Library Juice 2:14 - April 7, 1999

1. Library Journal's April 1st awards for absurdity in libraries 
2. Internet School Library Media Center (directory of resources) 
3. US News Article - "The Modern M.L.S. Degree" 
4. American Factfinder -- Census Bureau [Java] 
5. New e-mail list for ACRL Women's Studies Section 
6. Women Writers Project -- Brown University 
7. New issue of _Counterpoise_ 
8. Big and Small Booksellers Take Battle Online 
9. AAP adds seat on board of directors to represent small publishers 
10. Proposed change to ALA dues structure 
11. Kosovo News Websites from Internet Scout Report 
12. Agencies accepting contributions for refugee assistance to Kosovars 
13. IFLA/FAIFE Statement on Libraries and Intellectual Freedom 
14. Journal of Academic Media Librarianship - Call for Papers 
15. Journal of Internet Cataloging - Call for news items 
16. Electronic Journal of Communication - Call for Papers 
17. Lawsuit against Lycos partner over MP3 search engine 
18. MP3 Essentials -- CNET 
19. Katia wants your Library Horror Stories 
Quote for the week: 
"You see, I don't believe that libraries should be drab places where people 
sit in silence, and that's been the main reason for our policy of employing 
wild animals as librarians." 
-- Monty Python 
1. Library Journal's April 1st awards for absurdity in libraries$27783 
2. Internet School Library Media Center 
	The ISLMC is an extensive directory of Internet resources 
        designed for teachers and librarians. In addition to sites 
        supplementing the usual k-12 curriculum, there are special 
        sections devoted to the Holocaust, vocational and special 
        education, professional organizations and publications, 
        Kid's Stuff, and Online Full E-texts. Most of the links have 
        brief annotations. Searchable by subject and personal name 
        indexes, site map, and keyword. The site, hosted by James 
        Madison University in Virginia, also has sections devoted to 
        resources on Virginia and Virginia school curriculum. - mg 
        Subjects: kids - teachers | k-12 schools 
Librarians' Index to the Internet 
3. US News Article - "The Modern M.L.S. Degree" 
Date: Thu, 1 Apr 1999 10:50:19 -0500 
From: Robyn Williams <willia02[at]UTKUX.UTCC.UTK.EDU> 
Reply-To: UTK School of Information Sciences <UTKSIS-L[at]UTKVM1.UTK.EDU> 
Hi all! 
Here's a URL to an article from U.S. News & World Report that a librarian 
friend of mine forwarded to me.  The title is a bit misleading; in reality, 
this article discusses the current market trend toward temporary/contractual 
positions in areas of the corporate world where the corporation needs 
information acquisition, management, and control but is not inclined to 
hire a full-time staff to do so.  Positions considered include networking 
engineers, information discovery and recovery such as environmental scanning, 
and Web interface design.  It describes the MLS/MIS development sphere as an 
alternative for companies that want to hire in the computer science field, but 
where that alternative is better able to "mingle the technical coursework of a 
computer science program with the training in assisting people that is typical 
of library programs; graduates who go to work ... are thus prepared to elicit 
and handle feedback from customers."  It throws out salary estimates (oh, dare 
to dream) and touches on the fact that many MLS/MIS students are 
nontraditional graduates returning to school from other careers. 
A good, quick look at how the outside world is recognizing our industry! 
The Modern M.L.S. Degree - Library schools are turning out webmasters 
Robyn J. Williams 
School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee 
Temple Court Box #111 | Temple Court Office 103A 
willia02[at]  |  janellwilliams[at] 
4. American Factfinder -- Census Bureau [Java] 
This new "data access and dissemination system" from the US Census Bureau 
offers easy access to some of the Bureau's largest data sets. Users can 
create a variety of tables, reports, or maps with information on their 
community, the economy, or American society in just a few steps. Users will 
have three options for accessing data: Quick Tables and Thematic Maps, 
which offer predefined reports on the most widely used statistics; Detailed 
Tables, which require several selections (such as geographic area and time 
frame); and Build A Query, which requires a few more steps. Note that the 
Industry and Business Facts section will not be available until the release 
of the 1997 Economic Census data (currently overdue). Help files, a FAQ, 
and an internal search engine are also provided. [MD] 
>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1999. 
