York School Board Pulls Controversial Children’s Book

Submitted by Steven on Wed, 01/25/2006 - 12:29

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.

Do Web filters protect your child?

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 01/24/2006 - 21:48

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.

Moving past stereotypes

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 01/24/2006 - 17:30

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."

Librarian wants stamp act

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 01/24/2006 - 14:22

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.