Bigger and better, the 17th New Delhi World Book Fair returns to the Capital this January. And this time it promises to focus on not just the best of literary works from around the globe but also provide a peek into the problems, challenges and developments of the publishing industry. To be inaugurated on January 27, the nine-day-long Fair will see nearly 1,300 participants including 37 from 18 foreign countries and international organisations such as the WHO, UNICEF and the European Union.
From The Daily News Tribune:
"Law enforcement and Newton Free Library officials were embroiled in a tense standoff last week when the city refused to let police and the FBI examine library computers without a warrant."
"Police rushed to the main library last Wednesday after it was determined that a terrorist threat to Brandeis University had been sent from a computer at the library."
From Canadian Jewish News:
"The York Region District School Board has pulled a controversial children's book about the Middle East from the prestigious Silver Birch Awards reading program for older elementary school students, but the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) will continue to make the book available to its students.
Martin writes "The Forbes article about 'America's Most Connected Campuses' looked innocent (and it was). A side-bar photo essay comparing dorm rooms from 1976 to those of 2006 caught my eye (but it wasn't). It began innocently enough, with pairs of photos under headings such as 'Calling Home' -- 1976 = a pay telephone in the dorm lobby, 2006 = VOIP, or 'Typing Reports' -- an IBM Selectric, a laptop. But the fourth pair turned evil.
Someone sent in "Changing a Cultural Icon: The Academic Library as a Virtual Destination" from the current issue of EDUCAUSE Review.
The second volume of a biography of Henri Matisse which took 15 years to complete was the surprise winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year prize.
Hilary Spurling, 65, last night won the 25,000 award for Matisse The Master, which is only the fifth biography to scoop the prestigious title in 20 years.
Long-standing and fiercely independent bookstore Book Passage, in Corte Madera, CA, is facing the ultimate enemy...the potential opening of a huge Barnes & Noble only a block from where they are located. Bill Petrocelli, co-owner of Book Passage, said he doesn't know whether the Barnes & Noble move is actually happening. But if true, he said, "It's distressing because Barnes & Noble has a history nationwide of targeting independent stores and putting them out of business.
Filipino Librarian writes "The Asia-Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education & Practice (A-LIEP) will be held in Singapore, 3-6 April 2006. A-LIEP is quite possibly "the first LIS conference focusing on the Asia-Pacific region." Speakers and participants will be coming from North America, Europe and, of course, Asia. More..."