Monthly Archives: February 2008

The hanging of Charles Coghlin

In the 1840’s, the Canadian town of Guelph was wracked by antagonism between the Irish Protestant (also known as Orangemen) and Catholic elements. Two neighbouring families, the Coghlins (Catholic) and the Olivers (Protestant) lived just outside of the town. Quarrels … Continue reading

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The Ink of the Pen of a Scholar is More Precious than the Blood of a Martyr

 The Trouble with Islam Today, by Irshad Manji Irshad Manji presented at the early Saturday morning plenary at OLA 2008, and she concluded with this saying from the prophet Muhammad: “The ink of the pen of a scholar is more … Continue reading

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A Friday flurry at OLA

A major storm hit Toronto, but I made the 20 minute drive to the convention centre in one piece.   At 8:00 am Vincent Lam, the winner of the 2006 Giller Prize for Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, gave a talk … Continue reading

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The librarian at the centre

One common theme that came up a few times on my second day at OLA 2008 was the idea of the library and/or librarian being at the centre of information discovery and literacy. The professional expertise of the librarian as … Continue reading

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