A roundup from Richard Hawkins.
Google Maps Mania – “Soren, of Microformats.dk, has produced a Google Maps mashup to show the birthplaces of the authors whose books are on the list of the top 250 books borrowed from UK libraries.”
BBC – “The Conservatives have unveiled plans to deliver a “nationwide super-fast broadband”, part of which could be funded from the BBC licence fee.”
BBC – “Web founder Tim Berners-Lee has unveiled his latest venture for the UK government, which offers the public better access to official data. A new website, data.gov.uk, will offer reams of public sector data, ranging from traffic statistics to crime figures, for private or commercial use.”
BBC – “Library officials in Leicestershire have banned a regular reader from their building following complaints about his “pungent” body odour. The council said they were forced to act as visitors left Wigston Library when 27-year-old Stuart Penman arrived.”
BBC – “Some of the biggest names on the web have written to Peter Mandelson to express “grave concerns” about elements of the Digital Economy Bill. Four firms including Facebook and Google object to clause 17 of the bill, which could give government the power to amend copyright law in the future.”
BBC – “US thriller writer James Patterson has become the UK’s most borrowed author, with his books taken out of libraries 1.5 million times in 12 months.”
Someone needs to start a “Going Green: blog for the library community.
FLTC – “As a person working in a library, my concern is that this seems to go against customer service principles.”