Columbus debunker quotes Bodleian

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.\"


Boston\'s loss is Chicago\'s gain

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.


Hong Kong woman told to stop breastfeeding in library

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
or drinking.
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
Ananova \"


So Many Books, So Little Space

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.


Another Look at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Lee passed along 2 stories from Al-Ahrem on the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
The resurrection and Bibliographic reference both look at different aspects of the library, and the people that surround it.

"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."


Learned British Library goes pop

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
Story at
Yahoo News \"


Librarians: We\'re Not What You Think

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.


British Library aids Bali victims

A Really Short Story from This Is London says The Archives held by the the British Library were the only place Australian medics could locate an article detailing how to treat people caught in blasts.
Just goes to show, not only does the Web Save Lives, but So Can Libraries.


A Christian Science Library Opens, in More Ways Than One

The NYTimes has a Look At the decision by the Church of Christ, Scientist, to catalog and digitize all of the church\'s archives on Mary Baker Eddy, its founder, so that they could be searched at the push of a button was a step not lightly taken.
Under copyright law, the church was obligated to publish some of its documents before 2003 or lose them to public domain. Making them accessible in a library counts as publishing them.


Small Minnesota Town\'s Library Rated Among Best in Nation

The Redwood Falls (MN) Public Library has been ranked as one of the best in the nation by American Libraries. \"\'We\'re honored to make the list,\' Librarian Jude Jensen said, explaining that the local operation moved up from eighth to a tie for second for communities between 5,000 and 10,000 in the two years since the last list was published.\" Read More.



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