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Twilight, though an international bestseller, isn't faring so well in Strathfield, NSW. School administrators and librarians at the Santa Sabina College say the book is too racy for school children to read and have even gone so far to hold seminars on paranormal romance. Librarians have removed the book from the shelves of the school library.
The head librarian, Helen Schutz, says "We wanted to make sure they realise it's fictitious and ensure they don't have a wrong grasp on reality."
More from The Daily Telegraph.
Reading East Green campaigner Rob White said it was a victory for his campaign to get more people using the meters, adding: "We are in the middle of a recession and everyone wants to save money.
"These energy-smart meters will help people reduce their electricity bills, saving money and tackling climate change at the same time. This is a great result for Reading and the Green Party. With the smart meter, you can see how much electricity you are using in real-time.
"The librarian was telling me that before they were on the shelves, staff were borrowing them and testing them at home to see how they work and they loved the idea."
The British tech publication, The Register, interviewed Peter Robbins of the Internet Watch Foundation in the UK. El Reg broached the questions of blocking, the width of the net cast by the group, and the groups position on the online world. Robbins is a former borough police commander in Hackney.
For the second time in 2009, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (Central Library) hosted a Living Library program on September 2.
The Living Library is an international movement designed to bring library patrons face-to-face with living objects of prejudice and discrimination. Library patrons can "check-out" living "books" for 30 minutes of private conversation. Our "books" have included an African-American Albino, a HIV+ Gay Man, a Homeless Person, a Lesbian, a Muslim, a (new) Black Panther, a Local Politician, a Police Chief, and a Witch (Wiccan religion).
In our first Living Library event last May, it was evident to all that both library patrons and "books" delighted in each other's company.
Here's another story, about another Living Library event based in Copenhagen Denmark.
Deborah Jacobs went from helping build Seattle's state-of-the-art Central Library to visiting libraries overseas with no heat or running water and budgets as low as $30 a month. In her first year on the job at the Gates Foundation, she has directed an expanding program called the Global Libraries Initiative, which aims to improve free access to computers and the Internet in public libraries.
Today she is presenting a $1 million prize to a foundation in Medellín, Colombia, for its innovative use of technology in libraries to promote community development. More from The Seattle Times.
French pride took a knock today with news that the National Library is giving up a four-year fight for a Gallic riposte to Google and bowing to the might of the Californian search giant.
"Google has won", said the front-page headline in La Tribune newspaper. It reported that the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF) is on the verge of a deal under which Google will add its stocks to its controversial digital library. More from Times Online.
A library which underwent a £430,000 revamp has had to close after less than a week after cracks appeared in the building's ceiling.
The library in Euxton, Lancashire (UK), had reopened last Monday, but was forced to shut on Friday to enable essential repairs to take place.
Users have been told they can access services at other county libraries.
Julie Bell, from the Lancashire County Library and Information Service, said the closure was "regrettable". BBC reports.
Here's a press release announcing the improvements and re-opening before the cracks appeared.
The forthcoming book from Yale University Press, “The Cartoons That Shook the World,” will NOT contain the 12 Danish drawings that originally appeared in September 2005. A panel of diplomats and experts on Islam and counterterrorism unanimously decided not to include the cartoons that are the main subject matter of the book.
New York Times reports.
Cross-legged and hushed, 146 children waited for South Taranaki Mayor Ross Dunlop to sit in his throne-like chair and read to them.
The pupils from Hawera and Mokoia Primary schools and other guests had gathered at Hawera Library to hear the mayor read to them as part of New Zealand's Biggest Storytime at Hawera Library.
At 10.30am yesterday special guests in libraries across the country simultaneously read Itiiti's Gift, written by Kiwi author Melanie Drewery.
Librarian Kaye Lally told the eager listeners they were taking part in something really special.
"There are lots of children listening to the same story all over New Zealand." Story about storytime during New Zealand Library Week from Stuff NZ.
Interview with Dr. Sohair Wastawy, the new chief librarian, from Documentation Magazine. Below are some of the questions she is asked:
Dr. Wastawy, you have a privileged position as Chief librarian at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, could you tell us a little about yourself?
The New Bibliotheca Alexandrina is committed to evoking the spirit of openness and scholarship of the original Bibliotheca Alexandrina. It is much more than a library... What does it contain? What are the most important activities? What is your role as Chief Librarian?