Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Chinese blogger succesfully fights back?

Chinese censors are notorious for limiting the free speech of citizens. However, it looks like the Net has been loosened a little, as a Chinese court has sided with economics professor and critical blogger Hu Xingdou in his fight against authorities for shutting down his website. According to this article in the Financial Times, this is "first-ever case won by a victim of internet censorship in a Chinese court."

Is this a sign of changing times? Or a one-off situation unlikely to be repeated?

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Small changes to the Community Bookshelf meeting

Just a notification of a small change of plans for tomorrow's Community Bookshelf meeting. The location has been changed, and if you're planning to attend, please contact Amelia Martin at amartin@epl.ca for more details.

Also, the Community Bookshelf subcommittee is still looking for additional volunteers for Homeless Connect - particularly in terms of helping to drop off the boxes of books beforehand (Saturday, May 23rd). And if anyone is interested in helping drop off some items at Operation Friendship in the near future, please let Amelia know!

Thanks everyone!

Monday, May 04, 2009

Community Bookshelf Meeting

All interested FLIFers are invited to attend the upcoming Community Bookshelf Subcommittee (formerly known as the GELA Bissell Centre Subcommittee) meeting. For more information on this project, click here. If you'd like more information, please feel free to contact Amelia Martin at amartin @ epl.ca.

The Community Bookshelf Subcommittee meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, May 7, at 6pm at the downtown Stanley A. Milner library (6th floor). Ask the security guards to key the elevator for you.

Also, Amelia Martin is seeking volunteers able to help with a bookdrop at Operation Friendship on Thursday or Friday, May 7-8. They're running out of books and are eager for a new drop off. If anyone is free, please let her know via the above email. A vehicle is always much appreciated to transport the books.

Thanks, and we hope to see you there!

Brianna, Julie, and Madelaine
FLIF Co-chairs, 2009-2010

A fond farewell and a brief introduction

With classes completed and papers submitted, FLIF co-chairs Richard and Masha are graduating and leaving the FLIF fold. Congratulations to both of you, and many thanks for a wonderful two years of service in Future Librarians for Intellectual Freedom! New co-chairs Brianna, Julie, and Madelaine have some mighty big shoes to fill and we look forward to continuing the fine work you've done.

In addition to existing partnerships, we hope to broaden our horizons with a greater focus on issues in international librarianship. Stay tuned for more information!

Brianna, Julie, and Madelaine,
FLIF Co-chairs 2009-2010