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Arab News has a Story that tries to answer the question, Who destroyed the Library at Alexandria?
It has been said that the library was burned on the orders of Caliph Omar ibn Al-Khattab, they say this is not true.
"Seldom in history has there been a parallel to continuing a falsehood with such persistence, conviction, and indignation, in spite of all contrary evidence."
Charles Davis writes \"The Bodleian Library, Oxford University\'s most renowned library, is 400
years old on November 8.
To mark the event, the university is awarding honorary degrees to four
internationally known figures closely connected with some of the world\'s
The degree ceremony marks the climax of a year of Bodleian birthday events, which have included exhibitions, concerts and the launch of the
Libraries Capital Campaign for Oxford.
Bodleian librarian Dr Reg Carr said: \"We are delighted that at this landmark
moment in the long and distinguished history of the Bodleian Library, the
university is honouring four of the world\'s leading figures in the arena of
It's a nice look at the librarian, who, they say, gets little credit for her savvy investigative work. They say The library staff of 13 usually field up to 50 questions from reporters daily, but the past few weeks have been even more hectic as they have been digging through 110 years of history for material for The Star's 110th anniversary sections.
Charles Davis writes passed along
This Story on Gavin Menzies.
Next week the urbane 65-year-old begins a global publicity campaign to promote his
extraordinary claim that Chinese sailors discovered America 70 years before Columbus
and mapped the whole world centuries before European explorers.
\"There is only one library in England that has got this bibliography, that\'s the Bodleian (at Oxford University),\" he said. \"It\'s just ridiculous.\"
The cash-strapped Massachusetts Horticultural Society has sold its collection of rare books and journals to the Chicago Botanic Garden. This story in the Chicago Tribune (free registration may be required) was front-page news in the hard copy delivered to my curb this morning. The Botanic Garden (which isn\'t actually in Chicago) now needs a place to put the stuff, which includes a Latin \"History of Plants\" published in 1483. There\'s a fact sheet about the sale on the Chicago Botanic Garden\'s website.
Charles Davis writes \"A woman in Hong Kong was told to stop breastfeeding her son because the library they were in didn\'t allow any eating
Ng Lai Ping was reading to her 22-month-old son in the Central Library when she decided he needed feeding.
About half way through breastfeeding she was approached by a member of the library\'s staff who asked her to go to the sick bay instead and gave her a leaflet on the library\'s ban
on food and drinks.
Full Story at
Always excellent, Jen Young, spotted This NYTimes Story on weeding.
Yes, a NYTimes story, on weeding, and it\'s good too.
They say The NYC library system offers two opposing models to emulate: the research libraries, like the flagship on Fifth Avenue, which rarely discard anything, or the many branch libraries, where collections are tailored to patrons\' tastes.
They cover a great history of weeding, collection development, and Nicholson Baker.
\"We must conceive of the library as a channel through which books pass on their way from the publisher to the incinerator,\" the librarian G. Hardin declared in an edict issued in 1947.
"After all, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is not just a pretty building or merely a storehouse for books; the library resurrected -- as stipulated in its mission -- is "the world's window on Egypt... Egypt's window on the world... [and] Egypt's leading cultural institution in dealing with the information revolution... [and] a centre for both learning and dialogue."
Charles Davis writes \"The British Library, a
treasure trove of learned tomes for weighty
scholars, has gone pop with a nostalgic
celebration of 50 years of Number One
Academics used to the sound of silence
in its hallowed halls will be able to reach
for the headphones and listen to \"Honky Tonk Women\".
In a trip down memory lane, music fans can hear all 937 British
Yahoo News \"
Slashdot is running an Essay that says holding the image of a librarian as a shushing school marm who does little more than stamp and shelve books is about as inaccurate as believing that Alan Greenspan is nothing more than a glorified bank teller. He goes on to point out in today\'s world the boundary between the career of the librarian and the information technologist is disappearing, as we become more and more technologically adept.
It\'s a nice, short, essay chock full O\'links to all the usual suspects in the web librarian world.