5. New email list for ACRL Women's Studies Section 
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 1999 11:27:49 -0600 
From: "Kris Gerhard" <Kgerhard[at]> 
To: feminist[at] 
Subject: New email list for ACRL Women's Studies Section 
This message announces the birth of WSS-L, a new email list for the = 
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women's Studies = 
For the last several years, FEMINIST has generously allowed the Women's = 
Studies Section to use this list as a forum for questions and announcements= 
.  We have particularly appreciated Theresa Tobin's support as the Section = 
has gotten on its feet, electronically speaking. 
WSS-L is open to anyone interested in women's studies librarianship, = 
whether they are a member of ACRL WSS or not.   To subscribe send a 
message addressed to: 
Leave the subject line blank in the body put 
subscribe WSS-L <your name> 
Kris Gerhard 
Chair, ACRL Women's Studies Section 
Collections Officer 
Iowa State University 
Ames IA  50011 
515/294-1413 vox 
515/294-5525 fax 
6. Women Writers Project -- Brown University 
The Brown University Women Writers Project has recently published the 
beta-test version of an online textbase. The textbase is a collection of 
primarily pre-Victorian (1450-1850) literature written by women. The 
initial release of the textbase will include over 200 texts, and 50 to 100 
more will be added in the first year. The collection spans a wide array of 
topics and genres, providing a unique and valuable resource for the study 
of women's writing in English. The textbase will be freely available until 
the final version is released, tentatively scheduled for August 1, 1999. 
>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1999. 
7.  New issue of _Counterpoise_ 
Date: Thu, 01 Apr 1999 10:48:55 -0500 
To: <edited> 
From: Charles Willett <willett[at]> 
Subject: _Counterpoise_ vol. 2, no. 4 distributed 
About 200 copies of the fourth issue of volume two of _Counterpoise_ were 
mailed yesterday to subscribers and exchange partners.  In addition, 
complimentary copies were sent to members of SRRT Action Council, the 
Alternatives in Print Task Force, and the editorial board. 
Featured in this issue is a 15-page report by Ronda Hauben on steps being 
taken by the U.S. government -- without public discussion -- to privatize 
core functions of the Internet.  Other essays include ideas for expanding 
public access to government information, a review of international human 
rights publications, commentary on book banning, and examination of the new 
ALA intellectual freedom statement "Libraries: An American Value." 
The issue also contains cumulative indexes for more than 300 reviews 
published during the year, organized by publisher/distributor, author/title, 
and subject. 
Now that we have completed eight issues, the _Counterpoise_ editorial board 
is taking a look at what we have accomplished and what still needs to be 
done.  We are always glad to receive letters to the editor giving readers' 
ideas and points of view.  Review essays and articles related to the 
alternative press are also welcome.  Please send them to my attention at the 
address below. 
Also, we are looking for reviewers in many subject areas.  Please write, 
giving your interests. 
Back issues of vol. 2 and a very few copies of vol. 1 of _Counterpoise_ are 
still available at $9 each plus $3 shipping. 
The first issue of vol. 3 will appear in April.  U.S. subscriptions are $35 
for institutions, $25 for individuals and $15 for low income.  For foreign 
orders, add $5 and pay by check from a U.S. bank or by international postal 
money order.  Send orders to: 
1716 SW Williston Road 
Gainesville, FL 32608-4049  USA 
Charles Willett 
8. Big and Small Booksellers Take Battle Online 
 March 29, 1999 
Ever since the first mega-bookstore rolled into the 
suburban strip mall, small independent booksellers have 
cried foul, accusing the chains of big-foot practices. 
