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Library by ocean is open in Tijuana, Mexico

SomeOne writes "Loyola Libary is only half completed and holds only 30,000 books, but it hopes to become the largest in Tijuana's history. The story is from the San Diego Union-Tribune."
From the article:

"We want to inspire a culture of reading," he said. "Anyplace there have been educational opportunities, there have been socioeconomic opportunities as well."

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When LC and the Archives fought over our Charters

Rob Lopresti writes "Fascinating Story by Milton Gustafson in the Winter issue of Prologue (published by NARA) about the Charters of Freedom (Declaration of Independence and Constitution) coming to reside in the National Archives building.
Apparently the fight with the Library of Congress turned so bitter that FDR decided to wait until the Librarian retired before approving the move. My favorite fact is that in 1921: "Librarian of Congress Herbert Putnam went to the State Department, signed a receipt, placed the Declaration and Constitution on a pile of leather U.S. mail sacks and a cushion in a Model-T Ford truck, returned with them to the Library of Congress, and placed them in a safe in his office." "

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Library's troubles images win prize

Annon writes "From The belfasttelegraph.co.uk:

A Collection of striking posters and stark images put together by Belfast's Linen Hall Library during three decades of conflict has been honoured with a major prize.

The 200-year-old city centre library received the prestigous Christopher Ewart Biggs award last night for its Troubled Images project.

The library was presented with the £5,000 prize for its effort in preserving the jewels of its famous political collection on CD-Rom.

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Is this the library of the future?

"The word library is set to fade from our vocabulary - but not because we've fallen out of love with books. Today's libraries are being made over as "idea stores", complete with cafés, crèches and multi-media offerings."

"In an unlovely High Street in east London comes the query "can you tell me the way to the library?"

"You mean the Idea Store - turn right at the clock, can't miss it." And indeed you can't - instead of a Victorian-era pile or a squat 60s block, the new library in Bow brings colour and light to a corner of the capital still largely untouched by the forces of gentrification." (from The BBC)

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Biblored, Colombia's Innovative Library Network

"This report describes Biblored, the library network in Bogotá, Colombia, that received the 2002 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Access to Learning Award."

"Biblored is a network of 19 libraries that attract about 200,000 users per month and serve some of the poorest neighborhoods in Bogotá. The network's success in making information and information technology accessible to city residents, and in developing services and programs geared toward users' special needs and interests, earned it the award, which includes a one-million dollar grant to expand services." (from CLIR)Read the full text in English or Spanish (both in PDF, sorry Don)

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Md. libraries to connect with patrons via the Internet

"Libraries across Maryland are scheduled to begin offering a service today that combines the 24-hour convenience of the Internet with the professional expertise of a reference librarian. Maryland AskUsNow! will be the second program of its kind in the nation."

"The program will be launched at 10 a.m. at the Towson Library."

"Although similar services are available in other states, "the uniqueness of the Maryland program is that it is 24 hours and virtually every public library in the state is involved. We're the second state ... that has managed to pull together a consortium of libraries that can provide information at the speed of light," said Bob Hughes, a spokesman for the Baltimore County Public Library." (from Sun Spot)

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Library Club gives teens a low-key way to connect

Bob Cox shares This Boston.com Story on the Library Club at at West Roxbury High School, in Boston.
Although the club's roughly 25 members attend to library responsibilities from reshelving books to watering plants and helping users with computer glitches, Sisco sees the club as a way for students to connect.

Several students who have recently immigrated to the United States say the club has helped them make friends. Others say the Library Club offers support for academic interests.

In other Boston Library news... Don Saklad points to This One that says it took only a resourceful lawyer and a trip to the Boston Public Library to clear the Rev. Ronald L. Bourgault of molestation charges.

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Fire damages Egypt\'s new Alexandria library

Robert Teeter, and Rochelle Hartman noticed The Associated Press Says -- A fire broke out Sunday in the sleek, new Alexandria library, sending thick smoke swirling through the building that opened to international fanfare in October.

The fire, which lasted about 45 minutes, appears to have been caused by a short circuit in the fourth-floor administrative area of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina -- the waterfront site of what was the most renowned library of the ancient world.

There\'s pictures at Yahoo!, Another, and One More.

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Lebanon National Library project tries to recover once-glorious past

Bob Cox pointed to This One from Lebanon, where they are working on the reconstruction of Lebanon’s National Library.
They say it's a daunting task. The books, all 145,000 of them, are currently sitting in 3,400 bursting cardboard boxes in the Free Trade Center in the Beirut Port. The boxes haven’t been opened for some 20 years, the contents are uncatalogued and many of them damaged.
A quayside warehouse is an unlikely place for a nation’s library, and the story of how it got there is equally unlikely.

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Online Library Wants It All, Every Book

Carrie shares This NYTimes Story with us on plans at the library of Alexandria which has joined forces with an American artist and software engineers in an ambitious effort to make virtually all of the world's books available at a mouse click. Much as the ancient library nurtured Archimedes and Euclid, the new Web venture also hopes to connect scholars and students around the world.
They say the project, called the Alexandria Library Scholars Collective, could ultimately revolutionize learning in the developing countries, where libraries are often nonexistent and access to materials is hard to come by.

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