Saturday, February 27, 2010

Toshokan Sensō

Toshokan Sensō is a Japanese manga-style graphic (or light) novel by Hiro Arikawa, which then became the anime series Library War.
Here is Episode One from Veoh. Find all 8 Veoh results here.

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"Shelving Books & Packing Heat: Librarians as Freedom Fighters." Ontario Library Super Conference 2010 / Erin Fields.
Toronto: 2010.
Fields' topic is thoroughly researched & considered. Enhanced with well-chosen visual aids, the presentation was lively. Extra points for inciting discussion among Librarians. An OLA favourite!


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Censorship in Canada
Challenged Books & Magazines

Friday, February 26, 2010

Your Life Work: Librarian

"Librarian." Your Life Work Series / US Govt Vocational Guidance Films.
America: 1946.

Book Burning

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Book Burning
Nazi Book Burning

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Aimee Mullins: The Opportunity of Adversity

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Alexander McQueen
TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

I Read Banned Books Bling

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Canadian Children's Book Centre
Tin Lids: Best Books for Children & Libraries

Oscar Wilde

Ontario Library Association (OLA) Super Conference MMX

Welcome to
Super Conference 2010

‘Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.’
Howard Thurman

We live in a time of wonder, innovation and imagination. In counterpoint to this reality, we also live in a time where 80% of the population does not have access to a steady, safe source of drinking water, and where the developing world, in an effort to climb out of the abyss of poverty, risks the safety of it’s citizens in a quest for the riches of developed nations. It is this dichotomy that is the constant of our lives.

If, as experienced at last year’s conference, learning is a human drive, then the passion for ideas, causes, truths and justice is the logical extension born of that drive. Learning is one element of living, action is the next. Who we are, what we do and the impact of our actions to bring change into the world and shape the future to be different from the present is this year’s challenge.

Libraries are places to explore these ideas and ignite passions. We can impact individuals, our communities and, by extension, the world. Envision libraries without borders, connecting people world-wide to embrace the possible and make change happen. It is within us to create passionate learning communities in our libraries, wherever they are, and be the driving force for wonder, innovation and imagination for everyone, everywhere.

We can choose to be passive or passionate. Step up your passion. Welcome to the 17th annual Super Conference in the OLA’s 110th year! 

Peggy Thomas, President.
Toronto: OLA, MMX.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

PEN Canada: For Freedom of Expression

PEN Canada assists writers around the world who are persecuted for the peaceful expression of their ideas. 

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International PEN: Promoting Literature Defending Freedom of Expression

Monday, February 22, 2010

Pure Morning

"Pure Morning." Black Market Music / Placebo.
London: 2000.

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Books Cause Dangerous Thoughts

"The 11 Most Ironically Banned Books of All Time." 11 Points: Because Top Ten Lists Are for Cowards / Sam Greenspan.
Venice Beach: 2009.

Freedom to Read Week
February 21st to February 27th 2010


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

Hooray for Librarians

"Shhh!." Social Design Notes / Backspace.
America: 2004.

In celebration of Freedom to Read Week!

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Patriot Act
Don't Mess With Librarians
Librarians Shushed No More

I Like Clouds

"Sunset." Flickr / Travass216.
California: 2006.

Coming up next, a super set of songs about clouds.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Time Travel in TV & Film

"Time Travel in TV & Film." Information is Beautiful: Ideas, Issues, Knowledge, Data -- Visualized! / David McCanless.
London: 2009.

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Information Is
Information is Beautiful


"Hell." Sainthood / Tegan & Sara.
California: 2009.

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Tegan & Sara

Roman Klonek

"Mitkommen."  Roman Klonek.  Dusseldorf: Original Woodcut Ink Print 490 x 326mm, MMIX.

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Roman Klonek
Castor&Pollux UK

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

This Book is Overdue

This Book is Overdue / Marilyn Johnson.

Toronto: HarperCollins, 2010.

On How Librarians & Cybrarians Can Save Us All, Johnson posits that in a technologically-driven world life has been moved to a breakneck pace, “where information itself is a free-for-all, with traditional news sources going bankrupt and publishers in trouble, we need librarians more than ever’’ to help direct users to the best, most reliable sources. Publishers' Weekly Starred Review.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Eclipse Broadcast

"Eclipse Broadcast." / Empire of the Sun.
Recorded live.
Australia: 2009.

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