Now the wailing can be heard in cyberspace. 
The independents are rankled over advertising deals that 
Internet search engines like Yahoo, Lycos, Excite, Hotbot, 
which is a unit of Wired Digital, and Alta Vista have 
forged with the two biggest on-line bookstores -- and, a joint venture of 
Barnes & Noble and Bertelsmann. Under those deals, a 
user's Web search, almost regardless of the topic, will 
yield a list of search results accompanied by a banner ad 
for Amazon or -- whether a book on that 
topic exists or not. Even more grating, the independents 
say, is that when someone searches specifically for an 
independent bookseller by name, they may still be served 
up an ad for or Barnesandnoble .com. In some 
instances, the ads actually purport to carry a book about 
the independent bookseller. 
Search on Lycos for Bookstreet, an independent bookseller 
in Ukiah, Calif., for example, and you get a hot-link ad 
-- one that requires just one click to move to the 
advertiser's Web site -- that says "Books about Bookstreet 
at" Likewise, a Yahoo search for 
Powell's Books in Portland, Ore., brings up a hot link to 
"Books about Powell's Books at" 
Some of the approximately 3,000 independents that sell 
books on line contend that the practice is fraudulent: 
often, such books do not exist. It is also 
anticompetitive, they contend, comparing it to someone 
from Barnes & Noble walking into a small bookstore and 
pasting up ads to lure customers away. 
John Conroy, vice president of Soda Creek Press, a small 
publisher that operates the Web site, said 
that many of the independents have discussed the issue 
informally among themselves, but had not decided on a 
course of action. 
Barnes & Noble insists that nothing sinister is afoot. 
"Banner technology does not discriminate," Ben Boyd, a 
Barnes & Nobel spokesman, said. 
His company's advertising deals with the search services 
simply call for a banner ad to pop up, whatever the topic 
entered into the search box. "If you type in 1-2-3 the 
same thing happens." (He's right. Such a search elicits 
this hot link: "Books about 1-2-3 at") 
The controversy is parallel to complaints earlier this 
year by Est╚e Lauder and Playboy Enterprises, which each 
filed lawsuits against Excite on similar grounds. Est╚e 
Lauder is suing, for example, because a search for "Estee 
Lauder" on Excite brings up banner ads for an on-line 
retailer, the Fragrance Counter. In its ads, the Fragrance 
Counter portrays itself as a reseller of Est╚e Lauder 
products, which it is not. 
9. AAP adds seat on board of directors to represent small publishers 
(Contact mlink[at] for info) 
The Association of American Publishers has seen the writing on the wall. 
And it doesn't say "New York." 
At its First Annual Conference for Small and Independent Publishers held 
over the weekend in Washington D.C., the AAP added a seat on its Board of 
Directors to represent small and independent publishers. Lynne Rienner of 
Lynne Rienner Publishers in Boulder, Colorado, was selected for the new 
For years the AAP has stood as the principal trade association of the 
publishing industry, its membership composed only of the largest and most 
powerful houses. As the small and independent press head count began to 
increase exponentially, and the large houses merged with abandon, AAP 
intensified its efforts to reach out and serve the needs of these smaller 
companies and develop relevant programs and services for that growing and 
increasingly important segment of the industry. 
"We really want to help," said former Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder, 
president and CEO of AAP, in her welcoming remarks. The AAP monitors 
national copyright legislation that affects publishers and authors. 
Schroeder described the breadth of the copyright-related industry in terms 
of a new survey executed to help legislators understand that the industry 
"isnÝt just a small club of elite publishers based out of New York." 
Schroeder also announced AAP's Get Caught Reading campaign, which 
targets readers aged 18-35, to promote literacy and foster a love of 
reading. The educational component of the conference included a look at 
e-books, discussion of developing a standard for online title submission to 
Internet booksellers and a look at increasing revenue through rights sales. 
