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Library of Congress Seeks To Capture At-Risk Digital Materials and Build a Network of Partners

"The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress (NDIIPP) has issued an announcement seeking applications for projects that will advance the nationwide program to collect and preserve digital materials. The Library of Congress is leading this cooperative effort at the request of the U.S. Congress, which passed legislation in 2000 asking the Library to work with a range of stakeholders to ensure that materials produced in digital formats today are available to future generations. Associate Librarian for Strategic Initiatives Laura E. Campbell is directing this initiative."

"As more and more information is produced only in digital form, it has become critical for the nation to develop an infrastructure for the collection and preservation of these materials before they are lost," said Ms. Campbell. "The Library of Congress looks forward to collaborating with many partners in this task, as we work together to preserve America’s digital heritage." (from LOC Pres Releases)

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Aparteid Gone, Poverty Lingers

Gary Deane notes A OneWorld.net Article on South Africa.
It says the market agenda deployed by the ANC has undermined the public service ethos, to the extent that even libraries have to watch their "bottom line". Cross subsidisation between services has been phased out so fines in public libraries are astronomical, as they try desperately to cover costs.

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Long-lost literary treasure discovered

Charles Davis writes "Story from
Sbc.net.au.A long-lost literary treasure has been discovered in the State Library at Launceston.
Tasmanian writer and historian Michael Connor has found a copy of English author Saki's first
novel, Mrs Elmsley, in the Heritage Collection.

Saki is the pen name of Hector Hugh Munro - a famous short story writer who died in World War
One.
Mr Connor searched the world looking for the book and found copies in London and America but he
did not even suspect there might be one in Tasmania.

"Libraries these days, they're throwing a lot of things out and something like this, I mean it's just an ordinary old novel by a guy called Hector Munro," he said."

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Water from leak soaks 8,000 works at Johns Hopkins

Charles Davis writes "A clogged pipe at the Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Library sent water seeping
through five floors of historic books, damaging as many as 8,000 volumes from the 17th to
19th centuries, officials said yesterday.
Workers from a New York restoration company rushed to the renowned library on Mount
Vernon Place yesterday to move the books into two 53-foot freezer trucks to be transported to
the company's facility near Rochester. There, they will be subjected to high-technology
freezing processes intended to dry them and undo as much of the water damage as possible.
Company and library officials said that some books, including those with elaborate illustrated
bindings or with hand-written text, could be difficult to restore. But the general manager of the
company, Document Reprocessors, predicted that most of the books would be returned in a
month in good condition.
Fullstory at
Sunspot.net"

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Library of toys a huge success

The Brit writes "More News On the new mobile toy library in Dudley, England, that has proved such a success it has welcomed its 100th member after just three months.

Bosses say the library, the first of its kind in the borough, is struggling to meet demand so they hope to expand the service in future if extra funding can be found.

Workers threw a party to celebrate the library's 100th member joining, a two-year-old boy from the Tiny Tots group at Stourbridge Family Centre in School Street, this week.
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Biggest library in Middle East to open in Iran

A Very Short Blurb says the National Library and
Archives and Islamic Encyclopedia, expected to be the biggest library in the Middle
East, is currently being constructed in Iran.
The library is being built on a 100,000-square-meter
piece of land and will, hopefully, be inaugurated on February 11,
2004. The library would contain millions of books that
will meet the needs of scholars and researchers both in and out of the
country.

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No sex, please: we'd rather have a library

One From Australia Says Australia's most famous red-light district is being forced to clean up its act.
The local railway station is being revamped, a handful of trendy new cocktail bars have opened and a sleek new community centre has been built in the main street -- rather incongruously flanked by the Hot Pink Adult Boutique and a strip club called Love Machine. A gym has also opened, hardly in keeping with the Cross's reputation for hardcore drinking and all night binges. Across the street a vacant shop is going to be turned into a library -- a move Amante says is inappropriate. 'You don't want a 10-year-old girl having to walk past prostitutes every time she wants to take out a book,' he says. 'It just doesn't make sense.'

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Closing the Book on an Act of Hate

Gary Deane noticed Closing the book on an act of hate on the Congregation B\'nai Israel library.
Four years after its Sosnick Library was destroyed in an arson attack, the Land Park synagogue has not only replanted its library but also is helping other synagogues expand theirs.

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The role of libraries in American life and politics

Sherry writes, "Talk of the Nation aired a piece this week featuring the author of a new book about libraries and their role through history, related to competing cultural and political interests. The show ties this together with a discussion of the Supreme Court internet filtering decision.
The book is entitled Library: An Unquiet History, and is by Michael Battle.
Real audio at NPR for the rest of it.

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Libraries urged to carry more comic books

"Comic books deserve a permanent place in public libraries and a legitimate spot in the pantheon of children's literature, says a B.C. librarian who is making the case for this oft-derided art form to an international gathering of the children's book world."

"People think they're easier to read, but they're not," said Kirsten Anderson, who works in the young adult section of the Richmond Public Library. "The word count is high, the language level is just as high.... A comic book is not lowbrow." (from The National Post)

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