Friends of the UNTL Library

The Friends of the UNTL Library are a group, based in Canberra Australia, that raise money and resources for the rebuilding of The National University of East Timor Library. The library was destroyed (as was most other infrastructure) during the Independence Referendum in 1999. The rebuilding of the library began in 2000 and has been conducted in stages. Although the project has existed since 2000, the web site was only launched in November 2003 and includes information about the status of the project, the resources needed and experiences of librarians who have travelled to Dili to participate in the rebuilding efforts.

The project is currently focused on collecting office equipment and textbooks (they are still missing vital resources and do not yet have internet access) and is holding a benefit for the Library on the 11th of March.

Young people offer ways to save libraries

According to,"Garnet Garvan, the chair of the task force charged with hearing public input, is impressed that young people are coming forward with a variety of suggestions."

What a great idea - talk to the kids!

Related story on the public debate of the library closures here.

British Library's New Website With Northern Accent Sound Recordings

"Regional accents are back in fashion and spoken with pride," according to ManagingInformation.Com

"Northern England's rich assortment of accents and dialects are featured on a new website from the British Library. Visitors to the site can listen to the incredible variety of spoken English in the north, and hear the sounds and words which define the people from the area. The site is nobbut a mouse-click away at"

Pakistan modernizes Education With Digital Libraries writes

Pakistan Modernizes Education With "Digital Libraries"

ISLAMABAD, Feb 10: American Center will establish 185 mini digital libraries called “American Discovery Centers� in Pakistan for 5 to 13 year old young students

Library lovers get guided tours of National Library before its demolition

Today's Singapore News has a story about the closing of the old National Library Building.

Mr Tang Chung Zu, 89, has been a member of this library since it opened in 1960 and he is wistful about its impending demolition. "I feel sad it's a beautiful building, it's historical, and now it's going to be demolished I feel very sad."

Room-To-Read builds and stocks school libraries in Asia

In 1998, Microsoft executive John Wood trekked to Nepal, intending merely to slip on his backpack and get close to real life for a few weeks. After visiting a village library whose collection of no more than 20 books was considered too precious to circulate, Wood was inspired to quit Microsoft and start up the philanthropic organization Room-To-Read. Room-To-Read provides "challenge grants" to communities in India, Nepal, Vietnam and Cambodia for the construction of school libraries (and in some cases the schools themselves), and for the books to go in them. Because the people in these communities must raise at least 50 percent of project funds themselves, schools and their libraries have a greater chance of continued success. Wood's hometown paper, The Evening Times in Sayre, PA, has a nice profile of him and the organization.

Singapore National Library to move into new $200m building by late 2005

Channel News Asia Reports the National Library at Stamford Road will move out of its 44-year-old home. But the new $200 million building at Victoria Street won't be ready until late 2005.

From 1st April, the National Library at Stamford Road will shut its doors to the public for good.

And everything in it, will go.

About 200,000 reference books will be moved to the Jurong Regional Library.

The rest will go to a warehouse in Changi or other community and regional libraries.

LoC helps rebuild Baghdad’s library

LoC helps rebuild Baghdad’s library, a story from, says The Library of Congress (LoC) has stepped in to help rebuild and restructure Baghdad’s National Library after it was devastated by arson and looting in April.

Because the LoC has extensive experience assisting libraries and archives worldwide in recovering from all types of emergencies, the library’s leadership was eager to oblige when the State Department asked for help, said Mark Roosa, the library’s director for preservation.

“We want to assist the Iraqi people in re-establishing their country and getting it back on its feet, and we see this as very much a part of the effort that the president is moving forward,� Roosa said.

Cuba Freedom of Information Updates

Search Engines Guy sent in a bunch O' Cuba stories.

Cubanet, NewsMax, Another CubaNet, The Washington Times, WorldNetDaily, and one more at CubaNet.
If you're interested in this topic, has a huge current news archive.

British book sparks ancient manuscripts destruction

Charles Davis writes "from

An Indian mob has destroyed 30,000 ancient manuscripts
and rioted in retaliation for Oxford University Press
publishing a British author's book about a Hindu king.

The incident was sparked by an allegedly objectionable
remark by author James Lane on the legendary Maratha
king Chhatrapathi Shivaji in his book "Shivaji: The Hindu
King In Islamic India".



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