China net use soars

Cavan McCarthy writes \"The number of people in China using the internet has grown by almost 50% over the past year.
More than 33 million Chinese are now online, compared to 22 million in January 2001, according to the figures by the China Internet Network Information Centre.

Full Story from The Beeb \"

The Female Text

This Gaurdian Story tells us The Women\'s Library opened last week, a warm, welcoming, well-appointed space. As a result of a £4.2 million lottery grant, the UK\'s biggest collection of books, periodicals and artefacts relating to women\'s literature and history is housed in the kind of place you generally see featured in the lifestyle pages of glossy magazines.

Media Literacy Centre in Public Library

FYI London reports that London, Ontario will have North America\'s first public library-based media literacy centre, thanks to a $200,000 donation from CHUM Televsion.
For more information, see here and here.

Draft Information Bill from Australia

Australia\'s Northern Territory has released a draft version of an information bill covering freedom of information, privacy and records management. It claims to be unique as it was not developed for a \"paper-based economy\" but in the context of \"an information based economy\". It is currently available for public comment.
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Coca-Cola and Canadian storytimes

Coca-Cola, the Canadian Library Association and the Canadian Association of Children\'s Libraries join together to support Share the Story reading circles. This new initiative will \"help to eliminate waiting lists and lottery systems for popular storytimes\".

Apparently Coca-Cola is \"sensitive to the issue of marketing to children\".


Translate into Eight Different Languages.

  into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese,
Korean, Portuguese, or Spanish.  --> Pick the language from BabelFish\'s
pull down menu.  Try the \"World
\" a new feature AltaVista
has added since last I checked the site.

-Hermit ;-)

Bookmobiles Fading in Japan

From the Japan Times:

Thirty-nine local governments in Japan stopped providing \"mobile library\" services in the three-year period up to fiscal 2000, according to a study released by the Japan Library Association.
Their demise was caused by declining use of the mobile libraries and hard financial times at local governments, said the study, made available to Kyodo News on Saturday.

The public borrowed about 15 million books from mobile libraries across the country last year, down from 21 million books 10 years ago, it said . . .


Uganda Library Association Calls for National Information Center


Uganda Library Association Chairman, Elisam Magara, has called for the development of a national information and documentation centre.

Magara, who is also a senior lecturer at the East African School of Library and Information Science, Makerere University said Dec. 7, that information is a necessary ingredient for business development.

He was presenting a paper, towards a national information system for Uganda: An information gateway to export during the Makerere University Business School (MUBS) 8th international management conference at Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel, Entebbe . . .


Without My Library

The winners of the An Chomhairle Leabharlanna The Library Council\'s fifth annual essay contest have been announced. The topic of this year\'s essay was \"Without my library...\" Young people in two age categories (under 14 and under 18) shared their ideas on life without libraries.

Here\'s a sample of the winning essay in the under 14 category:
The bus grinding to a halt, and a young woman stepping smartly off and moving toward the glass doors of the library. A bitter wind tugs at her hair as she crosses the busy street. Reaching the swing doors she grasps the handle firmly and pulls hard. The door stays put, not budging in the slightest. She pulls again, harder this time, but again to no avail. Peering through the glass, she can see oaken shelves empty, greying computers dormant in the corner. She turns bitterly and heads back to the bus stop and begins her laborious wait for the next bus.

Censorship in France?

Eric Fenster sent this via email:

\"A small (96 pages) book, and not just any book, is in danger of being censured in France. The title is: \'Vos papiers! Que faire face à la police?\' (Your
papers! What to do when confronted by the police?) - It was recently published by the French magistrates\' union (Syndicat de la magistrature). The book simply tells citizens (and others) what their rights are
when there is an ID check, arrest, and so on.


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