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Mainland Chinese Visiting Hong Kong Buying More Banned Books

The Voice Of America News has This One that says Tourists from mainland China are coming to Hong Kong in increasing numbers. Many come to sightsee and shop and, on average, spend more than the typical European or American tourist in the city. But the money not only goes toward jewelry and designer labels. An increasing number of Chinese tourists are snapping up books banned on the mainland.

Role of Australian Libraries in the Online Environment

Sandra Henderson writes: "The Australian Parliament has released a major report "The Role of Libraries in the Online Environment". The report can be found here and submissions made to the Senate Committee which produced the report can be found here."

Neglect of Australian library resources a national trend

A Short One From Australia quotes Rupert Murdoch "Lack of public, private and government funding has driven our libraries to downsize and cost-cut at the very time they should be at their most productive," he said.

"The number of Australian students at higher education has steadily grown, but the staff at our university and research libraries have had to be reduced."

The majority welcomes us with open arms [Iraq Reality Check]

"I have been serving in Iraq for over five months as a soldier with Company A, 2nd Battalion of the 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment, otherwise known as "The Rock."


More..., via Mefi. More Genuine Leadership!

Malaysian National Library to start digital library on Islam

A Short Piece Says The National Library is planning to launch the International Islamic Digital Library (IIDL) during the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Summit.

Its director-general Datuk Zawiyah Baba said the National Library had been working on the project since 2001 in collaboration with the Multimedia Development Corporation and major institutions and also institutions on Islam in Malaysia.

The festival of school libraries

News From Russia has a Short Piece that says The wife of the Russian President, Ludmila Putin, has opened a festival of school libraries - "Bibliobraz." The aim of the festival is to draw the attention of the whole country to "the difficult but so important profession of librarians," said the wife of the President, as addressing the participants in the festival.
The festival of school libraries which will be held from September 30 to October 2 in Moscow, will be attended by the winners of the school-library contest from all regions of Russia, the workers of literature and art, schoolchildren and representatives of the Education Ministry.

Uzbekistan: Privatization In Publishing Means Books Are Often Out Of Reach

An Article From Radio Free Europe says the partial privatization of the publishing sector since independence has increased the price of books to the point where not all parents can afford them.
"Provision for textbooks needs a state-level, national policy. What does such a policy consist of? For this there must be state protectionism. Protectionism means favorable credits and donations. Value-added taxes must be omitted from the printing of textbooks and literature for children," Abakirov said.

Report about Cuban prison conditions

Fang-Face writes "Reporters Sans Frontiers (Without Borders), has some news up about how journalists are being treated in Cuban prisons. I had mentioned this site to Richard Kent of Friends of Cuban Libraries and he wrote back that some of those journalists are also independent librarians.
The material about the jailed journalists is a bit dated, the most recent is from 08 Sep. There also an a commentary on the situation in general."

Over 500 mil books checked out from Japanese libraries in 2001

News Out Of Japan where A record 520,830,000 books were checked out from public libraries in Japan in the year ended in March 2002, meaning that each citizen borrowed an average 4.1 books that year, an education ministry survey showed Friday.

Briefing on the Investigation of Antiquity Loss from the Baghdad Museum

DefenseLink.mil has the Transcript From A Briefing on the U.S. government's investigation into the theft and looting of the Iraqi museum in Baghdad. Briefing slides used in this briefing are available Here, and A photo from today's briefing is located Here.
Colonel Matthew Bogdanos is the person that has been leading the U.S. government's investigation into the theft and looting of the Iraqi museum in Baghdad and gives his his interim report in this briefing. He says 30 exhibits from the main gallery, 30 display- quality, irreplaceable pieces, are still missing from the museum. Another 16 pieces were damaged, most notably, the Golden Harp of Ur. In total, the number of artifacts now known to be missing from the museum stands at slightly over 10,000. As it has for over the last five months, this number will change on a daily basis.

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