A panel of wholesalers and distributors offered advice on how to work with 
their companies. They put emphasis on the role of the publisher in both 
creating demand for titles and keeping wholesale/distribution outlets 
informed of their publicity and marketing efforts -- old lessons well worth 
repeating for publishers who seek to maximize sales and minimize returns. 
Luncheon speaker and AAP member Morgan Entrekin, formerly of Delacorte 
Press/Dell and Simon & Schuster and a 22-year publishing veteran, delighted 
the audience with the success story of his independent press, 
Grove/Atlantic, Inc. 
"When in doubt, don't, and when you believe, do," suggested the successful 
44-year-old, who scolded large presses, which he defined as "dinosaurs who 
may have seen their day," for having "too much of an adversarial 
relationship between publisher and authors." To small and independent 
publishers, he advised, "A small press can be flexible and fast; the failure 
of the big houses is that they over think things. Go where the big 
publishers aren't, focus your publishing program, get a distinctive identity 
and work at being a personal advocate for your program." 
-Betsy Lampe 
10. Proposed change to ALA dues structure 
Message to the ALA Council list: 
The following message is from Steve LaBash, Maryland Chapter Councilor. 
Last Thursday I posted a message to the Maryland Libraries 
listserv asking for views on a change in the ALA dues structure to a 
graduated system base on salary.  The response was overwhelming.  I 
received 38 messages.  As a comparison, the most e-mails I've 
received on an issue was 5!  Every response was in favor of a change 
in the ALA dues structure to a graduated system. 
I received a number of responses from library support staff and 
new librarians saying they just can't afford the current structure, 
especially when you add in their costs for joining roundtables, 
divisions and the Maryland Library Association.  I also received several 
messages from librarians in smaller systems saying the current 
structure made it impossible to maintain ALA membership. 
Members who know their dues would probably go up also  supported a 
graduated system.  They felt something must be done to assist library 
personnel that are at the lower end of the pay range.  There was a 
general feeling that ALA was increasingly becoming the domain of those 
with higher incomes or those who are supported by their institutions. 
Just as an example, when I add in my basic dues, roundtables 
and divisions, my dues come to $220/year! 
I would like to hear from any councilors interested in pursuing 
this issue at the annual conference and working on a resolution directing 
ALA to begin the process of moving to a graduated structure . I know that 
such a change would not be possible immediately but my constituency is 
adamant that something must be done re the dues structure. I'd also like 
to know if anyone else has raised this with their members and what their 
reactions were.  My guess is that even a small adjustment would be a 
tremendous incentive to membership. 
Let's get to work on something that is of direct concern to 
the  members and gives us the opportunity to broaden ALA's base of 
Steve LaBash 
Maryland Chapter Councilor 
Lois Ann Gregory-Wood 
Council Secretariat 
American Library Association 
50 E. Huron Street 
Chicago, IL 60611 
1-800/545-2433, Ext. 3204 
312/944-3897 (fax) 
11. Kosovo News Websites from Internet Scout Report 
====== In The News ====   Internet Scout Report 
Refugee Crisis in the Balkans Kosovo Crisis Update -- UNHCR 
Violence and Displacement in Kosovo -- USCR 
Kosovo Situation Reports -- US State Department 
Human Rights Watch Kosovo Campaign 
_Morning Edition_ -- NPR [RealPlayer] 
Strike on Yugoslavia -- CNN 
This week's In the News returns to Kosovo, where humanitarian workers and 
government officials warn that the refugee crisis is rapidly spinning out 
of control. What appears to be an organized and systematic expulsion of the 
ethnic Albanian population from Kosovo has created the worst humanitarian 
disaster in Europe since World War II. According to UN refugee officials, 
over 220,000 persons have fled or been expelled from Kosovo over the last 
ten days, to Albania, Macedonia, or Montenegro. With entry into Macedonia 
ground to an almost complete halt, Albania swollen with over 120,000 
refugees, and thousands still behind them, the Kosovo-Macedonia border in 
particular has become a humanitarian nightmare; little food, shelter, or 
