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Teachers face threats, books are banned as China pushes party line in Hong Kong schools

Washington Post: “As China’s Communist Party dismantles Hong Kong’s freedoms, teachers are facing pressure to toe Beijing’s line. Schools are emerging as ideological battlegrounds as officials seek to transform freethinking students into patriots loyal to the motherland through punishment, coercion, surveillance and propaganda-style education. “I feel like we have suddenly been put on the front line,” said Chan, whose Chinese history syllabus officials have made compulsory for the first time. “The government seems to have found that education is easier to blame for the current situation in Hong Kong, and easier to fix.” A culture of self-censorship and government control that was already growing in schools intensified recently as Beijing introduced a security law aimed at eliminating dissent, according to nearly a dozen teachers and students who spoke to The Washington Post. The law, published June 30, compels Hong Kong’s government to “promote national security education” and pinpoints campuses for “supervision and regulation.” This week, education authorities told schools to review their library collections and remove books that could violate the law. Titles including those by democracy activist Joshua Wong have already disappeared from public libraries….”

As libraries go digital, paper books still have a lot to offer us

Via LLRX – – As libraries go digital, paper books still have a lot to offer us – Ksenya Kiebuzinski, University of Toronto Libraries, offers perspective on how librarians face challenges in maintaining traditional means of accessing and delivering information to our users while embracing innovative media. We appreciate the value of both analogue (print… Continue Reading

2020 Directory of Directories

Via LLRX – 2020 Directory of Directories – This new guide by Marcus P. Zillman is a comprehensive listing of directory, subject guide and index resources and sites on the Internet. The guide includes sites in the private, public, corporate, academic and non-profit sectors and spans the following subject matters: Academic/Education; Economics/Business; Government and Statistics;… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues June 27, 2020

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues June 27, 2020 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

There’s no replacement for the thrill of browsing in a bookstore

Washington Post – “…The covid-Zoom era has made bookshelf snoops of all of us. Late-night host Seth Meyers has reshuffled stacks of books on the endtable in his attic where he’s now taping his show, treating his copy of Colleen McCullough’s novel “The Thorn Birds” like it’s a discount Ed McMahon. (A Goodreads list is… Continue Reading

Bibliography of worldwide COVID-19 legal literature

“University of Melbourne Law School Academic Research Service has compiled a bibliography of worldwide COVID-19 legal literature and made it available on open access on the Melbourne Law School’s website. Please note that: The bibliography predominantly comprises scholarship, but also includes selected professional literature. We are attempting to be exhaustive in our coverage of scholarship… Continue Reading

Coronavirus Tests the Limits of America’s Public Libraries

BloombergCityLab: “In April, a Johns Hopkins University report for governors on reopening drew such fierce backlash from librarians that the authors eventually revised their guidance. The report had initially deemed libraries a low-risk environment, meaning contact with other people is brief, “fairly distant” and with a few people. But “the study tainted the view of… Continue Reading