links

Here’s some interesting links from this week.  I have some stuff to say about the manga/porn case (in sum: a fair chunk of some manga is porn, and that’s completely OK), but that will have to wait until I’ve got some more time. From Boing boing: Apple gets into the book banning business Apple’s refused…

Nancy Branscombe and Gina Barber receive IF award

Nancy Branscombe and Gina Barber, City Councilors and Library Board Members from London, ON, are the 2008 recipients of the Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada. The CLA press release clearly states that librarians were the advocates for internet filtering: The initial impetus for the London Public Library filtering plan did not…

CitizenLab on CBC’s Search Engine

The Guardian reported that today China expelled foreign journalists from Tibet to try and stop the flow of information about the violent crackdown on Tibetan protesters. The Editor of the Guardian wrote to the Chinese Ambassador to the UK: “I am writing to express my deep concern over the apparent blocking by Chinese authorities of…

survey results released

CLA Advisory Committee on Intellectual Freedom released the results (7 page Word document) from their survey of challenges in Canadian libraries today. Items challenged ranged from Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby to The Golden Compass; books, graphic novels and film; and internet filtering. Almost all of the challenges resulted in the item being kept…

Internet filtering

At our IFC meeting last night, we talked a bit about Internet filtering. Is anyone talking about this any more? It seems as if most library systems we knew about have fallen into a groove of comfort with whatever decision they made about filtering all those years ago. Whether it’s completely unfiltered, filtering kids’ stations…