sanitation is available for people who have been forced from their homes 
with almost nothing. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 
(UNHCR) has created a special site on the Kosovo crisis, with analysis, 
news updates, and an eyewitness account. The US Committee for Refugees 
(USCR) has also posted a special report, featuring current news stories, 
background, testimony, resources for Kosovar refugees, and information on 
how readers can help. The State Department's special Website on Kosovo 
features situation reports and reports from the field. Yesterday's report 
on the Kosovo Humanitarian Situation offers an overview of key facts and 
developments, background, and a look at the current situation. The site for 
the Human Rights Watch Kosovo campaign offers a number of updates on the 
human rights and refugee situation in and around Kosovo. Today's _Morning 
Edition_ on National Public Radio featured several pieces on Kosovo, 
including a moving report from the Macedonian border by Anne Garrels. The 
entire program is available in RealPlayer format at the site. Finally, 
CNN's special report on Yugoslavia includes a feature on email from Kosovo 
and an interactive Refugee Exodus map. Users interested in additional 
resources for understanding the current crisis in Balkans should consult 
last week's In the News and the resources in Scout Report Signpost, the 
Scout Report's database. These include UN Wire, the Red Cross's 
International Humanitarian Law Database, and the International Crisis Group 
(ICG) South Balkans Reports Index, [MD] 
UN Wire 
International Humanitarian Law Database 
International Crisis Group (ICG) South Balkans Reports Index 
12. Agencies accepting contributions for refugee assistance to Kosovars 
-----Original Message----- 
From: Edupage Editors [mailto:edupage[at]] 
Sent: Saturday, April 03, 1999 11:35 AM 
To: Edupage 
Cc: Judd Knott; Paul Jones; Uzoma; Johnathan Magid; Donald Sizemore 
Subject: Edupage, SPECIAL EDITION 
This special edition of Edupage is devoted exclusively to 
today's "Honorary Subscriber" - the people of Kosovo. 
For today's "Honorary Subscriber," we salute the brave people of Kosovo, 
who represent all innocent victims of war, everywhere. 
Such individuals are found on every side of every conflict in every corner 
of the world.  Most are in civilian clothes.  Some are wearing uniforms. 
Here for your convenience are some of the agencies accepting contributions 
for refugee assistance to alleviate the current suffering in Kosovo. 
     American Friends Service Committee, 
     American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, 
     American Red Cross, 
     American Refugee Committee, 612-872-7060 
     Baptist World Aid, 
     Catholic Relief Services, 
     Christian Children's Fund, 
     Church World Service, 
     Direct Relief International, 
     Doctors Of The World, 
     Doctors Without Borders, 
     Feed The Children, 800-328-2122 
     Food For The Hungry International, 
     International Aid, 
     International Medical Corps, 
     International Orthodox Christian Charities, 
     International Rescue Committee, 
     Lutheran World Relief, 800-597-5972 
     MAP International, 
     Mercy Corps International, 
     Oxfam America, 800-77-OXFAM 
     Salvation Army World Service Office, 703-684-5528 
     Save The Children, 
     U.J.A. Federations of America, 212-566-8610 
     U.S. Association for the UN High Commissioner For Refugees, 202-296-5191 
     U.S. Committee For Unicef, 
     World Concern, 
     World Food Program, 
     World Relief, 
     World Vision, 888-511-6423 
Edupage is written by John Gehl (gehl[at] and Suzanne Douglas 
(douglas[at] Telephone:  770-590-1017 
Technical support for distributing Edupage is provided by Information 
Technology Services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
EDUCAUSE is an international nonprofit association dedicated to 
transforming higher education through information technologies. 
13. IFLA/FAIFE Statement on Libraries and Intellectual Freedom 
Statement on Libraries and Intellectual Freedom 
IFLA (The International Federation of Library Associations and 
Institutions) supports, defends and promotes intellectual freedom as 
defined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 
IFLA declares that human beings have a fundamental right to access to 
expressions of knowledge, creative thought and intellectual activity, 
and to express their views publicly. 
