Items of Interest

Hello LTAIGers!

Last Monday Google Reader rolled out the ability to track changes/updates to any website. Sites will be able to opt-out, but this does allow for more information overload! So if you have a Google Reader Account you can track the updates made to any webpage:
http://googlereader.blogspot.com/2010/01/follow-changes-to-any-website.html (the posting includes some examples)

In other news, it turns out the rumors were true… Apple has announced the iPad!  Best of all the price point for the basic model isn’t that bad, $499. However, PC users need not worry — here is a quick roundup of the alternative tablet computers to expect this year: http://mashable.com/2010/01/27/9-upcoming-tablet-alternatives-to-the-apple-ipad/

“The CNIB says it can no longer afford to run Canada’s largest library of braille and accessible audio materials.”

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/arts/story/2010/01/19/cnib-library-funding.html

Another sad item of note — J.D. Salinger, author of Catcher in the Rye has died.  or all those question pouring into the reference desk, try this link if you haven’t read his most infamous book.

Freedom to Read Week is coming soon! http://www.freedomtoread.ca/
Are you (or your library) doing anything to celebrate?

From the website:

“Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Books are removed from the shelves in Canadian libraries, schools and bookstores every day. Free speech on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read.”

And given these recent news items: “Dictionary banned for containing sexual words”  from the National Post and “Anne Frank’s Diary banned from some school libraries”  from the examiner.com we should all be aware of ongoing issues.

Until next time….take care!

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