Financial Times from May 25 that has a positive essay by Michael Prowse, championing the economics and democracy of public libraries... \" the BMW driver can not get a book any quicker than the Nissan driver\" \"
What he has in mind is \"a regular old local branch library, with kids bopping in, and retirees bent over newspapers, and a librarian who looks very much like Laura Bush telling a teenage girl where she can find Emma.\"
Charles Davis sent in
This Arabicnews Story
Morocco will build a national library in the capital city of Rabat on a
5 hectare surface. The project is worth some us$ 14 Mln.
The convention related to the construction of the library was
signed here Monday by minister of culture, Mohammed Achaari,
and minister of equipment, Bouaammour Taghouane.
\"This is a dream that has been cherished by Moroccan
intellectuals for several years,\" Achaari said.
Taghouane stressed his department\'s determination to carry out
the project in the best conditions. \"
Michael points us to This AP Story on historians using the modern language of computers are assembling a virtual library of the earliest known written documents: clay tablets inscribed more than 4,000 years ago.
Begun in 1998, the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative has taken on new urgency. Experts fear if the texts aren\'t cataloged electronically, they could be lost forever.
According to this NYTimes story, the Brooklyn Public Library recently selected an architect and a very unique design for the new Visual Arts Library. The building will be six or seven levels, 150,000 square feet, and will be shaped like a speedboat. Check out the story to see several pictures of the proposed building-- I have never seen anything like it!
A full excavation might cost several million pounds, but this, the classicists argue, would be a small price to recover unknown writings by these intellectual giants.
In a town of 400 in Alaska, a library of 4,000 items is the \"heart of the community.\" Run entirely by volunteers and funded by $5 temporary library cards and a $100 a ticket raffle, the library is now planning an $85,000 space expansion. Story from the Nando Times
Gerry writes \"Just happened to catch this last night, my parents called just afterward.
A few good points, a few clueless points, but its just what HE thinks.....
It\'s a list of ten things, here\'s #10:
\"It is a sexist thought that I know that some of you will object to, but mechanics, prize fighters and garbagemen should be men. The best librarian I know is a man but I like mothers, nurses and librarians to be women.\"
The Christian Science Monitor has This Story on St. Catherine\'s Monastery, regarded as having one of the world\'s finest collections of manuscripts and icons.
The ancient library – containing 5,000 early printed books, 3,500 manuscripts, and 2,000 scrolls – is of an age and diversity that only the Vatican can equal. The monastery also owns some 2,000 icons, religious artifacts, and other curios, including a silver and enamel chalice from King Charles VI of France. This item was given to the monastery in 1411 and is so unusual that the Louvre Museum in Paris recently asked to borrow it for an exhibit.