IFLA believes that the right to know and freedom of expression are two 
aspects of the same principle. The right to know is a requirement for 
freedom of thought and conscience; freedom of thought and freedom of 
expression are necessary conditions for freedom of access to 
IFLA asserts that a commitment to intellectual freedom is a core 
responsibility for the library and information profession. 
IFLA therefore calls upon libraries and library staff to adhere to the 
principles of intellectual freedom, uninhibited access to information 
and freedom of expression and to recognize the privacy of library user. 
IFLA urges its members activity to promote the acceptance and 
realization of these principles. In doing so, IFLA affirms that: 
- Libraries provide access to information, ideas and works of 
imagination. They serve as gateways to knowledge, thought and culture. 
- Libraries provide essential support for lifelong learning, independent 
decision-making and cultural development for both individuals and 
- Libraries contribute to the development and maintenance of 
intellectual freedom and help to safeguard basic democratic values and 
universal civil rights. 
- Libraries have a responsibility both to guarantee and to facilitate 
access to expressions of knowledge and intellectual activity. To this 
end, libraries shall acquire, preserve and make available the widest 
variety of materials, reflecting the plurality and diversity of society. 
- Libraries shall ensure that the selection and availability of library 
materials and services is governed by professional considerations and 
not by political, moral and religious views. 
- Libraries shall acquire, organize and disseminate freely and oppose 
any form of censorship. 
- Libraries shall make materials facilities and services equally 
accessible to all users. There shall be no discrimination due to race, 
creed, gender, age or for any other reason. 
- Library users shall have the right to personal privacy and anonymity. 
Librarians and other library staff shall not disclose the identity of 
users or the materials they use to a third party. 
- Libraries funded from public sources and to which the public have 
access shall uphold the principles of intellectual freedom. 
- Librarians and other employees in such libraries have a duty to uphold 
those principles. 
- Librarians and other professional libraries staff shall fulfil their 
responsibilities both to their employer and to their users. In cases of 
conflict between those responsibilities, the duty towards the user shall 
take precedence. 
This statement was prepared by IFLA/FAIFE 
and approved by The Executive Board of IFLA 
25 March 1999, The Hague, Netherlands 
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14. Journal of Academic Media Librarianship - Call for Papers 
--------- Forwarded message ---------- 
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 13:41:13 -0400 
From: Lori Widzinski <widz[at]> 
Reply-To: Media Journal Distribution List <MCJRNL[at]LISTSERV.ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU> 
Subject: Call for Contributors 
LIBRARIANSHIP are issuing a call for contributors to the next 
LIBRARIANSHIP is an electronic, peer-reviewed journal providing both 
practical and scholarly information on issues concerning academic media 
librarianship. Examples of topics would include (but are not limited to): 
a/v production, collection development, cataloging, storage and preservation 
of materials, media center management, copyright, and emerging technologies. 
We encourage authors to be creative and include video and audio files when 
appropriate in their manuscripts. 
Included in the scope of the journal as well are annotated mediagraphies, 
annotated web lists and bibliographies on media topics, and conference 
Manuscripts are peer reviewed using a double masked review process. 
Copyrights to articles are retained by the authors. MC Journal is 
indexed in Library Literature. 
MC Journal may be accessed via the World Wide Web at the 
following URL: 
Submit manuscripts via e-mail to: 
Lori Widzinski, Editor at 
OR Terrence McCormack, Associate Editor at 
Guidelines for Authors are available on the MC Journal Web site at 
The editors would be happy to discuss any ideas for articles. 
They may be reached via the e-mail addresses listed above. 
