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I don’t like Mondays … or do I?

With the glorious sunshine that greeted me this morning as I
left the house, Bob Geldof’s rather gloomy lament of the first day of the week
couldn’t be farther from my mind.

In the spirit of approaching the week with a smile on one's
face I thought I would share a couple of incidental news stories which I have
come across over the past few days.

Firstly the story of the long-distance library book.  I know stories like this crop up every so
often but they always make me smile and think about how well-travelled some
library books must be, particularly those from the travel section, some of
which must make journeys almost as regularly as flight attendants.

Steve Hardman, Library Service Manager at Swansea libraries,
described how rare it is “that a misplaced book is returned from the other side
of the world by someone who didn't even borrow it in the first place. In fact,
I can't remember something like this ever happening before”.  This story reminded me of the inherent helpfulness
of some people.

The other story is a bit nearer to home.  Following an upgrade to the web filter at the
British Library, one reader found himself unable to access an online version of
Hamlet as the filter objected to its violent content.  After reading this all I could think of was a
Joe McCarthy-esque web filter busily banning books and crossing his censorship
pen through The Hobbit.

If you weren’t smiling before, hopefully you are now and we
can all go on our merry way [with no fear of the dangers that lurk at every
street corner].

– Jeremy

With the glorious sunshine that greeted me this morning as I
left the house, Bob Geldof’s rather gloomy lament of the first day of the week
couldn’t be farther from my mind.

 

In the spirit of approaching the week with a smile on ones
face I thought I would share a couple of incidental news stories which I have
come across over the past few days.

 

Firstly the story of the long-distance library book.  I know stories like this crop up every so
often but they always make me smile and think about how well-travelled some library
books must be, particularly those from the travel section, some of which must
make journeys almost as regularly as flight attendants.

 

Steve Hardman, Library Service Manager at Swansea libraries described
how rare it is “that a misplaced book is returned from the other side of the
world by someone who didn't even borrow it in the first place. In fact, I can't
remember something like this ever happening before”.  This story reminded me of the inherent
helpfulness of some people.

 

The other story is a bit nearer to home.  Following an upgrade to the web filter at the
British Library, one reader found himself unable to access an online version of
Hamlet as the filter objected to its violent content.  After reading this all I could think of was a
Joe McCarthy-esque web filter busily banning books and crossing his censorship
pen through The Hobbit.

 

If you weren’t smiling before, hopefully you are now and we
can all go on our merry way with no fear the dangers that lurk at every
street corner.

 

– Jeremy

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