Book Burning at University of Chile - A Fascist Act?

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 12/11/2006 - 14:40

Chile is in an uproar over the death of dictator Augusto Pinochet, but here's another story from last week that is very upsetting. An inventory of the books burned at the Universidad de Chile (U Chile) library last week revealed some of the collection's most precious holdings were among those destroyed. Some texts were more than 120 years old. Masked arsonists entered the U Chile Department of Philosophy and Humanities library on the Juan Gomez Millas campus last Tuesday, stole 1,200 volumes from its collection, and proceeded to use the books to build a bonfire outside the building.

They Need Librarians In Newcastle UK

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 12/05/2006 - 13:23

Leaders in rural communities said last night they were disgusted by a decision to close twelve libraries across Northumberland.
Services at Cowpen, in Blyth, Hadston and Lynemouth will be replaced with "community collections", where people can browse, order and collect books. Report and photo of furious protesters from icNewcastle.

Library Licks Ice Cream

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 12/04/2006 - 18:46

tqft writes "from the Australian Courier Mail "Do you want to get an ice cream," a father asked his waist-high daughter. "Or do you want to go to the State Library?" The child's answer, that the ice cream could wait, reflects just how much the universe has changed since the Queensland Art Gallery was opened 24 years ago on the South Brisbane site.

UK library Removes Computers

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 12/01/2006 - 22:41

Anonymous Patron writes "The Liverpool Echo reports:

A LIVERPOOL library forced to employ security guards to keep out gangs has removed its computers because yobs were logging on to pornography sites ... When library staff try to stop them they are subjected to a barrage of abuse, and youngsters doing homework have even been shoved out of the way so the yobs can go online.

Full story here."

Phenomenon of "The American Corner"in The Gambia and 299 other Nations

Submitted by birdie on Thu, 11/30/2006 - 16:48

From The Gambia Daily Observer...information about the new American Corner in the National Library of The Gambia in Banjul. The U.S. Ambassador to the Gambia, Joseph D. Stafford, talks about how "American Corners", complete with books, videos, CDs and e-mail penpal access, can inform young people from the Gambia about how life is lived by young Americans.

A Letter About the Closure of the Iraq National Library & Archive

Submitted by birdie on Thu, 11/30/2006 - 01:13

Sent: 27 November 2006 14:12
To: Iraq Crisis List
Subject: [Iraqcrisis] Iraq National Library and Archive

Friends and colleagues,

I have just received the grave and deeply dispiriting news from Dr.
Saad Eskander that he has closed the Iraq National Library and Archive
for the time being as of last Tuesday. On 15 November, he informed me
that his institution had been bombed thrice in three weeks, and
subjected to sniper fire, including directly into his own office.
Another young librarian was recently murdered, and the building had been
shelled several times in the few days previous to the closing (by which
I assume he meant mortar fire).

Dr. Eskander has been a model of progressive action, has increased his
staff substantially, and has striven very hard to gain them training on
several fronts, and otherwise restore functioning to an institution that
was twice set on fire during the initial period of American occupation.
Prompted by a question from me concerning how he was managing to keep
such a large staff coming to work under such perilous circumstances, he
informed me last spring that he was dedicating 30% of his budget to
bussing them all back and forth each day, although three of his drivers
had been murdered in the process.

However necessary, this was financially untenable as a long-term
accommodation to the exigencies of the times. As we all know, the
situation has only grown worse since then, and the repeated direct
attacks on his institution made it a place he could no longer ask his
staff to serve. The forces of intolerance are thriving, and those
institutions and persons representing a progressive and hopeful future
for Iraq are under assault and in retreat.

Yours truly,
ed. note: the author of this letter is Jeffrey B. Spurr,
Islamic and Middle East Specialist
Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture Fine Arts Library, Harvard University Fogg Art Museum

Darwinism Debate in British Schools

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 11/27/2006 - 14:48

From the BBC...although British educators clearly state ""The National Curriculum for science clearly sets down that pupils should be taught that the fossil record is evidence for evolution, and how variation and selection may lead to evolution or extinction", another faction has popped up that would include creationist teaching materials.