15. Journal of Internet Cataloging - Call for news items 
From:Gerry Mckiernan" <GMCKIERN[at]> 
     For my next "News from the Field"  column for the _Journal of Internet 
Cataloging: The International Quarterly of Digital Organization, 
Classification, and Access_ (JIC), I would appreciate any and all news items 
about current or planned efforts for organizing or providing 
enhanced access to Internet or Web resources 
 BTW: The homepage for JIC is 
   I am interested in relevant conferences, workshops, discussions, 
institutes, presentations, and/or other programs. I am also interested in 
current or completed digital/digitization projects, as well as noteworthy 
articles, reports, journals, newsletters or other print or electronic 
/Gerry McKiernan 
Curator, CyberStacks(sm) 
Theoretical Librarian 
Iowa State University 
Ames IA 50011 
        "The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Invent It!" 
                                             Alan Kay 
16. Electronic Journal of Communication - Call for Papers 
Please distribute as appropriate to communication faculty members 
that you work with. 
Teresa Harrison 
                            CALL FOR PAPERS 
                    EJC/REC 10(1) First Quarter 2000 
        Communication as a Constitutive Process in Organizations 
    Vol. 10(1) of Electronic Journal of Communication/La Revue 
Electronique de Communication (EJC/REC) will be devoted broadly to the 
topic of organizational communication.  Its theme will be "Communication 
as a Constitutive Process in Organizing and Organizations."  The editor 
would be pleased to receive papers that respond to this theme.  Without 
limiting scholars' interpretation of the theme, responses could consider 
matters such as: 
    1. the manner in which communication constitutes systems such as 
strategic planning or structures such as hierarchy; 
    2. the manner in which system and structure affect message 
construction and communication; and/or 
    3. outstanding scholarly analyses and contributions to current 
understanding of the theme. 
    Papers can present theoretical analyses of issues relevant to the 
theme, or report research, qualitative or quantitative, designed to 
illuminate some aspect of the theme. 
    EJC/REC is one of the first refereed electronic journals in the 
humanities and social sciences and is distributed through a special 
electronic conference and through the World Wide Web (see  Issues of EJC/REC are guest edited by recognized 
scholars, and devoted to their fields of expertise.  Recent EJC/REC 
issues have dealt with media and the Gulf War (Michael Morgan, 
University of Massachusetts); international communication research (Tom 
Jacobson, SUNY Buffalo), research and theory in magazine journalism 
(David Abrahamson, Northwestern University), mass media and meaning 
(Samuel Becker, University of Iowa), media flow research (Kaarle 
Nordenstreng, University of Tampere), virtual democracy (Slavko 
Splichal, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in a joint publication with 
"Javnost"), discourse analytic approaches to the study of 
computer-mediated communication (Susan Herring, University of Texas at 
Arlington), organizational communication and democracy (George Cheney, 
University of Montana, Dennis Mumby and Cynthia Stohl, Purdue 
    The editor for this issue is Tom Dixon, Professor Emeritus, 
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia 
(TomDixon[at]  The author may also be contacted at +61 7 5535 
4312 by phone or fax; or at postal address 102 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach 
QLD 4221, Australia. 
    Instructions for Authors may be found at the Home Page of the 
Communication Institute for Online Scholarship ( by 
branching to the journal page. 
    Papers must be submitted to the guest editor by 30 June 1999.  It is 
intended that the review process will be completed by 30 November. 
Publication is scheduled for first quarter 2000. 
    Interested scholars are encouraged to contact the guest editor 
concerning their papers or their ideas for responding to the theme. 
17. Lawsuit against Lycos partner over MP3 search engine 
``This is a very significant step. It is the first time we have gone 
against the search engine process,'' IFPI Chairman Jason Berman told 
This could set a very very bad precedent for libraries. 
What fundamental difference (besides quality) is there between a search 
engine and a librarian? 
Scary stuff, man. 
Wednesday March 24 10:55 AM ET 
Music Industry Targets Norway Company In Piracy War 
By Richard Meares 
LONDON (Reuters) - The global recording industry opened fire Wednesday 
on Internet music piracy, launching proceedings against a Norwegian 
partner of U.S. search engine Lycos. 
