenge to Internet filtering at a public library, finding that "the 
Library Board may not adopt and enforce content- based restrictions on 
access to protected Internet speech" unless it meets the highest level 
of constitutional scrutiny.  Many local communities have decided that 
the best approach to online content is one that emphasizes "acceptable 
use policies" and Internet education programs.  They have rejected the 
use of filtering software as ineffective and contrary to educational 
EPIC is joining with the ACLU and EFF in sponsoring an online campaign 
to raise Congressional awareness of the implications of Internet 
filtering. Faxes can be sent -- free of charge -- to your Senators by 
visiting the EPIC Free Speech Action page: 
Additional information on Internet filtering is also available at the 
Internet Free Expression Alliance website: 
22. Upcoming Conferences and Events advertised in The EPIC Alert 
[The EPIC Alert: ] 
The Threats to Democracy Conference. May 15-18. Washington D.C. 
Sponsored by People For the American Way. Contact: balcomgrp[at] 
SCRAMBLING FOR SAFETY:   Privacy, security and commercial implications 
of the UK and EU crypto policy announcements. 29th May 1998. London, 
UK. Sponsored by Cambridge University. contact: 
Ethics and Technology. June 5-6. San Jose, CA. Sponsored by Santa Clara 
University. Contact: 
1998 EPIC Cryptography and Privacy Conference. June 8, 1998. 
Washington, DC. Sponsored by EPIC, Harvard University and London School 
of Economics. Contact: 
Net Censorship In Europe.  June 9, 1998. Washington, DC. Sponsored by 
the Freedom Forum. Contact: apowell[at] 
INET'98, July 21-24, 1998, Geneva, Switzerland. Sponsored by Internet 
Society. Contact: 
Advances in Social Informatics and Information Systems, Baltimore, MD, 
Aug. 14-16, 1998.  Sponsored by the Association for Information Systems 
CPSR Annual Conference - Internet Governance.  Boston, Mass, Oct. 
10-11. Sponsored by CPSR. contact: cpsr[at] 
PDC 98 - the Participatory Design Conference, "Broadening 
Participation" November 12-14, 1998. Seattle, Washington.  Sponsored by 
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility in cooperation with 
ACM and CSCW 98. Contact: 
1999 RSA Data Security Conference.  San Jose, California, January 
18-21, 1999. Sponsored by RSA. Contact: 
          (Send calendar submissions to alert[at] 
>From The EPIC Alert: 
23.  E-MAIL Privacy Discussed by Virginia Supreme Court Justice Kinser 
Virginia Supreme Court justice says courts need to catch up on e-mail 
privacy issues 
Justice Cynthia Kinser was the keynote speaker at a bar association 
luncheon in Norton Friday. Terry Ketron 
NORTON -- Attorney-client privilege becomes problematic when e-mail 
communication is involved, state Supreme Court Justice Cynthia Kinser told 
an audience of Southwest Virginia attorneys recently. 
Kinser, the keynote speaker for the Wise County and Norton Bar 
Associations' Law Day luncheon Friday, said laughingly she was invited to 
speak about law and technology by association secretary and Wise County 
Circuit Court Clerk J. Jack Kennedy but could not match "the guru'' -- a 
reference to Kennedy's technology efforts in his office. 
"(E-mail) is a wonderful development for attorneys, another weapon in the 
arsenal for better representation of your clients,'' Kinser told the 
association. But she also cautioned that Internet communications can be 
easily intercepted under a variety of conditions, and that poses problems 
for confidential attorney-client communications. 
The American court system has not kept up with advances in communications 
technology as it relates to the attorney-client relationship, Kinser noted. 
Although the New York City police began wiretaps on lawyers' telegraph 
messages as long ago as the 1890s, the U.S. Supreme Court did not recognize 
a reasonable expectation of privacy in a telephone conversation until 1967 
in Katz vs. United States. 
"That just goes to show that, as courts, we are behind,'' Kinser said. 
In researching her speech, Kinser said she and her clerk could find no 
clear-cut case law on reasonable expectation of privacy of e-mail 
communications between attorney and client, although a 1995 military court 
martial decision contained the aside that the defendant had more of an 
expectation than if he was using a cordless telephone or multiple-line phone. 
And a 1997 court case noted that cellular telephones and e-mail are not 
very secure, Kinser said, although the expectation of privacy still is 
there. But a case involving a child pornographer and an electronic chat 
room found no such expectation for obvious reasons, she added. 
While Virginia's courts have not addressed the privacy issue in depth, 
Kinser said attorneys and clients may improve their position in case a 
confidential communication is revealed by adding software security 
measures, adding confidentiality disclaimers to e-mail messages, or using 
on-line services such as America Online that are not open to the general 
public like the Internet. Those steps would help demonstrate intent and 
expectation of privacy if a message was brought into a court case. 
"I just hope that you will look at what you're doing, be aware of potential 
hazards, and take measures to protect that confidentiality,'' Kinser said. 
Norton attorney Elsey Harris said a variety of recent incidents have shown 
that technological developments in intercepting and identifying e-mail 
messages would remove any expectation of privacy for the attorney and client. 
"The bottom line is ... that's why we, the courts, have to keep up with 
technology,'' Kinser said. 
"The bottom line is, if you're going to communicate with your client, don't 
do it with e-mail,'' Wise County Circuit Court Judge J. Robert Stump said. 
"If you don't take steps, you'll be hampered in using the latest 
technology,'' Kinser said. 
Published May 2, 1998 
J. Jack Kennedy, Jr., Esq.                   Objects in this mirror 
Clerk of the Circuit Court                    may be closer to your 
for Wise County & City of Norton             future than they appear! 
P.O. Box 1248 
Wise, Virginia 24293-1248 
(sent to the GovPubs list) 
To: Multiple recipients of list <web4lib[at]> 
Subject: Online newsletter 
X-Comment: Web4Lib Information - 
Status: U 
I hope that this regular newsletter is of interest to the group. 
Eric Sandelands 
On-line conference news. 
Following the success of the previous VUJ on-line conference, a further 
threeare planned for 1998.  Starting on 1st June, Daniel Eisenberg of 
Northern Arizona University, USA, will kick off the next conference using 
his own article "College Faculty and Distance Learning" as a background 
As Daniel says, "Change is coming whether faculty like it or not.  If we 
are not involved in shaping it, others will do it for us." 
The conference is FREE to join.  Delegates are invited to join in the 
discussion and find out how change is being managed in centres of 
learning around the globe. 
PEDAGOGY, GRAMMARS and ART: Towards Art and Design Higher Education 
Strategies, written by D. BRUTON of UNIVERSITY of SOUTH 
AUSTRALIA examines the relationship between art and computers and the 
impact of computational grammatical design on pedagogy. 
considers instructional frameworks for university-level education in 
Internet content design. 
VUJ aims to publish papers on the latest experience and ideas related to 
technology-aided learning from around the world.  Papers are subject to 
EAB review with accepted articles archived in major databases such as 
Anbar and Emerald.  Authors of papers published in VUJ receive a 
complimentary electronic subscription to the journal for one year.  If 
you would like to submit a paper, please contact the Publisher, Anne 
Christie at AChristie9[at] 
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