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National Library of Australia borrows from friends

The British Library is lending rare items, including manuscripts by Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, to the National Library of Australia in Canberra. They will form part of an exhibition of literary treasures contributed by libraries from all over the world, the first of its kind. The full story from BBC News.

I\'m currently trying to plan a trip to Oz for next year but if I don\'t get there before February 24th, it looks like I\'ll miss out on this exhibition.

Raise literacy level to achieve citizen empowerment

This just in from Botswana!!....
\"Accepting 300 books donated by Books Abroad, a British
charitable organisation, at the Gaborone National Library last
week, labour and home affairs deputy permanent secretary Lillian
Mpotokwane said the government \"continues to develop libraries
to provide relevant information and resources to facilitate the
development of an educated and informed nation as envisaged in
Vision 2016\".\"

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Raise Literacy Level to Achieve Citizen Empowerment

\"Citizen empowerment can not be achieved without raising literacy levels among the people and ensuring the provision of relevant information where it is needed.\" More from Botswana Daily News.

Creating a Personal Online Reference Desk

LLRX writes \"The
December 3rd issue of LLRX.com has an article
on creating a Web page to collect and access research
links. Just follow Diana Botluk\'s efficient step-by-step
guide, and what once may have seemed an
intimidating process will become a straight-forward
and easily accomplished task.
See ll
rx.com/features/onlinerefdesk.htm
for the article.
\"

Librarian Arrested as Terror Suspect

\"Italian authorities arrested two people early Thursday and raided several Islamic centers in northern Italy as part of an investigation into an alleged terrorist cell linked to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida terrorist network. One of the men arrested was a librarian at the Islamic Cultural Center.\" More from MSNBC.

Campaign for Canada\'s Libraries

The Canadian Library Association has begun a Campaign for Canada\'s Libraries.
The purpose of this campaign is to \"educate government
decision-makers and the public on the importance
of libraries in the government’s new innovation
agenda and to the emphasize the need for a
Canadian Council of Libraries, a new National
Library building and the continuance of the Library
Book Rate\".
Unfortunately, detailed information is only available on the members only section of the CLA website.

Bringing the Library to Baby

If this new program of the Singapore National Library Board(NLB) works out, there could be a big demand for \"Born To Read\" tattoos. The new program provides reading materials for newborns: \"Up to 50,000 newborns at 9 hospitals will each receive a starter kit, containing booklets on nursery rhymes, parenting tips and more.\" The NLB also plans to start offering library cards to three year-olds. Story from Channel News Asia.

Women in Canadian Librarianship and Bibliography

The National Library of Canada has a website called Celebrating Women\'s Achievements. In the Women in Canadian Librarianship and Bibliography section, the National Library highlights \"10 women who have made significant contributions to the development of library services and bibliographical research in Canada\".
One of these women was Newfoundland librarian Jessie Mifflen.
Jessie Mifflen\'s mandate was to visit and establish public libraries in various parts of the province. In the early days, her visits were made by dogteam, bush plane, small boat and coastal steamer. Many of her trips took days and, in some cases, weeks. However, when she retired in 1972 more than 50 new libriares had been established throughout the province.
You can read about all ten of these librarians here.

Scotland\'s National Library Overbooked

Scotland\'s National Library, unlike the Library of Congress, collects all the books and magazines published in the UK. So, it\'s no surprise that it is already outgrowing the extension built in 1984. Among the unusual items preserved at the library are an ancient Buddhist text and some of Robert Burns\' manuscripts. The Edinburgh Evening News Online has the full story.

The Library as Cornerstone of a National Identity

. . . in this case the new library at Addis Ababa University\'s Institute of Ethiopian Studies:

Ethiopian studies today, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, faces one of its greatest challenges, and one in which we appeal for help from all readers. Since its establishment in 1963, the Institute has made itself central to the study of Ethiopia, in all areas of scholarship. Ethiopia has an age-old tradition of indigenous learning, in which its people can feel proud.

However, as far as the modern study of the country is concerned, most scholars of Ethiopia, prior to the founding of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, lived outside the country; virtually all works on Ethiopia, including scholarly periodicals, were published abroad; academic gatherings on the country were held almost exclusively in other countries, indeed continents . . .

The major problem - and challenge - for today relates to the Institute Library, which, as far as possible, collects all works produced inside or outside Ethiopia . . . The [present] building . . . was planned for State Receptions, not for the storage of millions of books, manuscripts, pamphlets, and newspapers, and is, we believe, groaning under the weight of so much scholarly material. (It groans, but it wants more).

The Society, and the Institute, is appealing to all individuals and institutions of good-will to assist in the noble endeavour of building the New Library: we appeal to Ethiopian intellectuals, and to the media, to help with creating awareness of the importance of the Library and Museum project; to the Ethiopian business community at home and abroad . . . to Ethiopian and foreign corporations and foundations; to the diplomatic community . . . and to the ordinary man, woman or child in the street.

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