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry in London said 
its U.S. branch may also consider action against Lycos itself, after the 
breakdown of brief talks. 
Lycos' Internet database provides swift access to thousands of MP3 audio 
files on Web sites, which an enraged music business says are 
predominantly pirated copies of work by top artists. 
The Federation, or IFPI, said it had started the proceedings against 
FAST Search & Transfer ASA, the Norwegian company which licensed to 
Lycos its database and MP3 search engine. 
``This is a very significant step. It is the first time we have gone 
against the search engine process,'' IFPI Chairman Jason Berman told 
``There is a very important doctrine called contributory infringement 
under copyright law and given the nature of the process that Lycos has 
embodied with the FAST Search and Transfer, it takes this to a totally 
different level.'' 
Espen Brodin, managing director of FAST, told Reuters search engines by 
their nature pointed to what was available on the Internet, something he 
did not think should be illegal. 
``This is sort of shooting the messenger boy rather than looking at 
those who are putting out the stuff,'' he said. 
He also said his company was talking to the U.S. recording industry in a 
``positive process'' about the way forward. 
The $38 billion music industry has long been wary of threats from the 
Internet, especially the emergence of the popular MP3 format -- files 
which can be downloaded onto a personal computer and used on 
commercially available portable hi-fi. 
``It is a tremendously significant problem and has enormous consequences 
for our ability to develop a legitimate business model so that companies 
that want to have electronic commerce have a way of doing it,'' Berman 
Next to ``sex,'' ``MP3'' -- a compression technology allowing music to 
be stored digitally and replayed at CD quality -- is the most widely 
entered term on Internet searches. 
MP3 is used legally by smaller bands, independent labels and some major 
name artists. 
Berman said the IFPI's branch in the United States may consider action 
against Boston-based Lycos. 
``They are in the process of looking at this following the breakdown of 
some very brief discussions they held with Lycos,'' he said. 
``As of yesterday (Tuesday), they had not received any satisfaction from 
Lycos, so they will have to make a determination and my guess is that 
they will do that in the next day or so.'' 
No other major search engines offer a similar service but it has become 
Lycos' second most popular service, Berman said. 
The IFPI has previously targeted only individual websites in the 
Internet ocean, rather than the search engine that trawls it for the 
thousands of MP3 files. 
The U.S. recording industry has attacked the makers of the portable 
players on which MP3 files -- often provided free of charge at the 
unauthorized Internet sites -- can be used. 
Record companies are now trying to create the Secure Digital Music 
Initiative (SDMI), which seeks to get the recording, electronics and 
computer industries to adopt a unified standard for the secure digital 
distribution of music. 
No one at Lycos was immediately available for comment. 
Dinah Sanders, 
Ignore this other junk: 
Do You Yahoo!? 
Get your free [at] address at 
18. MP3 Essentials -- CNET,10000,0-4004-7-274644,00.html 
This new report from CNET guides readers through some of the basic 
requirements for finding and playing music in MP3 (MPEG Layer 3) format. 
Users will find an annotated list of links to download players, search 
tools, rippers and encoders, and MP3 jukeboxes. Along the way, the report 
offers tips and links to related resources. Users interested in using MP3 
files but unfamiliar with the format will find this concise report a 
helpful introduction. [MD] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1999. 
19. Katia wants your Library Horror Stories 
>From roberto[at]  Tue Apr  6 17:23:32 1999 
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 18:23:23 -0500 (CDT) 
From: Katia Roberto <roberto[at]> 
Reply-To: Katia Roberto <roberto[at]> 
To: battlestar sarcastica <kroberto[at]> 
Subject: I want library horror stories. 
MIME-Version: 1.0 
Email them to me. 
I'll tell you why later. 
One hint: contributors may become (in)famous. (If you aren't already, that 
trying to keep an air of mystery about myself 
"The day is coming when all tongues are sheared to spare this 
nation the vicious slander of a few bad apples" - Born Against 
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