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.
C|Net Asks: Do Web filters protect your child? Millions of parents around the country rely on Web filtering software to shield their children from the nasty side of the Internet--porn, predators and other unseemly phenomena.
But according to the U.S. Justice Department, Web filters are not enough to protect minors. The agency voiced its concern about the technology last week as it geared up to defend an antiporn law that's under attack from civil liberties advocates.
The Fort Wayne Gazette takes a look at men, women who shed gender labels, and embrace non-traditional careers. "Thankfully, most people have moved beyond the stereotype of the old-maid librarian," says Steve Ankenbruck, the librarian at North Side High School. "Occasionally, I'll run across someone who looks at me as if I should be wearing little half-glasses and a bun. But for the most part, people are a little more open-minded these days."
The NY Daily News has a report on 77-year-old retired librarian Vladimir Wertsman. He is mounting a drive to see more of the world's librarians honored with commemorative stamps.
To bolster his campaign, the dapper Wertsman, who is also a stamp collector and chairman of the Publishing and Multicultural Materials Committee of the American Library Association, has penned an article for that group's Multicultural Review winter publication surveying countries honoring world heroes on stamps.
Melchior Sternfels writes to share this interesting news: "According to the January 16 issue of OCLC Abstracts, the University of Baghdad is now a member of the OCLC network. Apparently it isn't the first Iraqi library to become an OCLC member: Baghdad University Law School did so in early 2005."
Book clubs have invigorated sales and created new literary stars - but at a price. As publishers and booksellers rush to cash in, Debbie Taylor reports on the rise of Lit Lite. "In commercial terms, getting on to the Richard & Judy Book Club probably means more than winning the Booker," comments Jon Wood, publishing director of fiction at Orion.